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HMS HOOD Event
As a result of the restrictions for COVID19, the annual service of Rememberance for HMS HOOD could not take place this year.
Not wishing to fail to mark the event at all, a duly "Socially Distanced" 2 minutes silence was observed in the front garden of the President S/M Bob Scott.
In attendance were The President - S/M Bob Scott, the Chairman - S/M David Shipley, S/M Tony Avery, and S/M Richard Shenton who attended with the standard. S/M Paul Minter attended as the photographer to record the event!
S/M Doug Morris Crossing the Bar and Funeral
The following was received from S/M Nobby Hall:
Shipmate Doug Morris Funeral Service was held in Worthing this afternoon, Wednesday 29 April. It was a small gathering only six family and myself but it was a lovely Service with many tributes to a Dear Friend and Shipmate. His body will now be cremated.
There will be a Memorial/Wake once we get back to some form of normality at the Broadwater Conservative Working Mens Club. I will forward the details when I have them.
Meantime take care and stay safe.
HMS HOOD Anniversary
The Branch normally holds its own HMS Memorial Service, but due to the current COVID19 issues, we have had to cancel this year.
We have now heard that there will be a Virtual service which shipmates can log onto and watch. Details below.
Friends and relatives of those who served in or went down in battle-cruiser HMS Hood are going ahead with their annual commemorative service – but virtually.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the commissioning of the ship, which came to symbolise the Royal Navy during the Inter-War period.
She was lost – with all but three souls aboard – engaging Hitler’s flagship Bismarck in company with HMS Prince of Wales in the Denmark Strait early on the morning of May 24 1941.
Among the 1400+ casualties who went down with Hood was Admiral Lancelot Holland, in command of the two British capital ships.
He worshipped at St John’s Church in Boldre, Hampshire, where in the years since the disaster a special section has grown honouring the ship and her men, with a service held each year on the Sunday closest to the sinking.
This year’s service will now be a virtual affair due to the lockdown, but you will still be able to ‘join’ the congregation courtesy of the internet;
the 11am service on Sunday May 24 will be broadcast via the church’s website:
https://www.bsbb.org.uk/ or https://www.bsbb.org.uk/virtual-church/
Plans are already being drawn up for the 2021 service – provisionally set of May 16 – when the 80th anniversary of the tragedy will be marked.
VE DAY Photos
Altough there were many events and celebrations that had been arranged to commemerate VE day, sadly these all had to be cancelled.
A number of "socially distanced" events did take place, and a couple of these are shown below. Any additional photos to include, email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you are well and staying safe. Please see the note below concerning RNA clothing:
Whilst in isolation it may be the perfect time to have a ‘shufty’ at the new sparklingly refreshed RNA clothing website of our official clothing supplier, RLP Embriodery, which is run by Shipmate Ray Pullen (Aldershot Branch).
So go to this link at the short trail: It is well worth a look
Royal Naval Association
Bereavement Information from HeadQuarters
During this global coronavirus pandemic, Shipmates are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. This includes being unable to attend in
person as shipmates cross the bar and being unable to celebrate together the life afterwards given increasing restrictions on funerals. As a family the loss of one shipmate is felt by us all but more
intensely by those closest.
Two useful sources of support and advice are Cruse offering support for adults (see https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief ) and Winstons Wish (see https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/ for children and young people.
Cruse for adults primarily supports through its excellent website and a National Freephone Helpline of 0808 808 1677 open Monday-Friday 0930-1700 (excluding bank holidays) with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 2000. In normal times, it has local services detailed on the website but these are curtailed at the moment.
Winston's Wish for children and young people operates through
1) a National Freephone Helpline 08088 020 021 (open 0900 – 1700, Monday – Friday). This is being operated remotely so accessed currently by leaving a message on their voicemail with your first name and a contact number (with the caller’s area code; a Helpline Practitioner calls back from a withheld number as soon as possible.
2) ASK email support via email@example.com
3) Crisis Messenger by texting WW to 85258 (available 24/7).
4) an Online Chat service available on the website 1200 - 1600pm, (Wednesdays and Fridays).
5) Facebook groups (Adults Bereaved as Children and Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People) offering support with membership opening up the opportunity to connect digitally and share experiences.
Remember bereaved shipmates may also have to deal with increased trauma and are likely cut off from some of their usual support network through family, Branch and other shipmates. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.
Coping with grief and trauma is hard at this time and support is always welcome. Being bereaved can be an extremely lonely time.
Talking with family, friends and shipmates can be one of the most helpful ways to cope after someone close dies. We can all support our shipmates by phone, text or e-mail! It is important to avoid isolation but currently increasing numbers of people have to self-isolate and we all have to avoid physical contact with others under current advice.
Stay home and stay well all shipmates
Deputy National Welfare Adviser
Royal Naval Association
Lock-down Information From Welfare Officer
Food, or getting to appointments, etc.
T.S. Vanguard's two senior officers have offered the service of themselves and the Mini-Bus to help with
Carrying out any of these services as from today.
To put into operation phone Anna Shipley on 01903 539210, she will forward the task to T.S.Vanguard
Co-ordinators for action. Please DO NOT ring the Unit Direct.
Any contact has to be through me, as I will be the Co-Ordinator for the R.N.A.
Contact: 01903 539210
Hugs & prayers to you all, stay safe.
R.N.A. Worthing branch.
Cancellation Of Mess Meetings
Following advice from RNA HQ, and in light of the current uncertaintly resulting from the Corona Virus - COVID19 Virus, the Mess Meetings due to take place in April, May and June have been cancelled.
As and when more information becomes available, it will be promulgated accordingly.
PRESENTATION OF HMS CONSORT TIE TO TS VANGUARD
On Wednesday 11th March, The Worthing Branch of The Royal British Legion presented to TS Vanguard the Tie given to the Unit by Cannon and Mrs Nunn. The tie was given to Cannon Nunn whilst he was serving as the padre onboard HMS Consort.
S/M Paul Minter accepted the tie on behalf of TS Vanguard in his role as Chairman of the Unit.
Mrs Nun was unable to attend the presentation, and it was agreed a separate occasion would be arranged for her to visit and view the Tie on display.
Also present at the presentation were the Worthing RNA Branch President -S/M Bob Scott, and the Branch Chairman - S/M David Shipley, as well as the Worthing Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lionel Harman.
VISIT TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
A rare opportunity to visit the House of Commons for a tour and Tea has been arranged for Friday 26th June 2020.
Cost - including transport - will be £27.50
Anyone interested should contact S/M Anna Shipley on 01903 539210
ALMARK Commeration of Warrant Officer John Smith
A commemoration at Durrington Cemetary on Monday 17th February remembered John Smith, a sailor who helped free almost 300 British prisoners in the storming of The Altmark on February 17, 1940.
Delivering a speech over Warrant Officer Smith’s grave, Commander Neil Hall (RN) said the raid represented ‘one of the most audacious feats’ of the Second World War.
“Altmark was a very important act, which at the time was a huge boost to national morale,” he said. "It was a wonderful example of that great British seafaring tradition.”
But it was discovered by the Navy’s HMS Cossack and boarded in a daring raid. John Smith was one of the boarders and was shot in the shoulder after entering a booby-trapped door. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and served for the rest of the war, before passing away in 1973 at the age of 69. His grave reads ‘Safe harbour beyond all storms of life’.
Wreaths were laid at his grave by members of the Armed Forces and Worthing mayor Hazel Thorpe, with a military parade from the entrance to the graveside.
There was also a contingent from the Ships Company of HMS DAUNTLESS.
As well as The Worthing Branch Standard, Standard from a number of other Area 3 Branches were present.
More photos from the event can be viewed on the ALMARK Gallery page on this website
New Dates for National Arboretum Visit
The Dates for the Arboretum Visit have had to be changed until later in the year, to the new dates of 18th - 20th September.
Full details, and how to participate are as shown in the poster below.
Crossed Over the Bar
Funeral service to take place at Ian Harts Chapels, Broadwater at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020.
A condolences card has been sent.
Our sympathies go to S/M Bernie Harwood's Family and friends.
It is with regret, that we have to report that Mrs Carolyn Colbourne passed over the bar on the 31st January 2020 after a short illness. (Wife of S/M Ron Colbourne).
Funeral service to take place at 1:40 pm on Monday 24th February 2020 at Worthing Crematorium.
A condolences card has been sent.
Our sympathies go to S/M Ron Colborne's Family and friends.
Beyond that, there are around 2,200 merchant vessels in the region daily, hence an international response to the threat.
Seven nations stepped up to the plate: UK, USA, Australia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia the UAE and Albania – with the IMSC officially beginning operations in early November under US Rear Admiral Alvin Holsey.
He handed over to Commodore Parkin, who is normally based at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth where he commands the UK’s Littoral Strike Group – the newly-renamed amphibious forces.
The presence of the Brits and their four-month tenure of the IMSC – commanding an international staff, international warships and international intelligence-gathering air power – was warmly welcomed by Vice Admiral James Malloy, Commander of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet – the senior naval officer in the region.
“Sitting in my office two months back, the First Sea Lord promised he would send the very best, a seasoned, combat experienced officer with significant regional tours under his belt – and he was true to his word,” Vice Admiral Malloy said.
Although the Strait of Hormuz has been the focal point of efforts and global attention over the past six month, Commodore Parkin’s domain also includes two other key ‘choke points’ where shipping has been attacked in the past – the Bab al Mandeb at the foot of the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa, where vessels have been attacked by rebels/pirates – as well as the more open waters of the Gulf of Oman and Gulf.
He is determined to build on the groundwork laid by Admiral Holsey and his staff.
“The UK is committed to ensuring the safety of shipping in the Gulf region, which contains some of the most important choke points in the world,” Commodore Parkin added.
“We recognise the importance of freedom of navigation and will ensure it is upheld.
“While the UK continues to call for de-escalation, the safety and security of our citizens and our interests in the region are of paramount concern to the UK and the Royal Navy.”
Worthing Branch RNA Visit to National Arboretum
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September 2020
Staying at the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry which is a beautiful Grade II listed country house hotel. Set in picturesque gardens.
3 day's £ 199.00 per person. Half board.
Friday 18th September 2020 leave Worthing.
Sunday 20th September 2020 return to Worthing.
A non-refundable deposite of £10 per person is requested
Cheques made payable to: Just for Groups
Optional non-refundable insurance £ 12pp.
If you can only bring cash, a cheque to the Coach Company will be sent on your behalf.
More literature will be handed out at the A.G.M or by contascting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If interested please contact David Shipley on 01903 539210 or email email@example.com
R.N.A Worthing Branch
The following was received by S/M Mike Crowe
First I must make an apology. I regret that the RN Shipmates system has been very quiet.
The website www.rnshipmates.co.uk looked as if it, or even me, had crossed the Bar!!
No, my wife has fought off a Mini Stoke with tests, medication its side effects and I have had a Prostate Cancer scare with all the tests involved there. However, the real fly in the ointment was computer problems of which I will say no more, fellow computer users will understand. Thanks to my son we are up and running again!
I AM BACK ON DUTY.
Go to www.rnshipmates.co.uk and go to ‘reunions’ on a regular basis, this is because nearly 400 local newspapers across the country are now printing a ‘Letter to the Editor’ mentioning the rediscovered camaraderie at Royal Navy Reunions. Their readers are posting their reunions. You might like to copy this to your branch shipmates so that the can be sure their ship’s Associations reunion is listed.
Many thanks for your co-operation in bringing shipmates together again, let me know when a tot is raised and I will raise one to you from this end!
Presentation of Cheque to RNBT
Following last years Street collection, Worthing RNA Branch Members with Chairman S/M David Shipley, attended the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust and presented a cheque for £423 towards the new Building fund.
Chairman S/M David Shipley handed the cheque to the RNBT Chief Executive, Cdt Rob Bosshardt.
Offer of an Allotment for a year
We have received an email from an Ex-RN S/M from Shoreham offering the use of an alloment in Shoreham for a year. A summary from his email is copied below.
If anyone is interested in taking him up on his offer, please email to "firstname.lastname@example.org", and we will put you in touch.
My partner has an allotment in Ham Road, Shoreham. We are heading to Spain for 10 months and rather than give this allotment up, I suggested that one of my RNA shipmates may wish to tend it for the next year. It's at no cost, all produce would be the property of the person tending the plot.
The first priority would be to keep it weed free. There is a shed on the plot with most tools required, plus a kettle, for those times when peace and quiet may be needed.
Do you have any old Photos of your old Ships?
We are looking to start a page dedicated to ships that members have served upon in the past (or where still serving - currently) as a sort of Rouges Gallery!
If you have any photos - along with any comments or dits that you would like to see go on, please email to :
Worthing Remembrance Parade 2019
The Branch attended the Annual Remembrance Parade at the Town War Memorial on Sunday 10th November 2019.
There was a good turnout of members with the standard carried by S/M Richard Shenton, and the Chairman S/M David Shipley laying the Branches' Wreath.
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Updated 29 June 2020