Sheldon
Branch Meetings

Sheldon branch meeting & social is held on the last Thursday of every month.
The venue is :The Onward Club, 107 Helmswood Drive, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham. B37 7NS
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Position
Email address
Telephone number
President:
Capt Frank Young MBE
Vice President:
Albert Page
Chairman:
Mr Jerry Creighton
0798 6776552
Vice Chairman:
David Bromhall
Hon Secretary and Welfare Officer:
Mr Neil Gregory
0121748 3007
Asst Secretary:
Mrs Beck Creighton

0794 1737772

Treasurer:
Mrs Bonnie Gregory
0121 748 3007
Entertainments Officer:
Allan Oakley
Membership Secretary:
Vernon Lyndon

Sheldon branch forecast of events 2018.

Sunday 27th May 2018. Ironbridge WW2 event. Seats left.
2nd June. Military talk regarding the Falklands at Alderson House. 11am.
2nd June. Normandy day dinner in Nuneaton.
3rd June. Normandy day parade in Nuneaton.
15th-18th June. Asiago, Italy. 100th Anniversary. 5th,6th.7th,8th, Warwickshire Regiments.
Saturday 16th June. Frank Young's 60th Birthday bash at his man shed. 2pm onwards.
Saturday 16th June. Battlefield tour of Cropredy. English Civil war battlefield tour.
14th July. 50th Anniversary service at The Arboretum. Mini bus full.
26th July. Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent 5 days. 20 members attending.
4th August. Canal boat trip. 1pm-4pm on the good ship Victoria.
5th September. Freedom parade, London.
29th September. Country & Western weekend in Brean.
14th October. Warwick & Association Church parade. Lunch in Shire Hall.
20th October. Sheldon branch Annual dinner.
11th November. Birmingham remembrance parade.
24th/25th/ November. Birmingham Military Tattoo.
29th November. Sheldon branch A.G.M.
8th December. Para Engineers Dinner at The Holiday inn.
15th December. Christmas get together at The Hornet.
22nd December. David Pollock's 75th Birthday party at the Onward Club.


Sheldon branch update Friday 11th May 2018.
Events needing your support.
Sunday 27th May Ironbridge WW2 event.
Mini bus will leave The Onward Club at 9.30 am and will then depart Bridgenorth at 8.30 pm. A chance to dress up in 40's gear and take a step back in time. The day includes a fire power display, a Dakota flypast and much more. There is no entrance fee. Members attending to date are Neil & Bonnie Gregory, Lesley & Tom Mahoney, Allan & Maria Oakley, Eve Sutton, Albert Page and Christopher Mahon. Due to one of our members being poorly at the moment there is now 7 vacancies for this trip. Obviously the more going the cheaper the mini bus will be. Those going by own transport Ralph & Irene Wooldridge.
Military talk at Alderson House 2nd June.
An informative talk given regarding the Falklands campaign by Major (Retd) David Seeney, beginning at 11am includes coffee on arrival and a buffet lunch. Details of which have already been sent out but please do get in touch with me if you would like these details again.
Normandy day dinner Saturday 2nd June .
Starting at 19.00 for 19.30 at the Abby Grange Hotel in Nuneaton. Cost is £25.00 per person. Transport from my house at 18.00 hrs.
Normandy day parade Sunday 3rd June.
Form up at 9.30am at Riversley park by the tunnel. Then a short march to The Royal Warwick's memorial then a buffet, a drink and a catch up at the Conservative club.
Please be aware that both days are our Regimental days and deserving of your support.
Asiago, Italy 100th Anniversary. 15th-18th June.
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Royal Warwickshire Regiments involved. This trip is being organized by Lt Col Malcolm Hill TD. Several members flying from Birmingham.
Battlefield tour of Cropredy Saturday 16th June.
This is an English Civil war battlefield tour organized by Maj Anthony Rich TD, Maj John Turqand TD and Major Alan Yardley TD.
Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent 5 days 26th July.
Final payment for this trip is required by the end of May. Cheque payable to N D Gregory or by bank transfer to N D Gregory Barclays bank, 20-07-84. 10395919.

Sheldon branch Newsletter February 5th 2018.


Apologies received from last meeting and social Friday 26th January 2018. Glen Rock, Mark & Marie Moulding, John Cahill, Tony Yapp, Albert Page, Lew Skinner, Les Mason, Major Ralph Wooldridge TD, Harry Morton.
Many thanks to those who took the time to send their apologies. Still a good turnout for such a cold night.
Forthcoming events.
Next meeting & social Thursday 22nd February 2018.
St George's day dinner League of Gentlemen club. 21st April 2018.
Being held once again in Rugby at 12.30 pm. Those interested please contact Frank Young on 0121 789 9614
A Coy 5RRF St George's day dinner at Barrows Lane. 21st or 28th April TBC.
The cost is £25.00pp although the date is not yet confirmed. I will keep members informed.
Regimental Church service & lunch at The Tower of London Sunday 6th May 2018..
I have just heard from Assistant Regimental Secretary Captain Andy Harris that due to it being the 50th Anniversary this year, and there being many events going on, this particular event has unfortunately been cancelled. This is a great shame as this is a popular event supported by Sheldon Branch every year. I appreciate that 50th Anniversary events take precedence but it is a shame that the bread & butter events that need supporting every year, if they are to continue, have to suffer.

Iron bridge WW 2 weekend 26TH/27TH May.
I will have more details of this at the meeting should anyone be interested.
Asiago Reflect, Italy June 15-18 2018.
As broached by Lt Col Malcolm Hill TD at the last meeting, this trip is for 4 Days at a cost of £350.00. A deposit of £150.00 is required by 28th February. Please find attached further details. Unfortunately a few of us have already booked holidays on this date, myself and Bonnie included, which is a great shame as we wanted to go on this trip.
Bruges, Antwep & Ghent 5 days 26th July 2018.
Monies for this event are due no later than 7th June. Cheques made payable to N D Gregory or by bank transfer Barclays Bank Acc No : 10395919 Sort Code : 20-07-84. The balance of £269.00 includes the two canal boat excursions.
Annual Bowls competition in Nuneaton.
I am awaiting confirmation of a date from Murray Richards as we need to bring the cup back to Sheldon branch. I will keep you updated.
Canal boat trip in Birmingham.
Being organized once again by Beck Creighton, date has yet to be confirmed.
50th Anniversary service at the National Memorial Arboretum 14th July 2018.
Names of members who wish to attend have been forwarded to Captain Harris in London.
Beating retreat and Tower of London 7th July.
The cost for this is £130.00 which includes some drinks though not spirits. The tower is to be vacated by 11.30pm.
Warwick Church parade 14th October 2018.
Lunch this year will be held in Shire Hall. The 1st Battalion Colours will be on parade and transport will be provided thanks to a donation by Major Peter Richardson TD.
Sheldon branch Annual dinner 27th October 2018.
I am still awaiting confirmation from Jo Wilkins regards the date. Hopefully we may be able to have the Corps of drums again. The cost will remain at £25.00 per person.
Remembrance parade Birmingham Sunday 11th November 2018.
Hopefully it will be a better parade this year.
Birmingham Military Tattoo 24th/25th November.
Names for this event to Beck Creighton please.
Sheldon branch A.G.M Thursday 29th November 2018.
This is when your annual subs are due.
Christmas get together at The Hornet Pub Saturday 15th December 2018.
David Pollock's 75th Birthday bash 22nd December 2018.
Being held at The Onward Club in Chelmsley Wood. All members invited.

Other business.
Safe talk suicide awareness training Tuesday 13th March 2018.
Some will remember that a training session was discussed last year to ensure that a number in the Regiment and the Association in the Midlands are able to support our colleagues who may be considering suicide. The talk is by Rev Andrew Rawding who served in 2 RRF. The date is 13th March at Barrows Lane. There are Two sessions. Replies are required directly to Steve Hopkinson by the 5th March. 5RRF-ACoy-HQ-PSAO@mod.uk. Please see attached information.

Events for 2019.
Birmingham Hippodrome Thursday 17th January 2019. This year Peter Pan. Please be aware your ticket money of £23.00 is due to Jenny Young on or before the 1st March.
Severn Valley railway 40's weekend 29th/30th June
Because we were let down with accommodation this year it is my intention to book early for 2019. I am not sure if it will be Bridgenorth or Bewdley depending on how many wish to go. Please let me know if you would like me to book you in for next year, I know it is quite a lot in advance but I do not want the same problem booking accommodation next year.
Please keep in touch, don't be a stranger.
If you would like to support any of the above events, do please let me know.
Regards
"Fusiliers stronger together
Neil"

 

Sheldon branch events and details for April, May and June.

Next meeting & social on Thursday 27th April at 8pm. Please be aware that after this Month the next meeting is not until 29th June as there is no meeting in May.
Benidorm boys long weekend Friday 28th April. Please be at the airport for 4am. The Hotel we are staying at is The Benilux Park.

Regimental Church service at H M Tower of London on 7th May. Smart dress please, Regimental ties and medals.

Dunkirk & Fortress Europe, 5 Days, 4 nights in Belgium on 29th May. The trip includes a visit to Wormhoudt. The departure time at the NEC train station is at approximately 7am. I will confirm this time nearer the day.

Lt General Sir Jeremy Reilly Memorial service 6th June at 12 Noon. Held at St Mary's Church in Warwick. Admission is by ticket only.

Regimental orders with our 1st Battalion at Tidworth on 22nd June. The departure time is 7.30am and lunch is provided.

40's Weekend on Severn valley railway 24th/25th June. Staying at The Falcon Hotel in Bridgenorth. Depart the Onward Club at 7.30am. Those who have asked Bonnie to obtain train tickets for them, they will be available at the next meeting on 27th April.

Sheldon branch membership.
Please be aware that new members need to complete and return a membership form. Subs are still £10.00 due in November at our A.G.M.
Sheldon branch 35th Annual dinner Saturday 28th October being held at The T A Centre in Stoney Lane. Guest of Honour Lt Col Richard Gale TD. Still only £25.00 to attend. This year a magnificent painting by Vernon Lyndon to be auctioned. Several sealed bids already received to date. Hopefully we may have the Corps of drums as it is our 35th dinner since the branch was founded in 1982.
Hope to see you all on Thursday 27th April as it will then be 8 weeks until our next meeting on 29th June. So please do your best.
Welcome to new member John Ricketts. Ex 5RRF 1983-1999
Don't be a stranger, be part of it and stay in touch.
Regards
Neil
"Fusiliers stronger together"