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This evening Lt Sheila Watt, Officer-in-Charge of the 1st Fraserburgh Anchor Boys, retired in her 47th Year in post. Sheila was the first and, until tonight, only OIC of the section which she formed in 1976 with other BB wives under the slogan “if you can’t beat them, join them”! Hundreds of upon hundreds of Fraserburgh’s young (to middle aged) men have passed through her section and many into the wider BB as officers.

As fate would have it our new Battalion President, Lt Marc Thomson, made his first public appearance in his new role to witness Sheila’s final night in charge of her section. The President was one of Sheila’s loons 1994-97, an association which he will always be proud of. The President handed Mrs Watt a private letter to mark the occasion. He was accompanied by Queen’s Badge Advisor and former Battalion President Michael Strachan, one of Mrs Watt’s old boys 1992-95, who was very keen to remind everyone he was Best Boy of 1995!

Duncan Leel Snr, Captain of the 1st Fraserburgh and another former President of the Battalion, paid touching tribute to Sheila’s many years of dedicated service to the Anchor Boys and the wider Company. It was his privilege, he said, to count her among his friends and to have the benefit of her experience over a 20 year friendship. Mr Leel presented Mrs Watt with a beautiful wristwatch with an engraving on behalf of the Company to mark her many years of dedicated service. Mrs Watt will be succeeded in post by her daughter, Tracy.

The Battalion President wishes to add his congratulations to Sheila on this outstanding achievement and to thank her for all that she has contributed to the Boys’ Brigade in Buchan.

Photograph (l-r): Capt. Michael Strachan (Best Boy, 1995), Lt. Sheila Watt OIC (1st Fraserburgh Anchors Boys), Capt. Duncan Leel Snr (Captain, 1st Fraserburgh), Lt Marc Thomson (President, Buchan Battalion).

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The 1st Fraserburgh Company would love for you to come and join us! – We do lot’s of fun activities and games weekly.

All the Boys have a great time whilst working towards their awards and developing skills including Teamwork, Problem Solving & Physical Skills – all in a fun, safe environment!!

⚫ Anchor Boys (P1-3)- Tuesday 18:30 – 19:45

⚫ Junior Section (P4-6) – Tuesday 18:30 – 20:00

⚫ Company Section / Seniors (P7 – 19 Years) – Friday 19:00 – 21:30

All sections meet at the Fraserburgh Old Parish Church Centre.

To get it touch with them please email or visit

We look forward to seeing you all their!!

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1st Fraserburgh Boys’ Brigade Enrolment Information

Anchor Boy Section will enrol on Tuesday 31st August at 6.00pm. Forms and information can be collected from the Church Centre Door. Please adhere to social distancing requirement (1 metre) while waiting to collect you enrolment information.

Anchor boys will start back on Tuesday 7th September 6.30pm – 7.45pm in the church centre hall.

Junior Section will enrol on Tuesday 31st August at 6.30pm. Forms and information can be collected from the Church Centre Door. Please adhere to social distancing requirement (1 metre) while waiting to collect you enrolment information.

Junior section will start back on Tuesday 7th September 6.30pm – 8.00pm in the upstairs conference room.

Company section will enrol on Friday 3rd September at 7.00pm. Forms and information can be collected from the church centre door by parents who should adhere to social distancing requirement (1 metre) or by boys who are welcome to come into the church hall for a catch up session with officers.

Company section will start back officially on Friday 10th September 7.00pm – 9.30pm in the church centre hall.

We looks forward to seeing you all again. 😀⚓⚓

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The exhibition marking 100 years of the BB in Fraserburgh is set to open on the 1st July 2021 with Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.

The exhibition was originally scheduled to open in April 2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19.

It features photographs and artefacts pertinent to the beginning and early development of the organisation in Fraserburgh. This includes the four big shields of their day which are all in Fraserburgh together for the first time since the 1960s.

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#OnThisDay in 1921 #100YearsAgo the 1st Fraserburgh BB Company was officially registered meaning today is their official 100th Birthday.

The Company is the oldest in the Buchan Battalion and has provided opportunities for thousands of our town’s boys!

All in the Battalion would like to wish our friends in the 1st Fraserburgh a very happy 100th Birthday and we look forward to seeing what celebrations they have lined up when restrictions are lifted.

Today we also look back and remember those who came before, to hand over the company, generation after generation, to the boys and officers of today.

Congratulations, and here’s to the next 100!

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Another Virtual Quiz!

Hi everyone, we will be having another Virtual Quiz Fundraiser on Friday 27th November at 7:30pm, it will cost £10 per team and you have the chance to win a £25 Amazon Voucher.

To register a team please visit and fill in the sign up form, then donate the £10 via our just giving page (Link is on the Quiz Webpage)

It will be a fun evening for all, so make sure to get signed and let all your friends and family know, the more teams the better!!

If you have any questions, please email
Good Luck

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Fundraiser Survey

Hello, after the success of the last quiz, we are planning to do another virtual Fundraiser!!

We were wondering if everyone would be able to complete the survey via this link to let us know if you want another quiz or something else

Thanks, Ross, Jordan & Nathan

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Join our Virtual Quiz

We will be having a 1st Fraserburgh BB Quiz Fundraiser on Friday 3rd July at 7:30pm, it will cost £10 per team and you have the chance to win a £25 Amazon Voucher, to sign up please visit our Just Giving Page, make sure to select £10 as the donation and also remember to include an email address or whats-app number so that we can let you know how to access the quiz.

It will be a fun evening for all, so make sure to get signed and let all your friends and family know.

If you have any questions, please email

Good Luck,

1st Fraserburgh Boys Brigade

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BB Companies, Battalions and Districts are advised to suspend all meetings and activities with immediate effect across the UK.
The Boys’ Brigade has been carefully monitoring the outbreak of the Corona-virus across the UK and keeping up to date with advice issued by UK Government and other relevant authorities.

Following new Government advice issued today that everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel, it has been concluded that all BB weekly meetings/activities, events and trips should be immediately suspended.

​We are currently exploring how we continue to provide opportunities for young people in the BB family to learn, grow and discover over the challenging weeks and months ahead. We will continue to use this page and our social media channels to provide updates.

We wish every member of the Brigade family every blessing.

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JOE WATT 1938-2019

All in the Battalion were saddened to learn of the passing of BB stalwart, Mr Joe Watt, at the age of 81.
Mr Watt’s service in the BB started on 1st October 1950 when, at the age of 12, he was enrolled in the 1st Fraserburgh Company. He served through the ranks until 1956 when, reaching the upper age limit, he was discharged having given ‘good service’ to the company. A skilled gymnast he competed with the crack PT teams, winning the Town Council Shield in his final year.
After national service Joe returned to help his company, being officially enrolled as Lieutenant with the Company in 1964. This saw a tough time for the company, which fell into temporary abeyance in 1969. What followed afterwards was perhaps Mr Watt’s greatest accomplishment in the BB: a leading officer in the Company Joe worked hard to revive the 1st Fraserburgh from a Company in abeyance to one of the strongest companies in the area. During his stint as Officer-in-Charge of Company Section from the 1970s until 1989, the section regularly enrolled 40-50 boys.
In 1988 he became Captain of the 1st Fraserburgh, taking over as “Skipper” from his old friend Alastair Sinclair. Serving in that post for 4 years he was clear who the most important people in the company were: “the boys – without you there would be no Boys’ Brigade”. He saw the BB as an important means of delivering new skills to boys and, most important of all, to deliver them to a personal relationship with Christ.
When he retired in 1992, he did so believing it was now the turn of the next generation to lead.
His retirement was, however, virtually non-existent as the next chapter of his BB career opened instantaneously as a bandsman. Between 1992 and 2001 he taught and led the buglers of the award winning 1st Fraserburgh Bugle Band. He briefly served as bandmaster 2001-02 following the death of his great friend Mr Sinclair.
Joe also carried out a great deal of work for our Battalion. While the posts of Battalion high office never appealed to him, Joe worked for many years behind the scenes on the training committee and also as a member of the Company Section committee. By doing so he again worked hardest for the most important people in the organisation: the boys.
Following his second retirement in 2002 Joe did take more of a back seat but remained a dedicated supporter of the BB. As a respected Elder of the Church and BB he was often called upon as Inspecting Officer and his wife Sheila always had a job for him at the Anchor Boys parents night. There are hundreds of young men – and some not-so-young – around our Battalion who owe a great deal to Joe Watt for the time he gave in the hope of improving their chances in life. He is responsible for equipping a generation with new skills which undoubtedly gave them greater opportunities in life.
Upon becoming Captain in 1988 he remarked: “When the Company was started again 18 years ago, we had only a handful of boys. Many a Friday night we went home thinking, is it worth carrying on?”. We are grateful that he persevered!
At this sad time all at the Buchan Battalion offer our sincere and heart felt condolences to Mrs Sheila Watt, Joe’s devoted wife of 55 years, and their children Tracy and Peter, and grandchildren.

Capt M. A. W. Strachan
1st Rosehearty Coy.