Exeter Branch Social

Every year, the Exeter Branch plans a trip to explore new places and enjoy each other’s company. This year, from the 12th to the 14th of June, we spent two nights in Portsmouth staying at the Holiday Inn on Gunwharf Quays.

In the photo above, taken on our travels in the Ship Anson you can see from left to right, Bill Bonney, Mick Readdy, Pat Langdon, Reg Greenham, Tom Moultrie, and Bill Martin. In front are Paul White, Ian Hurst, and Pete Roberts.

The trip was a perfect blend of socialising and culture, with the highlight being our exploring the rich Naval heritage of the area. We started with a trip to the dockyard museums and the fascinating submarine museum. Reg was particularly excited to see if his old grip was still under his bunk on the ‘Holland 1’ submarine.

The standout moment of our cultural exploration was undoubtedly the Mary Rose exhibition. The meticulous preservation and presentation of this historic vessel provided a deep dive into maritime history, leaving us all in awe of the craftsmanship and the stories embedded within the ship’s remains.

Reflecting on last year’s trip, we visited the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) and had an equally enjoyable experience. These trips are more than just getaways; they are opportunities to bond, reminisce, and create new memories.

Beyond our annual trips, we also organise afternoons away from Exeter to visit members who cannot attend meetings regularly. Our next planned lunchtime visit will be to Totnes, where we will have the honour of visiting John Harlow, who is 100-years young and a WWII veteran. These visits are a way to ensure every member feels included and valued, maintaining the strong connections that bind our group.

Each trip and visit strengthens our community, celebrating our shared history and creates new stories together. Here’s to more trips in the future.

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