Lo­cal CLB company on top

Har­bour Grace Church Lads Bri­gade earns pres­ti­gious recog­ni­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Sur­prise win

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.

Work­ing to­gether

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.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

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.

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