John has been a member of The Boys’ Brigade since joining The Life Boys in October 1964. He is still a member of the same Company with unbroken service and recently became the Company Captain of 2nd Sutton Coldfield Company in 2020. Having experienced the change from Life Boys to Junior Section he achieved the new ‘Gold Badge’ in its first available year then progressed to be awarded the President’s and Queen’s Badges in the Company Section.

John has been particularly involved in sporting and other competitions within the Company and the Birmingham Battalion where he is now a Vice President. John has travelled to many Companies and Battalions through his support of BB National Competitions and Inter Battalion sporting events.

From 2013 until 2022, John was editor of the newsletters produced by the The Boys’ Brigade Heritage Society and BB Archive Members Association. John has said that this opportunity to write and research about the The Boys’ Brigade has shown what a  has shown what a rich heritage exists and how proud we should all be about what has been achieved in the past and how that should encourage us to create our own heritage into the future.

Heritage -
Newsletter of The Boys' Brigade Archive

Heritage is the newsletter of The Boys’ Brigade Archives. Volumns 1 and 2 were published in print form by the BB Archive Members Association. Volumn 3 onwards is a digital newsletter sent to supporters of the BB Archives monthly.


The Boys’ Brigade Archive Trust relies on supporters to further the preservation and promotion of the Heritage of The Boys’ Brigade, ensuring that is is accessible and relevant to future generations of young people. If you are able to support our work though a financial donation, by the donation of artifacts, photographs and paperwork of by volunteering please click on the links below. If you wish receive our monthly newsletter please sign up. We look forward to hearing from you and advancing the work of The Boys’ Brigade Archive Trust.

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