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The Mercian Volunteers Regimental


Association (MVRA) Annual General Meeting


2009 The 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association was held at the Armoury Inn, Greek Street, Stockport on 15th March and hosted by Ken Ward, chairman of the Stockport Branch. It had been hoped to hold the meeting in the Armoury TA Centre, the old home of A Company Mercian Volunteers. Unfortunately, the cost was too high so we adjourned across the road where we were made very welcome indeed. Our chairman, Col Griffiths, welcomed everyone and thanked them for their attendance. He gave a résumé of the Association’s year and finally expressed a wish that he might be allowed to resign from the Chairmanship as he had been in the post since the inception of the Association and felt that it was time for a change. Lt Col Jeavons thanked him for all his work over the years and hoped that he would continue as a member of the committee. Lt Col Scott was elected Chairman for the coming year. He commanded 1st Battalion The Mercian Volunteers and has kept in close contact ever since. In accepting the Chairmanship, he said that he looked forward to the coming year.


The Association has been very busy since the publication of last edition of the journal. Members joined 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment on their marches through Derby, Dudley, Worcester and Kidderminster on their return from Afghanistan and the 3rd Battalion in Dudley on their return from Iraq. The Association was invited by 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment to join them at the Birmingham Veterans’ Day on Sunday 6th July. Forty members from Kidderminster, Wolverhampton, Rugeley and Burton on Trent marched with the 4th Battalion through the City to celebrate Veterans’ Day and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the TA. The salute was taken by the Lord Mayor and Brigadier M J Browne OBE TD (Honorary Colonel 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment). The Burton on Trent Standard was paraded for the first time together with


the Rugeley Standard. Later, at Wolseley House, the members were entertained to tea in the Sergeants’ Mess by kind permission of WO1 J Stewart, RSM of the 4th Battalion. It was good to be back “home” and made to feel so welcome.


In September, we were very involved in the TA100 parade in celebration of the TA Centenary at the National Memorial Arboretum. Fortunately, the weather held and members and their families enjoyed the event. Over one hundred and twenty members, lead by the six Branch Standards paraded under the watchful eye of ex-WO1 Tommy Falls, providing one third of those parading. Many more ex-Mercians were in the audience. The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannett, Major General The Duke of Westminster, Baroness Taylor, Major General Lalor TD and Major General Rutledge were amongst the guests. The Duke of Kent planted a commemorative tree before taking the salute. Later, members of the Association were presented to the Duke of Kent. It was good to see that members had not lost any of their resourcefulness to enjoy afternoon tea, even without the promised tickets! The day continued with the Rugeley Branch at their Royal British Legion club thanks to Richard Bates and his merry band. Incidentally, it wasn’t an ex-Mercian who removed the tree planted by the Duke of Kent - honest guv!


In early November, the Association Committee attended the Service in the Millennium Chapel at the National Memorial Arboretum before holding their meeting there. After the meeting, the Association, led by the Chairman, Col Griffiths, held a short Remembrance Service and laid wreaths at its memorial in the Mercian Grove. A commemorative bench, purchased with donations from all the Branches, has been placed in the Mercian Grove. The Association is very appreciative of the support given by the staff at the National Memorial Arboretum. Members also attended the inaugural Dinner of The Mercian Regiment Officers at the University of Birmingham in November.


2008 Branch Activities


The Association has developed rapidly over recent years. This would not have been possible without the hard work and enthusiasm of so many people. The list is long and still growing. To say thank you seems inadequate but it is meant sincerely and we hope that you will continue to give your support. We have added another Branch to the list this year: Nottingham is now strong and flourishing.


Burton on Trent


The year has been very successful both in terms of activities and fund raising. We were able to meet our commitment to the central fund with donations to welfare, help towards the cost of a memorial bench for the Mercian Grove at the Arboretum and the purchase of the Branch Standard. We took part in the Birmingham Veterans’ Parade with 4 MERCIAN, parading our Standard for the first time. This was followed by the TA100 celebrations at The National Memorial Arboretum when the association provided the largest contingent on parade. This did not go unnoticed by Commander 143 Brigade who commented on the splendid turnout, bearing and the drill. Representatives from the Branches were introduced to the Duke of Kent and it was a pleasure to see so many friends and families supporting the occasion. It was great to have our new Branch Standard on parade as the focal point for the Branch and in which we take great pride.


From L-R: HRH The Duke of Kent with WO2 Turvey; The Association at TA 100; The march past at TA 100


150 October 2009


Our Curry Evening in October was again very successful, not only for the fund raising but also for the company and support of our friends from Rugeley, Lichfield, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Kidderminster and Evesham. Now that Nottingham Branch is up and running, we look forward to welcoming them into the fold and continue to foster and encourage our Regimental Association. Our Guest of Honour on the evening was Pte Luke Cole MC of 4 MERCIAN with his mother and father, George, who served as MT Sgt with 1st Battalion Mercian Volunteers. A presentation of an engraved tankard was made to Luke to mark the occasion. Also among the guests were RSM 4 MERCIAN, WO1 Whillock and his wife. The Branch Standard was on parade earlier in the year at the funeral of Private Adam Hayward, at the request of the PSAO of F Company 4 MERCIAN, held in the village Church in Yoxall. This young Mercian Volunteer had served in Afghanistan and Canada


The Mercian Eagle


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