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No.4 – October 2010

Notices and Forthcoming Events Remembrance Sunday: 14th November. The Branch will lay wreaths at Norwich and the Airfield Farm Topcroft. No information is available as to the state of the Norwich War Memorial. If not available the service will be as per last year. Again we will let you know when we know. Christmas lunch: The Xmas lunch will take place on Wednesday 8th December next in the Holiday Inn North, Norwich Airport. There will be a 3 course lunch with wine priced at £22 per head available to members at £14 per head. The Holiday Inn has excellent car parking and toilet facilities. It can be easily accessed by car, taxi or bus. Kitty is taking bookings, see her if you want to go. This is the last social gathering if the year, please try and support it. Normandy: A Branch party will return to Normandy in June of next year. 20 rooms have been reserved in the

Best Hotel. The dates are the 3rd to the 8th June. The cost, £400 per person half board, payable in installments of £100. Single occupation £50 extra. First installment due at the January meeting. Names to Kitty Burge. How we travel will be in accordance with how many wish to go. Times are changing in Normandy. Our itinerary will reflect those changes. Do you want to go back? do any of your family members want to take you back,? If they do they could come with us, they would not be disappointed. Normandy Diary: The 2011 Normandy Diary is available now. It costs £3.95' £1 of which is donated to the Spirit of Normandy Trust. In my opinion this diary is essential for every Normandy Veteran as it contains so much useful information such as maps of the Assault Beaches and German Coastal Defensive positions, the Commonwealth War Cemeteries in Calvados Normandy plus full listing of the NVA Branch Commemorations and Memorials. You may order through Sarah or direct from Award Productions. If you order through Sarah enclose the cost of the diary. We will order in block and distribute accordingly. Monthly social meetings: Are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Royal British Legion Centre, Aylsham Rd, Norwich, 11am for 11.30am start. Come along to meet and chat, tea and coffee provided and take part in the raffle (proceeds to Branch funds). Future Meetings to be held on Wednesday 10th November 2010. There is no Social meeting in December. 67th Anniversary Lapel Badges: Lapel badges for the 67th Anniversary year have been ordered and are expected to be very popular. Therefore, if you want one, reserve your badge(s) now by contacting George Holmes, 01493 858319. Cost is £2.00 to members, £3.00 to non-members, plus 50p postage. It is intended that badges will be produced for each successive year, up to the 70th anniversary. Those who can produce a full set, ie 66th to 69th years, will receive their 70th Anniversary special edition badge for free. Don’t miss out, order now! The Annual General Meeting of the Normandy Veterans Association: Took place on Saturday 28th August last where the future policy of the Association was debated. This was a very important meeting the outcome of which affects all members. What we know to date is that owing to an anomaly the meeting has to be called again. We will let you know further when we know. Collections: We have a number of collections booked for the coming year. Collectors are always needed. If you are interested contact Sarah McAllister and she will let you know the form. Next year part of the amount collected will go towards payment of the insurance of the veterans traveling to Normandy, how much will depend on how much is collected. Schools initiative: There are three schools in the pipeline viz. Gisleham Primary, Docking Primary and George White Junior. There is still a need for volunteers to visit schools in the County to tell their stories. If you would like to be involved, contact Sarah McAllister.


Subscriptions: If you have received a separate notification with this edition of Normandy Star News informing you that your subscriptions are overdue, please pay your dues ASAP to Sarah McAllister. Costs are £5 per person, £10 per couple. Normandy Star: There will be an issue of the Normandy Star before the end of the year. If you haven't already told your stories of what happened to you during the Normandy campaign it is not too late. You are living history, only you can tell it as it was, don't let the opportunity go away. It is time to get the younger members of your families involved. Tell your stories to them, they can record them for you and you can let Paul McAllister have them. Regardless what anybody says, there is a great deal of interest in your stories and it will continue to grow.

New Members We extend a warm welcome to the following new members of the Branch; Mr E & Mrs J Lane (F823 & A824) 20, High Street, Meppershall, Beds, SG17 5LX. Tel: (01462) 850802 Record of Service: Royal Navy – LCVP 813. Mr R Milford (F826) 18, Ashdown Court, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 0AE. Tel: (01263) 511461 Record of Service: 11th Armoured Divisional Signals Mrs J Campbell (A825) 32, Ashwell Court, Bowthorpe, Norwich, NR5 9BS. Record of Service: Associate Member.

Returning Member Mr E Marples (F060) Hillcrest Care Home, 106, Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RT. Record of Service: Royal Army Service Corps.

Changes to The Roll of Members Additions to the Roll of Members: Mr E & Mrs J Lane, Mr R Milford, Mrs J Campbell, Mr E Marples Change of Address: Mr R G Crisp (F678) 26, Havencroft Avenue, North Street, Walton-on-The-Naze, Essex, CO14 8PS. Tel: (01255) 675861

The Normandy Star News is published in February, April, August and October by the Norwich Branch, Normandy Veterans Association. All submissions for Normandy Star News and The Normandy Star Magazine to be sent to the Editor, Paul McAllister, 12 Millside, Stalham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 9PA. Tel (01692) 583336 or e-mail NormandyStar@aol.com

Visit the Branch Website at www.normandystaronline.org.uk


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