Annual Report published in the Gazette 2010 Issue No. 33

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

VICE PRESIDENTS: Lt Col The Lord Wigram, MC: Lt Col ET Bolitho MBE; Lt Col P.E. Hills FLCM, psm; Lt Col LCA Ranson, TD; Maj JA Sandison, MBE, QMG; Capt JW Walker; DT Griffiths Esq; J Frost Esq.


SECRETARY: Mr M Allen, 51 Vowles Close, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PP Tel. (07500) 822519




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

The past twelve months has seen the Bristol Branch continue to grow in strength. The Branch AGM in March was dominated by the resignation of the Branch Secretary John Morgan; due to 'family commitments'. This heralded a change of hierarchy for the Bristol Branch. The Branch Chairman Matthew Allen, gallantly offered his services to fill the now vacant secretary's position, he was duly elected. Keith Jones, a branch stalwart of many years standing, was elected to the vacant post of chairman. Tony Lock, another long standing stalwart, volunteered his services as treasurer and was duly elected to the post.

My thanks go to Keith & Tony for stepping into the breach and for all of your valuable help during my inaugural years as Branch Secretary.

The Branch extends its thanks and very best wishes to John Morgan and his wife Anita, for all their selfless attention to Branch affairs during John's reign as Secretary. We are delighted to hear the news that the Morgan household now resounds to the patter of tiny drill boots.

The 17th May saw over 30 Branch members make the trip up the M4 for Regimental Remembrance Day, I am pleased to say that the number of Branch members making this trip was considerably up on recent years. The 21st June saw a full coach of Bristol members take to the M4 again, heading for Wellington Barracks for Grenadier Day. Sales of the Branch cider were brisk indeed, and for the first time in many years, we sold all the cider we had taken. The 'sell out' was assisted in no small part by some members of the Regiment who took it upon themselves to ensure that we returned to Bristol with empty Cider barrels. A gallant effort, but the exercise did leave a few younger Guardsmen looking a little the worse for wear. The television raffle attracted considerable interest and we sold a good number of tickets. The television was won by our own Branch member Tony Jones, so it seems that the TV was destined to return to Bristol with us.

Numbers attending the monthly Branch Meetings are slowly increasing with some Branch members that we have not seen for a while, returning to the fold, and one or two new members who have started to attend, All are most welcome.

It is my sad duty to report the passing of the following Bristol Branch Members:

2623708 Henry Diamond; 2616355 Vic Cole; 23129448 Edward Stanley Ward; 23180835 Michael Henry Wells