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Upcoming Events

REME Junior Officers' Dinner Night

HQ Officers' Mess

13 June 2024

Beating Retreat June 2024

Princess Marina Officers' Mess

20 June 2024

REME Institution Summer Ball July 2024

Princess Marina Officers' Mess

27 July 2024

REME Cenotaphs Veterans Parade

Enter Ballot by 7th June

November 2024

Andover Branch

About our branch

The Andover and District Branch of the REME Association was formed on 23rd September 1987 by courtesy of Maj Gen J Boyne DGEME. The inaugural Dinner was attended by 52 members comprising of serving and retired members of REME and civilian staff from HQ DGEME in Andover.

The aims of The REME Association are to:

Foster Esprit de Corps and well-being of the Corps. To keep those who have served in or with the Corps in touch with one another with a view to keeping alive the spirit of comradeship.

To help, in conjunction with The REME Charity and other welfare agencies, both former and serving members of the Corps and their dependants who find themselves in difficult.

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Branch affairs are based on the old Jubilee Rules of the REME Association, in that we have a Committee and hold ‘formal’ monthly meetings with minutes taken and with all Committee Officers reporting to the members on activities in their area of responsibility. An annual audit of accounts is carried out for presentation at the AGM in February.

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Our Welfare Officer keeps in touch with members who are ill or need help and reports to the monthly meeting of his contact with members.

Every effort is made to provide the necessary support to the families if requested. This is in the form of assistance at funerals with the REME Drape, a Standard Bearer and Guard of Honour being made available.  19 funerals were covered in in the last 12 months.

Membership of the Branch currently stands at 22, with 19 Family members 4 of whom are widows of passed members. Wives/partners are welcome to attend all our meetings and other events.

Members take part in a wide variety of social events such as Church Service with Luncheon.  A BBQ, and Annual Formal Dinner. Visit have been arranged to visit Lyneham, including Trg facilities and Museum, units in Tidworth and Middle Wallop etc.  Members also attend formal annual REME Corps and Military events: a celebration of the birthday of the Corps at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire, an annual weekend reunion at location in a different part of the country each year, REME Sunday at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, Remembrance services in London and locally in November and other events as notified by RHQ REME..

Members also take part in various Veteran Lunches in Andover on 1st Saturday of the month and in Winchester University at 9 am on third Thursday of each month.

Branch Meetings

Our regular meetings are held at The Andover Royal British Legion Weston Road Andover.

We usually meet on the Third Wednesday of each month, except in December which is second Thursday.  An American buffet is provided at the December meeting.  The formal part of the meeting is kept short so we can be social sharing a drink or two.  Dress is smart casual, most wear a REME Jumper or Corps Jacket & Tie.by choice.  A raffle is held with donated prizes.

Joining Fees and Annual Subscription

There is no fee to join the branch, however, there is an Annual subscription due on joining as a member and subsequently each year, this is currently set at £5.

Branch Committee

President: Mr Max Barnikal

Chairman: Mr Philip Jones

Vice Chairman: Mr Stuart Walker

Secretary: Mr Dave Cray

Treasurer: Mr Stuart Walker

Welfare Officer: Mr Philip Jones

Standard Bearer: Mr Dave Smith

Upcoming Events

Church Service and Luncheon 19th November 2023 at St Mary the Less, Chilbolton 10 am

Remembrance Sunday, 12th November 2023

American Supper December 14th 2023 RBL Clubroom.

AGM 21st February 2024

Annual Dinner April 6th 2024 Winchester Club

Contact Details

Philip Jones Chairman 07403 921902 philjones740@hotmail.com

Dave Cray Secretary 07917206980  reme.association.andover@gmail.com

Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/remeassociationandover.co.uk