Royal Marines Association North Devon

ONCE A MARINE ALWAYS A MARINE

The last 6 months Chairman's letter to the branch published - the latest first.




2019

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July

June

May

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Chairman's Letter for August 2019


I hope this communication finds you all as well as and your summer has been relaxing and leisurely.



  • As already communicated sadly Sylvia Lindsay passed away recently. Sylvia was a hugely enthusiastic supporter of the branch and will be sadly missed. Her funeral is on the 21st August at 1110 hours, at the North Devon Crem, Barnstaple. Please could we muster in the Car Park at 1030 – 1040 hours. We will be leading the funeral party to the chapel with the branch standard and would like an honour guard with blazers, medals and berets. Please pass your name to me if you are attending. I ask you all to make a special effort so we can give Sylvia the send off she deserves. Our thoughts are with John and the family at this sad time.


  • There are still 6/7 seats on the bus to the Corps Families day at CTC, Lympstone. If you haven’t made your mind up yet as there is still time. But when the bus is full that is it for numbers. Remember it is a down and back the same day - not too early a start and not too late a finish. So why not have an away day and enjoy what the families day has to offer which includes the world famous HM Royal Marine Band, Lympstone.


  • We have been warmly invited to join our serving colleagues from RMB Chivenor at Garrison Families Day. We will be taking advantage of dotting around some donation buckets for RM Charities and running a Tombola for branch funds. Why not pop along and have a relaxing afternoon – you don’t even have to hold a bucket. To comply with base security names in advance to Jacko Jackson please.


  • The RMA is running a subsidised trip to Walcheren to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the battle, which 47 Cdo carried out just after D Day. This trip is heavily subsidised. If you would like to be considered either contact Phil Gilby ([email protected]) or me. It is on a 1st come basis.


  • Final cut off for advanced tickets to MFM 2020 is fast approaching. Please advise me if you want to attend.


  • On your behalf I would like to congratulate Bob “Fergie” Ferguson who has been shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievements Award at the inaugural English Veterans Awards. The winner will be announced in September.


  • Our support for Matt Mason and his Ocean Revival 2020 has been outstanding and comments from both Matt and the crew, reflect how supportive the branch has been. Please keep up the support.


There is a lot more details in the main bulletin. So please take a few minutes to scan through it. As always if I have missed something or you want to know about or report anything – event, need for support etc etc please get in touch. My details are below.


And finally Jacky and I are away from 27th August to 10th September on a little R&R. I will be monitoring emails - so continue to get in touch and I will ensure your query is dealt with swiftly. Alternatively contact Jacko at: [email protected] or Jimmy H at: [email protected] but please remember allegedly Jacko is still working full time for the military.


JP


[email protected],co.uk Tel - 01237477438 or Mobile – 07845989377

 

Chairman's Letter for July 2019



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  • We had outstanding support for our recent Sainsbury’s Challenge and I would like to thank all who made it so. The Unit and Instow took a leading role in making it work and the public and staff at Sainsbury’s were very welcoming. The final total was £7454.36 very much up on last year, and hey, we get to do it all again next year.



  • On the final day of Sainsbury’s we also had a team at the base at Instow running the bar for their annual bash. The main purpose of this was n previous years the lads have had to carry out duties during the event and so not able to relax. This new format worked well, goes along way to keep the branch relevant with the base and enhance our standing. It also means when I ask for support they will generally provide it if they can.



  • Our support for Matt Mason and his Ocean Revival 2020 has been outstanding and comments from both Matt and his oppos, who are crewing the boat, reflect how supportive the branch has been – more so than other branches. What Matt and his team are attempting next year is huge. So the least we can do is help ensure the money targets he has pledged to the RMC and Plastic Ocean are achieved. Please keep up the support.



  • I would like to draw your attention to this years Corps Families day at CTC, Lympstone – the home of the Royal Marines – on the 14th and 15th September. I know I have been banging on about this already – but the programme really supports an Away Day for the branch, where you don’t get to miss anything and still get back in time for bed. I already have a number of people who will be jumping on board and last years Branch Quiz Team members are all attending. However, if there are any budding quizzers out there please step up – WE WANT TO MAINTAIN OUR OWNERSHIP OF THE CUP. I also think that a shooting competition in some format has been re-instated.


An outline itinerary is in the main bulletin and more detail can be found on the RMA website. So if you haven’t told me yet please give me a call or email if you would like to make use of this free transport (a small donation towards petrol will be requested).



All other relevant information can be found in the monthly bulletin.


As always if I have missed something or you want to know about or report anything – event, need for support etc etc please get in touch. My details are below.


JP


[email protected],co.uk Tel - 01237477438 or Mobile – 07845989377

Chairman's Letter for June 2019




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  • Our Regimental Dinner –15th June: An outstanding evening and my thanks to all who made it so. The VIP guests were well impressed with how we conduct our business and I am sure the word continues to get out there. Richie Puttock, Ops Manager East gave a very personal and moving view of what it is like to be a part of the organisation. The Bideford Youth Pipe Band were outstanding, as always, and surprised the CO, who took the salute, with their precision. Food and service were great and the disco played the right tunes. We send our “Bon Voyage” but not farewell to Team Shearsby, who presented the branch with a his and her’s drink receptacle which will take pride of place in our cabinet. Last of us got our heads down at 0300. Looking forward to the Christmas bash.


  • D Day 75: All the D-day 75 events we took part in went off very well and I thank those I co-ursed into helping out at Instow. The base was very appreciative. Those who went to Normandy had an excellent few days. Read more in the bulletin.


  • The Dartmoor Yomp 2019: By the time your read this, this event might have happened. In advance it was a great day out and a good stretch of the legs.


  • Sainsbury’s Challenge 2019 - 15th July to 2000 on the 19th July. This will commence at 0800 on the Monday and will finish each day at 2000/2100. We have reverted to a Watt bike for our team as the PT staff at Chivenor are unsure of the reliability of the treadmills they are providing – so the Unit get the treadmills. Names to me with dates and times and whether you are doing the phys or just bucket holding.


  • Bideford Armed Forces Flag Breaking – Victoria Park – 24th June at 1830. Read more in the bulletin but we are mustering our usual support for this and there is a free reception afterwards at Bideford RFC. Aplogise for the short notice but the Council were very late in advising me that it was on.


  • Other Events that you may like to support: More info in the bulletin



    • Matt Mason’s Ocean Revival 2020 – Ilfracombe – 29th June

    • Branch BBQ – The Hoof Inn outside RMB Chivenor – 12th July

    • 11 ATTRM, Instow’s Families Day 19th July – restricted places

    • WO&SNCO’S Ball, The Mess, RMB Chivenor – 20th July – free transport to and from venue.

    • 30th Anniversary of RMA Bude – 16th August


  • Corps Family Weekend (formerly known as the RMA Reunion) – 14th/15th September: As mentioned Saturday lends itself for an “Away Day” for the branch with a civilised departure and return time on the same day. We will discussed a plan at Committee in July and make a proposition to branch at the July meeting.


As always, I operate an open door policy, so if you need to get in touch I am here to listen and help, whether it’s for you or someone else. Thanks to all for you’re continued support. My contact details are below and those of key Branch Officers can be found at the end of this monthly bulletin.


JP


[email protected],co.uk Tel - 01237477438 or Mobile – 07845989377

Chairman's Letter May 2019


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  • The AGM: Yet again we have had an outstanding year. We have been busy as usual and I believe we have upheld the aims and ethos of our Association. You should all be proud of what you have brought to the party and I personally thank each and everyone of you. As always a full record of the meeting is in the bulletin for May.


  • The Committee: I would like to thank Colin and Sue Shearsby for their dedication to duty and supporting me during their time in Office. I would also like to welcome 3 new members to the Committee – Bob Winslow, Jimmy Headrick and Bob Martin. Jimmy will assume Sue’s role and the two Bob’s will support – events, functions and raffles etc. It is hoped that with these extra willing “Hands” the Chairman’s candle will not burn down so rapidly. There is one other role, which we need to support – and that is of Welfare Support Officer. This role will be to assist Bruce and me to carry out this vital task, and one, which is the main priority of the Association. Anyone interested please contact me – to find out more. AT THAT STAGE THERE WILL BE NO OBLIGATION.


  • The Yomp 2019: I currently have 4 people attending this event on the 22nd June with one or two other showing an interest. If you want to come along you need to do 2 things – inform me that you are planning to attend and complete the entry form on the RMA website (I can assist with this if needed). We have 2 cars available so enough space for 10 including drivers.


  • Our Regimental Dinner –15th June: This is approaching fast. We currently have around 70 attendees including guests Lt Col Alderson RM, Maj Heenan RM, Ops Managers Richie Puttock and Phil Gilby to mention a few. There is still time to book your place. So let me know in the first instance and we can go from there and don’t forget – you can been friends. TRhe more people we expose to what we do the better.


  • D Day 75: The schools event at Arromanche Camp, RM Instow has gone very well and my thanks to those who helped look after our young guests. We plan to support Appledore Museum with their presentations in June and there is an event on the 8th June in Hartland run by the RBL, which you will have had details of. Please support these events if you can.


  • Sainsbury’s Challenge 2019 - 15th July to 2000 on the 19th July. This will commence at 0800 on the Monday and will finish each day at 2000/2100. The current plan is for a treadmill for our team, but this might revert to a bike. If we go with a treadmill for those in the “Phys” team there is no obligation to run, jog, stumble at speed or even power walking. Our target is 4 mph for the 12 hours, which I think, is very doable. Names to me with dates and times and whether you are doing the phys or just bucket holding. I will be emailing my “Usual Suspects” in due course.


  • Corps Family Weekend (formerly known as the RMA Reunion) – 14th/15th September: As mentioned during the AGM the format for the Saturday lends itself for an “Away Day” for the branch with a civilised departure and return time on the same day. We will discussed a plan at Committee in June and a proposition made to branch at the July meeting. I have had the programme for Saturday attached with this month’s bulletin to give you a flavour of the event.


As always, I operate an open door policy, so if you need to get in touch I am here to listen and help, whether it’s for you or someone else. Thanks to all for you’re continued support. My contact details are below and those of key Branch Officers can be found at the end of this monthly bulletin.


JP


[email protected],co.uk Tel - 01237477438 or Mobile – 07845989377

Chairman’s Letter April 2019.


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  • April’s Branch Meeting – As always this was well represented by our “Usual Suspects”. The raffle raised £90+ (thank you all). This was the first “Meat Draw” we have had and my personal thanks to Bob Winslow for working his magic. A little light amusement was had in the bar afterwards with a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” quiz, which challenged the gray matter of those in attendance.


  • CLR’s Freedom of Barnstaple - April 4th – Although the weather was 4 seasons in a day – by some sort of divine event the sun shone briefly (on the righteous – I think) while the parade was formed up at the dais and the Mayor and CO gave their addresses. The event went off well – even though we felt they could have had greater involvement and, as dictated by the Unit, the attendance by branch members was kept to the restricted number requested. This was a little disappointing as on the day there was plenty of space and I feel we could have formed a very smart Honour Guard by the Dais. Sadly not to be and we move upwards and onwards.


  • Wilko’s/Track Day – Our first fundraiser of the year went off very well with £909.52 being raised for RM Charities. Although only a small participation by branch members this was the ideal number and didn’t require mass attendance similar to our Xmas Appeal or Sainsbury’s. My thanks to all who helped “shake a bucket” and cycle.


  • Branch AGM –This will be held on 17th May. It is understood that all officers, with the exception of Team Shearsby who, in the next few months will be heading North for pastures new, are standing again. We have two new members who have volunteered to join the Committee – but anyone else who would like to help run the branch or put their names forward for an officers position (other than Treasurer) are welcome to do so. Please submit your names to me by the end of April.


  • The Yomp 2019 – Details of this organised 12 mile ramble around Dartmoor is included in the main bulletin. I plan to go down for the walk myself and will have 3 (4 at a squeeze) free places in my car if anyone else would like to join me. Of course, if there are more want to join us we can discuss additional transport arrangements. It cost £15 for this well organised, not very hard, ramble which supports our Charity. Please pass names to me if you are interested.


  • Our Regimental Dinner –15th June. You will have received your invitations by name. Please help the organisers by getting your requests in early. Please also note that payment by BACS is offered. However, a contact email address was not added to the form. Please ensure if you are replying by email because you have paid by BACS your email comes to me at [email protected] and not Sue Shearsby.


  • D Day 75. With the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings in June, there will be a number of events, which there maybe branch involvement. We are supporting 11ATTRM, Instow with their schools event in May, the Appledore Museum with their presentations in June and there is an event on the 8th June in Hartland run by the RBL. A poster of that event is attached to this bulletin.


As always, I operate an open door policy, so if you need to get in touch I am here to listen and help, whether it’s for you or someone else. Thanks to all for you’re continued support. My contact details are below and those of key Branch Officers can be found at the end of this monthly bulletin.


JP

[email protected],co.uk Tel - 01237477438 or Mobile - 07845989377




Chairman’s Letter March 2019.


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  • March Branch Meeting - We had a good evening in March with a guest appearance from Matt Mason of Hunted fame. Matt talked about his experiences on Hunted and his planned epic row across the Atlantic in 2020. We are hoping to support him with this project this year.



  • CLR’s Freedom of Barnstaple - April 4th. Please note the date change. Information is filtering through but I have endeavoured to give you guidance in the main bulletin. Unless stated plan to muster at the Dais area, situated on the Strand in Barnstaple at 1000/1030. Parking has not been allocated so you will need to make your own arrangements. Please let me know if you plan to attend so I can pass numbers on.



  • Our Regimental Dinner – June 15th. This date is now confirmed. For those who haven’t attended this function before this is our many celebration of the branch year. Guests always include serving senior officers from CLR and beyond and an interesting and relevant main speaker. I am please to inform you that this year we have the RMA Operations Manager, Richie Puttock, who up until the introduction of a 2nd Ops Manager, managed the entire RMA nationwide – an outstanding achievement. The proforma for reserving seats along with the menu is with this bulleting. Please get your chits in asap. And don’t forget it is open to your friends.



  • South West Regional funded trip to Spean Bridge -June 27th-July 8Th. This outing has been cancelled. I will report back on discussion about any future plans.



  • Possible Trip to 1 Assault Group RM, Plymouth. I am still waiting for an update on this.



  • D Day 75. With the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings in June there will be a number of events, which there maybe branch involvement. As things develop I will advise.



  • Communications. Finally, just a reminder that our primary means of communicating with you all is by email. I urge you to check your emails a couple of times a week so you don’t miss out on information and updates, coming out between bulletins. Of course those not on email will not have that option. So where possible you will be contacted by phone if necessary.



As always, I operate an open door policy, so if you need to get in touch I am here to listen and help, whether it’s for you or someone else. Thanks to all for you’re continued support. My contact details are below and those of key Branch Officers can be found at the end of the monthly bulletin.



JP


[email protected],co.uk Tel - 01237477438 or Mobile - 07845989377