Branch Meeting – August 2017

August’s Branch Meeting was held at the Canary Social Club on 24 August 2017 with 32 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 presented S/M’s Chris Spinks and David Pye with their ID Card and RNA Badge.

The Chairman opened by apologising for not being able to attend the Branch Luncheon at Bawburgh, The Chairman understood that it went very well and would appreciate some feedback from the members as to whether we should make it an annual event; your views please.

Reported that he was able to attend was the Families Day at RAF Marham and thanks to Nev for organising our attendance. Apart from the long wait to get in which, in the present climate, is understandable, and the not very good weather, the rest of the day was excellent. The Chairman continued that he thought that the flying displays were first class, especially the Typhoon, a most impressive aircraft.

Continued by advising that he attended a meeting of the planning committee for the next Armistice/Remembrance Day parades in the City on Friday 11th August at City Hall. Among the suggestions as to how the parade and service can be improved was one, to allow more space for the Standard Bearers at the War Memorial, and two, for the Services part of the parade to march off closer to the ex-Service organisations when we march to the cathedral, the aim being to close the gap between the two parts of the parade, thereby shortening the time that the roads have to be closed.

Finally, thanked Gus for organising the Breakfast Club meeting at the Woolpack Public House in the City; once again a well-attended event and hopefully we will see more members at the next one on the 1st October at the Table Top opposite the Showground.


The Vice-Chairman commenced by informing all that S/M Dick Ascott crossed the bar 23 July.

Advised that the Septembers Branch Meeting will take place on 26 September and that there are new Open Month posters to reflect this.

Finished by reading the Sea Cadet Report from S/M Mike Massen:

The Committee are working hard to secure our future unit, there is no fresh news so far.

The cadets have been collecting qualifications and have spent a week at our area summer camp on HMS Bristol down at Excellent, a week at Thrapston doing anything boating wise, and have had a great time. Our numbers remain static and we are still getting youngsters joining us.

Our marine cadets are next week on their summer camp, doing field craft and mock searches. I myself have been helping at a new unit that has opened in Wells next to sea, training staff and cadets.

Membership Secretary

Welcomed S/M Gav Rule as a new member and advised that he still has copies of the Membership list for any members that would like one

Welfare Secretary

Commenced by passing on his thanks to all the Shipmates that were able to attend the funerals of S/M’s Jim Bowles, Dorothy Pain and Kenyon Mansfield.

Finished by providing a reminder that you are eligible to claim this card at a cost of £25.00 with no time limit. Many stores will accept it and the savings can be considerable, especially when booking holidays or buying a new/used car from a main dealer. Worth considering

Social Secretary

Provided an update on forthcoming events:

Forthcoming Events

27th Aug – Aviation Museum – 1200 at Norwich Airfield, Old Norwich Rd Horsham St Faiths NR10 3JF.

02nd Sep – Run Ashore – 2000 at The Eagle.

24th Sep – Sunday lunch – 1300 at Costessey Park.

01st Oct – Breakfast Club – 1000 at Table Table, Showground

21st Oct – Trafalgar Night

04th Nov – Run Ashore – 2000 at Trafford Arms.

02nd Dec – Breakfast Club – 1000 at Village Inn Little Melton

Visit to the QE will hopefully take place in the first 6 months of 2018, we are looking at April.

The intention is to work more closely with the Costessey RBL on social events from 2018 onwards.


Any Other Business

S/M Pat Whiley – Advised all present that the Branch has a Bucket Collection arranged for 8th and 9th September at Morrisons in Wymondham. The list for Friday is full, and one person is needed for the 1300-1500 slot on the Saturday.

S/M Nev Townsend – Big thank you to all the members who came along to Steven Taylors Funeral in Sprowston last Thurs in particular John Kett though as usual JK you did a great job. Full Military funeral. 18 rounds at the graveside plus bugler sounding the last post. Fitting farewell to a generous man. Also, a quiz has been arranged for the September Branch Meeting, he will buy a box of wine for the winning team.


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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