West branch is hosting the National AGM during the branch AGM and Reunion weekend in Portsmouth on the 6/7/8 October. See the Events - 2017 page for full details
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West Branch Pedestal Commemorative Event March 11th 2016
West Branch held the annual commemorative ceremony for a fifth year to remember and honour those who took part in Pedestal Convoy and who suffered during the WWII Siege of Malta 1942.
As in previous years, it was held at Ferndown British Legion Club with the wreath laying ceremony taking place in the memorial garden.
West Branch Chairman, Ray Wrigglesworth, along with the rest of the committee, welcomed our honoured guests Cllr Julie Robinson, the Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Terry Cordery (who also attended in 2013 when he was Mayor), National Chairman, Mrs Julia Gaw, and National Secretary, Mr Michael Gaw, of the George Cross Island Association.
The event commenced with a service in the memorial gardens with the standard bearers, Barry Wenman (West Branch), and Edward Barkway (SE Vice Chairman), led by Parade Marshall Michael Gaw (SE Secretary and National Secretary) who carried the National Standard. Branch Secretary, Pat Scott, opened the ceremony by reading a tribute to the Pedestal Convoy which was followed by a very interesting and informative address by Lt Cdr Ralph Dodds RN (Ret’d), whom we sincerely thank for giving up his time to attend the event.
A wreath was laid by the Mayor Ferndown, accompanied by Grant Parrott (RBL Ferndown Branch Chairman), GCIA National Chairman Julia Gaw, Branch Chairman Ray
After the ceremony coffee and refreshments we served in the Club bar where everyone mingled amongst old friends, and met new ones.
Ray Wrigglesworth welcomed and thanked honoured guests and members, we then had a very special announcement made by Grant Parrott. Our branch President and pedestal veteran, Charles Grant has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur presented by the French Government to surviving D-Day and Battle of France veterans. What an honour for Charles, congratulations.
After all that excitement everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by the Chef and the catering staff of the Ferndown British Legion Club. So once again, we had a successful and enjoyable event which was enjoyed by all who attended, including some who had travelled great distances and we thank them and everyone else for their support. Let’s hope we can honour our veterans by holding another commemorative ceremony in 2017.
South East Branch
London Social Group
Meet up at the Union Jack Club Waterloo every 3rd Tuesday in the Month the next meetings will be on 21st June, 19th July and 16th August. Contact Michael Gaw Tel.No. 01903 786058. Please carry your current membership card when visiting the Union Jack Club
SE, along with the other branches has lost a few veterans and members over the past year as they have sadly crossed the bar. However, the branch continues to recruit new members from those interested in the general history of Malta and WWII and those who have family who were involved in serving in Malta at that time or indeed at anytime. We value all our members and pledge, along with the other branches, to uphold the aims of the Association.
If you would like more information about the branch, contact jandm.Gaw@btinternet.com or complete a membership form on this site Membership
The SE Branch annual reunion will take place between at the Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne. East Sussex. BN20 7HZ. Dates will be forthcoming shortly
If you have not been before you can be assured of a great weekend in an excellent red brick comfortable hotel where we have been going for the last 20 years, good food and good company.
Contact Michael Gaw Tel.No. 01903 786058