April’s Branch Meeting was held at the Canary Social Club on 10 April 2018 with 50 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 Martin French and Kelvin Kennedy with their ID Cards and RNA Badge and welcomed Kevin Brett on his visit to the Branch.
The Chairman presented S/M’s Bernahdette McGuire, Reg McGuire and Alf Wiggins with their Certificates of Appreciation; thanking them for all they had done for the Branch.
The Chairman commenced by reminding all present that Jean Hogben’s funeral is at St Faith’s Crematorium on Friday 13th, next Friday, at 1530 and he know’s that Fred would like to see as many of you as are able attend. Please be there if you can.
Reported that he has been in contact with Sim-Fly, and it would help if those attending can get there by 0945 for a briefing before the 1000 start. The guy in charge is John Hoyte and is the point of contact when you arrive.
At 12.30 the party make their way to the Distillery for a tour and tasting, arriving no later than 1300 and after the tour if they wish, enjoy a meal in the restaurant (not included in the price but all prices are very reasonable).
Once again, another well organised Breakfast Club meeting, this time at the Townhouse Hotel in Thorpe Road. Very good value for money and with excellent views over the river. Thanks to all those who attended and hopefully we will have even more attending at the next one.
Finally, the Chairman offered his apologies now for the next meeting in May, as he will be on holiday.
Norfolk’s Armed Forces Covenant Conference will take place on Wednesday 13 June at Norwich City Football Ground. This whole day Conference will cover:
- The opportunities and challenges faced by the armed forces community living and working in Norfolk today as told by current service personnel, reservists, families and veterans
- The relationship between the armed forces community and the civilian community
- How statutory services and the charity sector are working to support the armed forces community and what this support may look like in the future given the changing face of the armed forces in the UK
Your contribution to the day will help to form the future work programme for the Norfolk Armed Forces Covenant.
Formal invitations will be sent out shortly but in the meantime the Norfolk Armed Forces Covenant Board would be grateful if you could save the date.
Brought to the attention of all present three articles in the latest edition of Up Spirits, which have been copied from Aprils Semaphore, these are articles relating to Vacancy for New Branch Recruitment and Retention Advisor, Veterans Gateway and Preserved Pensions and RNBT – Assistance with Care Home Fees; and I would recommend that all Shipmates acquaint themselves with this information.
Finally, for those that have been absent for the last couple of months, new Data Protection Act Regulations will come into effect from May this year, and the details are contained in Februarys Branch Minutes. We still have the list for Shipmates to give consent in sharing their personal details and it is requested that anyone that hasn’t yet signed it does so this evening.
Reported that there are approximately half a dozen members who have not renewed and that an email had been sent out following last week’s Committee Meeting. In addition, the previous Membership Secretary had taken numerous steps to contact those who do not have email.
At last week’s Committee Meeting it was agreed that a cut of date of 30th April would be put in place for renewals, and any Shipmates that had not renewed by then would be deemed to have had their membership marked as lapsed.
Next year this cut-off date would be set in line with the AGM, however it is also the intention to allow Shipmates to set up standing orders to pay for their membership fees and it is hoped that this will make the process easier for all. The Chairman added that this was in line with many other organisations and it was unfair that those that had not paid their current subscriptions were entitled to the same events and benefits as those who had.
S/M Reg McGuire has for the past few months spoke about involving those members who find it difficult to attend events due to their increasing lack of mobility and / or lack of transport; continuing that he was sure there are many members who would like to attend our monthly meeting but are unable to do so. So, looking to draw upon one of our core values, Loyalty; in that we will always support and look out for one another. If you have space in your car, please give consideration to offering a lift to a member who may need it. If you are willing to give a shipmate a lift, please come and speak to him and we can discuss how you can help.
Comradeship is another area that some of our members in isolation undeservedly miss out on. If you’ve got some free time during the week, then it is requested you to partake in his “Bringing Shipmates Back on Board” initiative. At this stage, all that is being asked is for names of shipmates who would be willing to give 10 minutes a week in the form of a phone call and then the Welfare Officer will match up Shipmates offering their time with those members in isolation, so they can give them a call and have a chat. Something as simple as a weekly phone call can help combat loneliness which is often referred to as the invisible enemy, affecting 41% of veterans of all ages.
Thank you for your support and the Welfare Officer looks forward to being inundated with offers of duty driver and duty communicator!
Provided an update on forthcoming events:
14th Apr – Armed Forces Day – Carrow Road – Veterans from the area will be parading at half-time with the serving guys.
15th Apr – Sunday Visit – Old Buckenham Airfield and St George’s Distillery – Sunday Visit to the Flight Simulator at Old Buckenham Airfield and a visit to St George’s Distillery. 1000 at Simulator followed by 1230 Distillery tour and tasting.
5th May – Run Ashore – 1500 at The Woolpack
27th May – Armed Forces Fete – All Day at Longwater Lane Park – We will have a stand throughout the day.
3rd June – Breakfast Club – at 1000 Hotel Nelson
1st July – Sunday Lunch – 1300 at Bawburgh Golf Club – Max of 30 people in the Conservatory. 3 courses to members for £10, non-members £16.54. List is on the top table.
26th July – RAF Marham Families Day
Visit to HMS QE in May – List stands at 32. Nev requires photo ID from all those on the list.
Trafalgar Night – S/M Pat Whiley advised that Trafalgar Night list numbers stand at 84 list for this event is with Barbara. It is requested that payment for the event is received by the end of September. S/M Nev Townsend requested that four spaces are assigned to a contingent from RAF Marham.
Curry Night – We have a provisional date of the 17th August for a curry night, a Friday night, although the date will be fully confirmed when NCFC fixtures are announced; it is intended to organise the meal for the SpiceLounge on Tombland.
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