Junes Branch Meeting was held at the Canary Social Club on 11 June 2019 with 42 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 continued with a report on the Costessey Fete at the end of May. This was the first time the Branch used our metal framed gazebo. The weather on the day was a typical sunshine and showers type day; fortunately this didn’t put off the locals and the event attracted a good turnout. The Branch had 3 enquires from ex Senior Service veterans and all 3 of them said they would try and make the Branch meeting tonight, and we sold just over £10 pounds worth of merchandise, so all in all a good first outing. Thanks to all those that helped out on the day.
- Breakfast Club on 2 June saw a disappointing turnout with just the 3 attending; ironically the food this time was fine. Following on from our Committee meeting last week we have agreed the following schedule for Breakfast Clubs and Run Ashore events from now on. Breakfast Clubs will take place in Dec, Feb and Apr and the Branch Run Ashore will be held in May, Jul, Sep and Nov. We will see how this works going forward.
- Many thanks to all those who took part in the Norwich D-Day Service on the 6th June. There was a good turnout from the Veteran community with the RNA providing the biggest group on the day. S/M Mike Mizen confirmed that there were 35 on parade from all organisations; with 9 standards also on parade. At the same time Freddie Fitch was representing the RNA / RMA in France for the D-Day Commemorations. You may have seen him in the media a couple of times.
- Reported that on Saturday himself, Gus and Steve Philips attended the RNA National Conference at Wyboston Lakes; west of Cambridge. Around 100 shipmates attended with 72 Branches being represented on the day.
- Reported that everyone should be in possession of a Branch Survey form. This form is completely anonymous, and it is requested that all S/M’s complete the form before leaving this evening, and place them in the box on the bar. Many thanks.
- Reported that May has once again be a relatively quiet month from a welfare perspective, which can only be good news.
- Advised that he has been given the name and address of an RN veteran who resides in Attleborough. This gent has no family whatsoever, so if anyone lives over that way and is able to visit then please see the Welfare Officer for more details. Similarly, if anyone fancies writing the gent a letter, please see the Welfare Officer for details.
24th Jun – AFD Flag Raising – 1030 – City Hall
26th-27th Jun – RNS – A/D – Norfolk Showground
29th Jun -AFD – A/D – Nationwide
30th Jun – Dunkirk Veterans & Armed Forces Service of Remembrance – 1030 – St Andrew’s Church
30th Jun – 40th Anniversary Lunch – 1230 for 1300 – Wensum Valley Golf Club
6th Jul – Branch Run Ashore – 2000 – Unthank Arms
7th Jul – Armed Forces Day Event – The Forum
25th Jul – Marham Families Day – RAF Marham
17th Aug – Quiz and Chips – 1900 – Bush Pub Costessey
28th Aug – STANTA Tour
Any Other Business
S/M Stuart Fidler
- Requested names of those who would be parading at the sunset parade at the RNS, so that he can look to obtain tickets at the next CExSA Meeting. Advised that he will need all names by the close of this evenings meeting.
S/M Reg McGuire
- Reported that if the Branch wish to man a stall at the AFD in The Forum that he would need to know by the close of this evenings meeting so arrangements can also be made at the next CExSA meeting.
- Advised that he had received exceptional help from the Blind Veterans Organisation and would highly recommend anyone with poor sight in contacting them.
S/M John Kett
- Confirmed that there are 18 places left for Trafalgar Night, reminding all that those positions would be guaranteed upon payment. Continued that the menu selections are also available for collection for those that are attending. Before closing reported that he would not be at the September Branch Meeting; the Chairman advised therefore that payments for Trafalgar Night would close at the August Branch Meeting.
S/M Mike Wilkinson
- Advised that that the war memorial service at Newton Flotman parade will commence at 1100 and all those who wish to parade are requested to muster at 1045. Any and all visitors for the parade and service would be most gratefully welcome.
S/M Phil Coates
- Reported that Crimbo Squares are still up for sale and another 58 have been sold this evening.
S/M Nev Townsend
- Advised that a large amount of RNA gizzits had been brought back from National Conference; which were available to all.
Before closing the Chairman reported 26 members had completed the Branch Survey and that numbers for the RNS were covered, numbers for the 40th Anniversary Luncheon were up to 40, 17 members had signed up for Quiz and Chips evening and there had been no takers for the trip to Duxford on 14 September.