Annual Report published in the Gazette 2003 Issue No 26

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

CHAIRMAN: K. Smith

TREASURER: P.J. Shelbourne BEM

HON. SECRETARY: A. James

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.

WE would like to open our annual report by thanking the outgoing Secretary Tony Lock, for all his hard work over the past few years. This year has been a good year, and also a busy one. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman represented us at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Colston Hall, Bristol. The following Sunday there was good turnout from the Branch for the annual service where a wreath was laid on behalf of the Regiment.

The Annual Dinner was held at Beachley Barracks on 17th November 2002.An excellent evening enjoyed by all members. On 5th December 2001 many of our members attended the Household Division Dinner at the RBL Club, Staple Hill.

The AGM was held on 18rh March 2002, with, as always a good turnout of members. Tony Lock stood down as Secretary, with Alan James being elected. We were able take over thirty members to the Regiment Remembrance Day Service and Parade.

We held a Sunday lunch in Piling, attended by thirty members. On Grenadier Day we managed to fill two coaches and our usual cider stall was complemented by a Grand Draw of Bristol Blue Glass, donated by the family of a member, to commemorate Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee. The winning ticket, drawn by Colonel E.T. Bolitho, OBE, went to our own Keith Jones.

It was around this time that we were informed that the Laying-up of the 2nd Battalion Colours would take place in Bristol. The committee sprung into action and invitations were sent out. The Bath and Cheltenham Branches provided members for a marching detachment and on 19th September 2002 we all met in Queens Square for the march and service in Bristol Cathedral. The whole day was a magnificent success.

Membership is on the up and we are at the moment actively recruiting younger members by using the local press to advertise our monthly meetings and our own web-site which is constantly updated.