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TRAFALGAR NIGHT DINNER
In light of the current restrictions, needless to say that this years Trafalgar Night dinner will not be taking place.
The Committee has, however, booked The Windsor Hotel for next Years Dinner, to take place on Saturday 16th October 2021.
VIRTUAL MESS MEETING
Since it has been a long time since it has been possible to hold a Mess meeting since March, and having had to cancel a number of events that would normally allow members to meet up, in an attempt to give members the chance to catch up, it is planned to hold a virtual (Zoom) Mess Meeting on Thursday 1st October from 1930.
Any Member who is unsure how to access Zoom to participate can email email@example.com, and detils canbe passed on.
It is hoped that as many members as possible can make it.
Full details will be emailed to members shortly.
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 :
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NAVY OFFICERS AND RATINGS MAKE HISTORY AT UNIQUE PARADE
For the first time in the history of the Royal Navy sailors and officers today passed out side-by-side.
The parade ground at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth – the spiritual home of the officer cadre for the past 115 years – witnessed a unique ceremony as 34 ratings and 130 officers completed their training.
Britain’s most senior sailor, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, welcomed the ratings – who formed a guard of honour – and officers into the naval family as the guest of honour.
Traditionally, the nine-week transformation from civilian to sailor takes place at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, but with a surge in interest in joining the Navy, an additional course was provided at Dartmouth.
Among the ratings completing training was 24-year-old Engineering Technician (Weapons Engineering) Sarah-Jayne Stoppel from Northampton. “The course has been good, but some parts have been really challenging, particularly the Initial Military Fitness because it’s quite intense.
“Physical exercise in civvy street really doesn’t prepare you for two hours of military exercise, but I can feel that my fitness has massively improved. It’s been exciting to be part of something significant by training here at Britannia.”
Fellow Engineering Technician Lucas Cann from South Wales joined the Royal Navy to travel, gain qualifications and enjoy a better lifestyle. The 18-year-old lost both of his grandfathers while he was in training.
“When I found out my grandads had died I just wanted to leave, but everyone got around me and I’m still here. The staff and the management team of recruits were great. The Navy is really good at handling this type of thing.
“I have made friends for life. I don’t have words to describe how good it feels to complete this course. There was no pressure from the Royal Navy, but as a group we got together and decided that we had to make an impression being the first to train here.”
Of the officers passing out, 98 completed a 29-week initial training programme, while 28 more underwent the transition from ratings. Four nursing officers of the Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service, 11 new officers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service and 28 international cadets from 13 overseas nations also completed their training.
“I’m extremely proud, and grateful to all the people who have been on this journey with me – it’s been a long road to get here, with lots of ups and downs, but I feel more confident, capable and stronger than ever. It’s also an absolute privilege to be passing out alongside the ratings. I think being part of this historic moment is one of the best silver linings we could have hoped for,” said 23-year-old Midshipman Ellie Johnson from Suffolk.
“It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come in eight months, and there have been so many highlights, but my favourite part was definitely being on destroyer HMS Defender. We learned so much at Dartmouth, but it all seemed to come together finally living on board an operational warship.”
Admiral Radakin told the officers and ratings gathered before him:
“This is a historic occasion – and it is historic on two levels. It is of course the first time that we have ever had officers and ratings training together, and passing out together, at Dartmouth. And that is historic in itself. But it is also a historic occasion for each and every one of you. You will always remember this day as the real start of your naval career.
“That applies to all of you on parade, officers and ratings, regardless of your specialisation or which country you come from. You have made a commitment to put yourself in harm’s way. To serve your country. And to do so cheerfully, with determination and in the face of whatever challenges may come. You should all be enormously proud of yourselves.”
Captain Roger Readwin, the Captain of BRNC, bristled with pride at the sight of officers and ratings passing out together.
“It is magnificent to see them all standing side-by-side, as they will at sea in the years to come. Our people are the life blood of the Royal Navy.
“They have all worked hard to meet the stringent standards and thoroughly deserve their place on this historic parade ground. It is also very special to welcome their families and friends on this momentous day, to thank them all for their incredible support during these uncertain times and introduce them all to the Royal Naval family.”
Most of the Officers passing-out began their training in January and over the course of the 29 weeks, they have been tested on Dartmoor, on the River Dart and have spent time at sea on board an operational warship.
Both Britannia Royal Naval College and HMS Raleigh have continued to train throughout the pandemic to provide the front-line Fleet with fresh blood. A further class of ratings will begin training at Dartmouth in October.
Update on Future Meeting Opportunities
The Mess Committee held a virtual Committee meeting on 13th August to address routine matters, and also to look at options for holding Mess Meetings in the coming months.
In view of the current uncertainty regarding COVID19, the possibility of being able to hold a "face to face" meeting was ruled out for the immediate future.
It was, however, agreed that there is a need to be able to hold some form of virtual Mess meeting to keep up to date, and check in with one another.
It has been agreed to hold a virtual Mess meeting using the Zoom platform on Thursday 1st October with the meeting opening from 1930 and formal business from 2000. The Secretary will be contacting mess members shortly with details of the meeting arrangements, and the protocol for the meeting itself.
Subject to the success of this trial, a further virtual meeting will take place in November.
If restrictions allow, it is planned to hold the first "face to face" mess meeting on Monday 14th December. Due to the potential difficulties of being able to hold the meeting in the usual venue, the intention is for the meeting to be held at TS Vanguard, where suitable social distancing can be acheived. The change of venue is also why the meeting day is scheduled for a Monday and not the usual Thursday, since TS Vanguard is already used on a Thursday evening. Conscious that some members may still not feel comfortable with such a face to face meeting, the option of including a cioncurrent Zoom meeting will be investigated.
TRAFALGAR NIGHT DINNER
We have been advised by The Windsor hotel, that they are looking to resume some events at the hotel, and that the possibility of holding some form of Trafalgar Night event there may still be an option. Discussions are still ongoing, and it is likely that if an event does go ahead, it is unlikely to be as in the past, but may have to be amemded to meet anty restrictions. An update will follow once more details are known.
The date for the AGM has been confirmed as Monday 15th February 2021. The exact venue will be confirmed nearer the time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Updated 18 September 2020