Bournemouth Branch meetings are held on the Last Monday of every other month. Jan - Mar - May - Jul - Sep 1930hrs at the Poole Ex Servicemen's Club [RBL]
North Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0LY
Contact Point and Secretary: Les Devine,
Ground Floor Flat, 39 Windsor Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1DT
Telephone: 01202 397878
President: Col. MR Vernon-Powell
Vice Chairman: Dennis Croome
Padre: Rev. Roger Balydon
Treasurer: Mrs Diane Devine
Standard Bearer: Mr Frank Stacey
The AGM in January re-elected Les Devine as Chairman and the Treasurer but failed to find a Vice Chairman to replace Maurice Otway who has stood down.
The Branch has followed another energetic programme during the year with a full social calendar, an overseas trip and attendance at "Founders' Day" at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in June where the 8 members
caught up with In-Pensioner Doug Clark a Branch Associate Member.
The year started with the brilliant Newbury Branch Christmas dinner and followed through with a strong group attending the Somerset Branch "Imjin Lunch" and a full house of 60 members for our own Brandywine Buffet in Poole. The President, Colonel Mike Vemon-Powell, with Lieutenant Colonel Colin Tremellen, Major Tim Young and the three Branch members who travelled to Philadelphia to attend the Commemorations of the Battle in 1 111 after which the Buffet is named. The group delivered a fascinating presentation (a full account can be found on page ) on both the Battle and their visit to a rapt audience.
Another strong representative group attended the Salisbury Branch Dinner at the South Wilts Golf Club in November and the Christmas Dinner, fully booked in September, is eagerly awaited.
The Branch placed itself on parade regularly throughout the year. The turn-out was good for annual Re-dedication of Standards church service and parade was, again, supported by the excellent Meridian Corps Band while Branch participation in the Devizes, Salisbury and Reading Reunions with equally strong attendance. The new format at Devizes was welcomed - particularly the new look menu!
In between all this, a three day trip to Ypres was arranged and we were joined by Members from other Branches. Larchwood Cemetery was visited first to allow one Member the opportunity to lay a cross on his grandfather's grave. This was followed by attendance at the Menin Gate evening ceremony where wreaths to the Fallen of Forming RGBW Regiments and the RBL Poole Branch were laid. An extra day was programmed this year so that (all) the ladies could go shopping. In all it was a thoroughly enjoyable trip.
The 2015 trip to Normandy is well subscribed and a 32 seat coach will take the Branch to Normandy from 13'*' - 16* June. The Tour will be centred on Caen and visit many locations between Merville Battery (East) and Ste Mere Eglise (West) over the period.
Branch Thanks are given to those who have helped through the year and Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 2015.
Bournemouth Branch Battlefields Tour May 2013
0700hrs on Sat 11th May 2013 saw the Bournemouth branch leave for a battle field tour and wreath laying at the Menin Gate in Ypres Belgium.
The sea crossing presented no problems and after a drive through France we arrived at the hotel a few minutes’ drive time from Ypres. After settling in the coach driver (who seemed to know the area like the back of his hand) took us into town where we spread out and found our way to a row of cafes and restaurants and had dinner.
Next day being Sunday we had a tour of a few of the cemeteries spending all day and visiting five or six, including Tyne Cot, which was a real eye opener, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, finishing at the Langemark German Cemetery, so very different to British military cemeteries. In the evening we paraded at the Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony, after which we laid our wreaths.
On the Monday we made our way home, after a very pleasant weekend, and here are a few pictures showing what we got up to.