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Message Number: 2507 - Thursday, January 10, 2019 06:41:20 EST
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Name:  Dan Archer
Service Number:  PO22378c
Hometown:  Pytchley
Instrument/s:  Bugler
Comments:

Just read Oscar Richards' final 365a from his Job at School. Great foreword by Graham Hoskins as ever showing loyalty to those who served under his leadership in his bands. I can only say I love Oscar. We served together in FOSNI with Graham as DofM and HMY again with Graham as DofM. Oscar's enthusiasm started long before he joined the Corps. He told me once that he won several talent contests at Butlins as well as the Junior Personality Award when he was a kid. Congratulations on another job well done.

Dan

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Message Number: 2505 - Thursday, January 3, 2019 13:34:06 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  Rmbx2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Comments:

As I was unable to attend my great friend Denis's funeral today it was great to read that our great RMB family was well represented. I have been thinking about Denis most of today and a bit guilty that I could not be there. Farewell Denis. We shall meet again. Mick.

[Webmaster] See photo of Denis and Mike at the Plough some months recently on Denis' obituary via the listing on the Sunset page.

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Message Number: 2504 - Thursday, January 3, 2019 13:23:55 EST
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Name:  Tony Oliver
Service Number:  3975
Instrument/s:  Trombone
Comments:

In reply to Martin Jackson’s comment. It will be great to see you Martin. Your old sparring partner Graeme Verroken attends with Carol and the Family. The Cathedral Service is something quite special. Take care . Tony Oliver.

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Message Number: 2503 - Thursday, January 3, 2019 11:30:40 EST
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Name:  David Seed
Service Number:  RMB4084
Hometown:  Preston
Instrument/s:  Flute/Tenor Sax
Comments:

Graham Ward and myself attended Denis Ovenden's funeral today alongside a number of ex Royal Marines from the local RMA. We lined the entrance to the crematorium as a guard in honour of Denis.

The service started with Moonlight Sonata, then a reading of Psalm 23 by his granddaughter Alanna, followed by the Hymn The Day thou Gavest.

The service was led by The Rt Revd Peter Hullah who had been a friend to Denis and family for many years who after the Hymn recounted memories of Denis.

Ex Bugler Bob Wareham then gave an excellent rendition of the Last Post and Reveille. Following the Committal the family and friends withdrew to the sounds of the Ashoken Farewell played by John Perkins.

RIP Denis.

[Webmaster] Heart warming to know that some travelled a great distance to pay their respects. Well done everyone!

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Message Number: 2502 - Monday, December 31, 2018 16:04:38 EST
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Name:  Eric Charles Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X 3051
Hometown:  Kangaroo Flat
Instrument/s:  None Now
Comments:

I was informed on Sunday 30th December that Peter Checkley RMB 4181 has Crossed the Bar. More info when I receive same.

Details of Peter's Career can be seen on the Adelaide Reunion 2018 report.

On a lghter note can I wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2019 be kind to you and yours and may you win the pools so that will allow you to join us ex RMBs in Adelaide on the first weekend in April.

Cheers from a very hot Victoria, 0900hrs and already in the very high 20s.

Eric.

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Message Number: 2501 - Sunday, December 23, 2018 14:42:47 EST
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Name:  martin jackson
Service Number:  RMB4207
Hometown:  PLYMOUTH
Instrument/s:  Not sure
Comments:

Good words Tony Oliver. I will definately be there next year and try and organise some folks down here to go as well, a shame for all this to end when the time we all spent in the service had such an impact on our lives and long lasting friendships made.

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Message Number: 2500 - Sunday, December 23, 2018 08:50:23 EST
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Name:  Gerry Taylour
Service Number:  RMBX2742
Hometown:  Nottingham
Instrument/s:  Piano and Trombone
Comments:

Just seen a video on the Royal Marines Band Service Facebook site, of a recent concert by the RMSM band held at St. Marys Church Portsmouth. Apparently the school now has it's own choir together with their own 'vocal director'. How times have changed! It reminded me of an event in Deal in about 1957. I was on a promotion course there and became involved in a performance of the 'Dream of Gerontius' directed by Vivian Dunn in the depot church. I was one of the singers, I think there was about 30 of us, the orchestra was probably supplied by the staff band. Does anybody else remember the event?

Yesterday evening I was out playing with my Loughborough Concert Band at our annual Christmas concert. We sounded really good, particularly in Philip Sparkes suite 'A Medieval Christmas'.

Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year to you all,

Gerry Taylour

Ruddington Nottingham



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Message Number: 2499 - Friday, December 21, 2018 13:26:43 EST
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Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  rmb 3645
Hometown:  Pompey
Instrument/s:  Cornet & Box
Comments:

Agree with Barry Radford re. the reunion next year.

Please don't allow this new former bandsmen Cenotaph parade take precedence over our regular get together, or all of the efforts of so many will be destroyed in one fell swoop!

Whilst it is good and proper to honour our fallen, I think in all fairness, that we all do this every year in our respective cities, towns and villages and long may this continue.

However, whilst our Band Reunion doesn't exactly clash with the event, I worry that the night pre. the march, might just become the new reunion for many. Already there appear to be so many former bandies signing up to the event and booking into the UJC for the evening meet up. I'd hate to think that this could be to the detriment of our regular official get together!?

I do feel however, that we should try to promote our HMS Nelson RMB event somewhat stronger than it is at the present. Perhaps we ALL need to do our bit towards that? - This year saw numbers down, and I think the whole thing needs a serious reboot - including the small, but important things such as the hearty welcome drink. (Tot for those who drink it or a suitable alternative equivalent to those who don't!!)

The choice of food perhaps might also be a consideration. Not everyone favours a curry. Basic stuff, such as Fish and Chips or a good old Hog Roast might have an alternative appeal! Cheese and biscuits to follow even. All suggestions welcome!?

Re. any lengthy speeches after the RMSM Beat Retreat. Instead, perhaps it'd be preferable to have a break mid-evening in the mess, for the PDM (or whoever) to say a few words there and even have a Q&A session for members on completion. (It's cold for so many in that gym/drill shed!!)

Whatever anyone thinks, we need to keep our reunion going and to improve if needs be. We just need to try to attract a lot more of our old oppo's down. If everyone who goes, or those who may think of going for the first time next Oct, brought along with them one other oppo,' we'd soon have those numbers back up again! There are many names volunteering for the Cenotaph march. Many that I'd love to see again and some I don't know, that I'd enjoy meeting up with. I see the names but cannot put a face. You all know what I mean!

I'll close by simply asking that you all PLEASE give our reunion some thought for next Oct. I ask on behalf of so many of us and particularly those that work so hard behind the scenes to put on the event.

Love Derek!

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Message Number: 2498 - Friday, December 21, 2018 12:58:39 EST
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Name:  michael hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Comments:

Thanks Barry with the info about Ray's Music by the Plymouth Band, Will make sure I get it for Christmas.... I have put some memories of our dear friend Denis if anyone would like to read them on Sunset. Merry Christmas to all. Mick.

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