CROSSED THE BAR
Shipmates : David Hughes
Edward Selby Williams
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Here we go prior to our meeting which is in Bournemouth this time.
This is due to availability of hotels along the South Coast. The committee met in the UJC before Christmas and as Mike Crowe had resigned due to ill health Don Edwards has kindly stepped in.
A great deal of work has also been done by Peter Lacey and we are booked – via IOW Tours – at a hotel as near to Portsmouth as possible in the hope that we can get Collingwood’s Captain as a guest speaker at our dinner. It is our 20th anniversary after all.
We will also be joined by another association to split the cost? A lot of associations are folding or combining, and this may be us soon as it is the same few who attend or get in touch. It has also been brought to my attention that it is time to re-elect committee members should it be required. I believe some of the old committee may be on holiday this time as there was time taken for the venue to be picked. It was decided that Torquay was too far for a lot of people to travel.
I hope to see more of us in Bournemouth on April 20th.
Our Association and what happens next?
I joined the association along with Peter Edmondson following an advert in the Lancashire Evening Post. This was some 5 years ago starting in Sherbourne Dorset. As Peter and I attended, leaving wives behind thinking it was members only, we took up our position in the bar. I knew Peter Lacey from serving with him on the Hermes but Viv and he had yet to arrive.
Whilst we waited – pint in hand – two members were talking about their time in the RN. One stated he had joined in 1942 and after training went to the Far East and was demobbed once he returned in 1946. I wasn’t born until 1947!!!!!
I think that most Naval Associations have an aging membership and so our ‘lifespan’ can be limited by what our members wish or can do. I volunteered to act as Editor/ Webmaster but was surprised at the lack of material sent for publication. We seem to get a lot of enquiries about ‘dads, grandads, uncles etc and could we supply any info. We try our best but ----------
As the years have passed, reunion attendance has dropped but even posting questionnaires doesn’t produce many answers to our questions. We are not the only association to be collapsing and may have to amalgamate to survive
We, the committee, held a meeting at the Union Jack Club trying to determine an outcome of the way ahead.
Due to hotel problems we had to book late and some of our members booked holidays and thus won’t be in Bournemouth.
I hope YOU will.