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MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN to UK BRANCH MEMBERS

“A war that defies all wars”

At the back of our minds has often been the thought of a 3rd World War – The instability of the Middle East, the instability of the Far East, the real concerns of relationships between the USA, China and Russia. All at one time or another unsettling the desire for peace.

But we know the possible combatants, we just pray that some idiot doesn’t press the wrong button in a fit of thoughtlessness, dragging two or more sides into conflict.

However, never in our wildest dreams did we imagine a situation where we would be faced with a true and unpredictable global conflict. But that is exactly where we stand today – the whole world at war with an enemy that is unpredictable, unrelenting and knows no boundaries.  Coronavirus is toughest enemy we, as a race, have had to face for centuries. It is vicious, highly contagious – placing all of us in jeopardy. 

First and foremost, I urge all of you to take every possible precaution to stay safe. Don’t be afraid to ask your neighbours for help. For many of you times will be extremely hard, the feeling of being trapped, of not knowing, of feeling helpless – not being able to socialise with friends and family.  All places a strain, both physically and mentally.

Therefore, please be mindful that the Branch and the Trust are ready to provide support, if possible. One small way might well be just having someone to talk to – if that helps pick up the phone and ring one of us [contacts are in the Outpost] or e-mail myself, the Secretary or the Almoner – we will reply.  

Please stay safe, don’t take risks and with a little luck and a good wind we will conquer the enemy.

For the foreseeable future all regional and national gatherings of the Branch are cancelled. The Annual General Meeting is postponed

[date to be advised]

and the Memorial Luncheon is doubtful [update in June]. I hope that the Annual Regimental Dinner can still happen, but again only time will tell. My own Company [exhibitions and conferences] has had every event cancelled until October.  It is hoped to get a ‘Newsflash’ out next month and the next issue of the ‘Outpost’ in early June. This will carry reports from the Committee in the manner that they would be presented at the AGM.  Dave Pillans has, for business reasons, resigned from the Committee, which will leave a vacancy. The Officers of the Branch will remain in post until the AGM – whenever that occurs. 

The Annual raffle will take place although as precaution the draw will take place at the Christmas Sundowner rather than the Dinner.

Kindest regards    Mike

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