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Forgotten when your next Branch Meeting is, or visiting another part of the country? This page may help you.  If any of the 21 UK and 6 Overseas TSVA Branches are not represented and would like to be, or an existing one would like to modify their entry with the inclusion of a one-off event, please contact me by e-mail

Please keep your entries up to date. If you don't send me the details, I can't publish them.

Gloucester Branch Our 2nd meeting of the branch was held The Pilot Inn at Hardwick on Tuesday 15th March, which was attended by a total of 35 Vindiboys and  their wives. We also welcomed Pete Wilson, a presenter of BBC Radio Gloucester who has done much to advertise our Branch on his regular Saturday programme, at Noon.  Our next meeting will be held on the Tuesday 17th May at 7.30 p.m., and thereafter on the third Tuesday of, July, Set. and Nov.    If anyone in the area is interested in joining them, contact either Ken Long at ebro.2@virgin.net  01386 555714, or Keith, who can be contacted on keithosbourn_1@lycos.co.uk  or by telephone on 01452 380850. (See Branch Website link at the foot of this page)

    The Honoury Chaplain of the TSVA, the Rev. Bill Boon, has kindly agreed to dedicate our new  Branch Ensign at the morning service on Sunday 10th April, at St. Andrews Church, Newtown.  All Vindiboys who can make it, will be most welcome to join us. For further details, please contact Keith Osbourn.

 

East Anglia Branch The next meeting of the Branch is on the Wednesday 27th October at The British Legion, Aylsham Road, Norwich at 7.30p.m.; new members welcome.  The Christmas Buffet dance will be held on Saturday 27th November at "The Bakers Dozen" Millers Lane, Norwich. at 7.30p.m. till midnight, tickets 8.00 each and will be on sale at the meeting or direct from Branch Secretary, Eric Noble. (Eric's contact details from SiteBosun  tsvahq@aol.com).

Suffolk Branch Meet on the third Wednesday of February, May, August, and November,  at 7.00 p.m. in the Bramford Cock Inn, (mapping link) Bramford, near Ipswich, Suffolk just off the A14. Branch Secretary, Jim Somerville, E-mail address vindiboys.suffolk@virgin.net. Telephone 01473 658281


Solent Branch: A new branch started in Southampton on 7th January 2004 at the Flying Angel Club in Queens Terrace Southampton (mapping link) across the park from Dock Gate 4. It was decided to hold monthly meetings on the First Thursday of each month starting 19.30 5th FEB., 4th MARCH, 1st APRIL, 6th MAY, 3rd JUNE, 1st JULY, 5th AUG., 2nd SEPT., 7th OCT., 4th NOV., 2nd DEC. Every Vindi Boy will be most welcome to come and join us and bring their wife or partner. Contact Ian McCartney (Secretary) on 02380 445779 or Email solentvindiboys@aol.com

North Wales:  If  any TSVA Members living in the N.Wales, are interested in joining a proposed branch in that area, would they please contact Dennis Cartwright at his linked e-address.

Cornwall and West Devon Branch: Covering all of Cornwall, West & North Devon Here, at long last , now that we have a permanent venues, is our annual programme of meetings.: All meetings commence at 12.00 noon and last until approx. 15.00. Wives, lady friends are encouraged to attend and visitors to the area are also welcome.  Food at the venues is very good. Members on the branch mailing list are notified 10-14 days prior to the meetings. Click on the hypertext links for the location of the venues.

Date Venue
March, Tuesday 8th Unicorn PH. Plympton
May, Sunday 1st Swan Inn, Bideford
July, Tuesday 12th Unicorn P.H. Plympton
Sept., No meeting -----------
Nov., Sunday 6th Swan Inn, Bideford

N.B. - There may be times when we may alter a meeting date in order to attend another 'Area' meeting. For one of these occasions the date, time and venue will be promulgated on the website. All local members will be notified, as is usual, by letter from me, at least 10 to 14 days prior to the meeting change.

For further details, contact Dave Williams (Area Organiser) 3, Leigh Court, Eggbuckland, Plymouth PL6 5YA. Phone 01752-702870 e-mail fathomsdeep@aol.com

  Torbay Area Branch:       Meetings are held at the "Bell Inn" 29 Fore Street, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbott (see map) on the first Friday of every month at 19.30. Owing to New Year there will not be a meeting in January so February 4th 2005 will be the next get together. All Vindi Boys and partners are welcome and a special welcome to any Vindi Boys passing through the area.
For further details contact Alan Brinklow (Area Organiser) on 01626 336105 or e.mail:- troutpool@hotmail.com

Birmingham Branch: Meetings are held at the B.U.S.C. Club, Gough Street, Birmingham (see map) at 7.30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December, to which all Vindi Boys are welcome.  Further details of the branch can be had from Danny Walmsley  (Branch Secretary) on 0121 360 5670.

Essex Branch:  Meet  at the R.A.F. Association Club, Hall St. Chelmsford (see map).  There is free parking in Moulsham Street, alongside the club.  at 7.30 p.m.  For further information about the branch, contact either Alan Pope, on 01621 868811 or Alan Mott on 01702 293074 who are joint organizers of the Branch. The meeting previously shown for  Monday, 17th November will not now take place.

 Harrogate & Dist. Branch:  Meetings are held at the Conservative Club, 61-63 East Parade, Harrogate (see map) on the second Tuesday of every month (not January), commencing at 19.30 for 20.00 hrs. The meeting ends when you are ready to go home. For further information contact Bill McPherson (Secretary) on Harrogate 01423 569588 or by e-mail.

 Sussex Branch:
    Our Branch  was represented by myself and three other Members, at the  Merchant Navy Day Service at the Tower Hill Memorial,  held on Sunday 5th September.    For information on these and other activities in which we are involved, please contact Robin Hurst, (Secretary)
01273 249638 or by e-mail 
or visit our Branch Website. Our next meeting will be  at the Sussex Coaster, Peacehaven on Thursday 21st April

 Tyneside Branch: Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., and Dec. at 7.30p.m. in the Tyneside Irish Centre, 43-49 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, (see map), to which all local and visiting Vindi Boys are welcome. Further details can be obtained from Malcolm Green  (Secretary) on 0191 489 3671.

Midlands Branch:  Meetings for 2005 are scheduled for 11am on 15th January 2nd April 2nd July and our AGM 1st October, at the Victory Club, 75, Station Road, Beeston, Nottingham At Junction 25, MI Motorway, take A52 towards Nottingham approx,.3.8 miles on dual carriageway look for slip road and signpost (BEESTON), turn right onto A6005 go through main centre of Beeston to traffic lights, turn right to multi storey (free) car park, Victory club is across the road. (see map), Further details from Hon: Sec, Peter Stearn 17, Monash Close, Staveley, Chesterfield. S43 3NT Tele 01246 470835 or John Nicol by  e-mail john@vindi51.fsnet.co.uk

 

 East Kent Branch:

The East Kent Branch celebrated its 10th; anniversary on January 5th; at our quarterly branch meeting on January 7th; 2005.  Barring ill-health of a number of members we would have had 23 attending this meeting.  Thanks go to ALL members and Branches worldwide for their Christmas / New Year wishes to the East Kent Branch.  I started this branch at R. Derham's insistence on 05/01/1995 on a years trial with 6 members plus myself and I remain at the helm with the consent of the membership.  My thanks to you all for your support.  Many items were discussed including the past years parade invites, excursions, future excursions, Arctic Convoy up-dates, the Australian M. N. Day campaign, the Tsunami disaster to the minutes of the Nottingham Secretaries Meeting Minutes.  All items received a lot of airing and we look forward to another good year.  The branch held it's annual New Year Dinner / Dance at "The Royal Harbour Restaurant" at Ramsgate on January 8th; and a report will be given at our next meeting.  This will be our A. G. M. and held on April 8th; at our usual Dover venue.  I would like to request that the "new" member from Deal who attended, would you please get in touch. 

 Any Vindiboy visiting in the area would receive a warm welcome. The meetings takes place in the Function room of "The Cricketer's" Public House, Crabble Ave., Dover starting at 2000 hours. (see map)   Regards, Phil Hughes, (East Kent Branch Secretary)

Liverpool Branch:   New venue Liverpool Branch will henceforth will be meeting on second Monday of each month at 7.30pm at the "Liverpool Public House", located at 14 James Street, (next door to James Street Underground Station) Liverpool L2. All former Vindi Boys are welcome and we hope that having once met us, you will want to come back and see us on a regular basis each month . For further information, contact Don Crellin on 01925 485939 or by e-mail 

 Bristol Branch: A big welcome here to any Vindi Boy, local or visiting. We meet at 20.00 on the last Wednesday of each month (except December) at the Polish Ex-Serviceman's Club, 50, St. Paul's Road, Clifton. (see map) A quick meeting to start, then 'Swing the Lamp'  Shipshape and Bristol fashion. Please contact Tony Hayers (Chairman) Tel. 0117 9850797 or by e-mail We would be very pleased to meet you all.

Hertfordshire Branch: Meet four times a year on the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December, at the Old Comrades Club, Crossbrook Street, Cheshunt, (see map) from 20.00-23.00. The next meeting is on Tuesday 7th Sept. Our Secretary is Mr .Fred Holloway and contact can be made through Dave Moore. For more details click on the link to our website at the bottom of this page; a Guest Book has now been added to our site.

Our next branch meeting is on Tuesday 1st March at the Comrades Club, Cheshunt. And also that our branch unveiling of the MN Memorial Stone for Herts Merchant seamen lost at sea during the wars, will take place at 3.00pm on Sunday 24th April 05.   

Bedfordshire Branch: In view of a slow but steady increase in numbers, the Bedfordshire Branch have decided to hold regular quarterly meetings instead of the casually arranged affairs that have taken place to date. Henceforth, the Branch will be meeting at the  Bell Public House in Station Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire  on the FINAL Tuesday of each January, April, July and October. Any Vindi Boy will be made welcome, member or not. So please make a date in your diary or calendar straight away - even post a reminder on the kitchen notice board. Whatever you do, don't forget. We look forward to seeing you all from January onwards.  Details from Terry Smith on 01767 315388.

TSVA Branches Overseas

  Hawkes Bay, N.Z. Branch     The Branch was formed on 1st September 2004 and the 1st meeting was held on the 4th November 2004 at the Napier Cosmopolitan Club.  Because we have an informal meeting every Friday at the Taradale R.S.A., we have decided to meet for a meal and socializing once or twice throughout the year, with other activities as they arise. Our Secretary/ Treasurer is Alex Bailey (1950)  who can be contacted at alypom@paradise.net.nz    or via Tony Scott (1950)  at MOONRAKER-NZ@xtra,co.nz

South Australian Branch meets on the last Sunday, alternate months at The Seafarers Mission, Port Adelaide at 11-11.30am. Wives and partners also are included. The meeting lasts for approximately 2 hours followed by lunch at a local venue. The first meeting of the year being the last Sunday in January. An annual dinner is held every July, an end of year picnic in Nov/Dec and other occasional social events throughout the year. South Australia will be hosting the 5th ANZ Reunion in October 2005. Contact Tony Iles Secretary/Treasurer  selita@internode.on.net or Anne Iles (Social Secretary:) 08 85 231 655.  

This year, our Branch has the honour of hosting the annual Vindi 'Downunder Reunion', details of which can be found on THIS LINK

Auckland Branch, NZ: Meetings are normally held on the first Thursday in December,  March, June and September. The venue is the "Seafarers Centre"  114, Quay St., Auckland. Hands fall in at 12.00 Noon; dismiss at 3.0p.m. or thereabouts. Rosie Lea and Tabnabs for refreshments. further information from Harry Scullion (Secretary Tel. (09) 4839319. Visiting Vindicatrix Boys and their wives are welcome.

 Central Branch, NZ:  Our area covers the central and southern part of the North Island (other than Hawkes Bay) An annual general meeting combined with a reunion is held at various venues each November and occasional get-together lunches are held during the year, again at various venues to
suit our widespread membership. The Merchant Navy Day luncheon has become a popular event on our calendar. All Vindi visitors are welcome. For further information please contact, Trevor Castleton (Sec) by email or tel: 049385579 or Mrs. Val Hassan (Tres.) 04 9342729

South Island Branch, NZ.: We have 32 members including 2 Gravesend members. Secretary / Treasurer:  Harry Pemberton, email; vindipem@paradise.net.nz. We have no fixed meetings but get together a few times every year for lunches or dinners.  Please add us to your list of T. S. Vindicatrix Branches.  All emails will be answered by Harry Pemberton.

Canada/USA Branch: Vindi Boys living in the Toronto area are invited to join Branch Members and their wives at their bi-monthly meetings in the Devil's Advocate, 655 Bay Street, Toronto, (0416) 595 1105. The next meetings will be held on Saturday the 9th April; hands to muster at Noon. Further details from Rita Bond (Branch Secretary) by e-mail.:

       The Ontario lads of the CANADA/USA Vindi Branch are lucky enough to live somewhat close to Toronto. Although while John Farthing, Deck-58/59,  has a four hour drive there and back, Peter Nicholson, Deck-46, has a 10 minute walk and the rest of us are in between. The camaraderie, shared memories and the odd pint or two make the trip, be it long or short, well worth it. At our April 10th '04 pub soiree we were 26 but because of vacations, family obligations or illness the numbers vary. A good time is had by all no matter how big or small the get-together. All Vindi and M.N. lads will be welcomed with open arms so if you should ever be coming to Toronto, please come and join us.  Now if you should be in Toronto and it is not during our regular pub get-together time have no fear as their will always be a few of the lads that will have no trouble making an extra trip.

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NSW/ACT Branch: Our Association has over 100 "Vindi Boy" members as well as associated members from other sea schools and the UK merchant navy. We organise regular social events for Members, their partners and other friends and produce a quality newsletter at least 4 times a year.

Since 2001 an Annual ANZ Vindicatrix Reunion has been held in the southern hemisphere and the 5th ANZ Reunion will be held in South Australia in November 2005. Our regular committee meetings are held on the second Saturday of every second month commencing in February at the City of Sydney RSL, George Street Sydney at 11:00 am on the 5th Floor. Members and their partners are welcome
to join the committee after the meeting (approximately 12:30 pm) for a quiet drink, chat and lunch on the 2nd Floor.

All enquiries should be directed to: TS Vindicatrix Association Inc NSW & ACT, PO Box 2473 Carlingford Court, Carlingford NSW 2118 Australia or by email: nswvindi@hotmail.com

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Apart from the branches listed, there are also those in the areas of Norwich, Swansea, Mid- Glamorgan, Guildford and Lincolnshire. Contact details can be supplied by contacting me on TSVAHQ@aol.com

Links to TSVA Branch Sites

 UK Midlands 

UK Sussex

 

UK Herts. 

 UK Gloucester

 

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