ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE
Session 2018/19 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.
The Battalion hosted a full programme of events for all Sections, both of a competitive and non-competitive nature.
- Company Section & Seniors events included: badminton, indoor football, pitch & putt, physical training, skiing, table tennis, tubing and a quiz night.
- Junior Section events included: eGames tournament, figure marching, footgolf, golf, indoor football, swimming and a quiz night.
- The Anchor and Junior Sections came together to take part in an Aqua Dash and Nativity Lego challenge.
The new session started with a good number of youths attending the Pre-dress rehearsal of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August. The next big ticket event in September was a trip to Manchester, to take in the Manchester City v Fulham premier league fixture and for those interested in different outdoor activities the Battalion ran an Adventure Weekend at Craggan Outdoor Centre for Company Section members.
During the session the Battalion ran a full training programme, including Working with Challenging Behaviour, Child Protection, Youth Leadership, Building Your Skills, Emergency First Aid and Holiday Leadership.
The annual Company Section Worship Event was attended by c100 members, the evening was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. The theme of the evening was Voyage of discovery and was held at Davidsons Mains Parish Church.
The Battalion's annual Beating Retreat at Edinburgh Castle took place in May, when we welcomed visiting bands from across Scotland to accompany our own bands and musicians. We were delighted and honoured to have Ian McLaughlan, Chief Executive of Youth Scotland as our chief guest and salute taker. Also, in the audience of some 500 locals and visitors were the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and the Provost of East Lothian. A reception for guests was held by the Stedfast Association in the City Chambers prior to the Beating Retreat ceremony.
Also, in May the 21st Anniversary Pitch & Putt Competition took place at Bruntsfield Links Short Hole Course.
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, His grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury.
On 1st June, Lethem Park hosted an Anchors Picnic, with Alpacas, who came along to meet members of the Anchor Sections.
A great day was had, and the Anchors got a chance to “tell us how much fun they had and the best bit!”
On 5th June, 17 Seniors from the Battalion were presented with their Queen's Badge certificates (Queen’s Badge, Saltire Award) at the East Lowland Area Queen's Badge Presentation Ceremony. This year's event was held at Cannongate Kirk, with the awards presented by Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, the Boys’ Brigade President.
The session finished with a number of youths attending the Royal Highland Show as runners, and we are grateful for the donation received from the Royal Highland Show.
Pollock Pavilion and Craggan Outdoor Centre continues to be extensively used, both by groups from within and out-with the Battalion, and during the session new and refurbished windows have been installed in Pollock. A key project for 2018/19 was the planning and set-up of Lethem Park Allotments. 78 plots have been established in the top half of the park and these have been snapped up by local residents who had been on the Council’s EH6, nine year waiting list. Once initial set up costs have been paid, the Battalion will benefit from the annual income from plot holder’s rental.
Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to all the dedicated Leaders who carry out such great work in both our Companies and Battalion.
Ian Montgomery, Battalion Secretary