History - Year by year
Company history for the year 1990 - Centenary of the 3rd Enfield
Saturday 20th January
The start of the centenary appeal, with the aim of raising £5000 for a new Company minibus. A launch party is held at the Church hall, with 130 people in attendance. Everyone enjoys an evening of games, food and fun. Present are the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Enfield.
The Battalion Cross Country competition is held at Alexandra Park, where the Seniors and Juniors come second in the team event. Stuart Bachelor wins the Senior race.
Stuart Bachelor comes third in the London District Cross Country, which is held at Hampstead Heath.
The Company wins the London District Blockbuster challenges. The final is an all-3rd Enfield affair, with the winning team consisting of Mark Willis, Tim Wakeford and Stuart Bachelor.
The 3rd Enfield wins the North London Squad Drill competition, held at the 1st Enfield HQ.
Saturday 10th February
The Junior Section takes part in a Battalion Bible Fun Day, held at Bush Hill Park URC, home of the 2nd Enfield. 75 boys from Enfield take part in the event.
Wednesday 7th March
The Enfield Battalion Band competitions take place in Barnet, where the 3rd Enfield wins the Band, Bugle Team and Drum Team competitions. Sgt Mark Silvey and Cpl Tim Wakeford come first and second respectively in the Solo Bugler competition, and Cpl David Waite and Pte Simeon Layzell come first and second in the Solo Drummer competition.
Sunday 18th March
The Enfield Battalion Church Parade is held at Christ Church.
Thursday 22nd March
The Enfield Battalion Two Section Drill and Colours competitions take place, with the 3rd Enfield winning the latter.
Saturday 31st March
The 3rd Enfield takes part in the London District Band competitions day. The Bugle Team, defending champions, comes third and the Drum Team comes second in their respective competitions. The Company Band also enters the Junior Band competition playing the march Red Alert, which was composed by 3rd Enfield members Mark Willis, Martyn Stogden and Mark Pollard. The band comes second, but the judges comment on the quality of the march.
Tuesday 10th April
The Company takes part in the London District Squad Drill final and comes third.
Friday 13th April
The Good Friday Sports Day takes place at Whitewebbs Park.
Wednesday 25th April
A Centenary Beetle drive takes place to raise funds.
Friday 27th April
The London District Two and Three Section Drill competitions take place. The 3rd Enfield comes second in the Two Section Drill competition, and Enfield Battalion comes second in the Daily Telegraph Shield competition.
Saturday 5th May
The 3rd Enfield's Centenary Display is held at Chace Community School. The Chief Guest is Deputy Mayor of Enfield Henry Mardon with the Deputy Mayoress, and Brigade Secretary Sydney Jones is the Inspecting Officer. The evening is a showcase of the Company, past and present, with the evening being made up of a number of items:
- The Company Band gives a display of marches, consisting of some old pieces and some new ones, including the finale piece Salute to T R P, in tribute to T R Plowman, ex-Captain of the 3rd Enfield. Ray Barnes, who also wrote the famous Swingtime, wrote this march.
- The Anchor Boys dress as clowns and distribute pieces of cake to the audience as part of their games.
- Old time Rifle Drill with Chris Sanders leading the squad as Colonel Chappie!
- The Junior Section demonstrates its achievement schemes, a regular activity on Monday nights.
- Two teams compete against each other to see who can raise a tent the quickest.
- The Junior Section performs its version of the famous Royal Tournament gun carriage race.
- An old boys drill down, the old boys show a high standard of drill from their youth, but Pte Simeon Layzell eventually wins.
- The finale is a combined band of the boys and old boys. The band plays a range of marches including Swingtime. This event is organised by Andy Barnes.
Sunday 6th May
An Open Bible Class takes place, with PC Richard Coombs as the inspiring speaker.
Cpl Stuart Bachelor wins the London District 1500 metres race, and Enfield Battalion comes third in the Athletics competition.
The 3rd Enfield comes second in the Battalion Athletics competition.
The Gymnastics competition is held late this year, but Simeon Layzell wins all three Senior individual titles. The Company team also wins the Parallel Bars competition.
Saturday 23rd June
The 3rd Enfield holds a fundraising fayre, and raises £550 for the Company appeal.
The Company wins the London District 6-a-side Cricket competition.
The Company goes to the Royal Tournament at Earl's Court, where the London District Bugle Band plays a special performance. The 3rd Enfield is represented by Pte Michael Stamford.
The Company is represented in the London District Bugle Band at the Beating Retreat event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
The Centenary Summer Camp is held at Oban, Scotland.
Saturday 8th September
The annual Brigade Council is held in Colchester, where the BB makes it into the news after a motion to admit girls into membership is defeated by 718 votes to 382.
Monday 10th September
The 3rd Enfield promotion evening is held.
Sunday 14th October
The Company Enrolment Service is held.
Sunday 28th October
An Enfield Battalion Old Boys Bible Class is held.
Monday 5th November
The Company holds a Centenary Fireworks Night, which 140 people attend.
Saturday 1st December
The 3rd Enfield's Centenary Dinner and Dance is held at Forty Hall. It is attended by Lord Thurso, Brigade President.
Sunday 2nd December
Lord Thurso, Brigade President, attends the 3rd Enfield's Centenary Church Parade, as does Rev Geoffrey Plowman, nephew of Thomas R Plowman, and many 3rd Enfield old boys. New Company Colours are presented and dedicated at the service, and are named the T R Plowman Colours.
Monday 3rd December
A special parade night is held to celebrate 100 years to the day of the Company being formed. A special 100th birthday certificate is presented to the Company from the national BB, and each member of the Company, young and old, is presented with a commemorative certificate to mark the occasion.
As we can't hold our usual annual Quiz Night in person this year, we're inviting you to join us for a Zoom Quiz Night on Saturday 23rd January!
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Following the November lockdown we were able to meet face-to-face once again on Monday 7th December, which was also our final meeting of 2020.
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Despite the unusual circumstances, we were able to get involved in Remembrance activities to commemorate those who gave their lives in conflict.
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Although we have had to do things slightly differently, it has been great to get back to face-to-face meetings over the last few weeks.
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