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Future Events

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Due to Coronavirus be aware of postponements and cancellations - Unless told otherwise assume the following events will still happen

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Amphibious Bombardment Association (ABA) Reunion - 148 (Meiktila) Bty 10th July 2021


The ABA Reunion 2021! After the cancellation of last year’s event, we are optimistic that this year the reunion will take place (indeed this might be the first weekend without any COVID restrictions!).  

The event is scheduled for Saturday 10th July and will follow a familiar format with a ceremony of remembrance, curry lunch, updates from the Association and Battery and access to the new history room during the day.  The evening buffet will follow in the WOs & Sergeants Mess with a cash bar throughout.

As you are aware entry into RM Poole is strictly controlled.  Only those who have applied by the closing deadline and prepaid will gain entry.  

Please ensure you bring photographic identification with you.

The daytime activity will start at 1200hrs with a service of remembrance and other briefs starting from 1300hrs.  All visitors will be asked to depart camp no later than 1630hrs.  The evening buffet will start at 1900hrs and a cash bar will be open until 0200hrs.

The cost to attend the daytime activities is £7 and for the evening it is £23. Members must pre-pay to attend the reunion and I’d request that payment is made - by either BACS or cheque – when sending your return. The application form can be returned by post or by completing the digital form HERE.  

Returns must be received no later than 19th Jun 2021.

We hope that as many members as possible will be able to join us at the reunion.


Yours faithfully,

Mike Sharp

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REME Commando Trained Reunion 23rd - 24th JUL 2021

Wksp All ranks REME Commando Reunion will be held over the weekend 23rd to 24th  Jul 2021. As usual it will be organised by Joe Jordan

As with previous reunions it is intended to keep it along the same lines.

Dress is casual, maximum participation is what really matters. The weekend will start in 29 Cdo WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess and will be open to all ranks where a curry buffet (TBC) will be provided. Mess rules will still apply, and dress will be a minimum of polo shirt and jeans.

This year we will continue with The Navy Inn Public House. There will be a BBQ, the cost of the two events will be borne by those attending with hopefully a contribution from the REME Charity.    


The cost of Reunion this year will be £15 this will include a Polo Shirt and BBQ on the Saturday.


For those who are not aware there is a ‘2021 REME Commando Trained Reunion’ Facebook group available if you are a user of Facebook. The group is available to any REME Cdo Trained person regardless of where they have served. However, it is a closed group forum which is an excellent medium for getting the word around about events and keeping up with old friends.

It is administered by Joe Jordan and John Douglas, it can be found by searching the Facebook site.


Make sure you pass the word around the Commando community about the event.


Looking forward to seeing you at what promises to be yet another great reunion

Joe Jordan.

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Northern Commando Gunner Regroup Banyan  (29th Jul - 2nd Aug 2021)

The Northern Commando Gunner Regroup Banyan  will take place over the weekend 30th Jul - 2nd Aug 2021. —–––––––––––Facebook Event : HERE For those wanting to go–––––––––––––––––

All are more than welcome from Thursday 29th onwards to Mon 3rd

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One request is for any Volunteers to help Brian set this venue up?

Showers, ablutions and power hook up available at Brian's Paddock (1 Low Forge, Wortley, Sheffield, S35 7DN).

There will also be a Live Band/Music some Volley Ball/Sports and of course a BBQ with lots of flowing Beer. (Bring plenty)

Merchandise will be available at cost price in various colours, T shirts, Hoodies, Fleeces etc..

Sunday is the optional Church gathering to reflect on fallen comrades etc..

It has been a Great success and well attended in the past, So Come and spin some dits with our Commando Brother's and not forgetting the Lasses.

Brian Haigh ( mob: 07721 045850 ) is the Main contact

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Regroup Yomp 28th - 29th Aug 2021

The Regroup Yomp is provisionally penciled in for the 28th - 29th Aug 2021 (Bank Holiday Weekend)

Details will be confirmed and published at a future date.

It is intended to go ahead with the North to South Dartmoor Yomp this year over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Sponsorship forms will soon be available for you to down load from both the Website and Facebook Group. As we have had little or no opportunity to raise money for our two chosen charities this year it would be very Appreciated if we could have a good turnout for this event.

It’s two days of fun and laughter with a bit of walking thrown in with it, not to mention the great food and entertainment at the prince of Wales pub were we will be bunking overnight on the Saturday

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7 (Sphinx) Cdo Bty Reunion Fri 3rd - Sun 5th Sep 2021

The 7 Bty Reunion will take  place in Plymouth over the Weekend of Fri 3rd - Sun 5th Sep 2021

Unfortunately Paul (Faz) Farrington will no longer be able to Organise this Reunion .

The Navy has already been booked so the rest will need sorting for anybody wishing to take this on?

more info will follow

Paul David Horne is now taking charge of Organising this Reunion.

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8 (Alma) Cdo Bty Weekend Fri 10th - Sun 12th Sep 2021

This is due to take place over the weekend of Fri 10th - Sun 12th Sep 2021, at Croft Farm Waterpark, Tewkesbury.

We are in the meadow so if you’re camping  choose a random non-elec pitch (you are at liberty to book anywhere on site - up to you)

It should be £44 per couple for the two nights in a tent/camper on the meadow

Give them this easy to remember reference: ALMA

The cider festival is an extra cost - TBC

This is an informal get together for all former and serving  and attached - all ranks - given the year we have gone through this is extended to friends, family and pets  

Bring food, beverages, instruments  watercraft, head torches and a pledge to enjoy yourself

An event has also been created by Grant Evatt

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289 Cdo Bty Reunion Oct 2021 date tbc

289 Cdo will hold a Battery Reunion sometime in October. Mick Holland or Barry Exley Will be Organising this and I will update when I have more info

 


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Remembrance Sunday 14th Nov 2021

As usual Remembrance Sunday will be held all over the UK.

Going on past experience - The Regiment will be involved in the Main Remembrance at the Cenotaph on the Hoe. (There is also An opportunity for some Old boys to March and show their respect, contact Jerry Josee for more info).

Usually at the same time the Regiment will hold a service In St Katherine-upon-the-Hoe church, within the Royal Citadel.

Immediately afterwards there will be a reading of the Roll Of Honour at the Commando Memorial outside the Citadel Gates.

Then as always the Remembrance carries on throughout the Day in various pubs across Plymouth, and other parts of the Country and indeed the world.

(Pass the Port, We will Remember Them)

Remember wear Beret and Medals with pride on this day of Remembrance.

NOTE:

This is just generic info for now

Detailed Info to follow



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SESTRIERE 2022 Ski Holiday 27th  Feb - 6h  Mar 2022

This Years Skiing Holiday to Sestriere was cancelled because of COVID-19

Hopefully we will get a big Group to go in 2022.

An Event has been created HERE for those interested.

(So bring Wives / Husbands / Girlfriends / Boyfriends or friends), a few single rooms are also available for solo Skiers if not wanting to share.

So the Ball is in your Court if you would like to give it a go as a few of us are all going again.

Dates will be Sun 27th Feb 2022 for 1 week (1 week after Half term for Schools). We will be going to Sestriere in Italy again with Crystal Ski (TUI) (Link HERE)  (As it offers Great resort level skiing with guaranteed snow, Resort height is over 2000 meters)

We are booking the Du Col Hotel again this Year which is a Half Board, Ski in Ski out hotel with secure heated ski/boots lockers, offering excellent food (Served with free Red and White wine) and has its own popular Bar (open to the Public) with Entertainment Nightly.

However there are lots of Hotels around and not just for Crystal Ski as Inghams, Neilsons etc.. do similar packages to the same location or everything can be booked separately (Equipment hire and passes are priced reasonably).

We are going back to Sestriere again next year as it offers lots of skiing in the various resorts, and has some very good slopes for all types of skiers. The Area pass gives access to all of the Milky way and also one Day in France (Mongenevre).

(See the above piste Map for the Milky way Area).

Sestriere is in the Middle of the Milky Way which offers 400km of slopes linked by lifts to other ski resorts including: Sauze d'Oulx, Sansicario, Claviere and Mongenevre in France, So for the Experienced, We can visit the other resorts with the Area passes.

Summary:

Any questions just give me a message on FaceBook or email me at markwalker29cdo@hotmail.com.

Mark Walker


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60th Anniversary 2022 Commando Gunners (May 1962 - May 2022)

One for your Diary,

A Marquee at the Royal Citadel (tbc) will be the Venue for the 60th Anniversary Party in 2022 It will be held over the Weekend of the 13th - 15th  May 2022

A programme and costing's will be produced From June 2021 so you will have plenty of time to book time off work, book your Accommodation, save up money etc.

It was intended to hold this event in the Guildhall to take the pressure off of the serving unit, however we have since been advised that the Guildhall will be closed for refurbishment for the whole of 2022.

So a three night two day event will be held in the Area of the Royal Citadel and the Barbican.

This will consist of a meet and greet on the Friday night, a function and other things to be confirmed at a later date on the Saturday and then a Memorial Service followed by a Curry lunch on the Sunday.

The date is now confirmed so please allow yourselves time to get any time off, plan your travel and book any accommodation required in advance.

Attendance returns will be available to down load as soon as they are available from both our Website and Facebook Groups.

it will be a Fantastic weekend of Camaraderie and Dits, a lot of Remembering and above all socialising, with the odd Beer or two.

This is still in the planning stages so please keep an eye out for updates

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Falklands 40th Anniversary

A 40th Anniversary reunion of the Falkland Islands Campaign will take place in 2022 - Dates as of yet (tbc)

It is appreciated that many of our members worked with other units and detachments during the conflict and will probably wish to attend said units detachments services either in there areas or elsewhere on the 14th of June

However It is intended to hold an event here in Plymouth dates to be confirmed I say this because The 14th of June 2022 falls on a Tuesday so decisions have to be made as to the benefits of holding the event on the weekend prior or on the date of the surrender its a wait out at this moment in time I am afraid


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Events in other areas

Let us know and all information will be published here.