July - September
held 3 branch gatherings during this period - 2 away from Chivenor and
one back there in September. In July we took over the Hoof Inn which is
the Corporals Club outside the camp gate. Former RM Chef and branch
member Stephen Boden and current RM Chef Sgt Richie Bray produced an
excellent BBQ while newish branch Member Paul "Jan" Newland provided the
bar service. The evening was free at the request of the late Pauline
Winslow who had bequeathed some money to the branch to enjoy and evening
on her our heart felt thanks but sadly Pauline was around to hear it.
However a warm summers evening and great to be out doors.
next exursion was to Bideford rugby Club in August. We do this every
year and have a Buffet evening with bingo and a quiz. This year was no
saw us back in the Mess after the return of the Unit from Summer
leave. The usual scra and branch business was followed by a talk from
Bruce White on the lead upto the Deal Bombing and what was known and not
know - a harrowing event.
activity that dominated the period was our annual "Free Phys" at
Sainsbury's for 5 days where with hoofing support from the serving Corps
and RMA Cycle Branch we pedalled the JOGLE and back and raised over
£6500.00 for the Charity. In July we also enjoyed the hospitality of
the SNCO Mess at their Summer Ball where the theme was "All the Fun of
the Fair" - complete with dodgums, carousels etc etc.
the end of July we supported 11 ATTRM Families day at Instow Base where
we had our branch stand, Roli's Roadshow and merchandise from the RMA
events stand out in August. The first was our 3rd year at the Mariners
Arms in Brauinton for their Family Fun Day in aid of Royal Marine
Charities. We provided a Tombola, a Raffle, the RMA shop, Splat the
Rat, The Stocks as well as ration pack sampling and the branch stand.
Just under £300 was raised in total. The other event was Chairman -
John peel - with 2 Ex RAF veterans took to the water in a lake in
Braunton and swam a total of 30 miles in relay continuosly a over 12
hours, gain for the Charity. Around £1400 was raised.
members attended the Mess Beerfest and for the 4th year (I think) we
supported the Barnstaple Marathon by providing a water station manned by
our Ladies and
marshalling on the airfield. The following week we received a cheque
for £200 being a donation to the branch for our services.