Annual Report published in the Gazette 1998 - Issue No. 22

PRESIDENT: Captain J.W.H. Buxton

CHAIRMAN: J. 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.

ANOTHER year has passed and the Branch has had a good year in many respects. Meetings have not been well attended although there has been a good turnout for Regimental events.

In December the Branch was invited to join the Bristol Branch of the Coldstream Association for their Household Division Dinner and Dance. A party of members and their wives were joined by the Lieutenant Colonel and thoroughly enjoyed the evening which was a great success and so we hope this event will continue for many years.

Early in May, not to be outdone by the Coldstreamers Association, our Branch held a dinner at the Sergeants Mess, Beachley Barracks, Chepstow. The dinner was held by kind permission of RSM Watkins 1st Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was organised by Keith Smith our Vice-Chairman. It was well attended. Once again we were honoured to have the Lieutenant Colonel as our Guest of Honour, The military setting made the barracks an ideal venue for the occasion and thanks to a very efficient Mess Staff, the dinner was one of the best we have held for many years and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Although numbers were down on last year, two weeks later we ran a coach to Wellington Barracks for Regimental Remembrance Day. Those who did not attend missed a memorable occasion and also the opportunity to meet old friends.

In June several members joined with the Coldstream and Scots Guards Associations for a visit to Malaya on the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Malaya emergency. A special service of remembrance was held at God's Little Acre. They also visited Cheras Road Cemetery, Kuala Lumpar where Association wreaths were laid at the graves of fallen comrades.

In July we had enough support to run two full coaches to Pirbright for Grenadier Day. The Branch Cider Stall once again proved very successful and due to the good weather and some thirsty members we completely sold out before the end of the afternoon, making it a very profitable day for the Branch. For various reasons the Branch did not take part in the Boyton Cup Shoot but we shall be submitting teams again next year.

In  October a group of members, wives and friends visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea by kind invitation of Sergeant Major Bob Appleby MBE. We were given an afternoon guided tour of the Hospital which was both informative and interesting. During the evening we were entertained in the Pensioners Club where we were fed, and watered before leaving for home after a very enjoyable day.

Sadly I have to report the deaths of the following members since my last report:

2623415 (V) A.EW. (Alfie) Chidgey; 22545070 P.T. Derrick; 23252133 (V) S.A. (Duggie) Wakefield; 19113998 B. Barrington and 2611599 (V) J. Goddard. In all cases the Branch was represented at their funerals and an Association wreath was laid.

Finally my thanks go to all Officers and Committee members, also our ladies for their support throughout the year and Regimental Headquarters for their helpful advice.