UK Branches

West Branch

Last weekend, the 8th/9th/10th June, the committee held it's meeting at the Dudsbury Gold Club and Spa, Ferndown.  As some of the members has been unable to attend the Malta reunion this year it was decided to extend the meeting to a weekend and opened it up to members to come along and catch up.  It was a splendid weekend and the venue and weather was superb.  As well as the committee dealing with the business in hand we all had a great time as you can see from the photos - the weather was really so good we had our committee meeting "al fresco" which was captured on camera by Janet Barkway.





On Saturday, 10th March, the West branch Chairman, Vice Chairman, Standard Bearer, Treasurer and her family held a small wreath laying ceremony to honour the Pedestal veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Rev Everton Macleod kindly officiated to whom we give our thanks.

 
 
 



West branch hosted the National AGM along with it's own the branch AGM and Reunion weekend in Portsmouth on the 6/7/8 October at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth.  We had a fabulous weekend which successfully included all the official meetings together with the commemorative ceremony on Sunday and of course our social get togethers on the Friday night and the more formal dinner on the Saturday.

The Friday afternoon saw all the members and guests arriving at the hotel, which gave everyone a very warm welcome.  Many members had travelled long distances to be at the event and we were also joined by National Chairman, Julia Gaw and National Secretary, Michael Gaw.  I might also mention here that we had 3 veterans from WWII with us - George Heathman (RAF), Jack McNulty (Royal Marines) and Alan Sandall (RN).  There were all in good fettle and we were honoured to have them with us for the weekend.

The Branch 
AGM was held later in the afternoon, with standard bearer, Barry Wenman in attendance. Afterwards Pat Scott gave a presentation on history of suffering that Malta endured during WWII and founding of the George Cross Island Association to commemorate the anniversary of our 30th year. 
Deborah Plenty 
(Granddaughter of the founder, FredPlenty) spoke movingly about her memories of her beloved grandfather (there was hardly a dry eye in the house) and donated a framed picture of Fred Plenty which the branch will keep and use at events.


After the official business, we had a couple of pre-dinner drinks in the bar followed by superb dinner in the restaurant where the staff gave us excellent service.

Saturday started with the National AGM which again was run very successfully, followed by an afternoon to relax, sight see or participate in the shopping experience which is uniquely Gun Wharf.

The Gala dinner started with pre-dinner drinks and lots of photos. We were accompanied by West Branch Standard Bearer, Barry Wenman and National Standard Bearer, Michael Gaw. Once again, the staff at the hotel went the extra mile to make it a most successful evening.  The food was magnificent and the company delightful.  It really was a lovely evening.  Every guest received a gift of Mdina glass, engraved with a commemoration to the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the George Cross Island Association.

 

 
    


On Sunday morning we had our Pedestal Commemorative Ceremony that West Branch always has in conclusion of the weekend, Barry Wenman paraded the standard.  Ray Wrigglesworth (branch Chairman) opened the ceremony with a moving welcome and there followed a Pedestal commemoration read by Pat Scott and prayers read and led by Alan Sandall.  We were all in good voice for the hymns and the two National anthems.


So sadly, that was the end of our weekend, we had all had a great time meeting up with old faces, catching up with all the news and relaxing.  We were all reluctant to go, but of course all good things come to an end, but hopefully we can do it all again next year and of course there is always the reunion in Malta in April of next year - see you all there, I hope.







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
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