How to join us

We are always interested in welcoming new members to join us in The Garrison Artillery Volunteers. As a member you will get to experience and take part in various events throughout the year.

Every member within the group is an important cog whether in a team of gunners or in the searchlight detachment. Full training is given and the group hold training weekends throughout the year to hone skills.

There is no pressure to attend every event or to talk to the public when you attend. There are already many within the group who are happy to do this.

There are no weekly or monthly meetings ... we all get together at events and communicate via email and facebook.  We hold a yearly AGM in either December or January which also doubles up as a social event.

Our membership is both national and international. We have members from all over the UK and Sister groups in Malta, Belgium and the Czech Republic. These groups attend our training weekends and we join them in the UK and the European Mainland for events and social visits. We often arrange visits to our friends abroad, with our friends reciprocating and visiting us for events and training.

The group have over the years been involved with National Commemorations, film and tv work and we have annual bookings for outdoor Classical Concert supporting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Leeds Castle. The finale to the concert is the 1812 Overture performed live with gunfire provided by the group. This is truly an amazing sight and something we have become known for.

We have displayed at many prestigious events such as Tankfest, ArtyFest, RBL VE Day at St James' Park, Eton College, Pendennis Castle for English Heritage, The Victory Show, ort Nelson, Tilbury and Coalhouse Forts, Elam Alamein, the official celebrations for D-Day in the UK and Normandy, the official celebrations for the 70th anniversary of Market Garden in Holland, the Goodwood Revival and ceremonial salutes for a Royal Wedding on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of Royal Berkshire,  a salute for HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and to start The Tall Ships Race.

We are also very happy indeed to attend smaller or charitable events, particularly at times of celebration or Remembrance.

 The Garrison Artillery Volunteers has socialising and friendship at its heart. Joining is a great way to make new friends, learn technical skills and experience great events. 

How to Become a Member

To join, email us by filling in the form opposite and register your interest as either a Gunner (male) or ATS (female). The minimum age for joining is 16 years.

We will send you a list of events that are currently booked in for the year. Inform us of which event(s) you would like to attend and we will liaise for timings and details.

Membership fees are not paid in the first calendar year of joining. 

For example: Join in the summer of 2016, first membership payment in 2017.

We have a probationary period which allows you see whether you like the group and what we do, and for us to assess you. If you decide to be a full member then at the following AGM you would be voted in as a member. From this point on you would pay membership.

  • Full details of membership and the insurance it covers will be explained when you come to an event.
  • A year's membership is £20 providing it is paid before March 31st. After this date membership is £25.
  • We can help with uniform for events you attend initially and advise on some of the best places to buy your uniform. 
  • Your data will be  used and stored for the purposes of administering the group and your involvement in group activities.  Data will be collected and processed in line with the Garrison Artillery Volunteers Privacy Policy.