History - Year by year

Company history for the year 1891

During 1891

1st Enfield recruitment poster signed by Captain Harry Toms.

Friday 16th January
A public meeting is held in support of the Boys' Brigade at 8 o'clock at the Lecture Hall in Chase Side and is attended by Mr J Downing and Mr Robinson (President of the London Battalion). This was the first public appearance of the 3rd Enfield, but not in uniform. The aims of the BB were discussed, it was attempted to bring out the positive benefits of the Brigade.

Advert in a local paper for the public meeting.

Monday 26th January
The 3rd Enfield's application for enrolment is made.

Thursday 29th January
The 3rd Enfield Company is registered, on the same day as the 2nd Enfield Company.

Page from the Boys' Brigade Gazette mentioning the enrolment of the 2nd and 3rd Enfield Companies.

Short articles on the 1st and 2nd Enfield Companies from the Gazette.

Sunday 19th April
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Enfield hold their first Church Parade, at Christ Church. The Rev H S Toms presents the Stripes to the NCOs of the newly formed 2nd and 3rd Enfield Companies.

Wednesday 22nd April
There is a free fight occasioned by a row outside the 3rd Enfield Drill hall, after an Officer in the Brigade knocked out one of the hooligans who had been making a nuisance of himself.

The Boys' Brigade, with the Cricket Club and the Band of Hope, rents the field adjoining the manse grounds for cricket and other open air sports.

May to June
Several letters complaining about the BB are published in the Gazette; the letters are from local Churchmen who believed that military drill could not be combined with religious teaching for the benefit of the boys.

Monday 18th May
The third annual Inspection of the 1st Enfield Company takes place at Enfield on Whit Monday. The newly formed 2nd and 3rd Enfield and the 1st New Barnet also take part in the proceedings. The 1st gives an exhibition of rifle exercises. A J Ridge reads the report, which talks of the formation of the 2nd and 3rd Enfield Companies. At the Christ Church Institute two rooms are devoted to the use of the boys.

Friday 26th June
A letter is published from William A Smith, the Founder, explaining the aims of the Brigade. This stops any further bad press.

Thursday 1st October
The Company sets up a small printing press in one of the rooms in its headquarters.

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