Annual Report published in the Gazette 1980 No 3
PRESIDENT: Colonel D.W. Hargreaves
CHAIRMAN: J. Frost Esq.,.
SECRETARY: J. Roach Esq.
MEETINGS: Quarterly meetings at Bristol Omnibus Sports and Social Club, Lawrence Hill, Bristol as notified.
Committee meetings, third Monday of each month at Kingswood and Hanham, Royal British Legion, Kingswood, Bristol.
Once again I am pleased to report that the Branch has had a very successful year, especially as it is the 60th Anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Branch. A special presentation at the Jubilee Dinner, was made by General Sir Rodney Moore to Mr Reginald Gorton, the oldest founder member of the Branch, of a scroll commemorating his long and loyal support.
No sooner had the year commenced when Grenadier Day was upon us. 106 members and Friends travelled by coach with numerous others, forsaking the cost of petrol, making their own way to Pirbright. The Coder Stall proved, once again, to be a most viable proposition as by 1500 hours all Cider and Ploughman's' Lunches had been sold. The" C" Shooting Team of the Branch did particularly well by becoming joint third in the Boyton Cup.
Om May 20, at the Regimental Remembrance Day Parade, the Padre, together with his Boss, performed a minor miracle with the weather. The clouds parted like the Red Sea and the Association marched through the sunshine to the Guards Memorial. An excellent day was had by all those present.
In July a party from the Branch accepted the kind invitation extended by the President of the Worcester Branch to attend a garden party at his home. The President, ably assisted by his Secretary Bill Gibson, made it an afternoon to remember.
The Sergeant Major at the Army Apprentice College, Chepstow invited the Branch to enjoy a night in his mess. Not to kiss out on a cheap night's drinking the Mess was invaded by many scrumpy drinking zidermen, We may not have drunk the mess dry but we tried damned hard.
On Sunday 12 august several members and their wives travelled to Swindon to attend a Farewell Parade, organised by Penhill Royal British Legion as a mark of respect to one of their members, and to one of our Vice Presidents the Reverend D. Walker who was leaving the Parish to tame up a new appointment at Hastings-Leigh, near Canterbury. The Parade was well attended with the Bristol Branch taking Pride of Place at he head of the march.
Since my last report we have learned, with deep regret, of the loss of three members. 260518 W.H. Johnson, 18043 A. Harris and Major Martin McLaren, the later being one of our most stalwart Vice-Presidents. A memorial service was held for Major McLaren in the Lord Mayor's Chapel at which the Branch was well represented. To the families of three beloved Grenadiers our heartfelt sympathy is extended.
The Skittle Team is continuing to prosper with new faces appearing on the alley, thus giving renewed fervour to carry on.
The Rifle Club once again proved its success by doing so well at Pirbright under the careful guidance of Brian Barrington, but he is still looking for more new members to enhance the team.
On Friday 19 October the Branch celebrated their Diamond Jubilee Dinner Dance at the Royal Hotel, our Guest of Honour being a very distinguished Grenadier, namely General Sir Rodney Moore, GCVO, KCB, CBE, DSO, accompanied b y his good lady. The Lieutenant Colonel, together with Mrs Fanshaw, was also in attendance plus 146 members and Friends of the Branch. A presentation was made by the Guest of Honour of the Skittle shield to G. George. The Wigram Cup was presented by Lord Wigram to J. Crosbie for best shot.
I should like to thank all members for their support at the many functions during the Year also to the Lieutenant Colonel and the General Secretary with their staff at Regimental Headquarters for all their valuable assistance and support.
Finally to our President, Chairman and Committee and also to Sergeant John Leaker our Recruiting Sergeant for their worthy support.