1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers Corps of Drums

2015 Review


The year has started for us with an event at the Racecourse on Epsom Downs commemorating the Centenary of an inspection by Lord Kitchener of 20,000 troops of the 2nd London Division. It was a cold day for us but not as cold as it was for the troops 100 years ago. See Mike Boxall’s report at Chilly Fingers


12th April saw us in Caterham for the 1915 memorial march, this event and our day at Clandon House, Clandon Park are reviewed by our resident scribe @ Caterham and Clandon page.

It was very sad to hear about the fire at Clandon Park House and what appears to be the complete destruction of the building including the Surrey Infantry Museum.


The 26th April saw us having a practice day in Warlingham, the morning was spent working up this years routine and in the afternoon we stood in for the Warlingham Flute band to march the cubs, scouts, brownies and guides to their St Georges Day Parade and service in Caterham.


Wednesday 25th June was an early reveille for everyone, we were required by the Woodland Trust to be in the middle of nowhere (near Epsom Race Course) for the naming by the Princess Royal of a Memorial Wood. See our resident scribes report @ Memorial Wood


Sunday 28th June  we returned to Yateley for our annual visit to the Lions Funfest Day, we got a bit wet this time to start with but dried out as the day went on.


Saturday 11th July saw a small but experienced Corps return to Herstmonceux Castle, where together with the Band & Bugles of the Rifles we performed for the Soldiers Charity an evening Concert and Sounding Retreat. See Mike report @ Herstmoncuex Castle


August Bank Holiday Monday we were off to the Military Odyssey at Detling once again and yes once again it poured with rain most of the day. There was a brief few minutes when we were able to march the Die Hards round the site to the arena for their display but even in the light  drizzle we got soaked. It was back to the refreshment tent to perform our static routine and in the afternoon were were able to clear a few tables to perform our marching display. Here’s hoping for a dry one next year.


September saw us doing our annual trip on Sunday the 27th to the Guild Hall Yard for the Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival celebrations, this was another success, lovely weather and we lead the parade to Bow Bells Church after our display. The following Sunday, the 4th October we were back at the Sussex County Show Ground at Ardingly to support the Soldiers Charity (ABF) at the Autumn Fair & Game Show. The fourth year we have attended this event and yet another beautiful sunny day. Two performances in the main arena helped the ABF collect a good pot of money for the charity.


We are lacking photos of our outings this year but a few can be found at 2015 Gallery

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