Celebrating 125 years of the CLCGB

Will I have fun?

Will I try new activities and challenges?
Will I be welcome?

Yes, Yes, Yes, absolutely yes and all with those of a similar age in a safe, well run environment.
All our leaders are vetted, CRB checked and follow the Anglican church ethos.

So try us out, the journey starts here: Find Your Local Group

“It feels nice to be part of a group who help each other and are friendly. It makes me feel special.” 

Maddison, aged 10.

What do the clergy think?

“I have been involved with CLCGB since 1969 and have seen how precious it was and what a difference it made in my Parish, All Saints & Martyrs Langley, which had a huge Company. It brings what young people need to young people, it gives them friendship, it gives them fellowship and fun."

Bishop Jack Nichols

The Benefits of CLCGB To Your Church Are... 

 

Can I help out or start a group?

Oh Yes! 

CLCGB are here to help you set up a new group in your Church. We support you so it's easy.

Before you know it, you will be the catalyst for young people engaging in activities with the Church and wanting to be there!. 

Or want to volunteer? Thankyou so much! Find out how here.

"Starting a new group was easy with the assistance from the CLCGB, and the activities and resources available to us."

 

The fun
starts here!

The Martins
for 5-7 year olds

 

Experience new challenges

The Y Team
for 7-10 year olds

 

Jump to the challenge!

JTC
for 10-13 year olds

 

Achieve your goals...

CLCGB Seniors
for 13-21 year olds

 


Young Leaders & volunteering

 


Earn your Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Monthly Blog: December

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Our first monthly blog below is the first of a new series of Blogs, written by our new Governor. Please check back next month for a new blog on the latest news from NHQ.  To read the full blog click on Read More.

 

 

I first joined the Church Girls Brigade (CGB) when I was 10 years old when three well intentioned ladies from our Parish decided to form a company following the success of the recently formed company of the Church Lads Brigade (CLB).  Sadly they hadn’t realised how much work and dedication would be needed to run a company and over the next 6 years, one by one, they all handed in their notice.  Over this period my twin sister and I had enjoyed lots of exciting activities and learned many new skills but perhaps the highlight had been going to camp in the Isle of Wight and meeting so many other members of the CGB.  We had also paraded through London behind a wonderful drum and fife band, proud and delighted to be the centre of attention. To this day the sound of a marching band has me tapping my feet and itching to march along behind them.

 

At the very youthful age of 16 the company was set to close as no-one had come forward to take over the reigns.  My sister and I had been confirmed a few years earlier and approached the vicar to ask if he would allow us to run the company. Amazingly, both the vicar and the hierarchy of the CGB agreed to this proposal and thus began my life as a leader in the CGB approximately 48 years ago.

 

At the beginning it had been about the enjoyment we got from being members of the CGB but as time passed it became more about the enjoyment of working with young people and seeing their achievements.  

 

I am proud and honoured to have been asked to become Governor of the Brigade but I recognise that whilst there are some similarities with the Brigade of my childhoodlife today is very different and the desires of young people have changed.  They are more discerning and there are so many other claims upon their time, partly through school and partly through modern technology and the gaming industry.  Sadly, for a variety of reasons, we have lost many companies over the years and our numbers are quite depleted.  The challenge today is to understand why this has happened, to work on the things that we can change and to develop and grow.  Since becoming Deputy Governor in 2010 I have had more involvement with Brigade Council and can see that there is real excitement about the way forward.  Leaders, both young and old, are working towards a new future for Brigade.  The recent survey compiled by the Way Forward Group has gone a long way towards understanding the feelings of the rank and file.  Perhaps now we should implement a survey for the clergy to find out what would encourage them to have a company in their parish. The training team have spent many hours creating a training system for young leaders which is a great innovation and will lead to recognised universal qualifications.  None of this can happen however without the hard work of the leaders who run the weekly sessions.  They are the people who encourage and support the children in their companies and who best understand their needs.  So let’s hear from you, don’t worry that your thoughts or ideas are too radical or too traditional.  If changes are needed we need to know what we can do to change for the better.

 

I look forward to meeting the leaders and members of the CLCGB over the coming months. In the meantime, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all your hard work and dedication. Have a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

 

Liz Butterfield (Governor – CLCGB)

24/12/13