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Message Number: 2910 - Fri, Sep 10, 2021 04:14:55
[IP = 147.147.19.76] -
Name:  Bob Taylor
Service Number:  RMB4121
Hometown:  Stubbington
Instrument/s:  Clarinet/Viola
Comments:

My Father, MEA(H) Bob Taylor spent 32 years in the Royal Navy and during that time he played in many volunteer bands including most memorably on HMS Bulwark 61/63 commission where the VBI was B/Sgt Jack Tomlin sadly no longer with us.

In 1971 my Father formed, led and conducted the Volunteer Band on board HMS Devonshire of which I have several photo’s of him conducting.

I would be interested to know if anyone knows who the VBI was who took over from him. Sadly my Father passed away in 2002 so am unable to get any details from him.

Any information would be gratefully received.

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Message Number: 2909 - Thu, Sep 2, 2021 03:02:29
[IP = 80.42.225.152] -
Name:  Graham Hoskins
Service Number:  RMBx2687
Hometown:  Deal
Comments:

Colleagues who served at Eastney in the 1960/70s will recall David Blackmore as a stalwart senior member of the Bugle Branch and be saddened to learn of his death two weeks ago. Living in care while suffering with Alzheimer's and, it now transpires, undiagnosed leukaemia, his final days must have been deeply troubling. Gone now to join the likes of Drum Major Colin Bowden for the final journey. Always great friends and now hopefully swapping yarns in repose. Ending his career in the Corps as a Bugle Major David was much respected and vivid memories of time spent in his company will remain. We send our deepest sympathy to David's wife and family as they cope with their loss. As ever, Graham

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Message Number: 2908 - Fri, Aug 20, 2021 03:38:03
[IP = 88.6.124.166] -
Name:  Michael Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Greetings to one and all hope you are all well. Thanks for the update Brian please give Stuart my best wishes. Great good news that the Reunion has been given the go ahead I know several who are rejoicing at this news, will you make it this year? I hope so it will be good to see you again. Personally

I would like more people to attend this year not only because we missed last year but it would be good if members would attend and remember that it is not just a Reunion weekend, more importantly it is the
BAND SERVICE MEMORIAL WEEKEND when we remember all who crossed the bar over the years. I am sure they would enjoy chatting as those who attend and share memories of days gone by, I will never forget one year someone said to me have you seen so so and so I said yes a couple of years ago but he crossed the bar earlier this year the reply was I did not know that I wish had seen before he died my answer attend the Reunion more often. So enough chatter I will be there as usual and you never know I might buy you drink I have a small birthday a few days before come and share it with me and others.

Regards to all who read this hope to see you soon.

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Message Number: 2907 - Wed, Aug 18, 2021 11:52:16
[IP = 86.18.37.224] -
Name:  Brian Thorogood
Service Number:  RMB 3456
Hometown:  ROMFORD
Instrument/s:  Violin/Clarinet
Comments:

An update to Stu (tich) Mcleod.

I spoke to him on Thursday in hospital he is recovering very well and he will be transferred on Friday to a convalescent home in Dartford, he could not remember the name but will ring me when he is there, then I can visit him, his speech is improving and thinks he will be there for about 6 months.

Regards to all.

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Message Number: 2906 - Sat, Aug 14, 2021 08:14:32
[IP = 31.51.49.37] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart. Now librarian
Comments:

Good on yer Adrian, sounds like a good plan for the 22nd September. Look forward to meeting up with everyone who can make it and raising a glass to those who have gone before.

Best wishes to all,

Mike

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Message Number: 2905 - Fri, Aug 13, 2021 10:43:32
[IP = 94.11.201.68] -
Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  RMB 3645
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Fiddle
Comments:

Hi again folks and in particular former Ganges Band members.

Ian Clarkson has done marvels in getting a wooden painted plaque to represent the RM Band of HMS Ganges and should retail around ยฃ25!

Anyone interested should contact Ian direct via Facebook messenger or via myself for the time being at my email address and I can forward onwards!

Cheers!

Derek

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Message Number: 2904 - Fri, Aug 13, 2021 09:34:33
[IP = 86.132.117.122] -
Name:  Michael George Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  eight Iron now
Comments:

Fantastic news from Adrian....Go for it my ansome, I'm sure Graham would be in agreement and maybe a big help as well. regards Michael.

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Message Number: 2903 - Fri, Aug 13, 2021 09:14:03
[IP = 88.144.223.95] -
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  Folkestone/London
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
Comments:


Regarding September 22nd "Plough" reunion which Michael refers to. Many ex-RMBs attend the 0800 service and post-service breakfast at RMA and from 1200 later at 'The Plough". The reunion at Ripple has been very well attended for several years, organised by WillI Watson, but he has been very poorly recently and I doubt has the energy to continue this task. I would be happy to arrange the meeting as I live fairly close in Folkestone. It would be a great opportunity for so many to meet and socialise who are unable to attend the Pompey reunion but live fairly locally. It is NOT just a meeting of ex-HMS Centaur band members (as originally organised) but has in the past included myself, as an ex-Staff Band member, along with my fellow SB contemporaries Ian Shawcross, John Dixon, Pip Fairchild, Hugh Heatherwick, Ray Manderson, Mike Hutton...and my old boss Jock Brown...among others....not to forget the presence and generosity of Graham Hoskins who has alway left a huge donation behind the bar for 'mutual social lubrication'.....Please support this if you live in the SE and cannot attend Pompey. Just drinks and a bit of pub food paid individually but number of attending would be good to know to advise pub staff.Thanks to you all and STAY SAFE STILL!!


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Message Number: 2902 - Fri, Aug 13, 2021 02:36:44
[IP = 5.80.144.6] -
Name:  BarryRadford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and โ€˜Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Great news posted by "Ush the Lush !!!! " Had our hotel booked for several weeks. Looking forward to a great catch up with many many good friends

Regards to all. Hope you enjoyed your golf Michael ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Barry

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Message Number: 2901 - Thu, Aug 12, 2021 17:09:04
[IP = 94.11.201.68] -
Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  RMB 3645
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Cornet & Fiddle de dee!
Comments:

Great News Chaps!!

Had a call from Sue's replacement at the Blue Band (Rowinta) who kindly informed me, to inform you all that the reunion IS DEFINITELY going ahead this year! Hurrah!!

Details of ticket purchases will follow in a few weeks, as it is yet to be set up, so please don't try obtaiming any just yet. She will advise accordingly just as soon as they are ready to commence taking your bookings!

That answers everyone's queries at last!

Looking forward to being a part of our great fellowship again!

Cheers!

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