Annual Report published in the

Fifty-First Annual Report for 1966

President: Lieutenant-Colonel The Hon G.N.C. Wigram, MC., JP.,

Vice-Presidents: Brigadier D.A.L. Mackenzie, CBD., DSO., Major G.E. Potter, MC., Major Martin McClaren, Major M.S.B. Vernon, MVO., Major P.N.S. Frazer, Captain E.R. Randall, MBE,. R.W. Cornell Esq., J.J. St. Clair Mardon Esq., K.C. Mardon Esq., R.G. King-Smith Esq., H.E.C. Gascoigne Esq., (Hon).

Hon. Secretary: Mr W.E. Grandfield, MM., 163, Memorial Road, Hanham, Bristol. Tel. Bristol 671578

Hon. Treasurer: Mr D.W. Box.

Chairman: Mr Sam Tucker.

Committee: Messrs. W. Derrick, K. Cook, P, Ogden, J, Roach, J. Crosbie, F. Kingdon, K. Matson, T. Caswell, MM., Revd. D. Walker, F. Chivers, J. Bowles.

Headquarters: The Crown & Sceptre Hotel, Bridewell St., Bristol 1.

Meetings (Committee): 7.45 pm on the first Wednesday in each month. (General): 7.45pm on Second Wednesday in March, June, September and December.

 

  At our last 1965 Annual General Meeting our Chairman, Bill Derrick, informed the assembled members that he would not be standing for re-election as he felt that a younger man should take over the the helm. Bill, as a founder member of the Branch, has served us loyally and with devotion in Branch affairs. We were very pleased, and indeed fortunate, in the fact that he is continuing an active interest in the Branch as a member of the Committee. We trust that for many years to come we shall have the benefit of his experience in Association affairs.

 

  Our stalwart Vice-Chairman Sam Tucker, was duly elected Chairman of the Branch , and I am sure that his many friends in the Association will wish him well in this office. In organising our Christmas Draws and Branch Socials, he has already done valuable work for the Branch, and although his business commitments take him away from the city a considerable amount, he still finds time to keep his hands on the controls of Branch Affairs. John Bowles was elected Vice-Chairman and has ably stepped in when the occasion has arisen.

 

  No doubt it is now general knowledge, but it with very deep regret that we have to report the death of our oldest Comrade, Tommy Skitmore on September 12th 1965, just six short weeks before he would have celebrated his 100th birthday. We were all looking forward to the Celebration Dinner in his honour on October 28th and were deeply shocked to be informed of his death. The Chairman and I called to see him about a month before he died and he was reasonably well for his age, in the best of spirits and looking forward with great enthusiasm to the event. We funeral was attended by our President, Vice-president Major McLaren and some 20 members of the Branch and it was great sadness in our hearts that we said farewell to our 'Grand Old Man', a truly great Grenadier. We would like to thank all those Branches who so kindly expressed their wish to donate to the fund which was raised on is account and also for the messages of sympathy at the news of his passing. These were passed on to is son and daughter and a letter was received from Miss Skitmore expressing their thanks for the sympathy extended by members throughout the country.

 

 

  On May 11th the Vice-Chairman, Secretary and three members of the Committee attended the Council House, Bristol, for the presentation of a gavel and case to the Branch by the Lord Mayor of Bristol. This is a particular fine piece of craftsmanship, mad at one of the city's schools of handicrafts and now has a place of honour at all our functions.

 

  Our Annual Dinner/Dance was held at the Grand Hotel on October 28th and 128 members, their wives and friends attended. Although tinged with sadness that Tommy had been called to serve with the legions of our fallen comrades such a short time before he was to have been our Guest of Honour, a very enjoyable time was had by all. Our thanks to the members of of the Regimental Band who provided some excellent music for the dinner and afterwards the dancing. We were particularly honoured by the attendance of Major General Sir Allan Adair, and the whole company thoroughly enjoyed his after dinner speech.

 

  Members of the Branch attended the Regimental Remembrance service and the 2nd Battalion 'At Home' at Windsor, both occasions being thoroughly enjoyed by those attending. We would like to place on record our grateful thanks to the Commanding Officer for the excellent arrangements mad and the most hospitable welcome extended to us all on June 26th. We of the old school were particularly interested in the weapons of the modern army and the new operational methods.

 

  The skittles team continue to give a good account of itself and our able Captain Johnny Roach, will welcome any member wishing to join the team and take part in this enjoyable pastime.

 

  Thanks to the splendid efforts of our Chairman and ticket sellers the Branch Christmas Draw was again very successful. We are very grateful to our friends of the Branch who so generously donated prizes for the Draw.

 

  We appeal to all members of the Branch who are not at present actively supporting us to attend our meetings and functions. One of the main objects of the Association is to foster Comradeship and provide a meeting place, so come along and let us have a good 'get-together' at all our meetings.

 

  In conclusion we should like to express our grateful thanks to Colonel Spratley and his staff for all the help, assistance and encouragement given so wholeheartedly during the past year.

 

 

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