Visit to National Arboretum at Alrewas 29-30 May 2010
On Saturday 29th May The Branch Secretary, John Higgs drove Arthur Sibley and yours
truly on a two day trip to Alrewas. We were attending the Parade and Service at the
Royal Marine Memorial Stone at the National Arboretum. This was held the next day
Sunday 30th May. We had a uneventful journey to our B/B Guest House in the pretty
village of Harlaston where once again our hostess made us very welcome. The evening
saw us walk down in the pouring rain to the local Hostelry where the meal was up
to expectations. Not being as young as me I took the others back to their grots for
early lights out in preparation for the long day ahead. After breakfast suitably
booted and spurred we say farewell to our hostess and proceeded to the Arboretum
arriving in good time to seek out old friends and comrades, visit the National Monument
see the new Basra Wall Monument and other Regimental Monuments. It was then time
to fall in for the march and service at the the Memorial Stone in the presence of
the Deputy Commandant General, Brigadier P R Denning OBE ADC. The Act of Remembrance
and march past followed. I also paid my respects at the Korean Monument, something
that I always do. We made our farewells and put our trust in John's driving and returned
home. It was certainly a very worthwhile visit and the date for your diaries, next
years Memorial Parade is on Sunday 29t May 2011.
Visit to UKHO
On Wednesday the 6th of April seven members of the branch had the opportunity to
visit the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office in Taunton, the group comprised Arthur
Sibley RM10555, Bern Armer RM15817, Colin Maddox RM12681, John Higgs RM11190, Daphne
Higgs, John Underwood RM8042 and George Brown PO41467J.
On arrival at the UKHO we were welcomed by the Corporate Hospitality Manager and
introduced to our hosts, headed by the International Capacity Building Manager who
gave an overview of what they do whilst we had refreshments before commencing our
First stop of the day was Source Data Receipt,the SDR Data Verifier, told us how
they index and convert the data to a format that can be used for their charts.
Next was a visit to Regional Production Team 2, here RT6 Team Manager explained how
the data is included in their paper charts and electronic navigational charts (ENCs).
In the Print Production area, the Print Production Manager showed us all the stages
it takes to print the charts from making the print plates right through to packaging
the end product.
We then had lunch where we met the attached Royal Navy Commander, the Defence Customer
Relations Manager who explained some of the additional information needed on charts
for Royal Navy use.
After lunch it was off to the archives, here the Archive Research Manager told us
about the historical charts archive they have,the UKHO archive contains nearly three
million charts and surveys, this was a fascinating look at how charts were made in
the past, with charts going back to the 1750s, with contributions from Captain James
Cook and Captain William Bligh`s pictorial and written navigational records. This
was probably the highlight of the day for many of us and we all wished we could have
had more time to study more of the charts they have there.
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on a interesting trip.