Mess Night – Tuesday 14 September 2021

Hello Shipmates

Our next Mess Night is fast approaching.

Shipmate Gareth Peaston will be giving a presentation about his seafaring days. Supper will be sausage and mash with peas and gravy – sounds delicious!

Please bring any remaining returns for the Trafalgar Night Dinner, and any raffle donations will be appreciated at Mess Night.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mess Night – 10 August 2021

Hello Shipmates,

Our next Mess Night is on Tuesday 10 August 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Our speaker is Keith Partridge talking about ‘Wild Life of The New Forest’, and the supper is Beef Cobbler with a sweet of Candy’s choice.

Promises to be an interesting evening.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Mess Night – 13 July 2021

Hello Shipmates,

Our July Mess Night will be held at our HQ St Leonards and St Ives Club on Tuesday 13 July at 19.30 for 20.00 start.

We will be holding a quiz night followed by one of Candy’s lovely spreads; Cottage Pie followed by Gateau – sounds delicious!

We still need to follow Covid Rules so please bring your face mask for use when moving around the club.  It can be removed whilst sitting at your table, where you will receive table service.

Don’t forget your pen and paper.

We look forward to seeing you.

Mess Night – Tuesday 8 June 2021

Hello Shipmates

Just a reminder that we are holding our first Mess Night for some time on Tuesday 8 June 2021, at 1930 for 2000 start.

We will be having a presentation by our Vice Chairman, Shipmate Ralph Dodds, followed by a raffle.

Due to Covid regulations we are unable to provide food, and you will still have to wear a mask when moving around the club, but the mask can be removed when seated.

Drinks will be delivered to tables which seats groups of 4 (2 households).

We do hope you can join us and take this opportunity to meet up with friends.

Best wishes to you all.

Mess Night – Tuesday 8 December 2020

Hello Shipmates

Unfortunately the St Leonards and St Ives Ex-Services Club is currently unable to re-open due to Covid-19 rules, therefore we cannot hold our Xmas Mess Night at the Club.

However, we will hold a Zoom Meeting at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 8 December 2020 for a get-together, xmas hats and jumpers optional!

To join the Zoom Meeting, please refer to the information provided to you in a recent email from Pauline Chalk, Hon Secretary, alternatively please contact Pauline at or by telephone at 07787 182162.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Mess Night – Tuesday 13 October 2020

Hello Shipmates, Good News!!

We are going ahead with our Mess Night next Tuesday 13 October at Branch HQ, St Leonards and St Ives Club. There are a few guidelines in place due to the Covid-19 situation.

  • The Mess is on from 7pm for 7.30pm start, as the club has to close at 10.00pm.
  • Dress code optional, blazers or informal whichever you prefer.
  • Social distancing is in place. 
  • Masks to be worn when moving around the club, but can be removed whilst sitting at the tables.
  • Drinks and crisps etc will be brought to us at our tables, which can have up to 6 people.
  • Waitress service by Candy and her team.
  • There will be no food on this occasion as we are unsure of numbers attending.  
  • There is a sign posted one way system, and only one person in the toilets at a time please.

We are unable to have entertainers, but Bob will find something of interest, and of course we will have our usual raffle.

Do come along and meet your Shipmates for a get together. The Ferndown Golf Club have advised us that our Trafalgar Night Dinner cannot take place, so let’s make this our Trafalgar gathering.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Hooray Mess Nights are back on!!

Evening Shipmates

Come and join us for our first ‘post Lockdown Mess Night’ on Tuesday 8 September 2020, from 7.30 pm onwards for an 8 pm start.

It will be a great opportunity to catch up with each other, and meet for a chat over a drink. However, the format of the evening will be slightly different to comply with the ‘new normal’.

Social distancing is in place, and the seating is arranged accordingly for everyone’s safety – no need to sit on your own though, as two households can share a table, if you choose to.

After discussion with the Club Committee, we have been asked not to bring in our own food, as previously suggested, as this contravenes the Covid-19 rules due to the likelihood of sharing food. Bar snacks (crisps etc) are available from the bar if you are peckish, but the usual supper will not be served due to the current rules.

We are not currently allowed live entertainers, but Shipmate Bob will come up with something to keep us entertained, and we will of course have our raffle.

An optional informal dress code has been suggested for the occasion.

We all look forward to seeing you there.

Shipmates’ Update, January-March 2020

Hello Shipmates

We hope this update finds you and your families well.

As we’re currently unable to hold our usual mess nights and social gatherings, below is an update on what’s happened earlier in the year:

  • January mess night was a social evening.
  • February mess night was our branch Annual General Meeting – below are details of the changes to the Branch Committee:
    • Our new president is S/m Chevalier Robert Barnett – S/m Chevalier Ron Cunningham has moved away for health reasons, but retained his membership.
    • S/m Dave Ashley did not stand for re-election to the Committee for personal reasons.
    • Our new Standard Bearer is Karl Keeble, who has taken over from Dennis Matthews. We’d like to record our thanks to Dennis for all of his help over the past few years.
  • March mess night was the presentation of Legion D’Honneur, the details are below:
    • At our recent March mess night a Legion d’Honneur medal was presented to Alfred Guenigault who has recently joined the Royal Naval Association, and is now a member of our branch.
    • Alfred Guenigault was presented with the Legion D’Honneur Medal by the Mayor of Ferndown, Mrs Julie Robinson, on 10th March at the 40th annual birthday celebration of the Ferndown & District Royal Naval Association at St Ives & St Leonards ex Services Club.
    • Alfred Guenigault with 6th Ulster Rifles Regiment, part of the Airborne Division, landed 60 metres from Pegasus Bridge. He was sent with his regiment to the the small villages to protect the villagers. He was wounded whilst helping others later in the day.

Celebrate Christmas 2019 at Mess Night on Tuesday 10 December

The Land Girls


Happy Christmas Shipmates!

Come along and celebrate Christmas with us at our Mess Night on Tuesday 10 December 2019.

We have the marvellous Land Girls entertaining us with music from the 50s and 60s, as well as a selection of festive songs.

Candy will be providing a superb Christmas buffet, all rounded off by your chance to scoop a prize in the raffle.

We are asking for just £5 per person to contribute towards the cost of the food and entertainment.

So go on, dig out your Christmas jumpers,  your 50s and 60s outfits or even a bit of glitter and come and join in the fun – we look forward to seeing you there.