1LI Events & Gatherings
We are also trying to promote smaller gatherings of Light Infantrymen due to the widespread locations of where we all live and it doesn't have to be a full on reunion as it could just be a curry night locally or a simple "sand bag" evening to meet old friends and make some new ones.
* Please note that unless otherwise stated the 1LI Association is not responsible for the organisation of advertised events & gatherings and all requests for information on specific events should be directed to the individual event organiser.
The 1LI Association will be marching again at the Cenotaph this year after being granted permission to take part by The Royal British Legion for the first time in 2013 and it is a great honour for our association to be present. The final ticket allocation for the parade will not be known until late summer, but with the current application system we are usually able to secure 60 places. There is a procedure in place for tickets and if you wish to take part and be considered for a place then please e-mail us ASAP as places are taken up very quickly. More details will be provided to those wishing to take part, including our dress code for the ceremony and there is a separate Facebook page for marchers to exchange information and to organise meeting up whilst in London.
Venue: The Don War Memorial Bar - Stockton on Tees TS18 1SX
Due to the success of the last mini reunion, this years will be held at the same venue. Entrance is £5 pp with proceeds divided equally between 1LI Association / Bugles Association and the Charity Care for Casualties. Buffet will be provided by the Don Bar staff, who can also help out with a list of reasonably priced B&B in the area. A raffle will also take place and to that end if you can contribute towards it, as always it is greatly appreciated. To help with the administration of the function, could you please let me know if you are attending including the number of guests. The dress is casual/polo's. We hope you have a great night.
Adminstators Dan McEwan, Terry Phillips & Paul Allen.
e-mail contact Dan: Here
Venue: The Lawns Social Club, Mary Street, Taunton, TA1 3PE
The venue has again been booked for the 2019 Reunion, therefore the date for your diary is the 27th April. The cost of entry will remain at £10, which as I informed you last year is purely down to the cost of the buffet. If there is anyone who wishes to attend the reunion, having not done so before, would you please pass me your details in order that they may be added to our database. May I again thank those who attended in 2018. I look forward to welcoming you all again next year. Just one further point regarding next year. There will be an addition to the title of the reunion when the calling letters go out. The Somerset's In Malaya will be added as due to falling numbers they held the final reunion in April. Those able to do so will join with us. There is also a possibility that those who served in Malta/Cyprus may do the same.
Lawrie Hodges - Organiser - e-mail: Here
The 1LI Association is once again organising a block booking for this annual sell out rugby match due to the continued success of our previous years attendances. Every year to date we have increased our numbers and we fully expect that 2019 will be another record attendance for 1LI Veterans and their families.
We will not know the exact ticket price until later in the year, but we will place the information on our main Facebook page as soon as it is known (or via e-mail if you are not on social media). If you wish to attend as part of the 1LI Association block booking then please let us know ASAP, including the number of tickets that you would like to reserve at this time. We have a dedicated 1LI Rugby Facebook page to share information, but if you are not on social media we can inform you of all the details and timings via e-mail.
Details of the 1LI Reunion & Raffle, as organised by the 1LI Association, can be found on our dedicated page on the menu bar.
The Next event will take place on: Friday 31st May 2019
The next Annual Reunion will take place on: Saturday 1st June 2019
Memorial Service - Shrewsbury
20th August 2019 @ tbc
Venue: The 1LI Memorial, The Quarry, Shrewsbury.
This short service takes place every year on the anniversary of the Ballygawley Bus Bombing where 8 members of our battalion were murdered by the IRA.
All are welcome to attend and show their respects, we kindly ask that those attending arrive 10-15 mins before the service starts please.
Venue: Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, The Keep, Castle Canyke Road, Bodmin, PL31 1EG
More details to follow as they are sent to us.
Organiser: Bodmin Branch (e-mail address to follow)
NIVA Service 2019 - NMA
TBC September @ tbc
Venue: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
More details to follow as we get them.
Venue: Peacock Inn, Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6JS
Details to follow as they are sent to us.
Organiser: Doug Hosking
Light Infantry Gatherings - Monthly
Venue: Surtees Arms - Ferryhill At the bottom of Gypsy Lane, between Chilton & Ferryhill Station. DL17 0DH
All Light Infantry Welcome
Contact: Brian Sheridan