Plans are already under way for this year’s reunion (Week ending September 7/8.2019). Once again it will be held at the Hilton Hotel Warwick. Why have we chosen Warwick again you may ask! For the past 15 years, the management at this hotel have given us excellent service, have kept their prices to an absolute minimum and the ambience is both comfortable and professional. In addition, it is pretty central and within two or three hours travel, unless you have to come down from Scotland or up from Somerset.
A number of us will meet on the Thursday and make a long weekend of the occasion. The hotel offers exactly the same cut price for this extra day. By Friday the main party will arrive and by Friday evening we normally meet together for an informal dinner. The chef at the hotel always puts on a special curry specially for the occasion in addition to the buffet four course meal.
At the moment Saturday is a very busy day. As most of us “Old Soldiers” will be aware, this particular weekend is the Corps weekend at the National Memorial Arboretum located near Lichfield in Staffordshire. Normally a corps band is in attendance in addition to the standards of a number of Royal Signals Association branches.. A short memorial service is held around “Jimmy” and a free lunch is offered to attending members ,friends and families. It is an occasion to meet old comrades and associates. For those who wish to attend, it is our intention to leave the hotel on or before 9.30 on the Saturday morning in time to arrive at the Arboretum in time for the memorial service. We have then reserved places for the Association to visit the Brewery Museum at Burton On Trent later on in the day for those who wish to attend. ( If anybody wishes to stay at the Arboretum and miss the museum visit, we can arrange to pick them up on the return journey). We hope to arrive back at the hotel at about 4.45 in time for the evening meal at approximately 7.30.
The evening meal will take the normal format, 3 courses plus coffee, the loyal toasts followed by the very short AGM. This year each individual will be given a personal menu card to display at the table and there will be a table quiz on each table to keep us amused during the meals and even a small prize for the winning table….providing there is no “Googling”
There will be the usual committee meeting on the Sunday morning before dispersal.
(Note. It was hoped that we would be in a position to dedicate a tree at the Arboretum to Major Gerry Funnell who was OC Seletar Troop in 1966. Gerry’s widow, Sue, her husband Ian and her son Ben are members of the Association. However although Pat Soward has tried to arrange this, the Arboretum are not in a position to offer a tree until much later this year…so this idea has been put on hold) )