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       UP SPIRITS

Liss and District Branch

(www.lissanddistrictrna.com)

 

TUESDAY 15th AUGUST 2017

                         Agenda

 1.  Welcome and Opening remarks

 2.  Apologies

 3.  Minutes of the last Branch Meeting

 4.  Matters Arising from Minutes.

 5.  Chairman’s Report

 6.  Other Reports - Hon Sec, Hon Treas, Welfare, PRO

 7.  Any Other Business

 8 . Close

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Dear Shipmates,

In Memoriam    Shipmate ERIC JELLEY

You will, I am sure, be sad to learn that Shipmate Eric crossed the bar on Tuesday 25th July.  His funeral will take place at Guildford Crematorium on Friday 11th August at 1030.

 

July Meeting

 Although a speaker was not available for the July meeting I understand that a great deal was mooted by the Chairman as to the financial situation of the Branch and potential measures that might be taken to rectify a gradually worsening situation.  Please see the minutes included with this Up Spirits which have more information available.  Some ideas have already been put forward, but it is up to ALL members to examine the situation and put in their two pennorth for solving the problem which is not going to go away.

 

August Meeting

We are fortunate to have obtained the services of Peter Booth who will be giving a presentation on Lord Horatio Nelson.  Peter gave this talk to an amity club of which I am secretary, but unfortunately it was whilst I was on holiday in Corfu, so I missed it.  However, I have received excellent follow-up reports, so I am quite looking forward to hearing it on 15th August.   I hope we will have a good crowd in support and please do come along and if possible bring a guest if you feel he or she may enjoy the talk or just the visit to the Branch.

 

Notes from the August Semaphore Circular

 The arrangements for the Biennial Parade to be held at the Cenotaph have, on the advice of the Metropolitan Police been changed.  If anyone is planning to be at the parade then you will now meet in King Charles Street just off Whitehall.  If you are going and need more information please contact me – note I am away until 8th August.

 

 Diaries for 2018 are now available and an order form is included in the August Semaphore Circular.  If you are not able to access the circular direct let me know and I will obtain a copy of the order form for you.

 

 Would you like to dine onboard HMS Victory?  A black-tie dinner is to be held on 1st September and will include a tour of the ship with rum tasting on the various decks.  The dinner is being held to celebrate the link between the Royal Navy and rum and is sponsored by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN).  A table of six will cost you £1200, or ONLY £200 each!  Perhaps the Chairman would like to take five others for dinner!!

 

 Graham Mitcheson the sculptor of the Naval Service Memorial at the National Arboretum has produced a figurine of the sailor about 9” in height.  It is on sale at the Arboretum for £90, but can be obtained at a reduced price of £75 through Nigel at HQ.  His email address is nigel@royalnavalassociation.com Tel 02392 723747.

 

 Following the visit in May by Nida Shamiyal of SAIL (Seafarers Advice and Information Line) I dropped a note to HQ suggesting that the existence of SAIL was little known and well worth promulgating.  I am pleased to say that there is a very good item in the circular for August giving details of the organisation.

 

 There is much more of interest in the circular with information from the activities of other branches and numerous reunions.  Bob also keeps us up to date with various items on our very own website, so there is certainly no lack of matelot type information if you are looking for it.

 

 To obtain more information on articles in this Up Spirits and of further items you are invited to access the Liss and District RNA website (see below) where you will find them under Other Events.  Plus the fact that it is an extraordinarily well organised website – well done Bob!  If you are not electronically connected and would like to be then Operation Semaphore is still ongoing which is for the provision of ipads to over 65’s who are not currently “on the air”.

 

RNA Website www.royal-naval-association.co.uk

 

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Our Website www.lissanddistrictrna.com

 

Officers 2017

 

President   S/m Stephen Taylor       Vice President      S/m Keith Evans

Chairman   S/m Bob Dean

Vice Chairman/PRO  S/m Brian King

Hon Secretary      S/m Peter James

Hon Treasurer   S/m Tim Fletcher

Welfare Officer   S/m Alan Geddes

Committee Members S/m’s John DeLaPerrelle (and Account Examiner), Mark Robinson, Peter Overton.

 

I look forward to seeing you PLUS guests in August at RBL Liss, but in the meantime

give some thought to the financing of the Branch and also the requirement for relief’s for the Chairman and the Hon Sec next year – two reasons for this early issue.

Peter

 

 

       UP SPIRITS

Liss and District Branch

(www.lissanddistrictrna.com)

 

TUESDAY 18th JULY 2017

                         Agenda

 1.  Welcome and Opening remarks

 2.  Apologies

 3.  Minutes of May Branch Meeting

 4.  Matters Arising from Minutes.

 5.  Chairman’s Report

 6.  Other Reports - Hon Sec, Hon Treas, Welfare, PRO

 7.  Any Other Business

 8 . Close

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Dear Shipmates,

 

June Meeting

 The Branch meeting took only some 35 minutes to complete but please read the Minutes of that meeting because there are important items that were dealt with in that short time.  Petersfield RBL are hoping to arrange trips to various places of interest.  The first will be on 2nd September to Brookwood Cemetery followed by a visit to Brooklands Motor Museum.  Bookings to fill the 16 seater minibus will be required at the July meeting, so please lend your support.  There will be a further visit in November on a date yet to be decided to the London Army Museum.

 You will also note from the Minutes that a resolution to close the Welfare Fund and transfer it in to the General Fund was made, seconded and agreed unanimously.  S/m Tim in the preamble to this resolution said that the Welfare Fund had not been touched for some years and if money was required for such a purpose it could just as easily be disbursed from the General Fund.

 Eric Jelley is now in a nursing home (see Welfare Officers Report in the Minutes), N.B I telephoned Eric on 4th July but was met by the answer machine, so it is possible he is still in hospital).

 

Notes from the June Semaphore Circular

 The Conference report is included in the Circular for this month and is worth reading if you want to see what happened in Perth.  From the report it would seem to have been a very good conference with lots going on.  If you are not electronically served and would like a full report either ring HQ or no doubt Bob will have it covered on the website before too long.  See web address below.  If you are electronically connected then you can, of course, access the Circular direct by going to the RNA website, go into the member’s section and click on Circulars thence to the latest issue.  The password ‘Shipmate’ is just that!

 The Solent Division of the Ganges Association will be holding their Annual Church Service at St George’s church, Portsea on Sunday16th July and afterwards at the RNOC/RNA building, Lake Road.  Please contact Bob Campbell at gangesbob@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 02380 734 915.  Bob is a bit  hard of hearing so would prefer email, but is willing to take a call if you don’t have an alternative.

 

  To obtain more information on articles in this Up Spirits and of further items you are invited to access the Liss and District RNA website (see below) where you will find them under Other Events.  Plus the fact that it is an extraordinarily well organised website – well done Bob!  If you are not electronically connected then it is probably not too late to enlist in Operation Semaphore which will provide such equipment to those who would like it.

 

RNA Website www.royal-naval-association.co.uk

 

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Our Website www.lissanddistrictrna.com

 

Officers 2017

 

President   S/m Stephen Taylor       Vice President      S/m Keith Evans

Chairman   S/m Bob Dean

Vice Chairman/PRO  S/m Brian King

Hon Secretary      S/m Peter James

Hon Treasurer   S/m Tim Fletcher

Welfare Officer   S/m Alan Geddes

Committee Members S/m’s John DeLaPerrelle (and Account Examiner), Mark Robinson, Peter Overton.

 

I regret that I will not be at the July meeting as I am being forced to go to Corfu for a couple of weeks rest and relaxation!!   I hope you have a good meeting Peter

 

 

 

       UP SPIRITS

Liss and District Branch

(www.lissanddistrictrna.com)

 

TUESDAY 20th JUNE 2017

                         Agenda

  1.  Welcome and Opening remarks

  2.  Apologies

  3.  Minutes of May Branch Meeting

  4.  Matters Arising from Minutes.

  5.  Chairman’s Report

  6.  Other Reports - Hon Sec, Hon Treas, Welfare, PRO

  7.  Any Other Business

  8 . Close

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Dear Shipmates,

 

May Meeting

 We welcomed Nida Shamiyal from the Seafarers Advice and Information Line (SAIL) in May.  Her talk was really quite short but of immense interest. Nida is one of five generalist advisers of SAIL and she explained that they were part of the Citizens Advice organisation but specialising in advice to seafarers including fishermen.  The group consists of a Manager, two supervisors one of whom was a debt specialist, two Administrative staff and five generalist advisers.  The service they provide is free, impartial and quite confidential funded by Greenwich Hospital SHS, Seafarers UK.   It has been in existence for some 20 years but only took on responsibility for RN and RM clients some twelve months ago.

 Nida then gave a demonstration of a case study involving debt and possible eviction.  This was received very well by a most attentive audience and Nida was given a sincere round of applause on completion followed by a number of questions.  All in all the talk was very informative and most of the members wondered why no one had heard of the organisation previous to this talk.

 If more information is required then please let me know.

 

Notes from the June Semaphore Circular

1. ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ is scheduled for 3rd September and as that date is a Sunday those who wish to fly the Red Ensign are asked to do so for the whole weekend.

2. Lt Donald Cameron VC RNR.  An article concerning the award of a VC to Donald Cameron appears in the circular together with a similar award to Lt Basil Place.  Both were submariners and won their VC’s by midget submarine attacks on enemy shipping.  As a matter of personal interest Lt Cdr Cameron, as he then was, served as a Divisional Officer at HMS Ganges during my time there in 1949.  Fame by connexion!!  Basil Place went on to become a flag officer.

3. The RNA Biennial parade is to be held in Whitehall on Sunday 10th September at which over 500 service personnel and veterans will parade.  The full programme for the day can be found in the Circular if you plan on attending.  Attention to detail is absolute particularly due to the prevailing security situation.

4. Cenotaph Parade on 12th November – anyone planning to attend please let Nigel in the HQ Office know as soon as possible and no later than 1st September.  Needless to say because of recent events security precautions will again be quite severe.  Never mind, we should and must support these events despite other mindless people’s activities and atrocities.

 

June Meeting

  I regret that I have not been able to secure a speaker for June nor have I received any suggestions of possible speakers from the membership.  I shall endeavour to provide a quiz to keep you occupied for a short while, but must admit that due to other extensive commitments I am currently, as they say in that well-known Mongolian expression “up to my derriere in alligators”, so you will have to wait and see!!

    I really must take the time to sort through the many applications to take over from me as Honorary Secretary from February next year – well I would if I had any.  Just a reminder and please don’t think “oh, he will carry on” because he won’t.  I reach retirement age in 2018 and am giving up all extra-curricular activities including Hon Sec to the Liss Branch RNA.  You may also wish to bear in mind that our Chairman is not in the best of health and he will be looking forward to a relief.

 

  To obtain more information on articles in this Up Spirits and of further items you are invited to access the Liss and District RNA website (see below) where you will find them under Other Events.  Plus the fact that it is an extraordinarily well organised website – well done Bob!  If you are not electronically connected then it is probably not too late to enlist in Operation Semaphore which will provide such equipment to those who would like it.

 

 Those of you who take the Petersfield Post will have seen the photograph and article about our Vice President Commander Keith Evans.

 Only 75p, buy your own copy!!

 

RNA Website www.royal-naval-association.co.uk

 

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Our Website www.lissanddistrictrna.com

 

Officers 2017

 

President   S/m Stephen Taylor       Vice President      S/m Keith Evans

Chairman   S/m Bob Dean

Vice Chairman/PRO  S/m Brian King

Hon Secretary      S/m Peter James

Hon Treasurer   S/m Tim Fletcher

Welfare Officer   S/m Alan Geddes

Committee Members S/m’s John DeLaPerrelle (and Account Examiner), Mark Robinson, Peter Overton.

 

See you on Tuesday 20th  Peter

 

 

 

       UP SPIRITS

Liss and District Branch

(www.lissanddistrictrna.com)

 

 TUESDAY 16th MAY 2017

                         Agenda

 1.  Welcome and Opening remarks

 2.  Apologies

 3.  Minutes of March Branch Meeting

 4.  Matters Arising from Minutes.

 5.  Chairman’s Report

 6.  Other Reports - Hon Sec, Hon Treas, Welfare, PRO

 7.  Any Other Business

 8 . Close

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Dear Shipmates,

 

Secretarial – From the General Secretary

Lots of activity going on in preparation for the 2018 conference which will be held in Dun Laoghire in Northern Ireland.  The General Secretary has paid a visit and reports that he is pleased with progress at both the conference venue and that for the Sunday Service in the museum (ex church) next door.  CONA have already arranged a 40% discount on ferry fares.  There is no need to start packing as the Perth (Scotland) 2017 conference hasn’t taken place yet.

 

Minibuses

The pictures below are of the two vehicles being adapted as minibuses with disabled access for RNA.  The lady involved with the General Secretary in deciding the livery and colour thereof is Sarah Clewes the Project Manager.  The vehicles will be based North, South East and West. Yes, that is vague but that’s all I have, sorry!  Note! Pictures unavailable at the moment.

 

Motorfinity

A new partnership with Motorfinity is announced and which is available to RNA Members. They provide an excellent discount service and have their own RNA page. When challenged to find a discount on a new Mazda MX5 for the General Secretary they found £2,500 off the list price, which is really excellent. For cars that don’t drift around corners sideways the discount will be much more!!   For more information go to www.motorfinity.uk/rna.  Sorry, if you are not electronically connected they didn’t give a landline number.

Biennial Parade

I have been asked to pass the word to Branch members of the Biennial Parade on 10 September. This is a day for all Naval Associations and is a great reunion too.  More information in the May Semaphore.

Conference Polo Shirt

Shipmates what about a souvenir from ‘Bonnie Scotland’, no not a deep fried Mars Bar or a pint of Heavy but a unique Conference polo shirt, as modelled by Shipmate Ally Stirton. (Fine figure of man as I am sure you will all agree!)

They cost £16 and can be pre-ordered ready for collection at Conference. If you would like to purchase a Conference Polo Shirt please contact Ally at; allystirton@hotmail.co.uk or Mob No 07525760176

 

April Meeting

 We welcomed Mark Brady to our April meeting whose presentation on “The Submarine Peril – an Overview of Admiralty Policy in 1917” was extremely good and raised a lot of questions.  In addition he  spent a few minutes talking on the subject of The National Museum of the Royal Navy and the RN Museum & HMS Victory.  There were a number of questions on both his presentation and the museum which were dealt with very well.  The members were in agreement that it was a most interesting talk greeted by warm applause on completion.  The Chairman thanked him on behalf of the Branch.

 

May Meeting

 This month we welcome Nida Shamiyal.  Nida is representing the Seafarers Advice and Information Line (SAIL) and she has kindly agreed to

 come along to tell us what facilities SAIL can offer.  Let’s give her a good welcome.

 

 RNA Website www.royal-naval-association.co.uk

 

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 Our Website www.lissanddistrictrna.com

 

 Officers 2017

 

 President   S/m Stephen Taylor       Vice President      S/m Keith Evans

 Chairman   S/m Bob Dean

 Vice Chairman/PRO  S/m Brian King

 Hon Secretary    S/m Peter James

 Hon Treasurer   S/m Tim Fletcher

 Welfare Officer  S/m Alan Geddes

 Committee Members S/m’s John DeLaPerrelle (and Account Examiner), Mark Robinson, Peter Overton.

 

 See you next Tuesday  Peter

 

             UP SPIRITS

                 Liss and District Branch

 

                 TUESDAY 19th APRIL 2016

    Agenda

 

1. Welcome and Opening remarks

2. Apologies

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting

4. Matters Arising from Minutes.

5. Chairman’s Report

6. Hon Sec Report

7. Hon Treasurer Report

 8. Welfare Report

 9. Any Other Business

 10. Close

 

On completion s/m David Palmer will give a presentation and talk on “sex, booze and rock ‘n roll AND military operations”  his title, not mine!  If his second presentation is as good as his first then we are in for a winner!

 

March Meeting

 I am quite sure that if I had to place the talk by Trevor Sapey on “The Mary Rose” it would be near the top of the best sellers.  It really was a most interesting and illuminating presentation and I know that all who were present really enjoyed it.  Trevor, who is also ex RN was so enthusiastic about his subject that it was really quite infectious to the audience.  Anyway, thank you Trevor for an excellent talk.

 

May Meeting

 Some mention has been made to change the date of the May meeting to 31st May to coincide with the Jutland Battle celebrations.  However, please note that this is still tentative and confirmation of the availability of our venue is still awaited.  This is merely a warning shot across your bows!

 

Subscriptions

 Having spoken to the Treasurer very recently he is pleased to confirm that a cheque for our annual subscription is winging its way to HQ and will be with them well before the deadline.  Well done Liss and District Branch RNA and thank you to you all for being so prompt!!!

 

Semaphore Circular and other Items of Interest

 The final hard copy of the Semaphore Circular has been received.  Henceforth these will only be available on line, so those of you without electricity will have to rely on your Hon Sec relaying any  appropriate information to you.   I have rather a lot to disseminate this time, so here goes:-

 Proposed Increase in Subscriptions.  Included with this missive either as an attachment, or an enclosure with Up Spirits is an article on the proposed increase in subscriptions written by the National Chairman and President.   I’m sure you will all read it and make come to your own conclusions as to the need.

 Annual Trustees Report for FY2015 – The Financial Statement FY2015 – Conference Agenda  All the foregoing have been received in hard copy and are available from me should you wish to read through any of them.  Alternatively they are, of course, available on the website.  Secret password “Shipmate”.

 Seafarers (UK) Flag Day  Your support is sought because Seafarers have supported RNA with grants over the last 5 years.  Unfortunately they not given the date of the flag day.  If you see someone selling them then please donate is the message.

 Bye-law Changes have been included on the website. They cover specimen SO for conference and the change register at the back of the rule book lists changes that have been made.

 Navy News readership survey is being conducted by the paper in it’s April edition.  If you take the News then please complete the survey.

 Jutland Wood Project I have received a flyer with respect to this venture with the Woodland Trust.  This exciting and ambitious woodland creation project ever is to say thank you to all who served their country during the 1st world war with a lasting tribute.  Donations are sought and £20 will enable a tree to be dedicated.  More information at the next meeting.  Those of you who were Ganges Boys will remember the picture and story of Boy Seaman John Cornwell who was mortally wounded at the battle of Jutland, but remained at his post despite eight of the nine gun crew members having been killed.  At 16 years of age he was one of the youngest recipients of the Victoria Cross.  A tree will be dedicated to his memory.

 RNA 2016 Conference Raffle  I have received six books of five raffle tickets at £5 per book or £1 per ticket.

 Raffles  This has absolutely nothing to do with the Circular, but mention of ‘raffles’ has reminded me that John De La Perrelle our Raffle Organiser has said that he plans to hold a raffle, probably in May, and would be pleased to receive any prizes you may be happy to donate.  Do bring them in April if you wish and he is happy to hold on to them.

 iPads for Digitally Isolated Naval Veterans (dob pre July 1950)  In response to a bid by the RNA a grant of £650,000 has been made by the Aged Veterans Fund for any veterans not on line.  This will be a two year project and will hopefully see about 1500 veterans brought on line. Training will be included.  This will be known as Project Semaphore and will be promulgated fully in due course.  If there anyone who receives Up Spirits by post (at 11/- a time) and who is interested please make yourself known to me and perhaps you may be one of the lucky ones.  It is worth noting that Age UK states that if you are not 0n-line you are £700+ p.a. worse off; can’t video call children or grandchildren, get cheap insurance or travel.  It is also worth noting that in future universal credit (benefits) will only be available on line.  Worth thinking about isn’t it!

 Conference Delegate(s)  I am required to notify HQ of any delegates from the Branch, so if you wish to be one (See Bye-Law C1(b)) please let me know.  We have submitted our accounts, so we are able to appoint a delegate.

 Mesothelioma Claims Any veteran with diffuse Mesothelioma (asbestosis) attributable or due to their military service prior to 6 April 2005 or who are in receipt of a War Pension Scheme have the option of receiving a lump sum of £140.000.  There are lots of rules and regulations associated with this (of course), so if you are in receipt of a War Disablement Pension and it affect you then please check it thoroughly.  The helpline number is 0808 1914 2 18 or at www.veterans-uk.info/pensions/wdp new index.html with advice on ‘How can I make a claim?’.

 Navy Preserved Pensions Did you server after 6 April 1975 and leave before completing 22 years service, or for Officers 16 years?  You may be entitled to a preserved pension from age 60.  More information available from Veterans UK on 0800 085 3600 or write to Veterans UK Pension Division, Mail Point 480, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX

 Falklands Veterans  35TH Anniversary parade through Gosport by Freemen (Falklands vets) on Sunday 21 May 2017.  Commemoration service at 1100 followed by a parade.  Note this is 2017!

 There are a number of other articles most of which I have already mentioned in last month’s Up Spirits, but if you have the on-line facility you can see for yourselves and if not then I can let you have my copy of the Circular.

The following received from Miles Cowley, Manager SAIL, 08457 413 318 or 020 3597 1580

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. There is more information on our service on the website www.sailine.org.uk or call 08457 413 318 or 020 3597 1580 between 10 and 4 on weekdays,

 

Received from RBL HQ  “ Following on from our recent Mesothelioma win, I’m delighted to say that we have also now won our Insult to Injury campaign in England.

 

In the Budget that was released yesterday, the Chancellor announced that the Government would rectify the anomaly that saw some injured veterans surrender most of their compensation to pay for their social care. From April 2017, national charging guidance will be amended to ensure that all veterans in England have their military compensation payments protected when accessing social care support from their local authority. We understand that additional funding will also be made available to help local authorities implement the new rules.

 

Whilst we have clearly welcomed the Chancellor’s recognition of this important issue, and his pledge to exempt all military injury compensation from means tests for social care, we remain disappointed that the changes will not take effect for another year. That being said, we very much look forward to working with the Government to secure full implementation of this policy change, and we will work hard to ensure that the new rules are applied in the rest of the United Kingdom.

Congratulations  If you have got this far and still reading then you deserve my congratulations!  I did say that I had quite a lot for this issue.

 

I appreciate that this Up Spirits is a little early, but my social calendar is so full that I am not sure when I would next be able to spend the odd hour or two compiling something, so hope you don’t mind.  If anything comes through of importance between now and 19/4 then I will let you know.

 

Officers for 2016/17

President  Stephen Taylor  Vice President  Keith Evans

Chairman  S/m Bob Dean

Vice Chairman  S/m Brian King

Hon Secretary     S/m Peter James

Hon Treasurer  S/m Tim Fletcher

Welfare Officer  S/m Alan Geddes

Committee Members S/ms John DeLaPerrelle (and Account Examiner), Mark Robinson, Peter Overton.

 

The Next Meeting is Tuesday 19th APRIL

 

SHOULD THE DATE OF THE MAY MEETING BE ALTERED I WILL ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ADVISED AT LEAST TWICE AND HOPEFULLY MORE!

 

              UP SPIRITS

               Liss and District Branch

 

TUESDAY 15th MARCH 2016 Agenda

 

1. Welcome and Opening remarks

2. Apologies

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting

4. Matters Arising from Minutes.

5. Chairman’s Report

6. Hon Sec Report

7. Hon Treasurer Report

 8. Welfare Report

 9. Any Other Business

 10. Close

 

 

On completion Mr Trevor Sapey will give a presentation and talk on the subject of

“The Mary Rose”

 

February Meeting

 This meeting was, of course, the Annual General Meeting and so Branch business was rather limited.  Perhaps the most serious item was the statement by our Chairman S/m Bob that he would not be standing for office after February 2017.  As no member had come forward to relieve him of the office he would, reluctantly, continue for a further year, but this would be his last.  There is therefore a need for everyone to give due consideration to this matter and ask yourselves can you support the Branch and take on the office of Chairman.  I don’t doubt for one minute that you will be hearing more about this on a regular basis.

 

Subscriptions

 There are still a few unpaid subscriptions, but fortunately only a few.  If you have not yet paid yours then please note that this month is the latest for payment.  Cost is a total of £13.00 for those under 80 years of age, or £10 if you were over 80 at the beginning of this financial year.  However, if you are of the latter constituents and feel that you would like to make a donation of the £3 difference then your Hon Treasurer would be beaming with happiness.  Whatever amount you need to pay please remember that this month’s meeting is the latest you can pay.  Tim is unable to attend as he is away with the RBL on a tour of Cologne/the Mohne dam/Berlin, but your Hon Sec will be more than pleased to collect your money!!

 

Semaphore Circular Items

 There will be a Patron’s Lunch with some 10,000 participants in The Mall in London on 12th June.  Six double tickets have been allocated to the RNA for which the draw has already been made and the results of which will be promulgated in due course.  Cost of the tickets is ONLY £300 per pair.

 If you are not one of the lucky ones then alternatively a Street Party on the Bank Holiday of Monday 30 May will be held in Portsmouth dockyard organised by the RN Children’s Fund and the RNA and the RNOC have combined forces with the RNRM Children's Fund, the RMA and ARNO to host this event.  Access to the Historic dockyard will be free from 1000 until 1800 and members of the foregoing organisations and their guests are invited to join a day of celebration either as volunteers or guests.

 Attractions so far include a Military Band, a Historical Re-enactment, inflatable adventure playground for children, exhibition marquees, food and craft stalls, tombola and games and a prize raffle.  Volunteers are required to assist, so if you would like to help on the day please contact RNRMCF on 02392 639 536 or clare@rnrmchildrensfund.org.uk  .

 

Open Days

 If you would like to tour HQ, take lunch in Semaphore Tower, and an hour’s boat trip around the harbour seeing the sights then contact 02392 720 782.  The dates are 8 April, 13 May, 1 July, 19 August, 7 October.  But don’t leave it too late there will be a rush I expect.

 

Visit to HM Ships Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales

 The National President was invited to visit both ships building in Rosyth and has produced a very interesting article in the Circular, which you might like to access at RNA Association website.  Password to the member’s area is ‘Shipmate’, but don’t tell anyone!

 

WRNS100

 An update on all the functions planned to celebrate the centenary of the WRNS in 2017 is also included in the Circular.  If you don’t have internet access then I can let you have the hard copy.

 

RNA Members Benefits

 UK Holiday Group/CONA Holiday Service;  Coleman/Ansvar Insurance;  Funeral Service;  Visits to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard;  Legal Services 0800 827168;  RAC Breakdown Services;  Details with your Hon Sec.

 

Newly Appointed Officers for 2016/17 (Note similarities to previous year)

President  Stephen Taylor  V President  Keith Evans

Chairman  S/m Bob Dean

Vice Chairman  S/m Brian King

Hon Secretary     S/m Peter James

Hon Treasurer  S/m Tim Fletcher

Welfare Officer  S/m Alan Geddes

Committee Members S/ms John DeLaPerrelle (and Account Examiner), Mark Robinson, Peter Overton.

 

Included with this Up Spirits is a copy of the Minutes of our February meeting AND of the AGM (to be inserted into the website later) so that all are aware of what was discussed.  There is every chance I will read the minutes next February, so you don’t need to keep the latter.

 

 

Next Meeting is on Tuesday 19th APRIL when our own David Palmer will regale us with a talk the subject of which he is not willing to reveal.  He tells me it is “Sex, Booze and Rock’n Roll”, but I don’t believe him! Come along and find out.