Events - 2017


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…


In August the SE Branch host the annual service at all Hallows by the Tower annual see details below. 

The 12th Anniversary of the Malta Siege Memorial at All Hallows by the Tower which is to honour and remember all those that took part in Operation Pedestal who were killed, and all those G.C.I.A. members who gave their lives in defence of Malta, and those who have died since WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. 

The SE Branch on behalf of the Association will be holding a Commemoration and Remembrance Service at All Hallows by the Tower on Saturday 12th August 2017. At 11.00am, (Please be seated by 10.45am, Reverend Bertrand Olivier and Fr Victor Camilleri will be officiating at this years’ service.

After the Church Service the Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the Malta Siege Memorial.   

Following the service you will be taken back to Union Jack Club by the black cab taxis for a private luncheon in the Mackintosh Restaurant.

For further information and to book, please contact Michael Gaw Tel. No. 01903 786058. 

Please carry your current membership card when visiting the Union Jack Club.

Branch Events:

The South East AGM and reunion will take place take place at the Hydro Hotel Mount Road, Easbourne. BN20 7HZ. from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th  November with the branch AGM on the Saturday.  

Please keep these dates free so you can join your fellow members for a fantastic weekend, where you can be assured of a warm welcome, good food and company.

Please remember that the reunion is open to all members, their friends and family who are most welcome.

The South East Branch look forward to welcoming you all, anyone wishing to attend just the AGM on Saturday 25th November, you are requested to advise the Secretary if you are attending, so he can ensure there are sufficient documents available please be seated by 10.30 hrs. in the Wedgewood  Room.  

For further information and to book, please contact Michael Gaw Tel. No. 01903 786058. 

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