Annual Report published in the Gazette 2001 Issue No 24

PRESIDENT: Captain J.W.H. Buxton

CHAIRMAN: J.T. Griffiths

TREASURER: P.J. Shelbourne BEM

HON. SECRETARY: A.F. Lock

MEETINGS: Annual General  at Kingswood and Hanam Royal British Legion, Regent Street, Kingswood, Bristol as notified. Committee meetings Third Monday of each month except March and August.

THERE has been little change in membership or attendance at meetings. The stalwarts of the Branch still carry on in the hope that sooner or later there will be an influx of younger members to relieve them and to rejuvenate the Branch with fresh ideas.

It has been a fairly quiet year and the pattern of events has been much the same as in other years apart from the cancellation of Grenadier Day due to the Regimental Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

In November two members of the Branch took part in the muster at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Colston Hall Bristol, representing the Army Old Comrades Associations. This is an annual invitation that we are always proud to accept. The following weekend several members attended the Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph, Bristol City Centre, where our Chairman Dennis Griffiths laid and Association Wreath.

At their invitation we ended the year by joining the Bristol B ranch Coldstreamers Association for the annual Household Division Dinner and Dance. It was unique in as much that all seven Associations of the Household Division were represented. It was an excellent evening, very much enjoyed by all.

The Branch Annual General Meeting took place in March, but only twenty-six members attended, which is very disappointing when you consider the size of the Branch. Fred Jones, a very good member of the committee for many years stood down and will be greatly missed. Unfortunately Bob Hudson, who had only served on the committee for one year, resigned due to his return to Worcester. Our loss is their gain. In their place Arthur Dane was elected as a committee member and Alan James was elected to the vacant position of Vice-Chairman. A warm welcome is extended to them both.

In the last few years it has become increasingly difficult to get enough support to enable us to hire a coach for Regimental Remembrance Day. This year was no exception, but we felt it would have been unfair to the older members who had attended this important occasion for many years, not to do so. Fortunately, the raffle organised by the ladies, substantially reduced the loss.

Of course the highlight of the year was the Regimental Garden Party at Buckingham Palace top celebrate the 25th anniversary of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's appointment as Colonel of the Regiment. We filled two coaches with regular and quite a number of unfamiliar faces to gather on the lawns of the Palace to join what appeared to be a crowd of thousands in glorious sunshine. Four members and their wives and one other member were presented to Her Majesty The Queen by Branch Vice-President John Frost. All agreed that it was a day to remember.

It is my sad duty to report the death of the following: 2611960 G. Clifford; 2623576 V. Diment; 801334 Ron Farquharson and 2622225 D.E. Llewellin. In all cases the Branch was represented at the funerals. Our sincere condolences go the their families.

In closing, on behalf of the Branch, I would like to thank our ladies for their support and Association HQ for their willingness to help.