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Message Number: 2550 - Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:23:35 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  Berkshire
Hometown:  Newbury
Comments:

Great Concert last night from the Albert Hall. It was very comfortable to be able to sit at home without the hassle of travel and finding your way around London and the AH.

Once again it showed the amazing talent that the modern Band Service has - covering such a wide range of music ( not quite sure about the obscure Overture !!) but then I was never a Clarinet player. Nearly wished I was 60 years younger.

Well done to all those wonderful players and of course the guys and girls in charge and a special mention for the 'Corps of Drums' who are just imaculate in everythig they do.

Will certainly make an effort to attend the October reunion on the Saturday night this year as I believe its going to be better !!

Regards to all..Mick Hutton.

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Message Number: 2549 - Wednesday, March 13, 2019 05:17:49 EST
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Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  Rmb 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Morning all,

Just a quick update on Jim McMeel. He is back home, the medics decided against a triple bypass and came up with another solution. Don't ask me what it is 'cos I'm not a doctor, yet!!! I hope to see him tomorrow and have a natter

If any of you are going to the MFM this weekend, I will be there shaking a tin on behalf of the Charity so please remember that notes are lighter than coins and will be much appreciated.

Regards to all,

Mike

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Message Number: 2548 - Tuesday, March 12, 2019 02:48:21 EST
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Name:  KEVIN HART
Service Number:  P036812R
Hometown:  KNOTTINGLEY
Instrument/s:  Cornet & Violin
Comments:

Good afternoon shipmates, just a quick update for those who are or wishing to or attending the 2019 Remembrance parade in London.

All is going well for our weekend 'get together', the room is booked and food menu in place. We have also secured world class entertainment for you to go in between the serious lamp swinging and a variety of other events to fill our night, Taff Ryan had volunteered to do an old dance utilising a table and rolled up newspaper but unfortunately the fire dept has banned it so we've turned it into an outside firework display! Only joking Taff!

Anyway all's going well, berets have been supplied and most delivered, anyone else require one let me know, we have 76 coming on the Saturday evening and places are still available.

On Sunday we will hopefully double that for the March Past but I must remind all attendees that the actual numbers for Cenotaph parade on Whitehall will be limited by the organising committee of the British Legion, (numbers should be known by May) so if you are not picked for the main parade, still attend because we will still be meeting up with them afterwards to carry out our own March Past on Horseguards later and lay our wreath to fallen mates.

On another note I have now set up a Royal Marines Musicians Branch within the RMA, it is free to join and is now growing fast, please feel free to join.



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Message Number: 2547 - Saturday, March 9, 2019 05:37:57 EST
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Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Morning all,

If anyone has two spare tickets for next weeks MFM, Friday or Saturday, please contact Andy Rowett on his mobile. 07305 351918.

Thanks and regards to all,

Mike

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Message Number: 2546 - Friday, March 8, 2019 11:56:43 EST
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Name:  Dickie Valentine
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Comments:

DAVID HENRY HARRIS 1949 - 1993


Shortly after Dave's passing I sought to create a tribute to him using the theme of music which was so much a necessary part of his life. After spending many weeks creating my beloved "clarinet", I had it framed along with dedicatory words and presented it to the School of Music at that time still in Deal. This tribute (a cross-stitch) was given to the school and I have not laid eyes upon it since. Have you?

Ron Kempton (deceased) was Dave's former B/M on Ark Royal and they became great friends which continued to the untimely death of David. Ron ensured that the School of Music accepted the framed dedication and I was told many years ago that it was on display in or outside the Bandmaster's office. A source whom I know to be currently serving has not been able to trace it. If anyone in Portsmouth band to date has any idea where it is I would appreciate it. The full tribute is accessible from my web site from the drop down menu of In Memoriam on the main page.
Dickie.

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Message Number: 2545 - Thursday, March 7, 2019 14:56:19 EST
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Name:  Eric Charles Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:  Kangaroo Flat Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:   None Now
Comments:

Hi Terry,

I served with the last three members of the Chatham Division Band from 1957 to 1961.

They were Band Sergeant Vic Chantler, Band Cpl Ernie Rann, and Musn Len Pankhurst. They were at this time of course as members of the Band of CinC Nore Command.

Len Pankhurst, Flute/piano, retired I think in 1958.

Vic Chantler and Ernie Rann retired after the closing down ceremony of the Nore Command in I seem to remember was in early 61. They upset the RSM from Deal who was in attendance for the occasion by wearing Chatham Division insignia on their cere's.

Vic Chantler was a very good Violinist and Ernie Rann was an excellent Trumpet and Violin. He was also the band Drum Major and taught me my Drum Major skills which came to the fore while I served with the RAAF Central Band. I actually ended up as the Australian Forces Senior Drum Major for a number of years.

As a long serving member of CinC Nore Command, I would love to have been able to join you for your reunion but not this time. However I wish you all who are there all the very best.

Cheers from Oz,

Eric.

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Message Number: 2544 - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 09:46:53 EST
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Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Congratulations to Mike and Erica Tellick on becoming First Time Grandparents 👍👍👍

Regards to all

Barry

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Message Number: 2543 - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 08:26:11 EST
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Name:  Terry Freestone
Service Number:  RMB/X 2505
Hometown:  Barham
Instrument/s:  marricc@sky.com
Comments:

On Saturday 8 June 2019 Alan Brooker has put together another reunion of all those who formed those elite bands known under various titles ; viz. Chatham Division band, CinC The Nore band, HMS Pembroke band, Home Fleet band, CinC Western Fleet band and finally CinC Fleet band, before moving away from Chatham to Northolt in 1983.

Alan is available for bookings on 01634 855797 or mobile 07783 737025, email is from the line below Terry's home base of Barham and the muster time and place is 1930 Saturday 8 June at the Cannon pub in Brompton High Street, Gillingham. ME7 5AS

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Message Number: 2542 - Monday, March 4, 2019 15:27:24 EST
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Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Jim McMeel update. I visited Jim in the Medway hospital this afternoon. He was sitting up in a chair looking at a "Hornblower" video. ( Getting some more sea time in )!!! He is in good spirits considering the problems he has.

The doctors are having a chat tomorrow and the outcome is probably going to be a transfer to St. Thomas's in London where Jim expects to have a triple bypass.

Dickie, I passed on your good wishes for which Jim says thank you.

Mike

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Message Number: 2541 - Monday, March 4, 2019 08:07:06 EST
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Name:  Ray Lloyd
Service Number:  RMB 4067
Hometown:  Exeter
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Viola
Comments:

STAN HACKING

Stan is now home but still not well, he says he feels more comfortable at home, he thanks all those who sent him get well cards, Ray.

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