Captain Semmens tries to keep a stock of old but good quality uniform in the cupboard at the Jubilee Hall so please ask before placing an order for new as there may be a cheaper alternative! Company hat badges (and arm bands when required) will be supplied by us.
We do bulk uniform orders when there is sufficient demand (usually towards the start of the new session in the Autumn) so if you place your order via Captain Semmens then the postage costs can be shared.
Either browse this site or just call in to see us at Redruth Methodist Church at 6:30 PM each Thursday evening. You can also e-mail us via the address at the top of the page, or use the 'Contact Us' section below. To find out more about the BB in general you can visit the UK BB web site at
We ask for a £1 subscription per Thursday evening session from each child in order to cover our running costs
A chance to learn and grow in a fun and supportive environment and to learn to live Christian values and develop personal and leadership skills. Have a look at our Gallery and Events sections to see more of what we do.
We follow all guidelines and set procedures as laid down by BB Headquarters. This includes the management and risk assessment of all activities. We are covered by Brigade insurance and all our Officers have enhanced CRB clearance to work with young people. Officers have to undergo formal Youth Leader Training before they can take up a post.
Yes, from age 4 upwards which is why we are known as `The Brigade’ or the `BB’ and not just the `Boys’ Brigade.’ Although some companies still refuse to accept girls (some have co-located Girls’ Brigade (`GB’) companies) we don’t discriminate in these modern times!
BB Companies are local groups affiliated to a local Church that are part of the wider BB movement. The 1st Redruth BB Company is affiliated to Redruth Methodist Church. It meets on its premises and takes an active part in church life.
The BB is a worldwide Christian movement founded in 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. The Scouting movement was born from the BB 25 years after our inception.
Lieutenant - Junior Section
Originally a parent, Paul has now completed Youth Leader Training and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. He has run the Junior Section (8-11 years) for a number of years now.
Lieutenant - Anchor Section
Samuel joined the BB at age 8 and has moved through the ranks to become an Officer. He holds the Queen's Badge, the Brigade's highest award for young people.
Parent Helper - Anchor Section
Carrie has been involved in the Anchor Section (4-7 years) for several years now. She regularly runs arts and crafts for the young children and is an integral part of the section team.
Mike started the 1st Redruth BB Company in 1983 and has been at the helm ever since. Mike has many years of service with the BB and has previously held the post of District President. For 10 years Mike was also a member of the BB National Executive.
Lieutenant - Company and Senior Sections
Marlene has been with the 1st Redruth Boys’ Brigade Company since it was formed, initially joining to assist with the Anchor Section. Along with her husband Mike, Marlene is one of the few BB Officers qualified to work with 4 year olds. Marlene has also been a Junior Section Officer and holds various camp qualifications including Health & Food Hygiene.
Lieutenant - Company and Senior Sections
Marc has been with 1st Redruth company since September 2011. After completing 10 years of Service in the Royal Navy he is now employed by a local church as a youth worker.
The BB can’t operate without volunteers to run it and we are always grateful for any support parents or friends can give us. If you’re interested in youth work or just want to lend a hand please speak to
The Anchors spend their evenings doing craft, games and having fun.
“We meet new friends and learn to get along with them. We take our pictures home at 8:00 when we finish.
We like taking part in the Church services and look really smart in our red and navy uniforms.”
The Juniors are learning the basics of participation, leadership and team work from activities such as Figure Marching and playing football, including taking part in BB competitions.
“The sponsored walk and BBQ this year was fab and the `Stay Awake All Night’ over Christmas a lot of fun!”
The Company Section continue their development in leadership and competitive events. A lot of emphasis is placed on personal development and helping boys and girls become young men and women.
“Helping the Anchors, sport and accepting responsibility are all part of the Company Section.”
The Senior boys and girls (or should that be young men and women) work to develop their leadership and life skills by helping to run the Company and lead some of the sessions.
They are fully involved in the running of the Company and take part in the planning and decision making processes at regular staff meetings.
If you’re aged 4 or over then you are welcome! Please visit us to `try us out’ for free any Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at Redruth Methodist Church. Subscription is just £1 but Mums and Dads usually add 25p for `tuck’ at the end of the evening.
Depending on your age you could join the following sections:
We regularly engage in activities both inside and outside of the church, including but not limited to trips to theme parks, annual Stay Awake nights and Sponsored Walks, sports competitions, monthly church parades including the Remembrance Day Parade, and various seasonal parties and fun days.
The Brigade operates within the buildings of Redruth Methodist Church. The Memorial and Jubilee Halls offer large spaces for a wide variety of activities from sports to crafts and beyond, while the smaller Trelawney Room offers a space for our older members to learn life skills and engage in more enclosed activities.
The 1st Redruth BB Company is part of a worldwide movement started in 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith on two pillars, that of Spirituality and Discipline. What that means for us here at the 1st Redruth is that we help our boys and girls develop their individuality, self respect, respect for others, competitiveness and self belief within a Christian setting.
Some people argue that the days of the uniformed youth organisation are numbered. This is certainly not the case at the 1st Redruth where our membership continues to be healthy. A typical Thursday evening involves Parade and Inspection, followed by structured `badge work’ sessions where the children work towards annual awards for their various age groups. We then play sports and other team games to round off the evening.
Whether you are browsing this site to show a friend photos of what we do, or are a parent looking for more information about us, I hope you enjoy what you find. Please contact me via Facebook if you want to know more, or just turn up at Redruth Methodist Church each Thursday at 6:30 PM where my Officers and I will be delighted to see you.
Mike Semmens, Company Captain
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