Events

1LI Events & Reunions

If you have an event taking place of any kind, whether it be a one off or an annual one, and wish to bring it to the attention of the 1LI Association and it's members, then please let us know at the earliest opportunity. You can do this by sending us an e-mail with as much detail as possible about the actual event, but please include the event name, date and timings, location, a contact e-mail address and we will advertise it here for you.
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.

Upcoming Events


Mission: Ham & Jam - 2024

On the 3rd June 2024, a group of Veteran Brothers from the 1st Battalion The Light Infantry, will be off to France to raise funds for The Rifles Benevolent Trust (Care for Casualties). The Trust supports injured troops, their families and veterans, including those suffering from PTSD that have served in The Rifles and the forming/antecedent regiments.

They will be marching from Utah Beach along the coast to Pegasus Bridge, arriving in time for the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the 6th June 2024. Please sponsor those taking part using the Just Giving link below and if you know a veteran that is taking part please include their name on any message when you kindly donate. Thank you.
Richard Davey is fundraising for The Rifles Regimental Trust (justgiving.com)

If you require more details or have a business that would like to be one of the many corporate sponsors of this charity event please e-mail the organiser on the address below.
Organiser: Richard Davey - e-mail here


Veterans (Old Farts) Pasty Stopover -  Cornwall

Date: 17th & 18th August 2024
Venue:  Nantillio Wood, Summercourt, Cornwall, TR8 5BG
Price is £25 each which covers all admin expenses, large pasty, breakfast and refreshments etc. Booking is required due to limited numbers.

Organiser: Spanner Manley - spanner@footstepsofdiscovery.co.uk

*1LI Ballygawley Victims - 2024 Memorial Service - Shrewsbury


Sunday 18th August 2024 @ 1040hrs

Venue: The 1LI Ballygawley Victims Memorial, The Quarry, Shrewsbury (Opposite St Chads).

This short service takes place every year on or close to the anniversary of the Ballygawley Bus Bombing in Northern Ireland, where 8 members of our battalion were murdered by the IRA on the 20th August 1988..

All are welcome to attend and show their respects, we kindly ask that those attending arrive 10 mins before the service starts please.

Our official coordinator on the day is: Bob Diprose


NIVA Service 2024 - National Memorial Arboretum


Saturday 14th September 2024 @ 1100hrs 

Venue: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR

Details to follow once received

Lunch (pre paid) enquiries via Shrewsbury Rifle Office

Service Organisers: Northern Ireland Veterans Association


Cornwall Association LI Reunion 2024 - Bodmin

Saturday TBC September 2024 @ 1400hrs
Venue: Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, The Keep, Castle Canyke Road, Bodmin, PL31 1EG
Full details in the PDF Document below (When Received).
Organiser: Bodmin Branch aobodmin@the-rifles.co.uk

Cenotaph Ceremony 2024 - London
Sunday 10th November 2024
The 1LI Association will be marching again at the Cenotaph in 2024 after being granted permission by The Royal British Legion to march for the first time back in 2013 . It is a great honour for our association to be present and to represent 1st Battalion, The Light Infantry. 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 60/65 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 during Nov/Dec 2023 as places are taken up very quickly. We also operate a standby list after this time in case any places become available. 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.

SCLI & LI & Rifles Reunion - Taunton

Saturday TBC 2025 @ 1900hrs to 2359hrs
Venue: The Lawns Social Club, Mary Street, Taunton, TA1 3PE
Information for the Taunton Reunion is on the PDF Document Download below along with the application form to attend.
Tickets are £10 each - More details on the download below.
The deadline for applications is : Friday TBC 2025
The Application form will be placed below for download as soon as it is available.
Organiser: Lawrie Hodges - e-mail: Here

Army v Navy Rugby - Twickenham

Saturday TBC 2025
The details for obtaining tickets has changed a great deal in recent years and at present a block booking is not as straight forward as we would like to keep everyone together. We are looking into this, but for now tickets/seats can be paid for directly on the ticket website when available and we have a separate Facebook Group for any member of the battalion that wishes to attend so that information can be shared.
If you have any questions please send us a message or e-mail.

*1LI Reunion & Raffle - 20th June 2025 - Peacock Inn, Shrewsbury

Details of the 1LI Reunion & Raffle, organised by the 1LI Association, can be found on our 

dedicated "1LI R&R" page on the menu bar.

*This is a 1LI Association Organised Event, all enquires to be sent via our 1LI Association e-mail address below or on the Contact page.

The Light Infantry Annual Reunion - 21st June 2025 - Shrewsbury 

Details of the Light Infantry Reunion, organised by The Light Infantry Committee, can be found on the dedicated "Shrewsbury" page
on the menu bar.


Light Infantry Reunions - Monthly


Durham

Next Meeting: Saturday 11th May 2024 @ 1200hrs
Venue: Surtees Arms - Ferryhill At the bottom of Gypsy Lane, between Chilton & Ferryhill Station. DL17 0DH
Dress: Casual
All Light Infantry Welcome

Contact: Brian Sheridan

Events marked with an * are 1LI Association Organised Events, all enquires to be sent via our 1LI Association e-mail address below or on the Contact page.