MINUTES OF THE BRANCH MEETING held on Thursday, 12th March, 2020 at The RAFA Club, Weymouth.PRESENT: 13 Full Members and 1 Associate Member.Captain Paul Compton, Chairman, opened the Meeting at 19.55 hrs. and welcomed those present. APOLOGIES: ReceivedfromDennisMould,ChrisCarr,CliveandLoisEdwards,PeterBarker,AlvinHopper,RobMcAllister,RegStrathearn, Chris Payne, David and Janice Hearn, Robert McKillen, Lionel Criddle, Helen Edwards and Derek Williams.REPORTS AND FUTURE PLANS:TheChairmanreportedthattheSkittleswentverywell.Wehad2teamsandthe A Teamactuallywon.CommonwealthDaywas well attended in spite of the weather.London Underground Tour – Nothing had been heard.HMS Queen Elizabeth Visit – Nothing heard as Helen was still at sea. The VE Day Toast on the 8th would go ahead.PlanforVE/VJ20–Councilplanswerewelladvanced.Therewouldbestreetparties,theatresonthebeachandconcertsfor4 days. VJ and Remembrance Day Services would be combined.TREASURER’S REPORT:TheTreasurer,LesBoard,reportedwehad£4,093.50intheMainAccountand£202.51intheCardAccount,givinggeneral funds of £4,296.01. We owed £1,356.00 for the French Trip leaving un-allocated funds of £2,940.01. WELFARE OFFICER’S REPORT: Chrissie Payne was not present.NATIONAL: CaptainGarethPeastonsaidthenextCouncilMeetingwas25thAprilbutcouldbecancelledowingtotheCoronaVirusasmany other events had already been cancelled. AttherecentCONAMeetingitwasannouncedthatmoreRNwouldbeseenintheNorth AtlantictocounterRussianactivity.The FirstSeaLordwantedmoreshipsatsea.TherewouldbeaTaskForceintheNorth AtlanticplusshipscoveringGibraltar,West Coastof Africa,Falklands,GulfandFarEast.LatertherewouldbeaTaskForceforthePacific,probablybasedinJapan.Also amovetowardsunmannedsystemsforAir,SeaandSubsurface.TheOfficeofVeteransAffairsisbeingestablishedwithinthe CabinetOffice.TheRBLwasstillnotprogressinghearingaidrequestsanditwassuspectedthatthemoneyhadrunout.There wasapresentationbyCOBSEOtheConfederationofServiceCharitiesregardingtheirroleinrepresentingtheinterestsofthe ArmedForcesCommunity.ThenextRNABiannualattheCenotaphwouldbethe2ndSundayinSeptember,2021.Therewasa National Standard Bearer’s Competition that we could enter if wished.ANY OTHER BUSINESS:Paul Knapp said Linwood would like to join the MNA as an Associate Member. All very pleased.The Chairman said we were all very pleased to have John Bowditch back after his operation. John praised the NHS for his care. David Kennett apologised for his absence of late but had been taken up with illness and a death in the family.Simon AverysaidweneededaflagforPortlandand30thMaywasthePeanutReunionwhichwouldmainlybeheldatTheBlack Dog. The Raffle made £35. DATE OF NEXT MEETING:Thursday, 9th April, 2020, 19.45 hrs. at the RAFA Club.The Chairman thanked everybody for attending and closed the Meeting at 20.30 hrs.