Annual Report 2015/16
This Session was once again a busy one as the Battalion sought to support the work of its Companies in the advancement of Christ’s kingdom amongst children and young people.
Once again the Battalion hosted a full programme of events for all Sections, both a competitive and non-competitive nature. For the Company Section & Seniors these included athletics, badminton, basketball, cross country, drill, expeditions, golf, kayaking, martial arts, music, physical training, Premier League football trip, swimming and weight lifting.
For the Junior Section these included Bad Hair Day competition, figure marching, football, golf, music, quiz and Superstar competition.
The Anchor and Junior Sections came together to take part in both the Christmas and Easter activities, a visit to both Dirleton and Edinburgh Castles, and an Olympic Sports Day.
For the second Session, the Battalion hosted a programme of Young Leaders’ Network events, including Pizza & Pool, Pizza & Bowling and Karting.
The Battalion run a full training programme, including Quick Start (for new Leaders), Youth Leader Training, Building Your Skills, First Aid, Holiday Leadership, Captains Training, Child Safeguarding and Canoeing/Kayaking Training Weekend.
The Battalion’s 59th Beating Retreat at Edinburgh Castle took place in May, when we welcomed visiting bands from across the UK to accompany our own bands and musicians. We were delighted and honoured to have Colonel Donald G Ross OBE as our Chief Guest.
The Battalion was also on parade at the opening service for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland when we provided a Guard of Honour for The Lord High Commissioner, The Rt. Hon. Lord Hope of Craighead.
In June, 21 Seniors from the Battalion were presented with their Queen’s Badge certificates at the East Lowland Area Queen’s Badge presentation ceremony. This year’s event was hosted by Scottish Borders Battalion at Old Parish & St Paul’s Church, Galashiels and the certificates were presented by Alasdair Hutton OBE, TD a writer and narrator for public events and concerts, including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Craggan Outdoor Centre continues to be extensively used, both by groups from within and outwith the Battalion, and maintenance work has begun on Pollock Pavilion.
Finally, we would like to extend my thanks to all the dedicated Leaders who carry out such great work in both our Companies and Battalion.
David Scott, Development Officer