With all activities now suspended until 31st August, including Battalion camp, we looked at new ways to keep in touch during the current pandemic.
All sections now meet ‘virtually’ on Zoom – during their normal Wednesday night sesison time Activities include scavenger hunts, quizzes, science experiments and even baking.
This term always involves intense preparations for our Battalion Uniformed Competition Day which took place on Saturday 7th March. We returned home with certificates galore and a new shield to display in church.
Two weeks later all face to face activities were suspended due to the coronavirus.
Our Autumn term began with a full complement of boys and a new member of staff. In addition to our usual Wednesday night activities Anchor boys enjoyed a trip to the climbing walls at Xscape with Junior and Company section boys swimming at the Metrodome in Barnsley.
The term finished with our family Christmas crafts and celebration evening. The hall was packed! Crafts completed, carols sung, readings read and heard and mince pies consumed. Wonderful evening.
Our last half term of activities were outdoors – just the one week rained off. We enjoyed a bike ride, a walk with a neighbouring Boys’ Brigade Company, our annual parents and staff versus boys rounders match, archery, a treasure hunt and a finally, an all company bbq.
Awards were presented at our church’s Messy Church where we thought about the hope we have in God.
Some of our older boys enjoyed a week in Ringwood at the Battalion camp.
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A highlight of this year must be our whole Company camp earlier this month at Woolley Edge Scout Camp. An, almost dry, weekend saw 35+ boys enjoy crate stacking, axe throwing, a scavenger hunt, a campfire and outdoor Messy Church. Older boys enjoyed a practice expedition.
Woah! Where has this Boys’ Brigade year gone? We have taken part in all our usual activities including commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1 with a whole Company service at the village war memorial including ‘there but not there’ silhouettes.
Boys from Ackworth joined with others from 1st Acomb and 1st Ossett companies for the annual battalion camp. This year held in Maidstone, camp involved the usual games, camp challenges and visits. A day trip to Belgium was also made to visit several war grave cemeteries including Essex Farm and Tyne Cot. All attended the daily sounding of the Last Post at The Menin Gate in Ypres where the 3 senior boys laid a wreath.
Our 2017/18 year ended with our annual company bbq. Great fun had by all whether playing football, cricket, catch, cooking in the bbqs or just being together.
It’s been a very busy year with our usual Wednesday night activities, sporting activities, battalion competitions, involvement with the church in their May Fair and Messy Church along with our trip to Kenya. Just the battalion camp to go before a few weeks break and thinking about doing it all again in September.
Not yet spring weather but we’ve had a great start to this term. Battalion competitions loom and preparations for our trip to Kenya continue. We have joined together with our church family for Messy Church sharing activities, worship and food together. Always a special time. Photos on facebook.
Where did this term go? Fantastic to be joined each week by our circuit children and families workers as we looked at topics of Journeys and Light. Amongst other activities Juniors and Company section followed the journey of a refugee – that of Mo Farah – and the whole company joined together for an end of term activity – Christingle!
Some disappointment with the postponement of our visit to Kenya and the inevitable frustrations that followed but all rearranged now!
The weather only managed to thwart one of our summer outdoor activities – our annual bike ride. Instead Juniors and Company section boys enjoyed an evening of games indoors.
Other summer activities included a visit to the Shanks recycling depot at South Kirkby for our Anchor Boys and our whole Company BBQ at the end of term.
The main focus of this term is always the Battalion competition day. Another good haul of awards and certificates for 1st Ackworth including 1st place in Juniors’ figure marching. The term ended with a whole company open evening – a beetle drive followed by supper cooked and served by Company and Senior section boys. Great fun!
A busy term finished with our, now annual, company wide Christmas celebration. Boys and families joining together in crafts, worship and refreshments.
Wow! Seems like we’ve never been away.
Company section boys enjoyed a great summer camp with boys from Ossett and York Companies.
Three weeks in to the new term and 1st Ackworth continues to grow with new boys in Anchors and Juniors and promotions to all sections.
Outdoor fun is the priority during the summer months – walking, running, cycling and games. Anchors also enjoyed a scavenger hunt and some extreme junk modelling when the weather kept them indoors.
Battalion Competitions – March 2016
2016 was 1st Ackworth’s best showing at the annual Battalion competitions with 12 certificates in total – some for all sections. Fantastic achievement. Well Done to All!
Our winter term is dominated by the Battalion competitions that take place at the beginning of March. The boys take great pride in preparing and being the best they can be from the Anchors spending several weeks on their colouring competition through to the Seniors with their technology projects. Watch this space for pictures and reports.
The beginning of term saw Anchors enjoying some spy activities – using the theme of spies to play listening and observation games. We digressed slightly into the realms of detectives taking our own fingerprints, covering plates with them and trying to match the two – with a limited degree of success but we had fun!
Our Autumn 2015 term, as usual, was extremely busy.
Anchor Boys got involved in some simple engineering projects – making soundmakers, erupting volcanoes and exploring slug slime.
Junior Boys, in teams, made bags from newspaper, earning a set amount for each bag. They then went shopping with money earned and cooked what they bought.
Company section prepared and took part in an expedition in October and laid a wreath at Ackworth War Memorial on 11th November where a short service was held for Juniors and Company section boys and their parents.
We had two company wide events – a very noisy snakes and ladders (with a twist) evening and our end of term Christmas celebration where we took part in a variety of Christmas crafts and heard a re-telling of the Christmas story from Junior boys accompanied by pictures from our Anchors.
Notable successes were outstanding performances by our Company section boys at the Battalion table tennis competition. Well Done to Max and Oliver.