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DESCRIPTIONThe official publication of the Norwich and District Normandy Veterans Association
Vol VII, No 8 Winter 2010
In This Issue
Visit to Docking School
Visit to Bircham War Graves
Tony Nelson with his scale replica of a Vulcan bomber, part of Norfolks
model Air Force
The opinions expressed in the Normandy Star are those of the authors and
do not necessarily reflect the policy and views of the Norwich & District
Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association
All copy, articles etc. for inclusion should be sent to the Editor
Editor Paul McAllister 12 Millside, Stalham, Norwich, Norfolk, N.R12 9PA
Tel (01692) 583336
2010 draws to a close, and what a busy year its been for the Normandy
Veterans of Norwich and District. Things show no sign of slowing up as
we move into 2011 and another step closer to the 70th Anniversary
year. The branch continues to increase its membership, both of
Associate Members and all important new Veteran members that
discover the branch and come in from the cold. So all in all, we can
look forward to 2011 with optimism and be assured that the Branch will
remain active for many years to come.
Our best wishes to you all.
Paul and Sarah McAllister
Annual General Meeting 2011
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Norwich & District No.3 Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association will take
place in the
Royal British Legion Centre, Aylsham Road Norwich
Wednesday 13th April 2011
11.00am for 11.30am
Rule 8 (part) Officers and Committee members
(a) The Branch shall appoint the following Officers: - Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, together with a committee of six
(b) All Officers and Committee members shall be elected by
nomination at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations shall be accepted only from fully paid up Members. All candidates for
nomination must notify their agreement to such nomination and must
be proposed and seconded by two fully paid up Veteran Members. All retiring Officers and Committee members shall be automatically
nominated unless they indicate an unwillingness to serve. All nominations for positions of Officers or on the Committee should be
handed to the Secretary by 1st April 2011.
Jack S Woods Hon Secretary
Normandy Veterans Association Norwich & District (No.3) Branch
Current Officers and Committee Members
Chairman: Veteran P E Johnson.
Vice Chairman: Veteran L W Mann.
Secretary/Treasurer: Veteran J S Woods.
Committee Members: (1) Veteran F L Scott.
(2) Veteran S D Valori. (3) Veteran J E Curson.
(4) Veteran L Fox. (5) Mrs K Burge.
(6) Mr G Holmes.
Other Officers and Appointments
Welfare Officer: Veteran L W Mann.
Public Relations Officer: Veteran J S Woods.
Assistant Secretary: Mrs S McAllister.
Social/Events Co-ordinator: Mrs K Burge.
Standard Bearer: Mr P McAllister.
Reserve Standard Bearers: Mr M J Baker
& Mr G V Claxton.
Editor, The Normandy Star: Mr P McAllister.
Subscriptions for 2011 are now due. If you have not yet received your
2011 Membership Card, it is because you have NOT yet paid your
subscriptions. Please do so As Soon As Possible in order to continue
the benefits of membership. Rates for 2011 are 5 per person (10
All subscription monies to be sent to the Assistant Secretary, Sarah
McAllister, at 12 Millside, Stalham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 9PA. Cheques
made payable to NVA Norwich and District. Membership cards will
be sent out with your next copy of Normandy Star News or Normandy
Star once monies have been received.
Full colour enamelled lapel badges, produced by the Branch to celebrate
the 67th Anniversary of Normandy, are now available. Costs are 2 each
to Branch Members, 3 each otherwise, plus 50p postage/packing. They
can be obtained from George Holmes, 169 Palgrave Road, Great
Yarmouth, NR30 1QD. Tel: 01493 858319. Cheques made payable to
NVA Norwich and District
From the Secretarys chair
As the old year draws to close, we turn our thoughts to the year 2011.
At this point let me wish you all a good New Year which commences
Year 2 of our planned March to the 70th
Once again a programme of events is being arranged for all of you to
follow. It will consist basically of 11 x monthly Social meetings (inc the
AGM); 6 x bi-monthly Committee meetings; School visits as requested;
Remembrances honoured; Collections arranged; Outings arranged;
Armed Forces Week supported; NVA events supported; Normandy
visited and a Christmas lunch.
On the welfare front, the branch committee will do its utmost to help
and assist members needing support. Again you can help. A visit to a
sick comrade (that is if they want to see you?) can help no end.
Associations like S.S.A.F.A Forces Help, Spirit of Normandy Trust,
Veterans Agency, Royal British Legion etc can all be contacted through
the secretarys office but in many cases a visit from you might be all
that they need.
Associate Members Norwich Branch welcomes Associate Members.
As our veteran membership diminishes, (which wont be for some time
yet, so dont panic) the Associate members will be essential to support
the remainder. They can be the wind beneath our wings. This Branch
will continue to exist while there are Normandy Veteran members
Associate Member Blazer Badges I have been asked for Associate
Member Blazer Badges. I can no longer obtain any from my previous
source but avenues are being explored from another source. Will of
course let you know progress..
Branch committee runs the Branch. It consists of volunteers both
willing and able to serve These volunteers are essential to the
membership. Associate members are entitled to serve on the
committee to assist in the day to day running of the Branch. affairs.
Once again, no panic on that front as only Normandy Veterans
members can effect any policy change and then only by voting at a
General Meeting called for that purpose. There is no danger of
Associate Members taking over the Branch, that is a myth, as is the fact
that anybody serving the Branch benefits financially, that is also a
March to the 70th. In accordance with the March to the 70th policy,
67th year Lapel and Button badges are now in stock. The Lapel Badges
cost 2 for members and 3 for non members The Button Badges are
free, for issue for schools visits and collections. Associate Member
George Holmes is responsible for general issue although they may also
be obtained from Sarah and myself. This is the second of the four
needed to qualify for a free gold 70th badge, so keep your old ones.
Return to Normandy A Branch party will visit Normandy from the 4th
to the 9th of June 2011 to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the
landings and the ensuing Battle of Normandy, travelling by coach via
the Channel Tunnel and staying at the Best Hotel Herouville Caen on a
Half Board basis. The cost will be 400 per person payable by four
instalments of 100 per person commencing January 10th. 20
double/twin bedded rooms have been reserved, single rooms have a
supplementary charge of 50 All booking arrangements must be made
through Kitty Burge The itinerary has not yet been arranged but the
general idea is as follows.
The Branch will host a service with a wreath laying at the statue of
Field Marshal Montgomery on the 5th June Arrangements are being
made in conjunction with the locals to make this not only a day of
remembrance but a celebration of the liberation of the town. It is
hoped to create a carnival atmosphere and to include the children of
Normandy Veterans Association The Normandy Veterans
Association will continue to operate up to the 70th anniversary at least.
Their programme for 2011 has not been conpleted, all that is known at
present is that Whitehall will happen and the date of their AGM has
been fixed. As we know more, so will you.
Public relations Always the most important job, but the next few
years will be more important. Contacts will be made through the Press,
Veterans agency, Royal British Legion, Normandy Star, Normandy
News, Normandy Memoir etc., Fliers will be produced as to our
How can you help? Mostly by being supportive, by being a comrade
to others, by keeping yourselves as fit as possible, by having a positive
attitude to what remains of your lives and by Marching with us to the
Jack S Woods
Hon Secretary & Treasurer
Veterans sought for television documentary
Impossible Pictures, a television production Company, are making a
documentary covering the North-West Europe campaign, from D-Day to
VE-Day. They are seeking Veterans from all branches of the Armed
Forces who served in the campaign, to tell their stories. In