Annual Report published in the Gazette 2005 Issue No 28

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.

This year has been a good one for the branch and also a busy one. The Secretary and Vice Chairman represented the Branch at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at Colston Hall, Bristol. The following Sunday, a good turnout of Grenadiers led the way for the ex-servicemen. Alan James laid the Wreath on behalf of the Branch.

The Annual Dinner was held at Jury's Hotel on 2nd November 2003 all had an excellent night. The prize draw for a framed picture of the Laying Up of the Colours at Bristol Cathedral was won by Pete Ogden.

On 5th December 2003, thirty members attended the Household Division Dinner at the Royal British Legion, Staple Hill. Grenadiers are now the largest contingent of Guardsmen at the event.

A visit to London Eye and a trip on the Duck Tour (or was it a voyage?) was held on 20th March. After a short time queuing we were flying in the London Eye, what a fantastic view of London. We then had lunch before we next embarked on our Duck Tour. This is a tour by road and river, showing you some of London sites. All members who attended had an excellent day.

The Branch Annual General Meeting was held on 21st March 2004, as always there was a good turn out of members.

For Regimental Remembrance Sunday, we provided one coach. Those who attended said it was a good parade and a fine day.

On Grenadier Day we filled two coaches with members and friends. The Cider stall did a roaring success once again, by the end of the day all the cider was sold out. For the second year running, the Branch also won the Boyton Cup, we entered two teams, one being the young ones and the other the not so young. The winning team was made up by Keith Smith, Alan James, Dave Hills and Adrian Lippiatt.

Membership of the b ranch is on the up, we are, at the moment, actively recruiting younger and dormant Grenadiers back into the Branch, by using the local press to advertise the monthly meetings and our own web-site which is constantly being updated.

The Sandbag Club continues to meet o a regular basis. We now have 44 members regularly attending. This has been achieved by the web site and contact email.

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of the following member: 235509831 E. Saunders.

[There follows a photo of The Branch visit during the DUKW Tour, but its quality is not sufficiently good enough for reproduction here]