At last Sunday morning's service, Sam Wright was awarded his Queen's Badge by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. It is the Boys' Brigade's highest award. BB Captain Steve Kemp said that Sam had been in the Brigade since he was 4 and that he had been 'processed'. "He's been all the way through," said Steve and congratulated him on his achievement, hard work and diligence.
Before presenting the award, Sir Henry said how challenging it was to achieve. It required a real time commitment at a difficult time when people were often about to leave school, go to university and had social commitments. The Queen's Badge signified their determination, confidence, reliability, collaboration, responsibility, adaptability and social ability. These were all transferable skills which would give Sam a good start in either his civil engineering or singing career, alluding to Sam's singing in the Youth Choir, earlier in the service!
"Gaining the Queen's Badge was a team effort" said Sir Henry, "between the Boys' Brigade, the BB leaders, the individual and the parents." As well as congratulating Sam and involving him further during the service, Rev. Helen Kirk also paid tribute, at the risk of embarrassing her, to the excellent role played by Sam's mum Dawn. The congregation showed their warm appreciation of Sam's achievement and wish him well as he moves on to university.