Annual Report published in the Gazette 2002 Issue No 25

PRESIDENT: Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter KCVO., OBE.      

CHAIRMAN: K. Smith

TREASURER: P.J. Shelbourne BEM

HON. SECRETARY: A.F. Lock 14, Birdwell Road, Long Ashton, Bristol BS1 9BA. Tel: (01275) 393484.

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 and August.

THE last twelve months have not been particularly busy for the Branch, as activities have followed the same pattern as previous years. In spite of a few minor problems, our website is now up and running and can be seen at: www.grenadiersbristol.org Now replaced with: - www.bristolgrenadiers.org

We once again accepted an invitation to take part in the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in November 2000 at the Colston Hall, Bristol. The following week several members took part in the Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph, Bristol City Centre. Our Vice Chairman Keith Smith, marshalled the ex-serviceman and Dennis Griffiths our Chairman, laid a wreath o behalf of the Branch.

In December we attended the Household Division dinner and dance splendidly organised by the Bristol Branch Coldstreamers Association. Fifteen members and their wives attended and enjoyed a wonderful evening. At the time of writing, we are in the final planning stages for our annual dinner in November 2001 at Beachley Barracks, Chepstow.

Our Annual General Meeting on 19th March 2001 saw many important changes. Major General Sir Evelyn Webb Carter, KCVO., OBE was appointed President, taking over from Captain J.W.H. Buxton, on his move to London. Our new President is no stranger to us as he has been associated and involved with the Branch for many years. Keith Smith was appointed Chairman from Dennis Griffiths.

Thirty members, wives and friends attended the Regimental Remembrance Day service at Wellington Barracks later in May. An increase in our numbers was very encouraging and we hope to continue attending this important event for many years to come.

On 24th June twenty-eight members met at a local hostelry for Sunday Lunch. We hope that this will become a regular event once a more suitable venue, nearer to Bristol, is found.

At the end of June, John Crosbie, led a four-man team taking part in an Assault Course Challenge in aid of Cancer Research at Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster. The team came a creditable sixth out of twenty teams and the committee presented a cheque for over 400 to the charity.

Two coaches travelled to Pirbright for Grenadier Day in July. In spite of what appeared to be fewer people attending, and some inclement weather, our cider stall proved to be very popular and pulled in the crowds. Competition from other Branches has increased, but in spite of this, only a small amount of cider was returned to Bristol. Our "Younger Members Team" most of whom still have 20/20 vision, excelled themselves by coming a close second to the Medway Branch in the Boyton Cup Shoot. A most rewarding day for the branch.

It is my sad duty to report the deaths of: 2333103 E. Greening; 2612413 F. Holloway; 2622696 G.J. Kirk; 2613969 A.J. Shephard and 22216655 W.E. Wagner.

On a happier note we welcome new members: 22032295 L. Allen; 22602857 M. Chapman; 2612074 F. Date; 22213405 W. Loud; 22955253 T.J. Parker; 23928652 C. Quinlan and 23509830 D.C. Scolding.

Finally, I would like to thank all members and ladies of the Branch for their support throughout the year.