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.

Gulf War talk at Mess Night – 8th October 2019

Ralph DoddsEvening Shipmates. At tomorrow’s Mess Night (8th October) we will be welcoming our very own Ralph Dodds, Lt Commander RN (retired) who will be giving a talk about the Gulf War.

During his time in the Royal Navy Ralph saw active service in the Falklands conflict, flew in Lynx helicopters during the Iran-Iraq and Gulf wars and later commanded HMS Glasgow on a Pacific deployment.

The evening will be rounded off by one of Candy’s lovely buffets.

Don’t miss it, we’ll see you there!

Fleur Lindsay at Mess Night – 10 September 2019

Evening Shipmates

At Tuesday’s Mess Night (10 September) we have an incredibly talented solo artist coming along to sing for you – Fleur Linsday.

Fleur performs a range of covers and original material. She has released 3 singles, all of which have been played on ‘BBC Music Introducing’.  Fleur performed her first Open Mic event in June 2018 when she was just 14 and hasn’t looked back since! *

Oh and a reminder that if you haven’t already done so, could you bring along your menu choices and payment for Trafalgar Night – many thanks.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

(*Note: information from and is copyright to


Arnold Gutbucket at Mess Night – 9th July 2019

Hi Shipmates

Copyright have a great evening lined up for you at next Tuesday’s Mess Night; on 9th July at 8pm we have Arnold Gutbucket coming along to entertain you.

Arnold has a great repertoire of gags, props, audience participation and music – all combine to make for a great family-friendly show which you won’t want to miss.

Since 1979 Arnold has travelled the world performing in a variety of venues. He has appeared on television as well as live shows where he has performed alongside many top names from the showbiz world, including the likes of Chas & Dave, Engelbert Humperdink, Shakin’ Stevens, The Drifters and many more…

Arnold has written comedy material for other entertainers and as an actor he’s appeared in many TV productions alongside household names such as Faye Dunaway, Colin Firth, David Tennant and Jack Whitehall.