Annual Report published in the Gazette 2006 Issue No. 29

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

CHAIRMAN: K Smith

SECRETARY: A. James

TREASURER: P.J. Shelbourne

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.

Yet another busy year for the Branch with many and varied events taking place throughout the year.

Our Annual Dinner was held again, at the splendid Jury's Hotel, in the heart of Bristol on 27th November. The guest speaker was Colonel E.H. Houston OBE who was always in good form. Nearly100 Grenadiers and partners were in attendance. All had a fantastic night of wining and dining.

Thirty members of the Branch attended the Household Division dinner at the Staple Hill Royal British Legion. The Branch make up the largest attendance at the dinner, and it was a great way to mix, and make friends with other members of the Division.

On March 21st, the Branch held the annual General Meeting at the Kingswood Royal British Legion, there was a good turnout of 40 members. In may we provided a coach for Black Sunday, turnout was down this year but hose that did attend thought it was a good day of remembrance.

On 20th May, the Sandbag Club held a ten pin bowling competition at the Hollywood Bowl in Avonmead. Twenty young ones, with wives and girl friends attended. The winner of the Men's team was Gary Chandler, and the Women's team was Keena Smith. The night was such a great success, plans were made to have another meeting, but as a Christmas event.

Grenadier Day was a great day, we took one full coach of member's family and friends. Our most famous Thatcher's Cider stall dong a roaring grade, almost running out of the amber nectar at the end of the day. The Boyton Cup Shooting team was unable to retain the cup for the third year, it was a closely run match. We only lost the match by 2 points to the Medway Branch. Training is already in progress for the return match.

On Saturday 2nd July, ten members of the Branch, including Lord Wigram and the Branch President, Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter KCVO., OBE, were invited to attend the VE Day Commemorative Service at Bristol Cathedral. Four members of Nijmegen Company were also invited and turned up in Tunic & Bearskin.

I conclude, that the Bristol Branch will always be at the forefront of modernisation, but continue to be ever mindful of our history and traditions, always striving to appeal to the Serving and ex-Grenadiers, wherever they are "Once a Grenadier"

 

Bristol Branch VE Day 2005