Annual Report published in the Gazette 1994 Issue No 17

PRESIDENT: Captain J.W.H. Buxton

CHAIRMAN: G. George Esq.

HON. SECRETARY: J. Roach, "Grenadean" 21, Somerset Avenue North Yate (0454-317726)

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.

ONCE again it gives me great pleasure to submit my Annual Report  for 1993. The Branch continues to thrive with many new members joining our ranks. In March we held our Annual General Meeting, and once again we saw a change of Chairman from John Crosbie to Graham George. John is standing down because he agreed to fill this post for one year. We thank him for his valuable service to the Branch, and welcome Graham. Although an Irish Guards, we have always regarded him to be a Grenadier because of his long standing support to he Branch. We wish him well in this post. We also saw a change of Treasurer from John Thomas to Phil Shelbourn BEM, John having to stand down through work commitment. We thank him for his services to the Branch and extend a warm welcome to Phil.

Throughout the year members have responded well to all regular events, especially Grenadier Day, where once again our Cider Stall proved to be a great success, making a handsome profit towards Branch funds. Unfortunately we were not able to bring away the Boyton Cup, better luck next time.

On Sunday 26th September 1993 Members of the Branch were given an invitation for a night out with No 1 Company and the Corps of Drums of the 2nd Battalion, who were staying at Azimghur Barracks, Colerne, Wiltshire during their Regimental 'Look at Life' KAPE Tour of the West Country. This was an excellent night out, both for Members of the Branch and the Regiment. We give our sincere thanks to Major J.P.W. Gatehouse for the arrangements.

On Sunday 11th December 1993, an invitation was extended to our Branch of the Bristol Branch Coldstream Guards Association to join them at a Household Division Dinner/Dance being held at the Civil Service Club, Filton, Bristol. It was decided to hold this event because of dwindling numbers attending both Regimental Dinners. a most successful evening with 41 members of the Branch, including other members of the Household Division attending.

Welfare. This seems to be on the increase, and has to be the first priority for the Branch.

Obituary. We see the passing of the following fine Grenadiers: 2618009 J. Strong; 2609473 A.F. Smith; 2611869 L. Abbott; and 2614279 J. Hackling, A sad loss to the Branch.

Finally my thanks to the President, Chairman and Committee for their great support throughout the year, also to the Regimental Headquarters Staff for their helpful advice.