2018-2020
Back Row Left to Right:  Joe Sherring, Chris Slote, Colour Party Commander Greg Sherring,
Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Byron, Geoff Hodgson and Tony Bratschitsch
Front Row:  Dorothy Foord
Missing from picture:  Jan Whiting, Mark Mainprize, Gary Jamieson
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Picture courtesy Paul Wright 2018

 



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Colour Commander

Greg Sherring

(905) 385-5539


Colour Party Report - July 2021

We, and the rest of Ontarians are back into the third wave and twenty-eight day lockdown to try and curb if not stop this pandemic. 

During the past fourteen months as time has gone by I have noticed more and more the number of private buildings and even more personal property owners flying our national flag with the whitest ,white and the redest red maple leaf and  bar on each end.   Either installing flag poles from the ground or extending on existing poles to just hanging from fences to one persons idea to make the flag out of wood and to paint them.

The job is not over by putting up a flag pole and raising a flag on it. Wear and tear happens to these flags. The sun's rays bleaches out the colour as well as thinning out the stitching. The wind, as great as all flags look when the wind blows and flags "fly" takes its toll on the "heel" of the flag as the stitching rips off and the flag frays. Then it's time to replace the flag.

No matter how you or anyone else is dealing with this on again, off again lockdown, there is some glimmer of hope to just look at our maple leaf  flying above the roof tops or just at eye level. 

We are all united by one thing that Mother Nature shows us each and every year, "red maple leaf". 

So, no matter where you go, if you happen to see our National Flag regardless of the height.                      

                        "Enjoy, knowing it's your home"

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander – 905-385-5539


Colour Party Report - February, 2021

Here we are, the first month of a new year and still dealing with the Corona-19 virus.

We are now in the midst of the second wave and are back into another lock down.

Last Remembrance Day, there was a small gathering at the Cenotaph to pay ones respects as

wreaths were laid and salutes were given. It was a far cry from ceremonies of years gone by, but on that day everyone had a thought of the fallen.

With a new year on the horizon and everyone doing their part to stop or at least curve this virus, we can always keep a glimmer of hope that brighter days are ahead so we can get back to our normal way of life.

Until then - Smile and say hello to someone. The power of a smile and a friendly hello can brighten somebody's day.

Happy New Year from your Branch 36 Colour Party !

Dorothy Foord, Geoff Hodgson, Chris Slote, Gary Jameson, Jan Whiting, Tony Bratschitsch, Mark Mainprize, Joe Sherring, Steve Holgate and myself, Greg Sherring.

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander - 905-578-2758

 

Colour Party Report - November 2020

After the Colour Party last met for the Honours & Awards Ceremony back on Sunday, March 1, we heard of this virus that had been sweeping across this planet.  No one understood the impact that it would have on our society, as well as our lives in the coming days.

The Colour Party had been training and preparing for one of the busiest years of parading our flags in recent memory.  In just eight weeks, after the Honours & Awards Banquet, the Colour Party was booked for five parades in six days in the first week in May, the D-Day Church Parade and Service on June 7, and our first time to be included in the Cactus Festival Parade on Thursday, August. 20. 

By the end of the first week in March, the country had pretty much been put mostly into a lockdown.  The COVID-19 pandemic hit North America by storm.  A pandemic that hasn't been seen since 1918 just after WW I ended, when a Spanish Flu pandemic gripped the world.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all gatherings were cancelled, and still to this date, we have not been able to hold any service functions. 

We must wear our face coverings, and maintain social distancing while we practice, so that when we can get back to normal functions such as parades, whether indoors or out, your Colour Party will be ready for them. 

Stay healthy - Wear your mask       Stay safe - Keep 2m apart

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander


Colour Party Report - August 2020 - No report dud to COVID-19 pandemic


Colour Party Report - May 2020 - No report due to COVID-19 pandemic


Colour Party Report - February 2020

With a new year and decade, the Colour Party would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2020.  We would like to thank everyone that bought tickets during our raffles after the Remembrance Day Parade on November 11, 2019 as well on last Christmas Eve.  The generosity of everyone that bought tickets helps fund the Colour Party with expenses such as uniforms, flags, travel expenses.  Congratulations to the winners.

The Colour Party has many events planned so far for this year.  The Honours and Awards Banquet, Branch Elections, D-Day and Church Parade, 2020 Dundas Cactus Festival Parade, Supporting the Poppy Campaign and the Remembrance Day Parade.

The Colour is asking if anyone has photos of the Colour Party during any of the Remembrance Day Parades, if they would be so kind, to please send a copy of them to gregsherring@hotmail.com or if you have hard copies, I would be glad to come and pick them up.

The Colour Party is in need of more members as health, vacations and personal commitments require us to reduce the number of flag bearers during events.  We can help with uniforms.  Any questions, please contact any member of the Colour Party or call or e-mail myself at 905-385-5539 or gregsherring@hotmail.com

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander - 905-578-2758

 

Colour Party Report - November 2019

The Colour Party would like to invite any Legion member to come out and be a part of this award winning group.  If you have any questions or are curious feel free to ask myself, Jim Byron or any Colour Party member.

Practices are at 7pm on 2nd Tuesday each month (EXCEPT on 5th Nov.) upstairs at the Branch. 

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander


Colour Party Report - August 2019

I attended the 75th Reunion Dinner for the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets on 31st May at the Dundas Golf and Country Club.

On 1st June I attended the Naval Cadet Ceremonial Review at the Dundas Community Center with Rick Valois - Cadet Liaison Officer,.

This year's D-Day Parade and church service on Sunday, 2nd June was a huge success.

On 10th June, I attended the 2019 Ceremonial Review for the Royal Canadian Air Cadets in place of Rick Valois – Cadet Liaison Officer.

On Sunday, 15th June at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery for the interment of Comrade Nelson Bolton and his wife Janet, an Honour Guard attended consisting of Jim, Joe and Greg Sherring, Robert Bolton, Chad McLean, Craig Brierly and Bruce Gilroy.  Bugler Laura Jean Falls played “Last Post” and “Rouse”.  Reverend Chisholm from Legion Branch 163 conducted the service.

On June 18th, I attended a 'Change of Command' ceremony for the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Dundas.  It was the end of Lt.(N) Melissa King’s command and the installment of Lt.(N) Derek Evans as new commanding officer.

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander - 905-385-5539


Colour Party Report - May 2019

The 2019 Spring season is upon us with three parades already scheduled.

They are as follows:  Wednesday, May 1st - Branch 36 Elections, Sunday, May 5th St. Elilzabeth Village's "Liberation of the Netherlans" Church Service and Parade and Sunday, June 2nd - Dundas Branch 36 D-Day Church Parade and Service.

We are always looking for members to join our award winning Colour Party.  The more members that we have helps with shortages and with personal engagements, sickeness and vacations.

We practise on the second Tuesday of the month with exceptions in November (Remembrance Day Parade and Service) and June, July and August (Summer Vacation).

Get an upfront view of the Remembrance Day Parade right behind the band, and Ceremony by joining the Colour Party.  We will also help you in getting a uniform.

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander - 905-385-5539


Colour Party Report - February 2019

We practice on the 2nd Tuesday of each month except June, July, August and November.

If you would like to join us, just come to one of our practices or talk to me or any member in the Colour Party. Help is also provided to get a uniform.

Two dates are already booked for us parade the flags this year. The first is the Honour and Awards Banquet, Sunday March 3, 2019 and the second is the annual Church Parade, Sunday June 2, 2019.  A 3rd possible date will be to parade flags at a Canadian Semi-Pro / American University football game at Tim Horton's Field in the spring of 2019.

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander - 905-578-2758


CoWith lour Party Report - November 2018

With a new fiscal year upon us, the Colour Party would like to invite any Legion member to come out and be a part of this award winning group.  If you have any questions or are just curioous, feel free to ask myself, Jim Byron or any Colour Party member.

Practises will be on the second Tuesday of each monthy (Except on 6th November) at 7:00pm in the upstairs hall of our Legion.

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander (905-385-5539) 

Please contact the Colour Commander if you would     like to serve in the Branch 36 Colour Party.


Colour Party Report - August 2018

As our summer is quickly coming to an end, we all get back into the swing of what we put on hold for the summer. The Colour Party is no different - another year of practices and parades.

We had a busy second half of  last year (Sept to June) - 10 practices in 9 months, Poppy campaign at Sobey's, four outdoor parades and four indoor parades as well as personnel changes.

2018

11th September

9th October

6th November

11th December

2019

8th January

12th February

12th March

9th April

With a new fiscal year upon us, the Colour Party would like to invite any Legion member to come out and be a part of this award winning group.  If you have any questions or just curious, feel free to ask myself, Jim Byron or any Colour Party member.

Practises will be on the second Tuesday of each month, EXCEPT for Nov., at 7:00pm in the upstairs hall of our Legion.  

Greg Sherring - Colour Party Commander (905-385-5539)   


Colour Party Report - May 2018

It is with deep regret that I am stepping down as the Colour Party Commander due to health issues.   I'm proud to announce that Greg Sherring will be taking over this position.  I will still be able to maintain my position as Sergeant-at-Arms.  I would like to thank all the members of the Colour Party for their support.

Our Colour Party is preparing for the June Church Parade.

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members. A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability. Training and help getting uniforms will be provided. At the moment Dundas has an Award winning unit and we'd like to make sure we keep it that way. 

Our next practices will be:

Tuesday evening April 10th at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday evening May 8th at 7:00 pm.

James Byron (Colour Party Commander)  905-578-2758


Colour Party Report - February 2018

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members. A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability. Training and help getting uniforms will be provided. At the moment Dundas has an Award winning unit and we'd like to make sure we keep it that way. 

Our next practices will be:

Tuesday evening February 13th at 7:00pm

Tuesday evening March 13th at 7:00pm

Tuesday evening April 10th at 7:00pm

Tuesday evening May 8th at 7:00pm

James Byron - (Colour Party Commander) - 905-578-2758


Colour Party Report - November 2017

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members.  A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability.  Training and help getting uniforms will be provided.  At the moment Dundas has an Award winning unit and we'd like to make sure we keep it that way.

Our next practises will be :

Tuesday 7:00pm, 10th October in the Banquet Hall

Tuesday 7:00pm, 7th November in the Banquet Hall

Tuesday 7:00pm, 12th December in the Banquet Hall

Next Parade - Saturday, 11th November - Remembrance Day in Dundas


James Byron - Colour Party Commander - 905-578-2758



Colour Party Report - August 2017

On May 3rd, the Colour Party presented the colours during the Branch 36 elections.

On May 5th six members of the Colour Party had the honour of presenting the colours during the celebration of St. Elizabeth's Villa to commemorate the Liberation of Holland in the second world war.

On May 30th 6 members of the Colour Party presented the colours during the Zone B meeting. I was honoured to receive my Sergeant-at-Arms medal for Zone.

On June 4th seven members of the Colour Party and 9 members of 3 cadet corps took part in the Branch 36 D-Day Church Parade and church service.

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members.  A few extra members would make it easier in cases of illness or unavailability.  Training and help getting uniforms will be provided.  At the moment Dundas has an award-winning unit and we'd like to make sure we stay that way.

Our next practises will be:

Tuesday evening - 12th September at 7:00pm

Tuesday evening - 10th October at 7:00pm

Tuesday evening - 7th November at 7:00pm

Tuesday evening - 12th December at 7:00pm

James Byron - Colour Party Commander - 905-578-2758


Colour Party Report - May 2017

On March 5th the Branch 36 Colour Party had the honour of presenting the colours at the Honours and Awards and Ladies Auxiliary awards Luncheon.  A special presentation took place after the luncheon, at which the Colour Party presented our own Geoff Hodgson with a Royal Canadian Legion Canada 150 medal for his long and excellent service to the Colour Party.

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members.  A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability.  Training and help getting uniforms will be provided.  At the moment Branch 36 has an Award winning unit and we'd like to make sure we keep it that way.

Our next practices will be:

Tuesday evening - 9th May, 2017 at 7:00pm

Tuesday evening - 12th September, 2017 at 7:00pm

James Byron - Colour Party Commander - 905-578-2758    


Colour Party Report - February 2017

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members. A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability. Training and help getting uniforms will be provided. At the moment Dundas has an Award winning unit and we'd like to make sure we keep it that way.

Our next practices will be:

Tuesday evening February 14th at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday evening March 14th at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday evening April 11th at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday evening May 9th at 7:00 pm.

James Byron (Colour Party Commander) - 905-578-2758


Colour Party Report - November 2016

On 18th August the Colour Party took part in the Dundas Cactus Festival Parade.  On October 2nd the Colour Party attended the Legion convention in St.Catharines with the hopes of attending a Colour Party competition.  Due to excessive rain, the competition was cancelled and an indoor service took place.   Although we missed out taking part in the competition, we all enjoyed ourselves and the day.  The rain of course stopped as soon as the indoor service was completed.

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members.  A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability.  Training and help getting uniforms will be provided.  At the moment our Dundas Branch 36 Colour Party has an award winning unit and we'd like to keep it that way.

New members are invited to any of our practices which will be held on the following dates:

                   

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