65th Edinburgh Company History
In September 1961 Currie Kirk Session decided it wished to engage boys and young men by setting up a Boys’ Brigade Company. The 65th Edinburgh officially became part of the Boys’ Brigade on the 11 December 1961 when it registered with Edinburgh Battalion The Boys’ Brigade.
Initially just a Company Section that met in Curriehill Primary School, the Life Boys (now Junior Section) followed soon after and under the leadership of Tom Masson reached over 70 boys. Anchor Boys followed some twenty years later in 1981 under the leadership of Mary Thomson.
In the history of the 65th – though it has spanned over 50 years – it has only had eight Captains: Jack Dyer (1961), Jack Fallon (1962), Scott Bannister (1975), Alex Brown (1981), Geoff Rae (1983), Jack Fallon (1987) John Reynolds (1988), Jim Webber (1991) and Michael Knott (2016).
During the 1980s and early 1990s the Company was well known for its highly successful pipe band that performed at numerous events including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 1983, 1990 and 1992 and at the Albert Hall, London. The band also made a TV appearance in support of Olympic Champion Alan Wells when he was honoured in the programme, “This Is Your Life”.
Nowadays, the 65th is thriving. It participates in a number of competition and events both locally and nationally. The 65th won the BB UK National Badminton Competition in 2015, 2016 and 2017 beating over 70 teams. It has also experienced success in the UK wide BB National Masterteam competition having won it in 2014 and being Scottish runner up in 2016.
The 65th aims to offer a wide variety of experiences and opportunities that help the Company deliver on the object of the Boys’ Brigade which is the advancement of Christ’s kingdom among boys and promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline and self respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness.