By Binzy Reynolds:
The last branch meeting on 2nd August was both well attended and lively. The following points are of interest:
Our annual Trafalgar Day dinner at the Falcon Inn this October, will be boosted by a platoon of eighteen members from our Plymouth branch. We welcome them and thank them for supporting this event.
The branch finances are sound. They were boosted by a generous donation from shipmate Alan and his wife following the recent Psychic Evening and also by our monthly raffle and auction.
As a branch, we were all somewhat dismayed with the internal communications of a local supermarket. Our now annual ‘Greet, Meet and Recruit’ exercise was cancelled at short notice, due to their managements inability to communicate with each other. A most disappointing outcome which may see this popular event move to another location. Watch this space…
Membership is still strong, although sadly we recently lost shipmate John Whale, who ‘crossed the bar’ following a brave fight against cancer. The branch was privileged to form a Guard of Honour, comprising of ten shipmates, at his Glynn Valley funeral.
On a happier note, the branch will be staging a Christmas Lunch on Sunday 16th December starting at 14.00 at the Falcon Inn. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Chunky Phelp, our social secretary.
The August ‘banyan’ award was a close call but the winner with 98% of the vote was a/shipmate Keith White, parading something radiant and lucid on his top with an even more startling Mexican style sombrero on his head. Sunglasses were quickly issued to all shipmates! How he manged to get past the front desk at the Falcon, not to mention border control, remains a mystery to us all.
‘Volunteers’ for our September raffle are shipmates Colin Hainsworth, Sam Harris, Godfrey Harrison, Alan Litchfield and Brian Luff.