Regimental Family News and Sport
A trip to Ypres with the lads 17 - 20 October 17
BFG/BAOR - Did you Live it?
The Menin Gate is a reflection of the special importance of Ypres in our hearts, and our attendance there 100 years after the battles demonstrates that the British public still feel the same.
The Royal Artillery Association Thirsk Branch
Thirsk RAA branch meeting and Dinner held in the Officers mess 4th Regt RA
The Royal Artillery Association Lowestoft Branch
On Saturday 7th October at Ivy House Country Hotel Oulton Broad. The Branch attended a dinner to celebrate their 70th anniversary. The event was attend by Peter Aldous MP, Stephen Ardley Deputy Leader of the Waveney District Council and Mrs Ardley. The evening enjoyed by all who attended The committee would to thank all who attended, with special thanks to the six Members of the Peterborough Branch who travelled to Lowestoft to be with us on the night. The Branch has a membership of 38 each monthly meeting is attended by 20 plus members.
The Royal Artillery Association Gala Weekend
The Royal Artillery Association were pleased to welcome their members and their families to Folkestone for the much anticipated Gala Weekend.
The weekend began with presentations on the Saturday afternoon which included updates on the Regiment, the RAA & RACF. We were pleased to be able to welcome Gen D Cullen, Brig D Radcliffe, Col I Vere Nicoll and the new Regimental Colonel, Col W J Catto.
The evening began in the ballroom with a performance by The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. A real treat for our members and one to be remembered for a long time. This was followed by a Gala Dinner in the Channel Restaurant were we sat over 80 guests and enjoyed some great food and company.
We would like to thank the Canterbury Branch for their organisation of the raffle and prizes which raised over £600 for the RA Charitable Fund.
Finally, thank you to all the branches who supported the event and to all the standard bearers who, once again, did us and themselves proud.
Veteran Bdr Doug Firth & LBdr David Carr raising money for 'Walking for the Wounded' with the inspirational LBdr Ben Parkinson'
On Friday 15 th Sept at the Battle of Britain Memorial in Folkestone 3 Royal Artillery Association Standards (Canterbury, Kent District and Dover) plus a local British Legion Standard were on parade. A wreath was laid by Peter Hughes secretary of Canterbury Branch. The parade was to commemorate Battle of Britain Day 2017 and to show our respect and gratitude for the bravery and sacrifice made by the RAF in 1940.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, better known as Kew Gardens, has an 18th century garden building called the Temple of Bellona. Bellona is the Roman Goddess of War, the sister (some say wife) of Mars. Inside, on the frieze, are plaster medallions, each with the name or number of a British or German regiment involved in the Seven Years War (1756-63). The allies’ main opponent in this imperial war was France. An analysis of the frieze strongly suggests that it was specifically meant to commemorate the Battle of Minden (1st August 1759). However, there are three British regiments missing: two cavalry regiments, who were present at, but not involved in, the battle; and the Royal Artillery, who, of course, played an important role in the allied victory. To find out more about this historical mystery please follow this link.
Author: Ron McEwen, Kew Gardens Tour Guide