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Christchurch

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Chairman:

Mr Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook

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Vice-Chairman:

Mr David Morgan

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Secretary:

Mr Norman Pearce

(for picture, see under Ceremonial Officer / Standard Bearer)

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Treasurer:

Mr Paul Brady

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Branch Community Support Representative / Welfare Officer:

Mr David Milne

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Joined the Army in 1963 and left in 1975.

Served with the Royal Core Signals and reached the rank of Corporal.

Served in the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) and in the UK.

Postings: First Division Signals Regiment attached to the 5th Royal Tank Regiment in Fallingbostel, Soltau, Verden and the Royal School of Signals, Blandford Camp.

Ceremonial Officer / Branch Standard Bearer:

Mr Norman Pearce

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Norman is the Standard Bearer for RBL Christchurch Branch and has been since November 2011. He is also currently the Deputy County Standard Bearer for RBL Dorset, having been the County Standard Bearer for 4 of the last 5 years. 

Norman is also the West London Branch Royal Signals Association (RSA) Standard Bearer and has been for approx. 8 Years.  He has won the RSA National competition for 3 of the last 5 years, each year in which he was eligible to enter the competition, as winners do not enter the following year in order to encourage more entrants.

Norman used to carry the London Branch Standard and the Dorset Standard of the Devon & Dorset Old Comrades Association, but this was laid up a couple of years ago following the closure of the branch due to reduced membership.

 As a RBL Standard Bearer, Norman has been very lucky to be qualified and in the right place at the time, and has had the honour of escorting veterans and their relatives on Poppy tours of Myanmar (Burma), Egypt & Libya, Italy and throughout Europe. 

 

The proudest moment of his Standard Bearere career was when he was one of the 8 Standard Bearers in the moat of the Tower of London, on the 11th November 2014, when they planted the last ceramic poppy.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-30001177 (Norman is on the far left of this BBC picture/report).

 

Norman also participates in the Birmingham Military Tattoo for either the RBL or the RSA and annually at The Royal Chelsea Hospital for the RSA. 

Committee Member and Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser:

Mr Steve Read

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1987 to 1994: Left school, joined National Westminster Bank Plc (worked in 4 branches + Regional Office).

1994 to 2000: Assistant Pub Manager in 4 different pubs (Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Worcestershire).

2000 to 2006: Re-joined NatWest (after takeover by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group) as a Customer Service Officer and Regional Trainer.

2006 to 2008: Assistant Manager in a pub / small hotel then Club Steward at Burley Club and St.Ives and St.Leonard's Ex-Services Club.

2008 to 2013: Bournemouth Borough Council as a Financial Assessment Officer and a Borkerage Officer.

2013 to 2017: Full-time carer.

2017 to present: Royal Bournemouth Hospital as a PA to a Ward Sister (Mon, Tue, Wed) and an Admin./Clerical Assistant in Pharmacy (Thu/Fri).

 

Committee Member / County Women's Standard Bearer:

Mrs Lorraine Cole

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Lorraine's father served in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Ganges and her brother served in the Royal Corps of Transport and was involved in the Falklands war.

Lorraine is the Standard Bearer for Dorset County Women's Section and also for Broadstone Women's Section. She was also the Standard Bearer for Christchurch Women's Section and has been carrying standards for 21 years. 

Committee Member:

Mrs Joan Morgan

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