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North Devon Branch Start 2017 at Pace

Following a busy December with the successful Christmas Appeal for RM Charities, Branch Christmas Party and Mess Ball one would have hoped for a  more relaxing start to 2017.  3 months in and we have had 3 branch meetings, a medal presentation, an evening with the WO&SNCO’s, an Lunch for our more senior members and support for RHS Rosemoor Wilderness Weekend.

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At January’s branch meeting we piped in the Haggis and it was dually killed by Mike Harper who recited the “Ode to the Haggis”.  In February we had the pleasure of having an inspirational talk by Mark Ormrod, which left everyone being more thankful for their lot.  We also presented Veteran Billy Baverstock with his WW2 medals having waited 72 years for them. At the Commando Logisitc Regiment’s WO&SNCO’s Monthly Mess meeting we had the opportunity to give a presentation on the RMA.  Included in this was handing over a cheque for £1400.00 to the  WO1 RSM Tim Jukes RMbe used by the Specialist Welfare Team at RMB For the 3rd year running we have held a lunch for our more senior members and the branch widows.  28 members and their carers (in some cases)  enjoyed a roast beef dinner.  Present were D Day Landing 4 Legion d’Honneur recipients The average age of the attendees was around 85yrs In March, again for the 3rd year running, a group of us including serving RM’s and RN’s were invited to attend an events weekend RHS Rosemoor here in North Devon We had our usual RMA stand and 3 field displays – woodcraft, military equipment and Med Squadron from Commando Logisitc Regiment RM came along with their field ambulance The public had the opportunity to sample field rations, wood craft and handle some of the military equipment including what Royal Marines carry  as well as understanding what it is like on the front line as a medic This is a PR event where we get the opportunity to raiser awareness of the work of the RMA and Commando Logisitics at RMB Chivenor

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