Future Area Meeting Venues and Events

Prospective dates and venues of future meetings and events

25th May 2024 Christchurch & District General Meeting 
September Redruth & Camborne provisional




No4 Area Memorandums refer to these in times of need and keep brushed up on Area rules and regulations. The New edition has been updated by Shipmate Ray J Barraclough MSM and approved by the Area Committee.


Area Committee Meeting, and Annual General Meeting and General Meeting

Saturday the 20th January 2024
at 11.00, with the Area 4 Annual General Meeting at 13.00 and General Meeting to follow at 14.00.

The Dorchester Branch will be hosting the Area AGM and January Meeting on Saturday 20 January 2024.  The meeting will be held at the Dorchester Trinity Club, 38 Trinity Street, Dorchester DT1 1TT.  The club is just 20 yards north of the Cinema in Trinity Street.  

The Area Committee meeting starts at 1100 and will be held in the snooker room.  The Area Meeting will be in the ballroom.  You will be able to gain access to the club from 1030 via the ballroom entrance, which will be manned by members of the Dorchester Branch.  The AGM will start at 1300 and be followed by the January Area meeting.  Tea and stickies will be served after the meeting

Long stay car parks cost £3.50 for up to 4 hours and £6 up to 10 hours; short stay car parks are £4.00 for a maximum of 4 hours (no return within 4 hours).  This is an increase since the last time we hosted a meeting. The Top O’ Town car park, is off the Bridport Road close to the Top o’ th’ Town roundabout and another, the Fairfield car park, is off Weymouth Avenue opposite Brewery Square.

 Please confirm that your branch will be represented at the area meeting.by 5 January 2024, to Shipmate Roy Dean, Hon Sec, Dorchester Branch, 34 Yalbury Lane, Crossways, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8XR
email: roydeanxways@hotmail.com Telephone: 01305 853442 Mobile: 07788 892908


particularly if you are ordering pasties.


A Google Map can be found here 

Remember No Names No Tea and Stickies 

For those attending Please bring along your own hard copies of the relevant agendas. (I wish to curtail unnecessary printing)
Shipmate Alan Cox Area Secretary


Sea Sunday Falmouth

Sea Sunday Falmouth will be held on the17th July 2022. The parade will form on the moor at 10.20hrs. The church service – 11.00hrs at King Charles the Martyr Church.
A reception will be held at the civic office reception suite.
rsvp secretaryfalmouthrna@outlook.com
All welcome to attend – Branch members and Standards

We CAN’T always control what happens to us We CAN learn to be resilient

A new, free, online masterclass in resilience exclusively for Somerset military veterans, reserves and their families, including people living with PTSD, launches on Wednesday 29 September.

The inspirational, informative and interesting masterclass is funded by the NHS. Designed and led by Bernard Genge, former Royal Navy medic, trainer, coach and published author, it will help you:

  • Take control of excessive worrying
  • Become more decisive and confident
  • Respond more effectively to challenges
  • Adjust to life outside the military
  • Prepare for the next unpredictable event that comes along.

Reactions and responses will be explored. Practical, easy-to-use tools will be shared that can be very helpful in everyday life. There will be time to reflect and try out new techniques. All in a safe space, with the opportunity to connect with people who have similar experiences.

The course will run fortnightly for around 1.5 hours each time, over a total of 17 sessions. Former service people will be in one group; families in a separate group. It would be really helpful for everyone who signs up to attend the first session as this gets you thinking about how resilient you currently are; thereafter, you can choose to join specific sessions if you wish. Please spread the word to anyone who could benefit.

While in the Royal Navy Bernard served before, during and after the Falklands conflict. Being a medic made him very interested in helping people develop their resilience to cope with challenges. Since then he has run over 100 marathons, completed the ironman triathlon, trekked across the Namib Desert, cycled across Vietnam, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, through Europe and helped build a community school in Tanzania. For the last 13 years he has managed a not-for-private profit social enterprise learning and development company. During the coronavirus pandemic he set up a voluntary phone buddy service for elderly and vulnerable people in his local community.

Bernard looks forward to warmly welcoming you and supporting you to improve your personal resilience.

To book a place on the resilience masterclass:

  • Call the Somerset Recovery College admin team on 07342 063 735

For full course outline and any queries, please email Bernard: bernard.genge@gmail.com

Falmouth Sea Sunday 2021

Falmouth Branch of the Royal Naval Association would like to invite you to join them for the annual Sea Sunday parade and church service on Sunday 19th September 2021.
The Parade with Standards will form on The Moor at 10.20hrs and once the service is over attendees will disperse from the Church.  There will be no pre or post reception on this occasion.

Unfortunately we are restricted with numbers and therefore are unable to accommodate Branch members ‘En-Masse’ but we very much hope your Standard Bearer will be able to attend.
The Branch very much hopes you will be able to attend.

RSVP by 07 September 2021.
Mrs Carol Wright  Hon Secretary Falmouth RNA
17 Bohelland Rise
TR10 8DS

New Address for Central Office (HQ)

For your information Central office has moved from Semaphore Tower the new address is
RNA Central Office, Building 1/087 Scott Road, HM Naval Base Portsmouth PO1 3LU.



           Annual Croquet match Sunday 28th June 2020 CANCELLED

The Croquet has been arranged for Sunday 28th June. It will again be held on the lawn at Pencarrow House near Bodmin, starting we hope at High Noon 1200
Those who attended last year will know that this is a super venue, the Georgian Mansion house and Gardens with Woodland walks owned by the Molesworth-St Aubyn family  is well worth a day out even without the added attraction of playing Croquet on their lawn.

We hope to have Lady Iona to present the trophys again. Last years winners and runners up please don’t forget to return them.

Everyone has to pay a £5 garden entry charge if you would like to visit the house as well the charge will be £10

The Cafe will be open but you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch. We will have a drop of Beer from Rock Brewery on tap and wine will be available at £1 a glass. Please bring your own seating as usual.

Please can you let us know as soon as possible if your Branch will be attending.

Chris Hore for Delabole Branch
email chris@delabole.plus.com

Start rowing as a path to fitness with Veterans of all abilities.

A Service Veterans rowing club in association and supported by veteran members of Devoran Pilot Gig Club and Falmouth RNA.

We are running a series of Novice rowing sessions from Mylor Harbour near Falmouth and you will be welcome to enjoy a social row. We will hold an introductory meeting at Lower Hall, Devoran Village Hall, Quay Road, Devoran. At 18.00 on 22nd May, when you can meet the club members and other novice rowers. Age and disability should not be a barrier. Come along a see for yourself.

Rowing Sessions will be on Thursday evening at 18.15 on the 24th May, 7th June and 21 st June. 

Contact Mike Selwood. mikeselwood@yahoo.com for more information.

Mick Stevens
Falmouth Branch
The Royal Naval Association
Tel: 01326 317410
Mob: 07778 899705


Safeguarding in charities

Following recent events, the Charity Commission would like to remind ALL trustees to take safeguarding extremely seriously. Safeguarding should be a key governance priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

The Charity Commission has four clear expectations of trustees:

  • Provide a safe and trusted environment. Safeguarding involves a duty of care to everyone who comes into contact with your charity, not just vulnerable beneficiaries like children and young people.
  • Set an organisational culture that prioritises safeguarding, so it is safe for people to report incidents and concerns in the knowledge they will be dealt with appropriately.
  • Have adequate safeguarding policies, procedures and measures to protect people and make sure these are made public, reviewed regularly and kept up to date.
  • Handle incidents as they arise. Report them to the relevant authorities including the police and the Charity Commission. Learn from these mistakes and put in place the relevant mechanisms to stop them happening again.

As your regulator, we expect charities to meet these expectations.

Our advice is that you should now:

  • Undertake a thorough review of your charity’s safeguarding governance and management arrangements and performance if you haven’t done so within the last 12 months.
  • Contact the Commission about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not previously been disclosed to the charity regulator.

Our regulatory role is to ensure charities comply with their legal duties, manage any incidents responsibly and take prompt steps to protect the people affected by it. We cannot look after the safety of your people for you and we do not investigate individual incidents for you.

Find more information about what and how to report to the regulator. More information about safeguarding responsibilities for trustees, and the role of the Charity Commission and other regulators, is below:

Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities, regulator reminds trustees

Regulatory alert to charities – safeguarding,

Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities

This is from an email  from the Charity Commission 4th April 2018

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