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15 02 2011

HMS Liverpool to visit city for the last time?

The type 42 Destroyer HMS Liverpool is due to visit its namesake city probably for the last time before she decommissions next year.  The ship is due to arrive on Mersyside on February 24th until the 28th.  On Friday 25th February there will be a service at St Nicholas church at the Pier Head at 1100 for the ships company, and later they will exercise their right to march through the city.  The ship will be open to the public on the Sunday during her stay.  She will be berthed at the cruise liner terminal.

13. 02. 2011

HMS Harrier50th anniversary

It is now 50 years since the closing of HMS Harrier at Kete, near Haverfordwest, the one time home of Radar Plotters, Met.Observers, the RN Air Direction School and the RN Meteorology School.

HMS Harrier was commissioned in 1948 and closed down in 1961. The 50th anniversary celebrations will include an exhibition in the Coronation Hall at Dale, 29th April - 2nd May, and a service at
St.James Church, Dale at 1430 on Sat. 30th April. For more information see: www.dale-coastlands-history.org.uk/HMSHarrier.htm


HMS Invincible sold for scrapping

The Aircraft carrier HMS Invincible has been sold to a Turkish scrapyard which specialises in recycling ships.

In an eBay-style auction online by the MoD, Leyal Ship Recycling, based near Izmir, won the bid.

An MoD spokesman said they could not reveal how much the carrier went for due to commercial confidence.

They added: ‘After 25 years of service, HMS Invincible was decommissioned nearly six years ago and having reached the end of her distinguished career, it is right that we secure a good financial return for the taxpayer.

HMS Invincible is expected to be towed from Portsmouth by the end of March and is expected to arrive in Turkey four weeks later.


03 03 2011

HMS Manchester's Farewell visit to the North West

HMS Manchester recently returned from a deployment in the Caribean,is making her farewell visit to the north West and the city of her name during the weekend.. The vessel is berthed alongside the liner terminal at the Pier Head in Liverpool, before she departs for Portsmouth to decommission later this month.

02 02. 2011

Area Reunion/ Conference weekend Liverpool

The Area Reunion/ Conference weekend  takes place this year at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel Liverpool on April 15th - 18th at a cost of £129.00 per person on a B.B.& Evening meal basis.  This promises to be a great weekend with full entertainment, plus subsidised bar throughoout your stay. Deadline for bookings is March 26th  Booking forms are available from the Area Secretary

31. 01. 2011

Area Vice Chairman Bows out at conference

Shipmate Mrs Barbara Jones of the Runcorn branch and for the last 10 years the Area Vice Chairman bade farewell at the Area conference on January 29th hosted by the Bolton branch.  Barbara is a well known figure in No.10 Area, before joining the Area committee she was branch Secretary at Liverpool for a number of years.  We wish Barbara well in her retirement, although she is still a valued member of the Runcorn Branch as its Treasurer. Shipmate Peter Wilkie of the Atherton branch assumes the position as Vice Chairman.

Capenhurst Branch to close

We regret to announce that the Capenhurst branch which commissioned in January 1971 has decided, due to falling numbers of members to decommission with immediate effect.  


Commemmoration Parade and Service for SS Stockport.

This year's SS Stockport commemerative  parade will take place on Sunday, February 20th, commencing at 12:00 at Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove.

Further details can be obtained from the secretary, S/m John Kelly (01625 872 808).

14. 12. 2010

Decisions taken by the National Council at its meeting on December 4th 2010.

Please note that this record of decisions is provisional only until the minutes are approved by the National Council on 12 March 2011


The National Council made the following decisions at their meeting held on 4th December 2010.

·         Members who have crossed the bar were remembered in silence

·         The Council decided not to amend the minutes of item 11 and 12c in the 4 September minutes, so that the minutes stand as drafted.

·         The Council decided that in future Amendments to minutes will be entertained only if presented to the GS before the meeting.

·         The Council decided that the attendance of DNCM at FAC/AMC should go into the rule review.

·         The Council noted that the Conference Study Group will be meeting on 16 Jan 11 and already had a document in draft.

·         The Council decided to discuss the relocation of the HQ at its next meeting following the tabling of a report by DNP.

·         The Council decided to review whether it should meet more often in London at the Sept 11 meeting in the UJC.

·         The Council decided that regarding the PJM medal that clear advice was available on the SPVA website and that the RNA would not take its own position on wearing the medal.

·         The Council noted that S/M Geoff Hayhoe has accepted the offer of LVP.

·         The Council approved the ToR of the AMC.

·         The Council noted that NCM7 had been voted as Vice Chair AMC.

·         The Council noted that the proposed by-Law for the election of DNCM approved by conference had been passed to Chair SoC, who had concerns and intended to pass back to AMC.

·         The Council noted that the Dean of the Minster Church in Plymouth has agreed to lay-up the old National Standard.

·         The Council noted that it awaited confirmation of the date of the Biennial March by the Met police provisionally set at Sept 11 2011.  The National Council decided hold the Sept 11 meeting the day before Biennial Parade in the UJC, and follow with an own expenses supper.

·         The Council decided to buy the latest CORCA book on the law for Clubs and pass out to them.

·         The Council noted that the AMC will run an open standard bearers competition in parallel to the next National Standard bearers competition.

·         The Council agreed the formation and running of the Virtual Branch.

·         The Council elected S/M Mick Kieran as the National Ceremonial Advisor.

·         The Council were given a presentation on the re-branding and launch of the Year of Recruiting by Mindworks and approved Phase 1 (Brand refresh) and Phase 2 (Website, content management system, design of collateral materiel).

·         The Council commended the staff for the work they have done over the last six months. 

·         The Council approved the salary recommendation from the FAC.

·         The Council approved a change of investment vehicle for the Property Fund and the COIF to improve return but maintain sufficient liquidity.

·         Following a no confidence vote in an Area 2 meeting, the National Council confirmed that it has confidence in its auditors (Brooms).

·         The Council approved the draft budget for 2011, and made a number of adjustments.

·         The Council approved and adopted a new By-Law regarding the election for the Standing Orders Committee in order to enact most of the requirements of the 2010 conference, and approved an approach to approval by the Privy Council to the Charter.

·         The Council approved and adopted a Standing Order amendment in order to enact the Conference decision to provide attendance and voting rights at the annual Conference.

·         The Council decided to appoint Shipmate David White as a Life vice President.

·         The Council directed the National Chairman to consider the balance of skills required of Trustees and the skills already available.

·         The Council directed the GS to discuss the return of  RN/RM reserves from operational theater with ComMarRes.

·         The Council noted a report on the IMC.

·         The Council decided to uphold the suspension of a Shipmate from 2 Area and thanked the panel members for their diligence.

The Council considered a vote of no confidence in the NP and Chair of SoC by 2 Area and 10 Area. The National Council acknowledged the comments of No2 and No10 Areas and regretted the strong feeling and wishes to restore unity but rejected the two motions of no confidence and expressed its confidence in the National President and the Chair of the Standing Orders Committee.

08. 12. 2010

New National Ceremonials Officer appointed

The Area offers its congratulations to  former National Standard Bearer & Secretary of the Coventry branch  S/m Mick Kieran who was elected at the National Council Meeting on 4 December to be the next National Ceremonial Adviser (NCA).  S/m Kieran will shadow the current NCA, S/M Alan Robinson, until the completion of Conference 2011 when he will take over the role completely.  

25. 11. 2010

Change of venue for Area winter conference & AGM

The venue for the winter Area conference and AGM, originally arranged to take place at the VASA club in North Manchester on January 29th 2011 has had to be changed due to the unavailability of the meeting place on the day in question.  The Bolton branch has kindly offered to host this conference on January 29th at their meeting place; the Deane Ward Labour Club Deane Road Bolton BL3 5AH   meeting time and date remain unchanged.  Conference pro formas included  with the Area conference minutes from  the Area autumn  meeting  have been ammended accordingly.

25.11. 2010

Rededication of Crosby Branch Standard  Postponed

The dedication of the new Crosby branch Standard due to take place at St Nicholas Church Blundlesands, on December 7th 2010 has been postponed until the spring of 2011.  It is understood the postponment  is due to the unavaillability of the clergy on the day.

02. 11 2010

More Troubles for the Charles de Gaulle
The French aircraft carrier named as a stop gap carrier to cross operate with the RN until the new UK carriers come on stream, has broken down.  Due to sail to Afghanistan the vessel has had to return to her home base with reported propulsion problems. This news could cause embarrasment to both governments as Nicolas Sarkozy was to announce at a London summit  the French carrier would operate RAF planes off the vessel.

27. 10. 2010

HMS Manchester  to decommission next year?

HMS Manchester  at present deployed in the West Indies, is sceduled to return to her hme base in  Portsmouth during February 2011 when she is expected to decommission later in the month.  Before then however, she may visit Liverpool  in order to return the Freedom of the city scroll to Manchester  who adopted the ship .  

HMS Manchester is the third ship to bear the name and was launched on the 24 November 1980. On her funnel she carries a bee which is taken from the coat of arms of the City of Manchester, signifying industry and endeavour. She has battle honours from Norway and Spartivento, in 1940, the Arctic and the Malta convoys in 1942 and the Persian Gulf in 1991.

12. 10 .2010

Rededication of Crosby Branch Standard

The Crosby Branch will rededicate their branch Standard  at St Nicholas Church,  Bridge Road Blundellsands Crosby L23 6TS on Sunday November 7th 2010  at the 1015 Service.  Branches and their Standards are welcome to attend the service of rededication, and afterwards at their HQ's the Crosby Comrades Club where  ''Up Spirits'  followed by entertainment and a buffet lunch will be available  Further information from the Branch Secretary S/m Dave Tollerton.    

07. 10. 2010

General Secretary to attend autumn Area conference in Chester.
S/m Captain Paull Quinn OBE RN has accepted the Area's invitation to attend the autumn Area conference in Upton- by- Chestrer hosted by he Chester branch on October 30th 2010.  This will be one of the first Areas he will visit since assuming his position as General Secretary following national conference in June.  Also due to visit the conference is the newly elected national Chairman S/m Chris Dovey (NCM No.8 Area) accompanied by the national Vice Chairman S/m Keith Crawford (NCM No.9 Area).  It is expected that this conference will touch on many issues which are relevant to the Area, and branches who wish to raise specific points concerning the Association should try to be represented at this meeting.

03. 10. 2010

Trafalgar Celebration 40s Dance
The North Manchester Branch are hosting a 40's celebration Trafalgar dance at their HQ's the Vasa Club, Blackley Manchester M9 6EF on Saturday October 9th commencing at 1930. Tickets are £7.00 obtainable by ringing 0161 681 5873  Artistes include DJB17 40s singer Marina Mae

30. 09. 2010

Llangollen Branch in the forefront of the History and Remembrance Fair.
The Llangollen branch is expected to play a large part in the above fair which takes place in the town's Royal International Pavillion on Saturday November 6th. Last year the branch had its RNA stand in a prominent position in the Pavillion complete with banners streamers not forgetting the Rum Tub and also magazines and application forms.  This year the stand will display memrobelia from the ships HMS Veteran and HMS Dienella two WW2 ships sponsored by Wrexham and Llangollen.  The Llandudno and Oswestry branches are hoping to attend the event and the Crosby Shrewsbury and Wrexham branches have also expressed an interest.  Further details can be obtained from the Llangollen Branch Secretary S/m Peter Stubbs on 01978 869 037 or email pstubbs23@hotmail.co.uk   

28. 09. 2010

Repairs to HMS Endurance halted.
HMS Endurance whose hull was heavily damaged  in the south Atlantic last year and had to be brouht back to the UK on a heavy lift ship, may have to be replaced.  Major repairs to the Ice Patrol ship have been cancelled, and its future fate is unknown.  At present the Ocean Survey vessel HMS  Scott has carried out Endurance's duties; but is not suitable for the Antartic and lacks the capability of embarking helicopters and Royal Marines.  It is thought that a new Ice Patrol Ship may have to be leased to fill the gap left by Endurance.

12. 09. 2010

New Association Chairman elected

Shpmate Chris Dovey the current Chairman of No.8 Area was elected as National Chairman of the RNA following a ballot of the members of the National Council at their meeting in Portsmouth on September 4th.  Shipmate Keith Crawford  (NCM No.9 Area)  was also confirmed in the position of Vice Chairman at the meeting

11. 09. 2010

HMS Daring in collision with Tug

HMS Daring considered to be the most advanced warship in the world, was in collision with a Tug near Southampton on Tuesday September 7th.  It is reported that the Tug lost control after an engine failure resulting in damage extending to over thirty feet on the Daring's starboard side.  No casulities have been reported. It is understood that the Tug was assisting the type 45 destroyer to berth at the nearby Marchwood dock when the accidentt occured.

11 09 2010

New Carrier Jump Jets under threat in cost saving review

Recent newspaper reports are suggesting that the new generation of jump jets ordered from the United States may be cancelled in an effort to save money. Defence chiefs are exploring the possibility of buying the conventionial Joint Service Strike Fighter (JSF) which is cheaper to buy than the STOL version currently being developed to replace than the ageing Harrier.  Many senior officers also believe that the conventional fighters would be able to fly faster, further and carry more weapons than the STOL version.  If this strategy is adopted, there could be job losses at Rolls Royce who are at present developing the engines for the STOL version.  The convential F35 JSF is expected to use American power plants.  


New Forums for RNA 10 Area

Forum LogoAfter a long shakedown cruise we will now have a new forum solution available for the website. This will be faster, more secure and offer greater flexibility than the previous incarnation which suffered from many security flaws.

There is a fully interactive calender, games arcade and a host of other new features to be added over the next few weeks.

The forums are now available, however you will need to register a new account. The forums can be accessed here.

01. 08 2010

Lively debate at summer Area conference.

Althouh only 18 branches were represented at the summer Area conference hosted by the Leyland branch, several delegates raised their concerns about the conduct of certain officials at the National Conference held recently in France. One delegate told the meeting he had attempted to raise a point of order regarding the voting proceedures for the election of a member of the Standing Orders committee, only to be told to "sit down" by the unelected Chairman of that committee.  Other delegates gave similar accounts of unaccepable behaiviour from the "top table" in this matter.  Area conference was asked to endorse a motion from the floor expressing a vote of no confidence in the National President and the Chairman of the SOC  After a short debate, this was agreed by 15 votes to nil with three abstensions.

Earlier in the meeting the Secretary confirmed the date for next year's Area Reunion conference as April 15th -18th at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel Liverpool at a cost of £129.00 per person. Booking forms for this event should be available at the October conference in Chester.

The Treasurer reported this year's Area reunion had been successful.  Area finances remain on a sound footing.

Dates for the next two Area conferences were confirmed as: October 30th 2010 Autumn Area conference; hosted by Chester branch at the RBL club Upton-by- Chester, commencing at 1200.

The winter conference and AGM will take place on January 29th 2011 hosted by the North Manchester Branch at the VASA club Blackley Manchester M9 commencing at 1200

The minutes of the meeting are now available to download.


Shipbuilding returns to Merseyside as Aircraft carrier construction commences.

The nationwide programme to build the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers has passed another milestone today, as construction on the first ship, the Queen Elizabeth, began on the Mersey.   Minister for International Security and Strategy, Gerald Howarth, started the crane that laid the first of the steel plates for the ship’s giant flight deck.  

Birkenhead company Cammell Laird is the final shipyard in the programme to begin construction. It will build two of the sections that will make up the ship’s flight deck, which will eventually be the size of three football pitches. Together they will weigh in at 7,500 tonnes – more than a Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer. The work is worth £44 million to Cammell Laird and will provide a significant number of jobs in the area, boosting the local economy.

Six shipyards across the UK are involved in the massive construction project – Govan and Rosyth in Scotland, Portsmouth and Devon on the South coast of England, Newcastle and now Liverpool in the North – supporting around 10,000 jobs, with thousands more suppliers contributing with smaller contracts through the supply chain.


HQ closure

Due to long-term staff illness and leave the HQ will be closed from Tuesday 17 Aug to Fri 20 Aug. E- snail- and voice mails will be read on Mon 23 August.


The following motions were debated and voted upon by the delegates attending the National conference in Ouistreham France on June 4th 2010

Record of decisions taken at Conference, 4 June 2010

Supplemental Charter motions
Motion 1 (Watford, seconded Hemel Hempstead)
Art 16(2) Changes majority for vote from two thirds to half
Not carried (4 For, 59 Against )

Motion 2 (Watford, seconded Hemel Hempstead)
Art 19 Changes majority for vote from two thirds to half
Not carried (4 For, 58 Against, 1 Abstain )

Branch motions

Motion 1 (Watford, seconded Hemel Hempstead)
Art 16(a) Changes majority for vote from two thirds to half
Motion withdrawn
Motion 2 (Chatham, seconded Margate)
National Council members are to report freely and faithfully on all National Council business, other than limited disclosure items.
Motion passed
Motion 3 (Chatham, seconded Woking) amended to read:
That the National Council amend Association bye-Law 7 to establish a common process for the election of Area National Council members and Area Deputy National Council members.
Amended motion passed (39 For 17 Against)
Motion 4 (Sheppey, seconded Maidstone)
Changes the rules for election to the standing orders committee requiring a branch supporting statement and candidates must be members of a branch in UK or RoI.
Motion carried
Motion 5 (Helson, seconded Sherborne)
Requires National Council to set up a conference study group and report back to conference
Motion passed
Motion 6 (Watford, seconded Hemel Hempstead)
Conference venue to be decided by a postal referendum of all branches
Motion withdrawn
Motion 7 (Helston, seconded Sherborne)
Conference to be moved to September
Motion withdrawn
Motion 8 (Plymouth, seconded Frome)
National Council motion to amend to read:
That the National Council positively pursue enhancement to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Navy, to encourage Ships’ and Establishments’ RNA Liaison Officers, namely Executive Warrant Officers or designated deputies, attendance at National conference.
Amendment to motion defeated (For 30 Against 33)
Original motion
That the National Council positively pursue enhancement to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Navy, to allow Ships’ and Establishments’ RNA Liaison Officers, namely Executive Warrant Officers or designated deputies, attendance and voting rights at National conference.
Motion carried (For 42, Against 17)
Motion 9 ((Tyne, seconded Spennymoor and Ferryhill)
That Tyne host 2012 Conference
Motion carried
Motion 10 (Watford, seconded Hemel Hempstead)
Explicitly allows clarification of items in the Annual report and Accounts to be sought from the General Secretary
Motion carried
Motion 11 ((Frome, seconded Helson)
To change meetings from 4 to 3 a year
Motion Failed
Motion 12 (Crosby, seconded Llandudno)
That 2011 be designated year of Recruitment, with aim of achieving a significant increase in membership by raising profile nationwide with support from all levels in Association and with appropriate resources made available
Motion carried
Motion 13 (Acquatine, seconded France Nord)
To change standard carrying strap to right shoulder
Motion Failed
Motion 14 (Gosport, seconded Waterlooville)
Increased charge to appellant in Club model rule 12 from 50 pence to £5
Motion carried

Elected to National Council
1, 3, 4 and 12 Area unopposed
(S/M Foley (1), S/M Reed(3), S/M Knight(4), S/M Hunter(12))
Area 5 – S/M Richard Ascott
Area 10 – S/M Charles Hutton
Elected to Standing Orders Committee
S/M Allen
S/M Avery


Summer Area Conference this weekend.

The summer Area conference will take place at the Leyland Consevative club, Towngate Leyland on Saturday July 31st 2010 commencing at 1200. The Leyland branch who are hosting the event, report that about 18 branches have signalled their intention to attend.


Decisions taken by National Council at their meeting in Portsmouth on March 13th 2010

At their meeting in Portsmouth on March 13th 2010 the National Council arrived at the following decisions;

1. That Captain Paul A Quinn OBE RN be appointed General Secretary of The Royal Naval Association with effect from 6 June 2010

2. That in accordance with the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding with The Royal Navy (MOURN), the Command Warrant Officer for the Naval Service (CWONS) be appointed a Vice President of the Association and ex-officio Member of the National Council for the duration of his naval appointment.

3. That the Royal Naval Association Annual Accounts for 2009 be commended to Annual Conference 2010 for consideration and approval.

4. That Brooms Professional Services Ltd be re-appointed as Accountants and Auditors to the Royal Naval Association.

5. That following an application by the France Nord Branch for financial assistance in mounting the Annual Conference 2010, a grant in aid be provided subject to the production of a budget for the event.

6. That the General Secretary investigates the rates of travelling expenses payable for National Council and Sub-Committee Travel, and produce a Report on the matter together with  Recommendations to be considered by the National Council at its next meeting.

7. That the General Secretary write to an Area Chairman to inform him that while an Area Committee had the right to lobby or advise Conference Delegates on how to vote in an Election for the Standing orders Committee, it had no right to direct Conference Delegates on how to utilise their vote.

8. That approval be given for the amalgamation of the Aldenham Branch of the Royal Naval Association with the Luton and Dunstable Branch.

9. That the request of the RNVR Club of Paris to affiliate with the RNA be approved and that the Club be invited to send Observers to the 2010 Annual Conference to be held in Ouistreham, France.


Shipmate Eric Poynton

We regret to announce that S/m Eric Poynton of the Hull branch crossed the bar late yesterday (March 14th). Eric was well known throughout No.10 Area where he was the Area Standard Bearer for several years. He was 83

He was one of the Founder members of the Irlam & Cadishead branch, and its Treasurer for many years until its closure in 1998.  He then transferred to the nearby Trafford branch bringing a wealth of expereince to the branch before leaving in 2009 to set up a new home in Hull.  Eric was a qualified national Standard Bearers competition judge, and also a parade marshall. He was, until his retirement an AA patrolman and was responsible for the AA box located on the A50 with its junction with the A556 at Mere corner in Cheshire --considered to be the busiest box in the country before the opening of the nearby M6.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his partner Vera and his family and also,  his many friends throughout the UK.

 His Funeral will take place at 1330 on Friday 19th March 2010 at Hull Crematorium, Chanterlands Avenue, Hull, HU5 4EF.


Farewell to the 'Tiffies'

The last of the rank known as Artificer ended on Friday February 12th with a passing out parade at HMS Sultan in Gosport for the last group of RN Artificers.  The 'tiffies' will now fall under the description of engineering technicians -- ME for marine engineers and WE for weapons engineers


Anchor Standard Stands now available.

Crosby Branch are taking orders for the Anchor Standard Stand.

The stand is approx 24 inches (60cm) high and made out of powder coated steel. The cost is a minimum donation of £25.00

For further details or to order; please apply to

S/m D. Tollerton.
Crosby Branch.
2 Hornby Road, Bootle,
L20 5BJ

27.01. 2010

No RN Presence in Caribbean  to assist in Haiti Earthquake 

Two ships withdrawn from the Caribbean due to budget constraints were not replaced, preventing the Royal Navy from providing disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, according to a report in The Times.

The Ministry of Defence has said it had to withdraw the RFA Fort George, which was ordered back to Britain in October 2009, and HMS Iron Duke, which returned in December, without replacing them in order to remain within budget.

A Royal Navy frigate is usually deployed in the Caribbean from June to December along with a Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel, providing support to British overseas territories during the hurricane season. The Navy has previously maintained a rolling deployment of RFA vessels in the Caribbean to provide disaster relief.

The Royal Navy website states that the two ships' deployment formed "part of the UK Government's continued support in developing the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief programme for British Overseas Territories as well as continuing regional engagement with the Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean.'

The withdrawal is said to mark the first time that the Royal Navy has had a significant gap in cover in the Caribbean since the 17th century.


Deadline approches for nominations for National Council Member

Branches in this Area are reminded that nominations for the post of National Council Member to represent this Area of the Association must reach Headquarters on, or before February 10th 2010. Nomination Forms for this post were included in the October, November, and December 2009 Circular Letter to Branches issued by HQ's to all branch Secretaries.


Deputy General Secretary's Post Abolished

Following recent Headquarters Staffing difficulties because of the illness of the Deputy General Secretary, a staff re-organisation and redistribution of duties has become essential. Mrs Michelle Bainbridge (wife of a serving Warrant Officer) has joined the staff as Book-keeper.  Mrs Sheila Tarabella moves to the newly created post of Assistant General Secretary (Administration). The post of Deputy General Secretary has been dis-established. The Royal Naval Association is in the process of recruiting a successor to the current General Secretary.

12. 01 2010

Shipmate Frank Ward Deputy General Secretary

We regret to announce that the Deputy General Secretary S/m Frank Ward crossed the bar on December 26th 2009. He was 56. His funeral will take place at the Holy rood Church Stubbington  Hant's at 1300 on Thursday January14th.  We offer our sincere condolences from the shipmates of No.10 Area to Commander Ward's family durig this sad time.


Navy set to lift ban on females serving in submarines?

Women may be allowed to serve on submarines for the first time in the Royal Navy’s history under plans being drawn up by defence chiefs. The change would follow more than a decade of pressure from senior Labour figures for full equal opportunities for women in the armed forces.

A review of the ban on women on submarines was ordered last year, to run alongside a separate review into whether women should be permitted to serve as frontline infantry. Both are expected to conclude within weeks, with the decisions to be announced to parliament later this month.

Defence chiefs will veto moves to allow women to serve as frontline infantry, but a change to the submarine ban is seen as a potential sop to ministers. Such a change was rejected by naval chiefs eight years ago and could still be derailed by opposition from senior officers.

The original refusal was justified on the basis of the cramped living conditions on board and concerns over the dangers posed by fumes inside the submarine to a foetus if a woman is pregnant. Continuing pressure from ministers has led to a rethink, however. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) source said: “It looks likely that women will be allowed to serve on submarines.” The source said the proposal was contained in a draft of the review, but added: “There are people in the navy opposed to women on submarines so there is a chance it might not make the final cut.” The new Astute attack submarines could easily be adapted to accommodate women and the MoD said last week that in the design of the new Trident nuclear boats, “consideration will be given to the possibility of women serving in future”. The Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Australian and Canadian navies already allow women on submarines. defence chiefs have said they no longer see any reason for subs to remain all-male.


Decisions taken by National Council at their meeting in Portsmouth on December 5th.

At their meeting in Portsmouth on December 5th 2009 the National Council arrived at the following decisions;

1. The National Council noted that action in connection was the retirement of the Deputy General Secretary (Commander F S Ward) was complete.

2. The National Council noted the report of the Association’s Accountant in relation to the forecast of out-turn for the third financial quarter of the year.

3. The National Council noted the temporary delegations of National Council Authority (Rules 7(b), 7(d), 7(e) and 7(f) extended to the Area Committee of 12 Area and endorsed the actions taken on its behalf by the Association Management Committee.

4. The National Council directed that following the settling in period, the Terms of Reference for the Association Management Committee (AMC) and the Finance and Administration Committee (FAC) be reviewed4 the Spring of 2010.

5. The National Council endorsed the actions taken by the Association Management Committee in relation to the possible replacement of the Standard of the Woking Branch of the Association.

6. The National Council noted with pleasure the success achieved by the Saltash and Liskeard Branches in the mentoring programme in place in HMS RALEIGH, and directed that efforts be made to extend the programme to other Training Establishments notably BRNC, HMS SULTAN and HMS COLLINGWOOD.

7. The National Council considered an appeal by a member of the Ramsgate Branch against his expulsion from the Association and (together with the issue of a number of letters of warning, encouragement and thanks) decided to reduce the penalty to suspension for six months.

8. The National Council decided to authorise the refund of reasonable receipted travelling expenses for Delegates to Conference 2010, from their homes to the point of embarkation in the United Kingdom

9. The National Council considered and approved the Budget Proposals for 2010 made by the Honorary National Treasurer.

10. The National Council directed the General Secretary to take soundings from the Naval Base Commander, Portsmouth in relation to the Association’s lease of offices in Semaphore Tower HM Naval Base, Portsmouth and to obtain up to date information on development plans.

11. The National Council noted and welcomed an approach from the New South Wales Branch of the Association to offer welcoming and mentoring assistance to ex-naval emigrants arriving in Australia, and invited the Overseas Correspondent (S/M Murray 2 Area) and the General Secretary to examine the proposal to establish whether it could be implemented on a wider basis.

12. The National Council considered and rejected a proposal to provide an Identifying Insignia for the National Vice Chairman.

13. The National Council approved the proposals for the recruitment of a replacement General Secretary and appointed a Recruitment Board consisting of the National President, National Chairman, National Vice Chairman, S/M McGuinness (6 Area) and S/M Halder (11 Area) — this Board has been authorised to engage (if considered necessary and on a temporary basis) a Human Resources specialist.

14. The National Council considered a proposal to place a Royal Naval Association Memorial in the National Arboretum, and directed the Association Management Committee to investigate the matter further.


HMS Dauntless leaves the Clyde

A new £600 million Royal Navy warship has left the Clyde for the last time. Workers from the BAE Systems yards at Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow turned out to wave off Dauntless a type 45 destroyer.

Shipyard workers from the two yards have spent the last five years building the warship, which is now due to be officially handed over to the Navy next week. Dauntless left the Clyde for Portsmouth - which will be the vessel's home port.


Good sales for 2010 RNA Diary

The 2010 Diary has been well received with over 3,500 sold to date, with further sales expected before the years end. The 2011 Diary will be sold as an insert to the existing cover and information booklet and unsold covers from this year will be held as stock for next year. By spreading the overall cost of the diary over 2 years, the cost can be held at £4 for the 2011 edition


National Standard Bearers Competition bound for Plymouth?

With little enthusiasm from the Areas for the National Standard Bearerʼs Competition to be held in France prior to Conference next year, the preferred choices so far are Chatham and Plymouth.

It has emerged, that  Plymouth is favourite to host the competition next year  as the last two competitions had been held in Chatham, albeit very successfully. A suggested date is 17 April 2010.


Packed house for Crosby branch Grand 'SODS' Opera.

It was practically standing room only on Friday evening (27.November) at the Comrades club in Crosby when shipmates from numerous branches in the area turned out to see a full evening of entertainment organised by members of the branch.  Several members of the Merchant Navy wee also entertained and a thououghly pleasent evening was enjoyed by all.

30. 11. 2009

Liverpool club ceases trading

The Liverpool RNA Club ceased trading as of midnight on Sunday 15 November. It is understood, there had been an enquiry from a commercial operator  who was interested in leasing the premises to run a private club, but there has been no further progress to date. Headquarters has received many letters, telephone calls and even a petition urging a stop to the planned closure, but this was a decision for the Liverpool Club committee, not RNA Headquarters.


Revised forecast for Carrier Programme

HMS Invincible will be retired in 2010, Ark Royal in 2014, and Illustrious in 2016 – HMS Queen Elizabeth will enter service at the end of 2015, with the Prince of Wales to follow in 2018.

At least that’s the current timetable according to Quentin Davies, the British minister for defense equipment and support. The Queen Elizabeth will turn up just in time to keep the UK’s carrier strike capability afloat – and will initially operate the Harrier GR9 until the F-35 enters service.

Davies maintains: The Government remains fully committed to the manufacture of two Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. The carriers are a core component of the overall Carrier Strike Program and a cornerstone of future defense policy.” There remains of course the issue of a general election, with the Strategic Defense Review to follow, along with the more mundane challenges of adhering to a carrier schedule that already has been delayed on several occasions.

Source : aviationweek


Northwich Branch  to Close.

The Northwich Branch has announced its decision to decommission after many years with the Association. They will meet for the last time at their headquarters in Northwich on November 9th.


Decisions taken by the National Council at September 12th meeting in Portsmouth.

At their meeting in Portsmouth on September 12th 2009 the National Council arrived at the following decisions;

1. The National Council noted the Report of the General Secretary into alleged inaccuracies in the election prospectus of the candidate achieving election in the Scottish Area National Council Election and accepted the resignation from the Association of the successful candidate. The National Council accepted that the second placed candidate (S/M G C Cooper) should be acknowledged as the National Council member for the Scottish Area and that the Scottish Area Committee should now be requested to select a Deputy National Council member to replace S/M Cooper.

2. The National Council held elections for the posts of National Chairman and National Vice Chairman of the Association. S/M David White MBE MSM (NCM 4 Area) was re-elected as National Chairman. S/M C Dovey (NCM 8 Area) was re-elected as National vice Chairman.

3. The National Council held elections for the Finance and Administration Committee and also for the Association Management Committee. The National Chairman will chair the Finance and Administration Committee the members of which will be S/Ms VP G Hayhoe MBE, P Reed (NCM 3 Area), R McGuinness (NCM 6 Area), S Simmons (NCM 10 Area) and T Halder (NCM 11 Area). The National Vice Chairman will chair the Association Management Committee the members of which will be S/Ms M Foley (NCM 1 Area), D P Harries (NCM 7 Area), K Crawford (NCM 9 Area), I Hunter (NCM 12 Area) and G C Cooper (Scottish Area). S/Ms Murray (NCM 2 Area) and King (NCM 5 Area) did not stand for election.

4. The National Council noted with regret the current indisposition of the Deputy General Secretary and directed the General Secretary to forward an expression of their best wishes for a speedy recovery. The National Council noted the concerns expressed by The National President and General Secretary in relation to the fragility of the Headquarters Management Structure brought about by the illness of the Deputy General Secretary, and agreed a recruitment scenario for the relief of the General Secretary who will now proceed to pre-retirement leave on 6 June 2010. The National Council also agreed to a aspiration for the introduction (at a time to be decided) of a flatter Headquarters Management Structure.

5. The National Council noted the wish of S/M G Hayhoe MBE to relinquish his post as Overseas Corresponding Representative. S/M Murray (NCM 2 Area) was elected to serve in this capacity in place of S/M Hayhoe.


7. The National Council approved an addition to the Bye-Laws of the Association, viz:

“B12(b) A Special Meeting of the Branch must be convened at the request of the National Council or on receipt of a written request from not less than one fifth or 12 in number of the Branch Members, whichever is the least. Such a meeting shall be held not more than 14 days after the request has been received. At least 7 days notice shall be given by the Branch Secretary to each member, together with an indication of the nature of the business for which the meeting has been convened.

Existing Branch Bye-Law B.12 is to be re-numbered B12(a)”


Naval Regional Officer moving on'

Commodore J E V Madgwick OBE, RN the current Naval Regional Officer, Northern England, has announced  he will be moving from his current post in late October this year.  During his time as Naval Regional Commander, Commodore Madgwick has overseen over 1500 warships to visit the north of England. His successor, Captain Baum RN a native of Nuneaton in Warwickshire joined  the RN in 1979 as a University Cadet. Early in his career, he volunteered  for submarines serving in various 'boats' such as Oracle and Swiftsure.

His current appointment is Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Underwater in Navy Command HQ's.

Captain Baum becomes Naval Regional Officer Northern England on October 28th 2009 when he will be promoted to the rank of Commodore.

21. 09. 2009

Peel Branch to disband?

The Peel (Isle of Man) branch has voted to disband their branch due to falling membership, and poor attendance at their branch meetings.  The  branch, having  previously circulated its 20 remaining members decided at their meeting on September 10th, by 13 votes to 2 to decommission the branch at the years end.


National Council Member and Deputy National Council Member Announced.

RNA 10 Area today announced the appointment of their National Council Member and Deputy National Council Member. S/m Stirling Simmonds (Crosby Branch) will take the post of National Council Member, and S/m Charles Hutton (Trafford Branch) will take the post of Deputy national Council Member. These changes are due to the recent death of S/m Ron Fielding.


Presentation of Life Membership to S/m Bob Wilkinson.Life Membership awarded by Buxton and High Peak Branch.

Buxton and High Peak Branch awarded Live Membership of the Association to S/m Robert Wilkinson in recognition of his committed and loyal support of the Branch

The ceremony was held at the Glossop Cricket club on September 3rd and the award was made to S/m Wilkinson by the Area Secretary S/m Charles Hutton.

Further pictures from the ceremony can be viewed in the gallery pages.


Area Conference Minutes now available.

The minutes of the area conference held in Liverpool on 25th July 2009 are now available to download.


S/m Ron Fielding.

S/m Ron FieldingThe Officers of No.10 Area committee regret to inform all shipmates of the sudden death of Shipmate Ron Fielding, National Council Member for the Area, and also Chairman of the Salford branch on August 25th  He was 67.

S/m Ron was well known throughout the Area and beyond for his unstinting work for the Royal Naval Association.

Ron was born in Blackpool in 1942 where his mother had been evacuated during the war, although he spent most of his childhood in Salford. As a young boy, he was a choir boy in St Philip's church Salford, he was also an enthusiastic boy scout. He entered the Navy in 1959 as Stoker Mechanic, transfering to diving duties during his service.

Some time after leaving the service, he joined the newly formed Salford branch as a founder member.He became their Chairman in 2007 having alsso held the posts of Treasurer and latterley temporary Secretary.  He was also the branch Standard Bearer.  Ron was also elected as Area Standard Bearer in 2005 and has carried the Area Standard at many functions and parades, both within No.10 Area and throughout the UK.

On Saturday last, Ron and his wife Freda traveled to Portsmouth for Ron to attend a National Council Finance committee meeting as Vice Chairman. Whilst there, Ron and Freda celebrated their 39th Wedding anniversary. Although feeling unwell whilst in Portsmouth, Ron returned home on Monday where his condition rapidly deteriorated and he sadly passed away in hospital.

We extend to Freda and Family our deepest sympathy at this sad time.

Details of Ron's service career can be found here.

04. 07. 2009

Decisions taken by the National Council at June 12th meeting in Londonderry.

At their meeting in Londonderry on June 12th 2009 prior to the annual national conference, the National Council arrived at the following decisions;

    The National Council noted with concern the indisposition of the Deputy General Secretary, and sent its best wishes for his return to good health.
    The National Council approved the establishment of a body to undertake a revision of the Rules of the Association for consideration by National Council. The Group will consist (initially) of the Chairman of the Standing Orders Committee, The Chairman of the Association Management Committee and the National Council Member for No. 12 Area.
    The National Council noted with thanks, the report of the National Council Group tasked with Observing the re-run of the Area 2 Elections.
    The National Council directed the Accountant to treat the proceeds of the sale of the premises at 82 Chelsea Manor Street as a “designated” fund and instructed the General Secretary to place the sum involved in a separate deposit account.
    The National Council decided (as a temporary measure for the current year only) to distribute all Gift Aid Income in excess of £10,000 to Areas, on an 80/20 (Area/Headquarters) basis by means of thirteen equal shares.
    The National Council noted the report of the Standing Orders Committee regarding Branch Motions, Rejected Motions and Motions of Urgency for the Annual Conference 2009, debated its stance on each issue and nominated National Council speakers to the various Motions.
    The National Council noted the verbal report of the General Secretary.
    The National Council considered a report by the General Secretary on Charity Law in Northern Ireland as it pertains to The Royal Naval Association, and directed the General Secretary to undertake further investigative work on the subject.
    The National Council voted an expression of its thanks and best wishes to S/M Michael Hesketh (NCM Scottish Area) who is standing down for reasons of ill-health.

    The National Council decided not to extend an invitation to The Royal Air Forces Association to participate in The Royal Naval Association Biennial Parade in Whitehall on 13th September 2009.


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S/m Charles Crute Crosses the Bar.

Shipmate Charles Crute long serving Chairman of the South Liverpool branch sadly crossed the bar on Sunday June 28th aged circa 84.  Charles was a tireless worker on behalf of his branch and fought their corner on the many ocassions at Area and National conference.  His funeral is expected to take place at St Georges church Everton, Liverpool on Thursday July 9th at 1215 followed by commital at Anfield Cremartorium.


RN Narrow Boat Hire

Shipmates and branch members may be interested to know that the RN has 3 narrow boats based at Southam (Warwickshire) There are three 8-berth boats and they come highly recommended. These boats are half the normal hire costs to serving/ex serving personnel. For further information, or to hire these boats please contact:-

Leisure and Amenities Fund
HMS Nelson
Phone 023 9282 4050

The boats are berthed at Calcutt Boats,
Napton Junction,
Nr Southam,


Crisis Talks in effort to save Liverpool club

Shipmates from the Liverpool branch, and club officials met with the Chairman of the Administration & Management Committee  of the Association together with officers of the Area committee on Friday June 26th at the Bowring Park premises.  The meeting was called in an effort to solve the crisis at the club which is currently suffering severe trading difficulties.  It is understood  that a meeting of all branch members is to be convened as soon as possible to decide the future of the club


It's Plymouth in 2011

Although only a dissapointing 83 delegates attended this year's annual national conference in Londonderry, it was, nevertheless, a highly successful affair.With only one branch motion to discuss and this, concerned only the 2011 conference venue proposed by the Isle of Sheppey branch; an early finish to the meeting was anticipated. An emergency motion allowed the Plymouth branch to bid to bring the 2011 meeting to their city, and it was they who were successful by an overwhelming majority -- the Isle of Sheppey motion to hold the conferecne at the Mill Rythe holiday centre on Hayling Island Hant's fell by the wayside, with a number of delegates speaking against the motion.  

Two further motions of urgency, one concerning the election of NCM's and the other defining their role in representing their Areas, were rejected by the Standing Orders Committee; although the respective branches were invited to re-submit them at a future conference.

With the time remaining, National Council invited the delegates to take part in a 'Open Forum' to discuss ways of furthering the best interests of the Association and this produced a lively debate with some excellant contributions from several delegates.  All in all a good conference and the weekend went well, when for the first time in many years most of the delegates were together under one roof in a superier hotel in the heart of the city


National Council reports loss of 1430 members for 2008

In its annual report prior to national conference on June 13th the National Council regrets to report the loss of 1430 voting members for 2008. 8 branches closed during the year.An operating loss of £110,599 was recorded for the period in question. The Association now has 23,160 members including Associates, and 413 branches. Although Council claim to have 58,030 members if the 34,870 serving members are included, this is a difficult issue to reconcile as the so called serving members are not required to pay subscriptions to the Association, and more to the point were not consulted about their wishes to belong to the RNA, and more importantly, many are unaware of the Memorandum of Understanding signed last year which brought this about.