The Drumhead Service

The Drumhead Service

drumhead-serviceEach year, since 1961, the Fovant Badges Society has held a Drumhead Service of Remembrance at East Farm Fovant courtesy of the landowner Mr Ed Williams. The service is held on the first Sunday in July this being the closest to the 1st of July, the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It is a very moving service being attended by many standard bearers from The Royal British Legion. There is usually an Honour Guard from a regiment of the army and a contingent from the Wiltshire Army Cadet Corps attends and provides invaluable help to the organisers. Representatives from the armed services and the Australian Army also attend as well as representatives of County and Town Councils. Each year we invite a Guest of Honour to speak at the service. In 2016 our Patron HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO provided a memorable address.

Around 400 members of the public attend and one of the high points is the reading by a Wiltshire Army Cadet of the “Fovant Poem”. The Shaftesbury Silver Band has provided the musical accompaniment to the service for many years. Afterwards, and weather permitting, afternoon tea is provided in the garden of East Farm by the ladies of Fovant and the Shaftesbury Silver Band continue to entertain our guests there.

Anthony Biggs has now taken over from Ian Smee as Drumhead Co-ordinator, and his first year in 2016 was a great success.

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