Annual Report published in the Gazette 1987 Issue No 10

PRESIDENT: Captain J.W.H. Buxton

CHAIRMAN: KA Jones Esq.

TREASURER: (Not Recorded)

HON. SECRETARY: J Roach

MEETINGS: General and Half Yearly at Kingswood and Hanam Royal British Legion, Regent Street, Kingswood, Bristol. As notified. Committee meetings Third Monday of each month.

The Branch has enjoyed another successful year, with most of our regular functions being well attended. Unfortunately, we could not send our regular coach to Regimental Remembrance Sunday, due to lack of support, but several members and their wives were able to make their own way to this event. Grenadier Day was very well attended by 80 of our members and friends who had a very enjoyable day. We had a complete sell-out at our Coder Stall, even with the fact we wer placed in a different position; it seems that everyone looks forward to the smell of our Somerset Cider.

Our Shooting Team did not enjoy the same success as last year in carrying off that prestigious Boyton Cup - still there is always next year!

On Sunday 10th August, 16 Branch Members and members from other Branches, travelled to Munster, Germany to visit the 1st Battalion stationed at Oxford Barracks at the invitation of its Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel EJ Webb-Carter who is also a Vice President of our Branch. We were well received by all ranks and personally looked after by CSM SH Dehnel of The Queens Company, who proved to be a very patient man all week!

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On Saturday 22nd November 1986 the Branch held its annual Dinner Dance at the Unicorn Hotel, Princes Street, Bristol, attended by 896 members and friends. Our principal speaker was the Reverend SJ Davies MBE Ma, a former Chaplain to the Household Division and now Honorary Chaplain to the Gloucester Regiment, the Regiment he served with during the Korean War. The Regimental Adjutant, Major CJE Seymour represented the Regiment and the Association and gave a very explicit report on the movements of the Battalions. During the evening the President of the Branch presented the Skittle Shield for the highest average score to Phil Hill, an Honorary Member of the Branch and also the Wigram Cup for the highest shot to Fred Nun. The evening turned out to be a great success for the Branch.

It is with deep regret that we have to record the sad loss of Lady Wigram, wife of our life Vice-President Lord Wigram. She will be greatly missed by all members of the Branch. We also sadly record the death of members FV Curtis; 2612026 G Hanks MM; 2610070 HL Dale. To each of their families we offer our heartfelt sympathy.

Welfare still seems to keep the Branch very busy and we acknowledge the great support we get from Headquarters and the Lieutenant Colonel. I would like to give a special mention to Richard Maynard of Weston, for the time and effort 'he gives' in visiting our many members in that area. Finally I would like to thank our Branch President, Chairman and Committee for their continued support over the past year.