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 25 Life 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 & David Hambidge, who organise our dinners, lunches and visits.

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 Bar at 1900hrs. Meet in the bar at 1830hrs.

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.

Branch Officials

Maj (retd) Derek Wood MBE President
John Hudson Chairman/Entertainment
David Hambidge Vice Chairman/Entertainment
Sylvia Revell Secretary
Ben Revell Treasurer
Ben Revell Standard Bearer
Maj. (retd) Derek Wood MBE Visiting Officer

 

Branch News

18th October 2019

This years Annual Branch Dinner was held in the White Hart Hotel on Bailgate, Lincoln. The hotel opened in the 14th Century as a coaching inn and has remained in business for over 600 years.

The hotel is situated between the 900 year old Norman Castle, built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, and Lincoln’s Medieval Cathedral, which dates back to 1072.

25th September 2019

Some members of the branch visited Bletchley Park, the home of the WW2 codebreakers. The visit was very well organised by Dennis Weir. The group set off at 0830hrs from the Lincolnshire Poacher on Bunkers Hill, Lincoln, who had kindly let us park our cars there for the day.

29th June 2019

It was a very hot day in the city, with the temperature hitting 29°C for this years Armed Forces Day. Nevertheless, it was an excellent day with plenty of things for the public to enjoy.

6th June 2019

The 75th D-Day commemoration at the War Memorial on Lincoln High Street. 96 year old branch member, Pat Constance, laid a wreath on behalf of the branch. Pat served with HQ 1 Corps Signals and took part in Operation Overlord and the Normandy campaign.

4th April 2019

At the branch meeting our President, Major (rtd) Derek Wood, presented John Hudson with the RSA Honour Badge and Certificate.

11th November 2018

Like all other branches the day for us is a special one, as we remember all those who made the ulitmate sacrifice in conflicts around the world.

We, at Lincoln, have two parades on this day. The first is the main Remembrance Service at the city’s War Memorial on the High Street. The other is a smaller affair at the Commonwealth War Graves in Newport Cemetery behind St Nicholas’ Church.

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.

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