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Message Number: 3132 - Mon, May 20, 2024 04:56:51
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Posted From: united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
Name:  David A Mutter
Service Number:  RMB 3814
Hometown:  North Curry
Instrument/s:  euph/cello
Comments:

Richard,

I would like to reply to Merv’s question and Adrian’s mention in his ‘memoirs’ of Les Evans being in his 3/59 New Entry squad.

Merv’s question about Tom Stannard being the last person to return a ‘simple system clarinet’ to the Music Store is true, but the date is a little later and must have been between 1967 -70. I was drafted back to Deal from Singapore in 1967 and Tom was already well established as M Coy sweeper along with other concerns!! I served with Tom in HMS Ganges but I never actually saw him play this ancient instrument, although I believe he did take it out of its case for Lt.Col Dunn’s inspection.

In his ‘memoirs’ Adrian mentions Les Evans (euph/cello) as being a member of his New Entry Squad yet Les is not on the Squad Photo! Was there a reason for this? I heard somewhere that Les was the first, and probably the only Junior Musician to live in married quarters. How true is this? I know that Les was still having cello tuition after he was rated coming over from M Coy.

David

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Message Number: 3131 - Sun, May 19, 2024 11:01:21
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Posted From: united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
Name:  Mr Mervyn Durrant
Service Number:  RMB 3518
Hometown:  Ropley Alresford
Instrument/s:  3rd Clart 2nd Bike and Broom& Mop.
Comments:

Re Noel Crook having to change his simple system Clarinet when he moved to Deal. Tom Stannard kept his until he went outside to pension 1962/3/4? I think he was the last one.

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Message Number: 3130 - Thu, May 16, 2024 07:45:39
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Posted From: united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Monthly Direct Debit
Instrument/s:  Basso Trumpetto
Comments:

Spoke to a very helpful guy at the School of Music by phone today and it seems that the cost of having the CPOs mess for our reunion gathering has got too high ! so this different venue is the best option. (note the reduction in price to £15) I suppose it is quite convenient just to walk through that dockyard gate down by the Portsmouth Station, so let's give it a try .... Will probably be my last effort anyway as at 90 I'm not too keen on driving great distances. It's OK getting to the Albert Hall as my son and I travel there by coach. Look forward to seeing many of you there and in church on Sunday. Best wishes to all Michael.

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Message Number: 3129 - Wed, May 15, 2024 08:29:13
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Posted From: united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
Name:  Patrick Hill
Service Number:  Q004163M
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Euph/Cello
Comments:

Richard, as I live and breath......... General information about HMS King Alfred. The establishment is located in the same area as Semaphore Tower in His Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth.

I have yet to find out where the 2024 Reunion venue is but accepting the recent posters below who are clearly better informed - this is not an uncommon state of existence for me - if we are to be received in HMS King Alfred it looks like a pretty swanky venue as it goes and very close to that Ocean Wave we know so much about. Who knows it might even be warmer than the gym was last year!

My Google search did not give up Nelson as the location Mick - you must be using that Spanish Google instead of the UK one. Apparently if you get your 'device' to translate Google from English to Spanish you get "Google" which is just not the same.......

See you in October!

Pat H

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Message Number: 3128 - Tue, May 14, 2024 14:21:01
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Posted From: united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
Name:  Michael G Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Resting
Comments:

Thanks Mike, I have tried ringing the School of Music to find out why and what, and the BB editor is supposed to get back to me - Ha Ha - no luck yet but maybe tomorrow. Michael.

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Message Number: 3127 - Tue, May 14, 2024 03:10:01
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Posted From: spain
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Greetings to all young and OLD >> I Googled HMS KING ALFRED PORTSMOUTH and have discovered

that it is the Royal Navy Reserve Base Portsmouth. If my memory serves me right it is located inside HMS Nelson where the Reunion was previously held not quite sure of the distance from the Mess.

Maybe one Day we will find out the reason for the change I feel at the moment we are getting less or no information from HQ; Hopefully all will be revealed one day soon and we can sort ourselves out.

Regards to you all stay safe and I will see you all at the Walmer Green Concert.

[Editor] Last time I checked I found the 'wavy navy' to be based at Whale Island. Fond memories!

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Message Number: 3126 - Fri, May 10, 2024 05:32:14
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Posted From: united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

Following my many hospital visits for Consultations and Treatments, I am happy to say that apart from my Heart Failure, I am hoping to last a tad longer............?


Noted the comment about Paul Neville, I am reminded that he and I came to some physical contact on the South Barracks football pitch. As a Defender, it was my task to stop him laying on goal making chances from the Wing. My practice as a Full Back was to stop him, which I did with a sliding tackle! Here was I a mere Band Boy, dishing out some physical stuff to a Band Sergeant, how dare I? Well, I did despite Len Harvey telling me not to!

Sorry that the last time he and I were in the same area was at the funeral of Mic Beer. where if looks could kill, I would not be writing this edict!

Sadly, as I served some years in Shropshire as a Prison Officer, had I known that he had connections with Oswestry, I would have liked the chance to meet up with him, as I used to go to the Agnes West Hospital where my Son was an inpatient....

As for HMS King Alfred, it is as I understand it, HMS Excellent, as a Training Complex for Reservists. I am sure that others may also have known this but have yet to surface and make it known that what I reckon is near correct if not the whole truth.

As a member of the C in C's Band in the Home Fleet, we used to bunk in Whale Island in between cruises. Sadly, we had to do a mass migration to HMS Maidstone, swinging around a Buoy off Portland Harbour! I say in a hurry as we had to move anything and everything in a short space of time before HMS Tyne made its way to the Med for the Suez Fiasco!

Memories begin to flood back to me, maybe its the tablets and capsules I have to take, eh?


Yours aye


Bill

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Message Number: 3125 - Thu, May 9, 2024 12:39:09
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Posted From: united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
Name:  Michael G Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  resting
Comments:

Interesting reading over the last couple of entries as always on this site... I dont know if many of you have the latest Blue Band Magazine ? If not you may be interested to know that this years reunion will be held on Saturday the 5th October in HMS King Alfred !!!!!! There may be many of you out there familiar with this SHIP ! but not me. So I shall be in contact with the RMSM shortly to check out what this means.. apparently this is a ship close to the dockyard gate ! I suppose the best thing to do is check with the latest new PDM, after all he may have served on this ship ? Perhaps there is some one out there that can enlighten us as to what this venue is..... I will of course before parting with any money check that the RMSM does still exist somewhere in Portsmouth...Michael.

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Message Number: 3124 - Thu, May 9, 2024 09:31:22
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Posted From: united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
Name:  David A Mutter
Service Number:  RMB 3814
Hometown:  North Curry
Instrument/s:  Euph/Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

I’m sorry to hear of the demise of several of our family and Tim Lincoln a fellow 42 squad member in particular. Unfortunately he is the third person to cross the bar from that august group the other two being Keith Boswell and Henry Monaghan. Three of the best! May they all Rest in Peace.

Adrian’s regale concerning his enlistment into the Band Service and his appreciation for setting him up for a rewarding time as a civilian musician was good to hear. I looked up the photos Adrian had uploaded into ‘Squad Photos’ New Entry Squad 3/59 and out of the 35 members I could only identify six including Adrian, Mosely, Bob John, Dave Clegg, Forsdick and Jack Arbery. I realise that a number of the ‘unknown’ would be buglers but I can’t remember coming across any of the remaining names whilst serving. I joined the Band Service only eighteen months after Adrian in January ’61. Interesting!!!

Regards,

David

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Message Number: 3123 - Mon, May 6, 2024 10:03:12
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Posted From: united states of america
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  Deal now London
Instrument/s:  Flute 'n' Piano
Comments:

Exactly 65 years today, on May 6th 1959, I left home to join the RMBS—the best and most defining decision of my life and one which all who read this message will have made also. All that I achieved in my long career in London orchestras, mostly as a studio session musician working on TV and film scores plus my professorships and gold discs, nothing would have been possible without the secure foundation that my 7 years service in RMBS provided. I am profoundly grateful. I wish good luck and good health to all serving and past members and especially to those who remain from 3/59 New Entry Squad and include a section from my memoirs to celebrate today.

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