Another fantastic reunion held at The Bank House, Worcester.

Guests started to arrive at bar opening time to ensure they made the most of the evening’s drinking time.

Good to see Pete and “Sir” getting started early
   

Steve soon had us all organized and sat down ready for his opening address.

He welcomed all to the 2nd 14 Sigs Reunion and a special thanks to the long distance travelers from, Australia, Canada and Up North.

 

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The weather was perfect for sitting out in the gardens enjoying a few warmers into the bank and getting those old memories flowing.

It didn’t take long before we were all back at Norton ready to take on the world all over again.

Fred Almond was already starting to get everyone organized, nothing changes there.

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He then presented a Reunion memento to Steve “Farmer” Firth. In return for a superior bottle of Overproof Rum.

Which of course was “not” shared amongst the members

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Only Chris “pimples” Whitehead can tell stories that are so captivating, even after 40 years time has certainly not wearied him

 Fred Almond and Dave Matheson listen and wonder when he is going to stop so they can carry on drinking

   

The Party was soon in full swing, with lots of memories accompanied by "remember when", "I used to be able to"and remember so and so".

A great night was once again had by all .

Owen has always been a man to enjoy himself and this was no exception

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It was now time for the group photograph!

As everyone knows trying to get people organized so that we can get the photograph taken is a nightmare and this lot were no exception, like herding cats!

So like all good soldiers we just moaned, did our own thing and hey presto it worked.

What a fine bunch of people - The Family of Friends!

This is available in any size right up to A3+

                                                         
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We now have our very own Badges and plaques for sale

Plaques - £18 +p&p
Badges - £5 +p&p

Any profits will go into the reunion fund to keep the cost of the reunions at a minimum.

Please E Mail Steve Birch your order

Mail to Steve Birch

Forecast of Events

                                         

17th to 18th June 2016 – Reunion III Weekend

17th June 2016 Friday Night Gathering - Location – The Blower – 19:00
This is the night you don't want to miss!!

                                                         
 
                                                         

Owen getting some warmers into the bank

Dave Marland and John Bainbridge, first meeting for over 30years

 

Now here are two gentle guys enjoying their pints

TAB and Jock Sitting comfortabley, shall we begin

 

Another story telling during a great Friday night out.

 

It's that man Mugford "again"

 

                                                         
                     
  • 18th June 2016 – Reunion III Party - Location – The Bank House
  • 18:30 - Gathering in the Bar/Gardens for group photograph, get a few warmers into the bank, meeting the other guests
  • 20:00 – Food is served
  • 23:00 – 23:59  Minibus Transport back to Hotels (Need to let Steve Birch know if you would like transport)
  • Drinks til late…. Follow the EDs

The Monthly Gatherings

Will continue as the first Wed in the month unless the attendees wish to change it. We are going to try and meet at several different places this year and open to suggestions on date and timings, some guys have suggested Friday evenings.

Date

Time

Location

6th April

12:00

TBA

4th may

12:00

TBA

1st June

12:00

TBA

 

   

We are looking for suggestions for days out or even weekends/weekday away, please forward your thoughts to

mailto:jp@sixwaysrugby.co.uk

We already have the Army v Navy Rugby weekend at Twickenham organized by Steve Birch

Suggestions already put forward

  • Brewery Visit
  • Blandford – couple of days to visit and have an organized tour
  • Catterick – couple of days to visit and have an organized tour
  • Christmas Party/gathering
  • Set up a quiz team to visit local pubs
  • Theatre Weekend
  • Walking – Dales, lake District, Three Peaks Derbyshire, Malvern Hills

Click here to complete survey and/or submit your suggestions.

                   
                   

A story about one of OUR old Colleagues
(Extract from The Worcester News)

A HOMELESS veteran who had his tent slashed by vandals has a roof over his head after Worcester's ex-soldiers rallied behind him. The veteran, who wanted to be known as "John" rather than by his real name, was gutted after returning in the pouring rain to his slashed tent in woods near Worcester Racecourse.

Two slits were cut into the two-man tent on Saturday, February 6 and, as a result, the tent was no longer able to keep out the water.

The 60-year-old, a former corporal in Royal Corps of Signals, by now drenched and cold, came to the Postal Order in Foregate Street, Worcester to try and get dry and find a replacement tent. It was there he heard about the city's breakfast club for veterans, set up in September by Dave Carney. The club meets in the JD Wetherspoon pub at 10am on the first Saturday of every month.

The next day Mr Carney, aged 44, of Merriman's Hill, Worcester, a reserve veteran with the Royal Engineers, gave John his own tent. John, who did not report the criminal damage matter to police, said: "It was such a dismal day. I was pretty angry when I found out. "That night I slept in a stable block in the racecourse, under cover. But before that I came to the Postal Order to speak to Matt, one of the team managers who told me about the breakfast club."

Mr Carney, his partner, Clare Green, and the other veterans went one better than a tent and between them have made sure John has a roof over his head for 10 days with the hope more can be done for him. John, who insisted on earning his keep, did some painting and decorating work for Mr Carney and his mum and as payment was put up in Ye Olde Talbot, Worcester, The Crown in Broad Street, Worcester in Worcester (which offered the room at a 20 per cent discount) and at a B&B in Barbourne.

 

   

He has now had a roof over his head since Sunday (February 7) and the UKIP MEP James Carver also paid for two more nights in a B&B for the veteran. A crowdfunding page has also been set up which it is hoped will raise £600, helping towards a deposit on a flat and any furniture John may need.

John described the kindness show to him and the change in his circumstances as a 'great relief' and 'overwhelming'. John, originally from Cheshire, is single, has no children or family, and had been living homeless for the past 14 weeks. Before that he had a live-in job as a painter/decorator/odd job man in a hotel in Weston-super-Mare but lost his job when the hotel closed down which is how he became homeless for the first time in his life.

John, who is not claiming benefits, now wants to try and get his own accommodation. Since becoming homeless John has spent time in Bath, Cheltenham, Salisbury and Cirencester although he does have connections to Worcester. He was based in Norton Barracks in 1973 when serving with the signals but also has also been in two tours overseas in Belize in Central America before leaving the army in 1982 which he describes as like his family.

John said he was not classed as vulnerable because he had no drug or alcohol problems or mental health issues which he confessed he found 'annoying'. Being a former soldier John said did not fit many people's impression (or stereotype) of what a homeless person looks like. He is tidy with a neat haircut, clean-shaven and wears newly washed clothes, using the facilities at Maggs Day Centre in Deansway.

He said: "It's important to keep clean and tidy. It's a priority." He hopes funds will soon become available which will bring more financial stability to his life.

Dave Carney said: "Luckily, we found Ye Old Talbot was charging £85 for two nights, so we booked him in to that place, but didn't tell him until he'd finished the painting in our house. He was over the moon at the news but also felt humbled by it. "We have got to look out for ourselves. The Government isn't helping us. In the armed forces you are treated like family and you have got to stick together through thick and thin. It's the old adage, you don't leave a man behind."

Mr Carney also organised an emergency Brekkie Club on Saturday, February 13 at the Postal Order at 10am which UKIP MEP Jim Carver also attended and has given his personal and financial support to John.

(Steve Birch is working with the Breakfast club to see what we can do to help, however it is a very personal situation for “John”. If there are any updates we will let you know in future newsletters.)

 

                   
                   

The Phantom Puma – by Chris (Pimples) Whitehead

 

 

When we first arrived in Belize because of the location away from the main camp and slightly out in the bush we were warned of the possible sightings of Pumas in the area. Having set up and carrying out final checks I being one of the newest and youngest members of the troop was sent down the track to the NAAFI canteen to get some Bacon and Sausage butties.

My trek down was in daylight at around 1700 but as the order was quite large by the time I had been served and started back to Receivers it was pitch black.

The first 50 yards was under the street lighting of the camp but then once you crossed the storm drain you were plunged into total darkness. In the darkness you could hear all the creatures of the night. I noticed two bright lights fairly close together just hanging in the air. Was this a pair of eyes watching me in the dark getting a smell of the food I was carrying.

I started to quicken my pace trying to keep to the path but the faster I went the faster the eyes followed. In the end like Usain Bolt rounding the bend of the 200 meters I shouted to myself sod it. I threw the butties into the bondu and sprinted to the receiver cabin battering on the door.

Bob Maclaren was the radio sgt and rushed out to see what the problem was. I explained that I had been followed back by a large Puma. Its over there in the bushes I pointed out as it was still watching us. "You dopey sod its just a pair of fire flies". Who got the butties and did most of the night shifts  for that the week.

   

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14 Sigs Reunion Quiz Mar 2016

OK let’s see what you those little grey cells can remember? They will get harder as we near to  REUNION III

1. Which year did 14th Sigs leave Norton Barracks with the amalgamation parade at Blandford (30 Sigs)?

2. What was the original name of the pub we meet on the Friday before our reunions, now called The Cricketers?

3. In which year were 14th Signal Regiment awarded "The Freedom of Gloucester"?

4. Whose nickname was "The Screaming Skull"?

5. What main barracks were 14th Signal Regiment based at in Gloucester?

6. Which SSM was former SAS then returned after his stint with 14/30 Sigs?

7. What was the model designation for the Satellite System used by S & T Troops?

8. Name one of the dogs and one of the Pioneer handlers based at Norton Barracks?

9. Name the local Parish Church whose altar was sponsored by 14th Signal Regiment whilst at Norton Barracks?

10. What was the RF output of a: D11   b: D13   C: E21   (all three correct to get a point)?

11. Where did Dad’s Army drink?

12. Name the bar opposite the Fish Market

13. Who was the (in)famous “PC”

14. Name the nightclub under the Dolphin

15. What is the speed of light?

Email your answers to The Quizmaster in the form

Answers

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First correct set of answers will receive a prize at the Reunion, kindly donated by the Quizmaster

   

14 Sigs Reunion Quizword Mar 2016

     

Across                                            Down
3. They think they are                    1. What a nutter
7. Reunion home                            2. House of strange men
9. HF propagation                          4. Fast Transport                           
12. The fun house                          5. Bikers heaven
13. Uncontrolled detachment         6. Been there
14. Scary road                                7. They know they are
15. Celestial messages                  8. Blowing your own
17. Redundant Working                 10. Baldyman
18. They would like to be                11, ?-Gulf
19. Farmer