1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers Corps of Drums

2013 Review

The year started off with what has become a regular outing in London at the Australia / New Zealand Day parade, see Mike Boxall’s article at Australia Day 2013 It was a great pleasure to see Drum Major Geoff Fairfax MBE back leading the Corps.

Two meeting in Warlingham to work up the 2013 routine have been very successful, thanks to all those who have been able to attend.


Monthly practices have continued at Warlingham and in April we went on our annual visit to Clandon Park and where we were able to practice our routine for 2013 in the morning and entertain the visitors to Clandon House in the afternoon. A successful day all round, see our resident scribes report. Clandon Park


The evening of 25th May saw the Corps return to the Herne Bay United Forces Club where the 1st Battalion The Queens Regt were holding their annual reunion, a successful night all around, the side drummers performing their new drum static for the first time in public. See Corps Scribe, Mike Boxall’s report at Queens Reunion


Sunday the 23rd June saw the Corps at the Spa Valley Railway 1940’s weekend, steam train rides and the Andrews sisters were the order of the day. The following Saturday the Corps gave a good account of themselves at the Worthing Armed Forces Weekend, playing a static concert in the shopping precinct then entertaining the visitors with our marching and music display in Steyne Gardens. See Mike’s article on both events at Spa Valley & Worthing


A very hot day in London was in store when the Corps returned to the Guards Museum in Wellington Barracks. 31 degrees was on the thermometer when we did both our performances.

See the write up Making The Effort


It was an early start on August Bank Holiday Monday, arriving at the Kent County Show Ground at Detling  at 0830 Hrs for the “Military Odyssey”.  Another very hot day  for the 20 Corps members on parade, The Corps carried out 2 sessions of marching the “Die Hard’s” around Camp and a concert in front of the Veterans Caravan polished off a very enjoyable day.


Sunday 29th Sept and we were back in the Guild Hall Square in the City of London to entertain the visitors to the Pearly Kings & Queens Costermongers Harvest Festival celebrations. Our display was music which contained the 1914-18 medley and the Londoner medley went down well as usual and we then lead the parade to Bow Bells Church for their service. Always a delight for the Corps to appear at this event, a short clip of the Corps leading the parade can be seen at

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnD_2MrT1hc&feature=em-share_video_user


Our last outing for the year was on Sunday 6th October on behalf of the Army Benevolent fund at the Ardingly Autumn Show & Game Fair. It was our second year at this event and again the weather was was set fair. Two performances in the main arena were well received and the ABF raised a goodly sum for their coffers.






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