History - Year by year

Company history for the year 2015 - 125th anniversary of the 3rd Enfield

Saturday 17th January
25 Anchor Boys from Companies around Enfield join together for an Activity Afternoon at Bush Hill Park URC (2nd Enfield HQ). The event consists of arts, crafts and games all based around the theme 'The Armour of God', looking at the story of David battling Goliath in 1 Samuel.

Saturday 24th January
Members of Junior Section groups from Companies across Enfield Battalion join together for an Activity Day at St John Methodist Church (16th Enfield HQ). 31 boys are present for an afternoon of table tennis, giant games (Connect Four, Jenga, draughts), quoits, as well as the hockey competition. It is won by the 1st Hoddesdon, with a joint 3rd/11th Enfield team coming third overall.

Saturday 31st January
The 3rd Enfield's annual Quiz Night takes place in the hall at Christ Church URC, raising £695.59 for Company funds.

Saturday 7th February
The North London Zone Swimming Gala takes place at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre. The evening includes races for the Junior, Company and Senior age groups and a choice of strokes including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, as well as some relay races. The 3rd Enfield takes part in the Junior age group, coming fourth in that and seventh overall. The overall winners are the 1st Barnet.

Sunday 1st March
The Enfield Battalion Church Parade and Explore activity afternoon takes place at St John Methodist Church (16th Enfield HQ). It is open to all sections and around 70 members of nine out of the ten Companies in the Battalion are present. The service is led by Emily Young, Captain of the 1st Edmonton and also a leader in the 16th Enfield, and is based around the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Following the service, there is a parade led by the Battalion Bugle Band around the local streets followed by lunch in the hall. For the afternoon's Explore event, the Anchors and Juniors enjoy pony rides, a bouncy castle, sumo suits, circus skills, plate painting and a treasure hunt in the local area. The Company Section also get the chance to do a treasure hunt, as well as table tennis, pool, computer games and music tuition with a local musician.

Saturday 7th March
The Enfield Battalion Junior Section Skills Day takes place at Edmonton Methodist Church (1st Edmonton HQ). The day includes three competitions - figure marching, a quiz and team games. Three Companies take part in the figure marching and the joint winners are the 11th and 12th Enfield. Following a figure marching demonstration the quiz takes place, with the 12th Enfield emerging victorious over the 3rd Enfield/1st Hoddesdon combined team. To finish the day the team games competition takes place outside in the playground. The teams move around the various activities in a potted sports basis, with the 3rd Enfield/1st Hoddesdon team finishing as the overall winners.

Saturday 7th March
The Boys' Brigade in London holds a 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 of Jack Petchey medallions to the award winners and display items including the West London Gym Team, a musical item from the young people of the 4th Haringey and a bugle band item made up of members of Companies across London. The event is attended by a number of leaders, parents, friends and guests, including Mayors and Deputy Mayors of various London Boroughs. Marcus Magona of the 3rd Enfield receives a medallion for his service and commitment to the 3rd Enfield, which is presented by Cllr Hugh Rayner, the Mayor of Barnet.

Saturday 14th March
Members of Companies from across North London come together at Goals Soccer Centre in Chingford for an Outdoor 5-a-side Football competition. Seven teams enter the Under 15 competition - 1st Barnet, 4th Haringey, two teams from the 1st Hackney, 11th Enfield, 3rd Enfield and also a joint 3rd/18th Enfield team. All of the teams play each other in a league format, with each team playing each other once. After a good and competitive afternoon of football, the 4th Haringey are the overall winners, with the 3rd Enfield and 3rd/18th Enfield teams coming in joint fourth.

Friday 20th March to Sunday 22nd March
Company Section members in Enfield Battalion come together for a Weekend Away in the Thurso Centre at Felden Lodge (Boys' Brigade Headquarters). During the weekend, the boys get the chance to take part in a variety of on site activities including football, badminton, volleyball, video games, archery and a devotions session as well as off site activities including crate stacking, high ropes and rifle shooting at Phasels Wood Activity Centre, and a trip to Quasar in Hemel Hempstead.

Saturday 18th April
The Boys' Brigade in London holds its Band and Drill competitions at Bishop Ramsey School in Ruislip. The annual event features a large number of competitions, for full marching bands, drum and bugle teams, solo players, drill squads and colour parties. The 3rd Enfield participates in the band competition in our joint band with the 1st Enfield, which included the Company Cup (awarded to the best overall band) and the Devonshire Cup (for best musical accuracy on a set test piece). Despite being a younger and much smaller band than some of the others in the competition the band puts on a very creditable performance, coming fourth in both cups. The cups are both won by the 10th Ealing. The 2nd Enfield enter all of the drill and colours competitions for the first time in a number of years and go on to win three out of the four - Single Line Drill, 3 Person Colours and 5 Person Colours.

Saturday 25th April
Members of the 3rd Enfield's Company Section take part in the North London Zone Under 15 6-a-side Football competition at Bush Hill Park Playing Fields. Five teams take part, with each playing each other once in a league format to determine the winner. The 1st Barnet emerges as winners of the North London Zone competition, with the 3rd Enfield's team coming third overall but taking home the Enfield Battalion trophy as the highest placed Enfield team.

Sunday 26th April
Tom Boorman, one of the leaders in the 3rd Enfield, takes part in the London Marathon to raise money for the 3rd. He completes the course in a time of 5:18:59 and raises just over £2000 for the 3rd Enfield.

Friday 8th May
The Enfield Battalion Hare & Hounds competition takes place at Hillyfields. The event is a cross country-style event around the park, and is open to Junior Section as well as, for the first time, Company Section boys. There are teams from the 3rd, 10th, 12th, 16th Enfield, 1st Hoddesdon and 1st Edmonton. In the Junior Section event, the 1st Hoddesdon are the winners of both the individual and Company competition, with the 3rd Enfield coming third overall. In the Company Section event, the sole entry is from the 16th Enfield.

Monday 18th May
The 3rd Enfield's Annual Company Display and Presentation Evening takes place in the hall at Christ Church URC. Our Guest of Honour is Mr Paul Bracher, the President of Enfield Battalion Boys' Brigade and also the Captain of the 16th Enfield Company. The display items include games and a song by the Anchor Boys, gymnastics by the Junior Section, a joint Anchor Boys/Junior Section team games item, and from the Company Section a quiz and a live version of the egg drop challenge. Before the awards, a video is shown to show some of the activities from the session so far.

Saturday 23rd May
Members of Anchor Boys and Junior Section from Companies across Enfield join together for a trip to Chessington World of Adventures. Those on the trip get the chance to go on a number of the rides and also see some of the animals around the park. 11 boys from the 3rd Enfield go on the trip and an enjoyable day is had by all.

Saturday 6th June
The North London Zone Athletics competition takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Enfield. Boys from across the Battalion and North London take part in the competition in events such as shot put, long jump, running races, high jump and more. Boys from the 3rd Enfield take part in both the Junior Section and Company Section events, both coming fifth in their respective competitions. The overall winners are the 1st Barnet (North London Zone Junior Section), 1st Hoddesdon (Enfield Battalion Junior Section), 1st Barnet (North London Zone Company Section) and 11th Enfield (Enfield Battalion Company Section).

Monday 8th June
The Company Sections from the 3rd and 10th Enfield join together to go canoeing on Brent Reservoir.

Saturday 13th June
The North London Zone Junior Section 6-a-side Football competition takes place at Bush Hill Park Playing Fields. Eight Companies from across the three Battalions take part in the competition, with teams playing against each other in a league format to determine the overall winner. The 1st Barnet are the winners of the overall North London competition, with the 11th Enfield/1st Hoddesdon team winning the Enfield trophy for the top Enfield Company. A joint 3rd/12th Enfield team takes part and comes sixth overall.

Monday 22nd June
The 3rd and 10th Enfield's Company Sections join together to have a go on a rope assault course over water at Lambourne End Outdoor Centre.

Saturday 4th July
The 3rd Enfield's Company Section go on a trip to Thorpe Park theme park in Surrey. The boys spend the day going around the park, going on rides such as Swarm, Stealth, Nemesis Inferno, Colossus, Tidal Wave and more.

Monday 6th July
The 3rd and 10th Enfield's Company Sections join together for a trip to Phasels Wood Activity Centre to play Aeroball and do rifle shooting.

Friday 10th July to Sunday 12th July
Junior Section members from Enfield and Inner North London Battalions join together for the Enfield Battalion Junior Section Weekend Camp. The camp takes place on the 10th Enfield's campsite at Felden Lodge (BB Headquarters) near Hemel Hempstead. Throughout the weekend the boys and girls get the chance to take part in activities such as Quasar, rifle shooting, Zorbing, archery, water games, a camp fire, quiz, team challenges, football and much more. Over 40 members attend the camp and a great time is had by all.

Saturday 18th July
The Enfield Battalion Anchor Boys Sports Day takes place at St John Methodist Church (16th Enfield HQ). Those present take part in a variety of activities including running races, egg and spoon race, obstacle course and more. There is also a BBQ with plenty of food on offer. To finish the afternoon, the boys play some parachute games.

Sunday 26th July to Saturday 1st 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 our Summer Camp. Throughout the week the young people have the chance to take part in a number of activities, both on site and off site. On site activities include sports such as football and rounders, Monopoly, a BBQ, quiz, devotions, water games and a water fight. Off site activities included a day out at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, trips to the beach and local towns (Cromer and Sheringham), cinema, pitch and putt, go karting in Cromer, canoeing on the Norfolk Broads at Wroxham, swimming and a high ropes course, Air Jump and assault course at Hilltop Outdoor Centre. On the final evening (Friday) 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 stories from the Bible of people whose lives were changed by an encounter with Jesus.

Saturday 12th September to Sunday 13th September
Enfield Battalion Boys' Brigade has a stand at the Enfield Town & Country Show in Enfield Town Park. There are a variety of display boards to show some of the activities that we do and there are members of staff from local Companies on hand to speak to people about what we do. There is also an inflatable bungee run as part of the stand which is free for people to have a go on.

Saturday 26th September
Enfield Battalion organises a trip to Portsmouth Harbour (the historic dockyard) for members of Anchors and Juniors. The day starts with a visit to HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, which is drydocked at the harbour. The group gets to look around the ship and learn about its history. Following lunch, the next stop is 'Action Stations', a series of Royal Navy-based activities including a climbing wall, simulators, video games, challenges and a play zone. The final part of the day is a boat tour around Portsmouth Harbour, which gives everyone the chance to see the historic dockyard, the modern day Royal Navy base and ships, as well as areas of natural environment.

Saturday 10th October
Members from the 3rd and 10th Enfield Companies join with other groups from London District for a paintball day. They play nine games throughout the day, finishing in the Western (the final shootout).

Sunday 18th October
The 3rd Enfield Enrolment Service takes place at Christ Church. The service is led by Tom Boorman on the theme of "faith in young people", with a number of others also taking part in different ways. During the service the boys are enrolled or re-enrolled into the Company and presented with their membership cards for the session.

Saturday 24th October
Enfield Battalion holds an Activity Afternoon for members of Anchor Boys and Junior Section groups in Enfield, Inner North London and Barnet Battalions, as well as Explorers and Juniors groups from Girls' Brigade London North District. The event is held at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Church, home of the 18th Enfield BB. The Anchors and Explorers do some crafts, cooking, bouncy castle, parachute games and team games, while the Juniors have a conkers competition, go on the climbing wall and have a team games competition. In the latter, the team from the 3rd Enfield are the overall winners, meaning they win the Enfield Battalion Junior Section Team Games trophy for the second year in succession.

Sunday 8th November
The Enfield Remembrance Sunday Parade takes place. Members of the 3rd Enfield parade as part of the Enfield Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade contingent, which includes around 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 included 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.

Saturday 14th November
Members of the 1st and 3rd Enfield Companies collect money for Children in Need in Palace Gardens Shopping Centre (Enfield Town). Despite a very miserable day in terms of weather, £400 is raised for Children in Need.

Saturday 14th November
Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade members from across London and beyond take part in the Lord Mayor's Show as part of the London Massed Bugle Band. Despite a lot of rain on the day, there is a large crowd watching the show.

Saturday 28th November
Members of Enfield and Inner North London Battalions join together for a Multi Sports Day at Chace Community School. The event, which is open to members of Company Section and Seniors, includes 5-a-side Football and Basketball competitions as well as the opportunity to try Trivolle and for those present to challenge each other in sumo suits. In the 5-a-side Football and Basketball competitions, the 3rd Enfield and 1st Hoddesdon form a joint team in the Under 15 events in each, coming third in the 5-a-side Football (won by the 133rd London/12th Enfield) and fourth in the Basketball (won by the 4th Haringey). Both Open events are won by the 133rd London.

Thursday 3rd December
The 3rd Enfield celebrates its 125th Anniversary, having been formed on 3rd December 1890.

Saturday 5th December
A social event takes place for current and former members, friends and supporters of the 3rd Enfield to celebrate the Company's 125th Anniversary. The event takes place at Holtwhites Sports & Social Club and there are around 70 people in attendance, including three former Captains and many current and former members from across different eras. The youngest in attendance is 6 years old and the oldest is 93! A fantastic buffet meal is put on by Sue Bullock, Anchor Boys Officer in Charge, and there are historical displays showing photos and slideshows of the Company's 125 year history (with big thanks to Rob Wilson), some of our Company trophies, the Enfield Battalion and North London Zone held by the Company at the time of the event, and the London District Daily Telegraph Shield, which the 3rd Enfield was the first winner of in 1906 and has won 13 times in total.

Monday 14th December
Each section holds a Christmas Party to celebrate the final meeting of 2015. The Anchor Boys and Junior Section play a number of party games, including musical chairs, pass the parcel and more, and enjoy some Domino's Pizza. The Company Section also have pizza, as well as video games (Xbox, Wii), pool, football and more.

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