A number of older items have now been
moved to the "Archive" page
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.
RNA Central Office & Worthing Branch Subscriptions
The Royal Naval Association Central Office and Worthing Branch
Subscriptions are required to be into the Branch no later than 31 January 2020.
The Royal Naval Association Central Office subscriptions for 2020 are
Worthing Branch subscriptions for 2020 are £5.
If you use the Broadwater Working Men’s Club the fee is still
Please complete the enclosed forms and return them with your cheque
(payable to Worthing RNA) to S/M Bob Scott 44 Bolsover Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 1NT.
If you have any problems, not renewing your membership or are not sure
what is required please contact S/M Bob Scott 01903 243875, if there is no answer please leave your name and telephone number and I will get back to you or Email to email@example.com
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
I have recently moved to this area from the North East. I am a member at
RNA Tyne. Ex RN 22 years, left Dec 1999
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
The next Mess Meeting will take place at Broadwater Working Mens
Club on Thursday 6th February.
This meeting will be proceeded by the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
which will start promply at 1930.
As ever, prizes for the raffle will be greatly
Crossed Over the Bar
We have been informed by Shipmate Joe Pannett, that Frank Morgan has sadly crossed over the
Frank, who was nearly 98 years old, was an ex-police officer and attended many of our parades as
Burma Star Standard Bearer, he also attended many parades in London and was presented to the Queen on several occasions. Joe has no other details at present. Funeral details will be sent
out when I have received them.
Our sympathies go to S/M Joe and S/M Frank Morgan's Family and friends.
80th Anniversary of The "Altmark Incident"
17th February 2020 will be the 80th Anniversary of 80th Anniversary of the “Altmark Incident” where the famous cry “The Navy’s here” rang out loud around the world
as Sailors from the Destroyer HMS COSSACK boarded and freed 300 British Merchant Seaman.
One of the Heroes of that night, WO J J F Smith DSC is buried in Durrington cemetery. He won his DSC in this action and was the only British casualty wounded by a
booby trap. Therefore in order to Commemorate this Event a Parade will take place at 1100 on Monday 17 Feb 20 at Durrington Cemetery.
Worthing Branch of the RNA will be attending with their Standard, and any other Area 3 Standard that is able to attend would be more than welcome. Apologies for the
short notice but the Parade was only suggested in mid-December and the arrangements have only just been finalized. The Rig will be the usual Veterans Rig.
The Parade will consist of a simple Service and wreath laying, I would suggest that you may wish to lay one on behalf of the Royal Navy Association, and should last
about thirty minutes. On completion we will repair to the Rose & Crown Pub in Worthing for a buffet lunch. So you are aware the following will also be involved, a Contingent from HMS DAUNTLESS,
(sadly HMS DIAMOND were unavailable), a Representative from the Norwegian Embassy, the HMS COSSACK Association, Worthing Veterans Association and Worthing Borough Council. We also hoping for a good
representation from the Media.
Anyone wishing to attend - with or without standards - should email email@example.com, and details will be forwarded to Worthing Veterans
Crossed Over the Bar
Please find below an email from Shipmate Kevin Maynard:
"It is with a heavy heart that I must report that Les Greenfield RAF (Retd) passed away on Tuesday.
Les was for many years the Standard Bearer for the RAFA, He attended all the parades and many a funeral carrying the Standard.
I am appealing for as many veterans and Standards as possible to attend the funeral to say farewell to such a great veteran, Les was a great guy who supported
the veterans community in many ways, including attending nearly every meeting of the Worthing's Veterans Drop in Centre from its launch. A True Gentleman. Rest in peace
Funeral Details are:
Worthing Crematorium on Thursday 5th December at 15:40
Order of Dress is "Vets Rig" (Blazer, Beret & Medals etc).
Drinks afterwards will be at the RAFA club.
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.
Please see the guidance below received from the Charity
Commission regarding the forthcoming General Election:
Now that the election has been confirmed for 12 December 2019, we are issuing a reminder to all charities of their particular responsibilities in the weeks
The Commission is aware that the political context for this election is very different from that which people may have experienced in the past, which makes it all the more
important that trustees read both our guidance on campaigning and political
activity and the particular guidance that applies during an election (PDF, 606KB). We've also published lessons learned during the last election in
It is legitimate and healthy for charities to speak up for the causes they serve. But appearing to take a political position on either side could risk undermining public
confidence in charity as something special, an issue which our chief executive made clear in her recent blog.
As well as your responsibilities under charity law, you need to be aware of the rules on what is called 'third party campaigning' under electoral law, which may affect your
charity. The Electoral Commission has worked closely with charities to produce 'Non-party campaigners: where to start', using real-life case studies to
provide advice to charity campaigners.
Please can I take the
opportunity to remind the membership that the RNA prides itself in being an apolitical organisation. No matter where personal sympathies lie, please, if involved in campaigning, including the
delivery of leaflets, for any political party or group, can I respectfully request that you do so without wearing any RNA garment or badge or offer any opinion on behalf of the
Annual Rememberance Parade
This Years Parade will take place at the Cenetaph in Worthing Chapel Road on Sunday 10th November.
Members attending should do so wearing the standard dress - with medals.
Muster outside the Library by 1040 ready to form up and prepare to march on to the parade.
Carrier Strike Group forms for the first time
HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group has formed for the first time on the Westlant 19 deployment, the Royal Navy announced on 26
The carrier has been joined by destroyer HMS Dragon, frigate HMS Northumberland and fleet
tanker RFA Tideforce off the
eastern seaboard of the US following the completion of the Canadian-led submarine hunting exercise Cutlass Fury in which Northumberland took
Dragon has now left the task force to join another carrier group working in the same waters off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The
destroyer will form part of Carrier Strike Group 10, led by USS Dwight D Eisenhower which is undergoing a US Navy Tailored Ship's Training
Dragon will then re-attach to the Queen Elizabeth group ready to begin combined training with UK F-35 Lightning
stealth fighters from 617 Squadron.
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Updated 24 Januarty 2020