September’s Branch Meeting was held at the Canary Social Club on 10 September 2019 with 35 members attending.
The usual formalities were observed with a minute’s silence for those that have crossed the bar, followed by reports from:
- The Broads boat trip took place on 25th Aug; this popular event was well attended, and a good time was had by all. Raffle onboard raised around £95 towards branch funds; the Chairman thanked S/M John Kett for organising this event.
- The Battlefield Tour, organised by S/M Mike Wilkinson, was unfortunately not as well attended as we had hoped, with 27 people attending. The tour ran from 1730-2000 and Mike tells me it was a good tour and well run by our Army friends at Stanta.
- The Chairman closed by reporting that sadly at the moment, we have a few shipmates with ongoing health issues and as a consequence, our new Welfare Officer has hit the ground running.
- In the Welfare Officers absence, the Secretary read his report on his behalf. Commenced by thanking the previous Welfare Officer for all the hard work he had put into the position as his predecessor, commenting that they are big shoes he has to fill.
- Continued that at this time, we have several Shipmates in need of our attention. Personal details given in person!
- Closed by reporting that himself and Chris attended the funeral a member of the Harleston RBL as we had been invited by his widow.
12th Oct – Edith Cavell Service – 1030 – Norwich Cathedral
19th Oct – Trafalgar Night – 1900 for 1930 – Wensum Valley GC
20th Oct – El Alamein Service – 1030 – St. Andrews Church
2nd Nov – Branch Run Ashore – 2000 – Hotel Nelson
Any Other Business
S/M Joan Ellis
- Thanked the Branch for her recent Birthday Card, the Chairman advised that thanks should go to S/M Reg McGuire as he organises all the Branch birthday cards.
S/M Peter Cook
- Provided an update on the Stanta Trip; outlining the visit itself and commenting that it was indeed an extremely informative trip.
S/M Deryck Self
- Advised that he attended a recent fete at Tasburgh and spoken to representatives from the Cubs and Scouts organisations who had asked whether representatives from the Branch would be interested in providing them with a presentation regards the RNA. Deryck was going to ask for volunteers but had spoken with S/M Freddie Fitch who had already volunteered his services.
S/M Mike Wilkinson
- Provided an update on his trip to HMS Belfast for the dummy run of next year’s Black Tot day; commenting that it had been an extremely enjoyable day.
S/M Nev Townsend
- Commented that seen as last year’s Christmas Social had been so successful, that it was intended to pursue the same format again; with a buffet, quiz and music provided by Mike Brown.