Branch Meeting Update – October 2018

October’s Branch Meeting was held at the Canary Social Club on 9 October 2018 with 41 members attending.

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


  • A very well done and thanks to Reg for organising the successful visit to the Royal Hospital School last Sunday. The Divisions were a tremendous success and for the first of the new school season, the younger students were very good. The whole event took place in lovely weather and was very well attended. The comments that were heard from various Branch members were very positive and the meal afterwards was of an equally high standard. A very good day out.
  • The next Area meeting coincides with the Acle commemoration event, which we have committed to. By the same token we are also obliged to attend the Area meeting, given that we will be hosting one next year. Is anyone able to attend as a Branch representative, the meeting is at Raleigh in Essex.
  • Reported the he had received an email from Keith Smith requesting that the Branch fund a wreath for Mark Boast to lay at the memorial in Thailand in November. We agreed last year to fund it and he thinks that we should agree again this year. The Committee has endorsed the request and the Chairman asked that you do so as well. This was agreed by all present. Additionally S/M Gus Honeywood reported that he had been approached by S/M Steve Hunt to request a wreath to lay at the service in Dereham. This was put to the Branch and was agreed by all present


  • Reminded all present that 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. The Branch will be attending with 7 members having indicated that they would be able to attend. If anyone else is able to attend, then please do so.
  • As promised at the last Branch Meeting we now have 20 packs of 10 Christmas cards available to members on a first come, first served basis. Cost is £5 for 10 cards.
  • From 1 January 2020 the RNA will move to metal beret badges. This allows easier transfer for those who are members of more than one association and also aligns more closely with the Royal Navy. Central Office has been working with ‘Forever Jack’ on adapting the design of the 10 Area badge and they have now taken delivery of the first 1,000. The National Council has decided that there will be a free issue to all Area and Branch Standard bearers and that Standard Bearers should wear the metal badge from 1 January 2019. Areas and branches with an appointed Deputy Standard Bearers may also apply for a free issue. The remaining 700 or so badges will be available at the highly discounted rate of £2.00 plus postage. Subsequent orders will be at the cost price plus postage of about £4.50. Non standard bearer members may continue to wear the cloth badge until 1 Jan 2020, but then must move across. S/M Mike Wilkinson has a list on the top table, which will only be open for this evening.

Membership Secretary

  • Advised all present that a new bank account had been set up, which will aloe the Branch to conduct online banking and thus it is requested that those S/M’s who would wish to do so are requested to set up a Standing Order to pay their annual subscriptions. The bank details will be promulgated in the December edition of Up Spirits.

Welfare Secretary

  • Following the trend of August, September has also been a rather quiet month from a welfare perspective, once again leaving me with very little to report. He has been able to get in touch with a Shipmate who lives out in Attleborough who hasn’t attended meetings recently who was grateful of the contact and will get in touch if there is anything he believes the Welfare Officer can support him with. He has also spoken to another shipmate who is going under the knife – and will continue to liaise with him and his family in the forthcoming weeks.

Social Secretary

Events Since Last Meeting

  • 30th Sep – Royal Hospital School Holbrook Visit.
  • 06th Oct – Breakfast Club at Brewers Fayre Broadland View. Many thanks to the 12 that came along.
  • 07th Oct – County Commemoration of the Armistice on the Western Front at Belle Vue Park Lowestoft

Forthcoming Events

13th Oct – Edith Cavell Service – Norwich Cathedral
21st Oct – El Alamein Service – 1030 – St Andrews Church
3rd Nov – Run Ashore – 2000 – Coach and Horses
4th Nov – Dunkirk Veterans Remembrance Service – 0930 – St Andrews Church
10th Nov – Remembrance Service – 1030 – Hethel
11th Nov – Armistice Day Service – 1000 – Norwich War Memorial
13th Nov – Branch Meeting – 1930
9th Dec – Christmas Sunday Lunch – 1300 – Bawburgh Golf Club
11th Dec – Branch Meeting – 1930

Any Other Business

S/M Pat Whiley

  • Advised all who are attending Trafalgar Night to be there for 1900 ready for a 1920 start, before asking for volunteers to deck the room ready for the event.

S/M Stuart Fidler

  • Reported that next year’s Burns Night will take place on 19 January 2019. Tickets will cost £37 per person.

S/M Reg McGuire

  • Asked Deryck Self to stand who reported that the maintenance and repairs had now been completed on Ray’s bench and it was ready to be transported to the N&NUH. S/M Yvonne Hughes asked whether the bench that S/M Alf Wiggins had referred to at the previous meeting had been located. S/M Reg McGuire advised that as of yet it hadn’t, but he was communicating with the Facilities Manager with a view to aid in its location.

S/M Nev Townsend

  • The official opening of the Veterans Norfolk Drop in Centre took place on the 03rd Oct at 1030 at the Revelation Café. General Lord Dannatt officially opened the Centre with other Veterans Norfolk Trustee members present.
  • Volunteers needed to join the Trafalgar Night Committee we have one so far and thanks to John Kett. Any more volunteers please let him know.

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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