Annual Report published in the Gazette 1998 - Issue No. 21

PRESIDENT: Captain J.W.H. Buxton

CHAIRMAN: J.T. Griffiths

TREASURER: P.J. Shelbourne BEM

HON. SECRETARY: A.F. Lock

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 except August.

ONCE again the Branch has enjoyed a very active year. We ended 1996 with 30 Grenadiers, ladies and guests attending the Household Division Dinner and Dance at the Staple Hill British Legion Club, Bristol, by kind invitation of the Bristol Branch Coldstream Guards Association. As always this was a great success and we all enjoyed the evening.

In May the Branch turned out in force for Regimental Remembrance Day at Wellington B arracks. The sun shone and once again it was a wonderful day.

We took two coaches to Grenadier Day at Pirbright in July where our cider stall proved so popular that we sold out in record time. Thank you to all who supported us. Brian Barrington, a  long service member of the Branch, kindly donated one of his paintings, "The Thin Red Line", to be raffled in aid of Branch funds. Brian served in the 2nd Bn of the Regiment from 1947 to 1949. After leaving the Regiment he joined the Bristol Branch and became a very active and respected committee member. His son Tom, served with the Queen's Company for 3 years in the 1980s. Brian now lives in retirement with his wife Carol at Sidmouth and has taken up painting as therapy for his arthritic hands. The winning ticket was bought by Mrs M Cartain of Guilford and was presented with the painting by the Lieutenant Colonel, Major General E.J. Webb-Carter, OBE. Once again the Boyton Cup eluded us but we shall be back again next year for another shot.

(A photo of the presentation was displayed here but the scan was not able to reproduce it)

A fortnight later 38 members, ladies and friends visited the Tower of London at the kind invitation of Yeoman Warder Ray Sanders-Crook. We were treated to a guided tour of the grounds and a commentary by Ray which had us all in stitches. Later we were invited to join Ray and his wife Maureen at the Yeoman Warder's Club for a few beers and an excellent buffet. Afterwards we were privileged to watch yhe" Ceremony of the Keys" and then back to the bar for a nightcap. A big thank-you to Ray, and then home to Bristol after a most entertaining day.

Sunday lunches still ;prove to be popular with members, so much so that 50 members, wives and friends travelled by coach to Laburnham House, Highbridge in October for a very enjoyable meal which was followed by a game of skittles.

We welcome the following new members:

22668041 R. Crew; 2628538 S. Harris; 24902271 D. Hill; 2612413 F. Holloway; 2626845 H. Pepall; 24820058 D. Thomas; 25050786 Gdsm S. Brooks; 25037052 Gdsm R. Hall; 25052658 Gdsm B. Hilyer; and 25036908 Gdsm A Parker.

OBITUARY:

Sadly, I have to report the death of three members this year: 2610523 (V) F.B. Theabald; 2615052 (V) M. Gape and J. Gerrans (Hon. Member)

Finally, I would like to thank m y President, Chairman and Committee for their help, and to members for support during the year and to all at Regimental Headquarters for their guidance.