Events - 2017


The annual Malta reunion will take place on the 13th to the 27th April, 2017

Below is the programme :

All transport arranged by the Association departs and returns to the Preluna Hotel.  Return coach travel is €7.00

See notice board in the hotel reception for events and times.

Thurday 13th:
UK contingent arrives. Majority will be staying at the Preluna Hotel, Sliema

Friday 14th:
Welcome Meeting 10:30am at the Preluna hotel - exact location will be on the notice board.

Saturday 15th:
Siege Bell Service  organised by Malta Branch.  Transport will depart so that we are seated by 10.30 

Sunday 16th (Easter Sunday) Free Day
Monday 17th (Easter Monday) Free day 
Tuesday 18th:
Aviation Museum Ta Qali. A short service at 10.30am in the Chapel where the G.C.I.A plaques are situated; afterwards take time to look round all the hangers. Light refreshments will be available following the service. Cost €5 pp

Wednesday 19th:  Free day 
Thursday 20th:
AFM Band Display followed by a reception in the Officers' Mess Cost €15pp

Friday 21st:  Free day

Sunday 23rd:
St Georges Day. Malta Branch organises a St Georges day dinner, at Preluna Hotel, for the British Residents Association. G.C.I.A. members are invited, at a  cost €32 pp. booking forms will be available in Malta or contact Malta Branch Chairman for full details.

Sunday 23rd:
11.00am Morning Church Service  St Pauls Pro Cathedral Valletta to include GCIA Remembrance and wreath laying. Refreshments in the under croft afterwards

Monday 24th:
The Three Memorials Wreath Ceremonies.  RN, RAF, Malta Cenotaph.  
Tuesday 25th:
Anzac Day  Service of Remembrance Pieta Cemetery

Wednesday 26th  Free day

Thursday 27th  UK contingent depart

Please note the date the AFM Band Display  may be changed as it is always subject to AFM commitments   
If you require any further details contact Michael Gaw :

George Cross Island Association
29 Pigeonhouse Lane
West Sussex, BN16 2AY
01903 786058


This year, the West branch are hosting the National AGM and will combine the National AGM into the same weekend as the branch AGM and Reunion which will be the 6/7/8 October. 

We have booked an historical venue this year in Portsmouth – the Royal Maritime Club in Queen Street, an ideal location being close to the coach station and Portsmouth & Southsea station.  Close to the Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf.  We have reserved a number of rooms so if you are coming, reserve your room as soon as possible as hotel are holding them for a limited time and will then start releasing the rooms.  

We have been given discounted inclusive rates as listed below :

2 night package - Friday Night and Saturday night to include, informal dinner Friday, bed and breakfast Saturday and Sunday and Gala dinner on Saturday.  

 Double Superior

Additional nights, dinner bed and breakfast

Single 66.00 Double Superior 134.00

The weekend will follow the normal pattern of informal dinner on Friday, a Gala dinner on Saturday and as it is the 30th anniversary of the George Cross Island Association, we shall have a special commemorative service on Sunday morning (plus a few more surprises).  

Timings for the branch and National AGMs will be confirmed along with menus shortly.
Please phone the hotel directly saying you are with the GCIA to make your booking (they will need a valid credit card but will not take any money) – 023 9282 4231. For more details about the venue, go to their Web site:  

It really is an interesting venue full of naval memorabilia - we even found a painting of HMS Penelope in Grand Harbour.

After you have contacted the hotel, we request that you please confirm with us that you have booked either: or phone Michael Gaw on 01903 786058 so that we can keep track of numbers.

We have a few hotel brochures for those of you who do not have access to the internet – we will take them to Malta with us, but just give Michael Gaw a phone call or email me and we can give you all the details.  Meanwhile, here are a few photos to whet your interest…


Branch Events:
The branches all hold regular social and committee along with a branch Annual General Meeting.  They also hold various special events during the year to mark national and local occasions.

South East Branch hold regularly monthly social meetings at the Union Jack Club London.  Contact  Michael Gaw on 01903 786058 for more details

West Branch 

West Branch holds a social meeting on the first Tuesday morning of each month, usually with coffee a raffle - afterwards lunch is available in the Royal British Legion Club, Church Road, Ferndown Dorset.

Everyone welcome.  Details from Ray Wrigglesworth 01202 779321. Email - or from Branch Secretary on


To find out what events the branches are holding, you can contact your branch secretary directly or contact the GCIA web master to have your enquiry forwarded on : 

Or contact the National Secretary :

National Secretary
George Cross Island Association
29 Pigeonhouse Lane
West Sussex, BN16 2AY