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Rex couch | Rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
I check the web site most days and agree with others that is the only contact I have with the OCA. Keith, you do and have done a brilliant job, thank you.
Sunday 15 May2016 - Birmingham

Webmaster comments   It's a pleasure

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Well guys that's makes 4 of us!!
Sunday 15 May2016 - Aldershot

Webmaster comments   Maybe 5.....

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Keith, I log in at least a couple of times a week, always look forward to the messages.
Sunday 15 May2016 - Cheltenham

Webmaster comments   Thanks for the input Bob

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Saturday 14 May2016 - Great Yarmouth

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Good One Mick, me too so that makes three of us, Gus
Saturday 14 May2016 - Darwen

Webmaster comments   Any more .......

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I access the site about 5 times per week. A very good way to keep in touch seeing as I am the only person on the planet that is not on social media. Your hard work appreciated.
Friday 13 May2016 - Scotland

Webmaster comments   You and Me also - thanks Mick

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Try to access website at least 3/4 times a week. All your time and effort much appreciated.
Wednesday 11 May2016 - West Sussex

Webmaster comments   Thanks Bernie, much appreciate your input.

Stan Stanley | maddison135~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
The reunion is fast approaching (27-29th May). Have just returned from Barnsley having finalised arrangements with the hotel. The hotel has requested final numbers for the reunion dinner by the 17th May, therefore, if any of you have not sent in your proformas please do so by the 16th May together with your cheque. If there are any of you not sure whether you have sent it please don't hesitate to contact me and I will check the current list.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Barnsley
Wednesday 11 May2016 - Hereford

Dick Hudd | dickhudd~AT~outlook~DOT~com
Keith, I applaud you for all your hard work which enables old comrades to still have contact with each other. It is a vital part of the OCA
Wednesday 11 May2016 - Sidcup Kent

Webmaster comments   Thanks Dick - much appreciated

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I check the OCA site at least once a week Keith. It certainly serves a purpose of keeping people in touch. You have done a great job.
Tuesday 10 May2016 - Cider Country

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you again Sid - Thanks

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Keith , like all the other guys I have a look at least once a week. keep up the good work. Awwrrabest
Monday 9 May2016 - Scotland

Webmaster comments   Thanks Wee Man

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Can someone cut and paste Stellas message onto the 216 facebook page
Monday 9 May2016 - Llanelly Hill

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Hi folks. I access the website at least 3 times a week ( when I have Internet access) and find it the best source of information on what's happening with airborne brethren and their families and events. I feel we would be loosing the best means of staying in touch if the website was too close. Keith you have done a tremendous job as webmaster and your fine efforts are appreciated by all of us. Best regards Dave(Jacko)
Monday 9 May2016 - Aldershot & Spain

Webmaster comments   Much appreciated Jacko

William Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Farewell to my old tent Cpl. Bombhead was an inspiration from 2 Bde to us Sprogs. Could the piccie of his 100th descent be put on the site? Would do wonders in the context of the present uncertainty.
Sunday 8 May2016 - Great Yarmouth

Webmaster comments   Do you have a photo Stella

Stella Parkes | stella~DOT~parkes~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just to let you know that NetherAvon did us proud today and jumped with Bombhead Mitchell's ashes. It was a perfect day and extraordinary sight to see them stream out and disappear across the Wiltshire countryside. It was Dad's 100th drop on what would have been his 87th birthday. Very grateful to all those who helped us arrange this.
Sunday 8 May2016 - Gloucestershire

Webmaster comments   Great news Stella, I'm so pleased it worked our for you and your Dad.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Keith sorry I did not reply to your e mail. Deb's has had a very bad couple of weeks but is a little better now and we hope to get down to Bmth in the week to sort out one or two things.
My thoughts are that if the RBL goes it will be sad but if there is no one to take on the administration then we have no choice. As for the web site, I check it most days with interest and consider it the mainstay of our OCA.
It would appear that most of the younger guys still serving and the ones newly left use the SQN facebook page. I must admit I find this well kept interesting and up todate in a modern different way. There must be a place for both We should keep both there are our ways of communications and cost should not be a consideration.
Unfortunatly Deb's and I will not be able to make the reunion I must consider Deb's and I do not think she is well enough but with good luck and fair wind will make Caythorpe.
Best wishes all. Chris+Deb's
Sunday 8 May2016 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Thanks Chris, useful input as always. Sorry to hear you won't make the reunion but quite understand.

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
We do not have contact details for the following ex members Stan Berry, Brian Blackmore, John Grange, Dennis Lappin, Barrie Mills, Fred Payet, Alan Smith, Tom Speakman, Colin Townsend or Mel Townsend. If anyone can help please contact me.
Sunday 8 May2016 - York

Mick (Taff) Finn | exparasig~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
As with others who have commented, I use and check the website at least weekly. It is the prime medium, for me, to keep track on what is happening, reading the messages and to see what is going on or about to happen. It is an invaluable medium as far as I am concerned
Friday 6 May2016 - Cardiff

Webmaster comments   Thanks Mick

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~ hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I think I would agree with Peter that a) the RBL branch probably should close and b) that the website is key to the ongoing success of the OCA (however, my impression still is that a significant number of people rarely look at the site). More generally, I do feel that there should be some sort of backup for the Webmaster and the Secretary (preferably someone who is not yet eligible for a state pension) - if both of these splendid old folks were to go AWOL then I suspect we would have a few problems picking things up.
Thursday 5 May2016 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Not sure I want to go AWOL just yet !!!

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Just a thought is there any liason with the lads leaving the Squadron and the OCA about inviting them to join the OCA as given time as we old b******* are gradually dying out they will be the ones to hopefully take over the reins and keep the OCA going.
Thursday 5 May2016 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Webmaster comments   Hello Brian, I think the short answer is yes, I seem to recall a visit to Colchester a few years back and I think I am right in saying that the OC 2i/c and RSM are invited to our reunions.

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
With regard to continuing the WOTG branch of the RBL this will require volunteers to take on the roles as advertised. As I have said in my previous e-mails our branch is no different than many others in finding it difficult to recruit volunteers. Craig, John and Ray, not forgetting Dick, have all done a tremendous job in keeping the branch operating. I fear it is probably enviable that it will will now need to close having run its course. I view the continuation of our website as a different topic completely. It is well put together, Keith maintains its currency and it is the only way many stay informed regarding the Association. The annual outlay required to keep it secure and current is money well spent given its importance as an information conduit.
Thursday 5 May2016 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Thank you again Peter for your contribution. As you will appreciate my concern was generated by the lack of inputs regarding the posts we need to fill in the WOTG branch/OCA. The only conclusion I came to was, there was little interest in the RBL or the website was not being used. I completely agree with your last statement, I think the website is a very worthwhile communication aid but as our primary means of communication I feel it needs to be used a little more. It is heartening to see the comments of the last few days.

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Yes, I regularly check the website
Thursday 5 May2016 - Darwen

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Gus - thanks

A Taylor | a-p-taylor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I read your messages, just to see if any one remembers my late father and yes someone did and I thank you for that.
Wednesday 4 May2016 - staffordshire

Webmaster comments   Thank you for your comments - much appreciated.

Colin Bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Like Brian I check the website daily, it would be a shame to loose the historical content.
Wednesday 4 May2016 - Knaresborough

Webmaster comments   Thanks Colin - much appreciated

William Braniff
So do I

Keep it brief (LOL)
Wednesday 4 May2016 - Great Yarmouth

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Bill - thanks

Chris Brown | 216cbrown~AT~gmail~DOT~com
As one of the younger and not very bold members, I check into the site at least once a week, if not more.
Wednesday 4 May2016 - Africa

Webmaster comments   Thanks Chris, I note you are a big user of your email address, I have just had to increase your allotment in Mb

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~ hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I check the website at least once a week Keith
Wednesday 4 May2016 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Thanks Alan

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
I can't speak for anyone else but I for one check the OCA website every day.
Wednesday 4 May2016 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Webmaster comments   Thanks Brian

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Minutes - The minutes of the OCA meeting held at our last reunion can now be found on the Newsletters page.

The agenda for the next OCA meeting is now on the Newsletters page. If you have any agenda items please contact Ray or via the website.
Wednesday 4 May2016 - Worcestershire

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I am unable to help with your requests,but I do look at the guest book nearly every day, but there is'nt much activity on it. Wishing everybody well.
Tuesday 3 May2016 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Good to know you are out there Terry - thanks

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
We appear to have received very little interest in filling the vacancies in our RBL branch and replacing Dick on the OCA committee. It prompts the following questions:-

1. Is it there is no interest in the RBL or maybe the website is not used as much as we would hope?

2. Craig is asking the question has our RBL branch just run its course.

3. I guess I should ask the same question regarding the website. The cost is increasing year by year and we are now spending nearly £200 a year on hosting and domain registration. We have no way of knowing how much it is used by you, the only register being the comments received on the Guestbook and the number of photos/articles received for publication. They have reduced dramatically over the last few years. So guys, besides the question posed above I would also like to ask you if you would like the website to continue. We were promoting the website as our primary means of communication but I think we need some positive feedback to confirm it is actually being used.

4. Although I am happy to look after the website for the foreseeable future it would be good to know if there is anyone who might be interested in picking up the reins.

We are grateful for your comments via the Guestbook or if you prefer direct to me on keithweller@216parasigs.org.uk

Many Thanks

Tuesday 3 May2016 - Worcestershire

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Further to my earlier message regarding the RBL Meeting at Barnsley. It has been decided to change it an OCA Meeting rather than RBL where we can consider the future of our RBL Branch and whether we have volunteers to take up the vacant posts. All matters put forward by members can be discusses to allow the Committee to take a view on them. The "no AOB" rule means that we will not consider any new issues raised from the floor of the meeting. All Committee members are happy to serve for another 2 years at this time but nominations for replacements can be made provided they are made, with a seconder before the meeting.
Tuesday 3 May2016 - York

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
We will be holding a Legion Meeting at Barnsley this year. It will have to take place just before the evening meal on Saturday to ensure maximum attendance. I would request items for the Agenda please. Also we will be looking for volunteers to take up appointments within the Branch to replace myself as Secretary, John Aspinall as Treasurer and Craig as Chairman. It will be an important meeting as it will decide on the future of the Airborne Signals Branch. There will be no AOB.
Sunday 24 April2016 - York

Billy Haslam | haslam216~AT~icloud~DOT~com
Barnsley 2016 Golf The Marshall Cup.
S72 0HW on Sat 28 May 2016.
Tee times are from 1100 to 1148. The green fees are £27.50p and are payable on the day to the club. Buggies can be reserved by phoning the club (01226 755079) would you please confirm your attendance by email using the address below. Good weather has been applied for.
Thursday 14 April2016 - Northampton

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I have been reading with interest the various articles concerning our WOTG RBL branch. As a long serving Chairman of my local RBL branch I am familiar with the challenges outlined in the previous articles. I think the WOTG branch reflects the remarkable success of the OCA and that success is based on a specific era.
Welfare is no longer a branch issue as SSAFA and other organisations have taken this on. However, as Craig points out we have beneifitted from our membership of the RBL but perhaps the time has come to review where we are and where we want to go.If this review is to take place at Barnsley this year then I would be very happy to attend. Peter
Wednesday 13 April2016 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Thank you for your contribution Peter. Are there anymore comments from our membership.

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Myself Roger Burrow and Frank Kelly are going to visit the NMA in May before travelling up to the reunion if anyone wants to join us get in touch and I will tell you where we are staying
Sunday 10 April2016 - Ryton Tyne&Wear

Chris WHITE | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I have just read a circulation on facebook relating to and showing the grave of Lt Jim Barry on the Falklands. Lt Barry Royal Signals was killed fighting as a Pltn. Cmd. with 2 Para during the battle of Goose Green. I ask the question. Why is his name not on the Falkland Memorial Stone at Caythorpe Church or his name not mentioned during the service at Caythorpe weekend
Friday 8 April2016 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Good question Chris

Keith Weller for Craig Treeby | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
There are obviously some questions which require addressing regarding the past the role of the Weston on the Green RBL Branch and linked to that what is the best route to support any welfare request.
In answer to Alan’s initial input I would like to provide some background to what the Weston on the Green Branch has achieved but also to recognise that perhaps it has run its course unless others are willing to take up the reins.

In addition to creating funds for the RBL, money has been allocated back to the Branch which we have used to pay for post and admin expenditure, two Standards and associated equipment, standard bearer expenses to attend funerals/ Caythorpe etc, our dedicated tree and memorial plaque at the National Memorial Arboretum and web site admin costs. In addition we had put by a sum of money in the event of immediate welfare needs should they be required.

We have now reached a cross roads; after 12 years in post Ray Duffy as Secretary, John Aspinall as Treasurer and myself as Chairman have decided to retire, without replacements the Branch will need to close. It is reasonable to conclude that perhaps we no longer need to have an RBL Branch but to rely on the OCA to maintain our links as an Airborne Signals community, howbeit with no regular funding scheme to administer it or provide money for other expenses. One other point to consider is that we would have to lay up the RBL Standards, presumably at Caythorpe.

I suggest that a decision needs to be made when we meet at Barnsley and would ask you all to consider:

a. Do we need to continue with the Branch?

b. If Yes, then would you step forward to take on a committee role as Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer?

In order to get a straw poll of feelings I would ask that you make your comments either on the website or to myself (crtreeby@gmail.com) and Ray (ray.duffy1@ntlworld.com)”

Turning to the question of welfare support, the simple answer is that the RBL is not now necessarily the organisation to approach if seeking welfare support. During my time with the RBL almost all Branches had a welfare committee (my patch, Ox and Bucks, had just under 100) and they had recourse to contact me and my staff at the County office for professional assistance and funding. In conversation with an ex County Chairman for Oxfordshire a few weeks ago he said there was now only one caseworker to cover the County with no direct County professional support; individuals are otherwise expected to visit the “RBL shop” in Aylesbury (Bucks) for help.
Regardless of a local Branch I am willing to help in providing welfare assistance and advice using my past experience of RBL and working for the Parachute Regiment.

In the event I would advise possibly discussing the situation with me (see above) and ultimately I would probably expect a SSAFA caseworker to be appointed who, if funding is required, will approach the R Signals Association (topped up by ABF) and possibly Airborne Forces Security Fund. Rarely will RBL get involved, exceptions may be to approach the RBL for debt/benefits advice but local CAB may be just as good.

I hope that helps.
Thursday 7 April2016 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Please take a few moments to answer Craig's questions.

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

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