January - April
January saw the branch having amini Burns Supper with Mike Harper piping in the Haggis and then reciting the "Ode" . A tot of malt was shared by all to toast Robbie Burns.During this period we have had to branch members cross the bar. In March Sybil Rowland died after a struggle with illness and in April we lost Dave "Tilley" Tyzack suddenly. They will both be missed and thoughts as always are with the families.
In February there was the usual branch meeting with special guest Mark Ormrod giving a very motivational talk about his injuries and life after recovery. We also had a Joiners and Leavers where the Chairman gave the Seniors an overview of the RMA and the branch. To finish the month you entertained our more Senior members and the branch widows with lunch at the Barnstaple Hotel. This is the 3rd year we have done this and it is proving very popular.
March was quite busy with a branch meeting at the WO&SNCO's Mess at RMB Chivenor. Following a meal in the Mess dining area the Chairman went through Branch business and then showed a couple of short DVD's done parachute training for water jumps. A retreat to the bar followed. A group of us attended the RHS Rosemoor Wilderness Weekend where we had the branch stand with ration pack sampling, a filed medical centre and ambulanmce, Rolly's Roadshow with wodd craft demos and a military equipment stance. Med Squadron turned to in their own time to support this. A good PR exercise. March also had a group of 10 attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music in London. We were fortunate to be invited to the Tower of London for an evening with a Yeoman Warden as guests of the Corps RSM. Saturday was a leisure day and then we went for a pre-concert meail in a French restaurant. Our 2I/C was a little taken back when ordering a bottle of wine allowed the waiter to recommend one at the cost of £25. He won't do that again in a hurry. Following the concert we returned to te hotel for a few nightcaps. The bar seemd to become the RSM's Mess for the night with nearly all the Corps RSM's present.
In April we held our branch meeting at the Mariners Arms in Braunton.
This was a first time for the branch and was because the Unit was closed
for leave. The evening went very well with a buffet and a few games of
skittles. 18 members attended.