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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 £14.
Worthing Branch subscriptions for 2020 are £5.
If you use the Broadwater Working Men’s Club the fee is still £5.
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
Yours Aye
S/M Bob Scott
Royal Naval Association
Worthing Branch President
44 Bolsover Road
West Sussex
BN13 1NT
01903 243875


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2020 Subscription Information
Details of subs due for 2020
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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 "", and we will put you in touch.



 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 needed.





Next Mess Meeting 


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 appreciated.



Crossed Over the Bar


We have been informed by Shipmate Joe Pannett, that Frank Morgan has sadly crossed over the bar.
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, and details will be forwarded to Worthing Veterans Association.




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 Les". 
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.



Election Advice / Information


Please see the guidance below received from the Charity Commission regarding the forthcoming General Election:


Election special


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 ahead.


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 2017.


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 Association.  



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



The UK's HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group has formed for the first time on the Westlant 19 deployment, the Royal Navy announced on 26 September.

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 part.

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 Availability programme.


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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