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produced some really good scores so we must be improving. The day’s winner was Chris Whitehead, second was a very close tussle with the winner (as they both had 37 points but Chris got first on a back nine count) Tiny Lawson. As normal, the dinner conversation was a mix of current and “do you remember?” with everyone being part of a very special family with a common binding thread. In August, we played a match against a home team at Eastham; it was a really good day enjoyed by all and our thanks go to Eastham for having us. We won’t go into the result as it is a closely guarded military secret!


A clear crisp autumn day was waiting for the 21 players at Frodsham golf course on Tuesday 23 September. One member just came for the walk and the meal! As always, the tales of “Woe and Elation” followed the play but all agreed that it was a tough course which some of our members mastered. The winner of the day was Tiny Lawson with a very creditable 38 points; in second place was Gren Livers who joined us this year whilst third was Frank Barham; our best guest was Mr D Dukes. Summarising the 2008 season, we have had strong support and great golf. It is not lost on our members that the organisation and administration of our golf, in the main, is carried out by Sue Weston at the Castle and by Capt John Bigland. This was recognised after our Frodsham game and all expressed their appreciation, thank you.


Meeanee Reunion – Blackpool


by T E P Over 240 people attended the Meeanee Reunion held in the Norbreck Castle hotel in Blackpool over the first weekend in February. Most came from all corners of the north of England but one or two did manage to battle through the heavy blizzards affecting the south of the Country. The weekend got off to a rousing start with everyone meeting and greeting over dinner and dancing on Friday night. The business side of the Reunion was quickly dealt with at the AGM on Saturday morning. At the end of the meeting, Mick


Bird of Walsall Branch was presented with the Major General Peter Martin Award in recognition of his work on behalf of the Branch and also the Suez Reunion and Alan Jennings received the President’s Award to recognise the enormous contribution he has made through the years in producing the Newsletter. Sadly, Alan was ill and couldn’t attend the weekend. Later, the intrepid braved the elements and did such varied things as shopping in Fleetwood, a walk on the Promenade or a round of golf; others carried on in meet and greet mode and some had a game of bingo during the afternoon before we all reassembled in the Ballroom (except for one Tranmere member who did a bit too much meeting and greeting) for a gala dinner and dance where, following the Toasts and the reading of greetings from HM The Queen and The Colonel in Chief, we were entertained by an excellent Abba Tribute Band.


Next morning, Rev Rex Buckley, formerly Padre of 3 CHESHIRE, conducted the Meeanee Drumhead Service which was very well attended. Hymns were sung with great gusto to the accompaniment of the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers Band. Sadly our numbers then thinned out, with people having to travel back home to start work again on Monday. Those of us who stayed on were treated to a rather more subdued final evening which included entertainment by a singer and a troupe of dancing girls – every time they came on, there was a rush of gentlemen from the back of the ballroom, where Stockport Branch had colonised the tables closest to the bar… The evening was rounded off with a spot of karaoke and the hitherto hidden talents of Graham Allseybrook and Dave Parsons were displayed as well as octogenarian Derek Dent who sat quietly all weekend and suddenly jumped up to be the first singer of the event – a talent scout for The X Factor would have had all three of them signed up! Thanks are due to the small group (Daves Mapley, Clarke, Beech and Alan Rowe) who organised the event and who also toiled all weekend running the shop, organising the bingo, handing out agendas and hymn sheets and generally ensuring the whole thing ran smoothly.


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Danny Cotgrave died 30 March 2008 aged 69: 1st Battalion 1957 - 63 Malaya A A Douglass died 15 January 2008


Keith Jones died 30 July 2008: ex 2 Platoon, A Company, served in Bahrain


Thomas (Spud) Murphy died 7 Jul 08 aged 76. Malaya and Suez 1953 – 61: also member of Battalion boxing team


Capt G A Russell died 12 April 2008


Derek (Chops) Whitehall died 11 August 2008: ex Regt Band 1954 - 62 M P Wilson died March 2008


Maj Arthur Bridge died 22 September 2008 aged 92 Ex 7th Battalion


Roy Farmer died 24 October 2008: ex Sgt 1st Battalion James Johnson died mid 2007 C Larvin died August 2008 Rev Kenneth Mew died 23 May 2008


R A Moseley died 28 September 2008: ex CSgt Maj John Riley died 2 May 2008


Dorothy Sharp, wife of Tommy Sharp, died 23 October 2008


Ron Sharp ex 1st Battalion, Berlin, died 18 October 2008 Maj Arthur Bath died May 2008 aged 89 J H S Blandy date unknown


Sydney Bradley died 27 January 2009 aged 94 served 1934 - 41 John Cooksey died 15 December 2008 aged 82


Roger Daniels died 12 January 2009 1st Battalion, Ballykinler, 1961 - 1962


John Gillott died 22 February 2009: served 1958 - 89


Chris Morris died September 2008: 1st Battalion 1959 - 68


Graham McKenna died 19 January 2009: ex 1st Battalion 1983 - 2005


Mrs Barbara Owen died 8 January 2009, wife of Lt Col D L H Owen Thomas Rutter died 6 February 2009 G Smith date unknown


Col J R Baker died 21 March 2009: CO 1st Battalion 1966 - 68


The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment Association (WFRA) Coventry by Peter Jones


Our congratulations go to Peter Jones, Branch Secretary and Welfare Officer of the Coventry Branch of WFRA, which celebrated its Diamond anniversary on 4th April 2009. The Branch was founded by Peter Jones, who celebrated his 85th birthday on 16th August 2009 and who, for 51 of those years, has also been the


144 October 2009 The Mercian Eagle


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