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Delabole Branch

No4 Area


Branch Christmas Dinner

On the 4th December a Christmas dinner was held at the White Hart Inn St Teath. A good time was had by all Pauline and Chris could not be with us they were in Lanzarote enjoying the sun.

Photos by Branch Patron Helen Bull


Royal Naval Association No 4 Area branches from Bodmin, Bude, Delabole, Launceston, Liskeard and St Austell mustered at Pencarrow House Cornwall the Home of the Molesworth-St. Aubyn Family on Sunday 6th of August for the annual croquet contest. 
The Chairman of No.4 Area Shipmate Ron Burdekin and Ann Weir the widow of Admiral Alec was pleased to see and chat to the 50 ish Shipmates who attended the afternoon which was organised by Delabole Branch.  A super day out was enjoyed in the grounds of Pencarrow some partaking of the Cream Teas available in the cafe. With 11 teams competing for the Trophies there was some fierce competition.
Lady Iona Molesworth- St Aubyn kindly agreed to present the trophies to the winners who were Liskeard Branch and to Bodmin who were runners up.



Delabole Branch are pleased to announce that our Branch Patron Shipmate Helly Bull has arranged with the owner of Pencarrow House near Bodmin for us to hold the Croquet afternoon there on the lawn.
This is a super venue, the Georgian Mansion house and Gardens with Woodland walks owned by the Molesworth-St Aubyn family
is well worth a day out even without the added atraction of playing Croquet on their lawn.

We have to pay entry charges but these have been given us at favourable rates
Everyone has to pay a £4 garden entry charge if you would like to visit the house as well the charge will be £10
It has been arranged for Sunday 6th August. Bash off at 1200 High Noon
The Cafe will be open but you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.
We also hope to have a drop of Beer from Rock Brewery on tap.

Dont Forget to bring your seating.

And may the Best or the Team who dosn't get caught win


The Annual croquet match was held by Delabole branch for many years at the Home of their President Rear Admiral Alec Weir until his Crossing the Bar.
It has since been taken on by the St Austell branch and named the ADMIRAL WEIR MEMORIAL CROQUET TOURNAMENT. It was held this year (2015) at the Cornwall Croquet Club at Porthpean St Austell on Saturday 5th September. Delabole branch won the trophy and were also runners up. Mrs Ann Weir, Admiral Alec's widow, presented the trophys.
She in turn was presented with flowers by Shipmate Colin Armstrong the St Austell branch organiser. The tournament coincided with what would have been Admiral Alec's and Ann's wedding anniversary.

More images can be seen on the National Gallery pages

The Jacqui Ward Trophy 2015

Shipmate Monica White being presented with the trophy by The National President Vice Admiral John McAnally CB LVO Guest at the Reunion whilst Deputy Chairman Peter Shoesmith looks on.

The Jacqui Ward Memorial trophy is awarded annually in memory of a former Social Secretary of Delabole Branch. who was an enthusiastic worker for the R.N.A.
The Trophy is awarded to any Lady member of No.4 Area who has furthered the aims and interests of the R.N.A. during the past year. The award is presented at the Annual Reunion by the Deputy Chairman.
The recipient for 2015 is Shipmate Monica White

Her Citation reads

Monica is the wife of a shipmate who joined Portland Branch in 1982 whilst still serving with the Royal Navy.
She joined the RNA as an Associate member very soon after, and immediately they both got in on the annual pilgrimage to Barton Hall, the venue for many years of our Area Reunion.

Her husband soon joined the Branch Committee, and in 1986 became the Branch Area Delegate, which led to him joining the Area Committee.

For almost 30 years this Lady Associate Member has given outstanding loyal support to her husband, in all the positions he has held, and indeed continues to do so.

In more recent years she found herself attending functions at the highest levels, throughout the UK and in Europe. She was always comfortable in the company of members of the Royal Family and high ranking officers of the Royal Navy and European Navies, and in her own way represented _ in no small way - the Royal Naval Association.

On some occasions she even enjoyed the privilege of being the 'unofficial' lady escort on the arm of our National President.

Portland Branch is delighted to put forward her name for consideration for the Jacqui Ward Trophy.

Area Croquet Match 2014

The Annual No4 Area Croquet match which until he Crossed the Bar this year, was held for many years at the home of Delabole Branch President Rear Admiral Alec Weir CB. The 2014 event was hosted by the St Austell Branch at the Cornwall Croquet Club.
Bodmin, Delabole, Liskeard, and St Austell Branches were represented along with the Area Chairman Ron Burdekin of the Falmouth Branch.
There were no overall winners as the Matches had to be abandoned when the professional club players took to the lawns. However a super afternoon was had by all. Shipmate Colin Armstrong presented Delabole Branch with a silver cup to commemorate Admiral Alec's contribution to the event.
More Images can be seen here

It is with great sadness that I report that our President of many years
Rear Admiral Alec Weir CB Crossed the Bar on the 5th June 2014

Alec was a real gentleman and will be sorely missed

The funeral for Rear Admiral Alec Weir CB, Delabole's Branch President was held at St Kew Church on Tuesday 1st July  for family and close friends.
There will be a Memorial Service at Truro Cathedral on Tuesday 5th August at 12 noon.


Are you new to the Delabole area and interested in the Royal Navy
Why not Come Along and Join Us


Shipmate Yvonne Burdekin recieves the Jacqui Ward Memorial Trophy from Comodore Richard Bridges at the No.4 Area Reunion weekend at Durrant House Bideford in March 2013. Yvonne from the Falmouth Branch was up against some stiff opposition from ladies of other branches. Also in the picture ids Area Deputy Chairman Shipmate Peter Shoesmith.

.Presented by S/m Chris Hore on behalf of the DELABOLE Branch at the Liskeard Meeting held on 12th January 1991. In memory of S/m Jacqui Ward, a former Member of that Branch. She held the post of Social Secretary she was an enthusiastic worker for the R.N.A. The Trophy is awarded to any Lady member of the Area who has done the most to further the aims and interests of the R.N.A. during the past year. Nominations will be asked for, in time for a decision to be made which enables the award to be presented at the Annual Reunion. These are judged by the Deputy Chairman of No 4 Area.


Croquet 2010

The Branch held the Annual Croquet Match on Sunday 12th September 2010 at St Kew the home of our President Admiral Alec Weir CB. Thanks to all the Shipmates who supported the event. We were joined by representatives from St Austell, Saltash, Portland, Bodmin and Falmouth and

others. Delabole played last years winners St Austell in the final after being three hoops down made it to the pin for a nail biting win.

Winners Shipmates Alec Weir and Chris Hore and Runners up for St Austell were
Shipmates Colin Armstrong and Lou Colwill

Photographs can be seen Here

The Bar-B-Que proves popular with Shipmates doing Chicken, Burgers Sausages etc. the raffle proceeds will go to the Padstow Sea Cadet Unit.

Shipmate Charles Newton

Delabole Branch's oldest Shipmate former Bunting Tosser Charles Newton served during WW2 from 1940 to 1946 and recieved a commision whilst serving in Icelandic waters, also served as
Lieutenant RNR from 1952 to 1956

Shipmates Family and friends Joined Charles and his wife Christine to celebrate his 90th birthday at the conservative club Camelford for Sunday lunch, when Charles's good health was toasted led by Branch President Rear Admiral Alec Weir


Visit to HMS Cornwall
Shipmates from Delabole Branch visited HMS Cornwall whilst the ship was berthed at Falmouth they were treated to a conducted tour of the ship and afterwards entertained in the Senior Rates Mess

Delabole Branch Standard Bearer Shipmate Clyde Ferguson awarded the No4 (Southwest) Area “Vic Cornwell Trophy”.
Donated by Bodmin branch the trophy is presented to the Male Associate Member who has done the most to further the aims and interests of the R.N.A. During the past year.
Clyde came to the branch’s rescue some 7 years ago when the branch members weren’t fit enough to carry the Branch Standard. Clyde has carried it ever since and in fact joined the branch as an Associate member 4 years ago, as has his wife Helen.

Trafalgar Night Dinner 2010

The Branch held their Trafalgar Night Dinner at the Poldark Inn Delabole on Friday 22nd October. A thouroughly wonderful evening was had we were entertained by our guest speaker Captain John Hinchliff MNI, MCILT who told us of his exploits in the Bahamas


Shipmates enjoy a chat
St Austell v Liskeard
Runners Up

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