• THE ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Secretary Chichester and District Branch Treasurer
John White Greg Fielder
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Minutes of the Meeting held at the Chichester City Club Weds 12
The meeting opened with a minutes silence for those no longer with us.
1 Apologies: K White, G Wheatley, R Smith, D Whittington, B Hudson, M Franks, M Bell.
2 Members Present: J White, E Drew, D Tilley, P Cox, T Cox, T Booker, G Fielder, A Arnell, F Hill, B Morley,
M Bright, S Ulrich, P Lawler, B Goddings, M Humme, N Taggart, D Callen, J Fowler, R Lintott,
3 Welfare: G Wheatley is now in a nursing home in Fishbourne, and R Smith is poorly having difficulty with
his balance, he hopes to attend the next meeting.
4 Minutes: All present received a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting. There were no matters
arising it was proposed by Trevor Cox and seconded by Doug Callen. This was duly passed.
5 Chaiman’s Report: Today we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne of 1690 in which
Our Regiment fought. Our Regiment was raised in Belfast by Arthur Chichester, 3
Earl of Donegall, who
fought on the side of William of Orange, hence our link with the House of Orange. I like to thank our
Treasurer and those who helped him for an excellent lunch last month. And finally I like to thank you all for
turning up this evening and my thanks to Trevor for doing today’s draw.
6. Secretary’s Report: – Correspondence IN:
• a) Minutes to Postal list and email list.
b) Letter to last Mayor of Chichester, Peter Budge replying to his application to join the Branch.
6 Treasurers Report: Greg reported the HSBC had reported an error and credited the Branch with
£5.00 after numerous calls and correspondence. The accounts are as follows:-
Current ac: - £549.63 Luncheon receipts £739.00
Memorial ac: - £ 442.35 Raffle £256.00
Deposit ac: - £1504.15 Donation(Louis Yelof) £10.00
Total: - £2496.13 Total £1005.00
Incoming at meeting: Luncheon costs. £708.50
Raffle: £31.00 College Restaurant
Welfare: £15.41 Positive Balance £296.50
Greg thanked Brian Morley for organising the raffle.
8 AOB: It has been decided that The Christmas Lunch will be a joint venture with the Queens Regimental
Association on the Monday 4
December 2017 at 12:00 hrs in the City Club Chichester.
Nigel Taggart said that the commemoration of the life of Corporal George William Goble at Eartham on the
of July 2017 was enhanced by the attendance of our Standard Bearer,Trevor Cox and Fred Hill, Dave Tilley
and himself, all of whom did well as apprentice campanologists. And the last commemoration at
Eartham will be on Tuesday, 25
July 2017 for Sergeant Albert Colin Arnell. Details are in the minutes
of the June meeting.
Nigel spoke to Rodney Duggua, Town Clerk, about the possibility of Chichester City Council inviting
Johnson Beharry VC to attend the dedication of the memorial stone for Lt Col. W Elstob VC. It has been
decided that the dedication in Litten Gardens will be held on Remembrance Sunday 2018, which is
unfortunate as, in all probability, Johnson Beharry VC will be taking part in the Nation Service of
Remembrance at the Cenotaph at the same time. In view of this no further action will be taken on this matter.
Nigel mentioned that the Branch have purchased a copy of the book “Military Voices Past and Present.
This book was devised and published by West Sussex County Council Library Service, consists of interviews
With 90 ex-servicemen and women. The Royal Sussex Regiment is well represented with interviews of three
men from the First World War, four from the Second World War and from post 1945. John Walters also
Volunteered for this project but, unfortunately, was not called for interview. This is a fascinating historical
Record of service by men and women of Sussex. Members can borrow the book from the Branch library.
Simon Ulrich mentioned that two persons would like to join the Branch, it was agreed that they should
Present themselves at a Branch meeting.
Dave Tilley mentioned that Col. Rod Arnold would not be attending the veterans Lunch due undergoing a
recent operation. Col Chris Charter and other guests would be in attendance. He also mentioned that a coach
trip out next June 2018 is in the pipeline, more details in due course.
July Veterans Lunch at City Club, starting at 11:00 hrs.
August Branch Meeting at 19:30hrs
September 2017 Royal Sussex Race Day at Goodwood.
September 2017 Annual Regimental Dinner At Lewes.
September 2017 PWRR’s presentation of New Colours in Canterbury.
September – Sunday 1
October France battlefield tour.
December 2017 Christmas Dinner at Chichester City Club with QRA at 12:00 hrs.
Next meeting Wednesday 9
August at 1930hrs – Chichester City Club.
There being nothing further to discuss the meeting closed at 2009 hrs.
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