Branch Meeting – July 2017

July’s Branch Meeting was held at the Canary Social Club on 11 July 2017 with 48 members attending.

The usual formalities were observed with a minute’s silence for those that have crossed the bar, followed by reports from:


The Chairman welcomed potential new S/M’s David Pye and Steve Dean to the meeting.

The Chairman opened by conveying the news that our past President Jim Bowles had crossed the bar on the 1st July after spending the last few months in a care home. His family were with him when he passed away. The Chairman gave a personal tribute to S/M Jim Bowles.

Continued by advising that the Chairman’s Annual Report has been submitted and has received an “excellent” rating from the Area Secretary. The Report was read to all present.

Advised that after much discussion regarding Sea Sunday and this Branch’s annual service of remembrance, the Committee have recommended that a short service of remembrance, together with the names of Branch members who have “crossed the bar” during the past year, should be held at either the October or November Branch meeting.

Provided a “well done” to John Kett for carrying the Branch Standard at the Armed Forces Day Flag Raising ceremony at City Hall and the final parade at the Royal Norfolk Show. The latter event was well organised and was an impressive display, thanks to all those who turned up to support the event.

Mentioned that he had recently been on a Broads cruise from Wroxham on board the ‘Queen of the Broads’. It was a very good afternoon trip for about two and a half hours. A smaller ship, the ‘Cordon Rouge’ can take up to 60 passengers and, if the price is right, would be ideal for a Branch outing. The Social Committee have agreed to investigate this further.

Confirmed that Dorothy Pains Funeral will take place at 1315 on 18 July at St Faiths Crematorium. Advising that the dress code will be Blazers, shirt and tie with medals.

Closed by reporting that the Branch will be holding an Open Month in September and Posters are available to all Members to promote the event, please publicise this event as much as you can.

Membership Secretary

The Membership Secretary advised that there are new Membership Leaflets available, and that a new Attendance Register is circulating for Members to sign.

Welfare Secretary

As from 12th July the Britannia Veterans Drop in Centre will be holding a Coffee Morning, each month. 1000 – 1400.   All welcome

Social Secretary

Provided an update on forthcoming events:

Forthcoming Events

16th Jul – Summer Luncheon – 1230 for 1300 at Bawburgh GC – £10 for members; £19 for non-members

20th Jul – Marham Families Day – Tickets have arrived and handed out this evening.

12th Aug – Breakfast Club – 1000 at the Woolpack Inn, Norwich

27th Aug – Aviation Museum – 1200-1700 at Norwich Airfield – The event will include a tour of the Vulcan. Cost is £6.50 (£6 concessions)

Mississippi Boat Trip – Mississippi Boat Trip at Horning in September date TBC.

Trafalgar Night – The last opportunity to pay for this years event will be the September Branch Meeting. No payment – no attendance.

S/M Paul Dale – S/M Paul Dale will be giving a presentation on shipwrecks off the Norfolk coast after the meeting.

August Branch Meeting – The next Branch Meeting is provisionally booked for 22 August. This is because there is a Norwich City home game on 8 August.

Any Other Business

S/M Nev Townsend – Managed to have a good chat with the CO from Marham and his wife at the RNS. Thanked them for the Families Day tickets. Visit to the QE will hopefully take place in the first 6 months of 2018. Nev Southall onboard QE is going to arrange the visit.

S/M Phil Coates – Advised that he had posted a message on the Facebook Group in regard to the Nelson and Norfolk exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum and he would be happy to arrange. S/M’s Nev Townsend and Alf Wiggins advised that they were investigating whether the Branch could organise an event highlighting the changes in the Navy at the Castle Museum alongside the Nelson in Norfolk exhibition. Further details to follow.

S/M Mike Wilkinson – Asked for a show of hands for those attending Dorothy Pains funeral.

S/M Mike Mizen – Advised all present that a funeral for Richard Amis will take place at 1145 on 21 July. The family have requested any Ex-RN would be most gratefully appreciated to attend.

RNA Norwich

The Norwich Branch is one of 300+ branches of the Royal Naval Association world wide. It was commissioned in 1979 and today has a membership of just over 90. It is a registered charity in its own right - the Registered Charity Number is: 1068699

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