Executive Council Conference

Minutes from the NCC Meeting at Maidstone now available from this link in pdf Format

NCC Minutes 2014 (Unconfirmed)

Minutes from the NCC Meeting at Leeds now available from this link in pdf Format

NCC Minutes 2013

Minutes from the NCC Meeting at Solihull is now available from this link in pdf Format

NCC Meeting 2012

Minutes from the NCC Meeting at Blackpool is now available from this link in pdf Format

NCC Meeting 2011
Annual Conference and Reunion 2015
The 2015 National Council Conference and Reunion with take place on the weekend of Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2015 at the HOLIDAY INN, LEICESTER. The hotel is Located in the centre of Leicester in the middle of a large roundabout with an NCP car park adjacent. It is literally 5 minutes’ walk to a very large modern shopping centre and is about 1 mile from the railway station and 35 miles from East Midlands Airport.

Currently the organising of these events is still ongoing, however, once further details are known they will be promulgated. Hopefully this early notification will enable you to give some serious thought to supporting these two major events in our Association's calendar and it would also be appreciated if you could pass this information on to any of your fellow Branch Members who are only contactable by either snail mail or word of mouth, many thanks.

2014 Embankment Parade
2nd November 2014

This years embankment parade will take place Sunday the 2nd of November. Our muster point as in previous years will be HMS President (1918) and members are asked to be there around 0900-0930 to enable the parade marshall to note numbers and organise platoons.
Those who have ordered wreaths can pick them up from myself or another member of the committee either at the gangway (Dry Weather) on onboard (Wet weather). Do not worry if you have no one to lay your wreath as we have loads of volunteers! To carry out this role.
Please ensure cheques are made out to Royal British Legion (RBL) poppy appeal. Order forms and cheques are to be sent to:

2014 Wreath Order Form

John Wood

48 Ullswater Avenue
West Auckland
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 9LS

Vice Chairman
Submariners Association

2014 London Cenotaph Parade
9th November 2014

I'ts that time of the year again when I must ask you to let me know if you wish to attend the Cenotaph Parade this year?
If you do, could you send me a SAE to the following address:

CPO(Coxswain)(SM) Iain Mackenzie,
Family Centre,
Churchill Square,
G84 9HL.
(I am moving house, my home address is up in the air).

I have applied for the passes and like previous years I will send your pass and instructions in your SAE.
I do not get these passes until end of October so do not panic.
Any submariner (you don’t have to be a member of the SA) can apply to me for a pass,
but it is strictly 1 Submariner 1 Pass, unless you require a carer, then I will send 2.

Andrew (Taff) Morgan has very kindly volunteered to be your Parade Marshal for the day,
he can be contacted on 0781 783 1345.

Iain Mackenzie Esq
Parade Marshal
Submariners Association

NMC Meetings 2014
¤ January 4th 2014 - Conference Room, Darlington Railway Station

Minutes of NMC Meeting January 2014

¤ March 22nd 2014 - NCC Holiday Inn, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Kent.

NCC Minutes 2014 (Unconfirmed)

¤ April 12th 2014 - West Bromwich RNA Club

Minutes of NMC Meeting April 2014

¤ July 26th 2014 - West Bromwich RNA Club

Minutes of NMC Meeting July 2014

¤ November 1st 2014 - U.J.C. Club, London

¤ December 31st 2014
Deadline for the 2015 Proposals and Nominations for Election onto the NMC

NMC Meetings 2013
¤ January 5th 2013 - Nautical Club, Birmingham.

Minutes of NMC Meeting January 2013

¤ April 3rd 2013 - NCC Metropole Hotel, Leeds.

NCC Minutes 2013

¤ April 27th 2013 - Nautical Club, Birmingham.

Minutes of NMC Meeting April 2013

¤ July 27th 2013 - Nautical Club, Birmingham.

Minutes of NMC Meeting July 2013

¤ November 2nd 2013 - NMC Meeting UJC, London

Minutes of NMC Meeting November 2013


The Naval Service Plans for the commemorating the Centenary of World War One for 2013 - 2018
The programme is designed to support the overall National programme ensuring a strong maritime narrative focusing on key events supported by broader themes; the latter will include aspects such as the role of Reservists (18 VCs), Women (the Centenary of the WRNS is in 2017) and Merchant Seamen (20,000 merchant seamen were lost in action), and role played by the Royal Navy (Royal Naval Division) and Royal Marines on the land, notable at the Somme (7 Naval VC's) and Gallipoli (7 Naval VC's. We also intend to promote a human angle focusing on some of the 48 Naval Service personnel awarded VCs awarded during WW1.

The Naval Service Commemorations document can be viewed from this link in PDF format

75th Anniversary Loss of HM S/M Thetis
Saturday 31st May 2014 & Sunday 1st June 2014 '
Shippers, a week to go so here the programme for the 75th Anniversary of the loss of HMS/m Thetis as I know it. Things have changed a lot from what I originally envisaged but it will still be a very fitting Weekend of Remembrance. Resurgam.

Saturday 31st May, I along with the Chairman Brian Woods, Norman Dodd, Alan Sutton and several others, including people from Holyhead and further afield, will be laying a wreath at the Holyhead Maeshyfryd Cemetery, LL65 2AP, at approx. 1200, on behalf of the Branch. I don't envisage a full religious ceremony because we haven't a padre, due to mix ups and mis-information. It's nobody's fault, just one of those things.

Sunday 1st June there will be Dedication of a Memorial Plinth to the left of Birkenhead Woodside Ferry Terminal, CH41 6DU. The unveiling is proposed for 1300. This will be attended by the great and good from around the area and RASM will also be represented. Several Branches are sending their Standards and there will be reps from Tasmania and Western Australia as well as several UK Branches from what I understand. This has been organised by Mr Derek Arnold, son of Stoker Arnold, and it looks like it's going to be a tribute also to his doggedness and will power in making the event happen. He's to be congratulated.

Birkenhead RNA has cancelled their Memorial for this year at the RNA Club and will take part in the Woodside Remembrance. Their RNA Club welcomes attendees afterwards for liquid refreshment. It is situated at Park Road East, CH41 4BE.

There will be splicers at 1600 to drink a toast to the crew and dockyard mateys who perished on the boat. Also on Sunday the lifeboats from Moelfre and Llandudno will be laying wreathes at the site of the loss at approximately 1300. The Llandudno boat is full and unfortunately no passenger places are available on the Moelfre boat. I will get a Branch wreath to them on the Saturday for putting over the side. We all wish them fair weather.

If you have any questions related to the above, please contact:
E-mail Ken Kerr, Hon Secretary, Merseyside Branch, Submariners Association

26th - 27th July 2014
Veterence Weekend, East Park, Hull
Branch will have a stall, Memorabillia Past and Present

2nd August 2014
We have a Social on to Commemerate the First World War
Masonic Lodge, Beverly Road, Hull,
Raffle, Entertainment (Free Rum)

7th September 2014
Annual veterance parade at
Dean camp. Malton. North Yorks

12 December 2014
Annual Christmas Dinner
At the New Theatre Hotel Hull . 1930 for 2000 Entertainment, Raffle,
Rum price £25 per head.

If you have any questions related to the above, please contact:
E-mail Cyril Raines, Hon Secretary, Hull & East Yorkshire Branch, Submariners Association

Thursday 3rd July 2014
The Sunderland Branch will be holding their 50th Anniversary Celebration on the evening
of Thursday 3rd July 2014 in a Italian Restaurant called 'Signatures' Wynyard Street, Silksworth, Sunderland, SR3 1HP.

If you have any questions related to the above, please contact:
E-mail Ian Atkinson, National Treasurer, Sunderland Branch, Submariners Association

Our Branch has decided to stage our Annual Dinner in the Wellington Park Hotel again this year,
on the weekend of the 30th /31st May.
I would be grateful if you could promulgate to all Branches,
and I ask that all those who wish to attend let me know as soon as possible,
so I have a rough idea of numbers to be catered for.

Our dinners have been well attended over the past two years and we hope to see many of you again.
Full Programme on this link
An early response from members wishing to attend is vital.

Thanking you in anticipation.of a good response.

If you have any questions related to the above, please contact:
E-mail Davy George, Hon Secretary, Northern Ireland Branch, Submariners Association

The crew of a Second World War submarine which the people of Epping helped pay for will be remembered during a series of events.
Residents raised £176,000, along with the people of Harlow, to sponsor the construction of HMS Sickle during Warship Week in 1942.
The submarine spent most of its service patrolling the Mediterranean and its 43 strong crew
perished when it hit a mine off the coast of Cythera Islan in June 1944.
Epping Town Council have announced plans for a series of events on June 18 to mark the loss of the Sickle and its crew.
A one-day exhibition of the history of the submarine will be held at Epping Hall
and a memorial service will be held in St John's Church in St John's Road, Epping.
A permanent memorial plaque for the crew will also be placed in the Garden of Remembrance at St John's Church

Branch Events 2014
Barrow In Furness Branch Events

If you have any questions related to the above, please contact:
E-mail Ron Hiseman, Hon Secretary, Barrow in Furness Branch, Submariners Association

Weekend of 21st to 24th November 2014
November 21st-24th 2014. Beds and Herts branch 40th anniversary weekend at Hotel Riviera, Bournemouth.

If you have any questions related to the above, please contact:
E-mail, Hon Secretary, Beds & Herts Branch, Submariners Association

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