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              (Yeovil & Taunton Branch No.34)
                         (Founded 1968)                                                   

      Spring Newsletter & Diary Dates 2015        



Dear Vice Presidents / Members

In the hope that the winter is behind us lets look forward to happy and rewarding year ahead.

The Branch A.G.M. will be held 11th March 2015 for 18.00hrs for 18.30hrs followed by the normal monthly meeting. The Branch looks forward to a good attendance and the opportunity to offer suggestions for ways in which Branch membership and activities may be inproved.

The Branch knows there are many ex Regimental and Brigade comrades in this area who have not joined our Branch and we seek your help and ideas on how they may be contacted and recruited.

For the past few years we have enjoyed a pleasant and rewarding social contact with the Taunton Branch of The Rifles Association. Skittles evenings have included a buffet and draw and profit from the latter has ensured a welcome boost funds for welfare work.

The evenings have a cost a modest £5.00 and we are in process of organizing a further match for April or May 2015.

The Branch Annual Dinner will be held Sunday 26th April 2015 11.45hrs for 12.00hrs at The Shrubbery Hotel Ilminster, Somerset. Details of the menu and booking forms have been sent and can also be requested.

As always the cost of the meal for a V.I.P. and paid up members will attract a £10.00 subsidy meaning that a pleasant and not costly Sunday lunch in the company of former comrades.

Please try to come along guests are very welcome indeed. There will be the usual bumper draw for which prizes will be gratefully received.

Moving onto planned social gatherings at the monthly November meeting wives and partners are very welcome to join the Branch members after the normal meeting for a free buffet and a presentation from Captain R.W.C. Matthews (Asst. Reg. Adj.). Captain Matthews is always a popular Guest Speaker and I am sure it will be a enjoyable social evening.

Remembrance Service and parade will be at The Minster Church, Ilminster, Somerset being held 8th November 2015 at 14.30hrs and lunch will be available and can be booked through the Branch Secretary meeting at 12.00hrs at The Shrubbery Hotel.

The Branch Christmas lunch will be held 6th December 2015 at 11.45hrs for 12.15hrs. More details of this event will follow at a later date.

The November monthly meeting will commence at 19.00hrs for 19.30hrs.                                        

This is to allow time after the normal meeting for a presentation by our guest speaker Captain R.W.C. Matthews (Asst Adj). Captain Matthews will update us on current Regimental activities and future plans.

There will be a question and answer period after the talk given. As usual wives and partners are invited to join us after the normal meeting and the evening will conclude with a Free Buffet.

Please make every effort to attend it is always a enjoyable evening. A great opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones.


As always the Christmas luncheon in December will be at The Shrubbery Hotel, Station road, Ilminster, Somerset. Which is always very well attended and proved a great start to the festive season. Generous donations from the luncheon to the Christmas Tree will all add substantially to the "Welfare Kitty".

Commencing at 11.45hrs for 12.15hrs Sunday 6th December 2015 dress will be Regimental blazer and tie or smart casual. Once again a excellent menu at a very favourable cost. There will be a draw and prizes will be very welcome.

Please make your booking no later than 12th November. Vice Presidents please reply direct to Col. Armitstead C.B.E.

Please support what I can assure you is one of our most popular social gatherings and get your festive season celebrations off to a good start

Thanks to all who give their time and effort to ensure success at both events.

Yours D.W. Notley (Secretary)

Following the appeal from Colonel Boscawen for donations to provide new kneelers for The Guards Chapel we were pleased to be able to support this project. The new kneeler is now in position and members may wish to view the kneeler either during personal visits or Memorial weekend.

In Memoriam

1138908    A. Bunch    

               J. Short    

22205847  D. Higgins  

               B. Hobbs

               J. S. LLoyd MC (Captain (CG) Obituary The Telegraph February 2013

               G Mico

               C Thomson Esq (CG) (Branch Vice President)

Branch Garden Party August 2014

August saw another splendid garden party hosted by Colonel Armitstead C.B.E. and Mrs Armitstead. Again a well attended event with the sun arriving in time for all to enjoy exercise in the spacious gardens of Pendomer House, Somerset.

Freedom of the City of Exeter July 2011

In July 2011 The Regiment was given the Freedom of the City of Exeter and our Branch was well represented at what turned out to be a display by 1st Battalion plus No.7 Coy of a spectacle enjoyed by many thousands. 

Colour Sgt. P. McHugh and some of the recruiting team were there to attract the younger generation (plus many of the “oldies”) to modern arms and equipment and to offer the “wall” for the more adventurous. 

At the head of the climbing figures General Sir M. Rose showing just how it should be done and that Gen. Rose is still able to accomplish the feat with ease.

Annual Subscription

Our Branch has been able to keep these to a modest £4 for a long time and if you are among those who have overlooked your subscription for 2013 or indeed for the past couple of years please make a remittance to our treasurer.

With the increase in postage, paper and printing etc. it now costs in extra a fair some to send Newsletters and routine correspondence. It is only due to much larger contributions from a few members that our Branch "Keeps our head above water".

Remember, we meet every second Wednesday in the month (except December) at 19.30hrs for 20.00hrs at The Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster, Somerset. Any variations to the start time are agreed and notified at the previous monthly meeting. We have and want to maintain a good attendance so please come along.

Once again we are pleased to welcome the new members who have joined us and remember with fondness those "we have lost".

Please accept my grateful thanks to all who have given such splendid support, making ours a successful and truly Coldstream Family.

                                                       Once & Always

                                          Derek W. Notley Hon. Secretary


DIARY DATES 2014/2015

Branch AGM Wednesday 11th March 2015 18.30HRS-19.30HRS

Association Day 2015 will be held at Victoria Barracks Windsor 9th May 2015.

Trooping The Colour 2015 1st Batt. Welsh Guards 13th June 2015




Trooping The Colour 2015

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Branch Online Album

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Trooping The Colour: Rehearsal


Please contact the Branch with subjects that may have an interest for the next publication of the Newsletter, Website, Branch Album and Coldstream Guards Gazette.

Enquires are welcomed relating to Regimental subjects and Membership.



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