12th Halifax Boys’ Brigade celebrates centenary

Centenary celebrations at New Hope United Reformed Church in Highroad Well with, from left, Captain Colin Walker and lieutenants Andrew Jacobs and Ben Fawkes. Below: Lifeboys in 1960;  Colin Walker (centre) at the Queen's Badge presentation in 1966; The 12th Halifax in 1915
Centenary celebrations at New Hope United Reformed Church in Highroad Well with, from left, Captain Colin Walker and lieutenants Andrew Jacobs and Ben Fawkes. Below: Lifeboys in 1960; Colin Walker (centre) at the Queen's Badge presentation in 1966; The 12th Halifax in 1915

A Halifax Boys’ Brigade company celebrated its centenary with a reunion that brought old boys back home from all over the country.

The 12th Halifax held its special day at New Hope United Reformed Church in Highroad Well and ex-Boys’ Brigaders came from as far as London, Plymouth and Bridgend in South Wales to renew old friendships. Altogether 130 Boys’ Brigade members, old and new, and church members took part in the day.

12th Halifax Boys' Brigade centenary exhibition at New Hope United Reformed Church, Highroad Well, Halifax. Lifeboys from 1960.

12th Halifax Boys' Brigade centenary exhibition at New Hope United Reformed Church, Highroad Well, Halifax. Lifeboys from 1960.

The company’s colours were paraded into the church for a special service led by the Rev John Jenkinson, of Clifton, Brighouse. The Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy and Janet Hardy, called by. There was a buffet tea and a display of photographs of the company over the years, some of which are reproduced here.

The 12th Halifax was founded in 1913 at Queen’s Road Primitive Methodist Church, which in about 1928 became Fairfield Methodist. The church closed in 1977 and the company moved to Park Congregational Church, Hopwood Lane, where it remained until 2000, when the 12th moved to Highroad Well.

Captain Colin Walker, of Lord Street, Sowerby Bridge, has been assoc-iated with the company since joining in 1960 at the age of 11. He has climbed the ranks over the years, from staff sergeant to lieutenant, and became captain in 1998. Now aged 64 he is also vice-president of the Halifax battalion. Today his company has approaching 30 members, from Anchor boys aged between five and eight to juniors and a company section of 11-to-18-year-olds.

Colin can look back on a special day with pride. “It was a brilliant day,” he said.

12th Halifax Boys' Brigade centenary exhibition at New Hope United Reformed Church, Highroad Well, Halifax. Colin Walker (centre) at the Queen's Badge presentation in 1966.

12th Halifax Boys' Brigade centenary exhibition at New Hope United Reformed Church, Highroad Well, Halifax. Colin Walker (centre) at the Queen's Badge presentation in 1966.

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12th Halifax Boys' Brigade centenary exhibition at New Hope United Reformed Church, Highroad Well, Halifax. Queen Road Primative Methodist Church 1915.

12th Halifax Boys' Brigade centenary exhibition at New Hope United Reformed Church, Highroad Well, Halifax. Queen Road Primative Methodist Church 1915.

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