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I would like to make All Members aware that the Regimental HQ (Salisbury) Office in The Wardrobe Regimental Museum is to close wef 16th December 2016. It will move to RHQ The Rifles (Salisbury), Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS over the Christmas Stand Down and is to re-open for business on Wednesday 4th January 2017. It will continue to support the Association from this new location. Contact details are:

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Lerwill OBE  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01962 828501

AO Sue Nelmes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 01962 828532

AS a result of this Move, the Annual Newsletter has been delayed. The Office will work on the 2017 Edition during January for publication in March. Branches are requested to forward their Notes to reach the Editor by NLT 27th January 2017.

This delay requires me to alert All Members to the Annual Gatherings (Reunions) now to allow you to make your plans to attend. The Dates are:

  1. GLOUCESTER – Saturday 18th March
  2. DEVIZES – Sunday 28th May
  • Saturday 1st July – Officers Lunch  (Wardrobe) & Association Dinner & Dance (SWGC)
  • Sunday 2nd July – Drumhead Service and Lunch (Wardrobe)
  • Saturday 22nd July – Church Parade, Maiwand Lion, Forbury Gardens & AGM
  • Sunday 23rd July -  Remembrance Service, Brock Barracks

Attendance returns for the reunions will be available on the Association web site shortly.

IMPORTANT. I wish to draw your attention to the Extra-ordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Association called for Saturday 18th February 2017 to take place at the Wyvern Club, Devizes. The Calling Notice is found below. The aim is to approve the Revised Constitution. This will be emailed to All Members together with a Meeting Agenda at the end of January 2017. As many as are able are encouraged to attend.

Lastly, I wish All Members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Col (Retired) SJ Oxlade MBE


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Dear Members,


Many are already aware there will be an Extraordinary Meeting of The Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Association at Devizes on Saturday 18th February 2017.  The purpose of the meeting is to adopt the Association’s new Constitution.  Adoption of the Constitution at the Annual General Meeting held, this Autumn, at Aldershot was not possible.  It will be exceedingly disappointing if the new Constitution is not successfully adopted on Saturday 18th February 2017.  Consequently should any member have any comment on the wording of the proposed Constitution, as attached, you are asked to send succinct notes clearly stating the paragraph to which you may refer as well as any suggested wording by way of replacement or addition.  


The most recent version of the Constitution is attached.  Please any keep comment simple, short and to the point and send it to Lt Col (Retd) Mike Motum (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and/or Lt Col (Retd) Tim Lerwill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday 9th January 2017.  Thereafter the Chairman of the Association will consider comment with the Executive Committee and President.


Yours sincerely


Mike Motum        


The Rifles County Secretary

For Somerset, Bristol and Gloucestershire

Custom House, Commercial Road, Gloucester, GL1 2HE, Gloucestershire || 01452 522682  || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

14 Mount Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3QB || 01823 333434 || This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The Gloucestershire Reunion of The Rifles and RGBW Regimental Association will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017. The Reunion comprises three parts:

• Back Badge Church Service at St Mary de Lode Church, Archdeacon Street, Gloucester, GL1 2QT. All are asked to be seated by 1.45 pm.
• Afternoon tea reception, from 3.00 to 4.00 pm, within the Chapter House of Gloucester Cathedral.
• Evening drinks at The Gables Hotel (Best Western Bristol North), Bristol Road, Falfield, GL12 8DL, beginning at 6.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.00 pm.

The Reunion Dinner will include a three course meal. One bottle of red wine and one bottle of white wine, as well as water, will be placed on each table. The cost is £20.00 per head and includes coffee and mints after dinner. Pre-dinner drinks are not included within this price. After dinner there will be music and for those that wish, dancing. With respect to transport, Branches should liaise with each other concerning arrangements and funding of coaches.

The Gables Hotel have set aside a number of rooms on the night of 18th March at a cost of £72 per standard double room, including breakfast. Rooms should be booked direct with the Gables Hotel on 01454 260502 quoting the booking reference allocation Rifles/RGBW.

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