During 2009 the Corps continued its development and were much in demand, we started
off the year back in the City of London for the Australia/New Zealand Day Festival,
this involved a procession from Paul’s and service at the City Church of St. Katherine
Cree. See the article at Page: Waltzing Matilda
In April we played for the residents of Nertherne on the Hill for their Easter Parade.
We combined this with one of our practice days at the Bowls Club, leading the parade
around the village returning to the bowls club where refreshments were laid on.
In June several members of the Corps returned to Liverpool to take part once again
in the Lord Mayors Parade, joining up with the Cadets from Liverpool, the Sudbury
British Legion and members from the Yorkshire Corps of Drums. Peter Foss once more
arranged all the logistics, i.e. accommodation and meals at Altcar Camp and transport
into Liverpool for the parade. An enjoyable weekend was had by all. The dates for
this years trip are from the 4th to 6th June.
There was a busy Sunday on the 28th June when the Corps had 2 fixtures; the first
was a British Legion County Parade in Southborough, Tonbridge Wells, for the dedication
of new Colours. The Corps played the parade into the church and played the Last Post
and Rouse at the end of the service. We then marched the parade back to the Legion
HQ. See some photos and You Tube footage at Page: Gallery
Once the parade was over it was a dash south to Sheffield Park to entertain the crowds
in the tea interval at the cricket match between old England & Australia teams on
behalf of the Army Benevolent Fund. A most enjoyable and successful day all round
even though it was an extremely warm day. For a full account of the day go to -Page:
A Standard and A Shield
In July we were again out in support of the Army Benevolent Fund playing during the
lunch interval of a Sussex County Cricket Club match at Arundel Castle. Unfortunately
the weather wasn’t very favourable which keep the crowds away but the Corps were
able to perform to its usual high standard.
At the beginning of August we had been booked to play at the Guards Museum at Wellington
Barracks but due to unforeseen circumstances this had to be cancelled so we relocated
to The Royal Artillery Firepower Museum at Woolwich, a site well known to us all
as the Corps of Drums Society has been holding their meetings at this venue for some
years. The morning was spent polishing up our routine and in the afternoon we put
on 2 music and marching displays interspersed with a static concert set. For a full
account of the day and a short clip of video go to -Page: Fifepower
In September the Corps had a request to appear for a second year at the Pearly Kings
& Queens Harvest Festival Celebrations at the Guild Hall in the City of London. There
was a good turnout from the Corps on this beautiful sunny day. We went through our
routine in the square outside the Guild Hall and then joined the parade to the church
of St Mary-Le-Bow. For a few photos and a bit of video go to -Page: Pearly Kings
At the beginning of October we were invited to play at the home of the Queens Royal
Surrey Regiment Museum at Clandon House, Clandon Park near Guildford. The weather
wasn’t too kind to us that day, we were able to do our first routine in the dry but
our static concert routine was cut a bit short because of the light rain that was
falling. For our third effort of the afternoon we retreated inside to the museum
and played a selection from our repertoire which went down well with the visitors.
October was a busy month as we were at Clandon House, and there were 2 Lord Mayors
Show rehearsals at Woolwich, further we were also invited once more to the Church
of Scientology UK Headquarters in East Grinstead to play at their conference. Drum
Major Geoff Fairfax MBE was not able to take part this day but pulled the strings
from the side lines. As last year we played 3 half hour sessions, the Rochester Pipes
& Drums taking over in between times.
The last outing of the year for the Corps was to join with our colleagues of the
Corps of Drums Society massed Corps for the Lord Mayors Show in London on the 14th
November. Unfortunately for the second year running there was heavy rain and gale
force winds and we got soaked to the skin again, a shame as it takes the edge off
an exciting day particularly for the youngsters taking part.
The requests for the services of the Corps are coming in thick and fast for 2010,
its going to be another busy exciting year.