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Monday, 17 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016
1st annd 3rd Taunton brigade and girls association flot for the Taunton carnival @ Rowbarton methodist church
Monday, 10 October 2016
The Queens Garden Party (May 2016) – Elliot Jehan
I first found out in March that I had been selected to attend HM The Queen’s Garden Party as one of three stewards representing the West of England & Channel Islands District.
As I live in Guernsey, having found out so early was very beneficial for me as it allowed me to plan my trip far ahead of time, allowing me to book where I was going to stay and all of my travel arrangements without having to rush.
I travelled to London the day before, with my dad and my grandpa (as they hadn’t been to London in a while), to allow for plenty of time to travel, get to our hotel, grab a bite to eat and so on… On the day of the party we were to meet in front of Westminster Chapel where we would then be moved to a room around the back of the Chapel to allow us to change and also get a rundown of the day ahead by Eric Hudson and Kevin Norman, the two officers in charge of our involvement with the event.
Once everyone had changed into their uniforms we were escorted by Eric and Kevin, to the front of Buckingham palace where we would proceed to have our photo taken by Eric, Kevin and passers-by. Getting into the palace itself involved we having to enter through one of the side entrances and required us to have both photo I.D and a POA (Proof of Address), luckily we all got in.
After having enjoyed lunch in one of the Palace’s many rooms, we were then assigned the roles that we would then have to fulfil throughout the course of the afternoon. I was fortunate enough to be assigned the role of counting the tickets of the guests as they entered the palace, a role I shared with only one other person; however Kevin was also there to assist us, along with the seniors who were assigned to greet said guests and then pass their tickets on to us to be counted.
After having counted and sorted the Eight Thousand-odd tickets, we were then given a break and were allowed to venture outside to the steps overlooking the party itself and talk to one-another, along with any of the guests who either needed information, or who happen to recognise the BB uniforms. The end of our break came at roughly the same time that the guests were beginning to leave. We were then instructed to form a guard of honour on either side of the main lobby, as a way to honour the various guests (one of whom was the Captain of the 2nd Guernsey company Steve England, the company to which I am a part of) who attended the party.
After all was said and done we were given Certificates to recognize our service for the day, along with some monetary compensation. We finally returned to Westminster Chapel just after Seven o’clock, I left with my dad and grandpa shortly after as we had to return to the hotel to grab our bags before traveling to Gatwick to stay the night.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed both my trip to London and helping out at the Palace and would like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to attend such an event.
Elliot Jehan – 2nd Guernsey Company
Monday, 25 July 2016
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Monday, 27 June 2016
The Queen’s Garden Party - Thursday 19th May 2016
The Queen’s garden party was a wonderful experience for me to attend at Buckingham Palace thanks to the Company and West of England and Channel Island District.
The day didn’t begin well for my first visit to London, due to the cancellation of the 06.50 train service I had booked to travel on. This resulted in catching a later service which gave me less time to get to Westminster Chapel where we were meeting. Due to the fact that this was to be my first visit to London and not knowing the area I did get lost causing it to take longer to arrive at the meeting point; but still arrived on time where I meet the rest of group and some of those who I already knew from my Queen’s badge completion course.
Once we had all changed into our uniforms, the 23 of us who were assisting at the Garden party were taken to the Palace at midday where we had our photo taken in front of it. We were then divided into groups which would be the roles that we would be doing throughout the afternoon. We then proceeded through security into the Palace Garden’s by which time it was lunch time, this took place in the Palace in one of the rooms.
The group that I was with was assigned to greet and assisting the guests who were coming through the main lobby of the Palace and into the gardens. This involved giving the guests directions on where to go and aiding them with any problems they had.
Once all the guests and dignitaries had arrived we all stood in the doorways of the gardens as the Queen and others members of the Royal Party proceeded down the Garden steps to the lake.
At this point we were given a break whist’s the guests enjoyed the music, food hampers and meeting the Royal Family. We then returned to where we were carrying out our duties as the guests and dignitaries proceeded to leave. Once they were all gone we formed up in the Main Lobby of the Palace where we were presented a certificate thanking us for our services during the party. We were then escorted off the Palace grounds through the front gates.
By the time we had finished it was around 19.00 at which point we were back at Westminster Chapel and preparing to leave, my return train service wasn’t until 20:20 which gave a small amount of time to do a spot of sightseeing on the journey back to Waterloo Station. The long journey back then arrived into Exeter just after midnight.
10th Exeter Boys’ Brigade
Sunday, 22 May 2016
A short message from jason frost district president
“The two District competition days were held once again this year at Yeovil College in Somerset. As you can see from the results all manner of contest was offered with teams travelling from far afield to take part. Companies from Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Taunton, Tewkesbury and Torquay entered what were to be two brilliant days of challenge, fun and fellowship. The levels of determination and teamwork were apparent at all times from the youngest competitor to the oldest supporter!! Both days had that traditional BB noisy, busy and friendly feeling with everyone keen to get on with proceedings with excitement and enthusiasm. Following lessons learnt in the past, both days went ahead of schedule and I believe that all involved went home their separate ways tired but content!
Thanks must be given to Nigel Stocker at Yeovil College for once again providing the excellent facilities to the District at no charge. This continuing relationship with Yeovil College saves the District a massive amount of money each year that we can use for other funded District activities and grants. The only provision is that we respect the premises and I am pleased that at both events everything was left clean and tidy! I must extend my personal thanks to the unofficial District Sports Committee who are tasked with refereeing, timing, shifting equipment and collating results and certificates. Thank you for assisting in making these days such a success. Also a thank you to Pat Bartlett (ably assisted by my daughter on the Junior Day) for running the extremely popular tuck shop that had nearly run out of stock on both days!! Finally, thanks to the Companies that entered and their dedicated leaders that committed their own personal time to bring their members to Yeovil. A final, final thank you to the main reason that we were all there, our young people. One young man asked me when I was presenting the welcome whether he “had” to take part in the day’s activities. I replied that what he would get out of the day would be dependent on the effort that he put into the day!! I kept an eye on that particular lad and he had an absolutely brilliant time being part of his team! This youngster wasn’t the only one though, I never tire of these competition days watching different events going on, teams participating, talking tactics, analysing their last game, laughing, scoffing lunch and encouraging others enjoying a brilliant experience that I believe only the Boys’ Brigade can provide! Well done to everyone that took part and I look forward to 2017!!
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Membership Analysis 2015/16
No. of Coys
3 (3 returns)
11 (9 returns)
8 (7 returns)
11 (8 returns)
10 (10 returns)
2 (2 returns)
7 (7 returns)
7 (7 returns)
59 (53 returns)
5 largest Companies:
1st Alderholt (with GA) 80
1st Tewkesbury (Boys only) 68
4th Cheltenham (Boys only) 63
2nd Bournemouth (with GA) 52
1st Torquay (Boys only) 44
5 smallest Companies:
21st Bristol (with GA) 4
2nd Dorchester (with GA) 4
10th Exeter (with GA) 5
3rd Bristol* 6
1st Exmouth* 6
5 largest increases in membership:
2nd Weston SM (boys only) +12 67% 30 (18)
5th Plymouth (with GA) +10 83% 22 (12)
4th Cheltenham (boys only) + 8 15% 63 (55)
1st/3rd Taunton (with GA) + 5 39% 18 (18)
1st Tewkesbury (boys only) + 5 8% 68 (63)
5 largest decreases in membership:
1st Alderholt (with GA) -32 -29% 80 (112)
7th Gloucester (with GA) -22 -39% 35 (57)
2nd Bournemouth (with GA) -18 -26% 52 (70)
20th Bristol (boys only) -18 -56% 14 (32)
1st Poole (with GA) -17 -38% 28 (45)
Sunday, 15 May 2016
District Scripture Competition Results 2015 /16
9 companies took part and these are as follows:
2nd Bovey Tracey
67 members took part
46 x 8 – 9yr olds
21 x 10 – 11yr olds
8 - 9yr olds
1st Adam Jackson1st Tewkesbury
2nd George Ellis1st Tewkesbury
3rdAmy Carter7th Gloucester
10 - 11yr olds
1st Robert Godsell5th Gloucester
2ndSam Knight5th Gloucester
3rd Elias1st Torquay