Lincoln Branch - Royal Signals Association
The RSA Lincoln Branch formed out of a ‘get together’ by the late Frank Philp in May 1976. Permission to form a ‘Lincoln Branch’ was given by the RHQ on 27th May 1976, and the inaugural meeting was held on 9th August 1976 in the TAVR Drill Hall, Newport, Lincoln.
The Branch currently has 26 Life Members and 22 Associate Members, not just from Lincoln, but from all parts of the county including, Cleethorpes, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Louth and Horncastle.
We are a small but active branch, thanks to our Entertainments Officers, John Hudson & Edd Mulhall, who organise our dinners, lunches and visits. We also enjoy a close relationship with the Lincoln Branch of the Parachute Regt Association, who hold their meetings on the same night as ours. Afterwards we all get together in the bar for a convivial evening.
The Corps Family looks after its own
Each year hundreds of thousands of pounds of RSBF money is channeled to serving or former Signalers and their dependents in need. We at local level have a dedicated Visiting Officer who carries out hospital visits and home visits, it is time consuming but worthwhile. We report at monthly branch meetings on how individual members, who are absent through illness, are fairing – keeping members in the picture and ensuring we carry on looking after our own.
The Branch prides itself on being a family of retired Officers and soldiers of the Corps and we try hard to encourage serving members from local units to come along to meetings – keeping the retired members in the picture with the serving Corps.
We encourage and actively seek new members of the Corps Family to join the Branch. If you are an ex member of the Corps living in Lincolnshire come along and join us, you will be made most welcome.
Branch meetings are on the first Thursday of every month with the exception of the month of JANUARY, and AUGUST at Sobraon Barracks, Burton Road, Lincoln.
The meetings are held in the The Keep at 1930hrs. Meet in the bar at 1900hrs.
All serving and ex-members of the Corps are welcome, along with any ex-WRAC ladies who were attached to the Corps.
Membership of the branch (not the RSA) is an annual payment of £10.
|Maj (retd) Derek Wood MBE||President|
|David Hambidge||Vice Chairman|
|Ben Revell||Standard Bearer|
|Maj. (retd) Derek Wood MBE||Visiting Officer|
6th June 2018
Pat Constance attended the Normandy Veterans Associations annual memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Pat joined the Corps in February 1942 and served until November 1946 and took part in Operation Overlord. He was with 1 Corps Signals. They arrived at Normandy at 2300hrs on the 6th and their LST was anchored off Graye sur Mer until they beached at 1515hrs on the 8th. It took until 1730hrs to get off loaded. they then de-water proofed and moved to Courseulles-sur-Mer.
When the war in europe ended Pat was posted to Palestine until demobbed.
On the 22nd of December 1946 Pat noted in his diary “Membership Card of the Royal Signals Assoc. arrived”.
14th May 2018
Several members visited the “Lima” Sector Operations Room museum at RAF Digby. A great day out organised by member Dennis Weir.
The WW2 operations block at RAF Digby, now RAF Digby Lima Sector Operations Room Museum. The “L” or “Lima” sector operations room has been restored to resemble its appearance at the beginning of World War Two, featuring period furniture, plotting table, communications equipment and side offices. There are also exhibits on Bomber Command, Radio Direction Finding techniques, the History of RAF Digby, and displays of aircraft parts. There are additional exhibits on the loss of HMS Glorious and MMT Lancastria in 1940. The museum is “dedicated to those who served and fought in support of freedom at home and abroad during World War Two”.
21st March 2018
Members of the Branch and serving members of the Corps based at Waddington, assembled at the Royal Naval Association (Lincoln) Club to see Pat Constance present the RNA with a model of the cruiser HMS Exeter.
Pat had made this model when he was 15 years old, 80 years ago. It is scratch built from a plan he’d found in a craft magazine.
1st February 2018
David Hambidge our Secretary decided that he would like to reliquish his role as Branch Secretary due to ill health. David has served the branch very well for several years; his attention to detail in keeping us all in the loop the recording of the minutes and swift dissemination of the same, as well as the keeping up with and recording the correspondence has been to the benefit of us all.
His place will taken by Sylvia Revell, whom we have no doubt will serve the branch equally as well.
14th December 2017
The branch held it’s annual Christmas Lunch at the Woocock Hotel.
Thirtyone members, wives and guests had a very convivial afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
24th June 2017
Armed Forces Day in Lincoln.
6th June 2017
The 73rd anniversary of D-Day and branch member Pat Constance was at the National Memorial Arboretum to attend the memorial service and to be presented with the Legion of Honour by the French Consul.