October’s Branch Meeting was held at the Canary Social Club on 8 October 2019 with 38 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 began by stating that the last four weeks have been a tough period for the branch with two stalwart shipmates crossing the bar.
- The Branch paid our respects and said goodbye to Fred Hogben on the 26th September and the Chairman firstly gave his thanks to Shipmate Alf Wiggins who wrote the bulk of the Eulogy that he had the honour of delivering on behalf of the branch. Thanks also to all those members who attended Fred’s funeral at St Faith’s.
- The Chairman advised that Fred joined the branch in 1999 and during his time in the Branch, he was Chairman twice, edited the Branch Newsletter when it restarted in the early 2000s and was also the prime mover in introducing the Branch rules we have today. Safe to say Fred has played a major part in shaping our Branch as we see it today.
- The Chairman continued that sadly Cliffy Self crossed the bar on the 20th September in the NNUH. Cliffy was the Branch Padre (Bish) and was also an active member of the Branch; officiating at many ceremonial events in the County; and in addition to these also a D-Day ceremony in London. The Branch paid our respects and said goodbye to Cliffy yesterday at Hainford church and thanks again to all the members who attended. The Chairman commented that during the ceremony, he was also advised that Cliffy had also done a lot for the CExSA.
- The Chairman mentioned a comment that had been made at Cliffy’s funeral; in that he would never have expected such a fantastic turn out from the Branch with him being an Associate Member; and went onto comment that all of the members within Norwich Branch; whether Life, Full or Associate are all held in the same high esteem and importance.
- Both Fred and Cliffy will be sadly missed by all our Branch members. RIP Shipmates.
- Reported that he had received an email from the General Secretary at HQ who in this 75th anniversary year of D-Day, in a moment of weakness earlier this summer, he decided to take up the challenge of a four day cycle ride from London to Paris via the D-Day Beaches in support of the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity. The General Secretary has set a fundraising target of £2000 towards the RNRMC and the details are in Up Spirits if anyone would like to make a donation.
- Received an email from the Boundary; who have advised they hold a service in Norwich for Remembrance at 1000 on 13 November, for anyone that would like to attend.
- Opened by reporting that September had proven to be a traumatic month for the Branch and our RN Family here in Norwich. The Branch has lost two shipmates, both of whom were held in high regard by the Branch. First, the Branch lost Fred; a past chairman of the Branch, who crossed the bar suddenly on the 10th September. Tributes have been paid by both the Branch President and Chairman.
- Subsequently, 10 days later, we lost Cliffy, our Branch Padre. This was difficult to accept, coming so soon after Fred crossing the bar. Janet, the family and the rest of us thought we might have had a little more time, but it was not to be.
- Continued that he and Chris had again travelled up to Wells next the Sea to witness the Sea Cadet Units final parade and inspection before their affiliation into the Sea Cadet Corps. TS Eliza Adams (named for a previous lifeboat) SCU was inspected by Captain Phil Russell RN and the unit presented themselves very well. Captain Russell spoke to each member present and had to bend quite low to engage with some of the younger members.
- Closed by reporting that S/M Les Wheatley has invited branch members to the Trafalgar Day parade to be held in Beccles on Sunday 13th, commencing at 1220. The parade and inspection will be followed by a church service in St. Michaels.
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
9th Nov – Remembrance Service – 1015 – Hethel Memorial
10th Nov – Remembrance Sunday – 1000 – Norwich War Memorial
11th Nov – Armistice Day Service – 1000 – Norwich War Memorial
12th Nov – Branch Meeting – 1930 – CSC – To include Re-dedication Ceremony
7th Dec – Breakfast Club – 1000 – TBC
Any Other Business
S/M Deryck Self
- Thanked all Branch Members; on behalf of himself and all the Self family; for everything that has been done for Cliffy and Janet.
S/M John Kett
- Advised that all payments had been received for Trafalgar Night, and that there would be 81 people attending. In addition he advised that Trafalgar Night bookings had been made for 2020 and 2021; falling on 17th October and 16th October respectively.
S/M Antoinette McCloud
- Advised that there was a box on the bar for any donations that Shipmates may want to make on behalf of her daughter who has recently completed the Berlin Marathon. All donations would be most gratefully received on be on behalf of SSAFA.
S/M Mike Mizen
- Reminded all that will be attending the Remembrance Parade at the City War Memorial on 10th November that they are requested to muster on Bethel Street no later than 1000.
S/M Phil Coates
- Advised that £54 had been received for Christmas Squares this evening, and that the Branch is £66 short of the £600 mark. There is only the November Branch Meeting left to buy your tickets and he encouraged all to purchase all 600 tickets.