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NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2008 37
White
Delegates consider
Donation
Ensign revealed
visits
eight proposals
as photo
Yeovilton archive
THE President of the White
SHIPMATES of the Bexhill-on-
Ensign Association, Cdre Sir
Sea branch were collecting for
Donald Gosling and members of
Naval charities at Little Common
Council and staff have paid a visit
to RNAS Yeovilton.
DELEGATES look like
The same subject also concerns Naval Association represent to By tradition, the final branch
last autumn when one of them
the fifth motion, from the same the appropriate authorities that motion concerns the venue for
was approached by a woman who
Following a warm welcome
having a busy day once
branches, which proposes “that suitable inscriptions be added the next-but-one conference – the
made a donation.
and an air station presentation
again when they gather for the Royal Charter, rules and bye- to existing war memorials in 2009 version, as decided last year,
While talking to the collector
from the Commanding Officer,
Cdre Chris Palmer, the visitors
the National Conference,
laws, as appropriate, be amended recognition of subsequent conflicts will be in Londonderry.
outside the Co-op supermarket,
were brought up-to-date with the
which this year is being
to provide that decisions on the involving UK Armed Forces.” Motion No 8 at Dundee comes
the woman mentioned that she
appointment of Royal Naval West Lothian branch would like from France Nord, seconded by
had a few photographs of RN
current operations of the Lynx held in Dundee.
Association HQ senior staff be to see that the “biennial National Aquitaine, and proposes “that
ships, and asked if the branch
Helicopter Force and Commando
Eight branch motions have
taken by the elected members of Standard Bearers’ competitions France Nord host the 2010
might want them.
Helicopter Force.
been accepted by the Standing the National Council.” be held during the appropriate National Conference.”
The collector said yes and
These briefings were delivered
by Cdr Amphlet and Cdr Fox
Orders committee for debate Huddersfield chips in with National Conference weekend.” See our August edition f
arranged for them to be picked
marina or
respectively, and were followed by
on June 28 – including one
the sixth motion, seconded by The seconding branch is full coverage of the National
up.
an extensive programme which
which would take a future
Mexborough, “that the Royal Inverness. Conference
He was more than a little
allowed council members to see
Conference abroad.
surprised to find that the “few
photographs” turned out to be
the Fleet Air Arm at work, and
The first motion, proposed
almost 700 – and all had details
to meet and chat with personnel
by Saltash and seconded by
from all areas of the air station.
Liskeard, suggests “that the
written on the back.
The tour included visits to
National Council provide
After some discussion, and with
Air Traffic Control, 702 Naval
an up-to-date statement of
the approval of the donor, they
Air Squadron, 846 Naval Air
progress, including intentions
were entered into an auction at the
for future action, on the asbestos
Abbey Auction Galleries, Battle.
Squadron, the Chaplaincy, the
compensation issue, arising from
At the end of April they sold for
Lynx Simulator, the Gymnasium
Motion No 8 at the 2005 Annual
£420, which will be forwarded to
and the new single living
Conference.”
Naval charities – and thanks from
accommodation.
Motion No 2 returns to a
the branch go to the woman, and
The association hosted an all-
familiar subject from recent
all who donate to help those who
ranks buffet lunch in the Junior
conferences.
served their country and are now
Rates Function Room, giving
Peterborough and District,
in need.
personnel a further opportunity to
discuss their current concerns.
backed by Newbury and District,
propose “that the Royal Charter,
To Lashkar
Victorious
rules and bye-laws, as appropriate,
be amended to allow associate
members who have completed at
with love…
memories
least five years membership of
the association to be designated BOXES of goodies for front-line
by their branch as the accredited troops in Afghanistan and the
THREE old shipmates from the last branch delegate, with the power Gulf have been sent out under an
commission of HMS Victorious to vote, at area meetings and initiative by Liskeard branch.
shared dits in Pompey. National Conferences.” Shipmates approached the
Jim/Bob Reeves, now secretary The third motion, sent in town’s Co-op to ask if boxes could
of the Hull branch, and fellow by Worthing and seconded by be placed out to collect donations
bunting tosser Gerry Strachan, Waterlooville, proposes “that from customers.
who now lives in Waynesboro, Bye-law A16 be amended to read: Those items have now been
Pennsylvania, were hosted by ‘A capitation fee of ten per cent gathered up to be sent out to the
former FCCY Dave ‘Mo’ Morris, of the subscriptions received in troops.
who lives in Portsmouth. Headquarters by December 31 Among the items included
It was the first time the trio each year shall be paid to each were toothpaste, noodles and jelly
had met since leaving the ship area in respect of branches within babies.
over 41 years ago, and they spent its area.”
● Members of the HMS Dunkirk Association unveil a plaque in Sliema marking their visit to Malta
Further boxes will be welcome,
the weekend swinging the lamp, On the subject of the proposed and can be sent to Afghanistan
checking out museums and visiting move of RNA HQ to Portsmouth, at the address HQ Task Force
former establishments. Isle of Sheppey, backed by Helmand, Lashkar Gar, BFPO
Sitting down to a welcome cup Maidstone, propose “that vacant
Dunkirk in Malta
715 – items under 2kg are free
of tea in the Historic Dockyard, positions on the Royal Naval to post.
the three were delighted to see Association Headquarters senior
MEMBERS of the HMS Dunkirk Association travelled The inscription states: “This is to commemorate
the Battle Honours board of their staff be advertised widely in
to the Mediterranean for their annual reunion. the return visit by members of the HMS Dunkirk
old ship. appropriate journals.”
The destination for the 20 members and their Association who spent many years as part of the 7th
Chatham
partners was the George Cross island of Malta, giving Destroyer Squadron based in Sliema Creek between
the former matelots a chance to reminisce. 1958 and 1963.”
££50 PRIZE PUZZLE50 PRIZE PUZZLE
During their stay they took a boat tour around the The ceremony was conducted by Rev Jeff Williams,
is flagship
Sliema and Grand Harbour area, which brought back of the local Anglican church, who also joined members
many memories. of the group for their gala dinner at the hotel.
THE flagship Veterans Day event
But the highlight of their week was a ceremony at Jeff had apparently never been addressed as a ‘sin
in the South-East will be hosted
Sliema war memorial, where the group unveiled a bosun’ before, but he thought it was a title that he
by the Historic Dockyard at
plaque marking their visit. would dine out on for some time.
Chatham.
Middleton’s veteran 13
Wrens ready to
The event, on July 5, will also
be the main public event for the
THE HMS Middleton (L74) between 1941 and 1947.
Association has held its 24th A Sea Cadet piped aboard the
fl ock to York
TA100 in the region, marking the
centenary of the Territorial Army
reunion at the RNA Club, ship’s original First Lieutenant THE Association of Wrens
– although the event will also
Leamington Spa, and although from 1941-43, Admiral of the national reunion is to be held in
feature the RNR and RMR.
numbers are reducing the Fleet Sir Edward Ashmore. York on August 22-24.
The programme of events
THE mystery ship in our April
organisation can still boast 13 Admiral Ashmore is the More than 1,000 members are
includes a commemorative church
edition (right) was RMAS
members who served in the ship Association’s patron. expected – and serving Royal Navy
service, a veterans parade, and a
Mandarin, and her sister was
women are especially welcome.
veterans reunion hall.
RMAS Pintail – as identified by
The reunion hotline is 01489
The Band of the Royal Marines
Peter Nash of Ellesmere Port,
505226.
Portsmouth will be a highlight
who wins our £50 prize.
If you are not a member – no of the event, featuring in a
This month’s vessel was
problem! separately-ticketed Beat Retreat
launched in 1945 as a Loch but
Contact 020 7932 0111 or and Ceremonial Sunset, and the
served as a Bay before being
wrensassoc@aol.com, or see modern Armed Forces will also be
sold to Portugal in 1961.
Closing date for entries is July website www.wrens.org.uk putting on displays and activities.
Can you give us both her 11. More than one entry can be
names before she was sold? submitted, but photocopies cannot
We have removed her pennant
be accepted. Do not include
number from the picture.
anything else in your envelope: no
Complete the coupon and send
correspondence can be entered into
it to Mystery Picture, Navy News,
and no entry returned.
HMS Nelson, Portsmouth PO1 3HH.
The winner will be announced in
Coupons giving correct answers will our August edition. The competition
go into a prize draw to establish a is not open to Navy News employees
winner. or their families.
● The precious fl agon of pusser’s rum is displayed at the Torrevieja
tot night Lord’s Cricket Ground
MYSTERY PICTURE 160
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rum do in Spain
Tuesday 29th July 2008
Ground opens 10am
Play commences 11am
Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Almost 100 members and guests Robin Hargrave – a gesture which
attended the annual Torrevieja was very much appreciated by all
Tickets
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tot night – but the star of the show present.
Adults: £10 Under 16 and Over 65: £5
was an old bottle of booze. The next major ceremonial Also available on the day from Lord’s
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Not any old bottle, of course. function for the club, situated in
It was a flagon of original south-eastern Spain, is Trafalgar
Available from
My answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
pusser’s rum, still safe and sound Night on October 21.
Secretary ACA - Colonel (Retd) Peter Sharland
in its original stone jar with an For other social events in the
Telephone 01252 348570 or email aca@ascb.uk.com
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Admiralty wax seal. coming months see the club’s Secretary RNCC - Lt Cdr David Cooke RN
The flagon was donated to the website at www.torreviejarna. Telephone 02392 723741 or email rnso4@a.dii.mod.uk
branch by previous chairman S/M info
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