In the inter-company swimming sports, held on the 24th June, we came second this year and first in the senior competitions. Our boys
took part in the inter-pre-services swimming and did very well, especially Cadets Furnise and Peek. The A.T.C. won the senior events
and the A.C.F. the junior events. Well done, 2 Coy.
We went to the R.E. Bridging camp at Wouldham, Kent, for our annual Battalion camp on the 3rd August. This was a small, self-
contained camp but very good for training and recreational facilities. The weather wasn't too good and our all night exercise had to
be cancelled, but we did manage to get in some useful and instructive training. Training in building bivouacs and fire lighting was
given, practice in obstacle crossing and in river crossing with assault boats under the instruction of the Royal Engineers.
Off duty visits to Chatham, Rochester and to the radar station were laid on. Guard mounting and drill competitions were held. The
food was good and in spite of the poor weather it proved to be a very enjoyable camp.
Since our return we have settled down to our winter programme of training and, thanks to the continued co-operation of the Army
Kinema Corporation, we are able to show on the last Friday of each month documentary and training films. The last of the weekend
camps at Walkern has been held for this year but we shall have the Saturday .22 shoots on our open range as often as possible. In the
"A" certificate examinations L/Cpls S. Cann, Bassett, Furnise and Borrill passed their Part I on the 13th July.
After the end of term reorganisation, eight cadets were lost to situations and apprenticeships and ten new boys were enrolled. Which
makes our present strength at sixty-six all ranks; this keeps our average strength throughout the training year of seventy all ranks.
At the School Exhibition of work and spare time activities, held on Thursday, 2nd October, to Sunday, 5th October, the Company
were well represented with a fine display showing the work of the Cadets in sport and training, and the Corps of Drums.
At the Battalion football trials eleven of our boys were selected for the senior and junior teams to play for the Battalion; this is very
pleasing and I know that the boys will give of their best.
We shall be entering a number of Cadets for the A.C.F. boxing and will be the hosts for the County tournaments on the 22nd
November, and for the Area Championships. I wish the boxers all success and hope that they will do as well as the lads that entered
A Civil Defence exercise was held at the School on the 19th October, and the Cadets, together with a number of boys from the School,
acted as casualties. This is the second exercise at the School, the first held on the 5th May was carried out in torrential rain but all boys
cheerfully did the jobs allotted to them.
We shall be thirteen years old on 4th December, and shall celebrate with a parade and supper on Friday, 5th December, as that is our
parade evening. Eight hundred and twelve boys have served in the Company to date and we have had many successes in training and
sport to look back on, not forgetting the Corps of Drums, who have become well known all over the County. We have not been
without difficulties and trials that arise in maintaining a good Company for so long a period, but looking back over the years I know
that we have been able to give lads interest and something to take a pride in. I get many letters from old members of the Company
saying how glad they were to have served with us and of how the Cadet training has helped them in the services and in their jobs in
May I close by wishing all past and present members of the School a very happy Christmas.
A. P. CULVER, Captain, O.I.C
CORPS OF DRUMS
At the start of the winter term we lost the services of our Drum-major, John Stocking, who left to take a job. John was a very
reliable and smart lad and his place has been taken by L/Cpl. Furnise. Already Richard Furnise has led two public parades and
displays and promises to keep up the high standard required of a Drum-major. Sergeant J. Hilton, our leading tenor-drummer,
has become apprenticed and Cadet D. Brewer, our solo side drummer, has also had to leave for the same reason. John Hilton
was also our School Captain. We shall miss these lads but shall now build up again during the winter term. Tub-drummer Brian
Cummings has left for a situation-he was one of the oldest members of the Company having served four years and four months
with the Company and the Corps of Drums. I welcome in the replacements and would say that being a member of the Corps of
Drums means that you must be prepared to keep up the high standard that has been set over the years by past members.
The Corps of Drums attended the annual Battalion inspection at Hertford on the 22nd June; they led the Company to and from
the inspection and all did very well in spite of the heavy showers.
During the summer season we have given displays of figure marching and the Beating of the Retreat at Waterford, Buntingford
and Barkingside, and at Welham Green, where we entertained the disabled ex-servicemen, we were highly complimented by the
several ex-service bandsmen present.
The Corps of Drums led the parade at Romford for the Battle of Britain service on the 28th September, and Cadets Bishop and
Cleary sounded the Last Post and the Reveille at the laying on of wreaths. They also gave a display at Walkern on the 20th
September which was much appreciated. At the School Exhibition of work and other activities we were represented in the
display stands and also many photographs of past bands were displayed which brought happy memories to the old boys that
visited us on the Sunday.
On Sunday Remembrance Day, 9th November, the Corps of Drums led the parades at Buntingford in the morning and at
Roydon in the afternoon. Duty buglers sounded the Last Post and Reveille at these services, and buglers were sent to
Wheathampstead, Harlow, Walkern, Stanstead Abbotts, Watton-at-Stone and Waterford. All the boys concerned were well
spoken of for their smartness and playing.
Duty buglers also sounded the Last Post and Reveille in our School Chapel at the Remembrance Service. There was no band
competition at the annual Battalion camp this year, owing to most of our lads being on their summer holidays, but Cadet Bishop
was highly praised for his smart turnout and good playing as duty bugler for the guard mounting competition which was won by
the 1st Battalion.
I would like to close these notes by wishing all members of the Corps of Drums a very happy Christmas.
A. P. CULVER, Captain, O.I.C
Goldonian Winter 1958