The Regimental Newsletter
From the Officer Commanding
Hi all, another year, another lockdown, all be it with light at the end of the tunnel! (could be just another train coming)
As I have run out of excuses for not running the regiment it seems I will have to start doing my job for a change.
My thanks go to Thomas and Billy for stepping up to the mark and doing all the dull in-between muster stuff, it's due to their and others hard work that we still have a great regiment- Ruth, Debbie, Tracy, our NCO's also the zoom team and those who are looking after equipment.
I would like to thank Andrew and Debbie for the warmest Whitehall I have ever attended! I connected my lap top to my TV and watched it in full technicolour.
If you have not watched it yet please do, it's worth it.
Congratulations to Tracy Hallworth on getting a well deserved Gold Griffin and also David Howgate for his Forlorn Hope, I look forward to seeing them presented in the near future along with last years awards.
The Zoom Team are still at it (we now have a regimental Zoom account, my thanks to Rick Sowdon for allowing the regiment to use his account up till now) and to Olga who will be the administrator.
With the ECWS looking for ABH muster, I believe we should be able to get something for September even if it is just a training weekend and get together, although an RIE of our own would be preferred if one can be arranged in time ?
Well, it’s the start of the New Year, and supposedly all will be well. I must admit that I can’t really feel that at the moment – it all feels a bit too much like a re-run of last year – and, I suspect like many of you there are days when one wonders if it’s worth getting up.
Ok, that’s the pessimism out of the way. Now for some good news: firstly, Archie seems very much to be on the mend judging by the tone and humour of some of his Whatsapp messages – not for nothing does he now sign off as Lazarus. I think that it goes without saying that we all wish him well and long may his recovery continue. Hopefully we’ll hear more from him next month.
Another of our members for whom things are very much on the up is Ashleigh. She and Shane have just had baby Lucas - who made his first appearance on our Zoom meeting last night – so we have a new youngest member of the regiment. However, the word on the street is that he won’t hold the title for long. Heather, Doug and Holly are expecting a new addition later in the year. Congratulations to all concerned: we will grow our own musket block before much longer!
In other news, as Rik Sowden had already announced, he has now moved house and is clearly happy with the move – he showed us on Zoom how he’s beginning to settle in. Meanwhile Eddie and Sue Cullen have moved abroad – or as far away as possible from the rest of us – to Cornwall. Was it something we said?
It was good also to see some long-missed faces on Zoom – great to see Ingrid last night. On the subject of Zoom; after the quiz last night we had a considerable discussion as to what format these meetings should take. As Mick Buckley said, in one sense it doesn’t really matter what format they take – the important thing is that we manage to keep in touch with all the people that we would really rather see in person but can’t at the moment. So, if you haven’t yet taken the plunge, please come and join us - if only for part of the time – it would be great to see and hear you (if maybe not all at once).
We also discussed whether there was a wish for a different time of day or of the week, that would be suitable for those of us with young children. I remember well that, as a parent, one can often feel a little peripheral to the group as a whole – even on a campsite, let alone in our present circumstances. So, if you feel that you would like to join us but can’t manage Sundays at 8, then please get in touch (by email/phone numbers at the bottom of this newsletter) or on our face book page and let us know what days/times would be better for you. While we currently intend to continue with fortnightly gatherings; there is nothing to stop various groups meeting at other times as well. Rik has kindly confirmed that he can leave his link open so that you can arrange to meet with your block or besties as the need arises. The link will remain on our face book page.
Our next Zoom meeting will be on January 17th, when there will be a fiendishly difficult quiz devised by Thomas. However, a fortnight later, we will do something a little different: January 31st would have been Whitehall weekend (doesn’t time fly?), so the plan is that we will dress in appropriate C17th costume such as we might have been wearing on that day and raise a toast to our martyred King. (There were questions last night as to whether this involved top-half only, to which there were various, some unrepeatable replies, but let’s just say – avoid ‘Zoombarrassment’). Please let Thomas and Billy know what else you would like included on the 31st to provide a suitable commemoration. It would be fantastic if as many of us as possible could be there.
Hopefully, we might also manage an appropriate song or two. At the moment, we are still working on the technical difficulties that the time-lapse on Zoom creates but we have some clever technical people, who are trying to find a way in which we can actually manage a communal singsong without sounding even worse than we sometimes do round the campfire at 3am. One idea is to build up a collection of ‘our’ songs in the ‘files’ section of our Facebook page – either recorded by yourselves or downloaded from YouTube. This means that members could listen at their leisure, join in the choruses and be ready to blast the roof off the tent next season – whenever that should happen.
Whilst we have this lull in proceedings, it would be good if we could help Eddie to update the Lunsford website. It is there to encourage new members so it behoves us to keep everything as current as possible. If you are an Officer or NCO please can you visit the website and check that details are correct. It would also be useful if members visited the website with a fresh set of eyes to see where we can make it more informative and appealing.
Finally, you may already be aware that for obvious reasons, membership fees for last year also cover this forthcoming year but if you haven’t yet paid last year’s membership, please do so asap – and certainly before March, to ensure your continuity of membership.
Hoping to see as many of you as possible in both two, and four weeks’ time.
Yours in the cause.
Thomas and Billy
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