PTI’S EXMOUTH GET-TOGETHER A GREAT SUCCESS!
As you will already have been informed, the 2016 PT Branch Reunion due to be held on the weekend of 14-16th October, 2016, had to be postponed through lack of numbers attending. This was mainly due to the fact that the majority of serving PTI’s who would normally attend were away on operations abroad with the Commando Brigade, which greatly reduced numbers attending.
However, the true spirit of the PT Branch once again emerged and with the encouragement and support from some of our stalwart members (Terry Harrison, Brian Gibbs, Martin Joyce, Jacques Hart, John Farlie, Cliff McGaughey et al) an alternative get-together was confirmed at short notice to take place at The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, on Saturday 15th October 2016 at 7pm for dinner.
Many members stayed overnight in The Royal Beacon Hotel and a great get-together was enjoyed by over 30 former PTi’s and guests. The PT Branch standard was in attendance, thanks to John Farlie and absent friends were remembered. The hotel staff all worked hard to ensure that the event went well and provided an excellent meal in a nice atmosphere of fun and friendship!
With regard to the next PT Branch Reunion, it was originally intended to hold this on the weekend of 16/17th September 2017 at CTCRM. However, the RMA weekend has now confirmed that the RMA weekend will now be held in September, so the AIPTRM and I will be meeting shortly to consider an alternative date for the PT Branch Reunion, when we hope that serving PTI’s will also be able to attend.
We will keep you informed accordingly and in the meantime very many thanks to all those who attended the PTI’s get-together in Exmouth at short notice and made it such a good event!
Peter Brown MBE Msc.
(Hon Chairman RM PT Reunion Club)
Nov 06, 2016
2016 winter update
I do hope that this finds you in good health. Having attended several funerals of late I am very much reminded that “health is wealth!”
Very sadly, we have lost several of our PT Branch family over the past couple of years, including Royston Kear, Lesley-John Maker, Geoff Barker, George Kitson, Andy Lucas, John Rae and very recently, Ron Mollins. Like you, I remember them all with great fondness, as though it was yesterday, when they were the epitome of “Mens Sana en Corpore Sano”.
Our PT Branch Standard-bearer, John Farlie, and I (as current Standard-bearer for the City of London RMA Branch) invariably try to attend as many funerals as we can, especially when requested by the family and we are often accompanied by a corps bugler to sound the last post at the Committal. We do this as our small contribution to both the PT Branch and the greater corps family.
This is always greatly appreciated by the family of the deceased. I am always struck by the great importance that the family attach to the deceased having served in the corps. The coffin is invariably draped with a corps flag (or the Union Jack) with the deceased’s green beret and medals on top and the deceased’s time in the service of Queen and country is always a prominent feature of the eulogy during the service. Whatever was achieved afterwards, in Civvy Street, pales in comparison. In the family’s eyes it is service to queen and country that really counts!
Sadly, we are losing a lot of our senior PT Branch members that were an important part of the PT Branch when the PT Reunion Club was formed. As they gradually die off, we are not replacing them with younger members and our numbers are dwindling as a result.
Please help us to change this, otherwise we will not exist in a few years time! If you want us to survive as an organisation, please do all you can to recruit and encourage the younger former PTI’s to join and support us. All you have to do is to send their name, contact email address and year of PT qualification to me and I will add it to the RMPT address list.
Currently, we are the only corps instructor-branch to have such a fine organisation and regular PT Reunions, as well as our communication and support. We are also a bone-fide original “Cyber-branch” of the Royal Marines Association, supporting the greater corps family. We must not throw this away through our complacency! So please give your renewed support to increase our numbers, otherwise as an organisation we will die.
As we are now an official “Cyber-branch” of the RMA it is expected that all those who are in the PT Reunion Club (for which there is no fee) also join the RMA as well. This costs a mere £15 per year and offers many associated benefits . Many of our PT Reunion Club have already joined, but many have not. The process is very simple and can be done online via the RMA website (www.royalmarinesassociation.org.uk) or by tel: 02392 651519. So please join now!
Feb 13, 2016
SOME SPECIAL CORPS EVENTS FOR 2016
SOME SPECIAL CORPS EVENTS FOR 2016:
· 17-18 September 2016 - RMA Reunion at CTCRM
- 14-16 October 2016 – PT Reunion at CTCRM