THE ROYAL NAVAL
ASSOCIATION
Incorporated by Royal Charter
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
Registered Charity No: 1068408
LISKEARD BRANCH
Commissioned 20th April 1986
Full Recognition by The Royal Navy
The Bilge Rat
August 2019
Issue No 363
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COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2019/20
email editor@liskeard-rna.org.uk
Branch website www.liskeard-rna.org.uk
Blog https://liskeard-rna.blogspot.com/
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Chairman
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Secretary
Treasurer
Membership Sec
Welfare Officer
Welfare Officer
Area Delegate
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Auditor(1)
Auditor(2)
Auditor(3)
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Branch Chaplain
Bilge Rat Editor
Committee
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S/M Marie Belfitt
S/M Roger Grace
S/M Lisa Strutt
S/M Warwick Belfitt
S/M Christina Whitty
S/M Maureen Parker
Gapped
S/M Gordon Strudwick
S/M John Lennon
S/M Jerry Fleming
S/M Warwick Belfitt
S/M Adam Strutt
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DISCLAIMER
Whilst The Bilge Rat is the magazine of the Liskeard branch of
the Royal Naval Association, it should be clearly understood
that the contents do not necessarily reflect the views of the
Association, the branch members or the Editor and should not
therefore be interpreted as such.
A colour version of the Bilge Rat may be viewed on the RNA
website.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2019/20 2
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 4
JIM NOBLE—RIP 5
JOHN BARTTLET TROPHY 6
SUMMER BBQ 7
A SAILOR DIED TODAY 8
HANDY VAN SERVICE 10
DID I READ THAT SIGN RIGHT? 12
ADVERTS 13
PUZZLE 14
SOCIAL CALENDAR 2019 15
Contents
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Birthdays for September: -
Members
Total 53,
Life 6,
Full 26,
Associates 21,
Members are reminded that subs for 2019 were due in January
and are now £14.00. Anyone wishing to pay by direct debit
please speak to Christina or Warwick.
6th John Hunt
24th Trefor Jones
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Jim Noble—RIP
Nancy and I attended Jim's funeral in Chard on 24
th
. July along
with a church full of people who wanted to remember a well liked
resident and active member of the Methodist Church, RBL and RNA.
We got to know Jim as the Area Delegate for Chard, a lovely
shipmate with a wicked sense of humour, he was President of the
Chard Branch for many years and a good many years ago he and his
wife Edna attended one of our Trafalgar Night dinners in Newquay,
some members may remember him.
He did 8 years as a Stoker and often reminded people that even a
lowly stoker can do well when he gets out of the Boiler Room, when he
left the Navy he joined Trinity House and served on many of the
Lighthouses around the SW coast.
Jim was the sort of character that will be sorely missed from No.4
Area meetings and I am sure the Chard Branch.
S/M Gordon Strudwick
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John Barttlet Trophy
This class winner was ETWE William Fuller.
ETWE Fuller grew up in Weston Super Mare, living at home with his
parents and younger sister. After finishing school he went onto Weston
College to complete a Public Services Diploma.
He has wanted to join the Royal Navy for as long as he can remember
and can't wait to complete his training, join the fleet and travel the
world.
In his spare time he is a very keen runner (very fast on the timed run)
and used to compete for his local running club on a regular basis. One
of his career aspirations is to now compete for the Royal Navy, as well
as hopefully tri-service.
Having enjoyed phase one training at HMS Raleigh, he is now really
looking forward to his phase two training and beyond.
Regards
S/M Jerry Flemming
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Summer BBQ
On Sunday 4th August, the RNA members joined us for a Summer
BBQ/Social/Fundraiser on the edge of Liskeard. Despite an early
(08:00) cry of Its raining”, the sun came out and everything was dry
by the time the first guests arrived.
The Reynolds joined us from the Delabole Branch along with a few of
our non-RNA friends, so for all those not from Liskeard thank you for
coming.
Food was eaten, drink was drunk and the world put to rights, the
catering team hope that everyone had enough to eat and drink.
We hope that you all had a good time we certainly enjoyed your
company, and if you like, well do it again next year.
Cheers.
S/M Lisa and Adam Strutt
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A SAILOR DIED TODAY
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the RNA, telling stories of the past
Of wars that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho' sometimes, to his neighbours, his tales became a joke,
All his naval buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Jack has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a sailor died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived a very ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a sailor died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a sailor goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
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While the ordinary sailor who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Jacks of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a sailor, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just a common sailor and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the sailors part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honour while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a sailor died today.
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Handy Van Service
The Royal British Legions Handy Van Service is a low level
maintenance service that is available TO YOU!
My name is Ian Woodhead and I served in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air
Arm) as an Aircraft Handler. I joined the RN in 1972 as a Junior Naval
Airman 2
nd
class and retired in 2006 as Warrant Officer 1
st
class com-
pleting 34 years service.
In 2008 I joined the Royal British Legion as Cornwalls Handy Van Fitter.
The needs & welfareof the beneficiary are just two of the primary con-
cerns for the Royal British Legions (RBL) membership personnel.
In early 2008 the Royal British Legion identified an area of concern with-
in membership. It was identified through research that our beneficiaries
were struggling with home maintenance, where a trade person would be
needed to address the small - but important problems in the home and
ultimately take on the job of rectifying it. The difficulty for most of our
beneficiaries was actually trying to access the appropriately qualified
trades to undertake the maintenance tasks that were needed. All too
often the Beneficiary would struggle to find a reliable, professional and
dependable trades person that would be willing to undertake the low
levelmaintenance jobs that are often needed within the home, but are
extremely difficult if not impossible to achieve.
Later in 2008 the Royal British Legions Handy Van (HV) service was
launched. A person must have completed a minimum of 7 days paid
service in the military to qualify to use the HV service.
You dont have to be a member of the Royal British Legion to
qualify for the HV service!
The fitter will, where possible complete the jobs within the home that
can no longer be achieved by the beneficiary, either through age or dis-
ability. The consequences to the individual attempting to fit a light bulb
by standing on a stool or struggling with a step ladder may be in danger
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of a slip, trip or fallor suffer life changing injuries or worse if it goes
horribly wrong. None of us like to give into age or admit defeat, or may-
be a previous injury or operation is preventing the safe and successful
DIY task from being carried out. Its not in our nature as ex-service
personnel to give inbut unfortunately there comes a time in our
precious life when we have to hand over the baton! The HV fitter is
employed to do this task and many, many more jobs around the
home. There are no silly jobs!
All HV fitters are DBS checked. Most have a trade back ground;
(carpenter, brick layer, builder, plumber, electrician (Aircraft Carrier
experience, thats me). All HV fitters have to under go continuous
hands on practical DIY training, as well as home and personal security
training, Safeguarding and Trusted Assessor training, Aids & Adapta-
tion fitting and training.
All HV fitters work is 100% accountable. Quality Assurance (QA)
checks and inspections are carried out by the fitters Technical Officer
on a very frequent basis.
There are approximately 22 Handy Van fitters situated around the
country (stand fast Scotland & Northern Ireland – yet!). Typically a
Technical Officer will manage a team of 4+ fitters. The office (HVHQ) is
manned and ably managed by the Independent Living Coordinator
(ILC) whose responsibilitys (there are many) cover and coordinate the
fitters work diary on a daily/weekly basis. The ILC will action the refer-
ral from the call centre and feed that information into the fitters work
diary who will then visit the beneficiary and hopefully resolve the DIY
problem.
Please remember that this service was created for YOU the ex-service
man/woman. Health, Safety & Wellbeing are just a few areas of con-
cern that the RBL take very seriously. The RBLs HV service is more
than happy to help with the small maintenance jobs around the home
to help promote those values.
Its worth giving us a call on: 0808 802 8060
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Did I read that sign right?
Did I read that sign right?
"TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW."
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In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK, STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND
STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD.
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Outside a second-hand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES,
ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDER-
FUL BARGAIN?
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Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT,
THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR.
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Notice in a farmer's field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR
FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.
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On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE
DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK.)
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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant ? ? ?
See if that works better than a fair trial!
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape? ? ? ?
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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
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And the winner is...
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
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Puzzle Page
Last Month
ACROSS, 1. Jackboot, 5. Band, 9. Shake-up, 10. Aegis, 11. Blow, 12. Any time, 14. Remark,
16. Fungus, 19. Buffalo, 21. Rile, 24. Belie, 25. Devotee, 26. Eire, 27. Analysis. DOWN: 1. Jest,
2. Crawl, 3. Boer War, 4. Orphan, 6. Angling, 7. Disperse, 8. Vary, 13. Probable, 15. Muffler,
17. Unravel, 18. Cordon, 20. Aver, 22. Lotus, 23. Lens.
1. Not fully employed (4,4)
7. Rough bush (5)
8. Collapsed (6,3)
9. Pose for portrait (3)
10. Food (4)
11. Shortage (6)
13. Blade with bent handle (6)
14. Meeting majority (6)
19. Sailor (6)
20. Gun recoil (4)
21. Knock (3)
23. All Saints eve (9)
24. Compel (5)
25. Apes, man (8)
DOWN
1. Hot spices (7)
2. Correctly (7)
3. Long walk (4)
4. Secured by cables (6)
5. Impudent (5)
6. Lessen (5)
7. Begin (5,2)
12. Put away sword (7)
15. Clothing (7)
16. Potential (7)
17. Visitor (6)
18. Guile (5)
19. Forceful stream (5)
22. Shape (4)
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Any suggestions for any other events please speak to a
member of the committee. We are also looking at combining
events with other RNA Branches.
31st Aug
28th Sep
19th Oct
25th Oct
3rd Nov
10th Nov
28th Nov
30th Nov??
7th Dec
30th Jan 2020
RNA Quiz
St Mathews Fayre
Trafalgar Night
Poppy Concert
Field of Remembrance Dedication
Remembrance Sunday
Drinks Evening
Liskeard Lights Up
Christmas Dinner Victoria Inn Pensilva
AGM
Social Calendar 2019/20
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Liskeard RNA meets on the last Thursday of the month, in the
room above the Royal British Legion. The room and bar are
open from 1930 and the meeting starts at 2000. You do not
have to be ex Royal Navy to join. All are welcome.
Meeting Notes: -
Anybody who has content for the Bilge Rat, please send to
the Bilge Rat Hon Editor.
Email: - editor@liskeard-rna.org.uk