The Old Folks Party 50th
1959 – 2008
the Boys Brigade reached its 75th Year in 1958, Brigade Council asked
Companies to perform some charitable act within their own local community to
mark the occasion.
Captain at that time was Bern Pitcher and it was agreed that the 83rd
would take part with the help of the Old Boys’ Association. It was agreed that
they would raise funds for the elderly of the Parish.
thoughts were to provide either a sack of coal or a food parcel at Christmas.
However, Bern felt that the elderly were likely to be lonely as well as needy
and that a party, held early in the New Year, would provide a good meal as well
first party was held on the 2nd.January 1959 at Church House, West
Road .This was somewhat governed by the takings at the Jumble Sale of £30.
Nevertheless, we were able to provide a good Christmas dinner while the boys
supplied the entertainment using sketches that had been performed at Camp and at
the Boys’ Supper.
was soon obvious that if the invitation list was to grow, larger accommodation
would have to be found. Haselrigge Road School was the next venue as the hall
was bigger and there was a well-equipped kitchen.
served its purpose for a time, and the next move was to the Balham
"Salvation Army Hall". We then moved into Helby Hall, Helby Road,
Clapham Park Estate staying many years before moving back into Church House
since the first party in 1958 there have been many memorable and indeed amusing
occasions. Such as the party held at Balham. As it was further away than usual
the transport problem was much larger; and to add to that it also turned out to
be very foggy. One dear lady did not believe that the drivers would arrive on
time, so she called a taxi. When she arrived, resplendent in a fur coat she
asked for the 10 shillings it had cost for the fare!
did anyone dream back in 1958 that in 2008 we would be able to celebrate our 50th
party. Regrettably as we were also 50 years older, this was to be our
- Saturday 12th January 2008