History - Year by year

Company history for the year 2002 - Centenary of Enfield Battalion

January

Company Section handbook.


February
The Company takes part in a Quasar laser run fun with the 10th Enfield.


Thursday 7th February
Chris Sanders becomes Captain of the 3rd Enfield Company. Peter Wakeford and Mark Bullock run the Junior Section, the Company Section is run by Chris Sanders and Adrian Bullock and the Anchor Boys is run by Sue Bullock and Natalie Sanders. Martyn Stogden is the Bandmaster, assisted by Stuart Bachelor.


Sunday 17th March
The 12th Enfield hosts a Battalion Church Parade at its headquarters, Ponders End URC.


April
Mr Sydney Jones OBE, Brigade Secretary for fourteen years, retires from the post and is succeeded by Mr Don McLaren.


Monday 22nd April
The annual Display and Presentation evening is held at the Church Hall, which is the first for Chris Sanders in his time as Captain of the Company.


Saturday 20th July to Saturday 27th July
The 3rd Enfield is again invited to join with the 10th Enfield on its Summer Camp, which for the second year takes place at Beeston Regis, near Sheringham in Norfolk. L/Cpl Tom Boorman and Pte Rob Gardner attend from the 3rd Enfield.


Saturday 14th September to Sunday 15th September
A weekend of events is held to celebrate the centenary of the Enfield Battalion, including displays at the Enfield Town Show in the Town Park, which features performances by the London Massed Bugle Band and the London Gymnastics team. On the Saturday evening a disco is put on for the London Massed Bugle Band members and the 3rd Enfield accommodates and cooks for the Band members on the Saturday night. A Battalion Church Parade is held on the Sunday at Christ Church, with over 100 boys and Officers from the Battalion present. The parade is led by the London Massed Bugle Band, with the service led by KJC, The Boys' Brigade's music and drama group. One of the presentations made by the Battalion President, Chris Sanders (also 3rd Enfield Captain) is to Peter Wakeford, a 3rd Enfield Officer who retires as Battalion Secretary. A presentation is also made to Len Staines, and old boy of the 3rd Enfield and Officer in the 16th Enfield, who notched up an amazing 65 years as a BB Officer.


Sunday 13th October
The 3rd Enfield Enrolment Service is held at Christ Church.


Monday 11th November
The Company holds a short service of remembrance for the many old boys of the Company that perished in the wars. The names on the 3rd Enfield Roll of Honour are read by Stuart Bachelor and two poems, "The Soldier" and "High Flight", are read to the attentive audience. The evening closes with a showing of the final and poignant episode of "Blackadder Goes Forth". The episode sums up all that is futile about war and it is well received.


Sunday 15th December
The Company holds a Victorian Christmas party. The Anchor Boys and Junior Section hold their own parties too.

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