Royal Naval Association meeting, Bude

By Bob Gelder:

Commencing promptly, our Chairman opened the December Meeting in the normal manner.

Here are abbreviated minutes.

It was a pleasure to welcome two new full members to the Branch on the night, so a very warm welcome to both Graeme Anderton and Keith Owen.  A few “apologies”, but nonetheless, a very healthy attendance with 21 present.

The Treasurer’s Report was healthy following the previous Meeting’s “Minutes” with little arising.    Branch correspondence was limited (to mutterings of “good”!)
However, the Assistant.Social had been filled by Tanky Williams in support of Steve Adams, the role of Standard Bearer (Mobile) remained vacant, whilst that of Welfare Secretary was filled on the night by a volunteer, i.e., Assoc. Member Jacquie Edwards.
Branch Widows’ Christmas Vouchers + cards had been mailed and an advance booking for RNA “Fun Quiz” booked for Monday, 11th April, 2022.   Don’t miss out – book your table of 6 (£5 per player) with the Social Secretary asap. (01288-352581 or steveadams651@outlook.com
The Branch also looked forward to welcoming back our Guest Speaker Rosemary Lee in May, 2022 and, by a democratic majority, it will be a gentle trek up into Tibet.
We will be sending our “apologies” for Area 4 AGM & Mtg in Bridport.   We were reminded to save and collect seasonal postage stamps – for the benefit of Macmillan Cancer Research – ask your friends/relations to help please.
Birthday celebrations in December are Kevin Bowditch, Pauline Lake, Alan Litchfield, Keith White and new member Keith Owen.
Branch members had been very active in supporting the Poppy Appeal in the Bude area, realising over £32,000 for the cause and appreciation was expressed to those actively involved.
The Branch looked forward to the forthcoming Dinner on 11th Dec at The Falcon when it was “Bring a Party to The Party”, with support from Branch Funds.
The Branch’s sole Life Member, Alan Litchfield, reaches the grand age of 97yrs on 29th December, 2021 and our very best wishes go to him on his achievement!
Two new members in December!    Would you care to join us and become our January “new face(s) for 2022?    Simply give the Hon. Sec. an email or call (it’s Free Membership at national level): bobgelder1@gmail.com or 01409-253791.    A warm welcome awaits!

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