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Bournemouth Branch

Meetings

 Bournemouth Branch meetings are held on the Last Monday of every other month. Jan - Mar - May - Jul - Sep 1930hrs  at the Poole Ex Servicemen's Club [RBL]

 North Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0LY

 Contact  Point and Secretary: Les Devine,

 Ground Floor Flat, 39 Windsor Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1DT

 Telephone: 01202 397878

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 President: Col. MR Vernon-Powell

 Chairman: Mr. Les Devine email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Vice Chairman: Dennis Croome

 Padre: Rev. Roger Balydon

 Treasurer: Mrs Diane Devine

 Standard Bearer: Mr Frank Stacey

 
From Address:

BRANCH NEWS

The AGM in January re-elected Les Devine as Chairman and the Treasurer but failed to find a Vice Chairman to replace Maurice Otway who has stood down.

The Branch has followed another energetic programme during the year with a full social calendar, an overseas trip and attendance at "Founders' Day" at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in June where the 8 members
caught up with In-Pensioner Doug Clark a Branch Associate Member.

The year started with the brilliant Newbury Branch Christmas dinner and followed through with a strong group attending the Somerset Branch "Imjin Lunch" and a full house of 60 members for our own Brandywine Buffet in Poole. The President, Colonel Mike Vemon-Powell, with Lieutenant Colonel Colin Tremellen, Major Tim Young and the three Branch members who travelled to Philadelphia to attend the Commemorations of the Battle in 1 111 after which the Buffet is named. The group delivered a fascinating presentation (a full account can be found on page ) on both the Battle and their visit to a rapt audience.


Another strong representative group attended the Salisbury Branch Dinner at the South Wilts Golf Club in November and the Christmas Dinner, fully booked in September, is eagerly awaited.

The Branch placed itself on parade regularly throughout the year. The turn-out was good for annual Re-dedication of Standards church service and parade was, again, supported by the excellent Meridian Corps Band while Branch participation in the Devizes, Salisbury and Reading Reunions with equally strong attendance. The new format at Devizes was welcomed - particularly the new look menu!

In between all this, a three day trip to Ypres was arranged and we were joined by Members from other Branches. Larchwood Cemetery was visited first to allow one Member the opportunity to lay a cross on his grandfather's grave. This was followed by attendance at the Menin Gate evening ceremony where wreaths to the Fallen of Forming RGBW Regiments and the RBL Poole Branch were laid. An extra day was programmed this year so that (all) the ladies could go shopping. In all it was a thoroughly enjoyable trip.

The 2015 trip to Normandy is well subscribed and a 32 seat coach will take the Branch to Normandy from 13'*' - 16* June. The Tour will be centred on Caen and visit many locations between Merville Battery (East) and Ste Mere Eglise (West) over the period.

Branch Thanks are given to those who have helped through the year and Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 2015.
Les Devine


Bournemouth Branch Battlefields Tour May 2013

0700hrs on Sat 11th May 2013 saw the Bournemouth branch leave for a battle field tour and wreath laying at the Menin Gate in Ypres Belgium.

 The sea crossing presented no problems and after a drive through France we arrived at the hotel a few minutes’ drive time from Ypres. After settling in the coach driver (who seemed to know the area like the back of his hand) took us into town where we spread out and found our way to a row of cafes and restaurants and had dinner.

 Next day being Sunday we had a tour of a few of the cemeteries spending all day and visiting five or six, including Tyne Cot, which was a real eye opener, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, finishing at the Langemark German Cemetery, so very different to British military cemeteries. In the evening we paraded at the Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony, after which we laid our wreaths.

 On the Monday we made our way home, after a very pleasant weekend, and here are a few pictures showing what we got up to.

 Mike Kemish.

 

 

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City & County of Bristol Branch 

Meetings

City and County of Bristol Branch meetings are held at First Tuesday of the month at the Weatherspoon Pub, Staple Hill, Bristol at 13.00 Hrs

Contact Point and Secretary: 

Mr. L.K. Whittle 

53 Withymead Road 

Marshfield 

 Chippenham  

Wiltshire  SN14 8PB 

Tel: 01225 - 891623 

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President:

Vacant 

Chairman:

Lt. Col. JM Blundell 

Padre:

Treasurer:

Lt. Col RE Coleman JP

Social Secretary: 

Standard Bearer:

Richard Hanton

(Updated 25th September 2017)

From Address:


 This Report is written against a backdrop of two pressures on the Branch: a reluctance of younger GLOSTERS & RGBW Old Comrades to become members in spite of the Secretary's continual efforts to trace them; and with less income, the increasing Hire costs for use of our Meeting Room. Nevertheless, the Secretary has persuaded some new members and a reasonable attendance is seen at times. New and energetic blood is needed so Readers are encouraged to recruit....

During the year, the Branch enjoyed its annual coach outing to Dartmouth as organised again by Ken Bartlett and Ron Coleman - our Thanks to both of them; supported the local WWl commemoration weekend with a photographic exhibition about the GLOSTERS at the RBL Branch at Staple Hill; and laid wreaths at various Memorials on Remembrance Sunday with some members joining a March Past from Staple Hill to Page Park for a Memorial Service. The Secretary attended the city Memorial Service at the Bristol Cenotaph where there was a huge crowd of contingents from all three Services, the Cadets and auxiliary Services. It was disappointing though to note there was no Regimental wreath: a shame considering the number of Bristolians who had served in the GLOSTERS (or RIFLES) in previous wars/conflicts. {Ed. Noted and passed to RHQ)

One significant event occurred this year - Ken Bartlett's long serving support to the Branch, the Association and, particularly, the annual outing was recognised with the award of the "President of the Regimental Association Certificate". Manv congratulations Ken.

The Secretary reports that his visits to Old Comrades John Holland in Leicester, Stan Evans in Birmingham and Dave Binding in Derby (a Korean Vet) have added new photographs to the website (www.glostersregiment.co.uk - A Photographic Memory)
Lawrence Whittle


 

The Cheltenham Branch

Meetings

Cheltenham Branch meetings are held on the Last Sunday of each month.  1230 hrs at the Albion House, North St.   Cheltenham, GL50 4DJ

We are here to welcome you so why not come along for a chat, swing the lamp and enjoy a pint...or two!

Contact  Point and Secretary:

Adrian Hide

64 Joyner Road

Cheltenham

Gloucestershire

GL51 0UR

(H) 01242 - 692863

(M) 07921 - 838088

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President:  Lt.Col. DR Dixon OBE

Chairman:   Mr. R. Mitchell

Padre:

Treasurer:

Social Secretary:

Standard Bearers: Gary Hopkins & Mike Palmer

From Address:


It has been a quiet year. For various reasons, turn outs have been low: some have been ill such as Billy Toombes but - Good News - he is recovered and attending Meetings again.

Those Members who attended the annual Gloucester Reunion cathedral church service and dinner at the Gables Hotel to celebrate Back Badge Day joined up with old friends and had an enjoyable time. So too was the "Gloucester Day" celebrations in September where with most of Cheltenham Branch members and Old Comrades from across the country, it was good to see so many of the Regimental family together.

The Remembrance Service in The Promenade, Cheltenham, saw a liberal sprinkling of guests, family and friends get together over refreshments provided by the Branch and enjoy a pleasant afternoon.
Ray Mitchell


 

Cirencester Branch

Meetings

Cirencester Branch meetings are held on the Last  Friday in each month. at 2000 hrs at the Cotswold Club, Watermoor Road, Cirencester. GL7 1LF

We are here to welcome you so why not come along for a chat, swing the lamp and enjoy a pint...or two!

Contact  Point and Secretary:

Mr. Maurice Dix

Telephone: 01367 850217

President:

Chairman:   Mr. R Marshallsay

Padre:

Treasurer:

Social Secretary:

Standard Bearer: Mr. Maurice Dix

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