Bournemouth, Poole & District branch RTR Association


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17 members, including 3 new recruits were at the September 2019 meeting. We had guests too, so a total of 23 were present. Before the meeting began, we had a presentation, Army Cadet (RTR badged) B H, accompanied by his mum, made a presentation to the Friends of the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient for the help and encouragement they have given him. The presentation was accepted by one of our new members, C L, who is an official of the Friends. It was a pleasant surprise for C and the branch members who were present to witness it. See photo's.
The Chairman welcomed our new members, and our guests. The guests were B and his mum, plus S/Sgt A and 3 soldiers from the Regiment. A minutes silence was held in memory of Chuck Westwood, formerly of 1 RTR who passed away recently. Chuck was not a branch member, but was known to most of the 1 RTR contingent present.
A recap of the Branch BBQ in August was given, this allowed those who were not present (including me) to know what they had missed. D R gave the branch a quick brief on the branch participation at the (very wet) OP Banner 50 event at the National Memorial Arboretum. Members were informed of the 103rd birthday later this month of ex Lt Tony Pyatt RTR. Tony is a Normandy veteran and is now in a nursing home in Suffolk. The secretary produced a giant birthday card for Tony and invited people to sign it. We will send it to the nursing home in time for his birthday, See photo's.
Members were invited to attend the annual Battle of Britain church service in Poole on Sunday 8th September. The branch standard will be paraded at this event. We were given an update on preparations for our annual Ladies Lunch in January. Most importantly, it was announced that the venue had changed. It will now be held in the Harbour Heights hotel at Sandbanks. This hotel is even better than the hotel we used last year. We also had an update on ARRAS 80 planning.
Incorporated in this meeting was the branch AGM. The minutes of the 2018 AGM were viewed again. The Chairman gave a recap of the branch activity over the last year. The branch address list was updated, and the committee was voted in for another year. The one chance was that C L has taken over the position of treasurer, a post D L had been combining with his role of Chairman. A vote of thanks was made to the committee for their efforts over the last 12 months.

After a small break to recharge our glasses, S/Sgt A addressed the branch, he explained his role as the "link" SNCO between the Regiment and the Association. He also gave us a rundown of what is happening at the Regiment.
An excellent evening.



War Hero
October 2019
13 members present for the October meeting.
The loyal toast/ Green fields and Welfare were dealt with first. The minutes of September 2019 meeting were passed. The Secretary gave a quick description of his visit to the Royal Albert Hall for last night of the Proms. D O then gave the branch a rundown on the recent branch trip to the Normandy battlefields. This was a private visit by a number of branch members and spouses, but they laid a wreath and planted a number of crosses on behalf of the branch.
It had been hoped to give an update on the planning for Arras 80 as there had been a planning briefing involving HHQ the day before. Unfortunately no information arrived, so the November meeting should include an update. Members were reminded that returns for the January Ladies lunch were required no later than the December Meeting. Speaking of the December meeting? this is normally just a social event , not a meeting and so no guest speaker. However, the guest speaker pencilled in for November cannot make it, but can make December. Those present all agreed that we should take what's on offer, so we will have a guest speaker at the social gathering in December.
This has left an opening for the November meeting? C L who is also a committee member for the Friends of the Tank Memorial Ypres Salient, volunteered to fill the gap and will address the branch in November and let us know all about his "other" activities!
For me the meeting ended on a low, as I did not win a prize in the raffle!

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