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Branch Bulletin December 2019








 

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Dear All,


I trust you are all well and ramping up for the Festive Season. As we will not be having a meeting this month this will be the last bulletin and Chair’s letter combined for 2019.


  • There are 90+ guests attending this year’s Christmas Party on the 20th. This is an all time record and exceeds our previous best attendance by over 25. I am sure those who will be attending will have an excellent night to celebrate a fitting end to the Branch year. We also had a good representation from the branch attending the Mess Christmas Ball the previous week on the 14th.


  • Our Annual Christmas Appeal is going well and fully manned and as usual we are visiting various locations throughout North Devon raising awareness and the profile of the RMA. My thanks to my band of volunteers. A “Pat on the Back” for Cathy Headrick who has been crafting, making Christmas gifts, using cross stitching Christmas cards and tree decorations. She recently set up shop at Bideford Pannier Market. She sold £100 worth of Christmas merchandise for branch funds and collected £17 in donations for the Charity. We propose to have a “Pop Up” honesty stall at the Branch Christmas party.


  • Our fund raising endeavours have continued at pace this year with the additional enjoyable task of supporting Matt Mason, his Ocean Revival Atlantic Rowing Project and his pledge to raise £30,000 for the RM Charity and £20,000 for Plastic Ocean UK. This support has been very successful and Matt and I are confident he should be close to his RM Charity target by the end of the year.


  • Along with this missive you should have received the branch calendar for 2020 with this bulletin. Please don’t “file” it as it covers everything (so far) we think the branch will be involved with in 2020. However, please note that we have stated “To Be Confirmed” where we are yet to get a final “Thumbs Up”. We will continue to publish a rolling notice of forthcoming events 2 months in advance with each bulletin next year and also endeavour to give you extra advanced notice of events we currently don’t know about.


  • We have confirmation of our first 2 branch meetings for 2020. Our January meeting will be held in the WO’s & SNCO’s Mess on Friday the 10th and February’s meeting on the 14th. I am not sure what we will be arranging for the January meeting but the meal will be Sausage and Mash. February’s meeting will be our Mini Burns Night again with Cottage Pie and the mandatory sample of Haggis – so dust off your sporrans.

  • We have requested one of 2 dates for our Regimental Dinner next Spring, held as always in the WO’s & SNCO’s Mess – either 30th May or 6th June. We will let you know which date has been agreed with the Mess but we think the 30th May will be more favourable to the Branch. Be advised with 90 attending our Christmas Bash and around 20 who would definitely have attended but were unable to this year, there might be high demand on seating for the Regimental Dinner. So get off the blocks quickly when the form comes out towards the end of March.


  • We continue to aim to reach all our branch members and to this end, Branch Secretary, Jimmy is hard at work refreshing our membership list to ensure we have everyone’s correct contact details and it agrees with the Central Office. Please assist Jimmy by responding to his inquiries swiftly. I can assure you that this is not a subversive way of getting more volunteers and you will not be expected to do any more than your currently feel you can. We just want to ensure that we can provide the service that members should expect. I encourage those who may be unsure whether they are fully signed up members of the RMA, not just North Devon Branch to get in touch. It is easy to sort out and remember membership of the RMA is now free.


  • An update on Pete Phillips, who some may have heard suffered a mild stroke seven weeks ago. I have spoken to him in the last few days and he is cheerful and appears to be progressing well, although mobility is a little challenging on his left side. Pete’s aim is to walk to his pub on Christmas Eve. Well done Royal! If anyone would like to give him a call he would love to hear from you- as life is a little frustrating for someone who has been active all his life. His number is 01288 321714


  • A special thank you to my Committee, who give up their time freely to help me with the administration. We are a hugely active branch, generating many admin task which require attention. Keeping on top of this work requires a willing team and that is something I know I have. As always if anyone feels they would like to contribute to the running of the branch by joining the Committee please let me know. I am pleased to advise we may have a willing person to take over as Branch Treasurer – subject to confirmation.


2019 has, again, been an outstanding year for us and, as ever, we punch well above our weight. I am, continually, told by RMA Management at Central Office that the North Devon Branch is one of the leading branches in the RMA and demonstrates all that the RMA and The Royal Marines Charity aspire to achieve and stand for. So be very proud of what you are all a part of.


It only leaves me to thank you all for your continued support. My Committee, Jacky and I hope your Christmas will be full of festive fun, you are not disappointed when Santa does his delivery rounds and may 2020 bring good health, good fortune, happiness and safety to you all.


JP


Final word – if you need to get in touch all the usual relevant contacts are below.


Committee Contacts:

Chairman; John Peel on 01237477438/07845989377 email: [email protected]

Vice Chairman; Jacko Jackson on 07821 448043 email: [email protected]

Secretary; Jimmy Headrick on 01237 238509/07581 230903: email:[email protected]

President; Derek Sargent on 01237475999 email: [email protected]


Welfare Support Team


Bruce White on 01271 346611 email: [email protected]

Phil Waites on 01271879344/07812366483 email: [email protected]

Mac Grenney on 07565 520030 email: [email protected]

Jacquie Phipps on 07710 469285 email: [email protected]


Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: November 2019.


Summary of November's Branch Meeting held 8th November 2019.


We returned to the Mess for the November meeting where an excellent 36 members enjoyed chicken goujons, chips, sweetcorn and coleslaw followed by crumble, black forest or choc gateaux. Following on we welcomed Team Gibbett with daughter Sophie, who was our guest speaker, and Del King – branch member and SSAFA Rep for Ilfracombe. At the start of Branch Business the Chair invited Roger Staines to conduct the Act of Remembrance, reciting Binyon's lines and providing a tot of rum for everyone to raise a glass; this was the 2nd year this was carried out and will now become an annual feature of our November meeting during Remembrance Week. The Chair then gave his monthly report and What's Coming up. All points are covered in the main bulletin below. The raffle raised a healthy £117. The evening concluded with saxophonist Sophie Gibbett, who is completing a Masters Degree in Music, giving an excellent informative talk regarding music therapy and PTSD. Following her presentation she played a varied compilation of saxophone melodies that were enjoyed by all. A truly gifted young lady with a remarkable future ahead. The Branch would like to extend a message of thanks to Sophie.


November Bulletin

No Matters Arising


Support


The Branch had received the final legacy from John and Sylvia Lyndsay. The total amount left is £932.42 to the Branch. The family would like to be noted on record their appreciation for the support of the Branch and it was their wishes that the North Devon Branch should benefit from their parents’ legacy. The legacy has been deposited in the Branch Account and will be used to support our overheads, functions and events. Cordial correspondence has been sent out as far as Australia. Welcome to Jacqui Phipps to the Support Team. Along with Mac Grenney and with assistance from Head Office, they will be trained up to help in this vital role for the Branch and military family in North Devon.


The Chairman is working on a more synchronised relationship with the Unit Welfare Hub in Chivenor. Chief Petty Officer John Delahay is the point of contact. The Commanding Officer is also very keen to move this initiative forward.


Consider Volunteering to work for SSAFA: Danny Egan, Director of RMA Welfare Support has requested that branch officials communicate with their members to consider volunteering to work with SSAFA – the "Go To" Armed Forces Support Agency which the RMA work closely with when supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. If you have free time on your hands, think you could make a difference and would like to know more please speak to John Peel or Bruce White who will point you in the right direction. You could also look on line by searching SSAFA. We understand full training would be given.


As always, if there is any Branch Member that needs the Branch Support then please let a member of the Welfare Support Team know. The contact numbers can be found at the end of this bulletin.


Branch Accounts: £4355.07 Charity Account: £6188.15 Social Account: £379.73


The position of Branch Treasurer remains open. As stated in the last bulletin it is one of the mandatory offices which must be held by a branch member, the others being Chairman & Secretary. Without a treasurer the Branch constitutionally should close. The potential candidate need not to be qualified or have previous experience, but should have experience in using Microsoft Excel. In order to hand over smoothly, there are a few things that have been taken into consideration:

  • Jacko will be investigating our current system with a view to introducing more automation

  • Susan, the present Treasurer, will assist the incumbent for as long as it takes for the role to be learnt.

  • The Chairman has been involved with the Branch Accounts for many years and would be on hand to give support. A further person would be requested to assist with the heavier and more mundane tasks, such as depositing money at the Bank and general physical tasks.



Chairman’s Report:


Remembrance Week; 10th November; the Branch standard was paraded at the Bideford Memorial Service in Victoria Park. The Branch and other military personnel marched from the park, along the quay to St Mary’s Church where a service of remembrance was held. A reception was the held at the Conservative Club in Bideford for ll those on parade.


Branch Members laid wreaths for the Sunday Parades at the following locations:


  • Barnstaple & Ilfracombe – John Davis, Bob Martin

  • Bideford & South Molton – Bob Fergusson, Stephen Boden

  • Torrington & Marwood – Rodney Oke, Bruce White

  • Fremington & Appledore – Dave Rowland, Neil Gibbett


A branch contribution of £180 was donated to the RBL.


11th November CLR Chivenor; the parade was held at Crowe Point. The Unit were involved in a speed march from CLR to Crowe Point. The North Devon Branch mustered in the CLR chapel at 0930. Jacko arranged the transport that took attending Branch members to the commemoration point, where the Armistice parade was held. The Branch Standard was paraded and the Branch wreath was laid by Branch President,Derek Sargent. All wreaths were moved to the Memorial Garden in CLR Chivenor once the parade was completed.



Update on the support for Ocean Revival 2020: The Branch have had a number of outings with Matt Mason:

  • A day of collection, cycling and rowing at B&M in Barnstaple

  • 2 days of collection at Tesco in Barnstaple, collection, rowing and cycling

  • 3 days at Princesshay in Exeter with support from downgraded recruits from Hunter Company. A ’like’ was received on Social Media from the Commandant General whilst the Branch was at Exeter.

  • At Exeter, whist fundraising Matt Mason and the Branch were donated £10000 for a space on the boat for advertising

Many thanks to those who supported these events. A grand total of £5168.70 was collected.

A thank you was received from Lt Col Charlie Wilson RM (Retd), who is part of the Central Office Team.

The Chairman had a meeting with the new Second in Command (2 I/C) and Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of CLR, he gave them an overview of the relationship of the Branch, the RMA and the Unit; both were very enthusiastic. This was once again underlined at the Joiners and Leavers event where the RSM set the scene for the senior ranks in attendance. The RSM has joined the North Devon Branch, this is excellent as he will always be up to speed with what is going on in the North Devon Branch.

Due to the absence of a functioning Royal British Legion the Branch have arranged for trays of poppies Morrisons in Bideford and 11 ATTRM Instow. Both were most welcome for the help given by the Branch.


What’s Coming Up in December


The Annual Christmas Appeal. 3 or 4 volunteers required for each location. There will be cycling and/or rowing at some of the events. Names to the Chairman please.


  • 2nd & 3rd December; Tesco Braunton

  • 4th, 5th & 6th December; Morrisons in Bideford

  • 9th & 10th December; Wilkos in Barnstaple

  • 13th & 14th December; Asda Barnstaple

  • 16th & 17th December; Tesco in Ilfracombe

  • 20th December; 7 Brethren Tesco in Barnstaple. Note; this is the night of the Branch Xmas Ball, a couple of volunteers will be appreciated to support Matt Mason and the Ocean Revival boat.


  • 14th December; CLR WO’s & Sgt’s Mess Christmas Ball. £30 per head, transport to and from venue provided. There will be a board placed in the mess, Branch members to append their names if wanting to attend.

  • 20th December; Branch Christmas Party. The Officers Mess CLR. Details can be found on the proforma sent out in October. Any further details can be queried through the Chairman or Secretary.


Any Other Business.


  • Walcheren 75. 1st, 2nd & 3rd November, Jimmy Headrick and Bob Winslow attended this excellent event with other RMA veterans. The visit was to commemorate the liberation of Walcheren by 41, 42 and 47 Cdo. Jim will put a presentation together for the January meeting. It will focus on the Walcheren and Normandy RMA visits.


  • WO2 Jacko Jackson has been granted his extension; great news for him and the Branch.


  • WO1 (RSM) Jim Twycross and the new 2 I/C Steve Sutherland are new to Chivenor. As stated earlier, both have shown great enthusiasm towards the Branch.


  • Cathy Headrick will be opening a stall in the Bideford Pannier Market, from the 3rd to the 7th of December selling her handcrafted Christmas gifts. All proceeds will go to the RMA North Devon Branch


  • The 2020 Branch Calendar is being processed and agreed by the Chairman and Secretary. Once devised it will be sent out to Branch Members.


  • The Base at Instow is now called 11 Amphibious Trial and Training Squadron, 47 Commando (Raiding Group).


  • The Unit Padre, Rev Mark Mander has started a monthly service held on the 1st Sunday of the month. He has personally invited Branch Members to ensure that the RMA feel part of the community. On the 15th of December there will mince pies and carols starting at 1800 in the chapel CLR


  • RepNet: it is believed that all members that have wireless connections are receiving the weekly RM RepNet. If this is not the case then please let the Chairman/Secretary know and they will contact Head Office. The Secretary will be bullet pointing the RepNet and adding a short annex to the postal members that do not have an email address.


The next event taken from the weekly report is the Corps Family Christmas Carol Concert on Thursday the 5th of December. Please Ctrl & Click to access the below link:


https://royalmarinesassociation.org.uk/events/the-corps-family-christmas-carol-concert-2019/


If any of you feel you can help at any of the forth-coming activities or want more info please drop me an email ([email protected]) or phone 01237477438. If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select from below.


Next Meeting: January Branch Gathering – 10th of January 2020 - WO’s & Sgt’s Mess, RMB Chivenor @ 1900. Those requiring food please give names to the Chairman by 2nd January. Food and bar opens at 1800


Contact details for Branch Matters


Primary Contact: Chairman; John Peel on 01237477438/07845989377 or email [email protected]

Vice Chairman; Jacko Jackson on 07821 448043 or email [email protected]

President; Derek Sargent on 01237475999 or email [email protected]

Secretary; Jimmy Headrick on 01237 238509 or 07581 230903 [email protected]



Welfare Support Team


Primary Contact: Bruce White on 01271 346611 or email [email protected]

Phil Waites on 01271879344/07812366483 or email [email protected]

Mac Grenney on 07565 520030 or email [email protected]

Jacqui Phipps on 07710 469285 or email [email protected]


Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: October 2019.


Branch Meeting for October


We returned to the Mess for the October meeting where 30 members enjoyed fish and chips with mushy peas, followed by cheesecake or choc gateau. The raffle collection amounted to £98.


Sadly the first order of the evening was to mention the legacy left from the family of John and Sylvia Lyndsay. John and Sylvia’s wish that the retiring collections should be for the Branch. £558.70 has been received. The family would like to be noted on record their appreciation for the support of the Branch. A letter from Tony Pearce (Stepson) was read out. A letter of appreciation has been sent to the family.


The Chairman gave his usual report and covered many of the points outline in the main bulletin


The Social for the Evening: Branch Members welcomed the Appledore Silver Band who played a rendition of excellent marching tunes and familiar favourites from a bygone time. Excellent music and a great sing-along was enjoyed by all.




Bulletin For October 2019.


Branch Accounts:


  • Branch Account: £3754.35 Charity Account: £2030.00 Social Account: £59.73

  • Sadly, Susan McCulloch, our Branch Treasurer, has to step down at the end of the year. Susan has kindly offered to work with the new Treasurer into 2020 to ensure the hand over is smooth. If anyone would like to be considered for this key role in the Branch please pass your name to John Peel as soon as possible. If you are considering the role but would like to know more about it please ask John Peel, who with Susan, will be able to give you an overview. Within the Charity Commission Regulations and RMA constitution branches must have 3 specific officers in post. One of these is the Treasurer. Without it a Branch would have to close down.

Support:

  • Bob Winslow has been poorly over the last month, but is improving and will be well enough to join Jimmy Headrick on the trip to Walcheren at the end of October

  • The Support Team are working with the Welfare Hub at RMB Chivenor to encourage better joined up thinking. They have also offered to sponsor an application for funding from Asda and Tesco who operating a Community Helping Hand Scheme.

  • Other proposals are for the Welfare Hub to consider events where the Squadrons, families and Branch come together for social functions. We will update you as and when

  • As always we can only support those who need it if we are informed – please let Bruce know if someone needs our help.


Chairman’s Report:


  • The Long Swim 2019. Our Chairman, JP and his colleague 78 yr old Ex RAF Mike Culley completed this year’s swim challenge of swimming for 12 hours as a 2 man relay in Bude Sea Pool on Saturday 21st September. They swam 390 lengths, which is approximately 37KM (the channel is 34KM). Great support at Bude from the Ex Bootnecks from RNA Bude and the local community. John and Mike would like to thank all for their support. It is hoped RM Charity will be better off by £1600



    • Surf for Veterans including some RM’s from the Haslar Navy Service Recovery Centre (Rehab centre, Plymouth) came over in groups and had a chat

    • £160 was collected on the day

    • RNA donation £100, RBL donation of £100


  • The Mess Beerfest. Jacko stated a good day was had by all attendees, more guests than Mess Members attended for a few pints of real ale.

  • The Barnstaple Marathon. North Devon RR (Brian and his team) expressed their thanks for our efforts again. The runners were hugely appreciative of our support with more runners ever passing on their gratitude and most importantly the cheque for £200 was dutifully received last week.

  • Support for Ocean Revival 2020. To date we have been involved with around £3000 of the £30,000 target for RM Charities being raised. Matt’s total to date is over £20,000 raised. Hopefully with events planned to the end of the year he will achieve his target.


What’s Coming Up:



October


  • 16th – Quarterly Branch Committee meeting; 1830 in Cedars Hotel, Barnstaple

  • 19th - SW Regional AGM is being held at 40 Cdo, Taunton. Mr Vice, Jacko Jackson, will be attending. It is hoped to ascertain the relevance of a Regional Committee and what is happening to the money currently held on account. Feedback to follow.

  • 24th/25th _ Ocean Revival 2020; Tesco Barnstaple 0900 onwards. As always volunteers will be required for this one please.


November


  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Ocean Revival 2020: Princess Hey Shopping Centre, Exeter. A couple of members are travelling to Exeter (it is thought an excuse for Christmas Shopping!). Matt and the Chairman have to plan this but are getting support from CTC and possibly Exeter Branch. We may look at providing transport.

  • 8th November Branch Gathering with Saxophonist Sophie Gibbett is completing a Masters Degree and will talk regarding music therapy and PTSD. A guest guitarist may also attend.


  • Remembrance Week.



    • It is confirmed that CLR, RMB Chivenor will hold it’s parade on the 11th at Crow Point on the beach. The branch is invited to attend. Check the weather and wear appropriate clothing inc berets. The branch will request they lay a wreath and provide the standard. Unless informed otherwise park and meet at the chapel 0945 for a departure to Crow Point at 1015. It is expected transport will be provided

    • The standard will attend the Bideford parade followed by the church service on Sunday the 10th . As in previous years if you want to attend this parade you are very welcome – please let the Chairman know. There is normally a buffet at the Conservative Club after the church service. It is expected we will be gathering around 1000 at the car park opposite Victoria Park. There is a short march to the park and those not march can gather near the War Memorial by Café du Parc. Gentlemen, blazers berets, medals.

    • Branch representatives will be laying wreaths at the following Sunday Parades at locations:

      • Barnstaple – John Davis

      • Ilfracombe – Bob Martin

      • Bideford – Bob Fergusson

      • South Molton – Stephen Boden

      • Torrington – Rodney Oke

      • Marwood – Bruce White

      • Fremington – Dave Rowland

      • Appledore – Neil Gibbett


December


  • 2nd – 17th - The Annual Christmas Appeal – volunteers gratefully accepted.

    • 2nd/3rd – Tesco Braunton

    • 4th/5th/6th – Morrisons, Bideford

    • 9th/10th – Wilkos, Green lanes, Barnstaple

    • 13th/14th – Asda, Barnstaple supporting Matt Mason’s OR 2020

    • 16th/17th – Tesco, Ilfracombe


  • 14th – Christmas Ball – The WO&SNCO’s Mess

    • The Branch has 2 tables reserved for them. Places cost £30 per person. Free transport probably provided for pick ups and drop offs from Bideford, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Braunton. More details and timings to follow. Check Mess reception at next branch meeting

  • 20th – Ocean Revival 2020 – Tesco, Seven Brethren, Barnstaple. Volunteers Required please

    • As it is a daytime event members attending the Christmas Party should also be able to support Matt.

    • The Chair and some Committee will be unable to attend as setting up the Mess.



  • 20th - Branch Christmas Party – The Officers Mess



    • 1800 – Welcome Drinks, 1900 – Take Your Seats, 2130’sh – retire to the bar for after dinner entertainment (act/s to be discussed and agreed by Neil G and John Peel)

    • Salmon Mousse/Melon Fan – 2 Meat Carvery/Veggie Option – Christmas Pud/Meringue Nest- Coffee/Mince Pies

    • £20 per head – BACS – Acc No: 03329275 Sort Code: 20-04-59 REF: “Surname”XmasDin19

    • Cheque made payable to “North Devon RMA” and sent to Jacky Peel, Winterwood, Glenntorr Rd, Bideford EX39 2LS

    • Guests are very welcome but we need all names please.

    • Christmas Raffle – books on sale now with around 20 excellent prizes

    • Accommodation can be booked through WO’s and Sgt’s Mess CLR



Other Business.


  • Walcheren 75. 1st, 2nd & 3rd November when it is understand Jimmy Headrick and Bob Winslow will be venturing through the Channel Tunnel to celebrate the Battle for Walcheren by 41, 42 and 47 Cdo.

  • New 2 I/C and RSM at CLR. Jacko stated he is not leaving as planned and has extended for another 5 years, which is good news for the branch and ensures our liaison with the Unit continues. Jacko also mentioned there is a new RSM, WO1 Jim Twycross RM and new 2 I/C. Maj Steve Sutherland RM. The Chair will be approaching both to give an overview on the branch workings.

  • CLR Chivenor; the Unit will close for the Xmas break 19th December until 6th January

  • Festival of Remembrance. We have been invited to take the standard to a Festival of Remembrance service at St James the Great Church, Kilkhampton on 2nd November. Branch members have also been invited to attend. If anyone is interested in attending contact John Peel

  • JC stated that he has a clear chest X –Ray and is ready to row again.




If any of you feel you can help at any of the forth-coming activities or want more info please drop me an email ([email protected]) or phone 01237477438. If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select from below.


Branch Matters

Primary Contact John Peel on 01237477438 or 07845989377 or email [email protected]

Jacko Jackson on 07821 448043 or email [email protected]

Derek Sargent on 01237475999 or email [email protected]

Jimmy Headrick on 01237 238509 or 07581 230903 or email [email protected]



Welfare Matters

Primary Contact: Bruce White on 01271 346611 or email [email protected]

Phil Waites on 01271879344 or 07812366483 or email [email protected]

Mac Grenney on 07565 520030 or email [email protected]

Jacqui Phipps on 077104694667 or email [email protected]


Next Meeting:



    • November Branch Gathering – 8th November. WO& Sgt’s Mess, RMB Chivenor – 1800 food (tbd) . Names to John Peel no later than 1st November please.



Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: September 2019.


Branch Meeting for September


We returned to the Mess for the September meeting where 30 members enjoyed ham, egg and chips. The raffle collection amounted to £102.


Sadly the first order of the evening was to announce the loss of branch member John Lindsay. John served in the Royal Marines for 12 years achieving the rank of Sergeant. He gained 2 Good Conduct badges and a GSM for operations in Suez. He was a stalwart of the branch, attending everything and bucket rattling as well. When Sylvia was not well she would still bully him out of the house to attend meetings. It is sad to think he crossed the bar so soon after Sylvia, but John’s health was deteriorating and as expected he took Sylvia’s passing very hard and appeared to be lost without her. So although sad, the family feel it was for the best.


Welcome Col and Sue Shearsby down from Cumbria for the Beerfest and Danny Egan, Director of Welfare Support from Central Office for travelling over from Portsmouth to talk to the members and a welcome back from Sick Bay to Bruce, the Branch Support Officer


The following was covered in the Chair’s Branch Business Brief. Greater details can be found in the main bulletin below.


Chairman’s Report:


  • The Accounts

  • Sea Ilfracombe in aid of RM Charities and OR 2020

  • The Garrison Families Day

  • Paddy Ashdown’s Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey

  • The Corps Family Day, CTC Lympstone.

  • The Long Swim

  • The Mess Beerfest

  • The Barnstaple Marathon

  • Ed Sambrookes Press for Life

  • Some additional AOB


The members were then given a very informative talk by Danny Egan on Welfare Support within the RMA and Corps Family – our thanks to Danny. Following on a relaxed few drinks back in the Ajax Bay Bar concluded another enjoyable evening.



Bulletin For September 2019.


Branch Accounts:

  • Branch Account: £2737.65 Charity Account: £1248.79 Social Account: £110.13

  • Further payments to the RMC are due out reducing our Charity account to around £900+


Support:

  • Thank you to all who attended John Lindsay’s funeral. The family were very grateful.

  • Good to see Bruce (White) having completed his latest round of treatment.

  • Peter Willey’s wife, Shirley, is currently in Branstaple Hospital, Fortescue Ward after a fall at home. We wish Shirley a speedy recovery.

  • As always we can only support those who need it if we are informed – please let Bruce know if someone needs are help.


Chairman’s Report:

  • Sea Ilfracombe. My thanks to the team who supported Matt. I understand a day of 2 halves. £193 was collected with an additional £48 on the Tombola. Supporting community events helps us to maintain our high profile in the area.

  • Garrison Families Day. Again my thanks to those who went along to this. It is important to maintain that connection with CLR and by having our stand and buckets there we ticked that box. We raised £42.67 towards my swim pledge for the charity.

  • The Standard was paraded at Westminster Abbey this month at the Memorial Service for former RM Paddy Ashdown. Neil was one of 9 made up of the National Standard, 5 Branch, The SBSA and 2 RBL. Our thanks to Neil for stepping in as The Chair was sunning himself in Italy.

  • Corps Families Day at Lympstone. An outstanding day. The weather shone, we had a group of 12 from the branch, who I think all enjoyed an outstanding day - which as you can see, was made even better with the branch retained the Quiz trophy (our victorious A Team, Mr & Mrs President, Mrs Treasurer and Steve Marshall – I should add our very B team coming a respectable 3rd - and yes there were more than 3 teams taking part. We also won the shooting with Mr President, Mr Vice and OR2020 serving PW and marksman Matt Mason . Finally the branch received a commendation for our fund raising having raised over £20,000 in 2018, just beaten by Romford Branch by £1000. However, although not going to the TMO, 3rd Umpire of whatever it is in football I think they hadn’t account for at least one online fund raiser and Track Days 2019 in that total!! We will look to offer this again next year as a branch outing.

  • The Long Swim 2019. Our Chairman, JP and his colleague 78 yr old Ex RAF Mike Culley completed this year’s swim challenge of swimming for 12 hours as a 2 man relay in Bude Sea Pool on Saturday 21st September. They swam 390 lengths, which is approximately 37KM (the channel is 34KM). Great support at Bude from the Ex Bootnecks from RNA Bude and the local community. John and Mike would like to thank all for their support. It is hoped RM Charity will be better off by £1400

  • The Mess Beerfest. It is understood those attending the Beerfest in the Mess had a good time.


What’s Coming Up:

September

  • 29th -Barnstaple Marathon. This event might have happened by the time you read this. This is where we earn our admin funds with a donation from the organisers for the branch. A full report will be included in next months bulletin.

  • 30th Relaunch of the RNRM Welfare Hub at RMB Chivenor. The Support Team will be attending this to ensure the Branch represents our work locally and where the two organisations can benefit each other by staying in touch. A brief report of anything relevant will be fed back next bulletin.


October

  • 2nd - Marathon Cheque Presentation – The Chapel. The branch will receive £200 in acknowledgment for our continued support with marshalling on the airfield.

  • 11th - Branch gathering here at the Mess – Appledore Silver Band Concert. Meet at 1800 for scran. Concert to commence at 1930/45

    • Those attending last year I suggested had a good evening with a rousing hour of band music and a excellent social gathering in the bar afterwards.

  • 12th (tbc) - B&M Challenge – details to follow

  • 24th/25th - Ocean Revival 2020 - Tesco Barnstaple 0900 onwards


November

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Ocean Revival 2020: Princes Hey, Exeter. We will be supporting Matt probably covering 2 of the 3 days – potentially the 1st and 2nd. More info to follow.

  • 8th – November Branch Mtg with guest Saxophonist – Sophie Gibbett – who will also give a short talk on Music and PTSD which she is writing her thesis on.


Other Business.

  • The Blue Light Discount Card. This card is for the use of Uk’s Emergency Services and Armed Forces.

    • What members have to do is go into www.bluelightcard.co.uk and follow the instructions.

    • What they ask for is name, address and a wage slip to prove that they are serving or ex forces. If members cannot provide a wage slip a P60 will do but it must show that it’s MOD. All it cost is £4.99 for 2 years. On the website it gives the list of shops and stores that take this card. Discount ranges from 20% upwards so it’s worth having.

  • Walcheren 75. 1st, 2nd & 3rd November when I understand Jimmy Headrick and Bob Winslow will be venturing through the Channel Tunnel to celebrate the Battle for Walcheren by 41, 42 and 47 Cdo.

  • In the coming weeks the Shearsby gifts to the branch will take their pride place in the cabinet. As Col made reference to the lack of silverware this year with 2 trophies and the Shearsby gift it will become a bright shiny cabinet.

  • On the Shearsby front the Corps Rose we promised as an Au Revoir gift is now planted at their new abode. They send their thanks.

  • RMA-TRMC Impact Report. Many of you should have a copy of this I believe. One piece of info which I also brought up at the RMA Briefing (used to be AGM) was to gain assurances that all the money we raise from public sources like Sainsbury’s and our other supermarket/street collections is used on Benevolence. A refreshing statistic is that 93.8p in the £ goes to beneficiaries and that, although a considerable amount is requested to go directly on benevolence, more money is required from the general fund to support the growing demand of supporting those in greater need than us.


Dates For Your Diary


Sept:

  • 29th – Barnstaple Marathon.

  • 30th – Relaunch of RNRM Welfare Hub at RMB Chivenor


Oct:

  • 2nd – Cheque Presentation for service to the Barnstaple Marathon

  • 11th – Branch Band Concert by the Appledore Silver Band – The Mess.

  • 12th – B&M Challenge for OR 2020 – details to follow - volunteers please.

  • 24h/25th – OR 2020 – Tesco Barnstaple 0900 onwards – volunteers please


Nov:

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd – OR 2020 – Princess Hey, Exeter. We are covering 2 days with support from CTC. So only 2 or 3 volunteers required.


Remembrance Week: As stated already until there is more detail from Chivenor it is uncertain what we will be supporting. We will, however, ensure we lay wreaths at the major Sunday parades in the area as we have done for the past number of years.


If any of you feel you can help at any of the forth-coming activities or want more info please drop me an email ([email protected]) or phone 01237477438. If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select from below.


Branch Matters

Primary Contact John Peel on 01237477438/07845989377 or email [email protected]

Jacko Jackson on 07821 448043 or email [email protected]

Derek Sargent on 01237475999 or email [email protected]


Welfare Matters

Primary Contact: Bruce White on 01271 346611 or email [email protected]

Phil Waites on 01271879344/07812366483 or email [email protected]

Mac Grenney on 07565 520030 or email [email protected]


Next Meeting:



    • October Branch Gathering – WO&SNCO’s Mess, RMB Chivenor – 1800 for Fish and Chips and Cold Dessert £4.25. Names to John Peel by 4th October.


 

Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: August 2019.


Branch Meeting for August – The Branch Summer Buffet

30 members enjoyed a good evening at Bideford RFC at our annual Summer Buffet and Games Night.


Sadly the first order of the evening was to announce the loss of branch member Sylvia Lindsay, wife of branch member and former RM John. It is believed Sylvia had a massive stroke. The Chairman reported that he had already passed on the sympathies from the branch and a sympathy card would be sent in the next day or so. The Chair also confirmed that the branch and Support Team at Central Office were ensuring there was support to John and the family at this sad time. Details of the funeral can be found in the main bulletin under Support.


The Chair also reported that ESS Staff member, Pat, had also past away this week. Pat has work in the Mess for many years both with EESS and Sodexo and had served the branch well in her time there. We are finding contact details to send our condolences and hope to have representation at the funeral.


There were welcomes to “Father of the Branch” Cliff Coates, Pete Phillips from darkest Cornwall, Mac Grenney and Cherry and the complete Ocean Revival 2020 Team – Matt, Noel, Don and Ian. It was good to see them all. Following Branch Business and an excellent buffet there was a couple of rounds of bingo with resident “Bingo Caller” Jacko Jackson (not to give up his day job) and a quiz from Quiz Master JP.


The following was covered in the Chair’s briefing. Greater details can be found in the main bulletin below, although some items were covered in the July Bulletin.


Chairman’s Report:


  • The Status of our Accounts

  • Sainsbury’s 2019.

  • Supporting 11 ATT Base Social Evening.

  • CLR Summer Ball.

  • Continuing Support for Ocean Revival 2020.


What’s Coming Up.


  • Ocean Revival 2020

    • Asda, Barnstaple – 16th/17th August

    • Sea Ilfracombe – 31st August

    • Tesco Barnstaple – 6th September

  • Garrisons Families Day – 7th September

  • The Long Swim 2019. September 2019.

    • www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-peel4

  • Corps Families Day, CTC Lympstone – 14th/15th September

  • Mess Beerfest – 21st September – details to follow.

  • September’s Branch Gathering – 20th - Guest Speaker – RMA Welfare Director -Danny Egan

  • Over & Above – Charity Dinner – 28th September

  • Barnstaple Marathon – 29th September

  • Walcheren 75 – 31st October-3 November

  • MFM 2020 – March 6th and 7th 2020.

  • Protection of Personal Details – email addresses.

  • War Widows Association

  • English Veterans Awards

  • Appledore silver Band Concert Branch Gathering October 11th

  • Chair and Mrs Chair away on hols 26th Aug/10th Sept – will be monitoring emails – Jacko is the go to person during that time.

  • Ed Sambrooke’s Press Up Challenge



Bulletin For August 2019.


Branch Accounts:

  • Branch Account: £2651.01 Charity Account: £9286.98 Social Account: £110.13

  • Cheques still need processing from the Charity Account, which will the drop to around £900.

  • A further legacy cheque was received from Edith Scoin, widow of former RM Gerry with instruction it is for branch use.

Support:

  • Funeral details for Sylvia Lindsay:

    • Date: 21st August Location: North Devon Crem, Barnstaple Time: 1110

We have offered the standard to lead the funeral procession and an Honour Guard from Branch Members, which the family are very grateful for. We will be mustering in the Crem car park at 1030 hours. We have been advised that the retiring collection will be for the North Devon Branch, RMA. A reception will be held at the Park Hotel after the service. Blazers, Berets and Medals please.

  • Neil Gibbet was recently in hospital for an infection but is now home and appears on the mend.

  • As always please help the Committee to support those who may need it by getting in touch if you hear of a potential beneficiary.


Chairman’s Report:

  • Continuing our Support for Ocean Revival 2020

    • The team were well received at the Bideford Water Festival and a great deal of interest was shown to Matts boat. With the loan of the RM Charity Gazebo the branch stand was enhanced somewhat and we are starting to look quite professional. Around £323 was raised for RM Charities. Braunton Big Bash was a late inclusion to the itinerary, but we managed to get a few helpers out to support Matt. Another successful event. The donations totalled round £132.

    • Matt has also asked for us to process from his trip to the RNAS Yeovilton Air Show, which raised £185.64 through our charity account.

What’s Coming Up.


  • Ocean Revival 2020

    • Asda, Barnstaple – 16th/17th August. – JP is I/C and the branch stand and Matt’s boat will be there. It is hoped to man a Concept Rower for all day for both days.

    • Sea Ilfracombe – 31st August - Jacko is I/C for this event, which is in the Harbour area by the harbour masters Office.

    • Tesco, 7 Brethrens- Barnstaple – 6th September – Jacko is I/C

Volunteers have already come forward for these events but if you want to help out for an hour or two please contact the I/C designated to run each event. Timings are 0930/1000 to 1600’ish or any part of.

  • Garrisons Families Day – 7th September

    • All in the Branch has been invited to enjoy the event, bring our buckets and strategically stand to raise the profile of the branch/charity and a have a very relaxed rattle of a bucket or two; it is important to note that this event will not replicate the Sainsbury’s, Tesco or Morrison’s more formal fund raising. Jacko is the I/C for this and a more detailed email will follow regarding this in the next week. For security on the gate names must be submitted in advance to either Jacko or John Peel

  • The Long Swim 2019. September 2019.

    • Thank you to those who have already made a donation. If you feel you would like to support the chairman’s efforts with this marathon swim challenge please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-peel4 where any amount however small will help to achieve the target.

  • Corps Families Day, CTC Lympstone – 14th/15th September

    • Currently around 9/10 would like to jump on the transport with another 6 making their own way there. We will be hiring the appropriate size minibus so currently there are 7/8 seats left. We have entered the Quiz with 2 teams. Our A Team will be defending the trophy and we always put a B team in. If anyone who is going is a quizzer and would like to be a part of the B Team – let me know nearer the time. There is also an air rifle shooting competition, which we have entered but I am not sure of the format. Names to John Peel/Jacko Jackson.



  • Mess Beerfest – 21st September

    • Jacko is I/C and stated that it is £10 for a drinking vessel and then all drinks are free thereafter. There is entertainment and food is also available. More details as and when but if you plan to attend get your names in asap.

  • Septembers Branch Gathering – 20th

    • Guest Speaker – Danny Egan – RMA Welfare Director

  • Over and Above Charity Dinner – 28th September

    • Seats around £40 – one table of 8 left

    • Bar profits to RM Charity and/or branch

  • Barnstaple Marathon -29th September

    • Marshalling

    • Jacko I/C for this so names to him please.

    • Donation to branch for branch services

  • Walcheren 75 – 31st October-3 November

    • The RMA are running a trip to Walcheren 31st October leaving London, returning 3rd November. This is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the battle. This was publicised on last weeks RMA Repnet. There are 48 places on a first come basis at a cost of £130. Names submission as per the RepNet or to John Peel

  • MFM 2020 – March 6th and 7th 2020.

    • We have around 25 attending the Saturday night performance. Tickets are £28 to £42

    • Cut Off to apply for advanced tickets through the branch Chairman to Central Office is 19th August so he needs to know by 16th August at the latest.

  • Press for Life

    • Branch Member Ed Sambrook is planning to complete a press up challenge on the 24th August. His aim is to do 1320 press ups in 1 hour. That equates to 22 press-ups a minute which is the number of suicide attempt by military or former military personnel. Money donated will go to Pilgrim Bandits and Veterans Rehad Centre, Hereford. Please visit www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/press-for-life


Other Business.

  • Protection of Personal Details – email addresses.

    • As the new branch Sec, Jimmy adopted the Corporate Policy from his last employment where the use of Bcc was frowned upon. The chair didn’t highlight that we try to use this method.

    • We have asked for clarification from Central Office on this and are awaiting feedback.

    • Steve Marshall pointed out the use of Bcc was to avoid wholesale hacking

    • We have readopted the use of Bcc method.

  • War Widows Association

    • This is a group of more mature ladies who’s local group is diminishing. It is open to all not just War Widows. There is an Afternoon Tea in the Burton, Bideford on the 29th August. If youy Ladies would like to attend just turn up.

  • English Veterans Awards

    • We are pleased to announce Bob Ferguson – who was nominated by the Branch Committee has been short listed in Lifetime Achievements Award category. The winner will be announced at a dinner in Bristol on the 25th September. We wish Bob every success

  • Advance Notice for the Appledore Silver Band Concert/Branch Gathering – October 11th

    • This is very advanced notice that we have booked the band to play for us again this October.

  • And Finally

    • Chair and Mrs Chair away on hols 26th Aug/10th Sept but will be monitoring emails – Jacko is the “go to” person during that time.







Dates For Your Diary


Aug:

  • 16th/17th – Supporting Ocean Revival 2020 in Asda – volunteers required

  • 26th - Mr & Mrs Chair on hols, back 10th September

  • 31st August – Sea Ilfracombe in support of Ocean Revival 2020


Sept:

  • 6th – Supporting Ocean revival 2020 in Tesco – volunteers required

  • 7th – Garrisons Families Day _ RMB Chivenor

  • 14th/15th – Corps Families Weekend

  • 20th – Branch Meeting – WO&SNCO’s Mess – Danny Egan (RMA Welfare Officer)

  • 21st – WO&SNCO’s Mess Beerfest – details to follow

  • 21st – Working party supporting Barnstaple Carnival? Nothing heard yet.

  • 21st/22nd /23rd/24th/25th – JP’s Long Swim. Final date to be confirmed.

  • 28th – Over and Above Charity Evening – Officers Mess

  • 29th – Barnstaple Marathon - volunteers required to marshal.



If any of you feel you can help at any of the forth-coming activities or want more info please drop me an email ([email protected]) or phone 01237477438. If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select from below.


Branch Matters

Primary Contact John Peel on 01237477438/07845989377 or email [email protected]

Jacko Jackson on 07821 448043 or email [email protected]

Derek Sargent on 01237475999 or email [email protected]


Welfare Matters

Primary Contact: Bruce White on 01271 346611 or email [email protected]

Phil Waites on 01271879344/07812366483 or email [email protected]

Mac Grenney on 07565 520030 or email [email protected]


Next Meeting:



    • September Branch Gathering – WO&SNCO’s Mess, RMB Chivenor – 1800 for Fish and Chips and Cold Dessert £4.25. Names to John Peel by 13th September.


Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: July 2019.



Branch Meeting for July – The Branch BBQ

38 members enjoyed an excellent evening at the Hoof Inn at our annual BBQ. We welcome “Nubees” Jeff & Jacqui Phipps to the fold. Jeff served at CLR before leaving the Corps and has been on the Central Office role of the RMA since. Having just moved to North Devon he immediately looked for his local branch and has transferred and we welcome then both. 38 attended. Good to see Chrystal and Chris Shepherd, Spud and Nicki Taylor and our President, Derek Sargent. Thanks to the Head Chef – Stephen Boden ably assisted by Jimmy (Headrick) and our bar staff Bob Winslow and “Dibbs” Dibble.


The following was covered in the Chair’s more rapid briefing. Greater details can be found in the main bulletin below.


Accounts: Branch Account: £2643.723 Charity Account: £1104.98 Social Account: £535.33

  • Payments Due

    • Charity Acc: £569.96 – Ocean Revival 2020 Ilfracombe Fund Raiser

    • Social Acc: Mess Bill from Regimental Dinner which is around £250/£300



Chairman’s Report:

  • Normandy 75

  • Schools Visits to Instow

  • Graspan Parade

  • Regimental Dinner

  • The Dartmoor Yomp

  • Armed Forces Flag Raising Parade, Bideford

  • Support for Ocean Revival 2020


What’s Coming Up.

  • Instow Community Day, Instow Beach – 14th July – nothing heard.

  • Sainsbury’s Challenge 15th to 19th July

  • 11ATT, Instow Base Families BBQ – 19th July

  • WO&SNCO’s Summer Ball – 20th July

  • Bideford Water Festival – 28th July – 1230 onwards

  • RNA Bude 30th Anniversary Dinner – 16th August

  • The Long Swim 2019: 20th/21st/22nd August – date to be confirmed

    • www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-peel4

  • Corps Families Day, CTC Lympstone – 14th/15th September

  • Mess Beerfest – 21st September – details to follow.



Branch Accounts:

  • Branch Account: £2677.24 Charity Account: £8614.20 Social Account: £385.33

  • Funds in the Social and Charity Account will reduce as payments are due out soon.


Support:

  • It was reported that Bruce is coping with his treatment at present but has good days and not so good days.

  • Marjorie Sargent is back home and is recovering.

  • As always please help the Committee to support those who may need it by getting in touch if you hear of a potential beneficiary.


Chairman’s Report:

Most of the items that the Chairman reported on in the briefing at the BBQ were covered in June’s Bulletin – so please refer back if needed.

  • Annual Dartmoor Yomp – 22nd June: As our new Secretary was super efficient the June bulletin went out sooner then the Yomp. It was commented by the Yompers that some had already read the report say a great day out and we hadn’t actual started yomping! I can now definitely report it was a good day out and those attending are looking forward to next years bimble across Dartmoor.

  • Torrington Town Council Civic Reception 7th July: An invitation to attend a Civic Reception has been received by the branch. This invitation is limited to 1 + 1. As the Chairman is not away on another mission he intends to represent the branch and will report back afterwards.

  • Sainsbury’s 2019 – 15th-19th July: This was an outstanding success again for the branch. Commando Logs and 11 ATTRM, Instow gave massive support and along with great support from the branch we received donations of £7475.36. Although we never set a target this was up on last year. Well done to all.

  • 11 ATT Families Day – 19th July: Not only did we sustain the RMA bike at Sainsbury’s on the Friday but also provided a team to run the bar at 11 ATTRM, Instow’s Staff party. My thanks to those who made that work fresh off the back of bucket rattling and biking at Sainsbury’s. We received thanks from the detachment at Instow, who for the first time didn’t have to carry out any duties on the day – so able to get stuck in. 50% of profits on the night are being contributed to RM Charities via the branch. We also raised around £50 on the Tombola.

  • CLR Summer Ball – 20th July: The branch had a table at this event with excellent food, a shed full of free drinks (yes we paid for the seats) and good entertainment. Although not on our table Team Shearsby left at 0345, upholding the branch tradition of last man – or in this case woman standing – although I am not sure whether standing is an accurate description.



What’s Coming Up.


  • Bideford Water Festival – 28th July in support of Matt Mason. We have been invited to have a stand at the Water Festival in Bideford Sunday 28th July starting at 1230. We have volunteers. But if anyone would like to come along please do.

  • Branch Buffet Night at Bideford Rugby Club – 9th August. As usual due to the Unit closing for Summer leave we are relocating to Bideford Rugby Club. They allow us to us their facilities free of charge. A buffet will be laid on with potentially a very small charge and the bar will be open. As the Chairman needs numbers for food please let him know by the 6th August if you would like to attend. We may have a game or two of Bingo and a Quiz for cash prizes.

  • Support for Matt Mason’s Ocean Revival. Here are some more dates that we have volunteered to help Matt with his PR for the Atlantic Row next year. The Clovelly event is the first time Matt will have his boat in the water and will be rowing to Clovelly to meet The Honourable John Rous, owner of Clovelly and who is a sponsor for Matt’s challenge.

    • Clovelly – 9th August

    • Asda, Barnstaple – 16th/17th August – 1000-1600

    • Ilfracombe Water Festival – 31st August – 1000-1700

    • Tesco, Barnstaple – 6th/7th September – 1000-1600

  • Corps Families Weekend – 14th/15th September. As previous mentioned the programme for The Corps Families Day this year is such that we will be able to travel down on the Saturday to be at Lympstone for 1100 (when the rugby and soccer matches kick off) and activities on the parade square from 1200 to 2000 including:

    • Tug of War

    • Unarmed Combat

    • Cadet Field Gun Race

    • Beat Retreat by the RM Corsp of Drums

    • Finishing with Ceremonial Sunset by the Royal Marines band.

    • Refreshments are available all day

We plan to provide transport for an Away Day leaving North Devon (pick up locations to be agreed ) at 0930 to arrive at 1100. Return transport will be after Sunset. The transport hire will be paid for by branch but attendees are asked to donate toward petrol. We have a driver so all can relax, have a beer or two and enjoy the day.


For those wanting to attend the parade the following day – only former RM’s can parade – we will discuss how we get there and back nearer the time. But the aim is to utilise spare seats in cars that are attending.


If you haven’t put your name down and want to attend please let the chairman know.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE BRANCH - REGARDLESS OF CAP BADGE.




  • Mess Beer Festival – 21st September. The annual Beerfest in the WO&SNCO’s Mess is on the 21st September. In previous years it has cost £10 for a drinking vessel and the rest – BBQ, Beer, Cider etc, Bands has been free. There is no info yet and Mr Vice - Jacko Jackson will be the I/C when it comes out. For anyone wanting to stay over I believe there are only limited rooms left in the Mess.



Dates For Your Diary

  • July:

28th – Bideford Water Festival

  • August:

9th – Branch Buffet Evening at Bideford RFC – 1800 onwards

16th/17th – Supporting Matt Mason – Asda, Barnstaple

  • September:

6th/7th – Supporting Matt mason – Tesco Barnstaple

14th/15th – Corps families Weekend, CTCRM Lympstone -

20th – Branch Gathering – WO&SNCO’s Mess – Guest Speaker Danny Egan RMA Welfare Support Manager

21st – Mess Beer Festival – Details to follow. Many contact Jacko Jackson

29th – Barnstaple Marathon – Marshalls required



Other Business

  • I have been approached by a lady from the War Widows Association. In conversation she suggested these days you don’t have to be a War Widow to join and they want to boost their numbers locally. They are holding an afternoon tea at the Burton Art Gallery on 29th August and have invited ladies to come along and see what it is all about. Alma also gave me a copy of the latest Association Magazine for information. If anyone would like to attend please let me know. You never know it might be an relaxing enjoyable afternoon.



If any of you feel you can help at any of the forth-coming activities or want more info please drop me an email ([email protected]) or phone 01237477438


If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select from below.

Branch Matters

Primary Contact John Peel on 01237477438/07845989377 or email [email protected]

Jacko Jackson on 07821 448043 or email [email protected]

Derek Sargent on 01237475999 or email [email protected]

Welfare Matters

Primary Contact: Bruce White on 01271 346611 or email [email protected]

Phil Waites on 01271879344/07812366483 or email [email protected]

Mac Grenney on 07565 520030 or email [email protected]



Next Meeting:


    • August Branch Gathering – Summer buffet Evening at Bideford Rugby Club, Victoria Park Bideford – 9th August. 1800. Names to John Peel by 6th August.