The Royal British Legion - Shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve
NEWS & EVENTS
The Social Scene
We're delighted to say that restrictions have now relaxed enough for us to restart our social programme. The next few events are:
Weds 13 Oct - Breakfast in Attico
Tue 26 Oct - Lunch in Woody's Javea
Thu 16 Dec - Branch Christmas Lunch
If you would like details of these events or are interested in becoming a member of the Branch, please get in touch - our details are given on our Branch Information Page.
Javea Branch Anniversary Dinner
After months of enforced closure, Javea Branch was able to hold its postponed Anniversary Dinner in Blackflame, Monte Pedreguer on 26th September 2021. Initially planned for March 2020, the Branch finally managed to celebrate 100 years of The Royal British Legion and 30 years since the foundation of the Branch itself almost 18 months late.
The event was a sell out and we were treated to some fantastic food and live entertainment in the form of DJ Mick Dennison from PureGold FM and from “The Songbird” and “The Cheeky Blinder”. Although the restrictions in place still didn’t allow dancing, it didn’t stop us singing along to some well known tunes and a fantastic time was had by all and it proved an outstanding way to not only commemorate the double anniversary but also to welcome new members and reconnect with old friends after so long.
Our thanks go to Mike Huggins for organising such a great event and to the staff of Blackflame for looking after us so well.
Here are a few pictures of the event - you can find the full album from this wonderful evening here.
Presentation to Tim O'Neill - Outgoing Branch Standard Bearer
At yesterday's Branch Meeting, Tim O'Neill (below right) was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of District North Spain to mark his retirement as the Branch Standard Bearer. During the 14 years he has served in this role, Tim has carried the Standard at countless events and is a great example of the Legion's motto "Service not Self". The whole of Javea Branch joins in congratulating Tim on this well-deserved award and thanks him for his loyal service.
On the 7th of March 19 Branch members and friends attended an Afternoon Tea at "SALT" restaurant in Javea ,we were favoured with beautiful weather, a Cava welcome, tea, cakes and sandwiches - an very enjoyable and relaxing afternoon.
The Branch held a Car treasure Hunt from Javea to Nou Portet restaurant in Murla on 20th February. Seventeen people took part over a course cunningly set by the Chairman and a table top quiz.
We were blessed with beautiful weather and the course wound its way through a lot of the blossom in bloom at the moment in the Val de Pop. We enjoyed excellent food in a friendly environment, the only black mark on the day was our President Roger and his wife our treasurer won both the Treasure hunt AND the quiz!!!
Under the mighty baton of Musical Director Jo Baldwin, The English Choir of Teulada-Moraira gave a moving concert entitled “The War To End All Wars” it is in the celebration of 100 years since the end of World War 1.
The concert was held at Espai La Senieta Theatre in Moraira on 2nd and 3rd of November.
They also organised an exhibition of Great War memorabilia in the same building which runs from 29th October to November 18th much of the artwork has been provided by Lady Elizabeth School and Javea International College students some of whom will also be joining the choir on stage to play a part in the concert.
The choir president Susan Elles had been researching the event since January this year and she had written a truly wonderful script which is at times is very poignant, at times very joyful, telling the story of the conflict with poems and popular music of the time. The concert was held in support of Alzheimer’s Association.
For any other information about the choir or if you would like to sing with them please contact Judith on 634 348 915.
Or visit www.theenglishchoirteulada.com
Former Branch Chairman Remembered
Jack Grindy, former President of Javea Branch, passed away on Tuesday 11th April aged 92. Jack was one of the founder members of the Branch, which this year celebrated its 28th Anniversary. Jack served in World War 2, enlisting at the age of 17 after lying about his date of birth so that he could join up! He was one of those who handled the assault craft on D Day. His boat was seconded to the American Forces and was one of the first craft to land on Omaha Beach. Along with all the Americans that took part in the D Day landings, Jack was presented with a bible signed by General from Eisenhower – a cherished possession, now equally treasured by his son.
He joined the Legion at a very early age and was a great supporter both here in the last 30 years and before that back in the UK. Members of Javea Branch remember Jack as a wonderful man, always there to help anyone, in any situation. He encouraged many members to get more involved with the Legion. Most can scarcely remember any event that took place here in Spain that he did not attend. He was very proud to be the Branch President from 2010 to 2015. Jack was sadly missed when he was forced to return to UK through ill-health.
He spent the last two years been in a nursing home in the UK near his family who kept in touch with the Branch us. He was also a proud member of the RNA and of the Diner's Club in Moraira.
Jack’s funeral was held on 17th April 2017 at Basildon Crematorium, with the Standards of the Royal British Legion and the Royal Naval Association and many members of both organisations present. The thoughts and prayers of all the members of Javea Branch are with Jack’s family at this sad time and as we share many happy memories of a great man.
Below are short reports of our most recent events.
MINI CRUISE TO DENIA
On Saturday 27th May, 27 members of the Branch took advantage of the spring sunshine to travel from Javea to Denia by ferry. While most of us are familiar with the view of Cap Sant Antoni from the port itself, many of us had never before seen the impressive view of the sheer cliffs below the lighthouse as seen from the water. After the short voyage, members took advantage of the attractions of Denia: from the interesting streets, the ancient castle, the many and varied (and frequently expensive!) boats in the marina to the sampling the wide variety of cafes and restaurants. A great time was had by all.
FUND RAISING FUN DAY
On Saturday 25th April, Digby's Bar in Javea very generously sponsored a Royal British Legion Fundraiser by hosting a fun day. There were a wide variety of stalls, activities and, of course, plenty to eat and drink. At the end of the day over Euro 1050 had been raised towards the Poppy Appeal. Thank you to all those who so generously donated their time and their money - especially to Loz and Jason, the "victims" of The Big Shave!