Annual Report published in the Gazette 1981
PRESIDENT: Colonel DW Hargreaves
CHAIRMAN: JV Thomas
TREASURER: Not Recorded
HON. SECRETARY: J Roach Esq.
MEETINGS: Quarterly Meetings at Bristol Omnibus Sports Club, Lawrence Hill, Bristol - as notified. Committee meetings Third Monday of each month at Kingswood and Hanham Royal British Legion.
1980 HAS proved once more to be a very active year for the Branch, with many events taking place.
Our first event being another trip to the Army Apprentice College, Chepstow on February 16 where we almost drank the bar dry once again, under the careful eye of the Sergeant Major.
On May 16th at Regimental Remembrance Sunday, we were able to attend this event with great pride, this being the Branch along with Yorkshire Branch nominated to carry the Association Wreath. This was done to perfection by our worthy Chairman John Thomas. The salute was taken by Major General Sir Allan Adair. The weather did us proud this year with the beaming sunshine making the sweat run from our brows. After the parade we returned to Chelsea Barracks to quench our thirsts, only to find that all the messes were closed due to some havoc being caused by another Association some weeks before. In true Grenadier fashion, we pulled ourselves together and carried on to the next port of call, The Plough at Chippenham, where we were able to enjoy ourselves with renewed strength.
Also in May, the Branch was invited by the Bath Branch to a Skittles Social Evening at the Theobald Arms, Nunney Catch near Frome. This turned out to be a great success.
Once again Grenadier Day had crept upon us and we were able to take two coaches of members and friends. Our Cider Stall made its usual mark by having a complete sell out by mid afternoon. The rifle team did well again by coming third in the Boyton Cup Shoot, but are determined to win next year.
At the Branch Quarterly General Meeting on September 9th we combined this function with the Grand Autumn Draw with lots of excellent prizes.
On Saturday 13th September the Branch Travelled by coach to Windsor for the day. On arriving at Windsor Castle we were met by Major WLA Nash who gave us a private tour of the state apartments. In the evening we were invited to the Windsor Branch Guards Club, for a dance and social evening to be entertained by members from Windsor and the Guards Depot.
On 1st October several members and their wives were entertained by the Staff of the Bristol Police Headquarters, who gave us a very informative aspect of Police activities, afterwards we were taken into their club for a social get-together.
Since my last report we have learned with deep regret, the loss of member 24532 SF Jefferies DCM and our sympathy was extended to his family in their loss.
The Skittle Team still continues to prosper with more new faces appearing in the alley. Our Rifle Team once again prove its merits by doing well at Pirbright under the careful guidance of its Captain J Leaker.
On 24 October the Branch held its Annual Dinner/Dance at The Crest Hotel, Hambrook Near Bristol. Our Guest of Honour being Major General RH Whitworth CB; CBE; MA, accompanied by his good lady. Representing the Regiment was Major RS Hanning who gave us a very informative speech on the movement of both Battalions. There were a total of 121 members and their friends at the dinner. A presentation of a Skittle Shield was made to Mr B Wright and this was accepted on his behalf by Mr G George. The Wigram Cup was presented to Mr A Lock for the best shot.
Before closing this report I would like to thank all those concerned in the running of the Branch, and to the Lt. Colonel, General Secretary and staff for their assistance during the year, and finally to thank the President, Chairman and Committee for making this year a great success.
On the same page as this report there is a comment from the Secretary of the previous Branch's Report: - (At the time of writing Bitter is 37 pence per pint).......!!!