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Message Number: 3009 - Tue, Oct 4, 2022 11:22:25
[IP = 172.100.199.85] -
Name:  Richard Valentine
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Was Preston
Instrument/s:  Clarinet/Piano
Comments:

WILLI WATSON: You may already know that Willi wanted an unattended cremation and I’m respecting his wishes. He is being cremated this Friday the 7th and I’m asking people to have him in their thoughts between 11.30 and 12.

Best Wishes,

Lesley Watson


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Message Number: 3008 - Thu, Sep 29, 2022 01:12:03
[IP = 92.19.90.230] -
Name:  Leonard Lewry
Service Number:  RMB 3859
Hometown:  PORTSMOUTH
Instrument/s:  S Clart.
Comments:

I posted this on another site, but some may not use that.

So. It is the usual practice to meet up in the RMA after the Memorial Service at the Reunion. This is not possible this year as they are having a large Charity Event. I have put forward that we repair to the Maritime Club (the Home Club as was) and this has been met with a good reponse.

Regards,

Len

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Message Number: 3007 - Wed, Sep 28, 2022 09:53:02
[IP = 86.139.72.41] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Beedon, Newbury
Instrument/s:  Resting
Comments:

Hi everyone, It was nice to meet up with many friends in Deal at the Memorial Service and later in Ripple at the pub. Information elsewhere about that. Unfortunately I managed to catch the dreaded covid and have since passed it on to my wife Maureen who has just spent an uncomfortable day and night in Reading Hospital. However we're both OK and taking the medical treatment required. Sadly that means for the first time in many years I shall not be at this years reunion or in Church on Sunday. I had booked and paid, which has kindly been returned by the excellent staff at the RMSM. I shall be thinking of you all on Sunday morning. Michael.

[Editor] On behalf of ex RMB members I pass on my good wishes to you both for a speedy recovery.

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Message Number: 3006 - Tue, Sep 27, 2022 03:02:52
[IP = 81.37.8.44] -
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Sort of a good morning to all who visit this great site / I say sort of a good morning because as I approach my 81st birthday I am sad to read that three members of our Band service have crossed the Bar in the last couple of days. John Alford, Willi Watson and Dave Le Sueur. My most sincere condolences to all who knew and had the pleasure to know and serve with any of them and to their families also.

Looking forward to next weekend at Portsmouth and to those who will attend.

My regards to all take care

Mike

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Message Number: 3005 - Mon, Sep 26, 2022 13:57:26
[IP = 5.80.13.7] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols . Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Just had some very very sad news. Our great friend John Alford Crossed the Bar moments ago.

Deeply saddened.

More details as I find out more.

Regards to all

Barry

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Message Number: 3004 - Sat, Sep 24, 2022 15:12:14
[IP = 120.148.69.4] -
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:  Kangaroo Flat,Victoria, Australia.
Instrument/s:  Can't Remember
Comments:

Only wish that Jan and I could join you Mike. Seems such a long time since the Adelaide reunions and our trip along the Great Ocean Road.

My very best to you and all the other chaps at your gatherings over there..

Cheers from Oz. Eric.

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Message Number: 3003 - Fri, Sep 23, 2022 14:11:09
[IP = 109.152.36.57] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Beedon, Newbury
Instrument/s:  Resting....
Comments:

Thanks Derek, lovely entry about the get together in Deal last weekend. A great gathering of ex RMB performers at the Concert Hall Memorial Service and then on to the Pub at Ripple. I particularly enjoy the weekend as I get to see my daughter Victoria who joined us in the RMA after the service. We're all getting on a bit now but still looking good and hope to meet many of you again at the reunion in October. Michael.

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Message Number: 3002 - Fri, Sep 23, 2022 10:26:52
[IP = 82.15.85.230] -
Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  RMB 3645
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Cornet & Fiddle
Comments:

Hello all,

I'm checking in for various reasons and I know very well that I'm a rare contributor these days! None the less, I do read the noticeboard to try to keep up to date!

So firstly, I'd like to thank Willi Watson for his extreme generosity in providing the magnificent spread once again for all of those former RMB's and wives that made it to the annual "Plough" get-together yesterday the 22nd Sept. following on from the earlier annual memorial and dedication service to our never to be forgotten murdered musicians. - "Whispering" Willi, (as he calls himself nowadays!), has not been having the best of times of late - as many will know following his lung op' and extraction a couple of years ago. As a result, he was unable to attend again this year, which was such a damned shame for both him and the rest of all of us grateful latter-day RMB's!

Thankfully Steve Misson has now stepped in to ensure the soiree continues year on year and I'm sure everyone attending is extremely grateful for your doing so. One of Steve's many first tasks was to raise a deserved toast to you Willi, and we all gratefully drank to your health and gave thanks for all that you've done to ensure that this gathering continues.

Lovely to see so many old, (but still perfectly formed!?) faces once again, and some that I personally didn't know when serving, but have since met at various reunions yet we all have that common bond that is only common to us old bandies who speak loudly OARMAARM!!!

How nice to see the lovely widows of Joy, (Phil) Hughes, Margaret ("Hookey"). Walker and Rena (Wally) Walters in attendance again too. Neither of their famous husbands will ever be forgotten for as long as we're all on this earth!

Unfortunately, our current PDM Jase Burcham was unable to attend the event due to his wife having had an accident that required hospital treatment. He sent his apologies via WO1 Ivan Hutchinson who stepped in to give us all an update on the last year's serving RMB events and of course the more recent details of HM's Funeral and lastly where the musicians of the future are likely to be positioned as the musical requirements change and evolve. Namely, the demise of the Orchestras (as we've known them). There will still be one or two string players employed throughout the RMB service, however, but their roles may differ at times and may be seen to merge with the other forces for those bigger occasions too as has already happened. Ivan stressed that despite the changes, including the requirement for professionally trained singers on board, all's well with the Band Service however and we should be sure that it will always remain in good hands!

Graham Hoskins thanked Ivan for his last-minute step-in and assured him that he was talking to the very "building blocks" that today's excellent musicians continue to stand on and maintain.

Lastly, a huge thanks to Graham for proving the open bar to some of us more thirsty folk! It really is appreciated by everyone who attended and I don't believe that anyone would have taken you for a ride, Sir!! - Everyone (or most of us ) had to drive anyway!

Please read Graham's lovely tribute on here to HM and his personal experiences of the grand lady, plus Sara Hoskins's beautiful poetic tribute too.

A lovely day and thoroughly enjoyed. Cheers all!

Hope to see one or two of you all again at the Reunion at Nelson on the 8th Oct.

Derek.

[Editor] Well done Derek! For your erudite perseverance in composing this message.

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Message Number: 3001 - Sat, Sep 3, 2022 04:19:47
[IP = 213.48.224.115] -
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Thanks Michael I wish him well. Served like you during his Staff Band days in Deal. Should you see Gilbert please give him my regards. Looking forward to seeing you at Portsmouth in October.

Take care

Mike

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Message Number: 3000 - Thu, Sep 1, 2022 14:30:04
[IP = 185.52.145.68] -
Name:  David Mutter
Service Number:  RMB 3814
Hometown:  Royal Hospital Chelsea
Instrument/s:  euph/cello
Comments:

Thanks Mike for that info.

Best wishes

David

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