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AREA 4 What a month!

Area 4 AGM sees Chairman of 10 years standing down. 

The Trinity Club in Dorchester hosted the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Naval Association’s Area 4 meetings in January and shipmates from all over the Area were welcomed to Dorchester by Alastair Chisholm, the Mayor of Dorchester.

This was an exceptional meeting as it saw the standing down of the Area’s Chairman Shipmate Ron Burdekin after 10 years in post and never a meeting missed.  Supported over the years by his devoted wife Yvonne, Ron thanked the Association and said he would be continuing to play a part in the Association but felt now was the right time for him to step down from a role he had thoroughly enjoyed for such a long time.  The Area 4 Committee were proud to make him their Area 4 Lifetime Vice President, an award which knocked the wind out of his sails and for which he was really surprised. 

The newly elected Chairman was National Council Member Warwick Belfritt who thanked Ron for his dedication to the role and confirmed that it is a role which takes up a lot of time, as he was already finding out – look out for a future piece on “A Week in the Life of…..”

Following other formalities involved with the AGM, the Area were delighted to welcome Chris Trevethan – RNA HQ Chief of Staff and the RNA Chief Executive Bill Olliphant, who gave an informative update on things happening at HQ level, updates on the reform of the Wellbeing and Welfare system within the RNA as a whole and generally explaining where 2024 would be taking the Association.

Redruth and Camborne AGM

The Redruth and Camborne branch of the RNA held their AGM at the Redruth Club on a very cold Monday evening recently, or at least cold for Cornwall. Over half of the members attended, where officials were re-elected, the past year was remembered and plans laid for the coming year. The opportunity was taken to record, by way of a photo, those members attending, while dressed in their finery. The branch remains very active with three new members last year. The branch would welcome visiting shipmates, as well as any new members, with a warm welcome and a tot or two. Meetings are held at the Redruth Club on Penryn Street in Redruth TR15 2SP, on the third Monday of every month.

RBL presentation to Bodmin  RNA following poppy appeal collection .

The Royal British Legion – Bodmin Branch, were proud to present a certificate of thanks to the Bodmin Branch Royal Naval Association.  Former Vice Chair and Life member S/M Mike Frost, together with former Social Secretary S/M Isobel Frost received the certificate on behalf of the Branch, at a presentation that took place in January.  The RNA Bodmin Branch couple, were delighted to be able to help out at the Poppy Appeal in November 2023 at the local Bodmin supermarkets, and  S/M’s Mike and Isobel managed to raise a healthy sum for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. 


Redruth & Camborne  - AGM Attendees dressed in their finery

S/M and Area 4 Life Vice President Ron Burdekin

Bodmin shipmates Mike and Isobel Frost receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the RBL