Welcome to the August 2015 newsletter.
Saturday 8th August 2015 Chunuk Bair Day and Charter Parade
STRATFORD: Those wishing to attend the Stratford Parade are asked to Fall In at 9.30am by the pools.
NEW PLYMOUTH: Fall In 1.30pm at the Defence Force Office. Further details will be in the August newsletter.
The OTO Melara Mondello 56 – 105mm pack Howitzer Gun
This has been returned to home territory with a complete makeover. The New Plymouth District Council is now going to make a base for it opposite the Cenotaph where it will be on public display. All thanks to our President and Ms Jo Harris of the NZ Defence Force. This refurbishment has been done at no cost to us excepting for the transportation of the gun to and from Trentham.
The cost of the refurbishment has been covered by actions of Ms Harris arranging sponsorship through different sections of the NZ Army.
WHAT IS ON WITHIN THE RSA
RSA CLUB NIGHTS
RSA Club nights are held at the Tasman Club rooms, Octavius Place, on Friday nights in conjunction with the Tasman Club. We have raffles, the bar is open and delicious affordable meals are available.
RSA DAY (formerly Vets’ Day)
This is usually held monthly, from 1.30pm – 4pm and is held at the Tasman Club. This is a great opportunity for fellowship. Afternoon tea is provided. Transport is available; please contact Tony Kivell, on 755-2813 if you need a ride. The next RSA Day will be 3rd August.
Third Wednesday of the month, (excepting August and December, when the group have a luncheon). Coffee morning starts at 10am at Tasman Club, for fellowship and guest speaker.
RNZ NAVAL ASSOCIATION (TARANAKI BRANCH)
Meet third Monday of the month at Cobb & Co. for lunch.
Contact Trevor Wylde for info 751-5595
NORTH TARANAKI KING EMPIRE VETERANS (KEV)
Contact: President Trevor Wylde 751-5595 or Secretary Wink Burgess 758-0541
NPRSA POPPY TRUST & SUPPORT TRUST
Funds from both Trusts are available for distribution, by the trustees to Returned & Service persons and their dependants who require financial assistance with costs relating to health issues and independent living. Application forms for assistance are available from the Office or phone 758-3538 for one to be posted out to you.
There has been high demand for the services of Ida and Tony Kivell in mounting medals. There is a delay in getting some supplies from our suppliers because of the high demand throughout New Zealand. So unfortunately this carries on to a delay in the medals being mounted. If you require your medals or your family members medals’ mounted for next year, please get them in early because there will be also be extra interest with the celebration of 100 years of ANZAC day. Please drop them off to me at the Office where the medals are noted in a book and receipted, then Tony and Ida Kivell work their magic on your medals and they are returned to you looking fabulous.
SUPPORT or HOSPITAL VISITORS
If you know of someone that requires a visit, or if someone is in hospital, please contact the Office. Thank you to those who call in with people’s name when they are in hospital.
This is starting up at the Tasman Club. There will be games on Tuesdays at 1.30pm, Fridays at 3pm and Sundays at 1pm. Daily costs is $5 per person but you can join the club for $140 for the season.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
The village blacksmith finally found an apprentice willing to work hard at low pay for long hours. The blacksmith immediately began his instructions to the lad, “When I take the shoe out of the fire, I’ll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head, you hit it with this hammer.” The apprentice did just as he told. Now he’s the village blacksmith.
BADGES, PINS, CALENDARS, TIES & MEDAL HOLDERS
We have a good supply of the poppy/fern pins, and have recently had the Fighting for our Flag Bumper stickers delivered. The NZ Pennies made into lemon squeezer hats and are bronze, silver or gold plated, made into key rings, lapel pins and brooches had also arrived.
Gold $10, Silver $9 and Bronze $8
LAST POST: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Edward Allan Payne 597817
Mick (Albert Charles) Pillette N65047
Les Marsden 1497
We extend our sympathy to our members who have lost their loved ones over the last month.
NP RSA Office
Ground Floor Tasman Club, 35 Octavius Place.
Hours: Monday–Friday 9am – 12pm
If you require anything but are unable to call in please ring me on 758-3538 and I can arrange for a visitor to come to you.