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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

Newsletter – August 2023

Foreword from the President

Fellow Scribes,

The year marches on and we are rapidly approaching the Reunion dinner and the Annual General Meeting.  The Committee have been busy revising the Rules of the Association and have decided on a version that hopefully will not need any revision for quite a while.  We thought that last time, when we updated them in 2021 so we shall have to see. 

The revised rules have been placed on the website. In place of those dated 2021.  Please peruse them so that the Committee can discuss them at the next meeting on 21st September.  A final version will then be placed on the agenda for the AGM. Following on from a request to members for suggestions on how to spend the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) Fund, one that stood out was the

planting of a tree and plaque, in memory of those Writers who lost their lives in conflict since the foundation of the branch, in a naval

establishment. Following discussions, the only place that seemed to fit the bill and be seen by future Writers was the College of Logistics, Policing & Administration (DCLPA) at Worthy Down now the home of Writer training for the foreseeable future. I made a tentative enquiry at the College and was pleasantly surprised that the suggestion was greeted with enthusiasm.

On 23rd August the Secretary and I attended a meeting, and several options were discussed inter alia a tree and plaque, bench, and plaque and all three.  Having toured the possible sites, one stood out being on one of the main paths around the site. We are now waiting for one of the support staff to forward estimates of the cost of various options which we hope to receive in time for discussion at the next scheduled committee & members meeting but certainly by the AGM.

I very much look forward to hearing your future thoughts and comments, but I personally think, and I’m sure you’ll agree, it will be all down to budget and cost, combined with ‘Value for Money’ and what about the future costs i.e., upkeep and maintenance

Colin Hughes

RNWA President

3 Barnes Lane

Sarisbury Green

Southampton Hants.

SO31 7DA

Tel. 01489 573101 Email:-     

2023 – ‘CTB’

15th August – Peter Wead of Borough Green, Kent

Note: The funeral will be at Charing Crematorium, Kent, at 1:30pm on the 5th of September.

1st May – John Ballinger of Minchinhampton, Glos.


As of 24th August 2023 :- 

  . 3 Honorary Members

. 28 Life Members      

 .217 Members

238 Total

Check-out this link to ascertain if your membership contribution was due, or is due, to be paid in 2023?

Reminders via email will be issued by mid-Sept’23

Six (6) members remain outstanding since 2022 and will receive at least their 3rd and final reminder in September or their membership will be lapsed in January 2024.

Membership £5.00 p.a. payable in advance and minimum 2yrs payment.    

Election of Officials

In accordance with Rule 9. of the regulations, notice is hereby given requesting for members to volunteer for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and at least  four committee members

Interested? If so, submit your name with a proposer to the RNWA President BY 21/09/23.

Currently the Officials and committee members comprise of:-

Colin Hughes – President

Pat Prior BEM QVRM – Vice-President and Treasurer

Les Heyhoe BCAv – Secretary & Membership

Committee Members

Jim    Donaldson

Lyn    Gannon

Tony Mason

David Spicer

Tony Webber

You’ll note that Pat & Les have dual roles, and they welcome the opportunity for any volunteer who wishes to fulfil either or any of their existing roles.

For a description of all the Official roles, see:- Rule No’s 14, 15, 16 & 17.

136th Reunion Dinner Friday 13th October’23

The Queens Hotel Southsea PO5 3LJ

NO exception – last day/date for payment and receipt of application to attend Monday 11th September.

Members Cost: £45.00 Non & Guests:      £55.00

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

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

Full information and details can be viewed here.

Les Heyhoe BCAv

Newsletter Editor & Producer RNWA Secretary &  Membership


Tel. 023 9235 7181 or 07494 150563


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