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RMA meetings have restarted and are held on the forth Friday of each month. The venue is the Royal British Legion, Shanklin at 1900hrs. The meetings are a social occasions for members and their guests. No formal agenda, just a get together of friends. If you would like to join this RMA branch, please contact the secretary, contact details below.

Ther next RMA Branch Social evening will be 27th January 2023 at the RBL Shanklin, starting at 1900hrs. If you are a former RM you are also most welcome to attend.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Gazebo Collection 2022. It’s all hard work?

Things have drawn to a close on our Gazebo collection effort this year 2022. It’s been fun and quite informative. Meeting all types of people. Most great, some not so. The bric-a-brac plan worked out quite well increasing our donations significantly. The credit card reader we have also worked well. Will probable give this plan a go next year, if still able. The work involved in getting this done is considerable. Without the help of Gary Smith this may have proved to be too difficult and I am most grateful to him. He has never asked for expenses, fuel, food, tea or coffee and the hours spent manning it, even when getting wet. Barry Myland also helped out manning it. When Barry was there, time always passed quickly as he has a very dry sense of humour. We collected £8,297.70p some expenses have to be deducted from this total in due course.

All serving and former service personnel are most welcome to join our Branch. We also have quite a few civilians as members. The banter and jokes can get in the way of branch business at times. We prefer to conduct our meetings in a semi-formal setting. All visiting RMA members are most welcome to attend meetings/functions.

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Foreword by the Chairman.

Martin Lovell. Contact: martin-lovell49@sky.com

I would like to welcome you to the Royal Marines Association, Web Page. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries. New members are always welcome. Hopefully, we can get back to normal, after the Coronavirus.

Secretary.

Terry Goodwin, contact: terrygoodwin231@gmail.com

If you require assistance or more information about the RMA on the Island, please email me.

Once you leave the services life can be a challenge. It is difficult to have the same mind set as civilians. You just get on with your life and do your thing. As you get older you begin to miss the camaraderie that you once had. People who have the same sense of humour as you; no grey areas, say it as it is, have a laugh. Tell strange jokes. I think you get the drift. If you live on the Island think about joining our Branch. You do not have to attend all the meetings/functions. You can involve yourself as much or as little as you please. You will always be welcome Brother. To check out what charity events we have Planned this year, go to the relevant page in the menu.

We will meet again

If you would like to join the RMA and our branch through the official RMA site this can be done using this link above. You can also join our branch directly by contacting the membership secretary, Tom Bodman at fredbodman@gmx.co.uk. Further information and help from the RMA nationally can be obtained from the link above. This is also a good source of information for any problems you may have. Don’t stand on ceremony, you put the time in and you were prepared to stand in harms way. Maybe you need others to help you now?

Another good place to look for help is, SSAFA. The Armed Forces Charity. Contact: https://www.ssafa.org.uk It helps all ex-service personnel. Martin Lovell the branch Chairman is the Secretary/caseworker for them on the Island. A handy guy to know.

The following link to the Royal British Legion in Shanklin. This is where the RMA meets every forth Friday at 1930hrs. http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/shanklin

Committee Members

  • Ian Ward – President.  
  • Martin Lovell – Chairman.  
  • Tom Bodman – Vice Chairman / Membership Secretary.
  • Terry Goodwin – Secretary.
  • Belinda Holley – Treasurer. 
  • Peter Evans – Social Secretary. (Off Sick)
  • Revd Tony Richards – Padre.
  • Hughie Shiel.
  • Ray Bloomfield. 
  • Garry Smith

More posts by other RMA members; including Reverend Tony Richards, Former PO Stoker, good hand. Tony puts in a considerable amount of hours looking after his congregation and us. We all say, THANK YOU!…Tony.

                                      Standard Agenda. Committee Meetings.

If you have any suggestions or thoughts that you feel should be discussed at the committee meeting, please contact the Secretary.

                          Royal Marine Prayer.

                           Apologies.

                           Chairman’s report.

                           Secretary’s report.

                           Treasurer’s report.

                           Social Secretary’s report.

                            Armed Forces Day report.

                            Padre’s report.

                            AOB.

                            Closing Prayer – Padre.

                            Raffle/refreshment.

Remember; Look after number 2 and number 2 looks after you.

Two most important rules in the Royal Marines.
1. Your commanding officer is always right.
2. In case your commanding officer is wrong, remember rule number one.

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