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Dear Shipmates,

Please be invited to the RNA-Rayleigh 2017 Open Uckers Tournament on Saturday 16 December.

 

 The RNA-Rayleigh Uckers Tournament is open to all RNA Branches nationally and is to be played

 in conjunction with the RNA Uckers Rules (attached). This will be an all-day event starting at 10:30

 and running on to 16:30. It will be a head-to-head tournament, with 16 teams (two players per

 team) competing against each other for the coveted 2017 RNA-Rayleigh open championship title.

 

 Each team will play at least two games before the knock-outs begin (winning teams will play up to

 four games). Tournament entrance is £10 per team (£5 for individual entrants) and spectator’s

 tickets are free. As spaces are limited to 16 teams, pre-registration is recommended to guarantee

 your place. First come, first served.

 

 Please respond directly to S/M Gary Daisley at RNARayleigh@outlook.com. Registration and game

 briefing starts at 10:30, with the first round of games commencing at 11:00. Games will be limited

 to 1:30hr maximum duration. There will be a raffle, bar and bar snacks available. Ample (pay and

 display) parking is available in various locations close to the venue of the Royal British Legion

 Memorial Hall in 2 London Hill, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7HP.

 

 Special Uckers boards and equipment for the tournament will be provided by RNA-Rayleigh and

 practice sets can be purchased in advance at £20 per set (plus £3.90 P&P). A limited number will

 also be available to purchase on the day (all profits to branch funds).

 

 

 

RNA Central Office (HQ) - Open Days

 

 Last year we hosted 5 Open days attended by HQ Role Shipmates The programme for the day includes a tour of HQ,

 lunch in Semaphore Tower and 1 hour Boat tour of the Harbour, which includes all the major RN sites around the harbour

 and many now with other uses. It would be lovely to see HQ role members so if you would like to come down and stay a

 couple of days or overnight in the Portsmouth area to visit the other Naval attractions please contact Central Office who

 will ensure CONA Holiday service seek out the best priced accommodation.

 This year the Open Days will be held on the following dates;

 Friday 07 April 17, Friday 12 May 17, Friday 30 June 17, Friday 11 Aug 17, Friday 06 Oct 17

 Members who would like attend should apply to Central Office (HQ). Bookings will be accepted on a first come first serve

 basis.

 

 

The RNA Biennial Parade is to be held on the 10th September 2017 in Whitehall. Further details will be published when known.

National Armed Forces Day

The lead town for National Armed Forces Day in 2018 is yet to be announced

More news when available

 

The attached image is of the paving slab commemorating Commander Loftus
Jones VC, which is now in situ in the pavement on the right hand
side of the entrance leading to St. Peter's Church

 Our Hon. Sec. has received the following communication which we copy for your information.

 

 Dear Mr James,

 

 I got your details from the Royal Naval Association website.

 

 I am the manager at Seafarers’ Advice & Information Line (SAIL) which is a Citizens Advice service dedicated to seafarers

 across the UK. All our advice is free and confidential.

 

 We have been helping merchant seafarers and fishermen for 20 years, but are now expanding to support veteran and

 serving personnel from the Royal Navy, and their partners. Of course, this would include members of the Liss & District

 Branch of the RNA.

 

 SAIL can give advice on many different issues, for example, problems with pensions and benefits, consumer issues,

 housing problems, charity grants, debt, what to do when someone dies and many more. All our advisers are professional

 and fully trained.

 

 There is more information on our service on the website www.sailine.org.uk or more details about the new expansion here

 

 To get advice from a SAIL adviser, either –

 

 * Call 08457 413 318 or 020 3597 1580 between 10 and 4 on weekdays,

 or

 * Email advice@sailine.org.uk

 

 Please would it be possible for you to mention our service to your fellow members? Thank you.

 

 If you’d like more information please don’t hesitate to contact me either by replying to this email or by calling me on the

 numbers below. Thank you.

 

 I hope you have an enjoyable Easter weekend.

 

 Kind regards,

 

 Miles

 

 Miles Cowley

 Manager, SAIL

 

 08457 413 318 or 020 3597 1580

 

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 Chairman Bob Dean & eldest grandson Callum waiting to lay wreaths at Petersfield War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday 2014

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