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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.


John Underwood


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 tour.


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.