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.
|Maj (retd) Derek Wood MBE||President|
|David Hambidge||Vice Chairman/Entertainment|
|Ben Revell||Standard Bearer|
|Maj. (retd) Derek Wood MBE||Visiting Officer|
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
4th April 2019
11th November 2018
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 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
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
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
His place will taken by Sylvia Revell, whom we have no doubt will serve the branch equally as well.
14th December 2017
Thirtyone members, wives and guests had a very convivial afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.