History - Year by year

Company history for the year 2012

Saturday 28th January
The 3rd Enfield holds its second annual fundraising Quiz Night, raising a grand total of £515.40 for Company funds.

Saturday 4th February
Christian Collins-O'Connor receives a Jack Petchey Award for his work in the 3rd Enfield at a London District Jack Petchey Awards Event in Kensington Great Hall. Young people and leaders from Companies across London take part in the celebration event, which features presentations and display items, such as a bugle team from the London Massed Bugle Band. The event is attended by a number of leaders, parents, friends and guests, including Mayors and Deputy Mayors of the various London Boroughs. Enfield Battalion is represented by members of the 1st, 3rd and 12th Enfield, with their awards being presented by the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Christiana During.

Saturday 3rd March
A team of five 3rd Enfield boys takes part in a North London Zone 5-a-side Football League at the Goals Soccer Centre in Chingford. Other teams in the age group include the 2nd Enfield, 11th Enfield and 1st Barnet.

Sunday 25th March
Enfield Battalion holds its annual Battalion Church Parade at St John Methodist Church, home of the 16th Enfield. The event begins with a service which is led by Rev Bill Tardy, Minister at St John's. Following the service is a parade around the local area.

Saturday 31st March
Enfield Battalion organises a trip for members of Anchor Boys and Junior Section groups to Chessington World of Adventures. 15 members of the 3rd Enfield go on the trip and get the chance to go on a number of the rides and see some of the animals around the park.

Sunday 22nd April
The London Massed Bugle Band, including members of the 3rd Enfield, performs for runners and spectators along the route of the London Marathon.

Monday 28th May
The 3rd Enfield's Annual Company Display and Presentation Evening is held in the hall at Christ Church. A number of parents, families, friends and members of the church are present in the audience and the boys put on a number of items including gymnastics, team games, a Jubilee/Olympic themed quiz, a depiction of the Noah's ark story and more. Towards the end of the evening a video is shown of the session so far and badges, awards, promotions and trophies are presented.

Friday 1st June to Monday 4th June
After 22 years, the Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade's Firm Foundations festival takes place at Felden Lodge (BB Headquarters) for the final ever time. The weekend sees a variety of speakers, bands, quizzes, sports, challenges, a silent disco and times of worship in V1, the main venue. On the Sunday afternoon, a special Jubilee Party takes place place to celebrate HM The Queen's 60 years on the throne. Despite a lot of rain a great weekend is had worshipping God and learning more about Him.

Monday 4th June to Tuesday 5th June
Over the Bank Holiday weekend young people from Enfield have the opportunity to join in HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London. Members of the 10th Enfield Company join others from around the UK to attend the Concert at Buckingham Palace on 4th June and members of the 3rd Enfield join around 250 BB members taking up positions along the route of the carriage procession to St Paul's Cathedral the following day. Five boys from the 3rd Enfield watch the carriage procession, which also includes a 60 gun salute on Horse Guards Parade, a flypast by RAF aircraft including the Red Arrows, and an appearance by members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Monday 18th June
The Company Section go bowling with the 10th Enfield at Hollywood Bowl Finchley as part of the summer programme.

Monday 25th June
The 3rd and 10th Enfield Company Sections and Seniors visit Phasels Wood to go crate stacking, ice wall climbing and rifle shooting.

(Photo 4 taken by David Hann, © 10th Enfield Boys' Brigade)

Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July
34 boys from Enfield Battalion, including the 3rd Enfield, take part in the Junior Section Weekend Camp and, on the Saturday, are part of around 600 people who take part in the London District Life 2 the Max event. 14 members of the 3rd are at Felden for the weekend, with 3 more coming up for the day on Saturday. During Life 2 the Max there are opportunities to take part in many activities including It's a Knockout (a series of team games on inflatables), laser quest, gladiator duel, a giant slide, human football, a bouncy castle and much more. There is also a Worship Zone with sessions for individual sections led by the event's worship band and speaker/magician Tom Elliott, who speaks about 'living life to the full'. For the Junior Section boys taking part in the Weekend Camp, Life 2 the Max is just part of the weekend, as the boys on camp also get the opportunity to take part in activities such as a quiz, camp fire, sports, games and a trip to Aquasplash.

(Photo 11 taken by David Hann, © 10th Enfield Boys' Brigade)

Monday 9th July
The Company goes on a bike ride as part of the summer programme.

Wednesday 25th July
Members of the Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade in Enfield come together to view the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay passing through Winchmore Hill. The Torch Relay travels down Green Lanes, within metres of Winchmore Hill Baptist Church, home of the 10th Enfield BB and 1st Winchmore Hill GB. The church provides refreshments throughout the afternoon and there are BB banners, flags and the gazebo on display to publicise the organisation. There is great weather for the event and huge crowds to see the Torch, including several members of the 3rd Enfield.

Saturday 25th August to Friday 31st August
A group of 12 young people plus leaders from the 3rd Enfield BB, 10th Enfield BB and 1st Winchmore Hill GB travels to Beeston Regis in Norfolk for the annual Summer Camp. Throughout the week the young people get to take part in a number of off site activities including a Tree Top Trail (high ropes course) and Power Fan at Hill Top Adventure Centre, a day at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, a putting competition on the Beeston Putting Green, a day out in Great Yarmouth, swimming at Splash in Sheringham, as well as spending time on the beach and in the sea. On site activities include a quiz, devotions, football, BBQ and other sports. The week at camp should have come to an end on Friday afternoon (31st August) but due to 53mph gusts of wind hitting the campsite on Thursday afternoon the campsite is lost and the programme of activities, due to include the Camp Talent Show and Go Karting, has to be curtailed. The dining marquee is ripped to shreds by the wind and it proves impossible to maintain the tents, making it necessary to strike the campsite and send the younger members home a little early. The leaders and some of the Senior boys stay on site overnight to tidy up and pack things in the lorry for the return home on Friday. Another unexpected event is the arrival of a BBC film crew and reporter from BBC Look East, who come to find out more after being sent a photo of the site. They interview leaders and boys and film the clearing up of the site. This is later shown on the 6:30pm Look East programme on BBC1, which can be seen at http://youtu.be/Kn-ENx-Y5S0.

(Photos 1, 11 and 13 taken by Chris Norman, photos 8-10 taken by Kevin Norman, © 10th Enfield Boys' Brigade)

Saturday 1st September to Sunday 2nd September
The Boys' Brigade Enfield Battalion and The Girls' Brigade London North District have a combined stand at the Enfield Town Show in the Town Park. The stand has activities such as an inflatable bungee run and a climbing wall (organised by YOU - Youth Organisations in Uniform), as well as display stands to show some of what the organisations do.

Saturday 22nd September
Members of the Anchor Boys and Junior Section join others from Enfield Battalion for a trip to Woburn Safari Park. The first part of the day is to drive around the area of the park containing the wild animals - lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, hippos, monkeys and many more. Following that there is the opportunity to go around the foot safari, where people can walk around and see the smaller animals, lizards, birds etc. There are also some attractions such as swan pedal boats and a giant slide. The day finishes with another drive around the wild animal area.

Thursday 18th October
A team from the 3rd Enfield enters the Enfield Battalion Company Section Table Tennis competition. The competition is open to boys in years 7, 8 and 9 and is held at Winchmore Hill Baptist Church (10th Enfield HQ). It is the first time that the 3rd Enfield takes part in a number of years and there are also teams from the 10th, 11th and 16th Enfield. The team of Sebby, Nicolas and Alex plays excellently throughout the evening to win 34 of their 36 games between them and they win the overall competition, becoming the first 3rd Enfield team to do so in this event.

Sunday 21st October
The 3rd Enfield's annual Enrolment Service takes place at Christ Church URC. The service is led by members of the Company along with Rev David Atkinson, Christ Church's Minister, who leads the enrolment itself. The boys are presented with their membership cards for the session and promises to support the work of the Company are made by the Officers, boys and congregation.

Sunday 11th November
Over 100 members of The Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade in Enfield take part in the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Enfield. The BB/GB group leaves from Christ Church to join other organisations at Chase Side Primary School and goes from there to the War Memorial on Chase Side where a Service of Remembrance is held, which includes members of The Boys' Brigade sounding the Last Post and Reveille. Following the service the parade goes through Enfield Town, past the Civic Centre and the BB and GB then returns to Christ Church.

Saturday 17th November
The 3rd Enfield runs a stall at Christ Church URC's Christmas Bazaar in the Church Hall, raising just over £50 for Company funds.

Saturday 17th November
The 3rd Enfield takes part in the Junior (Under 14) competition at the Enfield Battalion 5-a-side Football at Trinity-at-Bowes Methodist Church (18th Enfield HQ). Four teams are in the age group and after all of the matches are played, the 3rd Enfield and 11th Enfield tie on points at the top of the table and also have the same goal difference. It is decided that both teams would be declared joint winners and the trophy would be shared. It is the first time the 3rd Enfield has won the competition since 1984. On the same evening the Senior competition also takes place, which was entered by three teams and won by the 11th Enfield.

Saturday 24th November
The 3rd Enfield takes part in the Junior (Under 15) competition at the North London Zone Bowling at Hollywood Bowl Finchley. The 3rd Enfield comes fourth overall in the Junior competition. Both competitions are won by the 11th Enfield, and members of the 11th are the highest scoring individuals in both age groups.

Monday 10th December
The Anchor Boys and Junior Section hold a Christmas party including food, drink and party games such as pass the parcel and musical chairs and some normal games such as football. The Company Section and Seniors meet afterwards and have pizza from Domino's as well as games such as football and video games as well.

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