A History of the Church Lads’ Brigade (CLB)
The year 2017 marks 125 years of service in Newfoundland for the Church Lads' Brigade. Today, it is the oldest and largest Anglican youth organization in Canada. The CLB is also one of the most recognizable civic organizations in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, known nationally for its regimental band. Since 1892 there have been more than 20,000 members in Newfoundland, with about 12,000 still living. Approximately 600 members in eighteen active companies are still listed on strength.
The Right Reverend Geoff Peddle, Ph.D., is the regimental chaplain to the CLB. Here, he recounts the history of this incredible organization while telling the story of its continuing work today.
About the authors
Bishop Geoff Peddle is the Anglican bishop for the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. He was born in Bonavista and grew up in Trinity, Lethbridge, and Whitbourne. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. degree from Memorial University, an M.Div. degree from Queen’s College, and a Ph.D. degree from Cardiff University. Bishop Peddle was ordained in 1987 and has served in the Parish of Lake Melville, the Parish of Arnold’s Cove, the Parish of the Ascension, and the Parish of the Good Shepherd. He has also served as diocesan executive officer for the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador and as provost and vice-chancellor of Queen’s College. He is the author of various academic articles and two books: From Mount Pearl to Mount Sinai and The Atonement of Jack Fowler. Geoff Peddle and his wife, Kathy, a nurse, make their home in Mount Pearl.