Local CLB company on top
Harbour Grace Church Lads Brigade earns prestigious recognition
It’s the highest recognition that can be bestowed upon a Church Lads Brigade (CLB) company on the Avalon, and the Harbour Grace group has received it.
The Harbour Grace CLB, company 1009, earned the top rank company award for the 2013-14 season in October. There were 22 companies in total.
The group, which consists of 27 males and females from ages five to 21, has taken part in dozens of activities over the past year.
It earns points from drill participation, sports, parades, badge works and any other sanctioned activities. The more activities members are involved with and the more participation they have, the more points they will accumulate.
Facing some tough competition from large groups in St. John’s, Upper Gullies and Foxtrap, the Harbour Grace group came home with the recognition.
The group has a pretty steady participation rate each year, and some of the older teenagers have the option to stay on and become officers.
A strictly volunteer operation, the eight officers and some parents and grandparents attend functions, practices, meetings and events.
Commanding Officer Tracey Lockyer told The Compass that the members were determined to win this year.
“They said on the bus last year that next year they were going to win the Top Company award,” she explained.
On Oct. 19, all the battalion came together in St. John’s for the 100th anniversary of the Royal Newfoundland Regimental Band. It was there the announcement was made.
“I think we all were (shocked) for a second,” Lockyer said.
Besides involvement with the brigade, the group also receives acknowledgement for church attendance, which earns them points as well. Other parishes in the town also ask for their participation in different events throughout the year.
Because of lower than average enrollment, Carbonear’s CLB is currently attending meetings with the Harbour Grace company. But it is something the kids don’t seem to mind.
In fact, some members of Harbour Grace’s company are from Victoria and Upper Island Cove. It is not uncommon for a child to attend meetings in a different town, but Maj. Wayne Lilly said there is a reason for this.
“Every company is unique in their own town,” he said. “No two companies are alike.”
The differences are often what sway a child one way or another.
The Trinity Conception battalion offers CLB groups in many areas, including Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Harbour Grace, Upper Island Cove and New Harbour. The groups regularly work together and have no problem communicating.
“We all work to help each other,” Lilly said. “It’s not uncommon to pick up the phone if we don’t know something.”
The group also visits Port Rexton once a year for a camping trip. During that time, they join with that company to work on drill, band and other activities.
The Harbour Grace company meets at St. Paul’s Church in Harbour Grace on Bannerman Street on Monday evenings, and is always open to new members.
The Harbour Grace Church Lads Brigade has earned a special recognition, the Top Company award. Members of the brigade are, in no particular order, Olivia Taylor, Adam Lee, Sienna Verge, Cecil Taylor, Tristan Pike, Austyn Taylor, Matthew Follett, Junior Cpl. Abigale Follett, Lance Cpl. Alexandra Martin-Lilly, Ethan Mercer, Nathaniel MacEwen, Kyle MacEwen, Warrant Officer Second Class Jordan Dove, Junior Cpl. David Lee, Warrant Officer Second Class Christopher Lockyer, Warrant Officer Second Class Zachary Lockyer, Second Lt. Erin Follett, Capt. Tracey Lockyer, Second Lt. Glenn Sheppard, Capt. Barb Lilly and Maj. Wayne Lilly.