Our March meeting was held and chaired by Dave Whiteman
(Chairman), with Tony Wright (Secretary) and Alastair Browne
standing in as (Treasurer). We are now officially the "Northern
Beaches Branch" of the RPA.
Those attending were … Peter Velleley, Alex Vogt, Graeme
Ferguson, David Drew, Frank Ramaccia, John Letts, Dave Whiteman,
Tony Wright, Lindsay Dive, Alastair Browne, Ross Nixon, Trevor
Swift, Peter Butcher, Geoff Shattles, Barry Cafe, Warren Molloy,
Barry Miles, Bart Snel, Kevin Monckton, Graham Brown, Lindsay
Clarke, Neville Behag, Oscar Taylor, Arthur Neville, Garrie Watt,
Allan Hines, Graham Keech, Col Colman, Bill McIntosh, Lindsay
Freeman and Jim Soiland.
Apologies were received from … Bill BUSH, David COLE, Brian
WRIGHT, Ken SHEARING, Greg FAULKNER, Col FITZROY, John WARREN, Steve
ALLCORN, Spencer JONES, Ian FINLAYSON, Greg THANE, Geoff GREEN,
Warwick WHARTON, John WADEISHA, Brien GATELY, Bob WARLAND, Ken
SHEARING, Mike FLETCHER, Clare MOORE, David SPARKE, Geoff KAY, Steve
SPENCER, Brian INMAN, Harold HANLEN, Ron FARMILLO, Brian FRIEND, Tom
FLATLEY and Bob INKSTER.
On the welfare front Trevor Swift (Welfare 2) and Barry Miles
(Scooter) have been busy checking up on and visiting several of our
members including Kev Monckton, Warren Molloy and Neville Henry. Our
guest speaker, Dave Drew, gave a very interesting talk on Fraud and
Organised Crime in the Tobacco industry.
In recognition and appreciation of his contribution and
dedication to the Northern Metropolitan branch of the RPA, Oscar
(Ozzie) TAYLOR was presented with his MBE (Magnificent Bloody
Effort) which he accepted to great applause.
The "Return to 29 Division Reunion" was held at the Mona Vale
Bowling Club on 12th March and was attended by over 80 former 29
Division coppers including many Northern Beaches RPA members.
Copious amounts of amber fluid were consumed and a giant Spanish
Paella cooked up and demolished in quick time. The BS Meter worked
overtime as stories and anecdotes of time spent at Collaroy, Mona
Vale, Avalon, Broken Bay Water Police and HWP were trotted out.
Lindsay DIVE, Brian FRIEND, Martha HUTCHINSON and Clare MOORE did a
fantastic job of organising the memorable event.
Our May meeting was held and chaired by Dave Whiteman (Chairman),
with Tony Wright (Secretary) and Bill Bush (Treasurer). Alastair
Browne and Bill Bush Those attending were … Allan Hines, Col
Fitzroy, Brian Wright, Lindsay Clarke, David Drew, Alastair Browne,
Geoff Shattles, Geoff Green, Barry Cafe, Barry Miles, Trevor Swift,
Neville Behag, Tony Wright, Arthur Neville, Oscar Taylor, Jim
Soiland, Lindsay Dive, Warren Molloy, Brian Friend, Greg Thane, Ross
Nixon, Bob Inkster, Harold Hanlen, Geoff Kay, Arthur Hay, John Letts,
Fred Shaw, Joanna Suchy, Warren Chambers, Dave Whiteman, Peter
Burgess, Bart Snell, David Cole, Bob Warland, Peter Butcher, John
Dunbar, Greg Faulkner, Bob Pinfold, Les Lidbury, Terry Moss, Ron
Farmillo, Graham Keech, Bill McIntosh and Trevor Elliott.
Apologies were received from … Martha Hutchinson, Garrie Watt,
Lindsay Freeman, Warwick Wharton, Mike Fletcher, Brian Inman, Jeff
Gilchrist, Ken Shearing, Peter Velleley, Graham Brown, John Wadeisha,
Neville Henry and Ted Calandruccio. In recognition and appreciation
of his contribution and dedication to the Northern Metropolitan
branch of the RPA, Alastair Browne was presented with his MBE
(Magnificent Bloody Effort ). Dave Drew and Tony Wright On the
Welfare front Ross Nixon is on the mend from a bout of bronchitis,
Jim Soiland (Welfare 1) continues to battle some health problems but
manages to attend the meetings. Brian Inman has been in hospital and
is now back on deck, “The Owl” Neville Henry tells us that his
‘Rolling Stones’ have passed! Fred Shaw suffered a ‘heart event’ a
couple of days after the meeting and we can report he is recovering
On Friday the 12th May 28 Members and partners set sail from Palm
Beach for our Hawkesbury River Cruise. After a stop at Patonga for
Fish and Chips we leisurely cruised to Bobbin Head via Cottage Point
and then returned in the afternoon. A great day had by all sharing
memories and good company. Yes, the BS meter was again running wild.
Thanks to Tony Wright and Brian Friend for organising the day and to
Alastair and Micki Browne and Bill and Christine Bush for providing
snacks and drinks.