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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

July 2022 Newsletter

135th Year

Foreword from the President

‘Fellow Scribes’

I hope you are all well and that Covid 19 is no longer at the forefront of your mind each day but is now on the back burner and we can get on with our lives once more. Thank you all for participating in the Grand National Draw which again thanks to your generosity made us a profit of £306.67


You will recall that I used to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Maritime Logistics School at HMS RALEIGH to present the “Writer of the Year Trophy” which the Association sponsors. The last ceremony took place in July 2019 and later that year the school moved to Worthy Down and became part of the Defence College of Logistics, Policing & Administration. Since then, I have been trying to ascertain whether the Awards Ceremony will be replaced

by something on a grander scale to encompass the 3 Services or be discontinued? Unfortunately, Covid 19 stopped any gatherings taking place during the last 2 years, and as I am led to believe a decision is expected after the new Head of Naval Training joins.  I will keep you informed.

I am delighted to announce that history will be made this year as the Guest of Honour for the RNWA 135th Reunion Dinner at the Union Jack Club on Friday 14th October 2022 will be:-

Rear Admiral Judith ‘Jude’ Terry OBE
Naval Secretary & Director of People and Training                    

History being made as the first female Guest of Honour,  combined with  Jude being promoted to Rear Admiral in 2022 thereby becoming the first woman to hold flag rank in the Royal Navy.

I hope you all have a very pleasant summer and can get back to taking holiday breaks as we did before the pandemic.  After much work by our Secretary a new directory is enclosed with this newsletter which I am sure you will find useful.

Colin Hughes

RNWA President 

3 Barnes Lane, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, Hants. SO31 7DA

Tel. 01489 573101


‘Crossed the Bar’ 2022

21/5 – Frank Cooper MBE                                   

14/5 – Henry Lennox

30/4 – John Garner  

13/4 – Tom Bardsley 

20/3 – John Roxburgh 

02/3 – John Hargraves


As of 1st June 2022:- 

3 Honorary Members 

30 Life Members

219 Members

252 Total

Reminder – Membership Contributions Due – Are you due to have paid and one of those in the  following statistics? If unsure contact the RNWA  Secretary, please asap **   The RNWA Database indicates that eight (8) members have for 2021 outstanding contributions due. For 2022 there are 38 members due. For those outstanding for 2021 if payment is not received, by January 2023 in accordance with the rules  membership will lapse.

You can make a payment to :-

RNWA ref: REN       

Lloyds Bank plc 30-96-26 Account No. 34521468

Email amount & date **

or by cheque to RNWA.  

Grand National – Draw

77 horses were drawn by The RNWA President, Secretary & his wife Lyn on Tuesday 5th April and alphabetically matched to the ‘Declared Runners’. 5.15pm Saturday 9th April 2022  saw a maximum field of forty, therefore unfortunately there were 37 who had ‘non-runners’ on the day. A full list of the 40 runners and their owners can be viewed on the RNWA’s website.

Congratulations to:-  

1st ‘Noble Yeats’ No.0266 £250 – Bill Walsh

2nd ‘Any Second Now’  £75 – George Chadwick

3rd ‘Delta Work’ No.1431 £50 – Patrick ‘Taff’ Magill

4th ‘Santini’ No.1587 £25 – John ‘Dusty’ Miller

There were 11 other horses to cross the finishing line each  owner receiving £10.

Awards & Honours  

Flagship Bremont Watch Award …

1SL & CNS Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE with Leading Writer Naomi Harvey

“BZ” to Naomi on her award and recognition, part of which the citation by Captain I D Feasey RN is below (full citation can be viewed on the website):     “Leading Writer Harvey has had a direct and hugely positive impact upon HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, from the Commodore to the most junior sailor.  She is the senior Leading Hand on board; an inspiration and mentor to many and a friend to all.  Having completed both the Petty Officer Writer Qualifying and Senior Rate Leadership courses, she is fully qualified to be a Petty Officer Writer.  She is an outstanding human resources professional who runs the Writers’ training organisation while leading and guiding her junior sailors with skill and compassion.  She is also a robust but caring Leading Hand of the Mess, using her years of experience to instil and uphold the values and traditions of the Service, and ensuring that a generation of junior Logisticians will leave HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH with their moral compass fully calibrated.

Professional excellence aside, it is her profound and continuous involvement in the broader life of the ship that sets her apart.  She has worked tirelessly as part of the Welfare, Entertainment and Homecoming Committees.  A key example of this came at a difficult period in the deployment, when the visit to Japan was restricted such that the Ship’s Company was not permitted to proceed ashore.  This was the visit many had viewed as the pinnacle of the trip, and so it was decided to provide a small memento of this in the form of a ‘gizzit’ bag.  LWtr. Harvey took personal responsibility for the management and distribution of these, leading a small team who assembled the bags and then distributed them to the 1500+ personnel on board – there is lots more!… continued via the website and worth a read.

Les Heyhoe BCAv

Newsletter Editor & Producer RNWA Secretary &  Membership

Email: **

Home: 02392 357181 or Mobile: 07494 150563


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