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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.


Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: June 2019.


There was no June gathering due to Annual Regimental Dinner


Bulletin For June 2019.


Branch Accounts:

  • Branch Account: £2866.98 Charity Account: £478.44 Social Account: £2338.49

  • Funds in the Social Account will diminish considerably when we receive the invoices for the Regimental Dinner.

Support:

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

  • Marj 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:

  • Instow Schools Visits to 11 ATT: A number of us supported this event at Instow where we had our display board and talked to groups of school children about the Royal Marines.


  • Supporting Matt Mason’s OR2020 fund raiser at Asda: A group were out supporting Matt on one of his fund raising events at Asda. Matt was very appreciative. I am awaiting the total collected for that weekend. But suspect matt is currently busy swimming the channel with his rowing mates. I understand £1100 was raised – well done and thank you to those who attended.


  • D Day 75 Normandy Trip: A small group of us attended this 5 day trip to celebrate 75 years since the landings on D Day. A great trip, well organised by the RMA and great value for money. The trip included a Battle Field Tour, 12-mile march following the route 47 Cdo took to attack Port-en-Bessen after landing at Gold Beach or trip to Bayeux for the commemoration service at the British Cemetery, a number of parades and a trip to the US Cemetery. The trip was humbling at times sharing the experiences of some RM veterans who were there on the day.

  • Branch Regimental Dinner: 72 guests enjoyed an excellent evening with good food, good company and a good disco to finish off the evening. The branch has been thanked by all our VIP guests. The Bideford Youth Pipe Band performed Mess Beatings and impressed the CO with an outstanding display. All in all a very good evening with an “Speech from the Heart” by our VVIP Ops Manager East – Richie Puttock. We also said a fond farewell to Team Shearsby who will be on the move north in July. They were presented with some mementos to help them remember where we are and the branch received a Man’s Quaich and Ladies Goblet, which will sit in our display cabinet. It should be noted the quantity of fluid that can be fitted seems to be more in the Ladies goblet than the Man’s Quaich

  • The Annual Dartmoor Yomp – 22nd June: It is suspected by the time you read this this event will have happened. 5 members from the branch ventured to Bickleigh Camp and undertook a stroll around a circlular 12 mile route on Dartmoor for RM Charities. The weather was kind to us and we had a good day out.


  • What’s Coming Up.


  • Armed Forces Week Flag Breaking – Victoria Park, Bideford - 24th June: This Annual event has been running for a number of years and involves a short march along the Quay behind the band, a parade in Victoria Park by the flagstaff and a celebratory service including the raising and breaking of the Armed Forces Flag. It all kicks off at 1800 for an 1830 step off and following the parade and service there is a VIP reception at Bideford Rugby Club. You should have already seen an email from the Chair about this. Just turn up and support the event. No pre-booking needed.




  • Supporting Matt Mason with his Ocean Revival 2020 Project – 29th June: The branch is moving to Ilfracombe for the day on the 29th to support Matt mason and his team who are rowing the Atlantic next year. We will be there with buckets, the branch stand and a few gizzits. It co-incides with Ilfracombe Gig Regatta Day so there should be a good crowd of people. We will have a piper with us and have already mustered one or 2 volunteers to help out. If anyone else wants to come over for a few hours, enjoy the day and hold a bucket please let the Chairman know.


  • An Invitations to 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.


  • Branch BBQ – 12th July: The branch annual BBQ is scheduled for the 12th July starting at 1800 at the Hoof Inn, which is straight across the roundabout at RMB Chivenor – then down on the right hand side. Following a little Branch business _ the Chair promises to keep it brief, a BBQ of selected cuts will be available and there will be a bar facility. The Committee is considering subsidising the evening in some way and will be discussing this at the next Committee meeting. All will be made clear on arrival. As always there will be an additional attraction, hopefully at Gig by Sax player – Sophie Gibbett – but that is yet to be confirmed. Please let the Chairman know of your intention to join us no later than the 8th July. As always you are very welcome to bring guests and as the Hoof Inn is outside the wire there is no issue with Security.



  • Sainsbury’s 2019 – 15th-19th July: The annual migration to Sainsbury’s, Barnstaple is almost upon us. So break out your lycra. As usual we have support from RMB Chivenor and 11 ATT for this major branch fundraiser. Timings are 0800 to 2000 each day Monday 15th to Friday 19th . The usual format of a team from Chivenor will man the treadmill and run at great speed all day with us “Old and Bold” sitting on a Watt Bike pacing them! We would have had a treadmill but the PTI staff are unsure whether what they are providing are serviceable and will last the pace. So break out the padding as well. For those who haven’t helped before volunteers to cycle and/or hold a bucket are needed to cover the 12 hour day. So please get in touch if you can do either, what days and what time period. Ideally volunteering for a few hours on any specific day indicating whether you would cycle will help the Chair share the workload. Names to the Chair as soon as.



  • 11 ATT Families Day – 19th July: 11 ATT, Instow are running their families event now in it’s 3rd year. This is predominantly for base personnel and their families only, although depending on numbers there maybe a few places available at £5.00 pp. The branch has been asked to run the bar and bring along our stand and gizzits. All profits will be split between RM Charity and the base’s local charity. The Chair has a couple of volunteers who are will to run the bar but could do with 1 or 2 more. If you fancy attending let the Chair know.


  • CLR Summer Ball – 20th July: The Mess Summer Ball is being advertised now and there is at least one table of 10 allocated to branch. The cost is £40 which includes entertainment, a large buffet with a huge variety of food and I think complimentary drinks. Disco and bands + the usual raffle will entertain the guests. Free transport is available to take guest to and from the Mess to Bideford, Braunton, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. So there is no need to worry about drivers or over night accommodation in the Mess. There is a cut off is currently 8th of July. Names to the Chairman by then if you would like to attend and need transport Be warned that in previous years when cut off has been reached if you withdraw you are still likely to have to pay. More info will be provided to those indicating they would like to attend.


  • An Invitation to an Evening at Bude RNA to Celebrate 30 Years: - 16th August: The branch has had an invitation to attend the 30th Anniversary of the Bude RNA. This event is on the 16th August. At the Falcon Hotel, Breakwater, Bude. The cost is 2 course £26 and 3 course £30. Dress is blazer or jacket and tie + ladies equivalent (no medals). The cut off is 20th July. Any interest please contact the Chair as soon as possible. Depending on uptake transport options maybe considered.




  • Key Dates

June:

22nd – The Dartmoor Yomp

24th – Armed Forces Day Flag Break and Reception.

29th – Fund Raiser in Ilfracombe in support of Matt Mason’s Ocean Revival 2020


July:

12th – Branch BBQ – see details above

14th – Community Day Instow Beach – no information to hand so may not happen

15th-19th – Sainsbury’s Challenge – see details above

19th – 11 ATT Families Evening – restricted availability only

20th – CLR WO&SNCO’s Summer Ball – see details above


August:

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

16th – 30th Anniversary RNA Bude 1900 to late.




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:


    • July Branch Gathering – The BBQ at the Hoof Inn – 12th July. 1800 onwards


Minutes for the AGM of the North Devon Branch Royal Marines Association 17th May 2019 

held in the Sergeants’ Mess RMB Chivenor at 1900.


Following a dinner of BBQ Chicken Melt 32 members sat down to the AGM. The raffle on the evening raised £98 for branch funds. Following the formal meeting members retired to the bar. Matt (Mason) had parked the boat he plans to row across the northern Atlantic in 2020 in the car park for members to have a look at. The evening finished at 2200.


A summary of the AGM.


  • Welcomes and Apologies: There were 29 who were unable to attend the meeting for various reasons. We welcome our President Derek with Marjorie Sargent, Pete Phillips from deepest Cornwall and Matt Mason.


  • In Sorrow: We lost 4 Branch Members since the last AGM. There was a moments silence to reflect on our losses.


  • The funeral of Bomber Command Leonard Mulhollland. The chair thanked those who attended this service at short notice, highlighting that it demonstrated what this branch will do when other military organisation won’t. He also emphasised how grateful the family was.



Treasurers Report for 2018/19:


The Chair reported Susan McCulloch had sent her apologies as she and Finlay are in the States on leave. Susan submitted a report which the Chair read out covering:

  • Branch Account Income and Expenditure – emphasising that the branch only had a small source of income and most of the branch balance was made up of donations, bequests and sales. Therefore there needed to be a discussion on other options to generate regular income to cover our necessary expenditures like stationary and postage.

  • Branch Expenditure

  • The Charity Account

  • The Social Account


The Chair provided a complete set of submitted accounts for anyone who wanted to look over them, reporting they had been signed off and approved by Central office and that the accounts balanced. He also pointed out that the report covered January 2018 to March 2019 – an extended year due to the merger of the RMA and RMC.


  • CARRIED FORWARD FROM 2017 – £5502.98

  • INCOME - £26,424.35

  • EXPENDITURE – £28,134.68


Financial support requested from Central Office – Nil


  • UPTO DATE BALANCES AS AT 16.05.2019.

  • Branch: £2691.92 Charity: £357.47 Social: £931.33


The chair then thanked to Susan, who’s first year having taken over from Fran had been seamless.



Support:

  • The Chair firstly reported on Bruce’s personal health and although working the treatment was a brutal and Bruce was having “Not So Good” and “Very Bad” days. The Chair emphasised 2 points:

  • With Bruce being on Sick Parade extra people to keep in touch with our support list was needed. If anyone feels they can offer help even in a small way – occasionally phoning those on our watch list – please let the Chairman know.

  • It was vital, particularly at present when we are being slightly less proactive, that information is past to the Chair or Bruce about anyone who needs our help in any way.

  • Bruce White, my Support Officer and the Chair have been keeping a watchful eye on a number of former RM’s and other cap badges over the past 12 months and have around 10 on our radar. In addition we keep in touch with our branch widows and more senior members who aren’t necessarily on our primary watch list and are finding it difficult to attend branch events.


The Chairman thanked Bruce for his diligence and hard work in his role as Volunteer Support Officer for the branch. It has been a busy year for Bruce, particularly as he has had his own personal health issues.


The Chair’s Report on the Branch Year:

  • The Branch Standard - was on parade at numerous national and local. I would also like to welcome Neil Gibbet as our back up Standard Bearer taking over from the Father of the Branch – Bob Fergie. Along with his considerable support for the branch, Bob has carried the standard for many years and I thank him for his outstanding loyalty to me and the branch. To confirm he is not running away but just feels the carrying of the standard should sit with younger, fitter members!

  • Some of the RM and Branch Related Events where the Branch was represented: MFM, Armed Forces Flag Breaking in Bideford, Graspan Parade, a number of branch challenges including Sainsbury’s, The Barnstaple Marathon, The Yomp, Corps The Family Weekend at CTC, Remembrance Parades,

  • The RMA Shop: In 2018 the branch supported the RMA Shop and took it to a few events selling £619.48 of merchandise.

  • The RMA Reunion – Now known as the Corps Families day - 14 members travelled down to CTC and our A team were successful in the Inter Branch Quiz – retaining the trophy.

  • CLR Events: We have had representation at every Joiners and Leavers, the Summer and Christmas Balls, The Garrison Families Day & The Mess Beer Festival. Finlay McCulloch, who served in Logs when at Plymouth, had a special invitation from the CO to attend the Joint Mess dinner in celebration the 75th Anniversary of the forming of CLR.

  • Branch Nights: We enjoyed “Pay as You Dine” specials at a very reasonable price prior to the meetings. This has become a very sociable warm up to the main event.


    • Average attendance has been 28+. So my sincere thanks to this loyal band for the support you give to me and the branch.

    • Entertainment included our Summer BBQ, Bingo Nights and DVD’s, Roli’s Roadshow, our Mini Burns Supper now in it’s 4th year and our first Corps Birthday Band Concert which – as we are a multi-cap badge branch - included Trafalgar day, RAF 100 and WW1 100

    • We held our 5th Branch More Senior Members Lunch at the Barnstaple Hotel


    • We had a very enjoyable Christmas Party in the Officers Mess with a good turnout of around 78 enjoying a carvery meal and a few games enhanced the party atmosphere.

    • Our Regimental Dinner in June with VIP attendees Brig Richard Spencer, Corps RSM Phil Gilby, Unit bRSM Tim Jukes, 2 I/C Maj Luke Davies and OC 11 ATT Instow, Maj Martyn Heenan all enjoying the experience. I can report they were suitably impressed with how the evening was conducted, not to mention Mess Beatings by our good friends, the Bideford Youth Pipe band.

  • Membership


    • We have around 135 on our branch books but of that around 40+ are what I would call active supporters – as usual many present here tonight. We still recruit the occasional new member. It is hoped when Richard Spencer starts his Unit Road Shows active membership may increase again.

  • A Summary of the Fund Raising Challenges the Branch carried out this year:

  • Sainsbury’s: £6549.46: The Mariners Families day: £290.18: The Long Swim: £1543.30: B&M Challenge: £574.51: Christmas Appeal: £8476.12 - our tins dotted in pubs and shops raised £1352.00 of this.

  • From the Christmas Appeal there were donations made to Cdo Logs Welfare Fund - £1500, BLESMA North Devon £500, RNBT £500 & SSAFA North Devon £300 – with the balance of £5676.12 to the RMC. Money raised from Sainsbury’s and other challenges went directly to the RMC.


  • The Globe and Laurel magazine has published articles from North Devon in every addition

  • The Branch and RMA Website. We have tried to reflect everything about the branch even though it is sometimes a struggle to keep upto date. I think we are getting there and I thank Roger for taking charge and supporting me with this task.

  • The Branch Display Cabinet. The Chairman announced that at long last the Branch Display Cabinet, which had been installed by Jacko a few months ago, but remained empty, had at long last been filled with reports and news about the Branch. It was located outside the Ajax Bay Bar. The plan would be to update items and change displays as and when. Although it was requested the Quiz Team regained the trophy as it was the only silverware in the cabinet – no pressure there. Thanks to Jacko for his working in getting this off the ground.



The President’s Address:


The Chairman introduced the Branch President – Derek Sargent - highlighting the outstanding service Derek had given both the Branch, the Region and the RMA over the years and that he was now standing down from many of his duties but would remain as our President. Derek’s report included the following:

  • Thanks to the Branch, emphasising the high regard the Branch are held in at Central Office and the wider Corps.

  • One of the few branch which has such a good relationship with the serving Corps through the liaison with CLR

  • One of the best branches for our fund raising exploits

  • As mentioned by the Chair Derek reported he was currently a member of the Membership Committee of the RMA but would be stepping down.

  • Following the merger as everyone knew subs had ceased but members were encouraged to make a donation to the RMA instead.

  • As a Branch we shouldn’t have seen any changes.

  • In the new merged organisation there were now 2 Operations Managers with a possibility of another in the future.

  • The RMA Shop should be supported to keep this operation viable.

  • Members may like to join the RM Historical Society.


Election of Officers and Committee:


    • The Chair reported that apart from Team Shearsby all other officers have volunteered to continue in post.

    • We have 3 new members who have volunteered to join the Committee.

    • Jimmy Headrick has volunteered to take over Sue’s role as Branch Secretary. As Jimmy has far more time than Sue ever did this will also include Branch Admin.

    • Bob Winslow and Bob Martin have volunteered to join the Committee. Their roles would evolve but the area that were being looked at where support would be useful was in events, functions and raffles. The emphasis and hope was that by having this additional help the Chair’s workload may reduce.


The Chairman and President agreed that, as there were no challenges to the current Committee positions but 3 new additional members who had volunteered to join, the election of the new officers and re-election of the current committee would be a formality.

For the record voting in of the Committee, including the new members, was proposed by Dave Rowland and seconded by JC Bowden and carried by all with no abstentions.



The Chairman’s Personal Thoughts:


  • The Branch still punch well above it’s weight and our relationship with Commando Logs enhances the reputation of the RMA within the serving Corps. The Branch is held in high esteem at Central Office and the RMC for the work we do. – quote the RMC – the North Devon Branch is a model branch and only one of about 10 who support the RMC.

  • He personally thanked the Committee for the sterling work they did over the year. Having already mentioned the work of Susan as Treasurer and Bruce for his diligence with the Welfare Support, he mentioned the following:

  • Colin and Sue Shearsby were stepping down as they are “jumping ship” and moving to Cumbria to be nearer family. Sincere thanks to both of them for their outstanding support, tireless work and for steering their Chairman back onto the rails when he goes off on a metaphoric wander – not to mention spelling and grammar!!!!


    • Jacko, for his liaison work with CLR, which was so vital to our operation. He now assumes Colin’s role, even though he doesn’t want to be called Mr Vice.

    • To Roger Staines with getting to grips with our websites – even though the Chair has been a little unreliable getting information to him.

    • To Rafflettes- Fran and Jacky who have continued with their “Black Magic” getting a steady flow of raffle prizes, and ambushing members before they have had time to get their coats off when selling raffle tickets. They generate this vital source of branch income, which we could not do without - an outstanding job Ladies.

    • And not forgetting Steve Marshall who in an adhoc role continues to find time in his busy life to help the branch operate successfully.


The Chairman thanked all members who have supported our branch nights, dinners and fund raising activities – we would not be the successful branch that we are without the support from you my “Usual Suspects” as I call you.


Looking Ahead:


  • Hartland RBL D Day Event – June 8th – You have had a poster. If you need more info please ask.


  • Regimental Dinner - June 15th -There are around 65 attending so far with some regulars still to confirm. If you plan coming and haven’t put chit in please do so. Remember to buy your raffle tickets to help branch funds. There are some excellent prizes on offer.


  • The Dartmoor Yomp 2019 – June 22nd - A 12-mile circular route out and back to Bickleigh Camp home of 42 Cdo. for RM Charities

  • Looking to take a group down leaving Bideford at 0700 for breakfast at Bickleigh at 0830

  • Briefing 0900 -Groups leave 1000. Anyone interested to contact the Chairman.


  • Torridge DC Armed Forces Flag Raising - June 24th TBC – Victoria Park, Bideford


  • Instow Community Day – Instow beach – July 14th -This is in conjunction with 11 ATT


  • 11 ATT Instow– Families Day – July 19th – 1700 onwards -Branch invited to run the bar with profits going to RM Charities. Branch stand with buckets and gizzits, possible RMA Shop


  • Sainsbury’s Challenge – July 15th-19th – 0800 to 2000 -This year’s theme is the 3 Peaks starting at RMB Chivenor and finishing at Spean Bridge – around 800KM on 2 x treadmills.


  • WO&SNCO’s Mess Summer Ball – July 20th – Details to follow but branch normally have 1 or 2 10 place tables available


  • Corps Families/RMA Weekend September 14th/15th - The programme for the Saturday starts at 1100 and finishes at 2000. We will be entering the quiz as we will have to defend our crown. It is suggested taking a group down leaving Bideford and pick up at Barnstaple 0930, returning when everyone wants to leave (poss around 2000)


  • Matt Mason’s Ocean Revival 2020 – Various dates throughout the year






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]


The next Branch meeting is scheduled for July 12th and is the Branch BBQ at the Hoof Inn – meeting at 1800 as usual. We hope to have Sophie Gibbet who plays a mean saxophone as entertainment.

Small charge for BBQ and Pop Up bar serving beer, cider, wine, soft drinks.

Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: April 2019.


A Summary of the March Meeting at the WO&SNCO’s Mess, RMB Chivenor


  • 30 members attended the evening with a number of apologies including those we know cannot make the meetings.

    • There was no matters arising and the previous Branch Bulletin was proposed and seconded by JC Bowden and Tom Rivenberg.

  • Following Gammon Steak and chips the Chair covered the following during Branch Business:

    • Support

    • Accounts

    • Wilkos Challenge on 23rd March

    • An Evening with the Sea Cadets from Bideford

    • Castle Combe Track Day

    • Freedom of Barnstaple – The date change to 4th April.

    • The Merger

    • 11 ATTRM Instow -D Day 75 Schools Event running in May

    • Branch AGM – 17th May

    • The Mess Boxing Evening – postponed from the 28th May

    • Hartland RBL Event – 8th June

    • The Branch Regimental Dinner – 15th June

    • The Dartmoor Yomp

    • Armed Forces Flag Breaking Ceremony in Bideford

    • Supporting Matt Mason and the Ocean Revival 2020

    • What’s coming up.


Details of everything covered can be found in the main bulletin below.


  • Following branch business the members retired to the Ajax Bay Bar for a social drink and Quiz. The raffle raised £95 with £5 being provided as a runners up prize for the keenly contested quiz. The main prize was a joint of lamb. Special thanks goes to Bob Winslow who organised our first meat draw – something he did when with RNA Swindon. This may becoming a regular addition and supplement the monthly raffle prizes from time to time.


Bulletin For April 2019.


Branch Accounts:

  • End of Year Accounts: Susan McCulloch and the Chair have been working on the accounts for the extended financial year and they are pleased to announce the books balance. In the interest of saving paper and printer ink the Chair stated at the monthly gathering that it was not proposed to provide a copy of the accounts to everyone but the paperwork would be available over the coming months to anyone who would like to scrutinise it. It can also be sent out by email if required.

  • Branch Budget: Susan McC has also been working hard on what it cost to run the branch. In summary, although our bank accounts look health - the majority of the capital in the branch account has come from one off donations of various kinds and one big RMA lottery win. We cannot rely on this income source. Taking just our guaranteed income against the cost of stationary there is a shortfall. In the short term this is not an issues as the accumulated donations will ensure we are financially healthy for the next 5 or 6 years. However Susan and the Chair believe that there is either a need to reduce stationary costs (primarily postage) or generate another regular income stream. Previous Car Boot sales have provided an additional income in the passed and we are looking to resurrect this in some way. It is requested that members look for ideas and ways the branch could generate regular income. The Chair emphasised that on his watch the policy of not applying for Benevolence from Central Office will continue.

  • It was pointed out that of the £1172.95 in the Charity fund £909.52 will shortly be deducted as a cheque will be sent off to the Charity for money raised at the recent Wilko’s Challenge.

  • Branch Account: £2646.03 Charity Account: £1172.95 Social Account: £222.73

Support:

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

  • 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:

  • Wilko’s Challenge – 23rd March - This was a very successful first fund raising outing of the year. 2 bikes were used and we cycled over 300 miles in 7 hours and raised over £909.52 for the Royal Marines Charity. And they want us back again.

  • An Evening with the Sea Cadets at Bideford. – 1st April - The Chair attended an evening with the Sea Cadets at Bideford to give them a presentation on Recruit Training to become a Royal Marine. The presentation seemed to go down well and I have offered further visits to give presentations on various aspects of life in the Armed Forces. Hopefully we can establish a good relationship with them for the future.

  • Track Day at Castle Combe – 2nd April - Sadly the weather wasn’t as last year with the 4 wseasons rolled into one making conditions on track challenging. However, 5 from North Devon and 6 from Termoli Troop, 40 Cdo had a good day out with as many passenger rides as we wanted. RMA CEO came along to thank the drivers and Chris Darwin, the organiser for the invitation to the RMA. I have been advised that the charity will be better off by at least £1500 and we are invited back next year.

  • Freedom of Barnstaple – 4th April. - This item attracted many comments from members expressing their disappointed in what involvement the branch were aloud to play. Clearly there had been some mis-communication between the Unit and Council resulting in some of the decisions made. Had there been an invitation to have greater input and a chance to speak to the Co-ordinator for the Council, undoubtedly the Branch would have been able to put on a better show. But sadly this was not to be. Nonetheless, staying within the numbers allowed, 14 members and the Branch Standard did what they could to support the day. The Branch received thanks from the Mayor and Senior Councillors, were invited back to the Reception at the Park Hotel and were again thanked by both the CO and Mayor in their addresses. An interesting foot note was Yeo Valley School who were watching the parade showed great interest in the veterans and as a result branch members have been invited to give a presentation to the school. This continues to demonstrate our value in North Devon.

  • The Merger - Completions of the legal processes for the RMA and RMC to finally merger occurred 1st April. The Chairman read out the announcement at the branch meeting and a copy can be found on the RMA website. It confirmed members should not see any changes to the way the branch operates.


  • What’s Coming Up.

  • 11 ATTRM Intow D Day 75 Schools Event – The Chair and possibly one other will represent the branch for the Press Day on the 7th May and there are a number of Schools events to follow. Large support by member’s is not required, as we have only been requested to have 1 or 2 to meet and greet & answer questions from schools.


  • Branch AGM – 17th May: Annual reports will be given by Chair and President, Voting of Officers and Accounts

    • All branch Officers positions open. So if you feel you want to get more involved you can step forward as an Ex-Officio Committee Member. What does this mean – you will contribute with your opinion to how the branch is operating and maybe take on adhoc tasks from time to time.


  • Hartland RBL D Day 75 Event – 8th June - A poster for this event has been attached with this bulletin. It should be pointed out that since the poster was received there may have been some changes to the itinerary. It is no longer thought the there will be a display by Royal Marines.


  • Regimental Dinner – 15th June - Everyone should have received notification of this very important event in the branch calendar. Please get your replies back to Jacky by post or email to [email protected] at the earliest opportunity.

    • Spring Raffle: We have now secured some great raffle prizes including meals out, hampers and holiday vouchers. Books of raffle tickets are now available. If you aren’t planning to attend the dinner it would be great if you could support the branch buy purchasing a couple of books. Please make your request to the chairman at: [email protected] or phone on 01237477438/07845989377. A text message would be fine.

    • Cabins: Be advised cabins in the Mess are very limited. Other than those who have already booked and confirmed the chair has blocked out 3 additional doubles and 2 x twins for branch use on a first come basis. If you want to secure one please quote “RMA” to Reception. Reserve will be removed 31st May.


  • The Annual Dartmoor Yomp – 22nd June - This is a 12-mile ramble on a circular route from Bickleigh Barracks, just outside Plymouth – home of 42 Cdo - and back. There is no time limit, you can walk at your own pace and there are checkpoints to stop and have a break. The entry fee is £15 and this money goes to Royal Marines Charities. Breakfast (£6) is 0730 Sgt Mess Bickleigh Barracks, briefing at 0900, 1st group away at 1000, last group back by 1700. It is also a good way of supporting RM Charities and not believed to be too challenging. So if you would like know more information about a day out on Dartmoor on a well-organised ramble please let the Chairman know. We can take a group down for the day. Depending on interest transport from Bideford could be arranged and the Chair will give detailed instructions to those attending well ion advance.


  • Armed Forces Week Flag Breaking – Victoria Park Bideford - 24th June. - This Annual event has been running for a number of years and involves a short march along the Quay behind the band, a parade in Victoria Park by the flagstaff and a celebratory service including the raising and breaking of the Armed Forces Flag. It all kicks off at 1800 for an 1830 step off and following the parade and service there is a VIP reception at Bideford Rugby Club. No start up meeting with the Council has taking place yet – so this is by way of a warning order.



  • Supporting Matt Mason with his Ocean Revival 2020 Project. - Matt has secured a number of slots at Asda and Tesco Barnstaple this year to row on a Concept Rower, raise awareness and funds for RM Charities in support of his epic row across the Atlantic next year. He has asked for some branch support. I am due to have a meet with him to clarify what his wish list is but I expect it will only require a couple of people to be with him bucket holding while he rows. More info to follow. We are putting on an event for him in Ilfracombe on the 29th June, which Bob Martin and the Chair are currently working on.


Key Dates

May: 8th – Press Day at 11ATTRM

12th – RMA Graspan Parade & Reception, Horse Guards & UJC.

17th – Branch AGM

Dates Various – Attendance of Branch Stand and 2-3 personnel to answer questions from Schools visits

June: 8th – Hartland RBL – D Day 75 Anniversary

14th/15th – Supporting Matt Mason and his Ocean Revival 2020 at Tesco Barnstaple

15th – Branch Regimental Dinner

22nd – The Dartmoor Yomp

24th – Armed Forces Day Flag Break and Reception.

29th – Fund Raiser in Ilfracombe in support of Matt Mason’s Ocean Revival 2020


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]

Colin Shearsby on 07737204646 or email r[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:


    • May Branch Gathering – The AGM 17th May – SNCO’s Mess – RMB Chivenor – 1800 meet and supper - Ajax Bay Bar/Dining Area followed by a report on the Branch Year, a Presidents Address, Voting in of Officers and the Accounts will be available to scrutinise.



Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin:

March 2019.


A Summary of the March Meeting at the WO&SNCO’s Mess, RMB Chivenor

  • 28 members attended the evening with a number of apologies including those we know cannot make the meetings.

    • There was no matters arising and the previous Branch Bulletin was proposed and seconded by JC Bowden and Dave Rowland.

  • Following fish and chips the Chair started by welcoming Matt Mason, Michele and Ed Gibbett to the evening. The Chair then covered the following during Branch Business:

    • Support

    • Accounts

    • Wilkos Challenge on 23rd March

    • Freedom of Barnstaple – The date change to 4th April.

    • 11 ATTRM Instow -D Day 75 Schools Event running in May

    • Branch AGM – 17th May

    • The Mess Boxing Evening – postponed from the 28th May

    • Hartland RBL Event – 8th June

    • The Branch Regimental Dinner – 15th June

    • Sainsbury’s 2019- provisionally booked for the 15th-19th July

    • A trip to 1 Assault Group RM, Devonport – date to be confirmed

    • Central Office is moving and there is a change to the Admin Team

    • What’s coming up.

    • ESS update

    • End of our relationship with B&M

    • New blazer and Grey trousers offer.


Details of everything covered can be found in the main bulletin below.


  • Following branch business the members retired to the Ajax Bay Bar for an evening with Matt Mason of Hunted fame. Matt talked and answered questions about his experiences on Hunted and then gave an overview of his next mammoth challenge a team row from New York to London in 2020. His aim is to raise awareness of the Royal Marines and their charity work as well as plastic pollution in our Oceans. Matt had brought his boat along for people to have a look at. But due to the dark and precipitation it was not feasible to take advantage of this. We plan that when the weather improves we will invite Matt back to show people around his boat. It was also hoped that the branch would be able to support Matt during 2019 with his various events. The raffle raised £90.


Bulletin For March 2019.


Branch Accounts:

  • The extended financial year budget will be completed after the end of March. Details available at the AGM.

  • Branch Account: £2556.03 Charity Account: £86.83 Social Account: £162.73


Support:

  • At the meeting the Chair read out a “Thank You” letter to the branch from the widow of Lt Col Simon Guyer - Jayne. In it she expressed her gratitude that through this annual Christmas card and gift she remains connected to the Royal Marines. She also reported that she had completed her walk in 2018 with help from the guide book she bought with last years gift and was planning another walk this year and again would buy a guide book.

  • The Chairman reported the Support Officer, Bruce, was again undergoing treatment for his medical condition, which would be on going for the next 8 months. Bruce will remain as Support Officer but until he assessed how the treatment was going would be less able to actively carry out his role, although would be able to carry on with tasks from home. We wish Bruce a safe passage through this round of treatment.

  • As always please help the Committee to support those who may need it by getting in touch.


Chairman’s Report:

  • MFM 2019.

    • A large group attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music in March. A few took advantage of a visit to Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower on the Friday Then dinner for 25 at a French Restaurant near the Albert Hall on Saturday followed by outstanding concert by the Massed Bands with a few nightcaps back at the hotel afterwards. All in all an excellent weekend.

  • Wilko’s Challenge – 23rd March

    • This was a successful event and continues to enhance our relationship with the community. Total raised will be published in due course.

  • Freedom of Barnstaple – 4th April. Note the change of Date.

    • Following conversations with the RSM the branch will be included in the event but as spectators in the VIP area. We will have reserved seating by the Saluting Dais on the Strand. Some key timings:

      • Plan to be at the Dais between 1000/1030.

      • The Parade will muster between1025 - 1055

      • Parade steps off at 1100

      • Estimated time to arrive at Dais for the presentation of the Freedom at 1145

      • Parade leave Dais area at 1215

  • 11 ATTRM Intow D Day 75 Schools Event – running through May.

    • The Chairman has had a conversation with the OC Instow to establish what the Branch involvement will be. Involvement will be minimal and the Chairman will contact key people he would like assistance from.

  • Branch AGM – 17th May

    • With Team Shearsby stepping down there is capacity for more volunteers (two have already come forward) to join the committee.

    • It is understood that the current Committee are happy to stay in post. However, if anyone else would like to be considered for any role on the Committee they should make this known to the Chairman by COB April 17th.

  • Boxing Evening – 28th May

    • Due to the unavailability of RM boxers (Corps Champ same day) this event has been cancelled. It is hoped that a suitable date can be arranged later in the year.

  • Hartland RBL D Day 75 Event – 8th June

    • Hartland RBL are running a D Day 75 event. The branch has been invited to take part. Thereis a poster advertising the event attached.

  • Regimental Dinner – 15th June

    • Please see the attached proforma with details of the this popular event. For the first time this year the ability to pay by BACS is available. However you must indicate on the form your payment method and use the specified Ref so this payment can be identified.

  • Sainsbury’s Challenge 2019.

    • The Unit has requested July 15th to 19th. and the Chairman is now seeking approval from Sainsbury’s. As soon as the dates have been confirmed the usual requests will be coming out for support for our main fund raising event of the year.

  • A Trip to Devonport Dockyard – home to 1 Assault Group RM.

    • This outing has been extended to branch and now a wider group. No details as yet but it is prossible transport will be provided. Lunch will probably be PAYD lunch in the Mess and there will be various presentations on the base throughout the visit. More information regarding timings, programme and places available will be sent out as soon as.

  • Central Office is Moving.

    • For most of its 73-year history, the RMA Central Office has been based in Portsmouth, firstly at RM Eastney and then at HMS EXCELLENT. The opportunity has now been seized to move to the home of the Royal Marines at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines. From Monday 11 March 2019, the Chief Executive, the two Operations Managers and the Membership Secretary will be based in ‘The Wooden Hut’ at CTCRM, alongside the Marketing and Comms Team from The Royal Marines Charity.

    • There is also going to be a change in the Admin and Membership Secretary with Tamsin Stares leaving.






What’s Coming Up.

April:

2nd - Track Day – Castle Coombe Motor Circuit. We have now secured a number of serving personnel from Termoli Troop, 40 Cdo to take the 10 “deserving places”. I have some of the 10 paying places (£20 to the charity) still available.

4th - Freedom of Barnstaple Parade

5th – Branch Gathering – 1800 -WO&SNCOs Mess

May:

12th – RMA Graspan Parade & Reception, Horse Guards & UJC. Tickets available on line on the RMA website.

17th – Branch AGM


Other Business.

  • ESS Caterers – Update

    • ESS now requires food orders 10 days in advance. So to help please indicate each month as soon as you can if you plan to attend. This will help the Chairman and also comply with ESS requirements.

    • It is being suggested there will be a change to the “Specials” menu available to the branch and pricing.

    • All this is out of our control and Unit personnel are subject to these changes as well.

  • End of the relationship with B&M

    • The Chairman has been advised that the charity policy at all B&M stores nationwide has changed and sadly that means we can no longer have our “Tins” in store. He is in discussions regarding continuing the annual 1 Day Challenge, which the staff at Barnstaple are keen to continue.

  • Donation of Brand New jacket + Grey Trousers’ by the Late Geoff Tudor

    • Carol Tudor, widow of the late Associate Member Geoff has donated a brand new blazer and grey trousers to the branch. Her only request is that who ever would like them makes a small donation to branch funds. It is believed the jacket is a more expensive one. Branch member Edd (Sambrook) has offered to make any necessary alterations FOC. It is hoped to bring the balzer and trousers to the next meeting.


As always if you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select one of the

Branch Officer Contact Details


Branch Matters

Primary Contact Colin Shearsby on 07737204646 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:


    • April Branch Gathering – 5th April – SNCO’s Mess – RMB Chivenor. The format will be as usual – 1800 meet and supper - Ajax Bay Bar/Dining Area followed by Branch Business at 1900 and some form of entertainment at 2000 – maybe a quiz or bingo or something else. Please indicate whether attending and if eating or not by 27th April.