2015 Mar/Apr

Bob Davies writes:

This year’s Sgts' Mess Panto ‘Pirates of the Curried Bean’, played for thirteen nights in January to packed houses in our local theatre. Considered by many to be the best yet, it raised a considerable sum of money for charity. This year the amounts handed out included £12,000 to the RMCTF, and £2,500 to the Memorial Bandstand Trust. At a special presentation evening in the club on 31 January, 20 local charities and groups were presented with certificates and cheques for £500 each. A further sum of £1100 was spent purchasing a heart defibrillator, which will be kept in the club and made available for emergency use during events on and around Walmer Green. Our Secretary, Mike Baxter received this life saving gift from Derek Lindars, who played Pirate ‘Captain Jack Daw’ in the production. Brian Short has already started writing the script for next year’s Pantomime, which he informs us will be ‘The Sound of Muesli’.

The annual memorial service and commemoration of the lives sacrificed in February 1942 during ‘Operation Fuller’, better known as the ‘Channel Dash’, took place on the promenade in Dover on 12th of that month. Some 140 sailors and airmen, including 13 of the 18 young men of the Fleet Air Arm who flew the 6 Fairey Swordfish ‘Stringbags’ were killed during the unsuccessful attempt to prevent a German battle fleet from escaping up the Channel to their home ports. Our Standards were paraded by ‘Dusty’ Miller and Jimmy Green, and the service was also attended by Ben Stones and Bob Davies. On conclusion a buffet was laid on in the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht club, for which we thank the members and staff.

Our Standards were also present at the funeral service and burial of John Hood, a 92 year old RN veteran of the Burma Star Association. The Association have for many years used our club for their meetings, but the passage of time has seen their numbers decreasing, and now there are only a handful of these old boys left - Rest in Peace John

Our Steward Julie, unfortunately leaves us at the end of March and moves back to Warsaw to be nearer her family. Like her predecessor she has done an excellent job in moving the club forward and has made many friends. The members thank you for all your hard work, and wish you every success in the future.
A new Steward has already been appointed. and we look forward to Sue, the wife of 'Pastie' Cornish, taking over the running of the club. Welcome Sue,we know you will do a fantastic job!

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