Portland Present Cheque to Sea Cadets
The funds were raised through the Portland Royal Naval Association assisted by the grants committee of Number 4 area of the RNA, South west Flotilla. 

The £400 will go a small way to help the Portland Sea Cadets pay for the 2018 berthing fees (circa £1200) at the Weymouth and Portland sailing center where they learn to sail and become instructors in their own right.

photo by Maureen Sherren

Chard Christmas Buffet 2017 [envira-gallery id=”1475″]

Members of the Chard branch broke with tradition this year when they held a Christmas Buffet at their base in the Chard Rugby Football Club.
It was unfortunate that the numbers attending were down for this occasion due to the dreaded coughs, colds and stomach complaints that appear to be doing their rounds in the area, however those attending were entertained by husband and wife team S/mates Chris and Anne Trustcott who held two very thought producing Xmas quizzes whilst seasonal music played in the background.
The ‘Girls Ahoy team’ S/mates Sherilyn James and Helen Day played their usual blinder selling raffle tickets with the caller being our chair S/m Malcolm Day.
All attending were suitably impressed with the seasonal buffet supplied by a lovely lady on the Rugby club’s catering committee.
The evening was rounded off when S/mates Paula Moon and Mags Asprey posed for a photograph in front of the tree wishing all members of the RNA a Merry Christmas and best wishes to all for the New Year.
Images write up by S/M Dick Moon


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Ten local clients were organised by Shipmate Richard Gray webmaster of the Portland branch. Clients from Dorchester, Christchurch and Portland gathered for a very enthusiastic learning session lasting some two hours on Saturday morning 9th December. Training staff from Plymouth and Hampshire provided the expertise required to encourage the students and develop their iPAD skills.

Photos by Shipmates Dan Sherren & Richard Gray

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On Monday 27th November 8 Shipmates of Ferndown Branch accepted an invitation to visit and take part in a Tour of Parliament Buildings from their local Member Mr Chris Chope.

photo by Bob Stanyard

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Over 80 honoured guests and Shipmates were mustered for a reception at 1900 and welcomed the top table in our normal generous fashion. Branch President Shipmate Roy Lovell and Chairman Malcolm Day welcomed everyone and set the scene for the evening. Number 4 area Chaplain Geoffrey Walsh offered Nelson’s Grace and a very fine dinner was served.
The President of Number 4 area Shipmate David White MBE. MSM, who was accompanied by his wife Monica, gave a very informative after dinner speech.
The Loyal Toast was offered by Commodore David Pond, patron of the Chard Branch.
There followed presentations, flowers for the Ladies and various gifts to the other guests. Shipmate Dan Sherren, the Portland branch Chairman asked Charles H Thompson BEM to present a 30th anniversary gift of an engraved glass rose bowl from the Portland Branch to the President of Chard Branch.
The entertainment, raffles and splicing of the Main brace were highlights of the very well organised evening.
Finally, proceedings were brought to a close with the last Waltz, a hymn – The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Over, followed by a Royal Marines Sunset and Pipe Down.
The following day Chard Branch members and some of the guests from the previous evening attended the annual Trafalgar church service at St Thomas’ Church, Cricket St Thomas, during which two Standards were paraded (Chard Branch and Redruth). Following the service those attending relocated to the nearby Cricket St Thomas Golf Club for refreshments prior to departing to their various destinations.

Photos by
Shipmate Dick Moon Chard PRO

Report by 
Shipmate Dan Sherren Number 4 Area PRO


Area Meeting Portland September 2017 [envira-gallery id=”1015″]

The Portland Branch of the Royal Naval Association hosted the September 2017 No. 4 Area meeting at the Conservative Club Easton on the Royal Manor of Portland.

Chief Petty Officer Ernest Pitcher VC [envira-gallery id=”960″]

We mustered at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Swanage. Sunday 13th August 2017.
Eleven Standards representing a variety of organisations from all over the South and South West of England attended a Service to mark the centenary of the action on 8th August 1917 by Q-5 Dunraven, also known as HMS Farnborough and to honour the memory of Chief Petty Officer Ernest Pitcher VC, DSM, Medaille Militaire, Croix de Guerre.
And those with whom he served.

The standards were very well supported by attendance of family, friends and Shipmates from No. 4 Area of the RNA. Following the service we moved across to Northbrook Cemetery to pay heart felt tributes at the grave sites of CPO Pitcher and other Naval ratings, one of which was that of a boy seaman, only 15 years of age.

Also images from the grave of a 32 year old Stoker 1st class that Ben and Vaughan were at for the Last Post while I was at the 15 year old’s grave.

A very worthwhile undertaking by everyone, especially so those that travelled all the way up from Cornwall.

photographs by Carol Nelson and Maureen Sherren

Yours Aye
Dan Sherren MSM
No. 4 Area PRO


Admiral Alec Weir Memorial Croquet Match 2017 [envira-gallery id=”915″]

Royal Naval Association No 4 Area branches from Bodmin, Bude, Delabole, Launceston, Liskeard and St Austell mustered at Pencarrow House Cornwall the Home of the Molesworth-St. Aubyn Family on Sunday 6th of August for the annual croquet contest.
The Chairman of No.4 Area Shipmate Ron Burdekin and Ann Weir the widow of Admiral Alec was pleased to see and chat to the 50 ish Shipmates who attended the afternoon which was organised by Delabole Branch. A super day out was enjoyed in the grounds of Pencarrow some partaking of the Cream Teas available in the cafe. With 11 teams competing for the Trophies there was some fierce competition.
Lady Iona Molesworth- St Aubyn kindly agreed to present the trophies to the winners who were Liskeard Branch and to Bodmin who were runners up.

Shipmate Chris Hore 

Portland at Work and Play [envira-gallery id=”909″]

Southwell Street Fayre Portland raising funds, making friends and meeting and greeting potential recruits.
Shipmates have an enjoyable trip to T20 Cricket at Ageas Bowl last Friday.

Shipmate Maureen Sherren
Portland PRO

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Friday 21 July saw a grand turn out for the big 100 years of the WRNS at Greenhill gardens where the floral celebration was on show in the background. It was a very wet day but it did not dampen spirits local RNA and Merchant Navy associations were present and correct. Local MP Richard Drax and the Weymouth town mayor braved the torrential rain to support this very special event.
Shipmate Maureen Sherran gathered Pat Hudson from her operation’s recovery and also braved the elements!

by Shipmate Dan Sherren
Area PRO

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Absolutely superb Sea Sunday parade on 16th July 2017 in Falmouth led by HM Band of the Royal Marines, FO Plymouth.
Many thanks to both the Standards and Shipmates from other Branches attending

Shipmate Mick Stevens

Chard RNA Hold Sea Sunday Service for Mission to Sea Farers [envira-gallery id=”851″]

Images by Sm Dick Moon
Image 4655e L-R Shipmates Mike Kirkland, Paula Moon,Gary Pennells, Sherilyn James, Roy Lovell, Malcolm Day, Helen Day, Jim James, John Cope and Liz Cable

Bodmin Branch BBQ 2017 [envira-gallery id=”815″]

A great time had by all at the Frost place, and a few games of croquet were played. 
This seemed a good idea, as a practice before engaging in the Admiral Alec Weir Memorial croquet tournament being held at Pencarrow House on Sunday the  6th of August.


Portland Branch visit Central Office


Portland branch had a very enjoyable visit to the Central Office last week, very well hosted by Paul Quinn, Andy and Nigel who made every effort to ensure our day went smoothly. We would like to return when the QE2 arrives.

 Dan Sherren MSM Branch Chairman


Chard branch visit HMS Somerset 2017[envira-gallery id=”741″]

Friday the 16th June 2017 saw seven members of Chard branch Royal Naval Association travel to Avonmouth Docks for a visit aboard their affiliated Royal Naval ship, HMS Somerset.
They were quests of the Captain, Commander Tim Berry and his most welcoming crew.
Sm Dick Moon
Chard PRO

4312e HMS Somerset looking great alongside Avonmouth Docks.

4333e Rear L-R Shipmate Dick Moon, Commander Tim Berry RN captain of HMS Somerset.
Front L-R Shipmates Mike Kirkland, Roy Lovell, Helen Day, Paula Moon, David Asprey, Malcolm Day.
4325e Bridge look outs! L-R Shipmates Roy Lovell, Mike Kirkland, Malcolm Day, David Asprey
4331 ‘Sunset Sir’
4335e Front Shipmate Roy Lovell leading off all shipmates for return trip home.
All images supplied by Sm Dick Moon.

Weymouth Veterans Parade 2017[envira-gallery id=”733″]

Our No.4 Area members were out in force on a very hot day in Weymouth attending the 2017 Veterans Parade. Standards led by our own Area Standard bearer Ben Cartwright were paraded along the seafront with much applaud from the huge crowds. The five bands attending were magnificent helping to keep everyone in step for the long march to the Pavilion in brilliant sunshine.
Dan Sherren
Area PRO

Portland Branch remember HMS Sidon 2017

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Friday saw an annual gathering of Naval veterans at the Heights on Portland to remember those who lost their lives when a torpedo exploded below decks whilst the submarine HMS Sidon was alongside in Portland harbour on that fateful day on 1955.
Maureen Sherren
Portland RNA

Portland Branch visit HMS Portland 2017

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Wednesday 14 June saw four shipmates from Portland and one from Bridport visit HMS Portland 

HMS Duncan RCD at Portland June 2017

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Photos by Shipmate Dan Sherren

Shipmates Saturday night out on Portland for members of the Portland and Dorchester branches when we visited HMS Duncan the latest of the type 45 destroyers to enter the Fleet.

Not Forgotten Association Garden Party May 2017

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Photos by Shipmate Dan Sherren

Launceston Branch Sunday social gathering May 2017

Launceston Branch held an RNA Lunch at the Kings Head on 07 May 2017.  A good time was had by all at this Sunday lunch, food was great and plentiful and as you can see,all our shipmates went home happy and satisfied.)Thank you to all who attended.

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 The photos by Shipmate Nigel Riley show them the Shipmates in full on ‘Luncheon Mode’

Area Meeting Ferndown 2017
Photos by Shipmate Dan Sherren

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Area Reunion images 2017
Photos by Shipmate Tony Amos Ferndown Branch

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Royal Marine Band Concert Frome Branch

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Area Reunion 2017
Photos by Shipmate Dick Moon Chard

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Awards from Area Reunion 2017
Photos by Shipmate Dick Moon Chard

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Area Reunion 2017
Photos by Dan Sherren

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Standard Bearers Competitions   Sunday 26th February 2017

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Area meeting and AGM at Weymouth 2017

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Area meeting Bodmin 2016

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