2018 Executive Report
The AGM of the Merchant Navy Association was held in Birmingham on the 27 th of October 2018. The executive report can be read HERE
Minutes of Branch Meeting held on 12th March 2020
MINUTES OF THE BRANCH MEETING held on Thursday, 12 th 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: Received from Dennis Mould, Chris Carr, Clive and Lois Edwards, Peter Barker, Alvin Hopper, Rob McAllister, Reg Strathearn, Chris Payne, David and Janice Hearn, Robert McKillen, Lionel Criddle, Helen Edwards and Derek Williams. REPORTS AND FUTURE PLANS: The Chairman reported that the Skittles went very well. We had 2 teams and the A Team actually won. Commonwealth Day was 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 8 th would go ahead. Plan for VE/VJ 20 Council plans were well advanced. There would be street parties, theatres on the beach and concerts for 4 days. VJ and Remembrance Day Services would be combined. TREASURER’S REPORT: The Treasurer, Les Board, reported we had £4,093.50 in the Main Account and £202.51 in the Card Account, giving general 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: Captain Gareth Peaston said the next Council Meeting was 25 th April but could be cancelled owing to the Corona Virus as many other events had already been cancelled. At the recent CONA Meeting it was announced that more RN would be seen in the North Atlantic to counter Russian activity. The First Sea Lord wanted more ships at sea. There would be a Task Force in the North Atlantic plus ships covering Gibraltar, West Coast of Africa, Falklands, Gulf and Far East. Later there would be a Task Force for the Pacific, probably based in Japan. Also a move towards unmanned systems for Air, Sea and Subsurface. The Office of Veterans Affairs is being established within the Cabinet Office. The RBL was still not progressing hearing aid requests and it was suspected that the money had run out. There was a presentation by COBSEO the Confederation of Service Charities regarding their role in representing the interests of the Armed Forces Community. The next RNA Biannual at the Cenotaph would be the 2 nd Sunday in September, 2021. There was a 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 Avery said we needed a flag for Portland and 30 th May was the Peanut Reunion which would mainly be held at The Black Dog. The Raffle made £35. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Thursday, 9 th April, 2020, 19.45 hrs. at the RAFA Club. The Chairman thanked everybody for attending and closed the Meeting at 20.30 hrs.