Posted: October 2015
In the jobs market, a CV with a Boys' Brigade Queen's Award on it is impressive. In presenting these awards to Jack Nord and James Charlton at last Sunday's morning service, The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and the Queen's representative here, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, spelt out what it meant. "It shows commitment, teamwork, discipline and support for others, qualities of real value to employers. But the awards are not easy to earn."
The BB Captain Margaret Miskin explained that it takes at least four years on other badge work and another two years for the final part. It takes a lot of work, a sentiment with which both Jack and James agreed!
For his award, Jack helped with the Anchor Boys and taught some IT skills to some of the elderly residents at the Hillside MHA home. He also helped on the church's audio-visual rota and played big band music with the Aylesbury Music Centre. He became a member of One Sound, whose mission is to enable talented young musicians to use their God-given gifts to strengthen their own faith and inspire the wider church & community. On the physical challenge, Jack went up a further rung on the Taekwondo ladder.
As for James, he worked as a classroom assistant and improved his skills with the flute. He helped conduct a jazz band and also played the fiddle. He undertook a big write up on the narrow boat of the Chilterns' Battalion of the Boys Brigade. "So the awards involve outreach as well as work within BB and it is a big commitment", added Captain Margaret.
Jack and James are in an impressive line of Queen Award winners within the Aylesbury company. James'brother Peter also won the award and is now helping a BB company in Leeds. So along with the applause for Jack and James, thanks were expressed to those who lead both the Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade.
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