Latest News- November 2017

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We've had a busy couple of months since the summer break....

It was great to see so many new boys at our Open Evening in September and even better that most have now joined as new members! The new recruits have been enjoying a varied programme of activities since. Highlights so far this session include icing biscuits, first aid, learning some new games, hosting the 100th birthday celebrations for the Junior Section and much more!


My favourite activity was the senses evening with the Junior Section. The lads took part in a sound effects quiz, guessed what's in the bag and took their chances with some taste tests. Our taste test 'treats' included chilli olives, port scratchings, mexicana cheese and beef jerky. Needless to say, we had plenty of food left at the end of the evening for the Company Section to try!

Thanks to Rastrick Fire Station who brought down one of their fire engines in October. The Junior and Company Sections had the opportunity to look around the vehicle and learnt all about the different roles the fire service fulfil. Some of the Juniors managed to convince one member of the fire service to let them have a go with one of the search torches. If you were in Elland on the evening of Wednesday 25th October, it wasn't a UFO or a signal for Batman, apologies for any confusion.


We had a grand day out in York on the 22nd October for the Yorkshire and Humberside District Founders Day parade and service. With several of our members making their own way to York with their parents, it was a select few who travelled on the minibus from Elland. The journey was made all the more entertaining by the fact that Huddersfield Town had beaten Manchester United the day before. As many of you will know, our Company Captain is somewhat of a Huddersfield Town fan. Unfortunately, the Man Utd fans on board weren’t as keen to talk about the brilliance of Aaron Mooy so thoughts turned to the day ahead.


On our second lap around York, it became clear Dave ‘we’re not lost, we just don’t know where we are’ Fox might need a hand with the navigation. We had plenty of help in reserve and we were soon being serenaded by what I can only describe as a barbershop quartet of sat nav voices. Luckily, all four sat navs agreed on the directions and we were soon parking in the school opposite the Minster after squeezing through a particularly narrow gate.


After tucking into our packed lunches and marvelling at how much a six year old can put away, we were joined by the rest of our party and it was soon time to form up for the parade. In blustery conditions, we took our places in section D behind the Elland Stedfast Association Band. There were five bands in total and each was set off at a 5 minute interval. The circular route around the streets of York was lined with people and we soon warmed up as we began to march.


Once we arrived back at York Minster, we were ushered into our seats for the service. The highlight of this was watching one of our own, Sam Wilson, being presented with his Queens badge by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. A fantastic setting, a great honour for Sam and a proud moment for us all.


Following the service, we made the return parade before being dismissed outside the Minster. It was great to see the number on parade and we certainly attracted some attention from the people of York. A truly special day, certainly one that will live long in the memory.


We have plenty to look forward to before Christmas. Each Section has some terrific activities planned. To keep up to date on all Company news, visit our social media pages…