Annual Report published in the Gazette 2007 Issue No. 30

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


SECRETARY: John Morgan


MEETINGS: Committee meeting will be held on the first Monday of each month at The Royal British Legion, Staple Hill

The twelve months since the last report has seen the Branch have a fantastic 350th Anniversary Year.

The report start with the Branch Annual Dinner again held at the Jury's Hotel on 26th November 2005. Our guest speaker was Colonel E.T. Bolitho OBE. Nearly one hundred members, with family and friends, joined us again for what was an outstanding night of wining and dining. Nearly thirty members attended the Household Division Dinner, at Staple Hill, Royal British Legion. a great night was had, sharing the evening with other members of the Division.

The Annual General Meeting was held on 20th March at Kingswood Royal British Legion, where John Morgan was voted in as the new Branch Secretary. We would like to thank Alan James, the outgoing secretary or his hard work over the last few years; we wish him every success in his new post.

A small contingent from the Branch attended Regimental Remembrance Day, held on 11th June on what was an extremely hot day. Eighty members attended the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, to celebrate the 35oth Anniversary of the Regiment. It was a very hot, sunny day and all agreed that it was a great turnout and a splendid way of meeting up with old friends.

A coach from the Branch made a long journey up the M6 for Grenadier Day at Heaton Park, Manchester. The day was very damp, but despite the rain all members had a good time and again our famous cider stall did a roaring trade, helped by the northerners tasting a real drink from the south! - A small party made the trip to Bruges again, to celebrate the birthplace of our Regiment.

The Sandbag Club is still going strong with meetings held throughout the year, and younger members joining all the time. The Branch, as a whole, is growing in membership and this can be seen by the increase of attendance at Branch Meetings and events. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our new members and thank everyone for their great support over the last year, because without you, we have no Branch.

We will continue to swell our ranks with the help of all members.

The Future's Bright - The Future's Bristol....

Finally, I have to report the sad loss of four Branch members:

 Mr Dennis Coombes - Mr Tom Caswell MM - Mr William Barber - Mr George Gabriel