Diesel Boat Reunion 2013


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31[SUP]st[/SUP] March 2013
Dear Gentlemen
I can confirm that the next Diesel Boat Reunion will be held as usual at the Weston Mill Oakvilla Social Club, Ferndale Road on Saturday 3[SUP]th[/SUP] August 2013.
The Catering Staff at the Oakvilla have managed to keep the price at £5.00 per head for the buffet, so if you want food please make a cheque out to Mr M.W PITKEATHLY and post to the above address; I will action it for you. I would ask that if you want food that you do not leave it till the last moment to get your cheques in as I will NOT accept any cheques after the 27[SUP]th[/SUP] July.
Please do not arrive before 1130.
1130 Start CHECK IN and Bar Open
1400 Welcome Speech.
1415 Buffet available.
1900 Start staggering out as the locals are wanting to use their bar.
As per last year there will be £2.00 door fee please which will go to the Alliance Appeal after keeping a small amount back for any expenses. Last year we returned a cheque for £1007.00 to help with Alliance Appeal which was absolutely brilliant and greatly appreciated by the RN Submarine Museum and another nice letter received from Vice Admiral Tim McClement. So thank you one and all for your great generosity.
Concerning the email system, please do not forward funnies, round robins or support this or that campaign, E-petitions. I just delete them without reading and will certainly not forward them on to others. Concerning emails, every time I send out a general email, I get at least 50 that bounce back for whatever reason, so please, on entry check that your email address is correct. Last reunion at the door there were at least 10 chits that the email address was illegible!
I have warned everyone that we would be going email and web only and that no letters would be sent out. Please if you know anyone that is not on email or computer literate can you please contact them and feed them the info about the next DBR thank you.
If any of you took photos at the last reunion and are willing to share them on the website can you please forward on.
Short bit from Ken Woods.
The Hoe Conservative Club (just up from the Registry Office) welcomed us two years ago and all the lads who are down for the weekend had a great time in there. It’s somewhere to meet on the Friday night before the reunion but unfortunately last year it was closed for refurbishment and the lads were really disappointed. Now it has reopened and the Steward says we are more than welcome to use the club during our reunion weekend, frankly like all clubs they could do with the business. Quite a few stay in B&B’s in the Hoe area so it gives them a meeting place especially the ones who travel on their own for the weekend for the DBR on Saturday at the Oak Villa. I would appreciate it if you can mention it in your newsletter. I’ll be there on the Friday night anyway as I’m an associate member of the club.
I look forward to meeting many of you again on the 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] August 2013.
Yours Aye
MW Pitkeathly (usually known as Pitt.k)


Book Reviewer
Three points please
· If you require food at this year’s Diesel Boat Reunion please get you cheque for £5.00 to me before the 27[SUP]th[/SUP] July please. Cheque to be made out to M.W PITKEATHLY address N193 (The Courageous Exhibit Office), HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, PL2 2BG.
· I have been approached by the Secretary of the Oakvilla Social Club who pointed out to me, that last year there were a small group that brought a bottle of spirits into the club, got nine glasses from the bar staff and demolished the bottle. Please, we have always had very good relations with the Oakvilla Social Club and I would hope that this continues, so kindly please, please refrain from bringing your own alcohol into the club and drinking it on the premises.
· Lastly, if you have any old items in the loft, attic or cellar that you no longer need and would like to donate to the Courageous Exhibit, they would be very welcome. I am thinking of number 8’s, overalls, old steaming boots, shoes, caps, berets, right angled torches, pussers grips, even the old green sleeping bags, etc, etc. It will all be gratefully received and used to give her that lived in feel.
This year’s DBR on Saturday 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] August is looking to be another excellent afternoon’s DTS.
Pitt.k (former naval person)


Book Reviewer
I only sit there so that I know where I am later in the day.

Polto, ignore Wrecks he always gets techy as he doesn't qualify to be there, whereas anyone can go to the SM2 do.