The Rifles & RGBW Regimental Association

Supporting veterans from Gloucestershire's, Berkshire's and Wiltshire's infantry regiments

The Diamond Jubilee - DERR@60

7th January 2019

Hello to all you Farmers Boys and Girls!

The Diamond Reunion - A celebration weekend marking the 60th Anniversary of the formation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment 7 - 10 June 2019
What a fantastic response we have had to the DERR@60 Diamond Reunion Weekend. We are Sold Out and we now have a Waiting List. Thank you to everyone who signed up so efficiently and for either paying the whole price right out or for keeping your monthly payments coming in.

Read more: DERR @ 60 Newsletter

On a very warm summer’s day a small but dedicated band from the Warminster Branch supported by members of the Warminster RBL assembled in the Longleat Visitors Car Park and were met by the staff of the Longleat Estate. This was the beginning of the annual pilgrimage to the 43rdWessex Division Memorial which is sited within the grounds of the Marquis of Bath’s vast estate. 4th and 5th Wilts were part of the 43rdWessex Division, as were 4thSomerset LI and 4th and 5th Dorset.

By the use of two off road vehicles the Estate staff were able to shuttle the assembled part to the memorial site and once we had recovered the Venerable Alan Jeans, who had gone off on a forced route march in sympathy with the route 43rdWessex Division took across western Europe in 1944-45, we held a very simple but meaningful service to commemorate the actions of the Division from July 1944 to May 1945.
Service over, we reversed the shuttling process back to the Longleat Visitors restaurant where we were entertained to a very welcomed cup of tea and cakes. Congratulations to John Case for arranging the pilgrimage and for the excellent day out.

The 2018 Slashers golf season has been a resounding success,  the season started at Ombersley golf club in March and saw meetings through the summer culminating in the final game of the season at Forest hills GC.

Every month we play at a different venue for the artillery shell for the best Stableford score ,  With a special trophy for the most golf played everyone tries to avoid.

Read more: The 2018 Slashers Golf Season

The Salisbury Branch is still in being although numbers are falling off mainly due to age and members falling off their perch.

At the AGM on 01 February John Venus stood down as Chairman after many years of service, so, a big thank you to him for all he has done for us.

Bill Sherman has now been appointed our Branch Chairman (so welcome aboard Bill) with Brian Burton remaining as Treasurer and I am still Branch Secretary. We have no other Committee members.
In April we had to cancel our quiz night due to indisposition of several of our members, we hope that 2019 will bring us better luck.

We had our Annual Plough -Mans Supper towards the end of July with around 75 members and guests attending. The Shrewton Silver Band were again in attendance and many thanks to all our helpers who made the evening go with a swing.

We had a sad occasion at the end of August with the loss of Ken Burgess to cancer. Ken was one of the long serving members of the Branch and we will miss him and his sense of humour. Ken did his National Service with the Royal Berkshire Regiment and was very proud of his cap badge. He was one of the best and will be sorely missed. He had a good send off with many friends and family attending his funeral at the Salisbury Crematorium, and afterwards, at the Cycling Club. Our thoughts. Our thoughts are with Barbara and the family. (RIP Ken we all love you).

Our final event of the year was our Branch Dinner/Dance which was held at the Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club on Saturday 10 November.

Bob Giddings.
Branch Secretary.

 

2018 was another busy year for the Farmers Boys (DERR) Golf Society with 8 meetings, plus our inaugural overseas tour to the Islantilla golf resortin Spain. Huge thanks to Toby North for organising this fantastically enjoyable trip - 3 nights half board, unlimited golf, lots of laughs and one or two extras issued by the GOS (Golf Orderly Sergeant). The trip was such a success that 12 Farmers Boys are going again in March 2019.

Read more: The Farmers Boys (DERR) Regimental Golf Society - 2018

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