To whom it may concern
I would like to write in support of the Waterloo Drummers request for funding.
Their organization has for some years helped the community in many ways. Their new venture aims to :
1)Help with community cohesion and to get young people and their parents, grandparents etc involved in a worthwhile project.  There are few (if any) such projects in Rushden.
2) Help young people by improving  their confidence and self esteem;  provide  a goal in life and teach them to play a musical instrument that can lead on to learning to play the cornet and trumpet.
3) Provide Waterloo Drummers with a wind section.
4) Provide a bugle fanfare section for future events -  Veterans' events, Civic events and so forth .
Waterloo Drummers recently supported my Civic Service as Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council playing in front of my Civic procession. However, they were not yet in a position to offer buglers. This will be a worthy extension to the services they currently offer.
I am very pleased that they have decided to call their new unit the "Somme Buglers". This is very appropriate in this year of the Centenary of World War 1. The objective is to have  the section kitted out in WW1 uniforms and ready to play by July 1st 2016, the anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. They then hope to go over to Belgium in 2016 for this anniversary.
This unit provides a real service in Rushden, providing a focal point for local people to get involved in organizing and fundraising, Their young people will also learn a lot and become better citizens and develop self confidence.
I thoroughly endorse their application.
Cllr Gill Mercer
East Northamptonshire Council
19 August 2014


Good Morning John
On behalf of the Royal British Legion I would like to thank you both for the support you gave to our Commemoration Service and Ceremony, it was greatly appreciated. Particularly thanks to Shane who not only played well but looked splendid and certainly added something extra to the procession.

                                      WORLD WAR 1   100 YEARS
                                             "then they were gone" 
                            IRTHLINGBOROUGH REMEMBERS THEM


Dear John,

Please accept this very sincere "thank you" to you and your organisation for your contribution to the overwhelming success of the above occasion.

This historic event brought our town together and created such a great atmosphere throughout,
which resulted in a fitting tribute to the fallen our our Town,

Once again thanks, 

Yours sincerely,

Jon Grey

Chairman Events Committee

Irthlingborough Nursery & Infants School
From: Mrs. E J Lovett
Head Teacher
27th June 2012
Dear Mr. Mander

I am writing to say a big thank you to you and your colleagues in the Waterloo Drummers and Colour Guard who performed for us at our recent Diamond Jubilee Street Party celebrations at school.
As soon as the drums were sounded the excited chatter from the whole school (320 children!) ceased as they were engrossed by the spectacle of the performance. It was lovely to see some of our youngest Year 1 girls taking part in the dancing and marching and hopefully you will have inspired other youngsters to join the organisation. You and the other lead organisers are providing a great opportunity for children, teenagers and adults in the town to share their interests and talents.
It must be a very busy time of year for you with carnivals and garden fetes etc. Please pass our thanks to all your members and hopefully you will perform for us again in the future.
Please accept this donation of £25.00 to support the group.

Yours sincerely,

EL Lovett
Head Teacher


Many thanks for bringing the Waterloo Drummers along to the event at Irthlingborough Library on Saturday. I certainly enjoyed the performance and I know it helped to draw attention to the event in the library. The camera that I was using on the day lives at the library, and I’m sure Sara will be happy to forward the photos that I took (though I make no claims for my skills as a photographer).
Yours sincerely, 
John Clarke, 
Programme Co-ordinator,
New Communities
Weston  Favell Library,
The Weston Favell Centre,

Received 21st June 2012
Dear John & Eileen, 
Many thanks for performing at the Jubilee Picnic - it made the day. Please accept the enclosed small donation for the work of the Waterloo Drummers & Colour Guard team.  With all good wishes,
Alan Mayes
St. Peter's Church

Sent: Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 10:59
Subject: Re: Waendel Walk Friday 11/05/12 - Waterloo Drummers

Good Morning John,
I would just like to say a huge thank you to you and the Waterloo Drummers for your performance on Friday night. They did you proud and I would be most grateful if you could pass my thanks onto all who took part in the parade. The Parade went without a hitch which was great. I am currently waiting for the official photo's and video's to be returned to me and will forward them on to you as soon as I am able to. Your fee is on its way to you from my accounts team. Thank you for your continuing support and I look forward to possibly working with you again in the future. 
Kind Regards
Julia Wells
Events Officer
Wellingborough Council

Formed in 2009 following an initial trial  it was obvious the project was a winner and should go ahead on  a permanent basis.  By the summer of 2010 the Drummers & Guard were in demand all over  East Northamptonshire taking part in carnivals and events,  including a Civic Service for Cllr. Eileen Mander,  then Mayor, our co-founder.   
The Waterloo Drummers & Colour Guard,  a performing arts base  for young people, was formed by a group of local councillors  parents and young people,  being the brainchild of John Mander a  former Cadet Forces' Officer .  John conceived the idea back in 2007 but it took his election to the Town Council to put this into effect.  The Organisation's objective is to provide young people with  a  constructive activity during the evenings and weekends and what better then music and dance?   Since  those early beginnings members have gained self  confidence and a sense of purpose in addition to having learnt to play a musical instrument and to dance.  
In John's words....
" Once I had seen Top Secret Drum Corps from Switzerland  I was sold  on the project and decided we could do something like that in East Northamptonshire;  something quite unique...... fortunately  I have a musical family and together with my wife Eileen and daughters Elizabeth and Julia we got the project going"

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