No. 11 AREA

 Secretary's Report

Travel Insurance

Possibly of interest to any shipmate who has been unable to obtain Annual or Worldwide Travel Insurance due to their age or medical conditions - many of those with problems can only get single policy insurance and often cannot get insurance to travel to USA/Canada or Caribbean.

This offer, through Forces Pension Society (FPS), is open to all Serving and Veterans of HM Forces plus spouse/partner and certain family members. To take up the travel offer you must be a member of the Forces Pension Society (fee £39.00 per anum).
Just go on line to Forces Pension Society (FPS),
click on 'How can we help you,'
then  click on 'Members Offers,'
then  click on 'Travel,'
then  click on the fifth one down which is the Health Insurance Group  (PPP Healthcare UK Based Members).
I know that the spouse is part of the membership but not sure how it works - just ask when you call. Of course the travel insurance will need to be for both. When you have read it you can click on 'Join Us Today' on line if you wish. It takes about ten days for your membership number to come through.
You can also ring and ask for a quote 0800 389 7724 while you are waiting for your membership number to come through OR  you can ring for a quote before you join FPS then you can decide if it is worth it or not. 
The number above will be answered by the Health Insurance section then ask for Travel insurance. They will need your FPS membership number before you can get insured.
They do not ask about your medical history or what medication you are taking but need to know the following:
1.  You are not travelling against your doctors advice.
2.  You do not have a terminal diagnosis.
3.  You are not having on-going treatment (not just a normal review).
4.  You have not very recently left hospital. If so they need the doctor to say you are fit to travel.
D-Day 75, 2019

Due to severe availability of accommodation in Normandy the Royal British Legion have very kindly made an offer to take a number of WW2 Naval Veterans over to France for D-Day 75 and have hired a cruise ship to enable this to happen. 

The outline plan is for the Veterans to join the ship in Dover on 02 June 2019 and cruise in the channel for three days visiting Dunkirk and Poole before arriving in Portsmouth for an official MOD sponsored reception as VIPs on 05 Jun.

A number of activities have been planned before sailing on D-Day for France with an RN escort Flotilla.  They will arrive back in Portsmouth on 08 June 2018 for a reception by Portsmouth City Council.

The Veterans will be bused to and from the ship and it is hoped that if required they can be escorted by their carer, however it must be stressed this may depend on space onboard.  The ship has full medical facilities.

To establish exactly how many Naval Veterans this may involve please contact the Branch Secretary as soon as possible. The information is required by HQ before 01 November so that planning can be completed.

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From the Archives....

Brian Newbury, of Hilda Street, Selby, who this month celebrates his 21st birthday, arrived back in England last week after spending some time in the Arctic. Brian was one of several Yorkshiremen who recently penetrated up to fifty miles under the Arctic ice as members of two submarine crews excercising in that area.
The submarine Grampus and its sister ship, Porpoise, are thought to have broken a record. It is believed that so great a distance has never before been covered under ice by a conventional type of submarine
Brian, an engineer mechanic in the Grampus, has served in the Royal Navy since 1958, joining submarines in 1961.
The Grampus damaged one of its periscopes when it hit a mammal, possibly a seal.
The two submarines arrived at the ice edge on 8th March and left on 27th March and on occasions were under ice up to 50ft thick. Several times they surfaced through holes in the ice to "breathe" and once the crew of Porpoise played football on the surface.
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal, and chosen, charity of the Royal Navy and the Navy Board and now the RNA’s preferred charity.

• Last year the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity gave £6.5m to people most in need: serving personnel, veterans and families. This included over £717,000 to the RNBT and £730,000 to the RN and RM Children’s Fund. So, by helping the RNRMC you, like the rising tide, “lift all boats”

• For serving Shipmates – in ships, squadrons, submarines, commando units and ashore – its funding is used to boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring.

• But by far the largest amount goes to other (mainly) naval charities, including those that provide crucial support for parents and children as well as veterans experiencing difficulty with ill health, old age or hard times.

• The RNRMC gave £20,000 to support the RNA’s new Naval Service Memorial.

For more information on the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, please call 023 9254 8128 or visit

Branches Donating to Charity – a note for future guidance

A review of branch annual returns and accounts has shown many occasions when it seems branches may have donated to charities incorrectly. The rule is simple and depends entirely what is in the mind of the person donating money at the moment they do. This might be money in a bucket or collecting tin, buying tickets for a branch raffle or having an event to raise money for a specific project.

So, if you hold an event or collection and it is COMPLETELY clear for whom you are collecting during the collection, then the money can be passed to that charity (even if you are in RNA rig).

However, general branch and charity funds, profits from branch events and raffles etc can only be given to charities within our charitable object laid down in the Royal Charter.

In brief:
  • For serving or ex-serving members of the naval forces in need hardship or distress, and their dependents.
  • To further the efficiency of the Naval Service, including recruiting.
  • To provide facilities for bring members of the RNA together
  • To perpetuate the memory of those who have served in the Naval forces.
  • To help members find employments
  • To provide members advice on personal matter, etc.
Therefore the charities that are fine are those charities that specifically help serving and ex-Naval Service such as RNBT, RNRMC, Pembroke house etc. Help for Heroes is fine since they look after Marines. Sea Cadets are good to help since that can come under recruiting. Joint service charities that look after all 3 services, but do help the Navy, are fine too, such as the Legion, BLESMA, Blind Veterans SSAFA and the Not Forgottens.

The point is to ensure that whoever is contributing knows where the money goes - a donor is entitled to assume that the money given to someone in an RNA blazer collecting with an RNA bucket will go for RNA charitable purposes.