MEETINGS & REPORTS
Minutes of Branch Meeting held on 14th October 2021
HISTORIC SHIPS
Minutes of Branch Meeting Thursday 14th October 2021. Held at Nana Moon's Cafe/Bar Commencing at 1930. No: of Members Attending: - 23. Apologies: - David Parsons, David Kennet, Seamus Donnelly, Sharon Parrot, Kisin Knapp, James Smith, Clive Edwards, Lois Edwards, Chris Carr, Nigel Burton, Paul Cooper, John Bowditch, Helen Edwards. Obituaries: - Nil. Minutes of the Last Meeting: - Approved. Treasurers Report: - Main Account-£1,969.52; Card- £ 589.61; Total General Funds-£2,559.13; Tonight's Raffle- £54. Chairman: - Welcome to “Peanuts” Members. Welfare Officer's Report: - David Kennet, ongoing but making progress. Peter Tambling, ongoing, still in hospital but making progress. Lasting Power of Attorney, a reminder of how important this is: it can be done online, quite easily, but should you need assistance please ask. Secretaries Report: - Ramps to assist entry and exit to Nana Moons have arrived but need some adapting before use. Ongoing. Wreath Laying and Service by The Merchant Navy “Peanuts “Association will take place on SATURDAY 16 th Memorial at 1500, (Muster at 1440), Dress Blazers, Branch polo shirts or Branch all weather jackets. No medals. Member Tony Cash will lay a wreath and will wear medals. Standards in attendance. The “Peanuts” will be using The Black Dog Public House as a base. They will be there prior to the wreath laying and there will be a buffet available. In the evening a live band will be in attendance. Exeter Cathedral: - Sunday 24th October 2021. All seats on the mini-bus have now been taken. Pick-up places and times are being worked out and will be passed on via e-mails or messages. The Service starts at 1145. Hopefully we will stop on the way home for some lunch. The George Inn at Chideock provided good service the last time we did this. Armistice Day: - Thursday 11th November 2021. A Service will take place at 1100, at the War Memorial. Muster at 1045. Dress MNA blazers and medals. Standards in attendance. Remembrance Day: - Sunday 14th November 2021. Things are slowly getting back to normal and Paul Compton and Paul Knapp will attend the Planning Meeting and pass on the information to Branch Members as soon as we have it. Slop Chest: - There are still plenty of items available. France 2022: - This will take place from 3rd June to 8th June 2022. Names to Tammy if you want to go. National Arboretum: - Plans are afoot to pay a visit. Ongoing, more details later. Branch Membership: -Numbers to be sorted out. Currently we have 56 registered Members. MNA Boat Club: - Nil. National: - 29th October 2021-National Weekend and AGM. Voting Slips should have been returned by now. Any Other Business: - Thursday 9th December 2021, The Monthly Branch Meeting will be a Social Evening. Lida requests that Raffle prizes reflect the Christmas atmosphere. Raffle tickets will be £5 a strip.It was good to see Alvin back in the fold.Stan Berry gave us a run down on his recent trip to Liverpool, although it seemed a bit chilly for “bikinis”. Branch Commendation: - For the quick reaction at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, where Tammy gave immediate assistance to a fallen Veteran. Although Tammy tried to “Follow up” on how he was, she didn't have much success. Thanks to Gareth Peaston who made inquiries, it was found the Veteran Standard Bearer had made a full recovery. There is a Branch e-mail with all the details. Well, done Tammy. Meeting closed 2045. Date of next Meeting THURSDAY 11th NOVEMBER 2021.
Report for Branch Meeting held on 14th October 2021
Merchant Navy Association 10 Chapel Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 5NA. merchantnavywpd@uwclub.net. 07594671664 Branch Report 2020/2021 Most branch meetings were cancelled due to Covid 19 from 15 March 2020 until 8 July2021. Branch meetings have been held on ZOOM every Thursday. There has been a change of Chairman with Captain David Knight taking over; Paul Compton has assumed the role of Branch secretary after 11 years in the Chair. Face to Face Branch meetings now held at Nanna Moon’s Café Bar, Weymouth 2020 10 March the branch played a Skittles Match against the RMAS. I am not sure who won, but a good time was had by all. Tony Cash our 97-year-old was our Captain. 25 April we held an unofficial Anzac Day service. 21 June Veterans Parade was held was at Nothe Fort. 16 August VJ Day service was at Nothe Fort. 15 September Battle of Britain service was at Bowleaze Cove. 8 November Remembrance Day was at Nothe Fort service. 2021 25 April Anzac service at the sea front. 13 May the first face to face meeting and was very well attended. 31 May US Memorial Service was at the sea front. 20 June a low-key veterans service. 25 June opening of defibrillator on Portland in an old phone box with MN window paid by an MNA member. 8 July Branch AGM. 11 July Sea Service was held at All Saints. 3 September Merchant Navy Day. Dorchester 0930. Weymouth 1100 am, Portland 1330. Ferndown 1100am. Wareham 1100am. 9 September Branch EGM. 12 September Biannual service Whitehall London RNA and Navy Associations. 15 September Battle of Britain service was held at Bowleaze Cove. 14 October Branch meeting. Yours aye Paul Compton MNM Branch Secretary.