Mess Night – Tuesday 9 May 2023

To All Shipmates,

Just a reminder about our next Mess Night on Tuesday 9 May 2023, 19.30 for
20.00 start.

We have Dr Henry Goodall from New Forest Airfields coming to talk to
us, which promises to be very interesting.

This will be followed by one of Candy’s lovely buffets and the raffle.

Do come along and join us.

Mess Night – Tuesday 11 April 2023

To All Shipmates,

Happy Easter to you all.

April Mess Night is fast approaching – Tuesday 11 April at 19.30 for 20.00.

The Parkstone Sea Cadets are coming along to tell us about their adventures on the high seas, followed by a quiz.

Candy is doing one of her lovely buffets, followed by the raffle.

We look forward to seeing you.

Mess Night – Tuesday 14 March 2023 (Branch Birthday Party)

To all shipmates, please come along and join us at our Branch Birthday Party on Tuesday 14 March.

We have a guest speaker, Vince Noyce from the Portsmouth Distillery, giving us a talk on the production of gin and rum – there will be samples available.

This will be followed by a buffet and a birthday cake made by shipmate Fiona Dodds.

To help with the numbers to be catered for, please confirm with shipmate Pauline whether you will/will not be attending by midday on Sunday 12 March 2023.

Thank you and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Mess Night – Tuesday 10 January 2023

To all Shipmates

For our first Mess Night of 2023 we are delighted to have a guest speaker; retired Royal Marines Corps Regimental Sergeant Major, George Foster. He will be speaking about his ‘Role as a Yeoman Warder of The Queen’s Bodyguard’.

We are sure you will find this a hugely interesting and entertaining talk, which will be followed by a buffet.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you.

Christmas Party Mess Night – Tuesday 13 December 2022


Shipmates, we are pleased to confirm the following arrangements for our branch Christmas Party:

  • Date – Tuesday 13 December 2022
  • Time – 7.30pm for 8pm start
  • Entertainment will be provided by the vintage vocal harmony duo “Scarlet Swing”
  • Extra special complementary Christmas Buffet

There will also be a Christmas Raffle – contributions from mess members will be gratefully received.

In an effort to cater for numbers, please confirm one way or the other if you will be attending to either Pauline Chalk ( or Lynda Drake ( by Monday 5th December.

Dancing shoes and Christmas jumpers are optional! In any event the rig for the evening is casual.

We do hope that you will be able to attend and have an enjoyable evening, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Mess Night – Tuesday 8 November 2022

Hello Shipmates

At November’s Mess Night there will be a short presentation by Norman and Robert Aish, who will also be donating a cheque to the branch, after which we have a presentation on ‘The British Pacific Fleet 1944-45’ by S/m Ralph Dodds. This will be followed by a buffet prepared by Candy.

The Rig for the evening will be Jackets.

We look forward to seeing you all at what appears to be an interesting evening.

Mess Night – Tuesday 11 October 2022

To All Shipmates, a message from our Social Secretary:

We are having a presentation by Sandra Peaston on Fraud and Fraud Prevention. This, I am sure, will be an informative and useful insight into how we can protect ourselves, and will be followed by a hot supper prepared by Candy.

The rig for the evening will be casual.

May I please ask that if you have any donations for the Raffle for the Trafalgar Night Dinner, please bring them along. Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Mess Night 13 September 2022 cancelled


Following Thursday evening’s devastating news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,  I have in consultation with your Committee taken the decision, as a mark of respect, to cancel our Mess Night next Tuesday, 13 September.

Long live the King.

Yours aye,

Gareth Peaston
Chairman and Vice President RNA Ferndown & District Branch

Mess Night – Tuesday 9 August 2022

Come and help us celebrate a very special occasion within the Branch. 

To mark the event we have the duo ‘Scarlet Swing’ to entertain us, followed by a special buffet and a cake made by S/m Fiona Dodds.

We would like as many of our mess members to attend as possible, and join in with the celebrations. Rig for the evening is jackets.

We hope to see you all there.