The death of the Duke of Edinburgh – a statement from our National President

Duke of Edinburgh

I know I speak on behalf of all Shipmates in expressing deep sadness on hearing that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has crossed the bar.

Today, I have written to Her Majesty The Queen, our Patron, to offer heartfelt condolences from us all.

After serving this country on the front line during the Second World War, Prince Philip demonstrated extraordinary dedication and determination, and an unwavering commitment to duty, in supporting Her Majesty The Queen throughout the decades of her reign.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been associated with the Royal Navy and the wider Naval community for more than 80 years, both through his service and through his support for the Naval Service and Naval charities and veterans’ organisations. Shipmates of the Royal Naval Association have a particular affinity for this distinguished Royal Navy veteran.

Together we mourn the loss of a man who has been a feature of our national life for more than seven decades, and for whom we feel deep affection and respect.

John McAnally

41st Annual General Meeting

Calling all Shipmates….. the Ferndown and District Branch of the Royal Naval Association will be holding its 41st Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 9 February 2021, at 2000 hours.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held online as a Zoom Meeting.

For further information, and details of how to join the AGM, please either email us at rna.ferndownanddistrict@gmail.com or phone 07787 182162.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Shipmates’ Update November 2020

Good Evening Shipmates

Below is an update on upcoming events that we have unfortunately had to cancel/change due to the current Covid situation:

Remembrance Service – Sunday 8 November 2020

The Remembrance service at St Leonards and St Ives Club on Sunday 8 November has been cancelled.

We would ask you not to attend the St Ives Church which will be open only for private prayer.

Messnight – Tuesday 10 November 2020

Unfortunately we are unable to have a Messnight on 10 November 2020 due to lockdown.

Hopefully we will be able to have a Christmas gathering next month if lockdown has finished. We will keep you posted as soon as we know.

In the meantime, if any of you fancy a chat next Tuesday evening, there will be a Zoom call at 7 pm.

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 rna.ferndownanddistrict@gmail.com or by telephone at 07787 182162.

Wreath Laying Service – Wednesday 11 November 2020

Unfortunately the Unofficial Wreath Laying Service at St Leonards and St Ives Club on Armistice Day at 11 am, has also had to be cancelled due to the current regulations. Shipmates are asked not to attend as the Club could incur fines for breaking the Covid rules.

Keep safe Shipmates, we look forward to welcoming you to future events when the current restrictions have been lifted.

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.