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October 6 2014.

A busy week for the Seahaven Branch of The Royal Society of St George started on Saturday the 27th of September when a delegation lead by President Laurie Holland, travelled to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield. This is a spiritually uplifting place that recognises service and sacrifice and fosters pride in our country. It is emerging as a world-renowned centre for Remembrance. The Branch President was accompanied by Bob Peedle MBE, Chairman, and Committee members Linda Wallraven, Maureen Peedle, Liz Holland, Standard Bearer Frank Holland and Rosemary Holland.

The visit was organised to meet with other members from branches around the country and to witness the planting and dedication of a tree for the Royal Society’s one hundred and twentieth anniversary.

Chairman Bob said “It was a truly moving experience. It was the first time I had been to the Arboretum and found the commemorative trees and memorials very impressive. Anyone visiting the Armed Forces Memorial at the heart of the Arboretum cannot help but be moved by the atmosphere and the list of over 1,600 names of service personnel who have lost their lives in conflict or as a result of terrorism since 1945.”

The next day Branch President Laurie, with Chairman Bob and member Bob Newton, visited Crowborough Training Camp to visit the Sussex Wing of the Air Training Corps. At the end of their weekend, the Cadets and Staff have a parade where awards are given to those cadets who have excelled in various fields. The members of the Branch were there to award the best cadet of the year with a special trophy, the Don Mabey MBE Trophy. This will be awarded annually and commemorates the life and work of the late President of the Seahaven Branch who died age 93 at the end of 2013. President Laurie Holland said “It was great to see these young achievers training. They were enjoying themselves with plenty of activities that give them a great experience as well as help prepare them for their future careers.”

Finally, Chairman Bob attended the AGM of Seaford Lifeguards on Thursday 2nd October at their seafront headquarters. The Seahaven Branch had responded to a plea for the provision of four heavy duty binoculars that are essential in the work of the volunteers who provide a vital safety service to everyone using the beach. He made the presentation to Laurie Holland, who is President of the Seaford Lifeguards as well as of the Seahaven Branch.

Pictured above: Branch Chairman Bob Peedle MBE (right) presents the four new heavy duty binoculars to Laurie Holland in his capacity as President of the Seaford Lifeguards.