History - Year by year

Company history for the year 1897

Saturday 30th January to Monday 1st February
The visit of Sir William A Smith to Enfield takes place. He visits the Enfield headquarters (30th January) and inspects the comfortable reading rooms and the printing press. He visits the 1st Enfield drill evening. On 31st January Mr Smith speaks at a united Bible class of the three United Enfield Companies. In the evening he attends a lantern service for boys only (220 were present). On 1st February a parade from the market place is held in the slush. The 3rd Enfield Drum and Fife Band plays outside the Bycullah Athenaeum. The evening involves a sword drill exercise by the 3rd.

Article in The Boys' Brigade Gazette about the visit of Sir William A Smith to Enfield.


February
The 3rd Enfield holds its fifth annual Entertainment and Display evening to parents and friends in the Lecture Hall at Chase Side.


May
The first London Display is held at the Queen's Hall.


June
The annual Whit Monday Inspection and Sports is held at Brigade Field. Mr A J Ridge talks about the summer camp the previous year year at Hayling Island, which was the first only United Enfield Companies Camp. He also mentions the visit by William Smith and the squad of Enfield boys who gave a display of bayonet exercises. As part of the Queen Victoria Jubilee celebrations, 40 boys go to the Royal Military Tournament. The first inter-Company Drill competition is won by the 2nd Enfield. The 1st Enfield wins the sports cup (65 points) with the 2nd Enfield second (42 points) and the 3rd Enfield third (37 points).


Saturday 26th June to Saturday 3rd July
Summer Camp is held at Hayling Island.


September
The Brigade Council is held in London, and makes a visit to the headquarters of the United Enfield Companies in Lancaster Road. The Officers are given a photo of the headquarters as a souvenir.

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