Association Memorial Events 2020

The Glorious, Ardent and Acasta Association are proud to hold to following events to commemorate the 80th anniversary in 2020
We look forward to seeing old friends and hopefully some new.

Those wishing to go to the Memorial Service at HMS Drake, please save, print off and return the form attached to the bottom of this page.

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Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Malta

Malta Maritime Museum BirguMalta Maritime Museum Birgu

A Memorial Service will be held at the Maritime Museum Birgu, Vittoriosa at 10:30am.
Organised by our sister organisation, GLARAC Malta, this event honours all the casualties of Glorious, Ardent & Acasta, paying particular attention to the Maltese casualties of HMS Glorious, which were the largest loss of Maltese on any RN ship during WW2.
Each year a contingent of UK based members make the journey to Malta to take part in what has become a wonderful annual event.
For further information, please contact the following:

Sam Azzopardi: Chairman GLARAC Malta
e- mail salvuazz@hotmail.com

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April 12th 2020 - National Memorial Arboretum

Details to follow
Association memorial and tree National ArboretumAssociation memorial and tree National Arboretum
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Saturday 6th June 2020 - Plymouth

10:30 hrs: The AGM is now confirmed to take place at The Crown & Anchor, 10 The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LS.

The Crown & Anchor Plymouth BarbicanThe Crown & Anchor Plymouth Barbican

20:00 onwards: The social evening will be held at The Corinthian Yacht Club, Madeira Road Plymouth PL1 2NY.
This is a chance for people to meet up and have a drink and a chat.
The bar is open 19:00 - 23:59.
All welcome. The club overlooks Plymouth Sound and is close to The Hoe and Naval Memorial.

Corinthian Yacht ClubCorinthian Yacht Club

Sunday 7th June 2020 -

HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth

10:00: Arrival at HM Naval Base, HMS Drake, for church and memorial service. Please be prompt due to security at the base.

Association members will lay 3 wreaths in front of the altar, one for each ship. Following this, there wll be the opportunity for personal wreaths to be laid and the Last Post will be sounded.

12:00 -14:30: Following the service, attendees have the opportunity to go the Warrant Officers and Senior Rates Mess, adjacent the church for a social gathering, which includes a buffet, paid for out of Association funds.

Please note that people wishing to attend only the Sunday Service and after refreshments, need to provide our Liaison Officer with the names of those in their party and also their vehicle details.
Without this people will not be admitted to HMS Drake, which is an operational HM Naval Base. Please just don't turn up on the day and expect to get in.

Contact Mrs.Naomi Monteith Plymouth Liaison Officer
e-mail naomi.monteith@gmail.com

* Please save and print off the necessary forms for this weekend that are found as an attachment at the bottom of this page *

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Norway June 8th-11th 2020

Association plaque with Trondenes Church in the backgroundAssociation plaque with Trondenes Church in the background
To mark the 80th anniversary a group of members are travelling to Harstad in northern Norway. It was here in 2010 that the association held a memorial service and unveiled a memorial plaque close to Trondenes Historical Centre overlooking the fjord.
Once again, together with local dignitaries, a service of remembrance will be held in the 11th century Trondenes church, followed by wreath laying at the plaque. A trip to the museum at Narvik and a to visit the local cemetery to lay wreaths at the 2 men from HMS Acasta which are buried there. Other planned activities will see a boat trip on June 8th to lay a wreath on the sea on the same line of latitude as the battle, a trip to the local military base near Harstad to visit the preserved German gun battery and museum, followed by a wreath laying at the sole grave to a sailor from HMS Glorious at Harstad cemetery. A further boat trip on the fjord is also planned on the final day. For further details, please contact organiser George Godley at the following email address: georgegodley@hotmail.com

8th November 2020 - Cenotaph Parade, London


For those interested in representing the Association and participating in the march past at the Royal British Legion's Remembrance Day Parade in London, please contact our RBL Liaison Officer, Greg Monteith for all details & ticket availability. Please note, the RBL have changed the criteria for taking part in the march past. Please speak to Greg about this.

e-mail pgm.quincy@hotmail.co.uk

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