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.

Forthcoming Events – October to December 2021

Please find below details of events between October and December 2021:

  • 30th October at 1000 – launch Ferndown Poppy Appeal at Ferndown Council Office, Barrington Centre. Shipmate Ralph Dodds to represent the Branch with our President to sell first Poppy to the Mayor
  • 7th November at 0930 – Blandford RBL Service for rededication of Memorial, Blandford Market Square followed by second Service at Blandford Cemetery
  • 9th November at 2000 – Mess Night, St Ives & St Leonard’s Ex-Services Club
  • 11th November at 1030 – Armistice Day Service at Ferndown RBL Garden of Remembrance
  • 14th November – Remembrance Sunday (see detailed programme below)
  • 14th December at 2000 – Mess Christmas Party at St Ives & St Leonard’s Ex-Services Club, with entertainment from The Land Girls plus Candy’s Christmas Buffet

Remembrance Sunday Programme

West Moors

  • 1030 – Parade forms up in Riverside Road
  • 1100 – Service at War Memorial
  • 1145 – Parade dismisses in Riverside Road

St Ives & St Leonard’s Ex-Services Club

  • 1230 – Branch Service at St Ives Club

Ferndown Parade and Church Service

  • 1400 – Arrival at KGV Pavilion to prepare for parade form-up
  • 1420 – Parade formed-up at KGV Pavilion
  • 1430 – March-off
  • 1450 – Fall-out at St Mary’s Church
  • 1500 – Church Service
  • 1600 – Return parade fall-in
  • 1620 – Dismiss at King George V Pavilion

Our Chairman and Vice President will be carrying our Standard at all four Services so our wreaths will be laid by:

  • 11th Ferndown RBL – S/m Ian Scraggs
  • 14th West Moors – S/m Linda Peaston
  • 14th St Ives Club:
    • RNA S/m Lynda Drake – MN S/m Linda Peaston
    • Burma Star Association – S/m President Chevalier Robert Barnett
    • RAF – S/m Norman Drake
  • 14th Ferndown – St Mary’s Church – Parkstone Sea Cadet tbc

Events – October 2021

Shipmates Gareth and Linda Peaston attended the Royal British Legion Centenary celebrations on our behalf.

On Saturday 9 October, we held a collection outside Sainsbury’s in Ringwood. Our Shipmates had a very successful day, and raised our profile in the area.

Below are some photographs of both events; we’d like to thank Roy Setchfield for his photographs of the Royal British Legion Centenary Parade in Bournemouth, and also Norman Drake for taking the photographs of the collection at Sainsbury’s and sharing them with us.