Brigade Council

As Smith realised the potential of the movement he had begun, he called a meeting of those involved in the two existing companies, on 26 January 1885, when the meeting agreed to designate itself as the ‘Council of The Boys’ Brigade’. A constitution was drawn up and it was confirmed that a company requesting registration required to be connected to a church or other religious body. Thereafter, the Brigade advanced dramatically and by the time the newly formed Council had held its first annual meeting on 12 October 1885, fifteen companies had been enrolled, twelve in Glasgow and three in Edinburgh.

Since 1885, Brigade council has been held annually as part of a council weekend of fellowship, meetings and workshops. Traditionally the council weekend was hosted by a Battalion, with all the arrangements and entertainment being undertaken by the host Battalion. 2015 was the last weekend event to be hosted by a Battalion, and since then it has been organised by Headquarters. The 2015 weekend was also the first time that it was know as Brigade Conference, with the council meeting forming part of the Conference weekend.

On average only 11% of Companies are represented at the meeting, whilst the three meetings with the highest attendance have all been held in Glasgow and formed part of significant celebrations.

1933 – 3410 Officers

1954 – 1453 Officers

1983 – 3678 Officers

The Council meeting was cancelled during both of the World Wars, and was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Council Timeline

Brigade Council 1896 Liverpool

2021

Virtual

Virtual

2020

2019

The Boys' Brigade Conference

Swansea

Brigade Conference 2018 Edinburgh

Edinburgh

2018

2017

Manchester

Belfast

2016

2015

Wolverhampton

Glasgow

2014

2013

Belfast

London

2012

2011

Cardiff

Armagh

2010

2009

Dublin

Tulliallan

2008

2007

Bradford

Cardiff

2006

2005

Londonderry

Brigade Council 2004 Leicester

Leicester

2004

2003

Brigade Council 2003

Tulliallan

Brigade Council Birmingham 2002

Birmingham

2002

2001

Brigade Council 2001

Northampton

Brighton & Hove

2000

1999

Dundee

West Kent

1998

1997

Newcastle County Down

Plymouth

1996

1995

Inverness

Manchester

1994

1993

Southampton

Nottingham

1992

1991

Durham

Colchester

1990

1989

Paisley

Belfast

1988

1987

Swansea

Edinburgh

1986

1985

Birmingham

Southport

1984

1983

Glasgow

Keele

1982

1981

York

Brigade Council 1980

Canterbury

1980

1979

Dundee

Cardiff

Brigade Council Cardiff

Cardiff

1978

1977

Manchester

Aberdeen

1976

1975

Brighton

Sheffield

1974

1973

Brigade Council London 1973

London

Nottingham

1972

1971

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Ayr

1970

1969

Liverpool

Belfast

1968

1967

Birmingham

Edinburgh

1966

1965

Southampton

Cambridge

1964

1963

St Andrews

Dublin

1962

1961

Cardiff

Leeds

1960

1959

London

Aberdeen

1958

1957

Nottingham

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1956

1955

Bristol

Glasgow

1954

1953

Liverpool

Brigade Council Oxford 1952

Oxford

1952

1951

St Andrews

Brighton & Hove

1950

1949

Birmingham

Belfast

1948

1947

Nottingham

Edinburgh

1946

1941

London

Cancelled

1940

1939

Durham - Cancelled

Dunoon

1938

1937

Cambridge

Leeds

1936

1935

Bournemouth

Oxford

1934

1933

Glasgow

Manchester

1932

1931

Edinburgh

Liverpool

1930

1929

Belfast

Aberdeen

1928

1927

Birmingham

Brighton

1926

1925

Dublin

Bristol

1924

1923

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Swanwick

1922

1921

Dundee

Nottingham

1920

1919

Cardiff

Birmingham

1918

1917

Manchester

Glasgow

1916

1915

Sheffield

Cancelled

1914

1913

Liverpool

Birmingham

1912

1911

Plymouth

Brighton

1910

1909

Dublin

1908

1907

1906

1905

Aberdeen

Newport (Monmothshire)

1904

1903

Belfast

1901

Glasgow

1900

1899

Carlisle

Manchester

1898

1897

1896

1895

1894

1893

Glasgow

Sheffield

1892

1891

London

Edinburgh

1890

1889

Glasgow

Glasgow

1888

1887

Glasgow

Glasgow

1886

1885

Glasgow

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