ON THE igth April, 1960, L/Cpl. Browning and Cadet Hundleby attended a one week course at the Army Physical Training School at
Shorncliffe, which they successfully passed and were recommended for the advanced Physical Training Course at Aldershot in September,
1960. I congratulate these two lads for keeping up the record of their predecessors who have taken this very useful course, and then gone on to
Aldershot to pass there with distinction.
Thirty of our lads took part in a Civil Defence Exercise at Welwyn Garden City on the 29th May, 1960, and I was pleased to receive a letter
from Commander Herepath saying how well the boys had carried out their various duties as casualties.
Our summer training is much more enjoyable now that we can get out into the open, where we can do fieldcraft, open-range shooting, and
all the other things that make Cadets worthwhile. On Friday, 27th May, 1960, \\e carried out a surprise evening, when sealed envelopes were
given to the L/Cpl. Section Commanders. Having read the instructions, they had to carry out the task allotted with the aid of their section. One
section had to locate an injured paratrooper, and having found him, made a stretcher and carried him to the section H.Q. over a hazardous course.
Another section had to stalk a supposed madman and capture him, then bind and bring him back to H.Q. A third section had to take up defensive
positions guarding a bridge, and then erect a flag staff and fly the Company Colours. Other sections put on an instructive training programme,
or had to seek information at various points in Hertford.
The object of these monthly initiative tests is to train the lads to cope with any emergency, and to improvise where necessary, and bring out the
quality of good leadership in the Section
It will soon be time for the annual Battalion camp, which is being held this year at Dibgate, near Folkestone, from the 31st July, 1960, to the
7th August, 1960, and it is expected that approximately fifty cadets will attend. This annual event is much looked forward to as it does give us
the opportunity to meet and train with our other comrades in the Battalion.
On the I2th June, 1960, we came second in the Battalion Athletic competition. A week later we took part in the Inter-Pre-Services Athletic
competition at Welwyn Garden City and put in
a good team.
Thirty cadets were able to attend a performance of the Royal Tournament on Wednesday, 22nd June, 1960, and all enjoyed the many displays
which took place. The bands as usual were faultless with their precision marching and their music was inspiring. I am always happy to take the
cadets to see this wonderful show, as they can then see the final result of good discipline and obedience of orders.
Our training was interrupted for two weeks in order that a number of boys could act as ball-boys at Wimbledon, a job for which there has been
keen competition, and secondly to enable me to have a short summer holiday.
On Friday, 22nd July, 1960, the company was inspected by Colonel Symons, O.B.E., T.A., and a normal training evening was carried out. This
is our usual inspection carried out prior to going to camp. Colonel Symons was impressed with the training going on, especially as it was being
conducted by Cadet N.C.O.s. This is very encouraging to me, as we have no other adult instructors now.
In closing I wish all ranks a very happy summer holiday, where-over they may go, even if it isn't sunny Dymchurch!
CORPS OF DRUMS NOTES
ON SATURDAY, I4th May, 1960, we went to Stevenage and led a procession of decorated cars through the town and then went on to Walkern
to give a display at the Young Farmers' Rally. The lads put up a really first-class display of marching and playing which was greatly appreciated
by all present.
We went to St. Albans to give a display at the Hertfordshire County Show, but the weather was so bad, that we were unable to perform. The
great thing was that we were there should we have been wanted.
At the Inter-House Athletics the Corps was once again an added attraction, leading the athletes on to the ground and then giving a short display.
The Centenary Celebrations at Hitchin gave us a wonderful opportunity to show what we are capable of doing, and I am sure the people of
Hitchin will long remember the 21st May,-1960, when we marched through that ancient town to the football ground and 'Beat the Retreat'.
The 28th May, 1960, was another great day for us, when we attended the British Legion Fete at Slough and once again proved our worth by
giving a fine display, for which we were highly commended by Lady and Major-General Sir Richard Granville Hylton Howard-Vyse. K.C.M.G.,
On Sunday, 29th May, 1960, we were honoured to lead the parade for the Centenary Service at St. Albans Abbey. This was another highlight in
the A.C.F. Centenary Year Celebrations.
Whit Monday saw us at Ashwell, where we paraded through the village In the new sports pavilion, and then provided a guard of honour to
welcome Aldennnn E. J. Baxter, O.B.E., Chairman of the Hertfordshire County Council. After the opening ceremony several of the lads were
invited to take part in the sports, and were successful in winning some prizes. A final display was given after some refreshments, at the
conclusion of which the Alderman complimented the boys once again.
On Saturday, 11th June, 1960, we went to Cheshunt to give a display at the Cheshunt and District Girl Guides' Golden Jubilee Fete, and once
again created a very good impression.
There was a break in engagements from 16th June, 1960, to 4th July, 1960, owing to a large percentage of the boys being at Wimbledon. This
was a welcome break both for the boys and myself, although of course the boys were working hard in a different way.
Our final performances after Wimbledon and before camp were Wednesday, 6th July, 1960, at Boreham Wood; Saturday, 9th July, 1960, at the
Barnardo Helpers' League Fete at Harlow, and on Saturday, 16th July, 1960, we once again provided the interval display at the Inter-Homes
Finals of the Athletics Championships at Barkingside.
Peter Copping, our bass drummer has recently left us to take up a situation, and Geoffrey Warner has taken over his duties and is proving himself
A. p. CULVER, Captain O.I.C.