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A BUSY week ahead for ex-service association branches with their monthly meetings. Tomorrow the REME branch meets at the TA Centre, Westfield House, Radford Road, and the RAFA officials meet at the RAF Club, Lythalls Lane, with both meetings commencing at 8pm.

ON SUNDAY, the Bedworth branch of the Parachute Regiment Association holds its meeting at the Bulkington War Memorial Club at 11am, all former paras are invited to join the branch.

ALSO on Sunday, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Royal Warwickshire Regiment Association branch assembles at the Royal Warwicks Club at 11am.

COVENTRY, No 3 branch, Royal British Legion meets at the Baginton RBL Club, Kimberley Road, on Monday at 7.30pm, with the No 4 branch RBL holding its meeting at the Standard Triumph Social Club, Tile Hill Lane, on the same evening at 7.30pm.

NEXT Tuesday, the Royal Naval Association branch meets at the Royal Warwicks Club at 8pm. This is a special meeting with members' wives, girlfriends and partners welcome, as are new members, to witness a presentation being made to Lord Mayor Cllr Dave Batten. There will be a buffet and secretary Mick Kieran requests that all members wear their blazers and ties.

THERE will be no meeting this month of the Coventry Ex-service Standard Bearers but bearers will be advised by secretary Geoff Wells of duty calls to present guards of honour at funerals of our ex-service colleagues when requested by relatives. The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, September 26.

IT is with regret to report the passing of another of our ex-service colleagues held in high respect by all who knew him. Jim Danks, an 80-year-old veteran, served in the Royal Engineers and Airborne Forces during the war and lost a leg while in action in the Palestine campaign. Following medical discharge and a period of resettlement, Jim became chairman of the Coventry branch of the Royal Engineers' Association and was also an active member of the Coventry branch of both the Airborne Association and the British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association. There were nine Coventry ex-service standards, together with a bugler, who formed a guard of honour, led by the RE standard at his funeral, with a large number of members of the BLESMA and the RE branches. Condolences are conveyed to his family who in turn wish to thank all who were present for Jim's last parade.

CONGRATULATIONS to Joe and Rita McCarthy who celebrated their diamond wedding. Joe served in the Royal Navy for eight years, including war service on destroyers. On the occasion of their golden wedding they were guests at a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace.

EARLY reminder of the next meeting of the Royal Army Medical Corps Association's Coventry branch. This is set for Friday, August 31, 11am, at the Royal Warwicks Club. New members are welcome and secretary Brian Wilson can supply details on 024 7627 3646.

DIARY dates of the Weymouth and Portland Veterans' Awareness Week and Festival are Saturday, June 14 to Friday, June 20, 2008, with the remembrance and parade on Sunday, June 15. Many associations will receive, at this point, a visitors' survey form to complete and return to the festival office by August 17.


With Peter Jones 024 7642 1580
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 7, 2007
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