History – 1980s

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1980


During 1980

The below photo shows the 3rd Enfield’s Junior Section on parade with Officer Ken Ford, who was also a local ambulance driver and would give first aid classes to 3rd Enfield members.

Saturday 15th March 1980

The semi-final of the Devonshire Cup takes place at the London College of Printing.

View the Competition Programme.

Saturday 29th March 1980

The 3rd Enfield wins the London District Two Section Drill competition for the fourth year in a row.

Saturday 26th April 1980

The Company Display is held at Chase Side Primary School.

View the Display Programme.

Friday 9th May 1980

A new Devonshire Cup is presented to London District to replace the old cup. The 14th West Kent wins in the final at the Royal Albert Hall Display to become the first holders of the new cup.

View the Display Programme.

July 1980

The 3rd Enfield Bugle Band leads a parade from Christ Church to Enfield Baptist Church, then from there to Enfield Town Park to support an open air service held by local churches.

Saturday 26th July 1980 to Saturday 2nd August 1980

Summer Camp takes place in Lamas, Norfolk.

View the Camp Orders.

Saturday 30th August 1980

The 3rd Enfield takes part in a special London District Parade for the “First for Boys” Campaign. The parade takes place between the Jubilee Gardens and Horse Guards Parade.

View the Parade Programme.

September 1980

A combined 1st and 3rd Enfield Bugle Band performs outside the old cinema in Southbury Road. The performance is to promote the BB film “First for Boys” campaign, which is being shown at the Saturday morning children’s show at the cinema. The event is considered unsuccessful: no recruits and when the band go on stage the children in the audience just throw sweets as the band tries to play!

November 1980

Rev Roy Martin becomes 3rd Enfield Company Chaplain.

Sunday 9th November 1980

The annual Remembrance Sunday Parade takes place.


1981


Sunday 18th January 1981

A thanksgiving service for the 3rd Enfield’s 90th anniversary takes place at Christ Church.

Tuesday 27th January 1981

A special Old Boys Band Night takes place at Lavender School.

Thursday 29th January 1981

The 3rd Enfield celebrates its 90th anniversary of registration.

Saturday 21st March 1981

The London District Bugle Band competitions day takes place at the London College of Printing, Elephant and Castle.

View the Competitions Programme.

Sunday 29th March 1981

The 3rd Enfield Bugle Band is pictured in the Church Hall.

Saturday 4th April 1981

The 3rd Enfield wins the London District Two Section Drill competition for the fifth time in a row.

Saturday 4th April 1981

An Enfield Battalion Junior Section Display takes place at Mandeville School in Edmonton.

View the Display Programme.

Saturday 25th April 1981

The Company Display is held at Enfield Chace Lower School.

View the Display Programme.

Friday 8th May 1981 to Saturday 9th May 1981

As London District Two Section Drill champions, the 3rd Enfield provides a Guard of Honour down the stairway to the main arena at the Royal Albert Hall Display.

View the Display Programme.

Wednesday 29th July 1981

A street party takes place in Gordon Hill to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Diana and Charles, at which the 3rd Enfield Bugle Band performs.

August 1981

Summer Camp takes place at Criccieth, North Wales.


1982


During 1982

The Enfield Battalion Band competition takes place.

During 1982

The age range of The Boys’ Brigade is expanded, with Anchor Boys formed as a precursor to Junior Section.

March 1982

The Post Office produces stamps of youth organisations with the BB on the 15 1/2 pence stamp, which features two 1st Enfield boys.

Saturday 20th March 1982

The 3rd Enfield Bugle Band wins through to the Devonshire Cup final.

View the Competitions Programme.

Saturday 24th April 1982

The Company Display is held, with Spurs assistant manager (later manager) Peter Shreeves as the Guest of Honour.

View the Display Programme.

Friday 7th May 1982

The 3rd Enfield wins the very last Devonshire Cup final to be held at the Royal Albert Hall Display, and holds the title for two years because of no London District competitions during the centenary year.

The 3rd Enfield beats the 4th Sutton in the final 193 points to 190.5 points with the march Felden, and also takes part in the 300 strong Bugle Band item.

View the Display Programme.

June 1982

A newsletter for the London Band is formed.

View London Bugle Band News June 1982.

Sunday 13th June 1982

Some photos are taken to show the successful 1981/82 session for the 3rd Enfield, in which they had won the Devonshire Cup.

Saturday 19th June 1982

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion Athletics competition, with a notable individual performance by Stephen Borkett.

Sunday 4th July 1982

The 3rd Enfield Bugle Band leads a parade to Enfield Town Park to support an open air service held by local churches.

Tuesday 6th July 1982

The 3rd Enfield Bugle Band performs outside Christ Church as part of the Zambia-India project.

Saturday 31st July 1982 to Saturday 7th August 1982

Summer Camp takes place in Burton Bradstock, Dorset.

View the Camp Orders.

September 1982

A centenary build up exhibition at the Civic Centre is designed by Andrew Mason.


1983


During 1983

A logo is launched for the London District Bugle Band, which is formed for the centenary year celebrations.

During 1983

The below shows “Centy”, the official mascot for the centenary, and the official BB centenary year logo, designed by David Cherry of 46th London.

During 1983

Below is a photo of the 3rd Enfield taken during 1983.

Sunday 23rd January 1983

The 3rd Enfield is presented with the Bergin Victory Cup at a United Bible Class at Edmonton Baptist Church.

March 1983

Pte Steven Wakeford sings a solo rendition of the Anchor Song for The Boys’ Brigade’s official centenary album, “The Boys’ Brigade Centenary Fanfare”.

Sunday 20th March 1983

The Enfield Battalion Centenary Church Parade is held at Christ Church. More than 900 people attend the service.

View the Order of Service.

Friday 1st April 1983

The Good Friday Sports Day takes place.

Saturday 30th April 1983

The centenary year Company Display takes place at Enfield Chace Lower School.

View the Display Programme.

Thursday 12th May 1983 to Saturday 14th May 1983

The centenary year Royal Albert Hall Display takes place, with nearly 10,000 boys taking part.

Enfield Battalion puts on an item about the formation of the Scouts as a result of the Brownsea Island Camp in 1907. The item is called “We have started something”. The 3rd Enfield also takes part in the London Bugle Band soloists in the finale. Steven Wakeford sings a solo of the Anchor Song.

West Kent Battalion (mainly 2nd West Kent and 14th West Kent) performs an item which is a reconstruction of the first Daily Telegraph Shield competition, in which they salute the 3rd Enfield as the first winners of the competition in 1906 as well as the thousands of other boys who had taken part in the competition since.

View the Display Poster.

View the Display Programme.

Saturday 4th June 1983

The North London Centenary Display takes place at Picketts Lock Centre. The 3rd Enfield takes part in many of the items including Four Section Drill and the Bugle Band item.

View the Display Programme.

Saturday 18th June 1983

The 3rd Enfield takes part in the world record attempt for the world’s largest marching band. The Brigade breaks the record at Avery Hill Park with 2,117 bandsmen.

July 1983

Summer Camp takes place in St Austell, Cornwall.

Saturday 2nd July 1983

Four 3rd Enfield members (Mark Bullock, Alan Head, Martyn Stogden and Robert Wilson) take part in the Royal Review of The Boys’ Brigade at Holyrood Park, next to Holyrood House, Edinburgh.

View the Royal Review Programme.

Saturday 9th July 1983

London District holds a Centenary Day at the Copthall Stadium in Barnet.

View the Centenary Day Programme.

August 1983

Another edition of the London Band newsletter is produced.

View London Bugle Band Newsletter August 1983.

August 1983 to September 1983

The 3rd Enfield looks after 27 members of The Boys’ Brigade from Sint Maarten, Dutch West Indies, who are over for the centenary celebrations.

Saturday 13th August 1983 to Saturday 20th August 1983

Campus ’83, a national centenary event for Seniors and young leaders, takes place. 3rd Enfield members Andrew Mason and Glen Hosford enjoy this week of organised activities at the University of Durham.

View the General Information Booklet.

View the Orders of Service.

Saturday 20th August 1983 to Tuesday 30th August 1983

The Centenary International Camp takes place at Scone Place, Perth, Scotland. Andrew Mason and Glen Hosford take part in this very large and friendly international camp for the centenary celebrations.

Thursday 25th August 1983 to Tuesday 30th August 1983

The main centenary celebrations take place in Glasgow. Officers, boys and friends of the 3rd Enfield make their way to Glasgow to enjoy five days of events. Many of the boys travel to Glasgow on a train named after The Boys’ Brigade.

The below photo shows members of Enfield Battalion who took part in the celebrations.

On Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August, Glasgow Battalion puts on a show called “Arena ’83” at Kelvin Hall Arena.

The 3rd Enfield takes part in the Centenary Salute held at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday 27th August, and provides the Enfield Battalion Colours (Stephen Hussey, Ashley Edwards and Martyn Stogden are the Colour Party). The Company is part of the 514 strong London District Bugle Band.

3rd Enfield members are also present for the Centenary Thanksgiving Service at Ibrox Stadium on Sunday 28th August.

Saturday 3rd September 1983

The 3rd Enfield holds a Centenary Fete at Christ Church.

Sunday 25th September 1983

The 3rd Enfield takes part in the London District Centenary Church Parade at Central Hall, Westminster.

Tuesday 4th October 1983

The 100th anniversary of the BB being formed (exactly 100 years since 1st Glasgow’s first parade night) is marked by all Companies holding a special parade with parents and friends present. The programme for the evening is meant to be identical for every Company up and down the country.

Friday 21st October 1983 to Sunday 27th November 1983

A centenary year exhibition is held at Forty Hall, with most of the work being done by Andrew Mason.

Thursday 27th October 1983

A centenary thanksgiving service is held at St Paul’s Cathedral, and is attended by HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The fanfare team is made up of Enfield boys, mostly from the 1st and 3rd Enfield. The Guard of Honour is formed of 14th West Kent members.

Sunday 30th October 1983

The Enfield Battalion Founder’s Day Service takes place at Enfield Chace Lower School.

Saturday 12th November 1983

A number of boys take part in the London District Bugle and Brass Band at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London.

Saturday 26th November 1983

The drummers undergo an 18 hour sponsored drum practice to raise cash for new band equipment.

December 1983

The Boys’ Brigade produces a Centenary Year in Pictures magazine.

Monday 26th December 1983

The Company boys hold a Boxing Day football match against the old boys.


1984


During 1984

The below photo shows the 3rd Enfield Junior Section marching for a Church Parade.

During 1984

The below shows a Company Section information sheet that was sent out at the start of 1984.

Saturday 24th March 1984

The London District Bugle Band competitions day takes place at the William Penn School.

April 1984

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Borough Youth Quiz competition.

Saturday 7th April 1984

The 3rd Enfield wins the London District Two Section Drill competition for the ninth time.

Saturday 5th May 1984

The Company Display takes place. One of the items put on is a display of old time drill. Several boys become the first to receive Duke of Edinburgh Awards after the Company started the scheme during the session.

Saturday 12th May 1984

The Royal Albert Hall Display takes place.

Thursday 17th May 1984

The 3rd Enfield helps the elderly and disabled at the OBE ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral.

June 1984

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion Athletics competition.

June 1984

The below shows a letter sent out about forthcoming Company Section events in June and July 1984.

Sunday 24th June 1984

The 3rd Enfield is photographed, as shown below.

Wednesday 11th July 1984

The 3rd Enfield takes part in the London District Bugle Band at the Royal Tournament at Earl’s Court.

Saturday 28th July 1984 to Saturday 4th August 1984

Summer Camp takes place in Rhossili, South Wales.