Our spring remembrance service is a time to reflect and remember, but also a great social occasion for fellow yeoman and their families to meet or catch up over a delicious meal.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) gives members an opportunity to meet the elected committee, to ask questions, vote on key changes and receive information about the Association such as the financial statements, association future goals and achievements against past goals etc.
Organised by the Royal British Legion, the Field of Remembrance is a ceremony, where poppies and personal messages of remembrance to those who lost their life in the Service of our country are displayed. The event itself is held on the first day of a two-week national display, with several fields situated around the country. Our fallen comrades of the Sussex Yeomanry are on display here in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. A very worthwhile and humbling sight.
The Annual dinner is the highlight of our social calendar, a delicious three course meal and an opportunity for fellow yeoman to get together and reminisce on times gone by and times to come, a great evening out.
The Service of Remembrance, is the critical event on the associations calendar, where we join the nation in remembering our fallen comrades. The Sussex Yeomanry has its own memorial stone in the village of Charlton, set in a beautiful and peaceful valley, a fitting tribute to those who gave so much for so many.
The Sussex Yeomanry has a number of items of military significance on display at Newhaven fort, from uniforms, medals, insignia and more. Whilst very occasionally we remove some of the artefacts for cleaning, or ceremonial purposes, in the main the full display is available all year round, and well worth a visit.
The fort itself, sits on around 10 acres and is reputed to be the largest known defence structure in Sussex. Built into the cliffs above Newhaven harbour it was designed and built by the then, Lieutenant John Charles Ardagh, from 1862 to 1871. Significantly, (notes the Ex. Royal Engineer) this was the first time concrete was used in a military structure, and crucially it successfully provided defence in both World Wars.
You can find out more by visiting their website.
The Sussex Yeomanry Association held its centenary dinner on 19th January 2019 at The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront Hotel. More than 160 members and their guests attended this celebration with some travelling as far afield as Germany, Dubai, Cyprus and South Africa.
Some members met friends they had not seen for over 40 to 50 years. Guests included the High Sheriff of West Sussex and the mayors of Chichester and Lewes.
Music during the dinner was provided by a brass ensemble from the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. After the Dinner there was a less formal session with music provided by a swing band. Everyone agreed that the evening was an unqualified success.