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100 Years of Service

Two Officers from the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade in the Connor Diocese have chalked up more than 100 years of service between them.

David Gamble

David Gamble joined the Brigade in St Paul’s Company, Lisburn, in 1968. In the 1970s, he played on the Company’s successful football team which won the CLB League three years in succession. He represented the Ulster Regiment in cross country and athletics at National Competitions and set a Brigade record for the 800m in the late 1970s. He played the flute in the Company’s Marching Band.

David was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1980 and promoted to Lieutenant in 1984. From 1990 until 1994 he was Captain of the Company but had to stand down due to a work commitments. He continued to act as an Officer in the Company, right up to the present day, working with the Y Team, the section for 7 to 10 year olds. He was presented with a fourth ‘five year rose’ for his thirty years medal at a ‘virtual service’ by the rector, Rev Arthur Young, assisted by present Captain, Andrew Maze.


Johnny Conn



Johnny Conn has been awarded the ‘Officers’ Service Medal’. He joined the Senior Corps of the Carnmoney CLB Company, Newtownabbey, in 1970. He also enjoyed the Brigade’s sporting programme and competed in handball, football and athletics competitions. For teaching in the Parish’s Sunday School, Johnny was presented with the Brigade’s ‘Church Service Award’ at a display night in the early 70s.

After attending Officer Training, Johnny was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, promoted to Lieutenant. He was Captain of the Carnmoney Company from 1977 until 1998, and in 1992, established a Church Girls’ Brigade unit for the Parish. With the help of an enthusiastic group of leaders, the Brigade in Carnmoney became strong and successful. He played the bass drum in the Company’s Marching Band.

Johnny also worked at Battalion and Regimental level. He was Publicity Officer under the late Harry Anderson, Ulster Regiment CO, and assisted the Training Officer organise courses. In 1991, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion. He recently did a second term as Publicity Officer under Melvyn Lockhart, the present CO, and has always had a passion to record the Brigade’s fascinating history.

I am sure you join with all at NHQ all send your congratulations to David and Johnny. Well done.

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Remembrance Service Saturday 7th November

This Saturday at 14:30, the usual time of our National Remembrance Service, the CLCGB National Remembrance Service Video will be made available.
The Act of Remembrance was filmed at the National Memorial Arboretum a few weeks ago, and Bishop Peter Eagles, our Bishop Visitor, has recorded a video address. The video includes CLCGB Governor Andrew Hayday laying the wreath at the Brigade Memorial Garden, and members of CLCGB Companies who have contributed readings and prayers. The music was recorded by CLCGB Band members.
Through the hard work of those who gave up their time to make this video, we have been able to provide a dignified way of marking Remembrance in what continues to be a difficult year for all of us.
It would be great if CLCGB members, and friends of the CLCGB, were able to watch this video together on Saturday afternoon and to join in with the prayers and the Two Minutes Silence.
The service sheet is available to download here pdf CLCGB Remembrance 2020 (129 KB)  and the stream can be watched at 2:30 by refreshing this page.

Announcement: New Governor Appointed

I do hope you are all keeping safe during these very uncertain and often stressful times; particularly so when we begin to move towards a ‘new normal’!
I have written to all members to advise them that I have been appointed as the new Governor of the National CLCGB, in place of Liz Butterfield. She is stepping down from this position with immediate effect for health reasons. Liz has been appointed as Deputy Governor and will continue to support the CLCGB in every way possible.
I would like to offer my sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to Liz for all her dedication, time and support during her tenure as Governor and for many years before that. Liz has provided outstanding leadership through some very challenging times and has had to manage some very difficult decisions. She has proven to be an extremely popular and recognisable figurehead and she will be greatly missed in this key position within our organisation.
I attended my first camp in 1976 and have fully experienced what the CLCGB can offer. I want to support all Companies in offering this to many more young people, positively influencing lives for generations to come.
I would like to end by thanking Liz once again for all of her dedication, commitment and friendship. I am proud to follow in her footsteps.
Kind Regards
Andrew Hayday

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