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125th Anniversary Parade at York Minster

Details of the 125th Anniversary Parade
To be held at York Minster, Deansgate, YO1 7HH
18th November 2017

Travel arrangements are the responsibility of companies or individuals. Coach drop off point will be at Duncombe Place (YO1 7HD) or parking and pick up at Union Terrace (YO31 7ES). The railway station is no more than a 10-minute walk away from the Minster.

12.45 – Form Up

You will need to arrive in good time for the parade, which will assemble at 12.45 on the wide pavement beside the Eye of York (aka Clifford’s Tower YO1 9SA) - this is a small oval of grass in the middle of York Castle's inner bailey.

Order of Parade

  • Combined band
  • National Colours
  • Regimental and Battalion Colours
  • Martins – (with the correct ratio of leaders)
  • Y Team – (with the correct ratio of leaders)
  • JTC – (with the correct ratio of leaders)
  • Seniors
  • Adult leaders 

Once all in order and standing at ease, the following commands will be given – ‘Parade, Parade, Shun.’

March on the Colour Party.’ National, Regimental and Battalion Colours, plus escorts will march on to parade. All Officers Salute.

Parade will form column of route.  Left/Right turn.’ Parade turns, as per Parade Commander’s instructions.

13.15 Step off

‘Parade by the left quick march.’Parade steps off following the combined band and Colour party. The parade will follow the attached route (we are aware that the map image is of poor quality, a readable version will be distributed when available) though the centre of York, supported by a traffic management company who also require 6 to 8 volunteers to help police the parade. Any volunteers would be gratefully received.


The parade will be led by a combined CLCGB band consisting of members from several companies and the CLCGB National Band, hopefully totaling over 60 members. This will be quite a spectacle and will definitely ensure a large audience as we parade through the centre of York. CLCGB musicians are invited to the rehearsal on Sunday 29th October.  The rehearsal will take place between 10.00hrs -14.00hrs at:

           Raywell Park, Raywell, The East Riding of Yorkshire, HU16 5YL

Due to the limited time available, the rehearsal will be intense, therefore, companies should only put forward their more experienced musicians.  Those wishing to participate must attend this rehearsal, as unfortunately, it will not be possible to have a rehearsal on the day. For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Lionel Burdett

13.45 Arrive at York Minster

Make your way into the Minster as directed via the South Door and into the choir stalls. The Martins will be directed to the front of the choir stalls, followed by the Y Team, JTC and Seniors. 

The Colours will march through the choir stalls and exit via the right or left doors, Colours will then be placed in the Nave as only the Queen’s and National Colours will be presented to the altar.

14.15 Service commences

15.15 Service concludes

At the end of the service the Queen’s Colours and National Colours will be returned and all Regimental and Battalion Colours collected.  All Colours will form up and be lowered during the National Anthem.

15.30 Form up outside York Minster

Inspection, March off the Colours and dismissal approx. 30 mins.

125th Anniversary Weekend Camp

Welcome to the 125th Anniversary Weekend Camp “I was there!” 

The Quasquicentennial weekend is once in a lifetime chance to BE THERE at CLCGB’s biggest event in years. Five hundred members and special guests will be there to soak up this amazing experience, with a chance to take part in an inspirational closing ceremony and three days of activities. There will be something for everyone to enjoy and you can help make it happen!!

The weekend will take place over 6th - 8th October 2017 at the Kingswood Activity Centre, Dearne Camp.


The weekend will cost £90 for members which includes meals, accommodation and activities, plus a souvenir t-shirt.

The Martins are invited on a day basis (Saturday only) and this will cost £25 including lunch, activities and a souvenir t-shirt.

Transport to and from the event will be the responsibility of the Parents or Guardians, though local Brigade companies may make arrangements to transport parties to the event.

A deposit of £35 is payable by 31st January 2017, followed by £35 payable by 30th April 2017, and final balance of £20 payable by 10th July 2017.

If you wish to pay in full by 31st January 2017, then a 10% discount is earned therefore total cost is £81.

If you wish to pay over 7 months then a standing order must be set up paying 7 equal amounts of £12.85, total payable £89.95

Refunds/cancellation.  Any monies paid over are non-refundable, but individuals may wish to take out their own private insurance to cover any emergency or sickness meaning non-attendance.

Payment is either via Bank Transfer, Cheque or Paypal.  For Bank Transfer please call the NHQ Office for the bank details, quoting your BMS! number for security purposes.

To reserve your place click here


125th Anniversary Weekend Report

125th Anniversary Weekend at Kingswood, Dearne.  6th 7th 8th October 2017

The motto of the Brigade is Fun, Faith and Fellowship and at a recent weekend held at Kingswood Activity Centre in Dearne, near Doncaster, they certainly lived up to their motto.

The event was held to mark the end of the Brigades 125th year and to celebrate this, over 100 members, and leaders gathered on a Friday night and began their weekend with a campfire, and so the fun began.  The members came from far and wide, Leyland in Lancashire, Leicester, Durham, London, The Wirral, Manchester, Oldham, Ashton u Lyne, Hartlepoool and of course Yorkshire joined together and forged new friendships to last for many years to come.

On Saturday morning following a hearty breakfast the activities began, Archery, High Ropes, Buggy Building, Abseiling, The Leap of Faith, a Nightline or a Cratestack.  Varying age groups, from 4 years to shall we say “very much older” joined in the activities to suit their ability or maybe bravery, but everybody enjoyed lots of laughter and energy throughout the weekend.  On Saturday the Rev’d Tom Glover from St Pauls,  Winlaton in Durham, held a lovely service within a yurt, with a logfire burning.  The children and adults sang some fun hymns, at a pace that seemed to increase more quickly than some could manage, but this again really helped everyone to enjoy the service immensely. 

Then it was back to the activities, and after tea came the 125th anniversary party.  Fun and games continued with adults and children all to take part, and then the unveiling of the cake or rather “cakes” with 125 candles all lit, and then blown out by two lucky winners of one of the games and the singing of “Happy Birthday”. Music dancing and refreshments were to follow until it was lights out for another day.

On the Sunday again breakfast, and continuation of the exciting activities, so that everybody had the chance to try everything, and then sadly it was soon time to round up the weekend with a thank you and certificate giving ceremony, and we all went home, absolutely shattered, but satisfied that we had a great weekend, and we knew that we really had Fun, Faith and Fellowship with the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade.


St Mary's Atherstone CLCGB Press Release

Our latest press release from today's (December 1st 2016) Tamworth Herald page 24, sharing the 125th Anniversary of the Brigade.

Congratulations to Margaret Anne-Wilkins and all who put on a splendid and appropriate Open Night in Atherstone to celebrate the Brigade's 125th Anniversary.

If you have any articles you wish to be published in the local press please do not hesitate to contact NHQ at, or if you have been in the press recently email your articles to us and we will publish them here.

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