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Since our last notes we have carried out a useful and instructive training programme during the summer term and have been able
to put in more outdoor training in spite of the unavoidable interruptions of the Wimbledon ball boy fortnight and the summer
holidays. We have now the services of Lieut. K. Whittaker who is on the teaching staff and who will take over command of the
Company on my retirement from the A. C. F. in March, 1965. This is owing to the fact that I am well over the age limit laid down
for serving officers. I know that the Company will benefit by this change and Mr. Whittaker will be given the full support and
cooperation that I have had from all ranks over the past nineteen years.
On 5 th July we entered a Senior and Junior team in the Inter Pre-Services Swimming Competition and both teams did very well
as they always do.
This Company had the honour of representing the Battalion for the junior football season 1964-65 and have made a good start
by winning their first match at Hatfield.
We have now started our winter training programme and through the co-operation of the Army Kinema Corporation are able to
show a monthly programme of training and entertainment films. The night exercises are proving very useful and on the recent
patrol exercise I was captured by a section of No. I Platoon, whilst I was umpiring the exercise! The monthly initiative tests have
started when each section is given a difficult task to carry out under the leadership of its section commander; this type of training
is very popular and it does teach team work.
On Friday, 4 th December, we shall be celebrating our 19 th. anniversary with fitting ceremony, not to mention the supper when
we welcome our old friends and guests for the evening. A report will be made in our next issue of the School Magazine.
Although our numbers were down during the summer months we have now reached the 65 figure again, our average numbers
over the past training year have remained at 70 all ranks.
I would like to wish all ranks a very happy Christmas and a successful 1965, and on behalf of the Company I extend these good
wishes to all ranks of the battalion.

CORPS OF DRUMS
In spite of the comings and goings and of the several unavoidable interruptions during the summer term, we have been able to
fulfil all engagements with credit. It is always with a feeling of regret when we lose a good boy who has become proficient either
as a bugler or drummer and it gives me a warm feeling of thankfulness for the boys who have passed on their knowledge to the
newcomers.
On 14 th June the Corps of Drums led the parade to a church service of the Independent Order of Odd fellows, and the buglers
sounded the 'Last Post' and 'Reveille' at the laying of the wreaths on the town's war memorial. The letter of praise and the
handsome cheque received was a tribute to the boys who at this period were fairly new.
Sgt./Inst. J. Lee was in command when the Corps of Drums led the procession and afterwards gave a display of marching and
playing at the Watton-at-Stone Summer Fayre on 20th June. Here again the boys' performance was highly praised.
The first engagement after the Wimbledon period and the summer holidays was on Saturday, 5th September, when the band led
the carnival procession and afterwards gave a display at the end of Ware Carnival Week. This march was long and the day was
very warm but the boys did very well and were complimented on their excellent marching and playing.
On Sunday, 13th September, the boys Ied the parade of the R. A. F. A. at Nazeing for the Battle of Britain service and the
'Last Post' and 'Reveille' were sounded to the roll of the drums at the lychgate memorial. We also led the parade for the church
service at the Hatfield Youth Week on 20 th September. A fanfare of bugles was sounded in the church which was most
impressive.
On Tuesday, 22 nd September, we gave a display of marching and playing on Hartham Common at the invitation of the
Committee of the Hertford Trade Fair.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY, 8TH NOVEMBER: The Corps of Drums had a busy day when they led the British Legion parade
to Standon Church in the morning. L / Cpl. P. L. Olbison sounded the 'Last Post' and 'Reveille' in the church when wreaths were
laid on the memorial. After the service the salute and the march past were taken by Lieut.-Col. S. Burr, T.D., who was at one time
our Battalion Commander.
In the afternoon we led the British Legion parade to Roydon Church and after the service the 'Last Post' and 'Reveille' were
sounded to the roll of drums at the village war memorial after the laying on of wreaths.
Cadet Smith was on duty with the Waterford and Stapleford British Legion and sounded the 'Last Post' and 'Reveille' at the
Waterford memorial. Cadet Davison was on duty at Hertingfordbury and Cadet P. Mann was on duty at Wareside.
During the afternoon Cadets Morgan and Campbell were on duty at Stanstead Abbotts and in the evening L/Cpl. Olbison and
Cadet Davison went to Little Berkhamstead parish church. The 'Last Post' and 'Reveille' were sounded at the evening service in
the School Chapel. Cadets Smith and Sibbons were duty buglers and Sgt. Linnell gave a roll on the drum.
Letters of thanks have been received in appreciation of the boys' services throughout the day.
The following cadets received their proficiency certificates: Cadet M. Turner, Tub Drummer; Cadets B. Smith, P. Mann, and
A. Sibbons, Buglers.
We shall start our engagements in 1965 on 8th March when we take part in the Balls Park College Rag Week procession.


A. P. CULVER, Captain O. I. C.

Goldonian Winter 1964

2nd COY. 1st "C" BATTALION. BEDSí AND HERTSí REGIMENT.
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COMPANY

Since our last notes we have carried out a steady programme of training and have shown training films, but we shall look forward
to the light evenings when a more active training programme can be carried out.
We have been honoured by being asked to be hosts at the annual Battalion inspection which is being held at Goldings; that will be
a parade and inspection and then the Battalion marches to a service in our own chapel. A guard is being trained to turn out and
pay compliments as the Battalion marches to and from the service. A report of this parade will be in our next issue. This will be
the last Battalion parade of our Commanding Officer, Major A. Vigus, M. B. E., who is being succeeded by Captain R. E. Stevens,
M.B.E., who is at present Adjutant. Captain Stevens is well known to us and we welcome him to his important appointment.
A good number of entries for the A. C. F. boxing this year, fourteen in all, came from this Company and although one only, Cadet
Parry, got into the National Semi-finals, our boys did very well. Cadet Parry did not win in the semi-finals but he gave an
excellent performance against a possible A.B.A. champion. I would like to congratulate all who entered on a very plucky attempt.
Congratulations to the following Cadets who are playing in the Battalion football team for the Hertfordshire A. C. F.: A/L/Cpl.
T. Davison and Cdts. Merrifield, Howe, Murray, and S. Rane; they are doing well and are keeping their end up.
We are hoping during the coming months to be able to send more of this Company to the week-end training camps at Letchworth,
for this is of great benefit, more can be done than on a normal training evening. The opportunity for ∑22 shoots has been very
limited but here again, with the co-operation of H. Q. Company, we may be able to make use of the range at Port Hill, Hertford
and Letchworth.
I was pleased to welcome ex-Cadet Sergeant A. Bassett when he spent a week on leave with us. Anthony is now in the 3rd East
Anglian Brigade and will shortly be posted to Ireland. He received the medal for the best recruit of his intake and I was pleased to
know that his Cadet training with us had been of great help to him.
Many of our ex-Cadets are now on service in H. M. Forces all over the world and in the several trouble spots where British troops
have been called in. I often think of them and am always pleased to receive letters from them telling me of their activities in sport
and in their service lives.
I would close these short notes by telling all ranks that they too, have an aim in life whatever they do after they leave us; for it is
by attention to detail and personal pride in themselves that they can aim at the stars and be a successful and useful citizen in the
battle of life.

A. P. CULVER, Captain, O. I.C

CORPS OF DRUMS

The Corps of Drums is going through the periodical process of recovering from the unavoidable gaps which occur over the year;
this is by the senior boys having to leave on completion of their training for life outside the School. However, we have been able
to fulfil all commitments in 1963 successfully and have accepted several engagements for this year. We have a big job to reach
the high standard expected of us and it is only by constant practice and care of equipment that we can maintain this standard.
Our first engagement is on the 8 th March, when the Battalion will be on parade at Goldings and will be led by the Corps of
Drums to the service and march past of the Battalion after the inspection. We shall be leading the parade at the carnival parade in
Hertford on the 14 th March, and I feel sure that all ranks will be on top line at these parades.
We shall be taking part in the Carnival parade at Bishop's Stortford in May, in aid of the British Cancer Research Fund. A report
of these and other engagements will be in our next issue.

A. P. CULVER, Captain O.I.C.

Goldonian Spring 1964

2nd COY. 1st "C" BATTALION. BEDSí AND HERTSí REGIMENT.
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COMPANY NOTES

2nd COY. 1st "C" BATTALION. BEDSí AND HERTSí REGIMENT.
EIGHTEENTH ANNIVERSARY SUPPER

The Company celebrated this anniversary on Friday, 6th December. At 7 p.m. ninety-three all ranks and guests sat down to an
excellent supper, provided by Matron and prepared by Chef.
Amongst the guests were the Headmaster and Mrs. Wheatley, Mr. and Mrs. Embleton, Mr. and Mrs. Halfhyde and Jeannette. Our
Battalion Commander, Major A. Vigus, M.B.E., was received with a roll of drums and a general salute, as chief guest of the
evening. Mr. R. Newton and R.S.M. Hutchings were also present.
After supper the Headmaster welcomed our guests, and said it gave him great pleasure to have them with us. He said it was with
great regret he had heard of the forthcoming retirement of Major Vigus, who had been such a close friend of the Company, and
he wished him a happy and contented retirement.
Captain Culver thanked the Headmaster for his remarks and then spoke in great detail of the activities of the Company over the
last nineteen years, likening his role and the Company's with that of a Captain and his ship experiencing calms and storms, but
with the loyalty of his 'crew' had surmounted all storms and always ended up riding on the crest of the wave!
The strength of the Company had been maintained at an average of seventy cadets at any one time, and that over a period of years
over a thousand lads had received the benefit of cadet training and comradeship.
The Company had entered into all activities of the Battalion, had attended annual camp and done very well in the world of sport,
particularly boxing and football. Cadet Parry reached the semi-finals of the National Boxing Tournament. ē
The Corps of Drums too had played their part very well, and although the process of building up was always in progress they had
maintained the high standard that the county of Hertfordshire had come to expect.
Mr. Culver went on to say that Mr. Lee had now been promoted to Company Quartermaster and Sergeant Instructor, and he
thanked both Mr. Lee and Mr. Clarke for all they had done to help.
As chief guest, Major Vigus thanked the buglers and drummers for his wonderful reception, and said how impressed he had
always been with the general smartness and turn-out of the Company, not only on ceremonial occasions but also at camp and
whenever he came to see them 'at home'.
At the invitation of Captain Culver he then presented the following awards: Parry Cup for best Cadet of the Year, Sgt. Linnell;
R-A.F.A. Cup for best Bugler of the Year, Sgt. R. Bowden; Section Efficiency Shield, No. 6 Section; Oldest Serving Member,
Cadet E. Budd (three years, three months); Newest recruits, Cadets T. Beane, T. and M. Baines; 1st Class -22 shot and Certificate
Part I, half Star and one-year chevron, Cadet M. Baines (which he gained while serving in the 3rd 'C' Bn. Norfolk Regt.). Three
Cadets received their three-year chevrons, eleven their two-year chevrons, and fifteen their one-year chevrons.
The Battalion Commander then promoted the following cadets: Cpl. Bowden to Sgt., L/Cpls. Mairs and Marsh to Cpl., A/L/Cpls.
Willoughby and G. Fletcher to L/Cpl.
Following the official business it was then the turn of the youngest Cadet to make some presentations in the form of flowers to
Mrs. Wheatley, chocolates to Mrs. Embleton, fruit dishes to Mrs-Halfhyde, and a scarf to Miss Halfhyde.
Captain Culver then asked Major Vigus to accept a gift in the form of a wallet on behalf of all ranks, and in reply Major Vigus
said how very touched he was by this kind thought.
The final presentation came from Sgt. Lee on behalf of the Compiany to Captain Culver: thjis was a beautiful photograph album,
which Captain Culver accepted with much pride, and remarked that when the time came for him to retire he would often look at
the many photographs of his happy days spent with cadets.
After three hearty cheers from the cadets for all who had been responsible for the happy evening, Sgt. Lee showed coloured slides
of various activities of the cadets during the previous year. So passed a memorable evening in the life of No. 2 Company!

A. P. CULVER, Captain O. I. C

Goldonian Spring 1964

IT HAS been very pleasant and useful to be able to have our weekly Friday evening training out in the open and to see our
N. C. O. s giving instructions in the various training groups. Although our N. C. 0 .s' course which started in early May has been
interrupted now and then it is very satisfying to see how this course is giving confidence and instructional ability to the N. C O. s.
This course should be ended by the time these notes are in print and I feel sure that I shall be able to report on the success and
keenness shown by all taking part.
We have a long period of interruptions from the start of the Whitsun holidays until the middle of August for many cadets will be
doing ball-boy duties at Wimbledon during the tennis finals and immediately after that we shall be going on our summer holidays
to Dymchurch or to home holidays.
We shall be able to go to the annual battalion camp at Leek in Staffordshire from the 18 th to 25 th August and it is hoped that
approximately fifty boys will be able to attend. I would like to express my thanks to the Headmaster and the School authorities for
allowing us to attend; for I know that this period will interrupt the school and training schedules.
The annual camp is a highlight in the cadet training year for it does enable us to get together as a battalion and much useful am!
comprehensive training can be carried out. The annual pre-services athletic championship will be taking place at Watford on the
23 rd June and we shall enter a Senior and Junior team, I know that this Company will keep up their good record of past years.
On the 12 th June, fifty boys will be going to the Royal Tournament; this is an event which is always looked forward to by all;
for seeing the smartness and efficiency of all the military displays does bring out the importance of all working as a well
disciplined team.
Soon we shall have the services of Mr. J. Lee in an official capacity for now that his T.A. commitments are completed he will
become an instructor and quartermaster in this Company. Mr. Lee has been working with us for a long time and helping in the
School and with the Cadets, but until now we were not able to give him an official standing in the Company.
During my holiday we shall be visited by Colonel Simmons, T.A. and he will be inspecting the Company during their training
period; I am sorry I shall not be here to receive him, but Mr. Clarke my second-in-command will receive him.

A. P. CULVER, Captain, O.I.C

CORPS OF DRUMS

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Goldonian Summer 1963

2nd COY. 1st "C" BATTALION. BEDSí AND HERTSí REGIMENT.
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