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A Cam­bus­lang Boys’ Bri­gade com­pany is fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture due to a lack of mem­bers and vol­un­teers.

The 217th Gil­bert­field com­pany has been based at Flem­ing­ton Hallside Church for over 90 years.

But the ju­nior sec­tion has fallen dra­mat­i­cally over the past two years from 20 boys to just six.

And a lack of adult of­fi­cers has led to some nights even be­ing can­celled.

Ju­nior sec­tion of­fi­cer in charge, Glenn Jamieson ad­mit­ted to the Re­former that the sit­u­a­tion was crit­i­cal.

He said: “What used to hap­pen is the com­pany sec­tion would have hardly any boys but there has been a turn­around here.

“The com­pany sec­tion now has a lot of boys but the An­chor Boys and ju­nior sec­tion are dwin­dling while of­fi­cers are drift­ing away. “The sit­u­a­tion is get­ting worse. “Chil­dren have lots of op­tions these days. I know a lot of foot­ball teams train on a Tues­day night and that has hurt us, but I still see lots wan­der­ing around.

“We are a Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tion but we take boys from all back­grounds. Out nights mainly con­sist of games and meet­ing peo­ple. We have the se­ri­ous stuff like march­ing, which teaches dis­ci­pline, but it’s mainly sports and games.”

Glenn said they were also look­ing for adults to help out, but stressed it was not a full time com­mit­ment.

“I’m not ask­ing for some­one to come ev­ery week, just on a rolling ba­sis.

“I work away, so I know what it is like. It’s Camp­ing out Ju­nior sec­tions boys from the 217th Gil­bert­field BB com­pany en­joy a camp, but the sec­tion is strug­gling with a lack of mem­bers

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