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Royal Naval Association Worthing Branch "Once Navy, Always Navy"
Royal Naval Association       Worthing Branch "Once Navy, Always Navy"

Sunset and evening star

And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar

When I put out to sea


But such a tide as moving seems asleep

Too full for sound and foam

When that which drew from out of the boundless deep

Turns again home!


Twilight and evening bell

And after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell

When I embark


For though from out our bourn of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crossed the bar


(Alfred Lord Tennyson)



Crossed Over the Bar



It is with regret, that we have to report that S/M Bernie Harwood passed over the bar on the 7th February 2020.

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.






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.



It is with a heavy heart it is our sad duty to inform you that Mrs Rita Longhurst wife of the late S/M Peter Longhurst sadly passed away.
Rita went into hospital just after Christmas with an infection and died very peacefully on 28th January 2021.
Rita's funeral will be held at 1100 on 25th February 2021. Due to restrictions if you would like to view it please use the following link.



An unusual Crossing the Bar Article.
"Side Party Jenny"
Jenny, who has died aged 92, was a legend to generations of sailors who visited Hong Kong; despite the colony's constant change, she remained the same incomparable institution for most of her life.
Jenny led a side party of girls who attached themselves to ships when they arrived in Hong Kong, taking over the domestic economy and husbandry of each vessel. They washed and ironed, cleaned ship, chipped rust and painted, attended as buoy jumpers, and, dressed in their best, waited with grace and charm upon guests at cocktail parties.
Captains and first lieutenants would find fresh flowers in their cabins and newspapers delivered daily, and many a departing officer received a generous gift as a memento from Jenny. For all of this she refused to take payment, instead earning her keep by selling soft drinks to the ships' companies and scavenging every item of scrap and gash which could be found on board.
Much of Jenny's life was an enigma, but the authors of her many certificates of service (references) generally agreed that she was born in a sampan in Causeway Bay in 1917. According to a surviving certificate of service – copied in 1946 from an older, much battered and largely illegible document – Jenny's mother, Jenny One, "provided serviceable sampans for the general use of the Royal Navy, obtained sand, and was useful for changing money".
The younger Jenny's "date of volunteering" was recorded as 1928. From then until 1997, when the colony became a Special Administrative Region of China, she and her team of tireless girls, who at one time numbered nearly three dozen, served the Royal and Commonwealth Navies in Hong Kong.
Jenny's huge collection of photographs, stored in large envelopes, dated back to the mid-20th century and showed her in the ships she so faithfully served, often with young commanding officers who later reached flag rank. In two thick albums she proudly kept her letters of reference, all filled with praise and affection for her. One was a commendation by the Duke of Edinburgh for her work in the Royal Yacht during a visit to Hong Kong in 1959.
She had a (faux) Long Service and Good Conduct Medal presented to her in 1938 by the captain of the cruiser Devonshire, and a bar engraved "HMS Leander 1975". Most treasured was the (genuine) British Empire Medal with which she was invested in 1980 by the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Murray MacLehose. The recommendation had formally named her as Mrs Ng Muk Kah.
Through her perpetual gold-toothed grin, Jenny complained happily: "I velly chocker. All time work in sampan. No learn to lead or lite."
What she lacked in education, however, she made up for with her experience of ship husbandry, her unfailing thoroughness and apparently inexhaustible energy, as well as her integrity, enthusiasm and cheerfulness.
Jenny's intelligence system was second to none: many a captain in Portsmouth or Plymouth would turn down her offer to become his side party in Hong Kong on the grounds that his ship was bound for the West Indies or the Mediterranean, only to find that his ship's programme had been changed.
In later years, when Hong Kong was no longer visited by the fleets of ships which gave Jenny a livelihood, she found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Yet she stayed fit and was always willing to undertake any work available; and to the end of the Royal Navy's presence in Hong Kong there could be seen in the naval base a small round figure in traditional baggy black trousers and high-collared, silk smock, with a long pigtail and an eternal smile.
Jenny died on February 19.

Sadly Vice Branch Chairman S/m Tony Charles Crossed the Bar on February 21st 2013


Tony fought hard to recover from an operation he had in February 2012 but after suffering many setbacks with infections and othr complications he passed away in Worthing Hospital with his family at his bedside.


Tony's funeral took place at Worthing Crematorium on March 11th attended by standards from around the area.


RIP Shipmate

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