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Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Gus, I can only agree that being able to access or facilitate help is a good thing and probably what most of us would expect. My question however still stands, is an WOTG Member able to get direct help from our branch in a way that could not be achieved by simply ringing RBL in London?, and is our committee able to influence such requests? maybe Craig can answer that? personally I don't necessarily agree with the media criticism of the often high salaries earned by those at the top in the RBL provided that they are the right people for the job - charity is now big business and having to compete strongly against increasing competition
Saturday 2 April2016 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   There must be more people out there with questions/comments.......

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Hi all, as an answer to Allan I would say that the membership of our branch is most important. It is our link with the RBL and one that I have found extremely useful. The RBL is only as strong as the number of branches it has. Our branch although small is very important to our association and acts as a contact point for members. Should it disappear then that is yet one more link broken in a chain that does so much good work for ex service men all over the world. Should we ever need help "and at my age I am keeping my fingers crossed" the a phone call to the secretary, who you know, can put you in touch with the necessary people.
I hope some one comes forward to take over from the committee to keep our name on the register of the Royal British Legion.preferably one of our younger members. The Branch belongs to you
Friday 1 April2016 - Hampshire

Webmaster comments   Thanks Gus for taking the time to say a few words. I think it's important we all have a say, perhaps there are a few more that would like to comment. Obviously without replacing key people it makes it harder to keep things going. We are still looking for replacements for Ray Duffy - Secretary, John Aspinall - Treasurer, Craig Treeby - Chairman and for the OCA we are still looking to replace Dick Hamilton as Vice Chairman. If you are interested in helping to fill any of these post please contact Ray Duffy/or via the website.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I note that a search is on for new administrators for our Weston on the Green RBL Branch. I suppose I have to ask the question - what exactly does the branch achieve and have the sterling efforts of Ray Duffy, John Aspinall and Craig Treeby been worthwhile? obviously all subscriptions are welcomed by the RBL but I think we all were under the impression that our branch would have the ability to help those members of the OCA who were in need. As I understand it our branch does not have the power to provide direct help to anyone. Should the branch perhaps close down and those who want to contribute to the RBL could do so in some other way?
Wednesday 30 March2016 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Interesting question - are there anymore thoughts/opinions out there. We are still looking to replace Ray, John and now Craig.

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
Hi Guys. Just checking everyone is ok. I'm still alive and kicking. Its been two and a half years now since finish my cancer treatment. I trust everyone is keep healthy. All the best to all.
Wednesday 30 March2016 - Rustington

Webmaster comments   See you at Barnsley.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Minutes - Minutes of the OCA meetng held at our last reunion can be found on the Newsletters page.
Tuesday 03 May2016 - Worcestershire

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Stella it's a closed group I repeated what was put onto this site.So far there has been 42 likes and four comments.To quote just one,"RIP BOMBHEAD Airborne warrior" Chris
Saturday 26 March2016 - Llanelly Hill

Stella Parkes | stella~DOT~parkes~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Thanks Chris for putting the info about my Dad, 'Bombhead' Mitchell,on 216 paras Facebook page. Not a member myself so can't see what has been said but Dad would have been well chuffed! Thanks to you all.
Saturday 26 March2016 - Gloucestershire

Chris WHITE | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Stella, I put the information about your Dad and the details of your intentions for your Dads ashes on the Parachute Signals Facebook Page. It has caused a great numbers of likes and comments.(Respect) Chris
Friday 25 March2016 - Llannely Hill

Stella Parkes | stella~DOT~parkes~AT~gmail~DOT~com
In response to Ricky Richardson asking where 'Bombhead' Mitchell will be buried. He is being cremated and we are hoping to get his ashes scattered by plane over Salisbury Plain where he did some of his training. Family legend runs he did 99 jumps so this will make his 100th drop.
Friday 25 March2016 - Gloucestershire

Webmaster comments   Nice touch Stella - I hope you are able to arrange it.

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Bob
Spoken like a true Airborne brother. Wish I could be there, but I'm sure our Squadron representation will be in good hands. Mitch would be proud to be remembered in this way. Give a solute on my behalf.
Thursday 24 March2016 - Great Yarmouth

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Bill, I am happy to represent the Sqn at this sad event, it is a short drive from here and I can take time out from work. Bob O’Hara
Wednesday 23 March2016 - Cheltenham

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I have been in touch with Stella Parkes since she posted the news of her father GTM Mitchell's death. The GTM foxed me for a bit so I wasn't sure if it was my old tent Cpl., known to all as Bombhead from doing a "Feet, Arse, Head" landing. She confirmed that this was her Dad, telling of how he long remembered his Para Squadron days. Stella agreed when I asked if I could copy our mail to the site. This follows:
Mitch was my tent Cpl in Egypt. In those days there was no rank by trade so promotion was more by merit. Your Dad was of course addressed as Corporal but he revelled in the name Bombhead. He was an older soldier than me and was always given the respect this merited. I remember him as being firm but fair. He had been in 16 Parachute Brigade since it was formed out of 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade so we young soldiers looked up to him.
You asked for an anecdote, I remember one when we moved to a new camp. The tents we lived in were of the large square (EPIP) type long used by the British Army in India. Designed as 4 beds per tent but very often 6 men were squeezed into them. Tents were joined together in rows of 6 tents. In St Vincents camp, electricity for lighting was eventually provided from a pole, with a fuse box on it, at the end of each row. Well one night there was a problem of some sort and Henry Paul a Radio Mechanic started to put things right. Before he started, Henry pulled the fuse and left it on top of the fuse box. He was working by torch light with all the lights out when some else decided to restore the lights by replacing the fuse. Henry, up a ladder, was almost electrocuted and fell off the ladder. Chaos reigned with much shouting and swearing until Bombhead took charge, he seen to Henry, then read the riot act to the guy who replaced the fuse using words not usually heard from him, with references to the miscreants parentage. Anyway as happens in the Squadron it ended with a laugh and a lesson learned: when working on electricity "put fuse in your pocket".
I'm afraid that I won't be able to attend the funeral but will of course will be thinking of Mitch on the day. By the way, our march past tune is "Begone Dull Care", "Ride of the Valkyries" is the march past of the Parachute Regiment who are the infantry part of the Brigade.
Fond Farewells from One old Para to another on his journey to the big DZ.

Bill Braniff
Stella extended a welcome to the funeral service which is at 1.30pm on 31st March at Gloucester crematorium and afterwards at Rodborough Community Hall, Stroud). Though I can't be there, as Mitch was a founder member of the 16th Para Bde it would be nice if anyone in that area could attend
Sunday 20 March2016 - Great Yarmouth

Ricky Richardson | george291~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Stella.So sorry to hear about Mitch, I could not have known him, but it sounds like he was a true Airborne Brother.Where is he to be buried?
Saturday 19 March2016 - Peterborough

Wee Mac and Linda | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sorry that we wont catch up in Barnsley. Hope we can catch up next time we're strolling in Wales
Wednesday 16 March2016 - Scotland

Stella Parkes | Stella~DOT~parkes~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just to let you know that Mitch ( GTM Mitchell) passed away on March 9 at Scarlet House Nursing Home in Stroud. He was 86.He joined 216 paras in 1946 and served in Germany, Palestine, Cyprus, Egypt. He left the service in 1955. Later on he joined he TA and was a sergeant major in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars until 1977.
Tuesday 15 March2016 - Stroud, Gloucestershire

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
It's time to be sensible and I have decided that as it stands at the moment Deb's and I will not be attending the reunion. Deb's has to be my primary concern and I think the journey to Barnsley would be just to far for Deb's. All being well I hope we can make Caythorpe. Chris
Tuesday 15 March2016 - Llannelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Will miss you Chris + Debs

Keith Weller for Stan | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
"The 2016 Reunion is getting closer and I would be grateful if anyone who intends coming but hasn't returned their profroma does so before the end of March. I will be going to Barnsley shortly to finalise with the hotel as I am going to be on holiday for a large part of April. Looking forward to seeing you all in May".

Saturday 12 March2016 - Worcestershire

Robin Stanley (Stan) | maddison135~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Have had letters from Jake Mateyawa in Fiji to say that he would like to come to the reunion but requires financial help to do so. He has contacted the Royal Commonwealth and ex services League (London) who helped him 2006 but unfortunately his request for his fares has been declined. Are there any secret millionaires out there, if so, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Friday 11 March2016 - Hereford

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Dear Members of the OCA/RBL Western-on-Green Branch,

We now need to fill a number of positions in the association and in our RBL branch. Our RBL secretary, Taff Duffy and Treasurer, John Aspinal have held the reigns for well over 12 years and now feel they would like to hand over their responsibilities. Is there anyone out there willing to take on these duties, if so please contact Taff and John direct or via the website for more information.

The OCA also needs to replace Dick as vice chairman. The duties of vice chair are covered in our constitution but broadly entail, deputise for the chairman, assist chairman to produce an annual news letter. Write obituaries and articles for the Wire and Pegasus Magazines and liaise with the current Squadron. If you wish to be considered for this position you should be sponsored by two ordinary members and the position confirm by a show of hands at the next AGM. Please contact Taff Duffy, secretary OCA direct or via the website for more information.
Saturday 5 March2016 - Worcestershire

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Hi. All I have spoken to Mal (Taff) Parker this morning and as you all know he has missed the last couple of reunions including Caythorpe the problem is he has a bit of a heart problem and finds it hard to travel long distances he will be missing from Barnsley this year so let's all wish him well and hope they fix him soon.
Wednesday 2 March2016 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Sandy Milbank | praadmin~AT~btconnect~DOT~com
Would like to pass on the sad news that Eddie Parker ex 6th Airborne Div Sigs passed away on 12 Feb 16 aged 89 years. Funeral is on 1st March 16 at St Matthews Church, Peaks Avenue, New Waltham, Grimsby DN36 4LJ. He regularly attended get togethers at Heckington.
Tuesday 23 February2016 - England

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Yes, I knew Arthur very well. I went on mid tour leave with him to Cyprus. Arthur (I never knew him as spud) was a B1 Cpl OWL and reputed to be the best OWL in the Squadron and could do 35 WPM morse. He pulled Sgt at 33rd Para RA. In Cyprus we hired a car together. Had a great time together.I would love to meet again
Tuesday 19 January2016 - Great Yarmouth

A Taylor | a-p-taylor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi does anyone remember arthur taylor he was in suez in 1952 (spud)
Tuesday 19 January2016 - England staffs

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
To let you all know, we had a PC from Jake Mateyawa today and he's fine and still living in Fiji. Good news
Tuesday 12 January2016 - Scotland

Mick (Taff) Finn | exparasig~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Wishing all airborne brothers a happy new year and see you all in Barnsley
Monday 4 January2016 - Cardiff

Norrie Clanachan | john~DOT~clanachan~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Happy New Year to all
Sunday 3 January2016 - Coleraine

Jess harper | Jessharper47~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Happy and health New Year to all Carol & Jess Harper
Saturday 2 January2016 - Hereford

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Happy New Year to all
Friday 1 January2016 - Llanelly Hill

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~ hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Best wishes to all
Thursday 31 December2015 - North Yorks

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Happy New Year to all my Airborne Comrades, friends and families.
Thursday 31 December2015 - York

John Clutton | jclutton82~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Best wishes for 2016, 5,Airptle Bridge Sigs
Thursday 31 December2015 - Colwyn Bay, N Wales

Ian and Sue Campbell | iansue216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Guid New Year. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Barnsley 2016. Quite appropriate delete the zero !
Sunday 27 December2015 - Scotland

Larry cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btintenet~DOT~com
So sorry Seth to hear your sad news. Best wishes from the Cardwell brothers
Thursday 24 December2015 - Longside Scotland

jake wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
To all present and former 216 A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year
Jake and Rachel
Thursday 24 December2015 - Walsall

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Merry Christmas to you all, hopefully your not like me working away, but home for New Year I hope, have one for me.
Thursday 24 December2015 - north sea platform

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs ~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year
Chris +Debs
Wednesday 23 December2015 - High on a HILL in a very windy Land of Song

Norman Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Wishing all of you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year especially those who have recently lost loved ones and good friends. Norrie and Mavis
Wednesday 23 December2015 - Darlington

ron hart | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
merry Christmas to all airborne soldiers everywhere in the world and a good 2016
Wednesday 23 December2015 - geordieland

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Merry Xmas and a happy 2016 to everybody.
Wednesday 23 December2015 - Whitley Bay

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Seth, So Sorry for your loss, Just on here when I came out to work.
Tuesday 22 December2015 - drilling pltfm

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. May 2016 bring you all you wish for, and for those who have lost love ones may 2016 bring you comfort and peace. Dave (jacko)
Sunday 20 December2015 - Aldershot

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Seth, so sorry to hear of your sad loss. Our prayers are with you
Friday 18 December2015 - Hampshire

norman horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ ntlworld~DOT~com
Dear Seth, so sorry to hear of the passing of Pat. I never met her, but my deepest sympathy goes out to you and yours, Norrie
Thursday 17 December2015 - Darlington

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Seth, so sorry for your loss our thoughts are with you. Wee Mac and Linda
Wednesday 16 December2015 - Scotland

Dave jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Seth, very sad for your loss. Deepest sympathy mate My thoughts are with you. Dave
Tuesday 15 December2015 - Aldershot

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Seth, The members of the OCA will be thinking of you on Thursday. Keep Strong.
Tuesday 15 December2015 - York

Mick Granitza | m216granitzaq~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Seth I am sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy. Willie
Sunday 13 December2015 - Scotland

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
The funeral of Pat Williams will take place at Rotherham Crematorium commencing 1500 hrs Thu 17 Dec. Location - Herringthorpe Valley Road, S65 3NN.
Friday 11 December2015 - York

Chris WHITE | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
So sorry to hear the very sad news Seth. Stay strong good friend. Chris +Deb's
Wednesday 9 December2015 - Llanelly Hill

Rick Richards | erichards1~AT~sky~DOT~com
Seth sorry to hear the sad news of Pat our deepest thoughts are with you and your family Rick and Marie
Tuesday 8 December2015 - Tamworth

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