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Spring Remembrance & Families Day

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.

Timings: Saturday 8th May 2021 @ 11.30 (TBC)
Service at the Memorial Followed by a family day lunch
Location: Charlton Memorial, Charlton Rd, Charlton, Chichester PO18
Attendees: Members, Guests & families. Open to all for the service
Dress code: Smart Casual
Cost: Price TBA for the meal, children under 10 are free and most welcome
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AGM

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.

Timings: Saturday 14th November 2020
Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting - With the current restriction on gatherings, it was decided that the SUSSEX YEOMANRY ASSOCIATION AGM for 2020 will be held in a different format. The membership have received a copy of the minutes for the AGM 2019, the agenda combined with guidelines for the Virtual AGM 2020 and the Hon Treasurer’s annual report with the Autumn Newsletter.
Attendees: Members (contact us if you didn't get the meeting invitation)
Cost: N/A
A black and white image of sussex yeomanry officers  in the office mess at dyke road barracks taken in the 1970's, used to represent Sussex Yeomanry Annual Dinner

Annual dinner

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.

Timings: CANCELLED
Due to Coronavirus, The Annual Dinner 2020, has been cancelled.
An image of small wooden crosses each with a poppy in the centre and indivdual names of the fallen soldiers, used to illustrate the Sussex Yeomanry Field of Remembrance held annually at the palace of westminster.

Field of Remembrance

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.

Timings: Thursday 5th November 2020 @ 10.00
Location: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard, Westminster, London
Attendees: The Field of Remembrance will still be created as usual for 2020, but attendance will be limited to the Service Officials and the Royal Party only.
a picture of the stone plaque at the sussex yeomanry cenotaph, which is located in Charlton, west sussex, used to illustrate the  Sussex Yeomanry Service of Remembrance held anually on Rembrance day

Service of Remembrance

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.

Timings: Sunday 8th November 2020 - Service at the Memorial @ 10.45
Location: Charlton Memorial, Charlton Rd, Chichester PO18
Format: The service will run from 10.45am to 11.15am. The current Lockdown limit of 6 people means that we can go ahead but with a reduced presence. The six selected to make up the party are our padre Father Martin Morgan, Bob Tee. Bill Quaintmere, Robin Lidbetter, Jeff Draper and David Ward (villager). This year we will not be having pre-service tea/coffee or lunch afterwards at the Fox Goes Free pub.
An image of a gun placement at Newhaven fort, with blue calm seas and white cliffs in the background, used to represent the Sussex Yeomanry Museum collection

Museum Collection

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 the fort's website

Learn more about the fascinating history of the Sussex Yeomanry including the selfless sacrifices of our fallen comrades

Enjoy some of the images of recent events in our gallery pages

Visit our events page for the latest on upcoming parades, meetings and dinners and more

Calling all current or ex-servicemen and women of the Sussex Yeomanry.