September’s Branch Meeting was held at the Canary Social Club on 11 September 2018 with 43 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 Peter Wilson with his ID Card and RNA Badge.
Not a lot to report this month, it has been relatively quiet other than a few social events and his retirement from work, at last!
- At the recent Committee meeting, we were informed by Gus that we had 96 members, with a new potential member in the pipeline and with the full expectation that we would have 100 members within the very near future. How? How are we able to increase our membership while other Branches are seeing a gradual decline, with some having to close down through lack of members? In the Chairmans view, it is simple. We are a vibrant Branch, with so many things happening and members who are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that this Branch continues to be successful. Where is this leading? Well it is simple; you will hear during the evening about a number of events that are planned for the coming months, some you are already aware of and some that are new to you. It is by supporting these events and being prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ that we will remain the number one Branch in the Region and one of the top Branches in the country. We are nowhere near a major sea port or Naval establishment, or a major city, but we are able to stand tall compared with many others and it is because of the hard work and commitment of so many of you that we remain so successful. Let’s see how soon we can reach our one hundred membership!
- The Acle Commemoration of 100 years since WW1 will be taking place on Saturday 3 November from 1100-1600, this will include choirs, singers, historical re-enactors, arts, crafts and historical displays. There is no charge for a table/stand and the Branch has been invited to attend. Members were asked for a show of hands of anyone that would be able to represent the Branch at the event; with 7 members indicating they would be able to attend.
- Suffolk will be holding a Commemoration in Lowestoft to mark the highly signiﬁcant effort the County played at sea during the 1st World War on Sunday 7 of October. It is hoped to get as many Maritime organisations involved as possible, to seed the memory down the generations. This event will be the start of the ofﬁcial Commemorations in Suffolk. The Guest of Honour will be Vice Admiral Sir Jonathan Woodcock KCB OBE, who has just retired as Second Sea Lord. The event will consist of a parade, with standards as appropriate, from the docks area to Belle View Park, (a distance of about 1.25 miles), a dedication of a poppy shaped Memorial Garden, and a Service of Commemoration at the Memorial to the RN Patrol Service. Two ships of the First Patrol Boat Squadron will be in attendance. It is possible for organisations who do not want to parade all the way from the docks to join in the parade at several points along the route, or even in the Park itself. It is expected that the event will start forming up at 1300, and to be over by about 1600. It is intended that the Branch should take part in this Commemoration and members were asked for a show of hands of anyone who wishes to parade; with 6 members indicating they would be able to attend.
- Shipmate Ivan Hunter BEM is retiring as the Chairman of the Standing Orders Committee and National Charter and Bye-Laws Advisor after the next National Council meeting in September. Applications are therefore sought from suitably qualified Shipmates to apply for the above positions. Shipmates who may wish to apply for this vacancy, in the first instance should apply to the General Secretary by 01 October 2018.
- With Christmas items beginning to hit the shops, just a heads up for those that like to get themselves organised well in advance, that the Branch has had some Christmas Cards produced and hope to be selling them in small packs at the next Branch Meeting.
- Nothing to Report.
- August has been a rather quiet month from a welfare perspective, leaving the Welfare Officer with very little to report (that’s a first!). So he would just like to remind shipmates that should they need support there are many organisations available to offer it. The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) is committed to enhancing the quality of life for veterans and beneficiaries of Veterans UK pensions and compensation schemes, and all their dependants. The VWS can assist bereaved families or respond to life events that present welfare needs. They achieve this by facilitating access to all appropriate services. VWS caseworkers offer one to one professional help and guidance by telephone, or if needed, during a home visit. VWS can be contacted on 0808 1914 2 18 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have any welfare related concerns, please do get in touch and unlike most scab-lifters, he will be sympathetic!
Events Since Last Meeting
- 1st Sep – Run ashore at the Plough on St Benedict’s St. Thanks to the 7 that came along including the Pongo from Woolwich Barracks, good night had by all.
30th Sep – RHS Holbrook
6th Oct – Breakfast Club – Broadland View
7th Oct – County Commemoration of the Armistice on the Western Front – Lowestoft
9th Oct – Branch Meeting
13th Oct – Edith Cavell Service – Norwich Cathedral
20th Oct – Trafalgar Night – Wensum Valley
3rd Nov – Run Ashore – York Tavern
9th Dec – Christmas Sunday Lunch
Any Other Business
S/M Robin Hood
- Reported that he was taking part in a fishing competition in France; which is raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and BLESMA. He would be going around during stand-easy for any S/M’s that wished to sponsor him.
S/M Keith Smith
- Questioned whether or not anything special was being done for Armistice Day, the Chairman responded by advising that the he hadn’t heard anything suggesting that anything different would be taking place.
S/M Nev Townsend
- Last official shift at the BVC was by our very own Andre Fredericks. Storage for furniture has been found at the Reserve centre on Aylsham Rd until suitable new premises can be found. The Veterans Norfolk Drop in Centre will operate from the Revelation Café on Redwell St/ Bank Plain from the 02nd Oct 1000-1400 5 days a week.