Over the last twelve months we have come out of numerous lockdowns and restrictions whereby we have had to curtail the programme we could offer. However we have been supported by our headquarters with an invaluable resource hub giving us the ability to run either by Zoom or face to face.
In May we were given the green light to start residentials again, so it was important that we were able to offer a camp to both Juniors, Company and Seniors. To this end Company had 6 days at Broadleas at the end of August and Juniors had 4 days also at Broadleas with both sections overlapping. This created a logistical nightmare as we needed to use one Minibus for both camps. We worked it out and all had an enjoyable few days away even if the format could not be the same as usual.
September saw the first time back face to face and we were relieved to see that all the children came back and the benefit of meeting over zoom was fulfilled. Our first Battalion competition was the Junior and Company 5 a side football over at Tewkesbury School and a great afternoon was had by all.
The Anchor Boys had a really great Battalion outing at the Really Wild place near Bristol organised by Laura. We took them down in the Minibus, but It was an early start and the weather was terrible as did not stop raining all day. That did not dampen the spirts of the children as they were all wearing wellies and coats, there we plenty of muddy puddles for them to jump in.
In October we were able to register the company as having a Girls Association and this will be important over the next twelve months as we have since heard that at the end of July the Girls Brigade will be closing. It is hoped that we will be able to transfer the current Girls into the various sections in September 2022.
In November the Battalion Junior Competitions were held at Charlton Kings and our team did very well coming second in the Road Safety and Bible Quiz and third in the General Knowledge. January saw the Battalion 10 Pin Bowling competition in Stroud and both Juniors and Company took part.
The District competition days for Company and Juniors took place in February and March respectively which saw us travelling down to Yeovil taking part in a wide variety of sports. It was a very enjoyable but tiring day.
This year saw the celebration of our 50th Anniversary and on the 19th March we held a reunion to mark the occasion. The evening saw an informal evening with about 30 past members able to get together to reminisce about everything that had happening in the last 50 years. It was good to see a broad number of members from all decades and share those memories over a buffet. On the Sunday morning it was good to have our first parade service in two years and it was good to see a full church. The theme of the service was service and sharing the faith and all of the section took an active part in the service.
On Friday the 23rd March we had a company party for all sections to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. A great evening of games and music was had by all and it was good to invite the Girls Brigade to the evening.
Looking forward we are in the process of planning for Junior Section Battalion Camp, Company Section Camp both heading to Devon in May and July respectively. We have the pleasure of inviting Dusty Miller who is the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire to our annual display and Presentation of Awards evening in May.
We now look forward to the next 50 years.