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Service at Corps Memorial NMA

A service will be held at the Corps Memorial at the NMA, Alrewas, Staffordshire on Saturday 2 September 2017.  Further details to follow

RSA Events at a Glance

Events

DateEventLocation
17 March 2017RSA Central Committee MeetingVSC London
18 March 2017RSA AGM see below for timings and locationVSC London
21 May 2017Eden Camp ParadeMalton N Yorks
16-18 June 2017Corps WeekendBlandford Camp
24 June 2017Armed Forces DayNational
12 August 20179th Gathering of the ClansHorden
2 September 2017NMA Service of RededicationNMA Arewas
9 November 2017The Opening of the Field of RemembranceWestminster Abbey London
12 November 2017Cenotaph MarchpastWhitehall London
25 November 2017Project Noel VIIILiverpool

RSA AGM

The 73rd AGM of the Royal Signals Association will be held in Carisbrooke Hall, Victory Services Club, London on Saturday 18 March 2017.  All Life Members of the RSA are eligible and welcome to attend the meeting, which starts at 1030 hrs; doors open earlier for refreshments prior to the meeting. Any points for the agenda, by email or letter, must be received at Association HQ by 01 February 2017.

31 Sig Regt Assn AGM and Annual Lunch 2017

The 31st Signal Regiment Association AGM and Annual Lunch will be held at the Union Jack Club on the 8th Apr 2017 from 1200 hrs in the Gascoigne Suite.

Army Apprentices Drumhead Service

Sunday 7th May 2017

The  Army Apprentices National Memorial Drumhead Service in 2017 will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.

All ex-Army Apprentices, irrespective of where they did their training would be most welcome to attend. Further details can be obtained by emailing Maurice Hope

Eden Camp Parade

The 2017 Eden Camp Parade will take place at Eden Camp Malton, Yorkshire on 21 May 2017.  More details to follow

Corps Weekend 2017

The 2017 Corps Weekend will take place at Blandford Camp between 16 June and 18 June 2017.  Further details of the event including how to reserve your place will be published in due course.  Keep the date free so you can join us at this Corps family event.

Proposed Reunion Intake 68B Harrogate

It is proposed to hold a reunion of ex-members of Intake 68B at Harrogate to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in July 2018.  To register your interest in attending such an event please complete the contact form below.

Lippstadt Reunion 2017

A reunion will take place in Lippstadt on 19 August 2017 to mark the 25th anniversary of the closure of Churchill Barrcks. The outline programme for the day is:

Meet and Greet 1900 hrs

Buffet 2000 hrs

Followed by Pipes and Drums and a disco

Members the Royals Signals Associatin, who served in Lippstad, are invited to attend. The event is being run jointly for Royal Artillery Association and RSA members.

Visit the 22 Signal Regiment Facebook Group, or fill in the contact form below for more information.

Service at Corps Memorial NMA

A service will be held at the Corps Memorial at the NMA, Alrewas, Staffordshire on Saturday 2 September 2017.  Further details to follow

Annual RSA events reports and dates

Corps Weekend Incorporating Royal Signals Reunion 2016

A wonderful 3 Rs (regular, reserve, retired) and family event, the RSA Annual Reunion takes place on Princess Royal Day. As well as providing the perfect opportunity for serving and retired members of The Corps to get together and celebrate The Corps’ Birthday (which is on the 28th June but we try where possible to deconflict with Armed Forces Day), it is also the occasion when Phase 2 trainees are formally welcomed to The Corps and presented with their Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF).

The official photographs from the event can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the photograph below, and are free. We hope you will be able to join us for the next reunion.

Next reunion 17/18th June 2017

The Royal Signals Association Annual Reunion 2016 took place at Blandford Camp with Association members and guests starting to arrive on Friday afternoon, 17 June with many staying until Sunday.  The very unseasonal weather luckily held off long enough for everything to run as planned. We hope the words and accompanying pictures give you an idea of everything the weekend has to offer and that if you weren’t with us this year you will be next.

Marching in…

Everyone was welcomed on arrival at the Pass Office and then went to the Blandford Accommodation Reception where they were shown to their accommodation in Stanley Square for Friday and Saturday nights. The camp site at the sports pavilion was very stylishly set up and run thanks to the Blandford Garrison MT staff. The Rendezvous café opened late providing refreshments and meals, complementing the food served in the soldiers’ restaurant and elsewhere on camp. The first official opportunity to get together was at the meet and greet in the WOs and Sergeants’ Mess on Friday evening.

On parade

2016-RSIGNALS_reunionOn Saturday, the first event saw 11 (RSS) Sig Regt parade on Hawke Square to commemorate the Foundation of the Corps with the Princess Royal Day Parade. This is also the time when newly trained Signallers are welcomed to The Corps. Members of the Association were again invited to join the inspecting parties to hand out Tactical Recognition Flashes. Six members were selected; Tony Knight from the Hartlepool Branch gave his step-daughter her TRF in what was a very memorable moment for their family. Towards the end of the parade, RSA members were invited to form up so that they could march on to the square and parade behind the regiment. Three large squads of veterans each led by branch standards formed the RSA contingent which was marched onto the square, between the memorial and the regiment. The parade representing the Regular, Reserve and Retired elements of the Corps, were then given permission to march off the square under the command of CO 11 (RSS) Sig Regt. The parade ended with the traditional toast to our Corps with the MoS. A bottle of Corps Port presented to Maj Gen John Badcock concluded a truly family event.

On review

After the parade, the Corps RSM, WO1 Jon Attwell, conducted the Standard Bearers’ Preliminary Competition. This competition has evolved over recent years and now has a judging team consisting of serving Warrant Officers from Blandford, Association members with experience of standard bearing at RBL national level, and for the first time this year, last year’s winner. Following this, the selected bearers took part in the final during the afternoon events on the square. The prizes were presented by the Master of Signals.  The results for 2016: 3rd – Brian Calladine from the East Kent Branch; 2nd – Graham Mullin from the Liverpool Branch; and 1st – Norman Pearce from the West London Branch.  On behalf of everyone in Blandford involved in the competition, thank you to all the standard bearers who take part in, and branch members that support, the competition.

Fine dining and spectacular displays

While the Blandford Lunch took place in the Officers’ Mess, the grassed arena outside the mess contained representatives who brought displays from current units by bringing examples of current equipment, unit scrapbooks (I particularly enjoyed 16 Signal Regiment’s!) and other information for us to see. As in previous years, our thanks go to everyone who travelled with these displays and patiently answered our questions.  During the day you could also visit the DCCT Small Arms Trainer, the Corps Museum and shop, with motorcycles and vintage cars outside.

Blandford Camp managed to avoid the rain except for a slight dampening around lunchtime. This was insufficient to disrupt the afternoon programme and we heard from the bands of the Royal Corps of Signals and the Corps Pipes and Drums both individually and massed; the Standard Bearers’ competition final and prize giving; the Gurkha Kukri Dance and the White Helmets. The afternoon concluded with the Sunset Retreat Ceremony.

Saturday socials

During the evening, the 11 (RSS) Sig Regt WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess (courtesy of the Presiding Member WO1 (RSM) Richie Savage) was open for a social evening including curry supper. The Corps band provided a quintet which played a selection of music during the evening and I am again grateful to the RSM, mess manager and staff for their help and support.

For the first time this year the Party-in-the-Park was held on the Reunion Saturday evening. The arena near the Officers’ Mess was transformed during the afternoon with the addition of stage, lighting and speakers setting the scene for later in the evening. The event was a great success and added an extra dimension to the weekend.

Sunday Service

On Sunday morning a religious service was held at the Corps Chapel. It was conducted by the Blandford Garrison Padre, Capt Kevin White. Col (Retd) Terry Canham turned the page of the Memorial Book and the collection during the service raised £179.33 for the RSBF. Following the service, the Chairman RSA, Brigadier David Hargreaves presented the Derby branch and the Edinburgh branch standard bearers with the branch 50th anniversary pennants to be flown with their standards. He then received a cheque to the RSBF in the sum of £280.17 from Keith Bates who represented the organising committee of the Eden Camp Parade. Refreshments, which included a wonderful selection of cake, were served in the Glass House.

Eden Camp Parade

The next Eden Camp Parade will be held on Sunday 21st May 2017 View photographs
Royal Signals Association RSA Events

The second Eden Camp Parade took place at Malton Camp, Yorkshire on Sunday 22 May 2016. The day was a fantastic opportunity for regular, reserve, serving and retired members of The Corps and their families to get together. Entry to Eden Camp is free on the day for Royal Signals personnel – serving or retired – and their families.

The Corps was proudly represented on parade by the Northern Band, Regular and Reserve Units, 14 Standards and 54 members of the Association which was watched by a crowd of upwards of 300 people. This year the salute was taken by The Corps Colonel, Col Simon Hutchinson MBE ADC.

If you would like to join the parade next year, it will take place on Sunday 21 May 2017, more information will be available nearer the time. Huge thanks go to the organising committee and to Eden Camp for their time and generosity. Money raised at the event, from the sale of badges and R SIGNALS memorabilia was donated to The RSBF.

Notices And Announcements

The South Atlantic Medal

Awarded for the Falklands War in 1982.  The original criteria for the award of the South Atlantic Medal were amended in 2014.  Applications are being accepted and will be assessed and dealt with in a strict date order.

The amended criteria can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/medals-campaigns-descriptions-and-eligibility#south-atlantic-the-south-atlantic-medal

Details of how to apply can be found at : www.gov.uk/apply-medal-or-veterans-badge/apply-for-a-medal

1960’s 16ers Reunion Club

Did you serve in (or attached to) 16 Signal Regiment at any time in the 1960s?
If so, you are welcome to join our Reunion Club.
Our website, can be found at:  www.the-60s-16ers.com
For more details, please contact the club secretary, Mr Kerry Stylianou.

Helped By The RSBF

  • Veterans 90%
  • Over 65 33%

RSBF Text Donations

Almost £2million granted in the past 5 years

All donations to the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund are gratefully received. Every penny is spent specifically on welfare; helping to improve the quality of life for serving and former Signals soldiers, who are in conditions of hardship or distress.
Text RSBF11 £10 to 70070 to donate to Royal Corps of Signals Benevolent Fund to make a difference today.

RSA Car Sticker

A new vibrant and attractive RSA Car Sticker has recently been commissioned due to popular demand.  The sticker is available for £2.50 including P&P.   Unit price reduces for those ordering 10 or more to £2.00 per sticker.  The new sticker adheres to your window without being too sticky and has a white background to accentuate the graphic.

If you wish to celebrate membership of the RSA and support the RSBF then please send a cheque payable to RSBF to the address below.

For those wishing to use PayPal please email events@royalsignals.org stating the quantity required and ensuring that your address details are correct.

Royal Signals Benevolent Fund Wristbands

100% of the proceeds go to the RSBF

Royal Signals Benevolent Fund Wristbands can be purchased from the The Royal Signals Shop for a suggested donation of £2 each plus 50p for P & P (Depending on how many you purchase this will be adjusted). If you require fewer than three, please send a cheque for the amount to Events, HQ Royal Signals, Griffin House, Blandford Camp, Dorset DT11 8RH, or via the Museum Shop  Tel; 01258 482248 or 97431 2248 or go online: Royal Signals Shop

Royal Signals on Facebook

RSA Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/royalsignalsassociation/ more than 10,000 members and growing!

Royal Signals are officially represented on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RSIGNALS

The Corps Colonels’ page is found at www.facebook.com/CorpsColonelRoyalSignals 

Royal Signals on Twitter

Follow Royal Signals on Twitter:
RSBF @RSignalsRSBF  - Fundraising, RSA and events
Royal Signals @R_Signals - Mainly recruiting opportunities
The Museum @signalsmuseum - History and Heritage.
Additionally a number of regiments and bands, sports groups, White Helmets and others have Twitter accounts.

Corps Rugby

For all information about Royal Signals Rugby, visit their site www.royalsignalsrugby.co.uk/

Defence Discount Service

The Defence Discount Service is open to members of the Armed Forces community, including serving and Reserves personnel, Armed Forces veterans, spouses/partners of Service personnel, and bereaved spouses/partners. It is also open to MOD civil servants, members of the Cadet Forces and NATO personnel serving in UK-based posts. Many high profile companies are engaged with the Defence Discount Service: Vodafone, KFC, Vue Cinemas and a number of major supermarkets, clothing stores and technology companies.

To sign up for the card, go to www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

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