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1990


During 1990

The below photos show Rachel Wakeford with the Anchor Boys, followed by the Junior Section.

During 1990

The 3rd Enfield publishes a Centenary Programme, showing a diary of the special events taking place in 1990.

Saturday 20th January 1990

The Centenary Appeal begins, with the aim of raising £5,000 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. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Enfield are both present.

February 1990

The Enfield Battalion Cross Country competition is held at Alexandra Park, where the Seniors and Juniors both come second in their team events. Stuart Bachelor wins the Seniors race.

February 1990

Stuart Bachelor comes third in the London District Cross Country, which is held at Hampstead Heath.

February 1990

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.

February 1990

The 3rd Enfield wins the North London Squad Drill competition, which is held at 1st Enfield HQ.

Saturday 10th February 1990

The Junior Section takes part in a Battalion Bible Fun Day, which is held at Bush Hill Park URC (home of the 2nd Enfield). 75 boys from Enfield take part in the event.

Wednesday 7th March 1990

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 Individual Bugle competition, and Cpl David Waite and Pte Simeon Layzell come first and second in the Individual Drum competition.

Sunday 18th March 1990

The Enfield Battalion Church Parade is held at Christ Church.

Thursday 22nd March 1990

The Enfield Battalion Two Section Drill and Colours competitions take place, with the 3rd Enfield winning the latter.

Saturday 31st March 1990

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.

View the Competitions Programme.

Tuesday 10th April 1990

The Company takes part in the London District Squad Drill final and comes third.

Friday 13th April 1990

The Good Friday Sports Day takes place at Whitewebbs Park.

Wednesday 25th April 1990

A Centenary Beetle Drive takes place to raise funds.

Friday 27th April 1990

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 1990

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.

View the Display Programme.

Sunday 6th May 1990

An Open Bible Class takes place, with PC Richard Coombs as the inspiring speaker.

June 1990

The London District Athletics competition takes place. Cpl Stuart Bachelor wins the 1500 metres race, and Enfield Battalion comes third overall.

June 1990

The 3rd Enfield comes second in the Enfield Battalion Athletics competition.

June 1990

The Enfield Battalion Gymnastics competition takes place. Simeon Layzell wins all three Senior individual titles and the Company team wins the Parallel Bars competition.

Saturday 23rd June 1990

The 3rd Enfield holds a fundraising fayre, and raises £550 for the Centenary Appeal.

July 1990

The Company wins the London District 6-a-side Cricket competition.

July 1990

The Company goes to the Royal Tournament at Earl’s Court, where the London District Bugle Band plays a special performance.

July 1990

The Company is represented in the London District Bugle Band at the Beating Retreat event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

August 1990

The Centenary Summer Camp is held at Oban, Scotland.

Saturday 8th September 1990

The national 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 1990

The 3rd Enfield Promotion Evening is held.

Sunday 14th October 1990

The Company’s Enrolment Service is held.

Sunday 28th October 1990

An Enfield Battalion Old Boys Bible Class is held.

Monday 5th November 1990

The Company holds a Centenary Fireworks Night, which is attended by 140 people.

Saturday 1st December 1990

The 3rd Enfield’s Centenary Dinner and Dance is held at Forty Hall. It is attended by Lord Thurso, Brigade President. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for children, and a three course meal is provided.

View documents from the Centenary Dinner and Dance:

Sunday 2nd December 1990

Lord Thurso, Brigade President, attends the 3rd Enfield’s Centenary Church Parade, as does Rev Geoffrey Plowman, nephew of Thomas Plowman, and many former 3rd Enfield members. New Company Colours are presented and dedicated at the service, and are named the T R Plowman Colours.

View the Order of Service.

Monday 3rd December 1990

A special parade night is held to celebrate 100 years to the day since the Company was formed. A special 100th anniversary certificate is presented to the Company from BB Headquarters, and each member of the Company, young and old, is presented with a commemorative certificate to mark the occasion.


1991


During 1991

The 3rd Enfield completes a clean sweep at the Enfield Battalion Band competitions, winning the Band, Bugle Team, Drum Team, Individual Drum (David Waite) and Individual Bugle (Stuart Bachelor) competitions.

Sunday 13th January 1991

The BBC programme Songs of Praise comes from Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, and features the London District Church Parade.

February 1991

The Enfield Battalion & North London Zone Cross Country competition is held in heavy snow. The Seniors team wins its section, with Stuart Bachelor and Daniel Layzell coming first and second in the race.

Saturday 9th February 1991

The 3rd Enfield wins the overall Enfield Battalion First Aid competition, as well as winning the pairs competition.

View the 3rd Enfield’s certificates.

Saturday 23rd February 1991

The London District Band competitions take place, where the 3rd Enfield comes second in the Junior Band competition. The Drum Team wins its competition with the team of David Waite, Simeon Layzell, Jamie Fryer and David Spence. The team is coached by Michael Over and Mark Pollard.

View the Competitions Programme.

March 1991

The 3rd Enfield retains the Enfield Battalion Squad Drill title, and also wins the Two Section Drill title in the competitions at Albany School.

March 1991

In the Enfield Battalion Gymnastics competition, the 3rd Enfield wins the Parallel Bars team competition but loses the overall title by 0.3 points. Individual titles won by the 3rd include the Best Senior (Simeon Layzell), Senior Vaulting (Simeon Layzell), Senior Parallel Bars (Jamie Fryer), Junior Parallel Bars (Daniel Layzell) and Junior Vaulting (Paul Brewer).

March 1991

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion Team Games competition.

March 1991

The 3rd Enfield beats the 2nd Enfield 4-2 to win the Enfield Battalion Football Cup.

Saturday 16th March 1991

The London District Display is held at Wembley Conference Centre.

View the Display Programme.

April 1991

The 3rd Enfield wins the London District First Aid competition with the team of Stuart Bachelor, Simeon Layzell, Jamie Fryer and Stephen Stokes.

April 1991

Enfield Battalion wins the London District Football Trophy with a 5-0 over Kingston & Merton Battalion.

Saturday 20th April 1991

The 101st Company Display is held at Chace Community School.

View the Display Programme.

July 1991

The 3rd Enfield comes second in the Enfield Battalion Athletics competition.

July 1991

Stuart Bachelor wins the 1500 metres and Tim Wakeford wins the Javelin event in the London District Athletics competition.

July 1991

The 3rd Enfield reaches the semi-final of the London District 11-a-side Cricket competition, and is runner up in the 6-a-side competition.

July 1991

The annual Summer Camp is held in excellent weather at Studland Bay in Dorset.

Sunday 11th August 1991

3rd Enfield Officer, and future Captain, Chris Sanders marries Natalie Abbey at Christ Church.

September 1991

The 3rd Enfield Band parades to Enfield Town as part of Christ Church for an open air service.

November 1991

The 3rd Enfield delivers leaflets for the Church Spire Fund and the Royal British Legion Open Day.

November 1991

The 3rd Enfield Band leads the 70th anniversary parade for the Royal British Legion.


1992


Wednesday 22nd January 1992

The 3rd Enfield comes second in the Enfield Battalion First Aid competition.

View the 3rd Enfield’s certificate.

Saturday 29th February 1992

3rd Enfield Bandmaster Martyn Stogden marries Claire Gregory at Christ Church. The Company Band plays a fanfare at the wedding.

March 1992

The 3rd Enfield is the joint winner of the Enfield Battalion Squad Drill competition.

March 1992

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion & North London Zone Band competition, as well as the Bugle and Drum Team competitions.

March 1992

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion Colours competition.

March 1992

The 3rd Enfield comes second in the London District Two Section Drill competition, while Enfield Battalion comes second in the Daily Telegraph Shield competition. The journey home from the event is severely delayed due to a bomb blast in the City of London.

Saturday 7th March 1992

The London District Band competitions take place at Kingsdale School. The 3rd Enfield comes third in the Devonshire Cup, and the Drum Team becomes champions again in its competition. The team consists of Sgt Simeon Layzell, L/Cpl Michael Stamford, Sgt Jamie Fryer and Pte David Spence.

View the Competitions Programme.

April 1992

The 3rd Enfield puts in an excellent performance in the London District Squad Drill final, but the score is hurt by a poor inspection which leaves the squad in third place.

April 1992

The 3rd Enfield enters the London District Gymnastics competitions for the first time in living memory. The team comes second in the Groundwork section, with Simeon Layzell coming second in the Individual Groundwork. The team comes third in the Parallel Bars and fifth in the Vaulting.

April 1992

The 3rd Enfield football teams pulls off the Cup double by winning both the Junior and Open Cups in close fought matches (the Junior match goes to penalties, with the 3rd Enfield winning 4-2).

Saturday 4th April 1992

The Company Display takes place at Enfield County Lower School. The Inspecting Officer is Robert Wallace of 1st Wormley.

View the Display Programme.

May 1992

The 3rd Enfield enters the Waltham Walk and comes second with the team of Simeon Layzell, James Knott and Jamie Fryer.

July 1992

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion Athletics competition for the first time in several years.

July 1992

Peter Wakeford becomes the Enfield Battalion Secretary, and Chris Sanders becomes the Battalion’s Publicity Officer.

Saturday 25th July 1992 to Saturday 1st August 1992

The annual Summer Camp is held at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales.

August 1992

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion 6-a-side Cricket competition.

August 1992

Jamie Fryer wins the London District Long Jump as part of the Enfield Battalion team, and Daniel Layzell forms part of the victorious Intermediate 4×100 metres relay team. Enfield Battalion comes third overall.

August 1992

The 75th anniversary of the Junior Section (formerly known as the Boy Reserves and Life Boys) is celebrated. Some of the boys attend a party run by Enfield Battalion. The Anchor Boys also celebrate its 10th anniversary.

October 1992

The 3rd Enfield participates in a London District contingent at the Duxford Air Show, putting on a display of Bugle, Brass and Pipe Bands as well as gymnastics at both the show and the local villages.

October 1992

The 3rd Enfield takes part in the annual Service of Thanksgiving for Sir William Alexander Smith at St Paul’s Cathedral. It includes bugle calls, wreath laying in the crypt and meeting the Dean.

November 1992

Len Street leaves Enfield for Milton Keynes after 22 years of service in the Junior Section and leading the Company First Aid for many years, including winning the London District trophy.

November 1992

Ron Andrews stands down as Treasurer of the Company after 13 years. Peter Wakeford takes over the post.


1993


During 1993

The Enfield Battalion Church Parade takes place in Wormley.

Thursday 11th February 1993

Sgt Kevin Cowan obtains third place in the London District Individual Bugle competition.

Friday 19th February 1993

Former 3rd Enfield Captain Harold Dye passes away at the age of 91. Harold was Captain during the 1930s, and in recent times had been involved in the life of the 3rd Enfield by helping with old time drill items.

Saturday 27th March 1993

The London District Display is held at Wembley Conference Centre.

View the Display Programme.

April 1993

The team of Sgt Kevin Cowan, Sgt Adam Gardner, Sgt Stephen Stokes and Cpl Daniel Layzell wins the London District First Aid competition.

April 1993

The 3rd Enfield wins the London District Gymnastics Groundwork competition.

April 1993

The 3rd Enfield completes a clean sweep of the Enfield Battalion & North London Zone Band and Gymnastics competitions. It also wins the Battalion First Aid and Squad Drill competitions.

Saturday 24th April 1993

The 103rd Company Display is held at Chace Community School. The Inspecting Officer is Chief Superintendent Alan Wright.

View the Display Programme.

May 1993

The 3rd Enfield comes third in the Waltham Walk.

July 1993

The 3rd Enfield spends a weekend sailing, canoeing and windsurfing at Herts Young Mariners in Cheshunt.

July 1993

The 3rd Enfield wins the Battalion Cricket competition.

July 1993

The 3rd Enfield wins the Battalion Athletics competition.

July 1993

The Anchor Boys visit Paradise Park, and the Junior Section visits Alton Towers for the BB national event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Junior Section.

August 1993

The annual Summer Camp is held within Snowdonia National Park at Tal-y-bont, near Barmouth. The site is close to the sea. The weather is windy and showery, but all the usual activities take place including sports, wide games, swimming and outings. Every member of the camp reaches the top of Snowdon. Steve Wakeford provides the cooking; no-one on the camp will forget the chilli beans!

September 1993

Bill Hutchings moves to Essex and leaves Christ Church and the Enfield area.

October 1993 to January 1994

An exhibition of the history of The Boys’ Brigade is held at Forty Hall. It is organised by Chris Sanders.

Sunday 10th October 1993

The Company’s Enrolment Service takes place.


1994


Wednesday 9th February 1994

The 3rd Enfield retains the Enfield Battalion First Aid trophy with the team of Sgt Kevin Cowan, Sgt Adam Gardner, Sgt Stephen Stokes and Cpl Daniel Layzell.

View the 3rd Enfield’s certificate.

Thursday 10th February 1994

Sgt Kevin Cowan obtains fourth place in the London District Individual Bugle competition.

Saturday 5th March 1994

The London District Band competitions day takes place, where the 3rd Enfield wins the Challenge Bugle Team competition.

View the Competitions Programme.

April 1994

3rd Enfield Captain Andrew Mason marries Rachel Wakeford at Christ Church.

April 1994

The 3rd Enfield retains the London District First Aid trophy with the team of Sgt Kevin Cowan, Sgt Adam Gardner, Sgt Stephen Stokes and Cpl Daniel Layzell.

Saturday 23rd April 1994

The Company Display takes place at Chase Side School.

View the Display Programme.

Saturday 30th April 1994

The 3rd Enfield is represented at the national Royal Review by HM The Queen at Windsor Castle. The event marks the retirement of Lord Thurso as Brigade President.

View the Royal Review Programme.

August 1994

The annual Summer Camp takes place near Studland Bay on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. 28 boys and Officers take part in a whole variety of activities throughout the week including all of the usual sports, games, swimming/beach parades and outings. The Company goes canoeing in Swanage harbour, climbing and abseiling off the cliffs at Dancing Ledge. The highlight is the aerial rope course in the forest next to the campsite. The cooking is provided by Steve Wakeford and Jeremy Waite. The 2nd Enfield used the campsite, followed by the 1st Wormley after the 3rd had finished.

October 1994

Terry Silvey retires from BB work. Terry had served in both the 1st and 3rd Enfield for many years. He took over the Captaincy of the 3rd Enfield from Bernard Barwick in 1978, and held the post for 10 years. In recent years he contributed to the work of the Junior Section.

Terry’s contribution to BB work was huge, and the Company excelled under his Christian leadership. He moved to support the efforts of the Junior Church and continued his elder work for the church.


1995


March 1995

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion Colours competition. It also wins the Enfield Battalion Squad Drill competition and goes through to the final in London at 10th London HQ.

Saturday 1st April 1995

The London District Band competitions day takes place. The 3rd Enfield comes second in the Devonshire Cup, which is judged by Reg Moss and Sid Byford.

View the Competitions Programme.

August 1995

The annual Summer Camp takes place at Studland Bay in Dorset. The boys take part in the usual activities, as well as the aerial rope course, canoeing, cliff climbing and abseiling, entire rifle shooting and archery.

August 1995

The Company holds a weekend camp for boys in the Junior and Company Sections, who take part in sailing, canoeing and dragon boat racing. A challenge race against the local Scouts sees a convincing 3-0 victory for the 3rd Enfield.

September 1995

The Company starts new activities including martial arts, snorkelling and sub aqua diving.

September 1995

Peter Wakeford becomes Officer in Charge of the Junior Section.

November 1995

The 3rd Enfield wins the Battalion Swimming Shield at Southgate Swimming Pool. The Junior boys (James Howard, David Arnold, David Tozer and Adam Arnold) perform exceptionally well and win the Junior event overall. All boys are in a winning race, including the relay, breast stroke (James Howard) and freestyle (David Arnold). David Spence wins the Senior backstroke and Jonathan Arnold wins the Intermediate freestyle.


1996


February 1996

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion Colours competition again with excellent performances by Robert Mammen, Robert Wyer and Anthony Freer.

February 1996

The 3rd Enfield takes part in the North London Cross Country race at Hillyfields. The Company Section team of Simon Fryer, David Tozer and Richard Lainchbury are third, sixth and ninth respectively, and comes second overall. The Senior runners also do well, with Jonathan Arnold (third) and Robert Wyer (seventh) scoring very well.

February 1996

Steve Borkett retires as an Officer after 10 years of service to the Company. Steve came to the 3rd Enfield from the 12th Enfield and served through the ranks of the Company. He took part in all the activities of the Company; he was excellent at sports. He helped the Junior Section staff, and in the Company Section he helped to run the gymnastics.

March 1996

A new museum dedicated to the history of the Middlesex Regiment is opened at the Royal British Legion in Holtwhites Hill. Two 3rd Enfield boys, Robert Wyer and Robert Mammen, form a guard of honour at the opening of the museum. Robert Wyer and Jonathan Arnold then perform the same duty during the visit of Michael Portillo MP. The event is covered on TV and the 3rd Enfield boys could be seen.

March 1996

Adrian Bullock wins the London District Individual Bugle competition, becoming the youngest 3rd Enfield bugler to do so. Robert Mammen gains a well earned third place in the Individual Drum competition.

March 1996

The 3rd Enfield Drum Team comes second in the London District competition.

March 1996

In the Enfield Battalion and North London Zone Band competitions, the 3rd Enfield wins the Drum Team title and comes second in the Band competition.

March 1996

In the Enfield Battalion Gymnastics competition, the 3rd Enfield wins the Groundwork and Vaulting sections, and comes second overall. Individual wins include James Howard (Junior Groundwork), Jonathan Arnold (Senior Vaulting and tied Senior overall) and Robert Wyer (Senior Groundwork and tied Senior overall).

March 1996

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion and North London Zone Squad Drill competition, and comes third in the London District final.

April 1996

The 3rd Enfield Band combines with the 10th, 11th, 12th and 16th Enfield to enter the London District Band competitions, coming a very good second.

April 1996

The Enfield Battalion First Aid competition takes place as a double header with the London District competition. The 3rd Enfield team comes second out of six with the team of Anthony Freer, Robert Mammen, Robert Wyer, Adrian Bullock and Jonathan Arnold.

April 1996

The 3rd Enfield’s Junior Section wins the North London Zone 6-a-side Football competition.

Monday 20th May 1996

The annual Company Display takes place in the Church Hall.

June 1996

A group from the 3rd Enfield attends the BB’s Firm Foundations festival at Felden Lodge, a Christian event that attracts over 1,500 campers and many more day visitors from all over the country.

June 1996

The 3rd Enfield wins the Enfield Battalion Junior Section Sports competition.

August 1996

The annual Summer Camp is held on the North Norfolk coast between Sheringham and Cromer.


1997


May 1997

The annual Company Display and Presentation Evening is held in the Church Hall.


1998


Saturday 7th March 1998

The 3rd Enfield’s Junior Section enters the North London Zone Figure Marching competition at Bush Hill Park URC, 2nd Enfield HQ.

Sunday 8th March 1998

The Enfield Battalion Church Parade is held at Winchmore Hill Baptist Church, 10th Enfield HQ.

Monday 18th May 1998

The annual Company Display and Presentation Evening is held in the Church Hall. The Company Section gives a demonstration of drill and first aid, and the Junior Section shows its skills at figure marching and team games. The Anchor Boys play a game and present the story of the hungry caterpillar which turns into a butterfly. The Display finishes with a performance by the Company Band.

Saturday 30th May 1998

The 3rd Enfield enters the Enfield Battalion Athletics competition, held at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium.

Friday 5th June 1998

The 3rd Enfield’s Junior Section enters the Enfield Battalion Hare & Hounds race at Hillyfields.

Sunday 11th October 1998

The Enfield Battalion Church Parade is held at Broxbourne Parish Church, 1st Wormley HQ.

Sunday 8th November 1998

Enfield Battalion, including members of the 3rd Enfield, takes part in the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade in Enfield Town, with a service at the War Memorial on Chase Green.


1999


Sunday 28th March 1999

Christ Church, home of the 3rd Enfield, is the venue for the Enfield Battalion Church Parade. 3rd Enfield Officer Chris Sanders becomes Battalion President.

Monday 19th April 1999

The death of Arthur Page: Arthur was a boy in the 3rd Enfield in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and for many years during the 1980s Arthur would help teach many first year boys the drums at the weekly band practices at Lavender Road School. Arthur was quite a comedian and would entertain everyone with his simultaneous ukulele and piano playing. In later years Arthur also helped out at 12th Enfield HQ. He often talked about his time during the War years and serving in the army, and how his BB training helped him with the adversity of the War.

Monday 26th April 1999

The annual Company Display and Presentation evening is held in the Church Hall.

Wednesday 5th May 1999

An article appears in the local Enfield Independent newspaper on the “all-clear” buglers from the First World War.

Saturday 22nd May 1999 to Sunday 23rd May 1999

A 3rd Enfield team enters the Waltham Walk mini trek.

Saturday 21st August 1999 to Saturday 28th August 1999

Adrian Bullock from the 3rd Enfield takes part in the Brigade’s KGVI Youth Leader Training Course at Felden Lodge, BB Headquarters.

Saturday 4th September 1999

The national Brigade Council meeting in Dundee makes an historic decision to move to a new uniform for Company and Senior Section boys.

This new uniform consists of a royal blue polo shirt and navy blue tie, with a new black belt and navy blue armbands, replacing the blazers, haversacks, brown belts and black armbands. The hats and the remainder of the uniform is left unchanged, and Companies are given until the date of Brigade Council in 2006 to make the change to the new uniform.

This would spell the beginning of the end for the 3rd Enfield’s famous red ties, as they would not go with the new blue uniform.

Sunday 31st October 1999

The 2nd Enfield hosts the Enfield Battalion Church Parade at Bush Hill Park URC.

Sunday 14th November 1999

The 3rd Enfield joins with the rest of the Enfield Battalion to take part in the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade in Enfield Town, including the service at the War Memorial on Chase Green.