Minutes of Branch Meeting held on 8th July 2021
Minutes of Branch Meeting commencing at 19.30 on Thursday 8 th July 2021 at Nana Moons, Weymouth Apologies. Paul Cooper, Helen Edwards, Les Board, Rick Butler, Lionel Criddle, Alvin Hopper, David Kennet, Tony Cash, Kisin Knapp, Reg Strathearn, Christine Payne. Obituaries. None. Minutes of the last Meeting. Approved. Treasurer's Report. As last Meeting. Welfare. Sent by e-mail on 9 th July 2021: Hello Folks. My apologies for missing the Meeting, but still struggling with a grotty viral illness. One of the things I intended to talk to you about was Age UK. I’ve been in touch with them a few times during the pandemic checking on their various services. As you can imagine they have been extremely busy, but calming down now. One of their services which might be of use to you, is a toe nail cutting and hard skin removal clinic. You can obtain an appointment by ringing them on 01305 269444 and asking to be seen. They hold their clinic opposite Marks & Spencer in St Mary’s Street. There is a charge of £20 per visit and on the first visit you will need to purchase nail clippers £16, that you will keep for you own use whenever you visit them. Before treatment, the Team will have a chat and complete an assessment of you and discuss any other services that may be beneficial to you. Two of our Members, Lionel Criddle and Stan Berry have recently been bereaved, having had their beloved wives Cross the Bar. Any of us that have been through this experience, know only too well how painful and isolating such a devastating loss to our lives is. It would be helpful and kind if they were offered support from you by telephoning for a chat, or if they wished, perhaps a visit for a cuppa now and then. You all have such experiences at sea to reminisce about. I can pass their contact details onto you, if you choose to speak with them. Age Uk also run a befriending service, where people with like minded interests can be matched for a chat, outings etc., They will talk with you initially and try to find someone who is right for you. This may take several weeks, but the main aim is to get the right people together. You can find them on their main number 01305 269444. As I’ve said before, The Hub, Portland Road, is a great place to meet and chat with service people. Everyone is very welcoming and they are growing in their support network and events. My contact details are Mob: 07817960567 email: Take care, and hope to see you on Sunday for the All Saint’s Service. xx Secretary’s Report 1. Not Forgotten Society, Garden Party at Gatcombe Park, 22 nd July 2021. Names to Paul Compton. 2. Sea Sunday, Sunday 11 th July 2021. All Saints Church, Wyke Regis. 09.00 Muster for 09.30 Service. Standards in attendance. Dress: - Blazers, Uniform and Medals. 3. BBQ with Paul Compton. Saturday 21 st August 2021, from 1600. 4. Merchant Navy Day. Friday 3 rd September 2021. County Hall, Dorchester at 09.30. Weymouth MNA Memorial at 11.00. Portland, St. George's Church at13.00, (tbc). 5. Bristol 4 th September To be arranged. 6. Whitehall, London. CONA Parade, Sunday 12 th September,09.00. Early start. Lunch at Uxbridge RNA. Names to Tammy, ASAP. 7. Exeter Cathedral, Seafarer's Service, Sunday 24 th October 2021 8. Toe nail care by Age Concern, pamphlets available. Branch Website Change venue of Meetings to Nana Moon's, Weymouth. Change of Day of Monthly Meeting Discussion deferred to August meeting. Any Other Business. PA System - Branch system is available if required. Date of next Meeting Thursday 12 th August 2021 at 19.30. Meeting closed at 20.15