THE ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
EASTBOURNE & DISTRICT
Minutes of the Eastbourne Branch of The Royal Sussex Regimental Association
held at Carter Barracks, Seaside, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7NL.
on Wednesday 6 September 2017
Number Present: 21
The meeting opened at 2000hrs, The exhortation and Kohima epitaph was recited by the Chairman.
Apologies: R. Newman, Peter Gibbins, R. Vidler, R. Bingle, T. Talman, J. Kisler , J. Collins, J. Holman, D. O’Farrell, D. Hayward, D. Boys, D. Cater.
Minutes of the last meeting: Were read and approved by the members, Proposed by P. Wilmshurst and seconded by R. Bonner as a true record.
Matters Arising: Pal Tippett reported that the standard has been repaired, however no Dry-Cleaners will touch it. He also updated members on quotes for a new standard with AA Flags quoting £250.00 for a digitally produced one. It was agreed that as soon as funding becomes available this will purchased.
New Members: Nil.
Treasurers Report: The Treasurer stated that there is a balance of £1,357.48 in the account.
Benevolence: In the absence of the Benevolence Officer, the Secretary reported that Pal Kisler is not too well, but at the moment everyone else is OK..
Correspondence: The Secretary has received a letter from the President regarding the future of the Association and recommended amendments to the rules to reflect this. After clarification and discussion the suggested amendments were agreed and that our representatives at the Executive meeting on the 9 Sept will therefore support these.
Any other Business:
The President raised the subject of people putting names forward for trips or events and then cancelling. This has adds pressure to those organising as well as a cost. Both the Association and the Branch have lost money this year due to this and is not sustainable. After discussion, it was agreed that the future policy will be that a flyer will be issued for each trip or event with a reply slip. Only when this has been returned will names be entered onto lists. Once on, payment will be expected, it is then the responsibility of the individual to find a replacement in the event of cancellation.
Tickets for the Presentation of Colours to PWRR on Sat 23 Sept were issued. Pick ups are – 0700hrs at Langney Centre, 0720 at Bexhill Common, 0730 at De la Warr Road and 0745 at Warrior Sq. All the information required is in the individual envelopes. Cost of the mini-bus is £25.00 per head.
The Secretary distributed a copy of this year’s Christmas card and they will be available along with Rousso’s at the Lewes Dinner. Anyone not attending, who require copies, must see someone who is, to purchase for them.
Menu selections were collected for the Branch lunch at the Lansdowne Hotel on Sun 29 October. Anyone attending, who has not done so, please forward your selection to the Chairman before the next meeting.
The Chairman took the first names for the Poppy Appeal rota, which, now we have the agreement of Sainsbury’s can go ahead. The Secretary will attend an RBL meeting on the 20 Sept to finalise stock collection and top up system. Please see attached rota, a minimum of two people per shift is required, anyone who can spare time for a shift on one of the days not already filled, please contact the Chairman soonest, or at the next meeting.
Whilst on the subject of Remembrance, the secretary requested additional wreaths bids. We have sufficient for Hampden Park, Pinwe and Remembrance Sunday. Pal Osborne requested one for Waldron which he will lay, Pal Delves requested 4 for the Suez Vets, Pal Millman requested one for the RA and the President requested a small cross for the Nelson Carter memorial. The Secretary will contact Pal Collins to order.
The Chairman gave timings for the Reserve Army Open Day on Sat 9 Sept. It will open at 1100hrs with a welcome and a tour of Carter Barracks. This will be followed by visits to stands of equipment currently issued to the Reserve Army.
Other dates for diary:
9 Sept PWRR Open Day/Annual Reunion, Lewes
23 Sept Presentation of Colours to PWRR
30 Sept Trip to France
12 Oct RSA Quiz Night
Money taken at the meeting amounted to £28.00.
There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 2050hrs. The next meeting will be held on Wed 4 Oct 2017 at 2000hrs.
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