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As you will know, our 2020 reunion, due to have taken place in April , had to be postponed due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. Steve Crowley has been working very hard to keep in touch with the hotel events team, even during their extended furlough period.

After  the staff returned at some of their hotels, but not the Mickleover Court, Steve doubled his efforts and managed to speak to the head of the events team for the region and, through sheer stubborn persistence, has now managed to secure the dates for the rearranged reunion.

THE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY ARE FRIDAY THE 9TH AND SATURDAY THE 10TH OF APRIL 2021.

You will be pleased to hear that the cost of the reunion remains the same. For those of you that have already booked and paid, we will carry your bookings forward to the new dates. For those that have booked but not yet paid we would appreciate early settlement to ensure that we are accurate with our numbers and able to meet our deposit and stage payment requirements.

For those that have booked and paid, but cannot now attend the rearranged event, please contact Steve Crowley by e mail at steve.crowley34@gmail.com and he will arrange a full refund of any monies paid.

If you have not booked, and would now like to attend the rearranged reunion, we look forward to receiving your booking, through the web shop page or by contacting Steve using the e mail above. Please do book early to avoid possible disappointment.                                                                     

At the 2018 reunion our pre dinner grace was offered by the President, David Wixon. Many have asked for the words of that offering to be made public and they are shown below.

THE COURAGEOUS GRACE  

God of atom, God of steel, God of spanners (in brackets –wheel),

God who saves our long lived Queen, God who made our Submarine,

God who built the back end first manned by men with unquenchable thirst,

By then God feeling a wee bit vexed thought he’d make the front end next.

From TSC, messdeck to mast, He came to make the galley last

To feed us all with HITS and BITS, with babies’ heads, gave us the….  (runs)

Which sounds like kidneys on a raft, Ghandi’s revenge for the boys back aft.

  Oh God who served up Spithead pheasant and harbour cotters not unpleasant.

  Bless us with good food today that is not cooked the Navy way.

 

THE HMS COURAGEOUS ASSOCIATION BENCH AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

Some time ago, at the suggestion of our late treasurer, Roger Pescodd, the HMS Courageous Association Committee purchased a memorial bench to be placed within the National Memorial Arboretum. The decision was taken to purchase the bench as a permanent memorial to those of our crew mates who have crossed the bar. The bench, made of hardwood is regularly maintained by the arboretum staff and includes a plaque which contains the ship’s crest and the following inscription, which we felt was apt for those such as Ray Hutchins who was lost at sea, and, of course, for our predecessors who were lost in the sinking of the aircraft carrier:

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The bench is fairly easy to find and only a few minutes walk from the main entrance. We also found that the Arboretum as a whole is a great place to visit and walk round and proved a fitting memorial to the many services it commemorates. , Should you wish to visit the arboretum and make use of the bench the address of the arboretum is Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR. The bench is located in the Royal Naval Wood and overlooks the Armed Forces Memorial. The bench reference number which, if given to staff, will enable them to direct you is B - 550.

The bench is now (2018) reported to be in need of a clean and refurbishment and we will be contacting the Arboretum to discuss the feasibility of putting in place a maintenance contract.

HMS-Courageous-Crest2Welcome to the web site of the HMS Courageous Association. Originally known as The HMS Courageous Society, the name having been changed by a members vote at the 2010 reunion in Plymouth, The Association has now been in existence for 15 years

Founded in 2000 by Chas Cooke, in a moment of madness and a desire to try and have the leaving do he was denied due to a pierhead jump in 1978, a search for old crew members willing to meet in a pub and have a beer rather got out of hand. Rather than the 5 or 6 mates that he had intended to seek out who would be willing to have a good evening session in a bar somewhere, it soon became apparent that there were so many more men who wanted to meet old friends and crew mates and, at the inaugural reunion at the Britannia Hotel, New Street in Birmingham, 146 men shared a weekend of memories while doing their best, and but for about half a barrel, succeeding in drinking the hotel dry.

So The Association began and, despite economic downturns, the scattering of ex crew members around the globe and other more pressing commitments, the reunions go on, now every other year, and our members, accompanied in many cases by their wives and partners, continue to enjoy meeting each other at our weekend long get togethers. The last, in Derby in 2018, attracted over 130 people. In 2020 we will again be meeting in the Mickeleover Court hotel, Derby where our reunion will be hosted for the third consecutive time by the amazing staff of Hallmark Hotels.

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 This web site is currently undergoing modernisation and updating and what you see at the moment is the first stage of that improvement. Over the next few months we hope to completely change the web site to give those visiting a much better experience

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We would like, in future to try (again) to bring you an interactive tour of the boat as she is today, in Devonport dockyard.

2.76.038We will do our best to bring you updates on the boat as a display and any work going on to improve her. Many of those who have visited have provided feedback saying how impressed they have been with the work carried out by the volunteers. What most visitors don’t realise is, that if it weren’t for those volunteers, the boat would probably be unfit for display. The MOD have, due to defence spending restrictions, been able to  invest very little in the way of finance into the boat and it is only on the rare occasion that the volunteers receive assistance from the dockyard or serving personnel. It is unknown just how many hours the volunteers have put into producing a first class exhibit but it must run into thousands, and that does not include the time they spend showing visitors around the boat. It is a great pity that access to the boat is not easier but that will not change as long as the boat remains within the perimeter of the working yard. It is hoped that the alliance with the National Museum of the Royal Navy will bring improvements.

If you visit the boat and have any feedback which you would like us to add to the site or pass on to the volunteers in Plymouth please let us know by e mailing us at:

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We hope you enjoy the rest of the web site and we very much look forward to your next visit.

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