History - Year by year

Company history for the year 2014

Saturday 18th January
Enfield Battalion organises a party which is open to Anchor Boys from around Enfield. The party is held at the Armfield Road Hall (1st Enfield HQ), where five members of the 3rd Enfield join with 25 others from seven other groups. They are joined for the afternoon by Mr Marvel the Magician, who puts on a very entertaining magic show for the boys. Following that, the boys enjoy some party food and drink together before Mr Marvel finishes the afternoon with a disco.

Saturday 25th January
A Junior Section Activity Day takes place at Winchmore Hill Baptist Church (10th Enfield HQ). 22 boys from seven groups in Enfield (including two boys from the 3rd Enfield) join together for the afternoon, which includes giant games, Wii games, pool, table tennis and a hockey tournament. In the hockey tournament, there are five teams who play each other once in a league format. The joint 3rd/16th Enfield team comes third overall, with a joint team from the 11th Enfield, 18th Enfield and 1st Hoddesdon winning the trophy.

Saturday 25th January
The 3rd Enfield holds its fourth annual Quiz Night at Christ Church URC. The event raises a total of £557.18 for Company funds.

Sunday 26th January
Members of the 1st and 3rd Enfield's bugle band join with BB/GB members from around London and beyond for the London Massed Bugle Band Training Day. The Training Day is held at Bishop Ramsey School in Ruislip. During the day there are opportunities to play together as a full band as well as in smaller groups for beginners and more experienced players. During the lunch break, the West London Gym Team are also on hand to provide some gymnastics tuition.

Saturday 1st February
The North London Zone Swimming Gala takes place at Southgate Leisure Centre. Boys and girls from groups from across Barnet, Enfield and Haringey take part in the event, which is split into four age groups: Junior (8 to 11 years), Company (12 to 13 years), Intermediate (14 to 15 years) and Senior (16 to 18 years). There are a selection of races to take part in in the various age groups including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and a relay race. The winners are: Junior - 3rd Enfield (Enfield Battalion) and 1st Barnet (North London Zone), Company - 11th Enfield (Enfield Battalion) and 1st Barnet (North London Zone, Intermediate: 2nd Enfield (Enfield Battalion and North London Zone), Senior: 11th Enfield (Enfield Battalion) and 133rd London (North London Zone). The overall competition is won by the 11th Enfield (Enfield Battalion) and 1st Barnet (North London Zone).

Sunday 2nd March
Enfield Battalion holds its annual Battalion Church Parade, followed by an event called Explore, at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Church (18th Enfield HQ). The morning service is followed by an event called Explore, which is an afternoon of different activities for members of all sections. The Explore event makes full use of the facilities at Trinity at Bowes, with those there being able to take part in activities such as trampolining, table tennis, climbing wall, games, DJ academy (using the TaB recording studio), crafts, interactive wall and dance mats. Ten members of the 3rd Enfield take part in the event, and nine out of the ten Companies in Enfield Battalion are there.

Saturday 8th March
Enfield Battalion holds a Skills Day for Junior Section at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Church (18th Enfield HQ). The event is made up of three competitions: figure marching, a quiz and team games. In the figure marching, those taking part perform a routine which they had devised in the main hall. The winners are the 11th Enfield, decided by members of staff from all of the Companies present. Following a figure marching demonstration that everyone takes part in, there is a quiz featuring a variety of questions on general knowledge, sports, geography, the BB, the Bible, etc. The quiz is won by the 12th Enfield, with a joint team from the 3rd and 10th Enfield coming third. The afternoon then finishes with the team games competition, where the teams move around a series of five timed activities. Their scores on each activity are used to determine the winner. The 11th Enfield A team wins the competition, with the joint 3rd and 10th Enfield team coming fifth. There were 29 boys from 7 Companies present.

Saturday 15th March
An Enfield Battalion Activity Afternoon for Anchor Boys takes place at Bush Hill Park URC (2nd Enfield HQ). The boys get the chance to try a variety of craft activities and team games. As the afternoon closes the results of the Anchor Boys Colouring competition are announced. Boys take part by colouring in a set picture (which is based on a Bible story) on their own Company meeting nights and their efforts are then judged. Prizes are given to the top three in two age groups (5 to 6 years and 7 to 8 years). From the 3rd Enfield, Jack Brown is the overall winner in the 5 to 6 age group and Raphael Stavrinides comes third in the 7 to 8 age group.

Saturday 29th March
The London District Band and Drill competitions are held at The Boys' Brigade Centre in Bexleyheath (14th West Kent HQ). A combined bugle band from the 1st Enfield BB/Amicus and 3rd Enfield BB takes part in the Novice Band competition, taking part in the event as a whole since last entering the Devonshire Cup in 2010. Despite being the only entry in the competition, the rules state that the band still has to reach a set standard to be declared the winners. Fortunately, the judges declare that they had easily reached that standard, thus making us the winners of the competition. The main Devonshire Cup (Traditional Band) competition is tied between the 10th Ealing and 2nd/14th West Kent bands.

Saturday 26th April
Members of the Anchors and Juniors in the 3rd Enfield join with others from Enfield Battalion for a trip to Legoland Windsor. Around 60 boys from 9 of the 10 Companies in Enfield Battalion take part in the trip, including 11 boys from the 3rd Enfield. After travelling to Legoland by coach, the boys get the chance to go on various rides including rollercoasters, the log flume, swings, river rapids and much more, as well as have a go at the Lego driving school. There is also a chance to look around some of the models in the park, including those in Miniland (models of well known places around the world) and the Star Wars area. To finish the day off there is an opportunity to look around the Lego shop before heading home.

Friday 9th May
The Enfield Battalion Hare and Hounds competition takes place at Hillyfields. There are teams from the 1st/18th Enfield/1st Hoddesdon, 11th Enfield, 3rd/16th Enfield and 12th Enfield. Certificates are given to each of the boys for their achievement in completing the course, with medals given to the top three finishers. The top four finishers from each Company count towards the team's score in the Company competition. The 1st/18th Enfield/1st Hoddesdon joint team are the winners of the team competition with one of the boys from the 1st Hoddesdon winning the individual race. The 3rd/16th Enfield team comes third overall.

Saturday 10th May
The North London Zone 6-a-side Football competitions take place at Bush Hill Park Playing Fields. There are two competitions taking place, a Junior (Under 14) event and an Open event. Teams in each competition play each other in a league format and the highest placed team is the winner, with the highest place Enfield Battalion team in each age group winning the Enfield Battalion trophy for that event. Members of the 3rd Enfield take part in the Under 14 league, winning the competition for the second year in a row. The Open event is won by the 11th Enfield.

Monday 19th May
The Annual Company Display and Presentation Evening takes place in the hall at Christ Church. The Guest of Honour is Nick de Bois MP, Member of Parliament for Enfield North, who presents the awards, badges and trophies to the boys at the start of the evening. Following the presentation of awards, a number of items are put on including a figure marching routine and gymnastics by the Anchor Boys and Junior Section, a quiz challenge by the Company Section, team games featuring the entire Company (plus audience participation) and more. To finish the evening, a video is shown to show some highlights from the session.

Monday 2nd June
The 3rd and 10th Enfield's Company Section and Seniors go bowling at Hollywood Bowl Finchley.

Saturday 7th June
The North London Zone Athletics competition takes place at Picketts Lock Stadium. Members of the Junior Section and Company Section in the 3rd Enfield compete against others from around North London in a variety of track and field events, as well as some relay races. There are individual certificates on offer for the winners of each event, as well as overall trophies for the Junior Section and Company Section competitions. From the 3rd Enfield, Frankie George wins the year 4 egg and spoon race and the cricket ball throw in the Junior Section competition, and Lewis Brown wins the age 14/15 javelin in the Company Section competition. Overall, the 3rd Enfield finishes 8th in the Junior Section competition (6th in Enfield Battalion) and 5th in the Company Section competition (3rd in Enfield Battalion). The overall winners are the 1st Barnet (North London Zone Junior Section), 1st Hoddesdon (Enfield Battalion Junior Section), 133rd London (North London Zone Company Section) and 11th Enfield (Enfield Battalion Company Section).

Monday 9th June
The Anchor Boys and Junior Section do some games on Chase Green as part of their summer programme.

Saturday 21st June
London District's Life 2 the Max activity day takes place at Felden Lodge (BB National Headquarters). 15 boys from the 3rd Enfield join with around 400 young people from around London for a fantastic day out. During the day, there is the chance to try a variety of activities in the "Activity Village", including an inflatable climbing wall, laser combat style game, gladiators-style challenge, circus skills and more. There is also an "It's a Knockout" team challenge, where teams compete against each other on a series of challenges. The young people take part in the activities in their age groups and also spend some time in the "Worship Zone", singing and hearing about God.

(Photos 1-2, 4-6 and 15 courtesy of London District Boys' Brigade)

Monday 23rd June
The 3rd and 10th Enfield's Company Section and Seniors do an evening of canoeing at the Phoenix Outdoor Centre (Brent Reservoir).

Monday 30th June
The Company Section and Seniors from the 3rd and 10th Enfield take part in an evening of outdoor laser combat.

Friday 4th July to Sunday 6th July
Boys from the 3rd Enfield's Junior Section join with others from Enfield Battalion for a weekend at Felden Lodge (BB Headquarters). For the first time in a number of years, the camp takes place under canvas, using the campsite on the main field at Felden Lodge. The boys get to take part in a packed weekend of activities including a camp fire, film, archery, games, wall climbing, cresta run, water games and much more.

(Photos 1, 4-6 and 11 taken by Chris Norman, photos 2-3 and 7-10 taken by Kevin Norman, © 10th Enfield Boys' Brigade)

Monday 14th July
The Company Section and Seniors from the 3rd and 10th Enfield take part in raft building at the Phoenix Outdoor Centre at Brent Reservoir, where they work in teams to build a raft and then try it out on the water.

Saturday 23rd August to Friday 29th August
A group of young people and leaders from the 3rd Enfield BB, 10th Enfield BB and 1st Winchmore Hill GB travel to Beeston Regis in Norfolk for Summer Camp. Throughout the week the young people take part in a number of activities, both on site and off site. On site activities include sports such as football, rounders and cricket, board games such as Monopoly and chess, a BBQ, quiz, devotions, water games and a water fight. Off site activities include a day out at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, trips to the beach and shopping in local towns (Cromer, Sheringham and King's Lynn), cinema, pitch and putt, go karting in Cromer, bowling, swimming and a boat tour to see the seals at Wells-next-the-Sea. On the final evening (Thursday) there is a karaoke evening in the main marquee, where everyone gets the chance to sing some of their favourite songs. Throughout the week there are devotions sessions each day, themed around the Parables of Jesus.

Saturday 13th September to Sunday 14th 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 to publicise the organisations, with display boards and an inflatable bungee run.

Saturday 20th September
Members of the 3rd Enfield's Anchor Boys and Junior Section join with others from Enfield Battalion for a trip to Whipsnade Zoo. The boys get the chance to look around the zoo and see all different kinds of animals including lions, tigers, elephants, penguins, camels, giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, bears, wolves and many more, as well as going in the minibuses on a mini safari, around parts of the zoo which aren't accessible by foot. There is also the opportunity for the boys make some origami elephants in a world record attempt being run by the zoo, and also time to run off some energy on the play area.

Saturday 4th October
The 3rd Enfield's Company Section enters the Indoor 5-a-side Football competition at Oasis Academy Enfield. The competition is open to teams from Enfield, Barnet and Inner North London (formerly Haringey) Battalions, and in the Junior (Under 14) event there are teams from the 3rd Enfield, 18th Enfield, 133rd London and 1st Barnet. The competition is played in a league format, where each team plays each other twice. The overall winners of the North London competition are the 1st Barnet, with the 3rd Enfield taking home the Enfield Battalion trophy.

Sunday 19th October
The annual 3rd Enfield Enrolment Service takes place as the morning service at Christ Church URC. The service is led by members of the 3rd Enfield, looking at some of the names we use for God, in a way involving a number of balloons and also chocolate! Philip Taylor (one of the Elders at Christ Church) leads the Enrolment itself, where the leaders rededicate themselves to their work in the Company, the boys promise to support its activities and are enrolled or re-enrolled as members, and the congregation promises to support the Company. The North London Brass Foundation Band is on hand to play the hymns and other incidental pieces.

Saturday 8th November
Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade members from across London and beyond, including 1st and 3rd Enfield members, take part in the Lord Mayor's Show as part of the London Massed Bugle Band.

Sunday 9th November
People from all over Enfield come together for the Enfield Remembrance Sunday Parade, which is organised by the Enfield Royal British Legion. Members of the 3rd Enfield parade as part of the Enfield Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade contingent, which includes over 100 members of the two organisations. The contingent is headed by a combined band made up of members of the Enfield Battalion and North London Brass bands. After parading to the War Memorial on Chase Green, a Service of Remembrance takes place which includes members of many local organisations, politicians and a large number of members of the public. Last Post and Reveille are sounded by Boys' Brigade members, with a two minute silence being observed in between, after which wreaths are laid at the foot of the memorial. Following the service, the parade marches through Enfield Town and past the Civic Centre, with many onlookers watching on.

Wednesday 12th November
The North London Zone Quiz competition takes place at Winchmore Hill Baptist Church (10th Enfield HQ). It is open to all Boys' Brigade Companies in North London Zone (Barnet, Enfield and Inner North London Battalions) as well as, for the first time, Girls' Brigade Companies in the London North District. The quiz is made up rounds based on a variety of different topics including general knowledge, current affairs, history and more. There is also pizza from Domino's Pizza provided to all who took part. The 1st Enfield GB are the overall winners of the event, with the 11th Enfield BB winning the Enfield Battalion BB trophy. The team from the 3rd Enfield BB comes sixth overall.

Saturday 15th November
Members of the 1st and 3rd Enfield Companies collect money for Children in Need in Palace Gardens Shopping Centre (Enfield Town). A grand total of £806.20 is raised.

Sunday 16th November
The North London Zone Table Tennis competition takes place at Oasis Academy Enfield. There were due to be Under 15 and Open competitions, but due to the number of entries all teams play in the Open competition. The 3rd Enfield has two teams in the competition, coming first and fourth overall, therefore winning the Enfield Battalion trophy

Saturday 29th November
Members of Anchor Boys and Junior Section from Companies across Enfield join together for a Superhero Fun Afternoon at Totteridge Road Baptist Church (11th Enfield HQ). Boys are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite superhero and many of them (as well as some of the leaders) get into the spirit. During the afternoon there are a variety of games, crafts and challenges for the boys to take part in, as well as coming together to watch a sketch about the birth of Jesus with a superhero spin on it!

Monday 8th December
The 3rd Enfield's Christmas Party takes place. The Anchor Boys and Junior Section enjoy an evening of party games such as musical chairs, video games, board games as well as pizza for everyone. The Company Section also has an evening of games and pizza.

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