Donation to Erskine Hospital
After final reconciliation of the Annual reunion accounts a sum of £1,500 pounds was made available in aid of Charities. After deliberations it was decided to apportion this sum in donation of £1,000 to the Corps Benevolent Fund, with the remaining £500 being donated to Erskine Hospital Edinburgh.
The Photograph below shows Branch members presenting the cheque at Erskine Hospital.
12 August 14
Branch Officers and members enjoyed a well earned ‘Lunch out’ in recognition of all the hard work put in to making the annual reunion such a successful event.
WW1 Commemoration Event
On Sunday 10th August 2014 the Chairman Alex Menmuir and Standard Bearer Paul Graham along with Ian Cannon and the 2 new branch members Peter and Jeanie Reeves volunteered to assist the British Legion Scotland at the Drumhead Service held on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle to start the World War 1 commemoration services.
These events will be held over the next 4 years within Scotland to commemorate various actions taken during the Great War, this one for the beginning of recruiting at the start of the war.
The day started out fairly dry but about midday descended into typical Scottish weather, i.e. poured down. Needless to say with the exception of Paul who got the cushy number in the Control Room the other 4 were on point duty on the route from the Castle down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park where a memorial service at a makeshift cemetery was held. Thankfully the event went off with hardly a hitch considering the amount of personnel involved, Contingents from the Navy, Army and Air Force, with there respective Military and Pipe Bands, and a large contingent of marching veterans and cadets from all over Scotland, as well as thousands of civilians and veterans and approximately 20 Brass and Pipe bands. It was a great event and worthy of the effort put in by Legion Scotland.
Not to be outdone by us the Chairman’s wife Helen and Ian’s wife Alison along with approximately 12 other people volunteered to sell small wooden poppy crosses to the public, these to be placed by the headstones at the makeshift cemetery during the memorial service, they were sold by the volunteers during the morning and raised a considerable sum (£3603.67) for Legion Scotland.
All in all a good mornings work by all for a great cause even if we did get a soaking.
Treasurer Helen Menmuir and Alison Canon do their bit for Poppy Scotland.
RMPA 68th Annual Reunion
The RMPA 68th Annual Reunion was held at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel on weekend 16, 17 and18th May and was co hosted by RMPA Scotland (Central) and Strathclyde Branches.
Our guest of Honour was Councillor Donald Wilson, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of Edinburgh who together with Brigadier R W Warren MBE, Provost Marshal Army and Colonel J T Green OBE Regimental Secretary, and some 217 guests, Association members and ladies were seated on Saturday evening in the Rosebery banqueting suite, where an excellent ‘Scottish themed’ meal was most thoroughly enjoyed. Entertainment was provided by young dancers from the Mary Erskine School of Dance who ably demonstrated their Highland Dancing skills.
As is usual at this event it is custom and practice to have a very good raffle, and this was no exception with some 50 delighted prize winners.
On Sunday 18th a service was held in St Mary’s Cathedral led by the very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes CBE and the Reverend Peter Newsam, Chaplain, RMPA who preached the sermon. The reading from Acts 7.55- 60 was read by Brigadier R W warren MBE, PM (A). After the Post Communion Prayer a 1914 extract from the Royal Military Police roll of honour was read out by Col J T green OBE, RMP Regimental Secretary.
Immediately following the service and headed by the Royal Scots Association pipe band, a parade of 12 RMPA Standards, followed by more than 50 RMPA members and serving RMP, marched from the Cathedral back to the hotel where the Salute was taken by Brigadier Warren MBE, PM (A).
All said and done a truly excellent and memorable weekend.