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Message Number: 2591 - Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:29:13 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston
Comments:

PHIL HUGHES (update)

I have just had an e-mail from Phil's wife Joy stating that Phil has been hospitalized for 7 weeks now and that he has liver failure. He has had many well wishes and he is keeping in good spirits. Once the doctor's have sorted an on-going medication regime for him it is hope for him to return home per Joy's message. I would send further correspondence to his home address as follows:


14 JOHN TAPPING CLOSE
WALMER
DEAL
KENT CT14 7QY

Yours aye

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Message Number: 2590 - Friday, July 19, 2019 13:47:15 EST
[IP = 92.239.0.248] -
Name:  Ray Lloyd
Service Number:  RMB4067
Hometown:  Exeter
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Viola
Comments:

Memorial at CTCRM

This is a message to any of my ex RMB friends. I have been asked by Trev, the CTC Band Sec to collate emails of ex RMB's who would want to attend a short memorial in the Bandroom at CTC either on the Friday or Monday morning....either side of the 22nd September, to be decided. It happened last year and a few people were missed out. Present will be CTC Band (obviously) the New Entry Trainees who will have just joined and us, as the wider family. Please, could anyone who would like to attend send me an email by private message so that I can pass on to Trev. All are invited and very, very welcome. Could you please pass on to your wider circle of RMB friends who are not on my list so that no one is missed out. It is important that we get the message out there.

This was put on Facebook by Charlie, if anyone would like to attend please email me (Ray) with your email address and I will forward it to Charlie, I think it is a wonderful idea and a great way to remember our lost friends

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Message Number: 2589 - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 13:14:57 EST
[IP = 90.248.119.34] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  Berkshire
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

It is, as we all know, the 30th year anniversary of the Deal Bandroom Bombing by the IRA. On Sunday last, the Portsmouth and Collingwood Bands combined to put on an amazing show at the Walmer Memorial Bandstand. There were many suporters and veterans in the audience (one was 106 years old !) and the Royal Band conducted by Col Jon Ridley & Capt Andy Gregory were just the 'best in the business'. The audience was enormous stretching from the Lifeboat House to the other end of Walmer Green to just about opposite the old 'Lord Nelson' ( where once - Band Boys used to get their first pint of Scrumpy ) The Royal Band on the Bandstand were augmented by the Collingwood Band who marched along the Strand and joined them for the dedication and finale. A fantastic display of precision and musicianship. I managed to meet up with a few old mates, wont mention the names - its just some of the usual guys who used to play in the 'All Stars' Have a good Summer...See you in the countermarch...Mick Hutton.

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Message Number: 2588 - Monday, July 8, 2019 11:00:15 EST
[IP = 81.141.145.204] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Hi all,

I have just been to see Phil Hughes in Ashford hospital. He is obviously unwell but is in good spirits.

If anyone would like to send him some abuse by the way of a get well card I know he would appreciate it.

He is in Cambridge ward M2. C1 Green Bay.

WILLIAM HARVEY HOSPITAL.

KENNINGTON RD.

WILLESBOROUGH, ASHFORD.

KENT

TN24 0LZ

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Message Number: 2587 - Sunday, July 7, 2019 13:43:37 EST
[IP = 81.141.145.204] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Hi all,

Re Dickie's posting, when the "Fleet Band" was based in Chatham under the late lamented Peter Sumner we did several cruises on Fleet Tankers "Olna" and "Oleander". We saw at first hand the work these men did and the conditions they worked in. I was inspired to join them but on release from the RM Band I couldn't get a seaman's discharge book despite having passed out top of my class at the cookery school in "Pembroke".

I eventually got a job as a cook with the Royal Maritime Auxillary service aboard a salvage vessel running out of Chatham and Dover. Our job was to change the buoys on the East Coast bombing range off the East Coast. On one occasion we were used to pick up a Royal Navy aircraft that had crashed in the Irish Sea. One day I was working in the galley when the skipper came to me and said there was someone in a rowing boat alongside asking for me. We happened to be working in the Firth of Forth and the person asking for was Ron Mackay. I believe at the time he was B/M of the band up there. He and his wife, Jeanie, arranged a very nice "up homers" with Graham and Margaret Hoskins that evening. I had a very happy three years in that ship, which by the way was named "Kinloss". I then met the Memsahib and came ashore to work for a catering company.

My Father was with the RFA in the late forties as a Radio officer on the RFA Eaglesdale, I can remember her still having the gun sponsons and as they had a mainly Indian crew, it was curry for practically every meal, a great pity I didn't appreciate it then!!

Best wishes, Mike

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Message Number: 2586 - Saturday, July 6, 2019 22:07:22 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston
Instrument/s:  Clarinet/s
Comments:

Dear comrades,

I am incensed that I should read of how the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are being offered a pay 'raise?' so lacking the true number they deserve.

I served 18 months on an Aircraft Carrier (ok it was in peace time) and saw much of that fleet in close quarters and I was and still am in awe of their duty and committment to our Royal Navy.

Those of us who had this privileged 'sea time' will recall how we were integral in assisting in ships stores for groceries and if you were even luckier, you would have heard and observed your bugler exchange calls with the 'oiler' Tidepool who just so happened to have an ex bugler onboard in his chosen employ after RM discharge. Nichols?

Alan Brooker, Jan Bettinson, 'Plum' Plummer were our Buglers but more than that, an essential part of our band that of HMS Eagle.............the final commission.

I have never resorted to politics on this site. I do however suggest to you all that especially if you have had that experience of being at sea and been involved directly or even observed the action that the RFA undertake on our behalf, that you recognise and support them. Their history is surely in tandem with ours!

Per Mare Per Terram!

Courtesy the RFA for much of it!

Yours aye!

Dickie.

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Message Number: 2585 - Friday, July 5, 2019 09:33:02 EST
[IP = 81.153.180.51] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

‘yet another brilliant posting by you on your (our) Web Page.

You are the glue that helps keep our great Band Service Family in touch with each other. You give us news of not only people we have served with but people we know of, but have never met. We thank you for that..

You are always giving us news on our Old colleagues, but little is said about you.!!! Truly hope your MRI Scan reveals nothing sinister. I am in regular touch with Mike Tellick , and it is great that he is doing ok.

Both Heather and I were thrilled that you found time to phone us yesterday evening. Thank You, truly hope you can make it to Portsmouth this year.

I’ve recently been for an M.O.T. on my “Gizmo“. I’m ok for another year, (despite a recent very bad fall). ((No damage done🙏))before they want to see me again👍

Regards to all our old friends out there. Hope to see you in Portsmouth.

Barry and Heather

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Message Number: 2584 - Thursday, July 4, 2019 17:07:33 EST
[IP = 101.188.39.130] -
Name:  Eric Charles Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X 3051
Hometown:   9 Spencer Drive Kangaroo Flat Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  Unfortunately none now.
Comments:

Hi Richard,

I, as I am sure, there are many others who appreciate your efforts over so many years. I am also sure that we hope that this will continue for many more years to come.

I speak with Barrie Baker regularly and he is always very cheerfull and is fully aware of his situation. However as of two days ago he told me that he expects to be out of Doc by the weekend. He and I go back as far as (Boys Wing) as does also Graham, but he was far ahead of me and was almost due to be Rated I think.

I will pass on your thoughts when I next talk to him.

I served with Bob Sanders many years ago now in the Band of CinC Nore Command Chatham. That was 1957 to 61 when the command closed down.

My best wishes to Mike Tellick and all others mentioned most of whom I don't know but as you say Richard we are all one Family.

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Message Number: 2583 - Thursday, July 4, 2019 15:24:08 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  Richard Valentine
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Always will be Preston no matter what!
Comments:

Hello everyone:

Now I must say that I'm no 'doom and gloomer' but as is my quest I have taken it upon myself over 2 decades to record good and not so good news. As I write I can only mention those who I have knowledge of due to my contacts and it is only those who remember me and my ability to post the information whom I can depend upon. Being a non-facebooker I tend to miss out on much but please don't berate me for that?

I want to ask those of you who will respond to Mitch Booth's signal about our dear friend Rodney Williamson that should you write or send a card to Rodney at his care home, you include myself, Dickie Valentine in those thoughts. Rodney has not been the same since he lost his wife some years ago and I met him at a recent reunion and was dismayed for him and for myself. Same goes for Phil Hughes who currently is in an Ashford hospital as is posted on my Notice Board page. Please include myself in sharing sentiments with him for an hopeful steady recovery. Did some of you see the 'good news' of Sandy Sanders' 90th birthday? I have since posted that under Willi Watson's portal on the Notice Board.
Dear Mike Tellick is doing better if I dare to mention that as he is undergoing treatment for a common threat to us older ones. I'm sure he will not be upset if I share that additional piece of good news.

So.........news good and bad is all part of our very complex lives but this RM Band family will continue to stay bonded by way of my efforts over what time is left to me. May I reach out to you all and thank you for the privilege and whether we have served or even know our fellow who is not doing too well right now, drop him a line as we are brothers after all and in all cases we spent our youth getting to know literally thousands of comrades. That is unique and to be preserved.

Sincerely your friend, colleague and webmaster.
Richard.

PS: Not to forget to include all our colleagues around the globe. Barrie Baker whom I have recorded several times at the Australia reunion and as mentioned by Graham Hoskins. I ask Eric Hayward to pass on our best wishes to Barrie for his recovery.

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Message Number: 2582 - Monday, July 1, 2019 08:21:13 EST
[IP = 92.1.54.51] -
Name:  Graham Hoskins
Service Number:  RMBx2687
Comments:

Dear Richard,

I learn from his wife Sandra that Barrie Baker, solo clarinet, is very poorly and in hospital in Australia. He has been valiantly fighting numerous and debilitating health issues over recent years as many may know. Having been diagnosed with kidney disease requiring regular insertion of stents on top of having a brain impairment, as well as having recent falls he deserves our prayers and recognition of his desperate situation. He and Sandra are aware of the severity of his condition and I have their permission to inform readers of your webpage who may remember Barrie (SNCO, ginger hair, good footballer and good humoured friend). He spent the later stages of his career in the Eastney Band where he became hugely popular when regularly embarked in HM Yacht Britannia. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time. Hang in there, Barrie!

Graham

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