Annual Report published in the Gazette 2008 Issue No. 31

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

CHAIRMAN: Mr P Lawday

SECRETARY: John Morgan

TREASURER: Mr A Jones

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

Well, what another busy year for all those Grenadiers living in the West Country.

This report begins with the Branch Annual Dinner, which was again held at the BAWA Club on Saturday 14th October 2006. The Branch was very fortunate to secure the services of Colonel E.H. Houston OBE for a second time. One hundred members with family and friends joined us for a memorable evening, with the entertainment being provided by the Parkway Big Dance Band.

The City of Bristol Remembrance Parade was the next major event in which the Branch took part. Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter led some thirty members of the Branch and four Guardsmen from Nijmegen Company through the streets of Bristol. The Guards Division Corps of Drums Association led the parade and were greatly admired by all who took part.

On Friday 8th December 2006, some 34 members of the Branch attended the Household Division Dinner and Dance at the Royal British Legion in Staple Hill, a truly memorable evening had by all who attended.

On Saturday 16th December 2006, the Branch held its first "Hanging the Brick" ceremony, at The Guardsman public house in St Phillips. Gerry Murphy & John Morgan, both being ex-2nd Battalion Drummers, provided the music for the event. Nearly 50 members participated in fancy dress, with the award for the best dressed going to Wyatt Earp & Tom Gray. Jason Dando had the honour of reading the scroll in a somewhat packed pub, being swayed and rocked on his ladder by Keith Smith & Paul Lawday.

The next major event was the Annual General Meeting at the Royal British Legion in Staple Hill on Monday 5th March 2007.

On Sunday 20th May some 36 members made the trip down the M4 for Regimental Remembrance Day.

Early preparation then took place for Grenadier Day, which the Branch attended in some force. Once again our world famous Somerset Cider was a great success, generating much needed funds for the Branch. We unfortunately failed in our attempt to win the Boyton Cup, I believe this was down to the questions posed on the Regimental History Challenge, more than down to the range?

The shock of the year came when our Chairman Keith Smith, announced that he would be leaving the Branch to concentrate on a new career away from Bristol. Keith has been our Chairman for some nine years and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. We would like to thank Keith for all his hard work in that time and offer him our best wishes for the future.