Future Area Meeting Venues and Events

Prospective dates and venues of future meetings

23rd January 2021. Bridport AGM   and Area Meeting (CANCELLED)
15th May 2021 – Space for volunteer branch
18th September 2021 – Christchurch
15th January 2022 – Bridport

All Dates are subject to inoculation data


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.


Branches Known to have cancelled meetings etc

In line with advice from RNA HQ all Branch Meetings and or social activities have been suspended indefinitely for the following Branches

Portland Branch all meetings and Social after the Area Meeting on 19th September 2020
Delabole Branch all Meetings are conducted on Zoom
Area AGM and Area Meeting 23rd January 2021

UPDATE  No4 Area Meeting at Portland, scheduled for September 19th 2020 CANCELLED

It is with great sadness that i have had to come to a decision to cancel the Area meeting due to be held at Portland on September 19th 2020.
This decision has been made after some very useful input from Senior Area officials and the Portland Branch.

Firstly, there is the situation where many of our members fall into vulnerable category and would be apprehensive about traveling a great distance especially our friends in the far west of the Area.

Secondly and i think the most significant is the uncertainty of the situation at the venue and the restrictions on numbers attending and social distancing regulations., i have spoken to the club steward and he is not very optimistic that this is going to change in the near future, in fact the club has not reopened as yet because of the sanitation and safeguards that have to be completed before opening is permitted.

I must thank those branches and committee members that have already indicated their intentions to attend but i felt that this decision had to be made sooner or later to avoid those who have pre booked accommodation being left out of pocket and are able to cancel their bookings without penalty.

With this in mind would those branches who have indicated their intended attendance please acknowledge receipt of this cancellation notice, then i will know that all are in the picture, I would not like to see delegates turning up because they did not get this notice. I have a list of those who have replied so i can cross check that you are all aware of the situation.

Once again on behalf of Portland RNA i sincerely apologise for this decision but feel deep down that many of you will accept our position.Hopefully these bleak times will soon pass and we can all meet up for the Bridport No 4 Area AGM in January 2021.

Yours aye
S/M Pete Shoesmith
( No 4 Area Deputy Chairman and Portland Branch Delegate)
e-mail petershoesmith318@gmail.com


Portland Branch Area Meeting Cancellation of Social Event

The Area Meeting  to be hosted by Portland Branch on September 19th 2020

It is with heavy heart that we have decided that due to Coronavirus epidemic and the uncertainty of how long it is going to last I have decided to cancel the proposed evening social that we were planning. We have already booked the entertainment and catering for the event so in fairness to these suppliers it is only fair to give them plenty of notice about cancelling, and also in fairness to any delegates that were planning to attend the social, it gives you a chance to cancel any plans that you have regarding accommodation bookings that you were thinking of making.

At the moment we are still hoping to hold the Area meeting but a final decision will be made at the end of July, when hopefully information on this crisis will become a lot clearer.
Hoping that you agree with our decisions.
Hope you all remain healthy amidst all what is going on .

Regards to all
Yours aye
S/M Pete Shoesmith
No4 Area Deputy Chairman and Portland Branch Delegate


Further to my note of 09 March, the Coronavirus crisis continues to escalate and only yesterday the World Health Organisation (WHO) reclassified this Covid-19 contagion as a pandemic meaning that the threat is now world-wide.   As previously noted the demographic of our membership is in a significantly higher risk group therefore the RNA is now updating our advice to branches and members which is above and beyond that issued by Public Health England.

We would be neglecting our duty of care to our shipmates if we did not give this the priority and respect it deserves.  The measures suggested below may therefore appear somewhat draconian however please understand that if we lose even one of our shipmates because it was spread at an Area/Branch or national event then it would be a tragedy.  Clearly, we don’t want to shut down operations but to carry on regardless may be construed as reckless.

The Government has a 4-phase action plan to combat this lethal strain and has just moved the country from the current phase of Contain to Delay.  The purpose of the Delay Phase is to push the bulk of the outbreak to the summer when there is less pressure on the NHS.  This implies that we should anticipate that this virus is likely to be around and virulent for the next several months.

With this in mind, and in consultation with both the National President and National Chairman, the decision to cancel this summer’s Conference in Liverpool has been taken.  How we might rearrange or fulfil our AGM responsibilities will be promulgated in due course.  In addition, the Welfare Seminar on 25 Apr and the Standard Bearers Competition on 16 May are also postponed.  Watch this space for rearranged fixtures.

The decision to do this has not been taken lightly however it is felt that early and decisive action is necessary not least before shipmates make bookings which later have to be cancelled.  Shipmates who have already booked will not be left out of pocket however every attempt should be made to use travel insurance or reimbursement through their credit cards.

 In addition, although we cannot dictate, Central Office now strongly recommends a policy of social distancing and therefore all Area/Branch meetings should be suspended indefinitely; there is no point in exposing potentially vulnerable shipmates to unnecessary risk.  We will update this guidance as soon as we feel it is prudent to do so.  For those Areas/Branches which have AGMs planned, these unusual attenuating circumstances warrant exceptional measures and delayed governance is an acceptable outcome.

Best wishes,
Bill Oliphant

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.



Area Committee and No4 Area Meeting at Plymouth Branch

Kings Tameron Community Centre, Trevithick Road,
Kings Tameron, Plymouth, Devon PL5 2BU on Saturday the 16th May 2020

The Meeting has been cancelled due to Corona Virus Precautions

Dear Shipmates,

The meeting will take place on May 16th 2020 at the Kings Tamerton Community Centre Trevithick Road, Kings Tamerton.  PL5 2BU

The guest will be  Cmdre : Peter Coulson ADC Royal Navy. Devonport Naval Base Commander
The committee meeting will convene at 11.00, followed by the area meeting at 14.00.

To reach the venue proceed on the a38 to the St. Budeaux turn off.

  • from Exeter take the first left (Roman Way) , continues on to Trevithic Road, centre situated on the left hand side approx half a mile distant.
  • from Cornwall first exit after Tamar Bridge.take fourth exit on first roundabout and first exit on second roundabout (Roman Way). continue as above.

Lunchtime. Ploughmans £ 3.00 Pasty £3.00 to be ordered in advance. will be available at lunchtime. Please inform branch secretary of requirement by May 1st 2020. cheques payable to RN Plymouth. note: (there are no shops or restaurants within walking distance)

*** free car parking***


Please return your attendee numbers for the Area Meeting to
S/m Arthur Gutteridge BEM, Hon Sec Plymouth Branch,
4, Rowan Court,
PL12 4 UN.

Telephone; 01752 849176 E-mail: plymouth.rna@gmail.com


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

Agenda Committee Meeting Plymouth Agenda Area Meeting Plymouth


Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth
01752 224161

Jury’s Inn, Plymouth
01752 631000

Travel lodge, marsh mills, Plymouth

Ibis hotel, marsh mills, Plymouth
01752 601087

Travel lodge, Saltash
01752 601087
turn off at 3 o’clock carkeel roundabout. first roundabout after tunnel.

Bridge toll £2.00 eastbound

           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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