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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

RNWA Newsletter – June 2023

Foreword from the President

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the holidays, I was going to put summer before “holidays” but it has been so unseasonably cold that I don’t want to rock the boat by mentioning it. I am sure you will agree that the coronation went extremely well despite the weather, with the Royal Navy leading the way looking very smart. I must say the TV coverage was excellent compared to 70 years ago. I remember sitting cross legged on the floor in a neighbour’s house peering spellbound at a 9-inch black and white TV. How things have changed with the modern TVs you almost feel you are in the abbey, or part of the crowd.

I’m sure you will all join me in a rousing “God Save the King” and ‘Splice the mainbrace’.
On 9th March 2023 Pat McCarthy and Grahame Long accompanied by their wives visited the Defence College of Logistics, Policing & Administration (DCLPA) at Worthy Down. Feedback from both were enlightening and Pat McCarthy has kindly sent in written feedback which can be seen on the website. Don’t forget that the next scheduled visiting day is 13th July and applications need to be sent to me by 15th June, so not much time left if you want to join the next visit?

On the 3rd of May Lyn Gannon and I attended the Award ceremony at the DCLPA. The Ceremony was well organised and enjoyed by all. I presented the Writer of the Year Trophy to Logs (Wtr) Jack Roberts and Lyn took the pictures which she placed on Facebook the same day. I am still waiting for the official photographs as the photographer is on holiday, once I get the photographs they will go on the website. It was nice to meet Jack’s family and I hope to see him and his girlfriend (another Writer) at the Reunion dinner. Whilst at the Ceremony I met Rear Admiral Andy Kyte CB the Chief Naval Logistics Officer (CNLO) and I have invited him to be our Guest of Honour at the 137th Reunion Dinner on 11th October 2024 at the Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS.

I am glad to report that the new link for the RNWA Committee & Members meetings via is now working so please do try and log in on the meeting nights at 19:30 and be able to add your ‘two penneth’ to the meeting.
Thurs. 20th July Thurs. 21st September Thurs. 16th November
A reminder via email will be forwarded one week prior to the above dates.
Keep safe and healthy!
Colin Hughes
RNWA President

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

Email:- Note NEW!

Crossed the Bar (CTB)

Advised 22nd May by the son of John BALLINGER of 23 Sheppard Way Minchinhampton Stroud Gloucestershire GL6 9BZ of his CTB 1st May 2023.

136th Reunion Dinner

13th October at The Queens Hotel Southsea Reminder: £45 & £55 ppClosing date: 11/09/23


    As of 18th May 2023:- 

  . 3 Honorary Members         . 28 Life Members           239 Members

270 Total

Reminder – There are 7 Members with payments outstanding for 2022 so please check if you are one of them? Also, for 2023 contributions are due for 40+ members and you can check via:- to see for yourself if you are due to pay, or give the Membership Secretary a call or send an email.

You can make a payment to:- (Business A/C –  Ref: RNWA) or send a cheque.       

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

Email amount & date **

Treasure’s Report

As at Thursday 18th May there was £6,153.27 held including £2,425.00 for the 2023 Reunion Dinner.
Also, £1,406.50 is ‘ring fenced’ for the National Arboretum (NMA) which unfortunately is no longer proceeding, and members are being asked in conjunction with the Committee as to how this money received is to be used for the future?

If you have any ideas or suggestions, then please forward them to the President by 20/09/23.

Grand National 2023

Thanks to all who bought and sold tickets your effort and contribution was greatly appreciated! A gross total of approx. £1,200.00 was raised and after printing and postage and pay out a net cost of £426.00 was raised helping towards the ’Wtr. Of the Year’ annual prize award and subsidy of reunion dinner expenditure.

Congratulations to RNWA member David Bailey of Ipswich who won £250.00, winning owner of the horse ‘Corach Rambler’ who finished first past the post. Other prizes of £75.00, £50.00 & £25.00 were given to 2nd, 3rd, & 4th respectively to Dave Case, Gary Hughes & Sue Anderson. For complete results Check-out:- l

Les Heyhoe BCAv
Newsletter Editor & Producer RNWA Secretary & Membership
Email: **
Home: 02392 357181 or Mobile: 07494 150563


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