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ANNUAL DINNER 12TH MARCH 2016

This years annual dinner was held at The Berkeley, Evesham  Road, Spetchley, Worcester.  In attendance

were WO1 RSM J Rollins, C/Sgt Sean Leach and Sgt Rich Joynes from the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment. It was good to see some new faces at the

dinner as well as the the regulars. The Dinner commenced with a short welcome speech by the

President of Worcester Branch WFRA, Richard Fox, welcoming our honoured guests to the new venue for

this years dinner.  The Regimental March was played and this was followed by the Exhortation, a minutes

silence and then the Kohima Epitaph, delivered by Alan 'Kipper' Fish.  After the meal a toast was offered to the

Queen and the Regiments.

WO1 RSM Jason Rollins was invited to make a speech, he talked the Mercian Regiment's current situation and

the close ties between serving soldiers and association veterans, with bonds to be formed

within the greater association. RSM Rollins then presented Worcester Branch with a framed picture of the

lineage and family tree of the Mercian Regiment.

Then  Branch Chairman Harry Massam announced that there were two Association Merit Awards to be

presented. Branch President Richard Fox read out the citations one for Branch Secretary Maurice Smith, for

all his hard work and  the planning of various events; devoting a lot of his time to the Branch and Association

making sure everything has run correctly. The citation for Nigel Fish was for his hard work behind the scenes

with the IT and helping with the organisaton of Branch events.

This was followed by the raffle which raised well over a hundred pounds and a photocall for the presentations.

 

Many Thanks on behalf of the branch members to Harry and Libby Massam for all thier hard work

organising the annual dinner, which was a thoroughly enjoyable night with good company and excellent food.

 

My apolologies for any mistakes with names or rank, please contact through the 'Feedback' page or

email me if you have address for corrections & additions

 

Orders and prices for photos on page 14

 

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Worcester Branch Standards
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Worcester Branch President, Richard Fox (Maj Retd) announcing welcome speech
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L> Ann & George Gwymn -Newitt
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L>, Richard Adams, Anne Lewis, Keith Morris
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L> Terry Phillips (Maj Retd), Claire Phillips, Amanda Featherstone (Maj Retd), Jim Featherstone
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L>, Deborah Clarke, Brian Clark (Col Retd), Keith Jeavons (Col Retd), Iris Humprhey
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Lynn Deakin takes a photo of Sue & Barry Imms
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L>, Bill Kelly & Linda Kelly, Barry & Sue Imms
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Carol & Roger Maskell
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Athol & Lynn Deakin
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L>, Christine Kent, Dave Collins, Margaret Collins , Jeanette Boddily
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L>, Wendy & John Cornes, John & Meredith Tomlinson
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L> John Lowles (Col Retd), Mike & June layland, Dave Morgan Capt RA, Janice Morgan , Backs of Tony Web, Vincent 'Nasher' Edwardes
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Facing L>,Dave & Janice Morgan, Tony Webb
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L>, Judy & Alan 'Kipper' Fish, Anita Fish
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L>, Frank Caldicott, Neville Fairbairn, Graham Yapp
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Back L>, Mick & Angela Leeming, John & Margaret Walters, Barrie & Angela Symmonds
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L>, Barrie & Angela Symmonds, Tony Dobbins, Christine Dee
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L>, Amanda Shinnie, John & Val Hewlett, Peter Vaughan
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Gill Hewlett, Val & Kay Easterlow, Julian Burton
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L>, Peter Vaughan, Brian & Gill Hewlett, Val & Kay Easterlow, Ronald Evans
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L>, Ann Fox, Richard Fox (Maj Retd) President Worcester Branch, WO1 RSM Jason Rollins 2 Mercian
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L>, Sheila Brice, Maurice Smith Secretary Worcester Branch, C/Sgt Sean Leach 2 Mercian, Ann Fox
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L>, Harry Massam Chairman Worcester Branch, Libby Massam Treasurer Worcester Branch, Sgt Rich Joynes 2 Mercian, Sheila Brice
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WO1 RSM Jason Rollins 2 Mercian during his speech
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RSM Rollins with framed lineage of the Mercian Regiment
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President Richard Fox with Merit Award Citations
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Secretary Maurice Smith collecting his award from President Richard Fox with Chairman Harry Massam looking on
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Secretary Maurice Smith gives a thankyou speech and a reminder of the forthcoming events / parades
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John Lowles (Col Retd ex Commanding Officer 1 WFR 1976) presenting Nigel Fish (ex 1WFR 1976) with Merit Award
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President Richard Fox presenting Secretary Maurice Smith with his Merit Award
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President Richard Fox accepting the framed print of the lineage of The Mercian Regiment
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RSM Jason Rollins accepting a framed print of a Victoria Cross & Pte Thomas Turrall VC and inlaid WW1 Worcestershire Regiment capbadge from President Richard Fox
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The framed print of the name changes amalgamations and lineage of The Mercian Regiment
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Congratulations Gill and Brian Hewlett on the evening of their 50th wedding anniversary
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