2002

Pictures above and below show the Band leading the Bodicote Golden Jubilee Parade in their home village.

Wallingford Carnival

Burma Star Parade The local Burma Star members decided that this year would be the last that they would parade. Although services would be held in future years it was felt that marching to church was becoming a little difficult for some. The Band had the honour of providing the music for this special occasion and also for the sounding of Last Post and Reveille in church. The Parade was reviewed by the Lord Lieutenant for Oxfordshire.The Band lined up near the War Memorial in Bodicote. The occasion was the final Burma Star Parade.

AGM Highlights November brings AGM time and this year the Band was to undergo major changes with the resignation from Chairmanship of David Bushrod. David is moving from the area and it is right to record our thanks to him and his family for all the tremendous work he has done over the years. Without his hard work the Band would not exist or have enjoyed the success that it has. David was presented with a Vice-presidency marking our thanks as we wished him a very happy retirement.

'Doris' to retire.... Due to some excellent work by Band supporters and the generosity of The Banbury Charities the Band has been able to purchase a replacement for Doris the Band Minibus. Thank you so much to all concerned. We will be able to continue the work with the Band and also continue the use of the bus as 'afternoon out' mystery trips for senior members of the RBL Branch.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Priest In early September Drum Major Helen Berry and Cymbalist / Band manager Glen Priest tied the matrimonial knot. Both have served the Band over many years. The thanks and good wishes of the Band goes to them for their future happiness. Buglers sounded a fanfare as they left church and Band members, former and present, attended an evening reception.

'Doris' goes on her travels again Once again, during the summer, 'Doris' the Band minibus, has been kept busy in addition to the usual Band work. Mystery trips, organised for the senior members of the Bodicote RBL Branch, were again run and greatly enjoyed by everyone. Doris was also used to provide transport for children from Chenobyl. This year their trip to this country included day excursions to RAF Brize Norton and The Cotswold Wildlife Park. The Band also played host to a group of the boys one practise evening and they certainly enjoyed the part of the evening that included banging the drums!

HM Golden Jubilee Celebrations The Band were kept very busy over the holiday weekend with appearances at Bodicote, Wallingford and Whitchurch.