NAVY NEWS. SEPTEMBER 1990
LEGION TAKES ON NEW HOME
HMS Eagict. the Navy's reserve u n i t in Liverpool, was ihe scene of a double celebration w h e n the twins of a serving officer were baptised on board, an event thought to be the firsi for ihc u n i t . Proud parents Surgeon Lieut.-('dr. Robert G l e n n ing and liis wife Karen watched as t h e Eaglet's c h a p l a i n . R e \ . John Williams, assisted by their local rector. Re\. Richard Orion, christened the three-month old baby brothers A l i s l a i r Roben and Richard .lames.
NATIONAL chairman of the Royal British Legion. Mr. David Knowles, officially took responsibility for one of the Legion's residential homes when Mais House, at Bexhill-on-Sea, was handed over by Sir Clivc Bossom, vice-chairman of the Joint Committee of the Order of St John and the British Red Cross Society. The handover, for a nominal payment, increases the number of residential homes run by the Legion to six, catering for some 343 elderly men and women who are mainly ex-Service or dependents of ex-Service persons.
Seventh residence Mais House currently houses 23 residents but the Legion plans to build a further extension which will increase the capacity to 55. The Legion also plans to build a seventh home in the south west of England to be named the Dunkirk Memorial Home to mark the 50th annivcrsarv of the evacualion.
Wise move for naval wives
AN application for a grant of £2,375 to fund a pan-lime organiser for Wives' Information Service on Employment and Education (WISE) at HMS Cochrane, Rosyth. has been approved at the summer meetings of the Sailor's and Fleet Amenities Funds.
Holidays all at sea GRENVILLC House Nautical Venture Centre, at Brixham. Devon, now provides facilities for walcrborne and outdoor activities, as well as holidays. Accommodation is available for groups of up to 36 children and w i t h a wide range of boats. from Toppers lo a s a i l i n g cruiser, (he cenlre is able lo provide t u i t i o n to small groups. Grenvtlle House has close historical links with the Navy and groups will be most welcome from naval family comm u n i t i e s or through naval community projects to help groups of deprived children. For further details contact the centre manager. Ian Read. Grcnvillc House, Berry Head Road. Brixham. Devon. TQ5 9AF (tel. 08045 2797).
WISE was set up last year in response to the Gaffney report ( p r i m a r i l y a i m e d at A r m y wives) which highlighted the problems of finding work or training as a result of frequent moves. Many wives have to abandon careers due to their husbands" postings or have to take on less skilled jobs affecting not only their standard of living but their self-esteem. Others may have skills which are rusty or outdated and may need help to find jobs consistent with their abilities. WISE holds a register to help these Naval wives which includes information on q u a l i f i cations, work experience, job skills, work/training require-
ments, employers' requirem e n t s , v o l u n t a r y work a n d t r a i n i n g and leisure courses. This enables suitably qualified wives to be put in touch with prospective employers and vice versa. The enthusiasm shown by local e m p l o y e r s a n d n a v a l wives has proved the need for such an organisation and now-. w i t h the approval of the £2,375 grant. WISE looks like becoming a permanent feature offering a valuable service. Anyone who needs advice or assistance about employment or t r a i n i n g should contact WISE at the Naval Families Cenlre. Castle Road. Rosyth. tel. Inverkeithing 416747 cxt. 139 between 9-11.30am. Monday to Friday.
Plymouth's frozen assets
Osprey grins and 'bears' it
WHEN the captain of HMS Osprey, Capt. Robert Payne, opened up his grounds for the fourth annual Teddy Bears' picnic he found himself surrounded by over 120 "bear cubs". Children turned up for the picnic with their own teddy bears while others, including Second Officer Helen Sowton, POWren Jan Turley and Capt. Payne, himself, dressed up for the occasion. The event was organised by Craig Wilkinson, of Portland Family Services, and highlights included a magic act by children's entertainers "Doreen and David."
Schools's Canadian scrummage BOYS from the Royal Hospital School, at Hoibrook. Suffolk. enjoyed sporting success dining their rugby tour of Canada. R e t u r n i n g home undefeated they took top honours against many strong teams including Montreal Barbarians. Peterborough Pagans. Markham RFC and Toronto Barbarians. They also won the Toronto U17's and U19's sevcn-a-side championships, Many of the boys who toured Canada have parents serving in the Navy and team manager. Tony W h h a r r t . is a f o r m e r CPO(PTI).
FUN DAY AT NELSON ENJOYING the sunshine at HMS Nelson's Fun Day before heading "down under" to work with the naval pcritee In Sydney, Australia, are LReg Smokey Cole and his wife Deborah with sons Daniel, eight, and James, five. Many families turned out in Portsmouth to enjoy a feast of entertainment including an American barbecue, horse rides, a balloon race and bouncy castle and at the end of the day over £1,000 was raised for the RN and RM Children's Trust
FLOWER POWER E D U C A T I O N officers of SCEA ( S e r v i c e C h i l d r e n ' s Education Authority) are being asked to help the Royal British Legion promote an art competition aimed at increasing children's u n d e r s t a n d i n g of the Poppy Appeal. The competition invites under-16's to paint a picture on the theme of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance, caring and freedom. Judging will include an Armed Forces Overseas category'.
On screen with SSAFA THE role of SSAFA is now the subject of a short video specially aimed at Service wives.
WHEN word got around that Plymouth Women's Refuge badly needed a new freezer the seven Naval Community Centres in the area decided to come to the rescue. Over £269 was raised and Refuge Coordinator Maggie Home is pictured receiving the
cheque from Naval Area Community Officer (Western Area) Nick Bennett. Also pictured is Bert McGuinness, Iceland Freezer Centre manager, who kindly donated £200-worth of food vouchers to the refuge.
The ten-minute programme "Have You Heard?" highlights problems particularly linked with family separation and goes on to explain the range of help and support offered by SSAFA. Director of Press and Publicity. Chris Hogg, gap. and its punchy style and short, sharp messaid he was grateful to MOD who gave major sages will be easy to remember." sponsorship lo the project. • Tickets for SSAFA's 1990 lottery are now on "Without MOD support we simply could not sale, with this year's star pri/e being a Peugeot CJ have made the video," he added. 1.4 Cabriolet donated by Natocars. of Bridgwatcr. "There has been, for far too long, a communicaCosting only 25p each, the tickets can be ortions gap between SSAFA and Service wives dered from the Appeals Department, SSAFA Cenwho've never truly understood the range of our t r a l Office. 19 Queen Lli/abeth Street. London work and many, therefore, have never been able SE1 2LP (Tel. 071-403-8783). to fully benefit from SSAFA. The draw will lake place at SSAFA Central "I'm sure 'Have You Heard?' w i l l bridge that Office on Dec 5.