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1LI Association

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The Light Infantry Annual Reunion

Shrewsbury

The annual Light Infantry Reunion takes place each year around June and brings together ALL Light Infantrymen from the County Regiments to The Light Infantry. The official reunion takes place on the Saturday and individual battalions now also organise their own events on the Friday before and more details can be found on their individual social media groups/pages. The 1LI Reunion & Raffle details can be found in the "1LI R&R" tab in the menu bar above.

The reunion weekend is laid on by the Light Infantry Committee and is organised by the Reunion Coordinator and his team, the weekend needs the full support of ALL Light Infantrymen and is very popular seeing anything between 1600 to 2600 attend the event on the Saturday.

Access to the annual reunion is by way of a ticket which has to be applied for from the Shrewsbury office only, the form comes out around late February and a copy of the form will be added to this web page for those that do not have it sent to them. All the details are on the form and everything must go through the Shrewsbury office and around mid to late May the tickets will be posted to you.

Due to increasing costs and a reunion fund that is ever decreasing a ticket charge has now been introduced to help secure it's long term future which we should all get behind.

To further support the event a Prize Draw has been set up which has been very succesful to date, but it will need your continued support whether you can or cannot attend the event please.

Full details of the Prize Draw and the event itself can be found below along with all updates and news as we receive it plus contact details for ourselves and Shrewsbury are at the bottom of this page.

 

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The annual Light Infantry Reunion now takes place at:

Shrewsbury Town FC, Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6ST

The next Annual Reunion will be held on:


  Saturday 16th June 2018

2018 Reunion Ticket Application

Everyone must have a ticket to gain entry into the reunion on the Saturday and the form to use is available for download on the right hand side of this message. Please ensure that you read and complete the form fully before posting to the address at the top and all applications must include a STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE so that your tickets can be posted to you.

Download the Application Form Below:

Click on the PDF Symbol to download

Revised Application Form 2018.pdf
LI Reunion Application Form 2018

Programme of Events

2018 Reunion Programme

 
0900 - Stadium gates open for setting up stalls.
1000 - Shuttle bus from Frankwell car park (last shuttle 1245).
1100 - Bars and stalls open.
1130 - Bn photographs inside the stadium  (each Bn to organise own marshals etc):
(a) 1130 - 1LI (b) 1150 - 2LI (c) 1210 - 3LI (d) 1230 5/6/7/8LI (as required).
1230 - BBQ starts.
1230 - Coco’s 50/50 Auction.
1245 - Drinks in the Sovereign’s Suite for invited guests and Battalion nominations (priority to Vesting Day veterans).
1345 - Veterans fall-in on the parade square.
1400 - Drumhead Service - to include memorial service, Last Post, one minutes silence and Reveille, Review, Speech by
General Sir Jack Deverell KCB OBE DL. March Past & Salute.
1515 - Musical entertainment (in and around the marquee):
1515 - 1600 Melodic Belles
1600 - 1645 Veteran’s Band and Association Buglers
1645 - 1730 Melodic Belles
1730 - County Songs (in and around the marquee): Sung by Counties in the following order of seniority:

Somerset, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Shropshire, Durham, Hereford.
1730 - BBQ ends.
1800 - 50/50 Auction prize winners announced.
1810 - Sounding of Retreat with the Waterloo and Salamanca Band and Bugles, supported by the Association Buglers.
1900 - Pre-dinner drinks in the Sovereign’s Suite.
1900 - Shuttle bus starts (last shuttle 2045).
1945 - All Ranks Dinner, Waterloo/Salamanca Mess Band to support.
2000 - Bars close, or slightly later if shuttle buses take longer to get everyone away.


Gen Sir Jack Deverell KCB OBE will take the salute on the Veteran’s Parade. Gens Robin Brims and Mike Regan will assist in inspecting the contingents.

Food Menus

Menu


All Ranks Regimental Dinner


Leek and Potato Soup with Chives
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Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and red wine gravy, seasonal
vegetables
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Fruit Crumble with Custard
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Coffee/Tea with mints
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Table Wine

Light Infantry Draw

 

The Light Infantry Draw was introduced to help towards the funding of the Annual Reunion and needs the support of as many as possible.
Tickets are £1 each and come in books of 10 tickets and if you are already registered with the Shrewsbury office then one book will be posted out to you, but if you are not registered then please contact Heather at the Shrewsbury office on the e-mail link at the address below.


* Please note that the LI Draw is now being run by Patrick Warren KSLI/3LI.

If you need more tickets or information please use the e-mail and phone details below:


Telephone: 01922 413489

e-mail: bodiddley@talktalk.net


All ticket stubs & cheques must be returned to:


Mr JP Warren
12 Cleves Crescent
Cheslyn Hay
Staffordshire
WS6 7LR


Prizes

  • £1000 x 1 First Prize
  • £500   x 1 Second Prize
  • £250   x 2 Third Prize
  • £100     x 5 Fourth Prize 

 

2017 Prize Draw Winners

9th prize £100              Marvin Choudhury      Mobile Number                        02050

8th Prize £100              Bath Branch                                                                17961

7th Prize £100              Paul Martin                 Washington Tyne & Wear        13591

6th Prize £100              Timothy Crowther       PayPal payment                          392

5th Prize £100              Cowboy                      Powys                                      01850

4th Prize £250              Mr G Bishton              Oswestry Shropshire               05259

3rd Prize £250              Mandy Smout             Shrewsbury                             04058

2nd Prize £500             John Szabo                 Mobile Number                       02433

1st Prize £1000            Josh Cooper                Mobile Number                       17962

 

Total Draw Tickets sold = 5087

Total funds Raised £5000 plus (to be confirmed by final Bank & PayPal statements)

 

 

 

Latest 2018 Reunion News

10th October 2017


Warning Order:

A little more information about the 2018 Reunion, which is incorporating the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the Regiment (LI50):

This information is only provisional at the moment and some timings may change, but please note the different timings on this programme from previous years. Any changes or new details will be published when and if they happen.

After much debate over a number of years, and to keep the Reunion going longer then the anticipated 2020, it has been decided to start charging for entry. Opinion was sought about this across the broad spectrum of the LI and the overwhelming consensus was that this should happen. From now on tickets for the Reunion will cost £10 per adult, children under the age of 18 will be free. If further funding should become available in the future this figure may well be reduced. For next year only, your entrance fee will include a free BBQ.

We are planning Battalion group photographs, if I can get a professional photographer to do the business, in the grandstand of the stadium. 1LI at 1100hrs, 2LI at 1130Hrs and 3LI at 1200Hrs. Time will be tight so each battalion is asked to nominate several marshalls to co-ordinate the activity for their battalion. This will be battalion members only and no families.

We also want to get a Vesting Day contingent this year consisting of members who were serving on Vesting Day in 1968. They will form up before 1LI and will lead The Regular and Volunteer battalions off parade. Space on the square will be at a premium so it would be a great help in placing the markers if we had a good idea of how many will form this contingent. If you're interested please let your Bn Reps know (Bill Bearham, Decca Winters and Charlie Edwards). The contingent will need to nominate a contingent commander who will be able to give the words of command.

A Royal Colonel has been invited to attend this year, although we are planning on the assumption that it will happen it will not be confirmed until the end of the year.


We are hopeful that all three Rifles bands will be supporting the Reunion this year, it should produce some excellent 'LI' music!

Note that the stadium will not be open on the Friday as in previous years, Battalions are planning their own Friday night activities.

Note also that the gates will close at 1245hrs and the parade starts 30 minutes earlier than usual. Security will be tighter than normal this year so please allow yourselves time to be in the stadium before the gates close at 1245hrs. As usual you will only be allowed entry on production of a valid ticket. Application forms will be available on Social Media and Battalion websites from the end of November. They will also be distributed with the Shrewsbury Office Newsletter in the spring


Reunion Coordinator: Ron Gittings Capt (Rtd)

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Shrewsbury Town FC

Greenhous Meadow

Oteley Road

Shrewsbury SY2 6ST

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1LI Association

e-mail - info@1liassociation.co.uk 

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Shrewsbury Rifles Office

e-mail - heather.morgan691@mod.uk