No. 11 AREA

 Secretary's Report

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Patrick Boniface is an author and journalist. The current project that he is researching is into the history of the Type 14 Blackwood class frigates.
He has previously written the histories of the Battle class destroyers and Loch class frigates and the soon-to-be published Bay class frigates too.
Patrick would be extremely grateful if any of our members who served onboard BLACKWOOD, DUNDAS, DUNCAN, EXMOUTH, GRAFTON, HARDY, KEPPEL, MALCOLM, MURRAY, PALLISER, PELLEW or RUSSELL could contribute their memories to make these ships come alive with human stories about their times onboard. The kind of things that he is after are funny incidents, interesting runs ashore, dramas at sea or interesting characters.
Mr Boniface can be contacted via email at or by post at 26 Adisham Green, Kemsley, Sittingbourne, Kent M  E10 2SR.
Pussers Rum - Special Rates for RNA

I am sure Shipmates would be delighted to know that there is now an official RNA rate for Pusser’s rum set up with Fine Wine Sellers (

Details are as follows:
  • Pussers Blue Label, normally RP £34.49 (plus delivery of £4.99).
  • RNA discount price, £29.49 (plus £4.99 delivery), or 10% discount for six bottles or more - delivery is £4.99 whether it is for one bottle or six.
To receive the rate simply quote RNA rate when ordering.

RMS Queen Mary

TV's Channel 5, are making an exciting two part documentary about Britain's most famous ships. The Queen Mary will be the focus of one of their episodes.  They are looking for individuals who can share their memories and experiences of the Queen Mary.

A key chapter of the Queen Mary's history is its role during the Second World War as a troop transporter.  They are looking to talk to anyone that has memories of their journeys aboard the Queen Mary.  In particular, they want to talk to individuals who can recall the tragic sinking of HMS Curacoa on the 2nd October 1942, Churchill's transatlantic journeys, or the presence of German Prisoners of War on board.

For more information please contact Josh Sykes on 07882 436225 or e-mail  or by post to Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd, 17-19 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town London NW1 8TT.
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.