Annual Report published in the Gazette 1990

PRESIDENT: Captain J.W.H. Buxton

CHAIRMAN: K.A. Jones Esq.

TREASURER: None Stated

HON. SECRETARY: J. Roach

MEETINGS: General and Half Yearly at Kingswood and Hanham Royal British Legion, Regent Street, Kingswood, Bristol as notified.

Committee meetings Third Monday of each month except March and August.

Once again the year has come full circle, and time for me to submit my Annual Report for 1989.

Our regular functions throughout the year were well supported and we were pleased to have Grenadier Day back with us, with 93 members and friends attending the big event. We did very well with our Cider Stall, which always proves to be a good stopping place for all Association Members and their families. Our shooting teams did well by coming Second and Third, the winning team being the Suffolk Branch. Still, we look forward to next year, when we will outshine all comers, and bring home that prestigious Boyton Cup.

On Sunday 17th September, we were cordially invited by A/D/Sgt Steve Marcham to spend the day with the 2nd Battalion at Caterham Barracks. Many members not having seen the Barracks since the war years, were greatly surprised to see nothing had changed at all. We were well entertained throughout the day, with a three course meal being laid on in the Sgt's Mess, then in the afternoon a Cricket Match was arranged for us to spectate, with plenty of refreshments! We made our farewells at 5.15pm after spending a delightful day.

An Saturday 14th October 1989 the Branch held its main event of the year, the Annual Dinner/Dance at the Unicorn Hotel, Prince Street, Bristol, with only 80 members and friends attending on this occasion. Our Guest of Honour was Brigadier MDK Dauncey DSO; DL; late of he Cheshire Regiment accompanied by his wife, who proved to be a good speaker relating his connection with the Regiment. Representing the Regiment and the Association was Major Oliver Bartrum who is also a Vice-President of the Branch. He was accompanied by his wife and gave a very informative account of both Battalions and the Association.

We were privileged  to have in our midst Mrs Mary Ray and he daughter Debra, the mother of Cpl John Ray of the 1st Battalion who was tragically injured with two other Guardsmen whilst on field exercise in Canada in July of this year.

During the evening a presentation was made by our President of the Skittles Shield for the Highest Average to Peter Jeynes on behalf of Phil Hill who could not be present. The dinner was also attended by serving members of the 2nd Battalion, and many other Household Regiments. The evening proved to be a great success.

Sadly, I regret to report the deaths of the following members: - 25526 A Diamond; 2613125 D Aldred; and 2622197 GW Kirkham MBE, to all the families we send our heartfelt sympathy.

Our welfare cases seem to be gathering momentum with several members not enjoying the best of health, we wish them all a speedy recovery back to duties.

Finally, my thanks to all concerned at Regimental Headquarters for their help. Also to my President, Chairman and Committee for their sincere back-up throughout the year making my job that more satisfying.