IT HAS been a very full month at our this time so we won't be cramped for headquzutcrs in Pitt Street and all the
signs indicate an increasing tempo so many willing hands to do the work until well into the New Year.
First in importance was our 20th grand shipmates who have donated annual dinner and dance, which was money to help meet the formidable
attend and we had the unenviable task of limiting our numbers. This
held at the newly rebuilt Royal cost: but that is the spirit of the Sailors' Home Club-a magnificent Pompcy Branch and that is why we building which has everything, but are so happy and successful at Pitt unfortunately not large enough to Street. accommodate all who wished to
Christmas Cheer meant that more than 50 had to he the headquarters our less fortunate Whilst we arc all making merry at
refused a long time before the closing shipmates on the sick list will not he date for tickets. We had a major dis- forgotten and our almoners will be
(ape, ssas down with 'flu and his parcels of Christmas cheer to remind doctor would not allow him to travel, them that comradeship is still the kv- I lossever. as much as we missed hs note of the Royal Naval Association. bright and breezy company, there were several able ith
---lit on till I am.: everyone seemed no doubt there svi II he sonic fresh o he having a good time and the l;is faces on the rostrum. 'lo those whose
o ;iltz carne all too soon, Coming of Age
deputies to fill the bill Ni's is on the market we shall have Dancing had our annual general meeting and
Before the next issue of the NAvy
turn it is to sta rid down we eann; say more than. ---1 hank soil for a job
enough to hold the next dinner and of Portsmouth Branch send their (lance,
The two one-act plays. "Viola and Prosperous New Year to all ship' ('arlon'' and "Fumed Oak" were a males of the Royal Naval Association
The president, officers and shipmates greetings and best wishes for a Happy
great success. Although this was a wherever they, may he. new departure in entertainment at Pitt Street and was regarded its an experi' merit, the players and producer were left in no doubt they had hacked a
winner. We have become used to good
sse are planning to go to town in a big Watch on Deck are as successful, then way - already the committee are investigating the problem of where to find a place both suitable and large
1958 will see our coming-of-age and we extend a welcome, If the new
we can look forward with confidence to 1958,
appointment, too, when shortly before- working late to ensure that everyone hand we learned that our principal is visited. Shipmate Pimlott, with his guest. Admiral Lord Fraser of North little black hag, will he leaving small
and, still more to the point. SO many NAVY NEWS JItllIlIlllItIltlllIlllIlIllllllllllIlllllIIIllllIllIlllIlllIIlIlllL
I space, Fortunately, too, that we have MY LETTER this month includes the meeting of December 6 and the
GILLINGHAM GARDEN SUBURB- WYTHENSLIAWE
children's Christmas party of the 7th. FROM THE garden suburb of Man- The general meeting was well chester may we say "Hello, shipmates attended and the usual business was everywhere!"? Sonic of us have only carried with exactness. The letters read recently had the pleasure of reading concerned one from the Lewisham NAVY Ntws. but already orders are
Branch. who expressed their thanks 50 per cent, up with prospects of more for the kindness shown by Gillingham to conic.
Branch (luring the illness and bereave-
merit of their Shipmate Patrick Hickey. before, but I can assure you that. who passed away in the Royal Naval although we are still young members
Maybe you have not heard of us
Hospital, Gillingham. He was a life of the Royal Naval Association, I member of the Royal Naval Associa- think we can look back with pride on
tion and he had made a visit to us our achievements. shortly before his illness and was a
branch tells me lie was a very actise ' --
member of the Royal Naval Associa- tions. The standards of both Lewisham
and (iitIm ghain were carried at the graveside and branch members were
A letter concerning the illness of THE FOLLOWING verses were writ- Shipmate Royle. who had recently ten by the chairman of the Wood undergone a major operation, was read. and
present, we wish him all the luck well done'" and to those who follow and hopes for his speedy recovery,
Branch and he gave us an outline of me thoughts behind the words are, this s isit. Both shipmates were made however, still real. very welcome and they spoke of the
chummy shipmates of this branch. Good luck, Ashford Branch! Hope to see you soon at Gillingham. We were sorry to hear of the retire-
ment of Shipmate Thomas from the committee. owing to ill-health. and we
performances by the R.N.A. Players ' HAPPY and Prosperous New Yea; but seldom have they earned more o all shi pina tes ashore and afloat
applause and complimentary remarks from all at l-lal ling Branch. We have than on this occasion. Less than 24 conic to the end of yet another sers hours after the last performance they busy year and, looking hack, we have were hard at it again rehearsing for sonic very pleasant memories of visits the pantomime to be staged next we have made to other branches. Since month, How's that for enthusiasm?
it promises to he bigger and better than ever: already the target figure
The next big night will be the Brighton Branch and received a very Christmas draw on the 20th. This year
last wrote we have visited the warm welcome although the weather
has been left well behind with another our standard was unable to get on
week to go. More than 51.) prizes are parade on October 19 but the escort assured and the children's party fund were very proud to escort the No, 2 will receive a handsome boost from Area Standard to the Cenotaph; many
by Shipmate Bob Pcarn (not forgetting
his acting unpaid secretary-Pat) and evening we went over to the Royal he well deserves all the thanks that Festival Hall for the rcunion-eer- will undoubtedly be bestowed on him tainly the best ever. Very many on the night.
The Christmas decorations are up secretary, and the programme for the festive
season 3'.S.iiI3J'''''.0 are few clubs in Pompey which can boast of anything so ambitious; there must be still fewer in the R.N.A. and
in how- ,ever thin. There thanks, once again, to our general Remembrance Services
On November 10 we attended three local remembrance services at
it only costs what you feel inclined to spend on your own drinks, not even a membership fee.
party date. The lists are not yet closed but already the number of guests are near the 350 mark. Fortunately we
Saturday. January 4, is the children's have secured the gymnasium. R.N.B..
WEST BROMWICH 'I'HE BRANCH is still forging ahead
and going from strength to strength. Now we are on the threshold of a
ward to many more happy times together.
old year was a grand bazaar on November 30. held to help raise funds
towards our building fund. This was our first bazaar and we were quite
pleased with the result. No doubt more will follow.
you had a real merry Christmas and we wish you all a very happy New Year.
NEW ROMNEY WE REGRET to announce the death
of Shipmate A. -W. Barman on December I. 1957. A vice-president and chairman of the branch, he was a founder member and has held office
in various capacities since commis- sioning in 1937. At all times a loyal shipmate, a
worker always for the good of the branch, he will he sadly missed. A
member also of the British Legion, both standards were carried at the
funeral and shipmates acted as pall hearers. May he be granted safe anchorage.
To shipmates everywhere, we hope HAVANT
ALL AT Havant branch meeting on December 3 decided that a message of
gratitude should be sent to the canteen manager and his staff in H.M.U.C.W.E. for the great co-operation and kind- ness they had shown when their
branch annual dinner had taken place in that establishment the previous month.
At the same meeting they were very sorry to hear their hon. treasurer and
delegate, Mr. C. J. Snow, announce that he would probably not he able to carry out these duties during 1958, as he expected to be leaving the district.
party, this meeting concluded branch activities for the year.
Apart from their New Year's Eve One of our last big efforts of the
new year we can look back with satis- faction on a busy but pleasant 12 months of endeavour and look for-
Wouldham. Burham, and Leyhournc. At Leyhourne our worthy treasurer laid a wreath in memory of our fallen
comrades. In passing, I would like to mention that Leybourne Church is
very much connected with the Royal
Navy, as the body of the first English admiral (Admiral Leyhourne) lies at
pleasure of meeting the present Mr Lcyhoumc.
rest there. and in 1956 we. of Hailing. witnessed the unveiling of a plaque to this very tine man. We also had the
general meeting on January 24 and it is also to he a big occasion. as we arc enrolling a new padre. Our previous padre. Rev. Cocup, retired from the
we have wasted no time in asking him to join our association and becoming our new padre. He has accepted. At this juncture we wish him every suc- cess and hope his stay with us will
be long and enjoyable. I would like to remind you that our
meetings nights are on the second and fourth Fridays. of the month.
Royal Navy and is now abroad. The Rev. P. Gardener, ex-Royal Navy, has been drafted to our local village and
Now for dates already booked in 1958, We arc holding our annual
your coach. To complete the
was not so good as it could have beet;, Owing to unforeseen circumstances
wish him good luck and a quick return to health. The children's Christmas party was
held at headquarters on Saturday. l)ecernhcr 7. and was an outstanding success. I cannot speak too highly of
all those concerned in entertaining the kiddies. To mention names would need a deal of space but credit must go to
provide so much. Nothing was lacking; the tables were loaded with all the
goodies that the 50 children could have wished for. When all were seated the
hail presented a scene of gaiety, and the children in their party outfits made a fine background of colour. President Cdr. Lc Mare welcomed the children
the proceeds. This is a one-man effort thanks. Maidstone. for allowing us to share
and said grace. Proceedings com- menced and the "Sprogs" got to work.
The tiny to were attended to by the rnidchipmaids
After tea, "Clear
decks! "-leaving the hall ready for fun and games, during which time the kiddies were entertained by Mrs. Ashdown on the piano and Shipmate Garrad on the one-string fiddle. They
sang all the favourites. Mr. Ford, our
photographer. got to work, and we hope he got some good pictures. By the way, we have snapped him also and we shall soon welcome him as a member of the Royal Naval Asso- ciation.
Fun and games were conducted by Shipmate Collins and the kiddies were
kept busy. I was very interested in the passing of the parcel. So many little
gifts and forfeits were inside. One little chap had a chit-he had to pro-
pose to a member of the opposite sex. He espied his mother and, with a polite how, said: "1 should like to marry
you." At this stage, Jimmy Springfcllow,
over and delighted both young and old with his "Jimmy" ventriloquist act.
ex-Royal Navy entertainer, took
Higgs. Peter tried hard to find out how those hoops linked. It was time for the presents' to be handed to the children and this
pleasant task was carried out by Cdr. Ic Mare (Rtd.), our president, assisted
by Father Christmas. So ended a grand evening for the
company had a "do" on their own. What a night!
THE NINTH annual dinner of the Lewes branch was held on November
2 last, and attended by 75 members and guests. The dinner was presided over by our
vice-president. Cdr. W. R. S. Segrave. in the absence of our president, Capt. S. Ic H. Lonibard-Hobson, who is at
present on active service in command of H.M.S. Apollo. The function was attended by the
Mayor and Mayoress of Lewes. Our chairman, Shipmate Arthur
Bacon. welcomed shipmates and guests from other branches including repre- sentatives from Patcham. Battle, East- hourne,
Hastings, Worthing and
Brighton branches. After an excellent dinner an even-
ing's dancing was provided to the music of Shipmate Jim Taylor and his Trio.
kiddies and, true to spirit, the ship's
also conjuring, in which he was assisted by Peter Farrcl and Sandra
Midsjiiprnaid Higgs and the midship' maids who gave of their best to
Lest They Be Forgotten
At home, with wondrous fete, came vict'ry on parade,
Gilded herald of peace's fresh decade. You lined the route, you saw, you cheered
The marching men; the armoured columns steered
Their way through London*s streets. before the King and Queen.
Your cheers were real, to see a might w keen.
Thus peace in pageantry passed slowly by.
While aircraft filled the misty sky.
Impressive sight, to all who saw; but did they sec Beneath the cheers for peace? Did they hear the plea
From our great dead, who gave their all-
Lie dead, stay dead, beyond the pall Of human thought? Will you leave them in their grave.
Or resurrect, keep live in mind the brave?
Blinded, deaf-oh fools disperse the cloud
Of soft complacency-if of your dead you're proud.
Gird yourselves, join, each and every one.
Lift high your thoughts, to end the fight begun
For life. Gloved hand, hold glistened steel,
Fearing nought, in forcing claim for rightful deal,
The deal, for which your sons and friends have died.
Though dead, they must not be denied By graft and all the varied words and
Which, if you will, your mind can sway.
The people-you and 1-responsi- bility is ours.
To make our time to rank midst finest hours:
As fine they were, in which men gave their blood,
To stem, then smash the Devil's flood
Of greed and hate. They died, they did not flee,
They stayed and fought, in air, on land and sea;
They didn't turn their minds to rest,
They never once fell down on Ease's breast.
Now we, who're left, must rise, the same,
Follow firm the road, on which they came
By thousands to defend our freeman's life.
We cannot rest, no matter what the strife.
It is our debt to Mem'ry dear, To children, ours and theirs. They must never fear
That they shall see worse, deadly wars.
The dead had wishes-Rise and make them laws.
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R.N. BARRACKS, DEVONPORT.
Our vice-president and Shipmate of the victory parade, which con;- Dc Guelle made a visit to the Ashford meniorated the end of the last war.
after seeing the film;; in 'I'rincomalec
resident of Pembroke House, A grand 1955. with the following founder old chap. 87 years of age, and his
WOOD GREEN and SOUT.IIGATE
Green and Southgate branch-Ship- mate A. W. llsley-some years ago.
Formed as a Naval association in
members, Shipmates Wood, Kerin, Higgins, Burke. Docherty, \Voollam. Lingard. Lackie, Walker, Johnson and Cunningham. we traversed the hard-
ships on is. per week membership. but still every week new blokes were enrolled to the ship's company.
In October. 1955. our chummy ship, Manchester, paid us a visit, and it was decided that we should become
of the Royal Naval Association. Shipmate H;irper, the Manchester hon.
secretary, and also now in charge of welfare for its, said that we had a
potential membership of over 500 and that he failed to sec why a club of our
own should riot be i huge success. How right lie was; ss'it Ii i ii nont h s we had obtained a loan of £500 froni the Madden I ' iind
been submitted and ar'Prove(l by- the City Council. well-wishers of the branch granted us it loall of £8.o00.
Lieut. I )ochertv. R.N.V. R ., had Sold Out In April, two years after our first
get-together, the club was opened and, despite three deliveries in the first week, we had to put up the "sold out"
sign; our only regret being that it was not possible to get a distinguished
Royal Naval officer to perform the
opening. ceremony; but headquarters are tryng to remedy this by per- suading an officer of rank to perform;; the official opening ceremony in the near future.
The only casualty was our lion;. secretary.
tile hard work he had put in to get the branch firmly commissioned, was forced to resign by a change in his
Charlie Kerwin. who after
own work. His place has beet; ably taken by Shipmate Eric VooIlan;, on
whose shoulders fell the mammoth task of arranging our dedication, which took place in September at St. Luke's Church, Wythenshawe,
Bishop of Manchester and the lesson read
Alderman. Leslie wife,
the Mayorcss of
Blackcap. in the presence of Lever, M,P,, and his and
present was the Deputy Mayor of Bury.
including standards and escorts from Manchester, Blackpool, Bury. Don- caster and Hull branches of the Royal
Over 350 mustered for the parade,
Naval Association and the Wythen- shawe branches of the Royal Air Forces Association and the British
They were ably led by the Sea Cadets of the Manchester Branch and
they proved very worthy substitutes for their big brothers from H.M.S.
Blackcap, who were unable to attend because of Asian 'flu. Also in the paraJc was the Bury Prize Band, who
very kindly gave their services gratis and to whom we are very grateful. The standard took its place along-
Manchester, and we must congratulate our standard bearer, Shipmate Water- worth, on his fine bearing.
By the time this appears in print we will have got over the mammoth task
of putting on a Christmas party for 600 children, and this will be organised
The steward of the club is our
former member, C.P.O. Ferguson, and he is always around to give a hearty welcome to everybody.
In conclusion. may we take this
opportunity of thanking the R.N.B.T. for help given to shipmates in this area, and to shipmates everywhere we
say: "If you are around, come aboard, and you
out the coming year! be assured of
meeting an old shipmate amongst us. Smooth sailings to you all through-
side the standards of the Manchester Branch. Royal Naval Assocaiton. and the White Ensign Association at the Remembrance Service and Parade in
Manchester. and Stopford. R.N.,
standard was dedicated by the Capt.
and after plans drawn up h' our president (also president of No, It) Area).
towards club pm en;i scs, 13
by Shipmate Williams and his com- mittee, with the help of members' wives.
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