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Royal Naval Writers Association

Formed in 1887 - The Oldest Military Association

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Royal Naval Writers’ Association

The World’s Oldest Military Association – Est. 1887

February 2023 Newsletter

Foreword from the President

‘Fellow Scribes’

I hope you had a very happy Christmas and have avoided the flu and covid and the New year is being kind to you all. Now that the days are drawing out it is time to start planning for the Spring and the obvious event that reminds us of this is the Grand National draw. Tickets are therefore included with this newsletter except to those abroad. In order to save on postage the committee would be grateful if those abroad could request for tickets by email, forwarding the cost by cheque or bank transfer, using GN as the reference. The Secretary will enter the ticket stubs on your behalf informing you of your ticket draw numbers. Of course, those living abroad without an email will receive this newsletter and tickets via post.

On the 22nd of September 2022 the RNWA Committee had a very enjoyable and informative visit to the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA) at Worthy Down, King’s Worthy, Winchester, Hants., SO21 2RG and observed the Writers under training, as well as visiting the other Logistic branches training facilities.

An excellent lunch was provided by the Catering Training Wing. The RNWA Committee thought it would be a good idea to extend the visits to its members and I am pleased to report that the idea was welcomed and agreed by DCLPA. The college have therefore generously agreed to host (subject to demand) three (3) visits during 2023. The first two members and their wives are visiting DCLPA on Thursday 9th March. It will I’m sure be very interesting to hear about their visit and feedback. The next dates for visits will be Thursday 13th July (request to attend to be submitted and received by 15th June) and Thursday 16th November (advise by 12th October). Full details and information are available via the website.

Regretfully the scheduled online committee and members meeting of the 19th of January ‘failed’. This was due to a change of Google software updates which has now been rectified and a completely new link established. Please see over for the new details and dates. Keep safe and healthy!

Colin Hughes
RNWA President

3 Barnes Lane
Sarisbury Green
Southampton SO31 7DA
Tel. 01489 573101

Committee Meetings

Are held virtually bi-monthly at 19:30 (7.30pm) via the new link of (All Thursdays):-

16th March 2023
18th May
20th July
21st September
16th November 2023

The 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on the 13th of October prior to the Reunion Dinner – see reunion dinner section.

“Crossed The Bar”

George Mytom-Hart BEM recently passed away on the 10th of January 2023 and the RNWA Committee and members attended Portchester Crematorium on Thursday 2nd February with Phil ‘Darby’ Allen MBE carrying the RNWA Standard with the last post being played. Amusingly George volunteered to be the RNWA’s Treasurer for eight weeks which in fact turned out to be 8 years before handing over to Pat Prior BEM QVRM.


3 Honorary Members

28 Life Members
208 Members
239 Total

136th Reunion Dinner

Friday 13th October at The Queens Hotel Southsea PO5 3LJ.
For accommodation contact 023 9282 2466 quoting ref: GA000600 for discounted rates. Don’t delay as to not be disappointed!

Guest of Honour – Cdre. John Voyce OBE ADC RN Naval Base Commander Portsmouth, former CO of HMS SULTAN, and partner Marie.

Cost: £45.00 members
Guests: £55.00

Includes multiple choice of starters, main and dessert, together with port for the loyal toast and bottles of red & white wine and prosecco on each table.

Full information and details are enclosed separately and are available via the website.

Grand National – April

Please do your best to sell the enclosed tickets for this year’s Grand National Draw for Saturday 15th April 2023 at Aintree and being shown on TV at 17.15

Cost is a £1 per ticket and £5.00 the book. Two books are enclosed either for yourself or for you to try to sell onto relatives and friends. Payment by cheque payable to ‘RNWA’ or via online to Lloyds Bank plc (Oldham)
Sort Code 30-96-26 A/C No.34521468 A/C Name: RNWA Ref GN (please note that this is a Business Acct.).

All money received after expenditure of printing and postage is used to maintain and fund the existence of the RNWA – membership costs have not increased for over 20+ years.

Les Heyhoe BCAv
Newsletter Editor & Producer The Secretary & Membership
Tel. 023 9235 7181 or 07494 150563


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