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  The Orkney Branch of the Royal Naval Association meets on the Third

  Thursday of every month. On alternate months the meetings are held
  in the Royal British Legion Clubs Kirkwall and Stromness.
  Please see the notice below for the date and venue of the next meeting.

Thursday 5th March 2020
Starting 1930 at Stromness Legion

Please Note no meetings Jan or Feb

cheers mate

Memories page. Closing of the Hole in t' wall bar Gibraltar.

The Vault HMS Royal Oak story and video have been moved to the vault.

Also still there the three preserved ships HMS Cavalier, HM Submarine Ocelot and HMS Belfast.

To keep the space on the front page up to date with current information older items will be passed down into the cellar vault for archiving. Press the Vault button, but beware the steps are slippery and the floor is damp, watch out for the spiders and rats and if you stay too long the musty smell will linger on your clothing.

Happy New Year. Now that the festive season is well and truly over the horizon and we trudge our way up though January and February with nothing much to look forward to except wind, rain and snow whilst waiting for the spring. At least the days are drawing out and on the 25th Jan there is always the excuse of a dram and some haggis by pretending you like Robbie Burn's. But I'll drink to that. Cheers.

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"Hello What's going on in Orkney"

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2020 vision

This year has already sparked off some great jokes so we'll start with the most common ones.

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This site was updated on Wednesday 22nd January 2020

As a work in progress I've created a "Videos of interest" page, This will bring all the little video films together on to one page rather than randomly dispersed over the site.

Decembers meeting took place in the Kirkwall Legion on Thursday 12th. Due in part to the time of year and various other commitments there were 7 shipmates attending. Some Christmas cards were exchanged and the meeting settled down to a short business agenda. Some discussion was had about the ongoing setting up of a memorial garden and building at Scapa on the site of the HMS Royal Oak memorial stone. A futher meeting of the organisations involve will take place in January. Following the end of the business there followed a very convivial and entertaining chat covering such diverse subjects from washing up to gardening and the standard of driving on the roads nowadays. Alcohol consumtion was limited to those not driving so I've never seen so much coffee drunk at an RNA meeting. With a cheery Merry Christmas farewell the meeting finish around 2230.

I was been galavanting around Europe in late October and early November thinking I might avoid the trauma of you know what? However it didn't happen so I wasted my money on that trip. No seriously it was a great holiday to the eastern Med, the sun shone and the beer was cold.

I have since been on a jaunt down to Pompey Dockyard to take part in the Historic Victorian Christmas Festival. An annual event to celebrate all things that gave us the Christmas we know today. There were lots of veterans there both from the services and dockyard mateys. Actors dressed as Royalty, Dickensian charactors, soldiers, sailor, shop keepers, street traiders, gentry and many others of the time. Plus the Christmas market stuff. Mulled wine and cider are pentiful. A great weekend, and HMS Prince of Wales was there alongside to over see it all.

I tell you all this to excuse myself from my absence on this site, well, since the last time I was on this site


For interest and a bit of curiosity. Below is a photo from the Pompey News archives, it shows boy trainees from HMS St Vincent marching down a street in Gosport. Unfortunately the paper cannot give a date or street name. It has been suggested that because they are in winter rig it could be a Remembrance Day parade. The year is open to question also, black caps. 30's 40's? What I find surprising is how modern the houses look.

jpwm 220120 ACH rw HMS St Vincent boys parade through Gosport

Thought you would like to see this photo which according to the caption shows the following ships of Force H in line ahead. HMS Duke of York, HMS Nelson, HMS Renown, HMS Formidable and HMS Argonaut. Didn't they have great names back then? Such as FORMIDABLE, RENOWN

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PO and Chief smiling

A very rare sight a CPO and PO drill instructors smiling

average person to sailor

Now it depends on where your loyalties lie which one of these you deem to be the truest statement. Or you may feel both have equal merit?

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A couple of lighthearted pictures to make you smile from The Real Navy Facebook page. I hope any ex or serving officers will not be offended.

About this site: This site essentially contains information for members of the branch but is also an informative but informal look at the world according to the Royal Navy both past and present.

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A rare photo of a PO and CPO smiling

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