On 15 October 2006 we will be dedicating our Memorial Plaque and Kneelers inSt Peters Church, Wolvehampton, at morning service, followed by a buffet in the Electric club (RNA).
We have invited the following guests to join us. The Mayor, RNA, Sea Cadet unit, and other Associations.
The local branch of the RNA have asked us if we would like to join them on 14 October for the Trafalgar Night Dinner and Dance at a cost appox £15.00 per head for a three course dinner. Those of us who are going at moment will be arriving there on the Saturday and staying overnight. If any more of you are interested either let me Anthony Toms, Secretary or Alan Waite, Treasurer know if you have not already done so.
On 12 November 2006 we will also be dedicating a Memorial Plaque and Kneelers in the Anglican Cathedral of St John the Baptist in St John’s Newfoundland.
Alan and myself will be talking about this and also the trip to St Johns, at the reunion.
This is the ideal place to say that the Plaques have been organised by Alan Waite our Treasurer. He has done a grand job. The Plaque for St John’s he has already delivered himself so that is in place.
The Kneelers are being made by Margaret and Ron Windebank. One from the Ships Company, one from the Royal Marines and one from the Association. The needlework is superb. Photos are in place both of the Kneelers and Plaques
Copies of Crossing the Line certificates
I am seeking copies of Crossing the Line certificates from the following commissions to add to my Newfy history file:
1955/56 and 1956/58
If anyone on the wartime commissions have any from that era I would also like them (maybe they weren’t issued during the war years.)
I would also be interested in any Blue Nose certificates if anyone has them.
I am quite prepared to cover the cost of copying them also the postage.
Please contact me, Ron Windebank on 01303 872179 or email me on
Committal of Ashes to the Sea
Virtually every Wednesday at 1430 throughout the year a tender proceeds out of harbour to commit ashes to the deep. The committal area is close to Spitbank Fort, which is the closest Fort to Southsea seafront.
To make arrangements it is necessary to contact the Secretary to the Chaplain, The Chaplaincy, North Wing, Admiralty House, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, POI 3LR.
There is usually more than one committal on the same day and it is not necessary for mourners to attend if they do not wish to so.
To assist in making the arrangements you will need to supply the following information, they will then write and inform you of the date of the ceremony: –
How many mourners wish to attend (approx 4) Attending dates the family wish to avoid
Contact telephone number (daytime and mobile)
Very short service history
The method and date by which the ashes will be transported to the office. Religion
Full Names (and decorations) of the deceased,
They will then advise you of casket details etc.
English as Official Language
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”
In the first year; “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of the “k”. This should klear up the konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter. In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Government will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th year people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”. During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and after zizfifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
THE SAILOR’S TEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Thou shalt not scrounge, neither shalt thou swing the lead, lest they resting place be the deep waters upon which thou sail.
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Petty Officer in vain or thou shalt have thy name inscribed upon the books of the Commander and thou shalt embark on a course of Chokey.
3. Honour the Master at Arms and the R.P.O. all the days of thy service that they credit you thy credits be numbered even as the fishes below thee.
4. Thou shalt not fill thyself to overflowing with beer, or by Royal Warrant thou shalt lose much of thy pay, and the Master at Arms shalt number thee amongst his flock, for it is written that he who drinketh to excess shall bash the square.
5. Six days shalt thou labour and on the seventh thou shalt do twice as much.
6. If it comes to pass that thy zeal and the sweat of thy brow cause mention of thee in the wardroom, and thou art elevated to the dizzy heights of AB, Lo, thou shalt present thy humble body at thy canteen and shall crave thy messmates accept sippers of thy ale all round.
7. Thou shalt not take unto thyself they comrade’s kit, neither shalt thou borrow when the owner thereof is not present or thy sins will be visited upon thee by the quickness of the hand that blacketh the eye.
8. Thou shalt not fritter away they worldly goods by playing Crown and Anchor lest the avenging voice of the R.P.O. be heard to say “Render unto me the names and let thy money remain where it lieth”.
9. Though shalt not kill if the Petty Officer grieveth thee. Thou shalt not smite him, neither shalt thou sling him over the side. Thou shalt go unto the top man and crave audience with him and set forth they grievance with much wailing and gnashing of teeth. He shall open his mouth and words of wisdom shall flow forth, next time it shall be even twice as bad.
10. And when it shall come to pass that thou has finished thy time, thou shalt embark upon the waters and journey thereon until thou reachest thy home port. There thou shalt take thyself strange garments and shall be known as a civvy in the land, and thou shalt study the dole and the drawing thereof, and so for many years thou shalt take it easy and rest from thy labours.