Future Area Meeting Venues

18th January 2020          Dorchester  ( AGM)
16th May 2020                Plymouth
12th September 2020     Portland            

Area Committee and No4 Area Meeting and AGM at Dorchester Branch

Dorchester Trinity Club, 38 Trinity Street, Dorchester DT1 1TT
on Saturday 18 January 2020

Dear Shipmates,

The Dorchester Branch will be hosting the Area AGM and January Meeting on Saturday 18 January 2020.  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 marked as building number 11 on the enclosed map of Dorchester.  (Note there are two cinemas and hence two number 11’s!  I am referring to the one 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 1330 and be followed by the January Area meeting.  Tea and stickies will be served after the meeting.

            Lunch will not be available in the Trinity Club but there are many good places to eat in Dorchester including the Brewery Square complex off Weymouth Avenue, just north of the Dorchester South Railway Station.  (The other number 11 on the map of Dorchester)  A number of eateries, retail units, the Premier Inn and the Odeon Cinema are open for business.  A list of places to eat is enclosed with this letter.

If you require accommodation please contact the Dorchester Tourist Information Centre.  There is a link to the centre on the West Dorset District Council’s Tourism Website – http://www.westdorset.com/site/tourist-information-centres.  The centre’s e-mail address is Dorchester.tic@westdorset-dc.gov.uk.  The Centre’s postal address is Dorchester Tourist Information Centre, Dorchester Library and Learning Centre, Dorchester DT1 1EE and the telephone number is Tel: 01305 267992.  A short list of accommodation is included with this letter.

Long stay car parks are £4.00 for all day; short stay car parks are £4.00 for 4 hours and then £4.00 per each additional hour (This is an increase since the last time we hosted a meeting). Long stay car parks are shown on the map of Dorchester by a white ‘P’ in a black square.  One is off the Bridport Road close to the Top o’ th’ Town roundabout and the other is off Weymouth Avenue just south of Brewery Square.

Please confirm by contacting the Branch Secretary. The number of shipmates attending the Area meeting. The number of ‘Tea and Stickies’ required. 
Or a nil return – by post or e-mail – by 28 December 2019 would be appreciated.

Yours Aye
Roy Dean

Hon Secretary
Dorchester RNA                                            
34 Yalbury Lane                                             
Dorchester DT2 8XR                         


A copy of Dorchester’s letter may be downloaded here

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

No4 Area Memorandums refer to these in times of need and keep brushed up on Area rules and regulations

Eating and Accommodation in Dorchester


            There are many reasonably priced places to eat in Dorchester including a number of popular restaurants and cafes in the Brewery Square development. These are Brewhouse and Kitchen (Brewing Pub), Café Paninis, Carluccio’s (Italian), Costa Coffee, Côte Brasserie (French Bistro), Nandos (Portuguese), Pizza Express, The Kitchen Bar @ Premier Inn, Simon’s Delicatessen, Vivo Lounge (Café Bar), Wagamama (Japanese) and Zizzi’s Ristorante (Italian).

            Favourites with some of the Dorchester members are the Royal Oak (a Weatherspoon’s Pub) and the Old Ship Inn (reputedly the oldest pub in Dorchester) in High Street West (near building number 6 on the Dorchester street map) and the Junction Hotel at the junction of Trinity Street and Great Western Avenue; all offer good food at reasonable prices.

            There are also a number of places to eat in the pedestrianised South Street (Parallel to Trinity Street) including very popular cafes in both Gould Stores.


            There are not many hotels in Dorchester but the Brewery Site has a Premier Inn.  Room only charges for a two-night stay on Friday and Saturday are currently:

            Premier Non-Flex – £78.50 – pre-pay, no amends or refunds

            Premier Semi-Flex – £92.00 – pre-pay, amend or cancel up to 14 days before arrival

            Premier Flex – £122 –            pay on arrival, amend or cancel up to 1pm on day of arrival

For a single night the current prices for one or two adults are:

            Premier Non-Flex – Friday £34, Saturday £44.50 –    pre-pay, no amends or refunds

            Premier Semi-Flex – Friday £40, Saturday £52 –       pre-pay, amend or cancel up to 14 days before arrival

            Premier Flex – Friday £53, Saturday £69 –   pay on arrival, amend or cancel up to 1pm on day of arrival

            The Kings Arms Hotel in High East Street is still closed for refurbishment.  There are also a number of pubs and Guesthouses in the area.  A full list can be obtained by contacting Dorchester Tourist Information Centre whose details are given in the letter.

            Some that have been used and have been recommended are the Aquila Heights B&B Guest House (44 Maiden Castle Rd, Dorchester DT1 2ES; 01305 267145), The Junction Hotel (Great Western Rd, Dorchester DT1 1RZ; 01305 755000) and Beggar’s Knap (2 Weymouth Ave, Dorchester DT1 1QS; 01305 268191 opposite The Junction).

Annual Croquet match Sunday 7th July

The Croquet has been arranged for Sunday 7th July. 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

Falmouth Sea Sunday Sunday 21 July

Falmouth Branch of the Royal Naval Association would like to invite you to join them for the annual Sea Sunday parade, church service and reception on Sunday 21 July 2019.
The Parade with Standards will form on The Moor at 10.20hrs and everyone is welcome.  After the church service the Parade will reform and return to The Moor for the march past and salute, followed by a reception to be held in the newly refurbished Civic Office Reception Suite.
Please note the change of route
The Branch very much hopes you will be able to attend.

RSVP by 30 June 2019
Mrs Carol Wright, Hon Secretary, Falmouth RNA
17 Bohelland Rise, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 8DS


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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