Royal Marines Association North Devon

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Chairman’s Letter July 2017.

 

Dear All,

 

I hope this finds you all as well as can be expected.

 

Firstly it is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Evelyn Coates.  Evelyn was one of the longest serving members of the branch and her support was outstanding.  In recent year’s she started suffering from ill health and was unable to attend very much.  However, on the occasions we did see her she always put a brave face on how she was.  She will be missed.  Our thoughts are with Cliff and the family at this sad time.

 

May Baddick would also like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts at the sad loss of Tommy.

 

I attended an excellent Road Show about the proposed merger of the Royal Marines Charity and Royal Marines Association.  My opinion the merger can only be good for the two organisations.  But if anyone has questions or doubts please get in touch.  There is a Q&A on the branch website.

 

Sainsbury’s Challenge was another outstanding success.  Although the footfall was down this year; the generosity and well wishes from the public was still very evident.

 

Re the day out at Instow – they had to apologise on behalf of the base at Instow.  There was an admin error which meant an over subscription of numbers.  Those who were hoping to attend have been informed whether they can or not.  A day out on base in lieu will be arranged for the whole branch.

 

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the RMA Annual Reunion in September (16th&17th).  Everyone is entitled to attend. We always have a good turnout for the weekend – so please consider attending.  Those of other cap badges who are members of the branch are very welcome to attend - we will look after you.  So if you have never seen inside the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone here is your opportunity.  There is an excellent band concert by the Royal Marines followed by a buffet/dance in the evening. Before the event I need to know who is attending from the branch.

 

Finally I am planning to relay swim across Bideford Bay in August/September with another Ex Serviceman to raise funds for the Royal Marines Charity.  My target is £1000.  If you would like to help me reach this target I would be very grateful.  There is a website at: www.justgiving.com/johnpeel1 or you can contact me with a pledge which I will be happy to collect on completion.

 

Please take time to read the information careful in the minutes.  If you need more info please ask.

 

Any queries about anything please let me know.  As ever, my thanks for your continued support in making our branch what it is.  It couldn’t be done without you all.    

 

  JP

Chairman’s Letter June 2017.

 

Dear All,

 

I hope this finds you all as well as can be expected.

 

 

  • Our Regimental Dinner was very successful.  We had  the biggest turn out and our VIP guest were hugely impressed with the entire evening.

 

  • The Legion d’Honneur presentation also went very well and the families and friends of the 9 recipients were grateful for the branches involvement.  We had 3 former RM’s receiving their medals from the Honorary French Consul.

 

  • Armed Forces Week went very well with good turnouts for the Flag Raising on the Monday in Victoria Park, Bideford and the 2 days at RMB Chivenor at the end of the week.  Roger and Jenny Staines ran our first go at the RMA Shop.  We feel this went well and we intend doing it again in support of the RMA.

 

  • The RMA/RMC Convergence Road Show is taking place nationwide, where the Corps and RMA management gave an overview of what is proposed and how it will work.  I will feed back to the branch in due course.

 

  • Families/Open Day 11ATT, Instow is taking place at the end of July.  The branch is invited to both days.  As sson as I have more information I will send out an update.

 

  • Security on Camp.  Please ensure you make the Security Team’s task painless by complying with their instructions.  This directive has come from the Commanding Officer.

 

  • Sainsbury’s Challenge.   Everyone who has volunteered for this event have been notified of their allocated dates and times.  With massive Unit support we hope to have another successful year.

 

  • The Reunion Sept 16th and 17th.    Don’t forget to get your tickets for the RMA Annual Reunion  in September (16th&17th).  Everyone is entitled to attend. We always have a good turnout for the weekend – so please consider attending.  Those of other cap badges who are members of the branch are very welcome to attend - we will look after you.  So if you have never seen inside the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone here is your opportunity.  There is an excellent band concert by the Royal Marines followed by a buffet/dance in the evening. Before the event I need to know who is attending from the branch.

 

Please take time to read the information careful and let me know if you will be attending.  If you need more info please ask.

 

Any queries about anything shout out.  As ever, my thanks for your continued support in making our branch what it is.  It couldn’t be done without you all.    

 

  JP

Chairman’s Letter May 2017.

 

Dear All,

I hope this finds you all as well as can be expected.

 

  • My thanks to those who helped to give Tommy Baddick a fitting sends off at his funeral on Monday 22nd May.  The family expressed their sincere thanks for the branch support.

 

  • We held the branch AGM this month and you will find a summary in the minutes.  If you didn’t attend and would like the full agenda please request it.

 

  • There are a number of events coming up in June that are published in the minutes. 
    • Regimental Dinner 3rd June (CLOSED: NO MORE PLACES AVAILABLE)
    • Branch Meeting 16th June (if the Mess is available)
    • Flag Raising Parade – Bideford Armed Forces Day 19th June
    • Legion d’Honneur Presentation at RMB Chivenor 21st June.
    • RMB Chivenor Armed Forces Event 23rd (Schools) and 24th June (Open Day)
    • RMA/RMC Convergence Road Show – The White Ensign, Exeter 29th June.

 

Please take time to read the information careful and let me know if you will be attending.  If you need more info please ask.

 

  • There is an item on Security on Camp.  Please ensure you make the Security Team’s task painless by complying with their instructions.  This directive has come from the Commanding Officer.

 

  • Sainsbury’s Challenge is fast approaching in July (3rd to 7th). As usual we will be manning a bike for 30 minute stints over the 13 hours each day.  We will also be bucket collecting.  I need to start getting a rota together so if you want to participate please get in touch.  This is a huge fund raiser for the Charity.  RMB Chivenor has committed to this again.  Let’s make it another success.

 

  • Meal Charges; Sodexo has increased the cost of our pre-branch meeting meal.  This has come about as we are not entitled to MOD subsidies.  I feel that having a sit down and meal has enhanced the enjoyment of the evening.  So I hope you will continue to support this.  The costs are now £3.65 for a main course and £0.75 for a dessert.  There are “specials” which are cheaper but I need to sit with Sodexo to understand this more fully.  Hopefully that will happen before our next meeting.

 

  • Don’t forget to get your tickets for the RMA Annual Reunion  in September (16th&17th).  Everyone is entitled to attend. We always have a good turnout for the weekend – so please consider attending.  Those of other cap badges who are members of the branch are very welcome to attend - we will look after you.  So if you have never seen inside the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone here is your

 

opportunity.  There is an excellent band concert by the Royal Marines followed by a buffet/dance in the evening. Before the event I need to know who is attending from the branch.

 

Any queries about anything shout out.  As ever, my thanks for your continued support in making our branch what it is.  It couldn’t be done without you all.  


JP  

 

 

 

April


Dear All,

 

With Spring in the air - I hope this finds you all well.

 

  • My thanks to those who helped to give Dave “Tilley” Tyzack a fitting send off on Monday 10th April.  The family expressed their sincere thanks for the branch support.

 

  • Welfare Support:  I have left the item in the main minutes regarding what to do if you hear of a Welfare/Support issue. Simply – if you need to get hold of someone there is a team of 5 people who you can phone and they will then deal with the situation.  If you read nothing else in the minutes please read this and note the contact numbers somewhere safe so you can find this when ever you feel there is a need.

 

  • The Branch Regimental Dinner is fast approaching (3rd June).  Please get your requirements in as soon as possible to help Fran collate numbers.  As usual we are holding a Grand Draw. Fran Riv and Jacky P have tirelessly be seeking quality prizes for some months now and again have worked their magic.  This is a challenging task, which takes all their persuasive powers and doesn’t happen over night – well done ladies.  So please support their efforts for the branch by buying a book or two of tickets (or even sell to friends and family).

 

  • Other event items referenced in the minutes are the Global Challenge 20th and 21st May, Armed Forces week 19th to 24th June, Legiond’Honneur Ceremony 21st June and Sainsbury’s Challenge 3rd to 7th July.  For the Global Challenge and the Families Day it would be good to have a couple of helpers and for Sainsbury’s we need the usual larger team to cover the 13 hours daily, both doing the challenge as well as bucket holding.  If you are interested and would like to help with any of these activities please get in touch with me (email is the best method for me so I don’t have to remember who said what!)

 

  • Our AGM is scheduled for May19th. I have one willing volunteer nominated to join the committee.  There is capacity for one or two more who would like to shape the future of the branch and maybe bring some fresh ideas forward.  The current committee are all standing again.  My thanks to them.

 

  • Central Office have started to flag the Reunion in September (16th&17th).  This years format has changed a little with greater emphasis on involving the Corps Family.  Ticketing is  live on line.  We always have a good turnout for the weekend – so please consider attending.  Those of other cap badges who are members of the branch are very welcome to attend - we will look after you.  So if you have never seen inside the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone here is your pportunity.

 

As ever, my thanks for your continued support in making our branch what it is.  It couldn’t be done without you all.      

 

JP


March


Dear All,

 

I hope this letter finds you as well as can be expected.

 

  • My thanks to those who helped to give Sybil Rowland a fitting send off on Monday 20th March.  The family expressed their sincere thanks for the branch support.

 

  • Welfare Support:  There is an item in the main minutes regarding what to do if you hear of a Welfare/Support issue. Simply – if you need to get hold of someone there is a team of 5 people who you can phone and they will then deal with the situation.  If you read nothing else in the minutes please read this and note the contact numbers somewhere safe so you can find this when ever you feel there is a need.

 

  • There is a memo with these minutes, which has been sent out by the Chief Executive with a request to disperse to all branch members.  Please read through this as it gives a progress report on the convergence of the RMA and RMC. 

 

  • Some of you have approached me about your membership having lapsed.  I am looking into this but can assure you that you will continue to be a part of the branch and get access to everything we do.  If you notice you are one of the lapsed members or your ID card is out of date or you haven’t had a new one sent to you and have paid your subscriptions anyway – please let me know.  I will get it sorted for you.  However, a concern from Central Office, which I know is not coming from members of our branch is that they are experiencing rudeness and inconsideration from others in the Association about these issues.  This is unacceptable – so please speak to me first if you have an issue.

 

  • My thanks to the team that spent the weekend at RHS Rosemoor (18th and 19th) at their Wilderness Weekend.

 

  • Our AGM is scheduled for May19th. If you would like to volunteer to help on the Committee please let me know before the cut off in April.

 

  • The proforma for our Annual Regimental Dinner is with these minutes.  It gives all information needed for you to get you seats booked.  A great evening and our premiere branch event.  Seating is limited.  So please get your requirements in early.

 

  • We have been requested by RMA Central Office and the CO at Chivenor to support the Corps team over the weekend of the 20th & 21st May.  I have had a meeting and our commitment will be to do a little bucket rattling at various locations on the 16.64-mile route.  Volunteers please.

 

As ever my thanks for your continued support.        

 

JP


February


Dear All,

 

I hope this letter finds you as well as can be expected.

 

  • Some of you have approached me about your membership having lapsed.  I am looking into this but can assure you that you will continue to be a part of the branch and get access to everything we do.  If you notice you are one of the lapsed members or your ID card is out of date, you haven’t had a new one sent to you and have paid your subscriptions anyway – please let me know.  I will get it sorted for you.  However, a concern from Central Office which I know is not coming from members of our branch is that they are experiencing rudeness and inconsideration from others in the Association about these issues.  This is unacceptable – so please speak to me first if you have an issue.

 

  • Our AGM is scheduled for May19th. If you would like to volunteer to help on the Committee please let me know before the cut off in April.

 

  • A team of us will be out at RHS Rosemoor in March (18th &19th) at their Wilderness Weekend.  My thanks to those who will be helping me again.

 

  • I will be finalising a menu for our Regimental Dinner, which is now confirmed as June 3rd starting at 1800.  As soon as that is done the proforma will be sent out to everyone.

 

  • An exiting event is starting to materialise – the RMB Chivenor Families and Open Day.  It is proposed to hold a Families Day on the airfield - June 24th.  Planning has just started.  It is not an RMA run event but we will be taking part and hopefully will get the RM Charities team and Central Office as well as the RM Shop to come along.  Watch this space.

 

  • We have secured our annual week in Sainsbury’s in July (3rd to 7th) and have Unit support again.  Once I have spoken to the Unit PTI’s I should have an idea what we will be doing this year.

 

  • I know the minutes are quite lengthy but the Committee and I endeavour to give you as much information as we can.  Please put aside a moment to go through them.  If you have any queries or need to contact me about anything don’t hesitate to email me or pick up the phone.

     

  As ever my thanks for your continued support.


JP


 

January


Dear All,

 

A Happy New Year to you all.

 

  • Our Christmas Appeal raised over £6500 and with the addition of donations and tin collections we have sent £7179.86 to Central Office.  From that we have had approval of donations of £1400 to Chivenor Welfare and £700 each to BLESMA and the RNBT.  We had great support again from both branch members and serving.  My thanks to you all.

 

  • An excellent Christmas Party was enjoyed by all.  The carvery was outstanding.

 

  • Our super efficient Branch Secretary – Sue Shearsby has work very hard in producing the Branch calendar.  Please update your personal diaries or place in a prominent position so you can see what we are upto this year.  Please note the monthly minutes will have confirmations, updates and anything extra on a 2-month rolling basis.

 

  • I know it’s still January but I want to highlight that our Regimental Dinner is booked for the SNCO’s Mess at RMB Chivenor for June 10th. I can confirm, our good friend Brigadier Charlie Hobson, passed Branch President, CO of CLR and RMA Chief Executive is our VIP guest with his wife Trish.  Let’s make this event another outstanding branch evening.  Keep June 10th free.  Details will follow in the next few months.

 

  • I met with Lt Col Dave Nicholson, CO of CLR.  You will be pleased to know he is very supportive of what we do and will ensure we get as much support from the Unit as possible.

 

  • Our AGM is scheduled for May, probably the 19th. If you would like to volunteer to help on the Committee please let me know before the cut off in April.

 

  • Some of you have approached me about your membership having lapsed.  I am looking into this but can assure you that you will continue to be a part of the branch and get access to everything we do.  If you notice you are one of the lapsed members and have paid your subscriptions anyway – please wait to hear from me with an update.  It will be sorted.

 

  • I know the minutes are quite lengthy but the Committee and I endeavour to give you as much information as we can.  Please put aside a moment to go through them.  If you have any queries or need to contact me about anything don’t hesitate to email me or pick up the phone.

 

As ever my thanks for your continued support.         JP