TDH Drums-up Funds to Restore a 1914 Musical Jewel


Restoration is in our blood – we do it all the time on teeth in need of a tweak or two to bring them back to perfection – so it’s no surprise that we leapt at the chance to fund the restoration of a downbeat drum.

The 102-year-old drum belongs to the 4th Netley Sea Scouts and had been rumbling around the attic of ex Netley Scout, Eric Woodsford, who had rescued it from a skip during a clearout in the 1930s. After a clearout of his own, Eric was delighted to hand it back to its rightful owners.

Unsurprisingly, the noble instrument was in need of a complete makeover, and who are we to resist a challenge? We funded the necessary repairs and, by October 2016, the drum had been restored to former glory. It made its debut, in the hands of a Sea Scouts drummer boy, at the Remembrance Day parade from Royal Victoria Country Park to St Edward the Confessor Church in Netley Abbey.

“We hope the drum will have many more years with the group and we would like to thank Titchfield Dental Health for their kind donation to make the restoration of the drum possible. We may even start up a band again!”

PR possibility? Titch would be proud to take part in local parades…