Mess Night – Tuesday 14 June 2022

To All Shipmates

S/m Fiona Dodds will be giving us an entertaining talk on “Confessions of a Nurse Part 2”!

This will be followed by one of Candy’s buffets in the style of a “Cream Tea” and a sponge made by S/m Fiona.

With respect to our Queen and her recent Celebration, the rig for the evening will be Jackets and Ties.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mess Night – Tuesday 10 May 2022

Hello Shipmates,

At tonight’s Mess Night we will be having an interesting presentation by S/M Ralph Dodds about the First Battle of the Falklands, followed by one of Candy’s delicious buffets and a raffle.

The suggested rig for the evening is Blazer and RNA tie, for those who have them, as a mark of respect for our late President, who has sadly “Crossed the Bar”.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Upcoming events in April and May 2022

Mess Night – Tuesday 12 April 2022

We have an interesting and informative talk by Keith Partridge, New Forest Team Leader for the RSPB. This is his second visit to us and he is giving us a completely new presentation. This will be followed by a buffet supper and the rig for this night is Blazers.

Fund Raising Event – Saturday 7 May 2022 at Sainsbury’s Ringwood – 1000 to 1600

This is the first of this year’s fund raising events for the branch. If any of our members would like to come along and help, your support would be gratefully received, we are looking for help for up to 2 hours. If you are able to help please email our Social Secretary, Lynda Drake, directly on as she is coordinating the event.

Ferndown Branch Visit to HMS Defender – Sunday 8 May 2022

The Branch has been invited to visit HMS Defender while alongside at Portsmouth on Sunday 8 May. This is in addition to the Affiliates Day on Wednesday 11 May 2022.

Full details for Sunday 8 May will be given out at the April Mess Night. It is hoped that we will have the use of the Sea Cadets minibus, there will be a small charge for the use. Our Welfare Secretary, Fiona Dodds, has kindly offered to drive for us.

Birthday Party Mess Night – 8 March 2022

Hello Shipmates,

Our Birthday Party Mess Night is due to take place on Tuesday 8 March at 19.30 for a 20.00 start. 

The Land Girls will be entertaining us with music from the 60’s, and we are having one of Candy’s lovely buffets followed by a birthday cake, kindly made by our Welfare Secretary Fiona Dodds.

Any donation of raffle prizes will be gratefully received.

Rig for the evening is casual if members wish.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mess Night – 11 January 2022

Hello Shipmates

January Mess Night is fast approaching and will be held on Tuesday 11 January 2022 at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Arrangements have been made to have a fun quiz and supper will be sausages and mash with peas and onion gravy, followed by apple pie and custard.

Please remember to bring along your used postage stamps for us to send to our Bude Branch for charity.  They will be submitted to Macmillan Cancer Research to raise funds for that organisation.   

We wish you all a happy New Year and look forward to seeing you next week.

Xmas Party Mess Night – 14 December 2021

Our Branch Xmas Party Mess Night is on Tuesday 14 December 2021 at Branch HQ, 7.30pm for 8.00pm.


We have the Land Girls coming to entertain us, followed by a Christmas buffet and cheese board laid on by Candy, and a couple of boozy sherry trifles homemade by Lynda Drake. Food is free this month (paid for by RNA), and there will, of course, be a Christmas raffle!

To help us with judging the numbers for catering, if you plan to attend the event please could you reply to the recent email circulated by Pauline Chalk, Branch Hon Secretary.

So feel free to put on your Christmas jumper (if you have one), and join in our festive gathering.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Mess Night – Tuesday 9 November 2021

Hello Shipmates

Our next Mess Night will be taking place on Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 7.30 for an 8pm start.

We have Lynda Pearson, the RNA Welfare Programme Manager, coming to give us a talk about how Sparko TV and Project Semaphore can help us keep in touch with our shipmates, friends and family – we hope that you will find both topics interesting.

This will be followed by sausage, mash, peas and gravy, and a sweet of Candy’s making.

We look forward to seeing you.

Mess Night – Tuesday 12 October 2021

Hello Shipmates

Mess Night is fast approaching – why not join us for a fun presentation by Fiona Dodds who will be telling us the ‘Confessions of a Nurse’, next Tuesday 12 October at 1930 for a 2000 start.

Candy will provide a wonderful supper of Cobbler – Beef Mince and Dumplings – followed by a dessert of her choice – sounds delicious!

It would be very helpful if you could let Pauline Chalk know if you would like to eat (by replying to the email that she has sent to you), this will give Candy some idea of the number to cater for.

We hope to see you there.

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.