Annual Report published in the Gazette 2000 Issue No. 23

PRESIDENT: Captain J.W.H. Buxton

CHAIRMAN: J. T. Griffiths

TREASURER: P.J. Shellbourne 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 March & August.

WE welcome the following new members to the Branch: 23391595 R. Hudson (Ex Worcester Branch); 24593718 G. Cooke; 24370632 A Dane and 2615644 D. Mckie.

It has been a fairly quiet year for the Branch. We started as usual with the Household Division Dinner which was held in December. Once again this was successfully organised by the Bristol Branch of the Coldstreamers Association. Unfortunately the Lieutenant Colonel was unable to attend but we were delighted  the Lieutenant Colonel The Lord Wigram now recovered from a recent illness, was able to join us.

In spite of poor attendances at meetings, in May we were able to take a coach to Wellington Barracks for Regimental Remembrance Day. The following week several members made their own way to Worcester to join other branches and serving members of the Regiment to march behind the Regimental Band on the occasion of the Regiment being given the Freedom of The City. The salute was taken by the Lieutenant Colonel which was followed by a service of thanksgiving in the Cathedral and a Band Concert in the evening.

Two full coaches travelled to Pirbright for Grenadier Day in July. The weather was good and all reports I have received have been favourable. The Branch Cider Stall still proved popular but for many reasons was not a sell-out as in previous years. Nevertheless, all our customers appeared to be very happy as a result of their purchases. Several teams took part in the Boyton Cup Shoot without success. The Laser Range was a new experience for most but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyable.

In October a party of members, wives and friends travelled by coach across the new Severn Bridge to Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, Headquarters of the Royal Welsh Regiment, where we held our Branch dinner. We were delighted to have as our guest of honour, the Lieutenant Colonel who was accompanied by his wife, the Hon Celia Webb-Carter and Lieutenant Colonel The Lord Wigram MC, a Life Vice-President of our branch. After a splendid meal in a very appropriate setting, the Lieutenant Colonel brought us up to date with news of the Regiment and their future plans. A very enjoyable evening.

Fortunately, welfare cases have been few this year, but if anyone knows of any member who requires help or a visit, please let me know.

Sadly I have to report the death of the following members: 2619175 (V) S. (Stan) Popham; 2623469 W.A. (Bill) Yerbury; 2612370 (V) J.L. (John) Bowles and 2622746 (V) J. (John) Ball. Our deepest sympathy goes to their wives and families.

Finally, I would like to thank the officers, committee and Branch members and ladies for their help and support during the year and to Association Headquarters for their advice.