ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE
Session (2017/18) 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: athletics, badminton, cross country, drill, football, hill walking, karting, music, physical training, swimming, table tennis.
- Junior Section events included: daffodil growing competition, football, golf, swimming, superstar competition, and a quiz.
- The Anchor and Junior Sections came together to take part in an Easter Lego competition.
The new session started with a good number of youths attending the Pre-dress rehearsal of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August and a trip to Hampden to watch Scotland v Malta and an outing to Fordell Firs in September. This was followed in November with another football trip to watch Newcastle v Watford.
The Juniors and Anchors celebrated the Junior Section 100th year with a Birthday Party on 30th September at Lethem Park which included fun party games, a magic show, party food and a Birthday cake and at the end of the session a Fun Day at Vogrie in June.
The Battalion ran a full training programme, including Youth Leadership Training, Building Your Skills, Captains Training, First Aid, Holiday Leadership.
In March the Battalion ran an Adventure Weekend at Craggan Outdoor Centre for Company Section members and a Worship Event held at Currie Kirk, “A voyage and an anchor” lead in partnership by Rev Easter Smart and the Battalion chaplain Rev Ian Gilmour.
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 Frank Ross, The Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh as our Chief Guests and Salute Taker. A reception for guests was held in the City Chambers prior to the Beating Retreat ceremony.
Also, in May the 20th Anniversary Pitch & Putt Competition took place at Bruntsfield Links Short Hole Course, attended by Youths and ex members who had taken part in the event over the years.
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.
In June, 20 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 held at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow and the certificates were presented by Lord Hopetoun, Hopetoun Estate, South Queensferry.
The session finished with a number of youths attending the Royal Highland Show as runners and featured interviews of our boys by the BBC Landward programme. A donation of £500 has been 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 electrical maintenance work, gardening and a new driveway has been carried out at Craggan.
The Battalion has received a “windfall” of £19,354 following investigations with the Bank of Scotland that have led to a dormant account and Government War stock held by the old Leith Battalion being transferred to the Edinburgh, Leith & District Trust, Headquarters Fund.
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