Category: Letchworth & Hitchin Branch

Shipmate Les Brown has Crossed the Bar

Letchworth Branch have the sad duty to report that their President, S/M Les Brown has Crossed the Bar. Further details about Les, his life in the RN and with the RNA, will be updated shortly. His funeral will take place on Thursday 26th April 2018 at St George’s Church, Norton Way, Letchworth, at 1530. Standard …

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Shipmate Penny Jarvis: Veteran Support Officer

On Friday 23rd February 2018, I attended the funeral of an ex-serviceman, Christopher John weaver. I did not know him, but as many of us in the RNA and forces Associations have done in the past, I attended his funeral because he did not have any family able to do so. I found out about …

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Shipmate Christopher John Weaver, 16 December 1945 – 6 January 2018

On Friday 23rd February 2018, a funeral took place at the North Herts Crematorium, Holwell, Hitchin. The majority of mourners were former service personnel — mainly Royal Navy. Four Royal Naval Association Standards, and two HMS Ganges Association Standards, were being paraded in front of the hearse carrying shipmate Christopher John Weaver. This was no …

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Call for mourners, shipmate Chris Weaver’s funeral Friday 23rd February 2018

Over the last few years, shipmate Penny Jarvis has been working with an ex-RN ‘gentleman’ after finding him homeless. Penny was a Veteran Support Officer and had known Chris for some time now. Sadly, Chris died at the beginning of January, his funeral will take place at North Herts Crematorium, Holwell, Nr Hitchin (at 1000). …

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Somme 100: an RNA family pilgrimage

With the centenary celebrations and commemorations of the First world War taking place since 2016, shipmate Penny Jarvis and some family members went on a pilgrimage to France to trace the steps of their relatives, killed during the Battle of the Somme. This is Penny’s summary of her trip: On the 18th August 1916 Private …

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RNA Conference 2018: Alternative accommodation arrangements

RNA members will know that this year’s annual conference will take place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin. Accommodation is running out fast, but alternative arrangements can be made. Shipmate Penny Jarvis from Letchworth RNA has been working with Maureen from Just for Groups in order to arrange a week’s holiday which …

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Shipmate Lawrie Cook, Letchworth & Hitchin Branch, has Crossed the Bar

It is with deep regret that shipmates from Letchworth & Hitchin Branch announce that their President, shipmate Lawrie Cook, has Crossed the Bar. Lawrie’s funeral will take place on April 12 at Letchworth Free Church at 1425. Branch Standards are requested if possible, please contact shipmate Penny Jarvis (01462 673491) for further details. Our thoughts …

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Funeral Service: Shipmate Rod Francis

On Thursday 24th November 2016, a funeral of an ex-serviceman took place in Bedfordshire. Rodney ‘Rod’ Francis was an ex-CPO Submariner; he died aged 74, on the 24th October. Estranged from his wife and son, it was feared that his funeral would be a very quiet and lonely one. However, with a call round to …

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Letchworth & Hitchin Branch presentations, February 2016

Shipmates from Letchworth & Hitchin Branch recently held a Branch luncheon in order to thank their former Vice Chairman, S/M Bill Poole, for his service to the Branch, and to welcome Mrs Adie Hughes as an Honorary Member. S/M Bill Poole has moved near King’s Lynn, unfortunately, the King’s Lynn Branch has closed, so Bill …

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