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Company history

This is a history of 3rd Basingstoke Boys' Brigade Company from its foundation in 1965 right up to the present day.


Due to privacy restrictions this history will not contain the names of boys who were members (unless they went on to become officers) and will therefore focus on the Officers who kept the company running and the important events which shaped the course of our history.

Camp 1979

The photographs included here are taken from our company archives and a complete collection of all our full size photographs can be found in our Photo Gallery. In accordance with our policy there are no pictures of individual boys, however there are plenty of group shots in addition to pictures of our leaders. Maybe there are some faces you recognise because you were a member of the 3rd in the past. Ex Members are encouraged to view the Ex Members page and contact us with stories of their time at the 3rd.

First off please accept our apologies if any detail is incorrect in this history. The dates were taken from the very confusing and occasionally incomplete archives of the company. We have made every effort to get the details correct and include every officer throughout our history. If you do spot anything which is incorrect or something which should have been included then please contact us using the Ex Members Contact Form and we will make a correction.

Note on ranks: W/O = Warrant Officer. Lt. = Lieutenant.

Key Dates

1854 -
William Alexander Smith born (27th October)
1883 -
BB Founded in Glasgow (4th October)
1886 -
First BB Camp (Tignabruaich)
1908 -
Scout Movement Formed (by Baden Powell, developed from the Boys' Brigade)
1909 -
William Alexander Smith knighted (July)
1914 -
Sir William Alexander Smith died (10th May)
1933 -
Jubilee Celebrations
1955 -
St Andrews' Church built
1964 -
2nd Basingstoke Girls' Brigade founded (December)
1965 -
3rd Basingstoke Life Boys' founded (January)
1966 -
3rd Basingstoke Boys' Brigade founded
1983 -
BB Centenary Celebrations
1993 -
2nd Basingstoke Girls' Brigade closes (February)
1993 -
Junior Section 75th Anniversary (previously called 'Life Boys')
2006 -
40th Anniversary celebration of 3rd Basingstoke
2008 -
125th Anniversary of The Boys' Brigade
2009 -
3rd Basingstoke temporarily move to Trinity Church (September)
2011 -
St. Andrews' Church is demolished and construction of the new church begins
2012 -
Construction of the brand new St. Andrews' Church is completed
2012 -
3rd Basingstoke return to the brand new St. Andrews' Church (November)

Company Captains

Captain Dates from/to Click link to read history
Peter Waite 1965 — 1967 Foundation of the 3rd
Brian Hands 1967 — 1969 Popularity & Expansion
Robert Crouden 1969 — 1986 The 1970s
Martyn Waters 1986 — 1987 The 1980s
Walter Brown 1987 — 1991 The 1980s
Adrian Fuller 1991 — 1993 The 1990s
Trevor Barnes 1993 — 1996 The 1990s
Barry Precey 1996 — 2007 The new Millennium
Theresa Strachan 2007 — current A new future for St. Andrews'