Once again the year started in London at the Australia /New Zealand Festival parade
in London. It was a good day for blowing the cob webs of the winter away and there
was a good turn out from Corps members. See Mike Boxall’s review of the parade.
Sunday 17th April saw our return to National Trust Clandon Park House near Guildford,
the home of the Queens Royal Surrey Regt Museum. The morning was spent putting together
the Corps routine for the year, especially the routine for our trip to Malta in October.
The afternoon was spent marching the re-enactors on and off parade, then a display
of our own followed by some music round the stands so the children were able to join
in. Just click the link above to read Mike Boxall’s account.
Rehearsals continue apace to get our display routine up to speed, 3 weekends on the
bounce is paying dividends. On the 29th May before our practice session we joined
with the Warlingham Flute Band to play at Chelshom at the event in aid of the “Help
The Heroes” charity. Click on the picture for more photos.
The end of June saw us again in Fleet for the Lions Club Funfest, like last year
another scorching hot day in our scarlet tunics but I think our efforts were much
appreciated. 2 marching displays and a session round the music stands when the children
were able to join in banging drums and cymbals etc. Some pictures can be viewed at
It was 4 weeks between events when we turned out for the 90th Birthday Celebrations
of the Royal British Legion in Tenterden, Kent on July 23rd. A very good turn out
of Corp members enabled us to hone our display routine, an opening ceremony with
the “Die Hard's” re-enactment group followed by a music & marching display an finally
the finale’ when we performed our Malta routine and again paraded with the “Die Hard's”.
Drummers Lear & Kirby playing “Retreat” to finish the afternoon off. We will have
photos on the gallery page in due course. See Scribe Boaxall’s account at Page: RBL
Wednesday evening on the 27th saw us at Hove County Cricket Ground for the 40/40
match between Sussex & Yorkshire to play whilst the Army Benevolent Fund did a bucket
collection. The Sky TV cameras buzzed about us like bees after honey as we marched
on to the ground, but it was all a bit short and sweet as we only had 10 of our 20
minute performance. Thanks to the Corps members who had travelled a long way for
such a short item
There was another lengthy journey for some over to Canterbury Cricket ground on Thursday
11th Aug to entertain the crowds On behalf of the Army Benevolent Fund again whilst
they carried out a bucket collection. Due to the rain which arrived about 1200 hrs
the lunch interval was brought forward and we had to get a move on to get changed
and get onto the pitch. After our efforts we were entertained to a drink at the PWRR
Regimental tent and as you can see from the letter of thanks below our efforts were
My thanks to all members of your Corps of Drums for an excellent performance at St
Lawrence Cricket Ground on 11 Aug 11.
The collection round the ground was £1,240 with a further £1,400 was raised at lunch
in the Regimental / K&C Club tent. So £2,640 - just brilliant.
I hope that the attached picture may be of use for your archives and that you may
be able to revisit in August 2012 (1st or 2nd Thursday).
very best wishes and again thanks to you all - a terrific turnout.
It was just 2 days later on the 13th Aug that we all gathered again at Warlinghan
on the Saturday afternoon to rehearse our routine for the evenings performance of
Beating Retreat jointly with the Kohima Band at the 3rd Battalion PWRR Officers Mess
function at the Oldencraig Equestrian Centre. An important part of the rehearsal
was to practice joining up with the Kohima Band for the closing ceremony, which thankfully
went without a hitch even thought we were not able to rehearse with band before hand.
A full report and photos will appear in due course.
Our thanks to the Officers Mess for their invitation to join them for the Hog Roast
following the Beating Retreat Ceremony, it was much appreciated by all who were able
Sunday the 11th of September saw us back in Warlingham for another days rehearsal
in preparation for our trip to Malta and next on the calendar was the Pearly Kings
& Queens Harvest Festival on Sunday the 25th at the Guildhall in the City of London.
With a large turnout of Corps members it was an excellent opportunity for us to entertain
the considerable gathering with a version of our Malta routine.
Back to Warlingham on the 2nd October for a final polishing of our routine for the
Malta Military Tattoo before we all met up at Gatwick on the 6th to fly to the Military
There are a few pictures available on the gallery page at Malta Military Tattoo and
in due course I believe our resident scribe will be submitting an article for publication.
A very early reveille on the 10th saw us head for home after giving a very creditable
account of ourselves at the Tattoo.
Many members of the Corps are now tuning up for the Lord Mayors Show on the 12th
Nov when they will be supporting the Corps of Drums Society in the annual procession,
hope it stays dry this year.