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Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: November 2018.

 

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

  • 27 members attended the evening with 25 apologies.  The evening started with the usual PAYD meal and branch business was started with Jenny Staines carrying out her “Crate Fine” for having her picture in the Globe and Laurel.  Although the suggestion Jenny should carry out the fine was for humour only it was a very pleasant surprise when Jenny and Roger turned up with a bottle of Pussers Rum.  Never wanting to refuse we accepted Jenny’s forfeit and Roger Staines used the occasion to recite the extract from Binyon’s “The Fallen”.
    • Previous Branch Bulletin was proposed and seconded by JC Bowden and Dave Rowland
    •  There were a couple of welcomes –
      • John and Liz Gingell were over from Bournemouth for Remembrance Weekend and it is always a pleasure to see our good friends.
      • John Grebby has fully recovered from his little medical emergency the previous meeting with the expected cracks as “falling over on the job”.
      • USMCL and Associate members – John Bigwood – had come over from the US for a week and joined our merry band for the evening.  Great to see John.
  • The Chair covered the following items:
    • Unit Remembrance Parade – Crow Point
    • The Remembrance Weekend Events in North Devon.
    • The ending of RMA membership fees.
    • The work of the RM Charity including the letter of acknowledgment for the work of the branch from the Commandant General.
    • What’s Coming Up.
    • The “Pages in the Sand” event at Saunton Sands
    • Veterans United Against Suicide.
  • Following the formalities the membership filled their glasses and moved to the main bar area a short film about the US Assualt Training Centre in North Devon in preparation to the D Day Landings.
  • The raffle raised £90 for branch funds – and thanks to all.

 

Accounts:  Branch Account: £3093.78                     Charity Account: £1406.26                          Social Account: £54.98

 

Chairman’s Report:

  • Unit Remembrance Parade – Crow Point – Braunton Burrows.  A good turn out of branch, which was appreciated by the CO, 2 I/C, RSM and Unit personnel. The standard was on parade but sadly as there had been no provision due to time constraints for the laying of branch and USMCL wreaths these were laid at the Memorial Garden at RMB Chivenor following the service.
  • Remembrance Parades – North Devon.  The branch was represented at a number of Remembrance Parades across North Devon, laying wreaths at Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Marwood, South Molton, Torrington and Bideford.  The Branch focussed on the parade at Bideford where there was an excellent turnout.  It was good to see our more senior members Cliff (Coates), Len (Husband) and Sheila (Parker).  Also great see a few “youngsters” with their Green Lids - Simon Cobb, Keith Owen, Bill Milster and Neil Gibbet.  Wreaths were layed by Derek Sargent for the Branch and John Bigwood, ably assisted by Nita Marshall and Liz Gingell, for the USMCL.  2 standards were paraded – the branch and the USMCL standard carried by Bob Martin. Following the church service some of us partook in a “swift half” at the reception.
  • The 100th Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice Beacon Lighting Event.  As part of the 100th Anniversary - Pipes paraded at 0600 playing The Battles O’er.  2 branch members – Bob Fergie and Bob Winslow attended.  At 1500 the main event at the Pollyfields Centre got under way.  The branch had a Military Book stall, Tombola for the kids and branch stand with a WW1 significance.  The build up to the beacon lighting started around 1800 with the reading of the names fallen from Bideford.  Last Post sounded at 1855 with the beacon lit at 1900 followed by a proclamation by the Town Crier.  Bob Fergie recited the Exaltation.  The event closed with a reception.  A huge well done to Pat Fergie ably assisted by Bob and the team from Pollyfields.  It should be noted this was the only major WW1 event held in Bideford.  A total of £125.05 was raised from our activities.

 

  • The Ending of RMA Membership Subscriptions.  It has been widely publicised that membership fees ended 9th November.  At the branch meeting the chairman summarised the thinking behind this and encouraged as many as possible to continue their support for the RMA/RMC by consider making their current fee an annual donation to the charity as suggested by Central Office.  This can be done by visiting www.royalmarineassociation.org.uk - Click on “Support Us”. If you need help or advise contact John Peel.
    • All were advised that DDR’s will be cancelled by Central Office but those paying their subs by STO should cancel with immediate effect.
    • The Chair also said, from a branch perspective, it will be business as usual with no changes to the way the branch operated and the benefits available through the RMA/RMC.
    • One of the big wins would be the ending of VAT through membership fees which will allow the transition, from two charities to one, to be completed on schedule December 31st/January 1st.  This merger is seen as a very positive step for the future of both organisations.

So to clarify – if and when you receive a letter from Central Office, which some will have done already, advising you that your DDR has been cancelled there is nothing you need to do.  Your membership status hasn’t changed and will continue.  When your card is due for renewal you will receive a new card, which will have a 10 year expiry date.  Similarly if you have a Standing Order, which you must cancel – your membership status will not be affected and again when your card is due for renewal you will receive a new card with a 10 year  expiry date.

 

  • RM Charity Presentation Event at Stonehouse Barracks. The chair reported on this event and highlighted a few key points.
    • Over 1000 individuals and families were supported in 2017.  Every day 3 new cases are referred to the Support Team. 
    • Invictus Games was again a huge success for former RM’s
    • £1.9 million was given out in support in 2017.  Out of every £1 donated - £0.93 went directly in benevolence – this achievement is enviable by other major charities who cannot meet these levels.
    • Research suggests that PTSD manifests over 7-10 years.  This is now becoming evident post Afghan. 

 

  • The Commandant General’s Letter to the Branch. As reported last month the key extracts from the letter were “the branches fund raising achievements makes the North Devon branch the most generous geographical branch donor to the charity” - “The branch continues to set a high bar and is the epitomy of what an Association Branch should be” -  “You should be rightly proud of this magnificent achievement.”  These were the words of The Commandant General, Major General Charlie Stickland RM. 

 

  • Hosting John Bigwood, USMCL and Branch Member.  After week of hosting visits to CTC, CLR and 11 ATT Instow not to mention the Remembrance events we said a fond farewell to John.  It was a pleasure having him with us and we look forward to his next trip across the water – Semper Fe and Per Mare Per Terram.

 

  • SW Regional AGM .  This was held on the 25th November, attended by branch representatives from the regions branches.  With Phil Gilby, the new West Regional Ops Manager and the RMA CEO Brig. Richard Spencer present the future of the RMA in it’s new merged role with the RMC was the main focus of the meeting.  Once the Chairman has absorbed what was discussed he will report back to the branch.

 

  • What’s Coming Up.

 

  • December:
    • Branch Christmas Appeal – various dates locations from the 3rd to 18th as follows: 
      • 3rd/4th – Tesco Braunton: 5th/6th/7th – Morrisons, Bideford: 10th/11th/12th/13th – Barnstaple –Pannier Market/High Street: 17th/18th – Tesco Ilfracombe
      • We now have a happy band of helpers and Unit Support from serving personnel.  However if you would like to help out for a couple of hours or go on the stand-by list please contact the John Peel with location, date and time you would be available.

 

 

 


    • Branch Christmas Party – 14th Officers Mess
      • The raffle plays a key role in funding this festive evening. We have at least 20 excellent prizes on offer with current top prizes being a holiday voucher for £100, a portable DVD player and a Luxury Christmas Hamper.  So as always raffle tickets are now available at £5.00 per book and will be available on the night.  If you would like to order a book or two please contact John Peel.
      • Anyone who is planning to attend and has either stated this but not sent the form or money back or who hasn’t yet done anything we have an absolute cut off of the 5th December.

 


    • THERE WILL BE NO DECEMBER MEETING

 

  • January
    • 11th – Branch Evening – WO&SNCO’s Mess. Meal Orders by 8th Jan.  Info at the bottom of this bulletin.

 

Other Business.

  • Veterans United Against Suicide.
    • The chairman has received a request for an on line campaign to vote for funding for Veterans United Against Suicide.  This group was started by a former RM in support of veterans suffering PTSD and the request is that people cast an on line vote for funding from Aviva Community Fund.  The link is below:
    • www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-901
    • Please take a minute to have a look at this.  Also note we are not asking for donations.
  • RMA Chief Executive’s Letter regarding the future of the RMA – What was covered.
    • The Merger a Timeline
    • RMA Central Office Financial Procedures & Consolidating of Branch Accounting
    • New Branding of the Merged Charities
    • Events 2019
    • RM Branded Goods/Products
    • Future Communication
    • GDPR
    • Fund Raising and Branch Funds
    • The Membership Categories
    • Honouring Members
    • Functions of the Operations Managers

Following the AGM the chairman will summaries at the next branch meeting and in future branch communications all relevant points.

 

If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select one of the following below:

 

Branch Matters

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

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: 11th January – WO&SNCO’s Mess – meet in the Ajax Bay Bar.  Eating at 1800 to 1900 – Home Made Chicken Kiev, Chips and Peas + cold dessert at £4.25.  Branch Business 1900-1930’ish followed by a DVD on  “The Limbang Raid at the start of the Borneo Conflict by L Coy, 42 Cdo” + a Q&A on the Confrontation from 2 veterans who were there.

Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: October 2018.

 

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

  • 35 members attended the evening with 31 apologies.  The evening started with the usual PAYD meal and a summary of branch business.
    • JC Bowden was thanked for providing the “Pusser’s Rum”.  It has been 60 years since he joined the RN  as an Artificer Apprentice on 8th September 1958.  He acquired 4 bottles for the 50th anniversary somehow managed to keep one for his own consumption.  But when he knew the branch were celebrating the Corps 354 th birthday, along with Trafalgar Day he thought “What better way to celebrate and crack the seal” - so donated it for toast for the evening’s entertainment.   It can be reported it went very down well.
    • The Chair reported on the success of The Barnstaple Marathon and B&M Challenge.
    • Jacko Jackson gave a short summary of why CLR are holding the Remembrance Parade on the 8th and what is likely to be happening.
  • Following the formalities the membership filled their glasses and moved to the main bar area where Jacko had put out seating in preparation for the band concert by the Appledore Sliver Band celebrating Trafalgar Day, 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, 100 years of the RAF and of course the Corps Birthday – 354 years old.  Short passages about the Battle of Trafalgar, WW1, RAF 100 and of course the Royal Marine Convening Order preceded each musical section.  The history of the Conveying Order is that the proclamation was announced to raise an army of whom, at that time, were called The Duke of Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot, which is now recognised as the birth of the Royal Marines.  Charles 2nd made the proclamation on the 28th October 1664  at the Court of Whitehall.  As is tradition  in Royal Marine Senior NCO Messes, the youngest Senior NCO must recite the words from heart.  Jacko, who happened to be the only serving Royal Marine and a warrant Officer to boot, was therefore considered the youngest (don’t let it go to your head Jacko) was pinged at short notice by the Chair to announce the Proclamation.  Jacko did point out the selected individual generally gets a number of weeks to learn the words,  emphasising that as the Chair had given him 5 minutes notice he apologised for reading it rather than reciting it.  The raffle raised over £105 for branch funds. Thanks to the attendees for their generosity.

 

Accounts:  Branch Account: £3247.51                     Charity Account: £1293.86                          Social Account: £25.98

 

Chairman’s Report:

  • Barnstaple Marathon and Cheque Presentation.  Around 15 of us turned to to direct runners around the airfield.  In his usual efficient manner Jacko co-ordinated the event and we don’t think we lost anyone.  My thanks to those who came out.  Brain Mulholland and the North Devon Road Runners also send their sincere thanks.  They said there were many comments of appreciation from the runners for the vocal support they received in what is a pretty desolate part of the course.  On the following Wednesday I went to Chivenor and received a cheque for £200 for branch funds and next year’s event was also announced which will be the 29th September.
  • The B&M Challenge 2018.  A small but adequate group went out to B&M last weekend and set up the bike and stand for a 7 hours fund raising challenge.  B&M staff manned the bike in a rota while we held the buckets.  The virtual route was Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain from Cranford to Barnstaple. The staff completed over @00k and we collected £574.51 for RM Charities.  A worthwhile day out and continues to raise awareness of the work we do and enhances our relationship with B&M

 

What’s Coming Up.

  • October
    • 25th – WW1 commemoration St Magarets Church, Northam.
      • Branch Standard has been invited to be on paraded for this service f remembrance to the fallen of Northam and the branch President will also be in attendance.
  • November
    • 2nd  – WW1 Commemoration at St Mary’s Church, Appledore
      • Over a number of months a group in Appledore have been knitting and crocheting poppies.  They have now accumulated around 4500.  It is planned to create a “Poppy Wave” – Tower of London’esk outside St Mary’s Church in Appledore.  You should be able to view this fitting display to the war dead of Appledore from the 28th October.
      • At the end of the week on Friday 2nd November there is a free concert by the Appledore Band at 1900 at St Mary’s.  A request has come out that a military presence would be welcome and blazers, berets and medals would be appropriate but not mandatory.
    • 8th – Unit Remembrance Parade on Braunton Burrows
      • 50% of the Unit are currently on deployment in various parts of the world and their scheduled return to UK has not been finalised yet.  It has therefore been decide that it is appropriate to allow those who are still on the base to be released to celebrate this year’s Remembrance day with their friends and families in their home towns.  So this can happen the Unit will parade at Crow Point (final RV to be specified) having moved to the Burrows by Speed Marching on mass, where a service of Remembrance will e carried out.  Wreaths will be laid and then recovered to the Memorial Garden later.  It is understood the RMA are invited to attend and Jack Jackson and John Peel will be working out logistics of getting personnel from camp to the Burrows.  If anyone would like to attend please contact John Peel no later than 2nd November, which will help in the planning.  If he doesn’t hear from you he will assume you are not attending.
    • 9th – Branch Meeting – Special Guest Former USMC Veteran John Bigwood.
      • Former USMC Veteran John Bigwood will be coming over from the US for the week.  John is an Associate member of the branch and is very proud of this fact.  He is being hosted by our very own USMC Veteran, Bob Martin and the Chairman during his visit and will be visiting CTC, CLR and 11 ATT Instow.  He will also be attending the various Remembrance parades during his stay.  On the 9th John will be attending the branch evening.
      • To give the evening a US military theme a DVD showing the US Army Assualt Training on Braunton Burrows prior to D Day will be shown.
    • 11th AM – Remembrance Parades across North Devon. 
      • As there will be no Unit parade this year the branch standard will be on parade at Bideford. For those who plan to attend Bideford and march; meet at the carpark on the Pill at around 1000’ish.  The parade does a short march to the memorial by Café du Parc.  Anyone not marching meet at the memorial by Café du Parc.  The branch President will lay a wreath.  After the wreath laying the parade will marches along the Quay to St Mary’s Church for a service and then back to the Pill Carpark.  In the past there has then been a buffet at the Conservative Club but as yet no information has been communicated about this.  The chairman request that anyone attending the Bideford parade let him know and he will then be able to give further information in due course.
      • In addition to Bideford we should have representatives at Barnstaple, Torrington, Marwood & Fremington & Ilfracombe to lay wreaths on behalf of the branch.
      • If anyone is planning to attend elsewhere we can provide an RMA wreath for them to lay – please let the Chairman know in good time.
    • 11th PM/Evening– WW1 100th Anniversary Beacon Lighting Pollyfields Centre, Bideford.
      • The branch has been invited to attend this event, which starts around 1500.   It is hoped to have the branch stand highlighting what we do as a branch and that of the RMA as a whole.  Also it is intended to display a historical commemoration of the Royal Marines part in WW1.  We are planning a bookstall and Tombola – to raise some funds for the branch and charity.
      • The main event kicks off around 1820 following a Dame Vera Lynn set at 1730.  Following this the names of the town’s fallen will be read out by school children prior to Last Post at 1855, Beacon Lighting at 1900 and the ringing of St Mary’s Church Bells at 1905. A VIP reception will follow.
      • With the Unit not available it will be down to the branch to provide that military presence so anyone attending please wear blazers, berets and medals.  Any question contact the chairman.
    • 25th – SW Regional AGM
      • Chairman and President will be attending this important event for the region and branch.  WO1 RSM Phil Gilby RM, who is due to leave the Corps very soon is the new Regional Ops Manager and his enthusiasm is legendary.  He along with the RMA CEO Brigadier Richard Spencer are certain to bring a new strategy to the region.  The chairman will report back at the next branch gathering in November.

 

 

 

  • December
    • Branch Christmas Appeal – various dates locations from the 3rd to 18th as follows: 
      • 3rd/4th – Tesco Braunton: 5th/6th/7th – Morrisons, Bideford: 10th/11th/12th/13th – Barnstaple –Pannier Market/High Street or maybe Tesco Rose Lane: 17th/18th – Tesco Ilfracombe
      • If you would like to help out for a few hours please contact the Chairman with location, date and time you would be available. Never wanting to supress the enthusiasm of our members, which is outstanding, we have to be mindful of the public so do not want to appear too over powering at each of the locations.  Supermarket foyers are generally tight for space.  So we need to limit numbers of bucket holders accordingly.   Names to John Peel please.
    • Branch Christmas Party – 14th Officers Mess
      • 1800 Welcome drinks, 1900 seated – starter/2 meat carvery/dessert/after dinner nibbles - £20
      • Steve Valentine is entertaining us again after dinner
      • The raffle plays a key role in funding this festive evening. We have at least 20 excellent prizes on offer with current top prizes being a holiday voucher for £100, a portable DVD player and a Luxury Christmas Hamper.  So as always raffle tickets are now available at £5.00 per book and will be available on the night.  If you would like to order a book or two please contact John peel who will be able to sort this out.  Raffle tickets will be on sale at November’s gathering
      • As you will all have received your invitation proforma please get your returns in as soon as possible to help the organising committee in the admin that is essential to ensure arrangements for the evening are carried out in a timely manner.

 

Other Business.

  • Security Access to Camp – It appears this has now been sorted and everyone attending the last meeting gained access to camp with no fuss.  Going forward for all events on the base where the RMA are attending, as long as the Chairman submits an accurate list in advance of the event the Security Officer on the gate will be able to ticket off individuals and where necessary a temporary car pass will be issued.  However please continue to ensure that proof ID is carried. 

 

And Finally.

  • Literally hot off the press the Chairman has just received a letter from the Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General Charlie Stickland OBE, acknowledging and thanking the branch for the hard work and success in our fund raising endeavours for the Royal Marine Charities. This will be read out at the next branch meeting.  A small extract says it all:

“The total raised since 2011 from the Sainsbury’s Cyclathon – a magnificent £76,000 - makes North Devon the most generous geographical Branch donor to the Charity.”

  • Have no doubt – but for the hard work and steadfast support of loyal branch members this accolade would not have been achieved.  From the Chairman – “All, feel proud and take the day off.  Thank you”

 

If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select one of the following below:

 

Branch Matters

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

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: 9th November  – WO&SNCO’s Mess – meet in the Ajax Bay Bar.  Meal 1800 to 1900 – BBQ Chicken Melt, Chips and Salad at £4.50 with a cold dessert at £0.75.  Branch Business 1900-1930 and “Spirits of the Sands” - a DVD about the US Army Assault Training Area on Braunton Burrows in preparation for D Day.

Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: September 2018.

 

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

  • 22 members attended the evening with 30 apologies.  The evening started with the usual PAYD meal and a summary of branch business.  The Chair welcomed Paul (Jan) Newland (although the Chair now realises he has welcomed Jan at least twice!!) and Graham Hand – two members who have recently joined the branch. The previous news bulletin/minutes were proposed as being correct by JC Bowden and seconded by Tom Rivenberg.
  • The Chair reported on the success of The Long Swim Challenge 2018, Mess Beerfest enjoyed by a number of branch members, The RMA Families Weekend at CTC and that he had met the new RSM, WO1 RSM Liam Dowthwaite RM, who had welcomed the RMA to the Mess.
  • The Chair also announced that dates had been secured for the annual Christmas Appeal and as always he would be seeking help with the bucket rattling.
  • Jacko Jackson gave a final brief on the Barnstaple Marathon and volunteers who would be marshalling on the airfield.
  • Following the formalities Bruce gave a very enlightening talk on the Deal Bombing, which occurred almost 30 years ago with the tragic loss of 11 Royal Marine Bandsmen.  Our thanks to Bruce for an excellently presentation.
  • The raffle raised £85 for branch funds. Thanks to the attendees for their generosity and support.

 

Accounts:  Branch Account: £3263.48                      Charity Account: £1367.59                            Social Account: £76.38

 

Chairman’s Report:

  • September 8th – Mess Beer Festival – RMB Chivenor.  A few members attended this excellent value for money Mess event where they enjoyed unlimited liquid refreshment, bands, BBQ and a free drinking receptacle for the grand fee of £10.
  • September 15th/16th – Royal Marines Corps Family Weekend.  This is improving each year under the new format and should be better still next year.  Various activities and stands on the main parade and drill shed were available to wander around.  There was a Tug-o-War completion between a number of RM Units, the RMA rugby and football were in action, displays by the RM Cadet Force, The Royal Marine Band-CTC performed Beat Retreat and more.  The concert in the evening was outstanding as always followed by a buffet dance to the CTC RM Dance Band.  Sunday’s parade was well attended with hotdogs and drinks afterwards.  We are please to announce the branch retained the Quiz Trophy, which was great.  However, only 3.5 teams entered. But you have to be in it to win it!
  • September 22nd and 23rd – Supporting the Barnstaple Carnival.  Members of the branch supported Barnstaple Carnival organisers with the placing crowd barriers and gathering them in on the Sunday.  This assisted the organisers greatly and reduced the time and effort considerably.  It is expected the request may come again next year.
  • September 29th – The Barnstaple Marathon. Again this year the branch provided marshalling on the airfield for this event.  Jacko Jackson headed up the co-ordination of this with his usual efficiency.  There were 18/19 branch members including uniforms spread around the course on the airfield ensuring the runners didn’t go astray and helping break up the monotony of running around a pretty desolate circuit of the perimeter.  The ladies, with able assistance from Jan Newland and his ghetto blaster, were a welcome break with drinks and refreshments.  The Chairman would like to thank all those who dragged themselves out of bed at 0700 to help and a big well done to Jacko.  And we get to do it all again next year.
  • October 3rd –Cheque Presentation from North Devon Roads Runners.  On behalf of the branch the Chairman received a cheque for £200 for the branch for this year’s support at the Barnstaple Marathon.  There was also an announcement for next year’s race – 29th September 2019.

 

What’s Coming Up.

  • October
    • 19th - Branch Mtg: Themed Evening in Mess
      • A celebration/remembrance of RM Corps Birthday, Trafalgar Day, 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 and RAF 100. The Appledore Band will be giving us a 1-hour concert with a selection of military music covering all services.
    • 25th – Branch Standard at Northam Church for WW1 Remembrance.   
      • The branch standard has been invited to attend.
  • November
    • 8th November CLR Remembrance Service – Braunton Burrows: Details to follow.
    • 9th – Branch Meeting – 1800 -food, 1900 - Branch business – details of evening nearer the time.
      • Special Guest – John Bigwood – USMC League & Associate branch member and friend of Bob Martin
    • 11th – Remembrance Parade – More details to come.
      • It has been decided that CLR will allow Unit personnel to take part in Remembrance Services in their home towns this year. THEREFORE THERE WILL NOT BE A PARADE AT RMB CHIVENOR ON THE SUNDAY.  It is believed there will be small detachments attending services in the area.  The branch standard will parade at Bideford.  You are welcome to attend the Bideford parade or, if you choose, attend a parade in your local area.  As always we will provide RMA wreaths for those who would like to lay a wreath at their towns Memorial on behalf of the RMA and in previous years we have laid wreaths at Bideford, Barnstaple, Marwood, Ilfracombe and Torrington.  I will liaise with representatives for those areas in due course.
    • 11th – WW1 100th Anniversary Beacon Lighting Pollyfields Centre, Bideford at 1730/1800
      • This event is running all afternoon but the main event starts around 1800 with the Roll Call  of Bideford’s WW1 fallen.  This will be followed by Last Post, the Lighting of the Beacon, the Pealing of the Bells at St Mary’s Church as happened at the end of the conflict.
      • Bideford is the only town in North Devon taking part in this national event.  The standard will be on parade and it would be good to have branch representation at this event.
  • December
    • Branch Christmas Appeal –  1000-1600 unless stated differently.
      • Tesco Braunton – 3rd/4th
      • Morrison’s Bideford – 5th/6th/7th
      • Barnstaple Pannier Mkt/High Street and/or Tesco Rose Lane (TBD)– 10th/11th/12th/13th
      • Tesco Ilfracombe – 17th/18th
    • Branch Christmas Party – 14th Officers Mess- Welcome drink, 3 course meal including 2 meat Carvery, coffee/mini mince pies and savoury snacks during the after dinner frivolity at the table.  Followed by 2 hours entertainment for “Crooner” Steve valentine who performed last year.  All for  £20 per head.  You should have received a proforma with closing date for returns with this bulletin.

Other Business.

  • ESS/Compass - With the changing of the catering contract from Sodexo to ESS (Compass) prices have gone up.
  • The Mess New “Scruffs Bar” -The branch used the new “Sruffs Bar (The Old Ajax Bay Room) for the first time in September with no change on the dining room but a change on location for Branch Business.
  • Security Access to Camp – We are still experiencing some inconsistencies with clearing Security at the gate.  Going forward it is hoped by providing a list of names in advance of meetings and events there maybe no need to physically go to the guardroom to sign in and get car passes.  However, reporting to the Guard room is currently the procedure. So be prepared to arrive early, get out of your car and check in at the Guardroom.  Don’t forget ID.  The Chairman and Unit Liaison Officer are continuing to work with Security and the Unit and will update you on any changes and the final agreed procedure.

And Finally.

If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select one of the following below:

Branch Matters

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

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: 19th October  – WO&SNCO’s Mess – meet in the Ajax Bay Room not the main bar.  Meal 1800 to 1900.  Gammon Steak or Veggie Option

Branch Meeting and Monthly News Bulletin: August 2018.

 

The Branch Buffet – Bideford RFC – 10th August 2018

  • 28 members attended the evening with 38 apologies.  The evening started with a buffet, subsidies by branch and a summary of branch business.  The Chair welcomed, Cliff Coates and Jenny, Rodney Oke, Wyne and Shirley.  He also reported that May Baddick had sent her apologies as had Len Husband and Sheila Parker, John and Sylvia Lindsay, Norman and Paula Kitchen and Mandy Berryman’s Mum, Kay.  All had looked forward to attending but couldn’t make it at the last minute. Details of what was covered can be found below and in the main news bulletin below.  The previous news/minutes were proposed as being correct by JC Bowden and seconded by Dave Rowland.

 

  • The Chair reported on a successful day at the Families event at 11 ATTRM, Instow that continues to enhance the relationship between the branch and the serving Corps.

 

  • More volunteers were forthcoming to support the various events coming up, The Mariners Families Day, The Barnstaple Marathon, and The Xmas Appeal.

 

  • There were also a few more wanting to attend the Reunion parade at CTC in September and ticketing would be provided for this event.

 

  • Pete Johnson donated some more bird feeding tables and an Herb Box he makes to raise donations for the branch.  Our thanks to Pete.

 

  • Following the formalities there was a round of bingo with a cash prize for a line and the house and a “Lochs and Glens” quiz, which proved quite challenging – don’t shoot the Chairman he was only reading the questions out.  Again a cash prize was presented to the winners.  The raffle raised £94 for branch funds with £25 go back out in prize money.  Many thanks to those donating raffle prizes and well done to those who won something.

 

Accounts:  Branch Account: £3474.97                      Charity Account: £1175.97                            Social Account: £146.38

 

Chairman’s Report:

  • 11 ATT Families Day at Instow. This was a very success day in support of the base.  The shop sold over £200 of merchandise and there was around £83 in donations towards the Chairman’s Long Swim Challenge 2018.

 

  • The Mariners Fun Day.  After getting the garden dressed for the occasion the “missal” set in forcing the stands to relocate in the Function Suite.  Slow support from the public initially but it did pick up and around the same number attended as last year.  The band were great and all in all it was a good day.  It will never be a big event and sadly due to some very slow selling of raffle tickets (the biggest part of the fund raising) by the pub in advance of the event the total money raised - £290 - was down on last year.  My thanks to the 15 members who’s help put on a good show.

 

  • The Long Swim 2018 for Royal Marine Charities.  The Chairman, with his two Ex RAF recruits completed this year’s personal challenge at Stocklands Lake, Heddon Mill on the 21st August.  Arriving at 0630 JP entered the water at 0700 and set off on this 12-hour marathon.  Over the next 12 hours each swimmer did 6 laps of the lake – over a mile - completing the challenge at 1900.  They under estimated the distance and now believe they swam collectively nearly 30 miles.  Personally John was in the water for around 5.5 hours over the period.  The £1000 target has been reached and a little more, which is outstanding.  John would like to thank all who sponsored the event.  However if you were waiting to see if he would complete the challenge and would still like to support RM Charities you can on line at www.justgiving/fundraising/john-peel2 or cash donations can be sent to the Chairman who’s address is on his monthly letter that is included with this bulletin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Coming Up.

 

  • September 8th – Mess Beer Festival – RMB Chivenor.  Those attending the branch meeting were briefed by Jacko Jackson and although no official information has been published yet he assured all that it would follow the same itinerary as previous years.   For around £10 you will receive a unique drinking vessel, which you will be able to top up with your chose free liquid refreshment, a free BBQ and entertainment for all.  Location will be the WO&SNCO’s Mess, RMB Chivenor .  Jacko confirmed that as soon as the formal brief came out he would let everyone know. He also advised that if you wanted overnight accommodation you should contact the Mess immediate so as not to be disappointed.  Those attending last year confirmed it was a great day and a steal at £10.  Jacko will be the point of contact for this event so be get in touch with him.  His details are shown at the end of this bulleting

 

  • September 15th/16th – Royal Marines Corps Family Weekend.  As the chair skipped this item he was picked up by a more observant Cathy Headrick, demonstrating that at least someone was listening to the Chair “go on”! Well spotted Cathy. The Chair reminded everyone what a good day this was and well worth a trip to the home of Commando training at Lympstone even just for the day.  Free access for all was unrestricted with advanced bookings or £1 on the day. Details and ticketing available on line at www.royalmarinesassociatio.org.uk. However if you would like assistance in getting tickets or how to access the RMA website please ask the Chair who will be happy t o help.  The branch will be defending the Quiz trophy won last year.

 

  • September 22nd and 23rd – Supporting the Barnstaple Carnival.  A request has been received to help the organisers of the Barnstaple Carnival put the crowd control barriers in advance of the carnival procession and dismantle them the following day.   Timings are 0700 on the 22nd and 0700 on the 23rd for a few hours each day.  The chair has already had volunteers come forward for this which, if nothing else, is a good PR exercise and enhances the relationship with Barnstaple Town Council.  Thanks to those willing helpers.  If anyone else thinks they could help please contact John Peel (email only), Colin Shearsby or Jacko Jackson – contact details at the end of this bulletin.

 

  • September Branch Meeting – 28th – The WO&SNCO’s Mess – 1800-1900 to dine.  As yet it is uncertain about arrangements with the contractors regarding menu or price.  Clearer information will be forthcoming nearer the time.  However, be assured that as the meeting will go ahead the price of a meal will not be cost prohibitive (if more than normal will be subsidies by branchfunds) and any noticeable changes to the charges we have been used to we can discuss at the meeting on the night the way ahead.

 

  • September 30th – Barnstaple Marathon.  We will be supporting this event again and, as a “thank you”, The North Devon Road Runners have always made a donation to branch funds of £200.  Colin Shearsby and Jacko  Jackson will be co-ordinating this.  We have already received volunteers but if anyone else would be willing to spend a morning from 0800 to around 1100 directing runners around the airfield please get in touch.  We need around 15-20 but have had serving personnel supporting us each year.

 

  • October 19th Branch Mtg: The plan is for a themed evening celebrating RM Corps Birthday, Trafalgar Day, 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 and RAF 100.

 

Other Business.

  • Applications to march at the Cenotaph. Those attending the meeting were reminded that this was the first time this has happened and although the RBL are the main organisers Central Office were still taking bids for the limited places available to the RMA as published in the Repnet and in last month bulletin.  The cut off was the 15th August.

 

  • The changing of the catering contract from Sodexo to ESS (Compass).  The Chair and Jacko confirmed there may be some financial impact with this contractual change – time will only tell.

 

  • The Scuffs Bar at the Mess.  The Ajax Bay Room, where we normally hold our meetings, has been converted into the “Scuffs Bar” allowing those serving Mess members a place to relax, have a drink and be able to dress down.  Going forward at our meetings we will gather in the Ajax Bay Room rather than the main bar, which will only be used for major Mess functions. Dining will be the same and our business meeting and any talks etc will occur in one of the other areas in the Mess.  All will be more clear at the September gathering.

 

  • The Mountbatten Festival of Music 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall.  By the time you read this the cut off date for advance preferential tickets for this event will have past.  A party of 19 will be attending from the branch.  The event itself is 16th March 2019.  However, ticketing will be on general sale to the public.  So if you would like to attend – remembering you will need to make your own way to London and find your own accommodation.

 

 

  • Security Access to RMB Chivenor. Following a review of arrangements for getting on the base it looks like the process will be tightened up.  Jacko Jackson gave a briefing on the potential changes to the policy.  It is likely that at the next visit everyone will be request to re-registered at the Guard Room and they should receive a new pass.  Jacko is looking into the impact of the changes and will report back on what we must do to conform to these changes.  Two points:
    • Please ensure you have your RMA membership card with you when access the base next time and going forward.
    • Please also remember that the Security staff are only doing their job and that it is a military establishment which we are allowed the privilege of accessing on a less formal basis.

 

  • Mr and Mrs Chair are taking “Time Out”: John and Jacky are taking some well-earned leave from the 27th August to 11th September.  While they are away contact by email only can still be made to the Chair, who will be monitoring his emails at: [email protected]

 

  • If you need to make contact for any reason by phone or email; please select one of the following below:

Branch Matters

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

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: 28th September – WO&SNCO’s Mess – meet in the Ajax Bay Room not the main bar.  Meal 1800 to 1900.  Meal Choice to be decided after confirmation with ESS/Compass.

 

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 one of the Branch Officers.

 

 

 

 

Branch News Letter – July 2018.


Due to on-going commitments by committee members there was again no committee meeting this month. However, below are reports on activities completed recently, the accounts balances and what’s coming up.



The Branch BBQ at the Hoof Inn

  • There were 38 attending with 24 apologies. The Chairman welcomed former RM Paul (Jan) Newland & Kirsty. He also thanked Stephen (Boden) (Branch Member and former RM) and Richie (Bray)(Serving RM) for arranging the food and chefing and Paul (Jan) (Newland)(Former RM) for running the bar. The planned talk on Alpacas had to be cancelled at short notice and was replaced by our own ‘wildlife from the wilderness’ Roli demonstrating prepping and cooking a salmon on an open fire. The raffle raised £1280 for branch funds – outstanding generosity.

  • The Chairman went through some branch business and details of this are documented below in Chairman’s Report. However he did explain why the evening was free to all attendees as follows. The Late Pauline Winslow’s Gift to the Branch – Just before Pauline passed she requested or insisted Bob ensured the branch enjoyed an evening “On her”. Why? Pauline felt she (and Bob) had been made so very welcome to the branch when they moved from Swindon and wanted to repay that that kind gesture. So she had made provision in a “brown envelope” which she instructed Bob to pass to the Chairman. Complying with Pauline’s wishes to treat the branch to a social evening and in agreement with Bob – part of her gift to the branch paid for the BBQ including refreshments.

  • Recognition of Unsung Hero - Last year it was decided to recognise a couple of members who when asked generally at short notice and often unseen by other members had gone the extra mile. This year this idea was continued presenting Dave Rowland with a plaque and certificate (he’s now certified!!) at the Regimental Dinner. However, one other has over recent years never said no when asked to help out. John Davis couldn’t be with us at the dinner but was at the BBQ and was awarded a branch plaque and certificate in acknowledgement of his contribution to the branch.

  • Homeport. Branch President and Southwest Trustee informed all at the BBQ that the association between the RMA and Homeport is to cease. What will replace it - is yet to be announced.

  • There were no other “Matters Arising”.

Support: Sadly we lost a very old former RM recently who had been on our support radar. Jim Roberts came to our attention via SSAFA and we managed a few visits and phone calls. However, we lost contact around the beginning of the year - only to find out a recently he had passed away 10 weeks ago. He had been moved from his home to a Care Home in January but we weren’t informed. It is not good when we have made contact that we aren’t able to at least give a veteran a good send off. So it is essential that for us to be able to carry out the support role effectively we hear about those who may not be connected to our happy band but still deserve our support.

So as usual if there is anyone we should know about could you let Bruce or I know. We can only help if we have info.



Accounts: Branch Account: £ 3496.58 Charity Account: £1012.84 Social Account: £509.98



Chairman’s Report:

  • Day Out with 11 ATT at Instow. Around 14 branch members had a great day out as guests of 11 ATT. A briefing by Major Martyn Heenan was followed by a tour of the site and vehicles + a run through the Dip Tank in land rover and BRV, sporting the latest fashion in rubber wear. After lunch we moved to Zeta berth where we had a trip up the Trot in an LCM and spin in an ORC. The landing craft did do a beach landing at Crow Point where some aged RM’s felt the need to recreated storming the beach but in very slow time!! A good day out nurturing relationships with Arromanche Camp Instow.

  • Regimental Dinner. For those who attended the branch Regimental dinner I think you all had a good night – attended by 80 members and guests. Our Top Table and other branch guests certainly enjoyed themselves and it was good to be able to spread the gospel according to the North Devon Branch. We were presented with a picture from RSM Tim Jukes and a Cdo Dagger from Brig Richard Spencer to go in our newly acquired display cabinet in the passageway outside the Ajax bay Room. We presented Tim with a branch plaque and will be presenting him with an engraved tankard (which wasn’t ready for the dinner) prior to his draft to 30 CdoIX.

  • Beat Retreat. 4 branch members attended Beat Retreat on Horse Guards, London where the branch standard was part of the Guard of Honour for HRH Prince William.

  • Armed Forces Week – Flag Raising. A good turnout at this Council Armed Forces Week Flag Raising event in Victoria Park, Bideford. Unfortunately the Parade Marshall pulled out at the last minute and a stand in was less than effective. This will be sorted next year. A good reception in Bideford Rugby Club provided by Torridge Council followed.

  • Sainsbury’s 2018. This has just ended and over 5 days at 13 hours a day we cycled over 2200 miles and raised over £6500 for RM Charities. There was good support from CLR and Instow. My thanks to all who volunteered to help holding buckets and cycling. I have had words of appreciation from the CO and RSM at CLR, CE of RMC and RMA, Marketing Manager from the RMC and Ops Managers (West and East) of the RMA.

What’s Coming Up

  • Instow Weekend July 28th and 29th:
    • July 28th – 11 ATT Instow Families Day – 12/1300 to late. The branch are support this event again this year and will have the branch stand and RMA shop on site. There has already been some volunteers but if you would like to help for a short time or just come along for a day out please pass your name to John Peel by 23rd July. There is a £5 entry fee. It is a Families Day (inc Kids) so there is plenty to do and see, refreshment stands, bar and bands playing. If you give John Peel your name he will be able to advise on final timings etc. ID will be needed to get on the base.
    • July 29th – Instow Village Community Day – Instow Beach. This is a Village Community Day, where the branch supports the event with kit from the base plus our stand. Again it would be useful to have 3 or 4 helpers. The event runs for the afternoon only. Again there are already some volunteers already but if you think you can help please pass your name to John Peel.

  • August 10th – Branch Meeting – Bideford RFC. 1800 – There will be a buffet provided (a small charge applies), the bar will be open and we may run a Quiz/Bingo or some other relaxing activity or talk. Names as usual to John Peel by 6th August.

  • August 18th – Family Fun Day – The Mariners Arms, Braunton for Royal Marine Charities - 1300-1730. This event has raised over £800 in the last 2 years. Everyone is welcome but as usual some volunteers to help on our games and stall would be good.
    • Activities – The Stocks, Splat the Rat, Bouncy Castle, Kids Tombola, Cam Cream face Painting, Ration Pack sampling
    • Band
    • RMA Shop
    • BBQ – 50p from each purchase will go to RM Charities
    • Important Please. The Raffle – This is the main source of fund raising revenue. As we don’t want to go to our regular Spring and Christmas Raffles donors we need to find others who are willing to donate. We are not asking for personal donation (but wouldn’t refuse them either) but if anyone knows of a business they could approach who would like to donate a prize please let the Chairman know. He will be able to provide a letter of introduction if needed or go and speak to them directly.
  • Some time during week commencing August 20th. – The Long Swim 2018 for Royal Marine Charities.

  • September 8th – Beer Festival – RMB Chivenor – Details to follow.

  • September 15th/16th - Royal Marines Corps Families Weekend
    • Event open to everyone. Free to attend for members and associate members, £1 for none members with photo ID. Access by ticket only, available on line on the RMA website where you will find more info at: www.royalmarinesassociation/org.uk
    • The Saturday will be full of activities for those in the mood and the bars, a pop up cafe and other more sedate activities for those who wish to chill a bit more. Gates open at 1100
    • Band Concert in the evening £5 - finishes at 2030
    • Buffet Dance to follow £6 – finishes at 2359
    • RMA Parade on the Sunday.
    • If you fancy attending, even for just the Saturday (an opportunity for those other cap badges to be able to gain entry to the Home of the Royal Marines) and need help getting entry tickets the Chairman, JP is very willing to get tickets on your behalf and get them to you.

  • September Branch Meeting 28th – Date to be confirmed
  • September 30th – Barnstaple Marathon – This is an early morning 0800 to 1100 event where we provide marshalling (10-12 personnel) on the airfield. It is important that we continue to support this event as we receive an annual donation to the branch of £200 for our services. We have been invited to have our branch stand and RMA shop in Marathon Village at Rock Park as well. Please pass names to John Peel.

  • October Branch Mtg: Themed Evening – RM Corps Birthday, Trafalgar Day, Memorable Army Date and RAF 100. Details to follow.

  • Remembrance Parades - The Cenotaph – Application for anyone to march at this year’s Remembrance Parade in London is open through the Ops Manager Richie Puttock at Central Office. This is a change from the usual format for the event and hasn’t happened before. Cut off for application is 15th August. If you would like to be there and need more info how to proceed speak to JP. Of course, the branch will be supporting the parade at RMB Chivenor and other local events, as usual. This year there is an addition national event – “Beacon Lighting” in Bideford to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1. Details to follow.

Other Business:

  • Offer of Free Parking: Branch member John and Liz Gingell are offering free parking if your holiday flies out of Bournemouth International Airport. The airport is a £5 taxi fare away from their house, which is a little cheaper than £50+ for parking at the airport. This is an open offer going forward, which would only be restricted by the date and space availability. So next time you fly from Bournemouth contact John Peel well in advance to see if “Gingell Parking” is available.
  • MFM 2019. Preferential tickets are available for next year’s Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall. This is an exclusive offer to the RMA to secure seats in advance of ticketing going public. Seats are available at prices ranging from £30 to £40. As application for tickets must be received at Central Office by 24th August and can only be applied for by the branch Chairman/Secretary you need to get your request in the Chairman, John Peel by 20th August at the latest.
  • News/Comments/Items to Report: If anyone has something they would like to report on – news, something the branch should know about please or comments on anything feel free to get in touch with any of the committee and it will be discussed and included in future minutes.

Branch Matters

John Peel on 01237477438 or07845989377 or email [email protected]

Colin Shearsby on 07737204646 or email [email protected] - Currently overseas

Jacko Jackson on 07821 448043 or email [email protected]

Derek Sargent on 01237475999 or email [email protected]

Welfare Matters

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 – A Buffet Evening: August 10th – At Bideford RFC - commencing at 1800.

If you haven’t made the Chairman aware of your planned attendance please do so by the 6th August so food can be ordered.


Committee Meeting Minutes – June 2018.


Due to commitments by the committee and pending branch activities there was no committee meeting this month. However, below are reports on activities completed since the AGM, the accounts balances and what’s coming up.


Accounts: Branch £3595.63 Charity £905.04 Social £2889.43

  • Note that payments for the Regimental Dinner are due out of the Social Account and the branch account is looking very healthy due to the kind legacy bequeathed by the late Pauline Winslow.

Support:

  • Members attended the funeral of John Carr, Army Commando who served with 3rd Cdo Brigade at Suez and was a Associate Member of the branch. The family were hugely grateful for our support and didn’t expect it.
  • As usual if there is anyone we should know about could you let me know.

Chairman’s Report:

  • No mtg in June. Due to various activities in June it was agreed at May’s branch meeting to cancel our June get together.
  • Chivenor Garrison Families Day 19th May. At short notice the branch stand and shop were wheeled out to Chivenor for this event. The garrison were extremely grateful for our attendance. This was about raising awareness and interaction with the Garrison. Not a fundraiser but on the day we raised £35 for RM Charities and sold £168 of merchandise from the shop. We received a letter of thanks from the Garrison.
  • Ajax Bay Boxing Evening – 23rd May. This was a change to usual format for this Mess function, which is normally buy invitation only from the RSM. This year, branch member, Brain Mulholland put on a boxing evening with the event being opened to all. Sadly as we only found out at very short notice there wasn’t time to publish information. However we had a table of 10 at the evening. It is possible this will happen again next year when hopefully we will get better warning.
  • Beat Retreat - 31st May. The branch standard and 4 members of the branch attended this event in London. The Massed Bands were excellent and the standard was one of 10 saluting the Royal representative on arrival. Following we attended the Corps Reception at Lancaster House.
  • Branch Outing to 11 ATT, Instow – 7th June. The branch was well represented at this “Away Day” where 15 members enjoyed the hospitality of the OC and Squadron at Instow. The event included an overview of activities and the function of the base, viewing the equipment, a tour of the workshops, a go in the Dip Tank and ride in the BRV and a trip up the “Trot” on a Landing Craft and ORC. All in all a great day and good to forge stronger relationships with the base.
  • Branch Regimental Dinner – 9th June. 80 members of the branch and their guests enjoyed another excellent evening at the WO&SNCO’s Mess. Brigadier Richard Spencer took the salute of the Bideford Youth Pipe Band who performed Mess Beatings. He said in 30’something years in the Corps he had never heard Mess Beatings by a Piep Band and how great it was. The dinner went well with a number of Port Fines supplementing the purchase of the port, a very successful raffle raising £660 for branch funds, a well-attended disco and a very informative address by Brigadier Spencer. Dave Rowlands was rewarded for his often-unseen support for the branch; RSM Tim Jukes received half of a farewell gift and presented the Chairman with the first item for the new display cabinet in the Mess. Brigadier Spencer also made a presentation to the branch of a Commando Dagger in acknowledgment of the work the branch continues to do. Mr Vice and his good Lady Mrs Sec were quaiched having just left the Corps after 37 years. All in all a truly great evening.
  • Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Service 25th June. There was an excellent branch turnout for this event, held annually in Victoria Park Bideford. It is probably the only event of it’s kind in North Devon, acknowledging the Armed Forces.

Other Matters:

  • The Annual Sainsbury’s Challenge for RM Charities. The branch will be decamping to Sainsbury’s at 0800 on Monday 2nd July for the annual 5 day marathon to raise awareness and funds for the RMC. Support as every by Commando Logs and 11 ATT it is hoped to cycle 2000 miles on 2 or 3 bikes of the 5 days. This is the distance from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back via most of the bases where Royal Marines can be located. We have a rota for both bikes and buckets but if you fancy popping along we can always use you.
  • Making History: From a proposal by the Committee it was agreed at the meeting that the Branch sponser a brick in the wall at the new Corps Museum. This will cost a donation of £120.00 It you want to personally sponsor your won brick you can find out how by visiting: www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk/make-history
  • The Branch Admin Team.
    • This has yet to be started. But hopefully when there is more time after Sainsbury’s the Committee will look at how best to progress with this plan.
  • BRANCH BBQ – NOW THE 13TH JULY STARTING AT 1800 IN THE HOOF INN.
  • WO&SNCO’s Mess Summer Ball –21st July- Those attending know who they are and have details.
  • 11 ATT Instow– Families Day – July 28th - £5 per head. Last year there was plenty to see on base, refreshments both food and drinks (a bar). The day starts around 1300 and BBQ at around 1700. There is also entertainment into the evening. Tickets are £5 per head. We will be looking for volunteers to man the branch stand and shop. But this event is open to anyone who would like to attend. Names to John Peel.
  • Instow Village Community Open Day July 29th – On the beach-we will have the stand and shop there. This is a free to attend event. So if you are local come along and see what the Community gets upto.
  • August Branch Meeting – 10th August commencing at 1800 at Bideford Rugby Club. As usual there will be a buffet (small charge applicable) and paying bar. Names to the Chairman by 6th August.
  • The Mariners Arms, Braunton, Fun Day – August 18th – 1300 to 1800. This is the 3rd year we have been invited to this outing. In previous years we have raised around £450 for Corps Charities. This is a work in progress. We have promised a number of activities. There will be a band and BBQ and we will be running a raffle. Volunteers to help on the day please to John Peel.
  • The Barnstaple Marathon – 30th September – We will be providing marshals again. Details to follow.
  • Advanced Notice of the Branch Corps Birthday/Trafalgar Day and Armed Forces Memorable Date. This will be our October branch meeting and will be run on the same lines as the “Burns Night” in February. Meet at 1800, branch meeting at 1830, seated for 1900 for a meal and some entertainment.
  • Remembrance Parade – November 11th with Beacon Lighting in the Evening - The branch will support RMB Chivenor with hopefully representatives at other parades. This year there will be a Beacon Lighting Ceremony at 1900 in Bideford (Pollyfields Community Centre, East-the-Water) as part of the nationwide commemoration of 100th Anniversary of the ending of WW1. All are welcome to both events.

Branch Matters

John Peel on 01237477438 or07845989377 or email [email protected]

Colin Shearsby on 07737204646 or email [email protected] - Currently overseas

Jacko Jackson on 07821 448043 or email [email protected]

Derek Sargent on 01237475999 or email [email protected]

Welfare Matters

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 13th – The Annual BBQ at the Hoof Inn (by the Gym outside the camp at RMB Chivenor - commencing at 1800.

If you haven’t made the Chairman aware of your planned attendance please do so by the 9th July so food can be ord