November 2020 Newsletter
On Sunday 8th November we commemorated our “Remembrance Sunday” with a Parade and Service attended by our members, accompanied by members of Devonport Fire service, students from local schools wearing T-Shirts saying “We walk to remember” and a large number of the community.
For those who missed it, I attach the Programme. The address was delivered by a 14-year-old Takapuna Grammar student, Maurice Malloch, who was the winner of our speech competition. Wreaths were laid by myself and my wife, Joy, on behalf of the RSA, Simon Watts, our local Member of Parliament, and Trish Deans and Ruth Jackson representing the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, the Fire Brigade and representatives of our local youth. Beautiful singing from AMUS Rebecca Nelson and Belmont Primary School choir “Bellbirds”.
After the ceremony and a return march to our RSA the Pipes and Drums played some tunes for us and two very young ladies displayed their Highland dancing skills. Many visitors and members enjoyed refreshments and we received many applications to join and many appreciative comments. I would like to thank our team for their organisation. We owe them a lot.
On Wednesday 11th November, Bill Rimmer a member of the Royal New Zealand Artillery Band was at the Devonport Cenotaph to play the bugle for the Last Post and the Rouse.
The Ensign has been proudly flying over our Field of Remembrance on Windsor Reserve. This display has been appreciated by our community.
When we put out the Santa letter-box we hope that the community will value our contribution to the festive season. We may need some Santas to respond and hope we get some volunteers.
Soon we will be sending out the invitation to our Christmas Function to be held in Devonia Hall at 1100 on Tuesday 15 December 2020. At the same time we will be sending out the 2021 subscription notice. These subscriptions are due on 31 December 2020.
We will be glad to say goodbye to 2020 which has been a very disrupted year and look forward to a more settled 2021.