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