RMP NI Vets at the NMA

Weekend 8/9 September 2018

The Northern Ireland Veterans Association Annual hold at the NMA a Service of Remembrance and Parade to honour the fallen of Operation Banner but also remember all the injured and those affected by the War in Northern Ireland, including the relatives of those mentioned.

A total of 35 RMP and RMPA including 6 of our Branch supported the Service and then enjoyed the great comfort of “Pulling up a sandbag” in a local hostelry to put to rest some of those war stories from our past.

Pontefract Race Day

Sunday 18 August 2018

Thankfully the weather remained fair, although there was a warm blustery wind.

Once again members of the Branch enjoyed a day out at the Races and we enjoyed the company of RMP friends from Kent, Norfolk and the Midlands. We also welcomed Martin Jones and his lovely wife Stella to Yorkshire, recently married Martin has decided to move from his native Wales and become an honorary Yorkshireman.

A lovely day although a tough one on the pockets of the narrator😫☀️👍

Les And Margaret’s BBQ

Sunday 8 July 2018

Once again thanks to Les and Margaret’s great kindness members of the West Yorkshire Branch find themselves enjoying our hosts hospitality, as our President David Bentley put it,”in this verdant utopian setting of their beautiful garden.”

Photos show:

Ray our friend and very talented Magician wowing once again his audience and this time very wisely keeping his money in his pocket.

A very acutely contested Boules Tournament on the top lawn with the eventual winners, the brutal pairing of Geanette and Sam Gantschuck.

Once again thank you Margaret and Les, a wonderful afternoon, luscious BBQ and marvellous company.

NMA 2018

Saturday 2 June 2018 

Members of the Branch and Standard supporting the Remembrance Service and Parade at the NMA.

A wonderful turnout once again, this event is gaining in popularity every year and rightly so.

Thank you to Kath and Bob Potts for doing the groundwork and organising the splendid lunch and get together at the RBL, Alrewas afterwards.

72nd RMPA Reunion

11 - 13 May 2018 at Holiday Inn, Rotherham


A total of 18 Members of our Branch, including their partners, attended this excellent annual event.

A brilliant weekend in the company of friends old and new. We express our gratitude to our neighbours for hosting the weekend, hats off to you all.

see you all at the NMA in a couple of weeks time.

Branch Dinner Night

7 April 2018 at the Guide Post Hotel Bradford


A wonderful evening in the company of over 60 Guests and Members and of course our beautiful ladies.

Maj (Retd) Allan Barley was our Guest of Honour and WO1 Jason McCoubrey also a Guest. Lt Col John Baber with Wendy also accepted an invitation.


2017 Christmas Party

Here are just a few photos of the Branches Annual Christmas Party. It was great to see so many supporting the Branch especially considering how attrocious the weather was, that certainly didn't dampen our spirits.

Lovely to see the new faces amongst us and we hope that you enjoyed yourselves enough to "Spread the Word" and join us again as and when you can, no pressure;-)


Remembrance Service - Sunday 12 November 2017, Pudsey

The Branch proudly paraded with Standard in the beautiful sunshine but Artic temperatures at the Pudsey Memorial Service to pay our respects to the fallen.

A brilliant turnout once again by the people of Pudsey, a lovely Church and service.

The Branch then enjoyed a wonderful Sunday Lunch at the Manor Golf Club, Drighlington (a venue to remember)

Once again it was good to see some new faces join us, Dick and Julie Avery for your joining the parade and Al Ross, Shaun Riley and Helen Jenkins for coming along and saying hello.

Branch Members Visit 150 Pro Coy RMP


In November 2017 the WO1 RSM Jason McCoubrey, 150 Pro Coy RMP invited a small element of the Branch to attend a briefing being given PM(A) on the Role of RMP within an ever changing and flexible Armed Forces.

The PM was briefed by those Senior and Junior NCOs pictured below. It was a delight to witness just how professional our Corps is today.

An excellent day out and thank you RSM for the invite.

Canal Cruise August 2017

The weather was projected to be a day of heavy rain showers, all day, so everyone of the Branch turned up for the Lunch cruise on the Leeds/Liverpool canal in Cagoules  and armed with Brollies.

Well these adventurers need not have bothered the weather was beautiful throughout.

The leisurely 3 hour long cruise from Skipton heading east towards Leeds was totally relaxing but with an excellent, tasty helping of Meat and Ale Pie, Mash and Mushy peas to accompany us and of course a bar, the afternoon and lovely Yorkshire scenery just passed by so quickly. Too quickly to be honest so many of us had to carry on the motion by visiting some of the local hostelries of Skipton before heading home.

Branch Meeting and Fish and Chip Supper Night - Aug 2017




A good turnout for the meeting which gave the Branch the opportunity to officially thank Margaret and Les Fryer for their wonderful hospitality at a barbecue for  Branch Members and Friends in their beautiful garden. The picture is yours truly presenting on behalf of the Branch a Corps flag, that we trust will be proudly flying on Fryer's Hill when in residence and at the next BBQ.

In the other photo Branch Members, some with a mouthful of chips (George), can be seen enjoying luscious Yorkshire Fish and Chips in our local chippy where we all dined after the meeting.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, thank you one and all.

Margaret and Les's Barbecue - July 2017



Thank you once again to Les and Margaret for yet another brilliant barbecue in your beautiful garden. The food was wonderful and company lovely.

I know you both realise how much we, the Branch member, appreciate all the hard work you put into this brilliant occasion. Ray the magician, who loves to throw his Twenties away was a great touch.

The sun does indeed shine on the righteous.

RMP Service of Remembrance at the NMA, Alrewas - June 2017


The Branch was once again well presented at the above Service. Our newly appointed Standard Bearer, Sam Jackson did a sterling job proudly presenting the Standard, he was closely supervised by his family and of course, by Sam Gantschuck who was presenting the SIB Standard.

Photos courtesy of Sam and Gillian Jackson.

RMPA Annual Reunion 2017 and AGM

Hosted by The South Wales Branch at The Angel Hotel, Cardiff.


Four members of the Branch attended the above Reunion. It was a brilliantly organised event, very well supported by members from around the UK and indeed the world.

The weekend started on Friday 12th with an informal evening fish and chip supper. Saturday various local excursions were arranged for attendees and on Saturday afternoon The AGM was held, minutes of which will be available shortly. However after some debate The RMPA Rules were passed and supported with a great majority.

Saturday Evening the Formal Dinner was held in the Hotel, to start the occasion a magnificent Welsh Male Voice Choir regailed guests with a wonderful selection of popular songs.

On Sunday, the sun shone on the righteous, as a well attended Drumhead Service was held on the lawns in front of the splendid Cardiff City Hall, ending with a proud march pass of the Old and Bold.

The pictures tell our story.

Ashworth Barracks, VC Trust, Doncaster

Branch Visit, Sunday 30 April 2017

A few photos from our marvellous day visit to The Ashworth Barracks Museum, VC Trust.

"The charitable aims of the VC Trust fall into 2 main categories, firstly to restore the final resting places of VC recipients not in the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Secondly to educate the public as to their lives and citation details ( why they were awarded a VC). The creation of the museum meets the second charitable aim and income from the museum will cover the first."

With a brilliant and very informative tour of 2.5 hours given by Ex RAF Regiment, Paul.

After the tour the afternoon was rounded off beautifully with lunch at the Marr Lodge, near Barnsley.


Annual Dinner Night 25th March 2017

Guidepost Hotel, Lowmoor, Bradford

Another wonderful Dinner Night with members, guests and friends of the Branch.

An Evening with Walter and his Dogs.

I would once again like to thank Walter Parkes of The West Yorkshire Branch for the very entertaining and enlightening talk he gave to our members at our meeting in February 2017.
Walter your knowledge of dog training and in particular Tracker Dogs is amazing and congratulations on your success in this field.
I don't have to tell you how much we all enjoyed the talk because we had to stop the question and answer phase before the Club closed and the Pie and Peas burned😘👏👏👏👏👏
Walter and Moira Parkes.

Christmas Party 2016

Great to see a well supported Christmas Party. Thank you Eric for the "Devilish Quiz" Sheila and Pat for a well run raffle and everyone for supporting the Branch so splendidly. It was lovely to see some new faces join us. The occasion gave the Branch the opportunity to thank George Prince, our outgoing Treasurer, for his dedication during his tenure and we know he will enjoy the splendid limited edition of "Lest we Forget" by the very talented Russ Banks, RMP. Also we were able to thank and offer a token of our appreciation to the management of The Robin Lane Club our place of abode.

Remembrance Parade, Pudsey 2016

A collection of photos of Remembrance Sunday 2016, when Branch Members Paraded at The Pudsey Memorial and then attended a families lunch at The Britannia Pub, Swinnow. A poignant but memorable day. Great turnout Ladies and gentlemen. Some more pics to follow from the official photographer.

Margaret and Les's Barbeque - July 2016

Les and Margaret once again hosted a beautiful barbecue on their manicured lawns in the beautifully maintained garden at their house in Northwest Leeds.
A brilliant afternoon again Thank you to our hosts, can we come back please?

Annual Branch Dinner

Guide Post Hotel Bradford - March 2016

A wonderful evening in the company of good friends and family.

A Day at the Races

Pontefract - August 2016

What a wonderful way to throw your money away, in the company of good pals and great looking ladies.