now have the services of C. S. M. Hutchins, who is seconded to the Company for drill and training. Mr. Hutchin is certainly
making himself felt, and fills a long need for additional adult instructors and it is a pity that we could not have had this help over
the last sixteen years; I feel sure that we could have brought more honours on the training side as we have done for the Battalion
on the sporting side.
Capt. R. Davis is also seconded to the Company for training and we are pleased to have him as he is well known to the Company.
My anticipated extension of service came through so I shall be carrying on until March 1963. This will complete over seventeen
years' service with the A. C. F.; seventeen years with many successes, some disappointments and frustrations, but with the
knowledge that this Company has been of valuable assistance to the Battalion in many ways. Owing to the various staff
difficulties we have been unable to celebrate our 16th Anniversary which was on the 4 th December; however, all being well we
shall have had our Annual Supper and celebration by the" time these notes are in print.
In the A. C. F. boxing for the season 1961-62 we had six entries for the South Eastern Area Finals. They were Cadets: Lau, Parry,
Marsh, J., Marsh, P., Bishop, and Kennedy. The competition took place at Woolwich on the 7th January. Cadets Parry, Lau, and
Marsh, J. won their bouts and went on to the South National boxing semi-finals on the 3rd February at Aldershot. All three put up
an excellent display of determination and were only beaten on points by those redoubtable boxers from Glamorgan who live and
breath boxing throughout the year.
In the A. C. F. football the following cadets from this Company have consistently played for the Battalion and done well
throughout the season, thus helping the Battalion to win the Inter-PreServices Cup on the 18 th March; Cadets, Bishop, Lau,
Kennedy, Mason, Gee, Carman, Hoy, Dawkins, Thompson, D., and Antonio. Well done lads!
We were well represented in the Inter-Battalion and Inter-PreServices Cross Country which was held at St. Albans on the 4 th
March. Two teams entered. In the Junior team were Cadets; Lau, Parry, Bowden, T., Barrett, Thompson, D., Moody, Ireland, W.,
and Collinson, W. Thompson was first home for the Juniors. The senior team was as follows: Cadets; Bishop, Kennedy, Gee,
Carman, Davison, Parry, Stevens, and Antonio. Cadet Bishop was first home for the seniors. We won both the Senior and Junior
Cups for the Battalion. Good old No. 2 Company!
On the 19 th April Cadets Bishop, Kennedy, Lau, Hoy, and CpI Gee with Captain Culver are going to Ostend for five days, and
they (the cadets) will be playing one football match in Ostend and one in Holland. They will be going with other cadets from the
Battalion and under the command of Lt.-Col. A. Andrews, D.S.a., G.B.E. I would like to thank our H.Q. at 'Stepney for making it
possible for us to go on this interesting trip.
On the 16th March we were visited by Col. Simmons, T.A., Col. S. Burr, the County Commandant, and Col. Giles, the County
Secretary for Hertfordshire A.C.F. We were pleased to have them with us for they know the difficulties and problems of this
Company, which have been like the old man of the sea, with us for years.
We shall not be going to the annual camp again this year for it would 'cause much disorganization in the School schedules and
routine; this will be a disappointment to the cadets but is unavoidable.
We are looking forward to the spring training and the lighter evenings for then more interesting and constructive training can be
Quite a number of the Company have entered for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. This is being done through the
School and the boys have a good start having so many activities which will help them to qualify for the various degrees of the
award. This is an excellent scheme which has nation-wide appeal; it is non-competitive but it does encourage the boy to try to
reach the standards laid down without being regimented and allowing him to think for himself developing his· powers of
self -determination and initiative.
We enjoyed a happy Christmas and now the Easter holidays are on us I do hope that all ranks will have a pleasant holiday and I
look forward to a very enjoyable spring term.
A. P. CULVER, Captain, O. I. C
CORPS OF DRUMS
I must start these notes by saying thank you to Drum Major Allan Logan who has now settled in Dundee and is doing well at his
job; he has also joined a pipe band there. Allan did a good job as Drum Major and introduced several new march ideas.
Stephen Furnise was promoted to the important post of Drum Major on the 26 th January; up to date he has not led the Corps on a
public parade but he is very keen; it is possible that we shall lose him to restoration as we did his brother who was also a Drum
Neville Fletcher will be the next Drum-Major for he has already led the parade in public at the Balls Park Training College
Students' Rag on the 17 th March. He too is a very smart lad and should be a worthy successor to Stephen.
On the 26 th February Mr. Pipe, the secretary of the Nazeing Royal Air Force Association, came to Goldings to present a beautiful
silver cup to the best bugler in the Corps of Drums. This was done during the interval of the gala dance in the gymnasium and
Cpl. D. Gee was the deserved recipient of this cup. Mr. Pipe also officially invested Stephen Furnise as Drum-Major after
presenting the cup.
The Corps of Drums, as previously mentioned, led the parade at the Students' Rag in Hertford on Saturday, 17 th March, and they
were congratulated by many people. A letter of appreciation was sent by the secretary of the Rag Committee which I was very
pleased to receive on behalf of the boys.
I must thank the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (T. A.) for a very welcome gift of dress cords this is a most useful gift
and is greatly appreciated. One of our biggest problems is the maintenance of equipment and I am always pleased to receive gifts
of such a useful nature.
Owing to the School being on its summer holidays the Corps of Drums are unable to accept the offer to play at the Royal
Tournament in July; we have had the honour of playing there three times during the last ten years and it is unfortunate that we
shall not be there this year.
There have been many requests for the services of the Corps for this year but I shall have to look ahead and be sure that there
will be enough of the senior members left, for the time is drawing near when a number of them will leave for situations; however,
no doubt we shall give our services whenever it is possible to do so. We have a motto which says 'never been known to fail', so
buck up you young ones and keep up the standard of the boys that will be leaving.
A. P. CULVER, Captain O.I.C.
Goldonian Spring 1962