Weekly News 2018







Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 18 February 2018
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G’day All. Hope you had a pleasant week. Know there are a lot of Aussies out there feeling the pinch with the extreme heat and the cyclones.

Would anyone like to take the lead on the Brisbane Remembrance Day get together. As mentioned earlier, all it really involves is nominating a pub, taking a pic of the group and enjoying yourself. I will advertise those attending. Poolie has already suggested a pub.

There is a stack of reading in today’s Attachment about the general ex service community from different angles and takes. If you can make the time have a look as it is very interesting.

Brent Balchin has been moved back to Launceston (LGH John L Grove Rehabilitation Centre) to complete his recovery process. Have not had any updates from (Hyphen) Greg Henderson-Smith, Mike Haining or Glen Summerhayes. I know Spook Cairns goes to see the doctor this week. All the best Mate. I am also aware of quite a few wives who are really crook. We wish all our group which includes wives who are in Sick Bay a speedy recovery.

The Dedication Ceremony for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is scheduled for 25 February. The list has been forwarded to the Command Chaplain of those attending. The ceremony commences at 1000 at Garden Island Chapel, it is followed by pics of our group, then morning tea provided by the Small Ships Association and the Comms Association.

As you are aware last year we held our first Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum (VAMPIRE); this was a Gary Angel initiative and was very succesful. You would be aware this is the centenary year. Gary has now proposed:

‘There is The Queensland Maritime Museum on South Bank near Cilento Childrens Hospital. The main Naval feature is HMAS DIAMANTINA. Fifty percent of 6th Intake did operational seatime in VAMPIRE. One hundred percent of us did our first naval training seatime in DIAMANTINA. For all the reasons we have discussed before I propose we "float" the idea of a Qld Remembrance Day "Wake". Our friends in Qld and Northern NSW might take up the idea. The theme is turn up if you can, participate in a service, have a yarn, feed and a drink and depart. No organization needed (just a local watering hole to be nominated earlier). Poolie has forwarded a couple of pubs to consider – The Plough Inn or the Ships Inn

Don’t forget the ‘Matelots Bowls’ in Forster in May (received advice during the week confirming they are on but no dates as yet) and the AIF Bowls in Dubbo in September. Put these events in your diary.

Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Pics of the VOYAGER weekend are included. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

I am away from this Friday until 18 March with the Navy Rugby team who are competing against the Commonwealth Navies plus the US Marines and the US Navy in Plymouth. They have a trial game against the French Navy at Toulon next week. I intend to continue with Weekly News if possible.
Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays
Glen Butler
Dolly on Tasmania
Huck Elliot
NSW RSL –A lot
YARRA function
DVA Service
DFWA – response to criticism on Senator Major General Jim Molan
Delivering better services for Veterans and their families
ADF –Operational Update
Joke

Cheers

Ron















Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 11 February 2018

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G’day All. 22 of us met at Huskisson for the Ceremony at Huskisson to honour those lost on VOYAGER was held on Saturday night. Am happy to say the number of attendees is increasing. The ceremony was conducted by the CRESWELL Padre, the President of the SS Mess and Comittee man Dave was also there. The names of those of our group are included below.


We had a lunch meeting at the Husky Bowls club. Two major items were discussed, the 2019 Wake. It will be held in Darwin. Have contacted Jeff Dunn and he has indicated for planning purposes the functions will be held in September. The other item was a 2-3 day wine tour of the Hunter Valley. Bongo is investigating and will get back to us soon.


Who attended the VOYAGER Commemoration. Ian and Marian Schubert, Spook Cairns, John Tant, Sandy and Rhonda Michel, Tom and Val Houldsworth, John and Lynn Hatchman, Wally and Robyn Gawne, Sandy Powell, Stan and Margaret Church, Bongo and Jo Dibetta, Ken and Myra Scarisbrick, Ken and Marrilyn Fielding and me. Received apologies from Mick Gallagher, Mike and Jean Shephard, Mike and Jill Hogan, Barry and Margaret Parker, Doug Brown, Doug and Trish Wilson, Hector Hart, Russ and Georgina Nelson and Barry and KayMaree Andrew. Tom Houldsworth laid the wreath on our behalf. He also purchased it.


Tom Houldsworth has been in contact with Bob Johnston, he was playing cards. A good sign. (Hyphen) Greg Henderson-Smith, Brent Balchin, Mike Haining and Glen Summerhayes have a long way to go yet before they are fully recovered. I am also aware of quite a few wives who are really crook. We wish all our group which includes wives who are in Sick Bay a speedy recovery.


The Dedication Ceremony is scheduled for 25 February. If you wish to attend the ceremony to honour Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge please let me know. If you require parking for your car please forward the registration details. The ceremony commences at 1000 at Garden Island Chapel, it is followed by pics of our group, then morning tea provided by the Small Ships Association and the Comms Association.


As you are aware last year we held our first Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum (VAMPIRE); this was a Gary Angel initiative and was very succesful. You would be aware this is the centenary year. Gary has now proposed:


‘There is The Queensland Maritime Museum on South Bank near Cilento Childrens Hospital. The main Naval feature is HMAS DIAMANTINA. Fifty percent of 6th Intake did operational seatime in VAMPIRE. One hundred percent of us did our first naval training seatime in DIAMANTINA. For all the reasons we have discussed before I propose we "float" the idea of a Qld Remembrance Day "Wake". Our friends in Qld and Northern NSW might take up the idea. The theme is turn up if you can, participate in a service, have a yarn, feed and a drink and depart. No organization needed (just a local watering hole to be nominated earlier). Poolie has forwarded a couple of pubs to consider – The Plough Inn or the Ships Inn


Don’t forget the ‘Matelots Bowls’ in Forster in May (received advice during the week confirming they are on but no dates as yet) and the AIF Bowls in Dubbo in September. Put these events in your diary.


Who can swim 50 metres freestyle and be at Nelson’s Bay for the AIF Swimming on 10 March. We ‘Manly Leagues swimming’ which includes Mick Gallagher’ are short a service swimmer. If you are available please let me know, if you can’t make it, do you know anybody who can.


Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.


Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm


Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Pics of the VOYAGER weekend are included. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.


If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up with Jim.


Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Gary Angel

Davo

Barry Andrew

Stoney Bourke

Public Transport Queensland

Kev (Smouch) Smith x3 in chronological order

Winged Warriors

The Power of Google – must read

HMAS TOBRUK

Jokes


Cheers


Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 4 February 2018
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G’day All. Watching the Final of the Big Bash. What a great final series. What a great series. Adelaide have won well.

Intend to meet this Saturday at the Husky Bowls Club for lunch at 1200ish. Everybody is more than welcome. I intend having a meeting there to determine the order of events for this year and the major ‘Wake’ destination for next year. If you cannot make it and want to make a contribution, please respond before Saturday.

Have received advice of those attending the Saturday night memorial service. The Schubert’s, Moot, Spook, John Tant, the Hogan’s, the Michels’, the Houldsworth’s, the Hatchman’s, the Nelson’s, the Gawne’s, Sandy Brennan, the Church’s and the Dibetta’s are starters. Mick Gallagher is a potential starter. Have had apologies from the Shepard’s, the Parker’s, Doug Brown and the Wilson’s.

Have been having trouble keeping in contact with Bob Johnston, John Hatchman has advised Bob is not travelling too well, his memory is fading. (Hyphen) Greg Henderson-Smith, Brent Balchin, Mike Haining and Glen Summerhayes have a long way to go yet before they are fully recovered. I am also aware of quite a few wives who are really crook. We wish all our group which includes wives who are in Sick Bay a speedy recovery.

The Dedication Ceremony is scheduled for 25 February. If you wish to attend the ceremony to honour Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge please let me know. If you require parking for your car please forward the registration details. The ceremony commences at 1000 at Garden Island Chapel, it is followed by pics of our group, then morning tea provided by the Small Ships Association and the Comms Association.

As you are aware last year we held our first Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum (VAMPIRE); this was a Gary Angel initiative and was very succesful. You would be aware this is the centenary year. Gary has now proposed:

‘There is The Queensland Maritime Museum on South Bank near Cilento Childrens Hospital. The main Naval feature is HMAS DIAMANTINA. Fifty percent of 6th Intake did operational seatime in VAMPIRE. One hundred percent of us did our first naval training seatime in DIAMANTINA. For all the reasons we have discussed before I propose we "float" the idea of a Qld Remembrance Day "Wake". Our friends in Qld and Northern NSW might take up the idea. The theme is turn up if you can, participate in a service, have a yarn, feed and a drink and depart. No organization needed (just a local watering hole to be nominated earlier)

Our next reunion is 2019. Thanks for the response. To date we have received 5 suggestions on venues. For those venues, have received support for -12 for Darwin, 3 for the Sea Cruise, 6 for Hobart, 2 for the Gold Coast and 3 for Bribie Island. Will keep the door open until 10 February. Flick me an email with your choice. Am not looking for starters at this time, just opinions on what would suit you.

Don’t forget the ‘Matelots Bowls’ in Forster in May and the AIF Bowls in Dubbo in September. Put these events in your diary.

Who can swim 50 metres freestyle and be at Nelson’s Bay for the AIF Swimming on 10 March. We ‘Manly Leagues swimming which includes Mick Gallagher’ are short a service swimmer. If you are available please let me know, if you can’t make it, do you know anybody who can.

Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. No more pen and pencil sets, they have all been sold. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; A pic of Noel Kropp’s coffin at his funeral service. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up with Jim.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Dolly
Farmer Terry Dack
Shirley Rowland,
HMAS ARMIDALE
Navy Badges
Military Bias
Australia Day – the law
Jokes

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 28 January 2018
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G’day All. Watching the ODI at the new stadium in Perth on the tele. We look OK after a horror start. Looking a little shakier right now……. 8/208 needing 259

There are some of us who were in MELBOURNE when EVANS collided in 1969. We did temporary repairs in Singapore. During our time in Singapore the US Navy conducted a BOI in Subic Bay. The CO of MELBOURNE Captain J.P. Stevenson was held partially responsible for the collision. The BOI was a farce, the Yanks wanted a scapegoat, our Government did not support him, nor did the RAN. All onboard MELBOURNE had the greatest respect for the CO and were aware of the comments he had made to all the CO’s of the participating ships in Manila prior to proceeding on Exercise. He emphasized what had occurred in 64 with VOYAGER and they were to ensure it did not happen again. It is a long time since then, his wife supported him all the way, wrote two books protesting on how he was victimized, however, unfortunately she passed away before he was exonerated. On Australia Day this year he was awarded the Australia Medal. What a great result.

Our sick bay list does not appear to be diminishing. (Hyphen) Greg Henderson-Smith, Brent Balchin, Mike Haining and Glen Summerhayes have a long way to go yet before they are fully recovered. I am also aware of quite a few wives who are really crook. We wish all our group which includes wives who are in Sick Bay a speedy recovery.

The Dedication Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 25 February. This info (Rob Cavanagh) was received indirectly from the Small Ships Association. If you wish to attend the ceremony to honour Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge please let me know. If you require parking for your car please forward the registration details. The ceremony commences at 1000 at Garden Island Chapel.

Our next get together is planned for Husky on the 10 February to commemorate the loss of the people on VOYAGER. Start making plans if you intend to go. It is less than a month away. The Schubert’s, Moot, Spook, John Tant, the Hogan’s, the Michels’, the Houldsworth, the Hatchman’s, the Nelson’s, the Gawne’s and the Brennan’s are potential starters. Have had apologies from Mick Gallagher, the Shepard’s, the Parker’s, Doug Brown and the Wilson’s.

As you are aware last year we held our first Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum (VAMPIRE); this was a Gary Angel initiative. You would be aware this is the centenary year. Gary has now proposed:

‘There is The Queensland Maritime Museum on South Bank near Cilento Childrens Hospital. The main Naval feature is HMAS DIAMANTINA. Fifty percent of 6th Intake did operational seatime in VAMPIRE. One hundred percent of us did our first naval training seatime in DIAMANTINA. For all the reasons we have discussed before I propose we "float" the idea of a Qld Remembrance Day "Wake". Our friends in Qld and Northern NSW might take up the idea. The theme is turn up if you can, participate in a service, have a yarn, feed and a drink and depart. No organization needed (just a local watering hole to be nominated earlier)

Stan Church forwarded a utube link on DIAMANTINA which is included in the Attachment.

Our next reunion is 2019. Thanks for the response. To date we have received 5 suggestions on venues. For those venues, have received support for -11 for Darwin, 3 for the Sea Cruise, 6 for Hobart, 2 for the Gold Coast and 3 for Bribie Island. Will keep it open until February. Flick me an email with your choice. Am not looking for starters at this time, just opinions on what would suit you.

Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. No more pen and pencil sets, they have all been sold. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; A pic of Noel Kropp’s coffin at his funeral service. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up with Jim.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Doug Brown
Kev Smith
Captain J.P. Stevenson AM
HMAS DIAMANTINA Utube
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 21 January 2018
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G’day All. Imagine you are all getting ready for Australia Day. We go down to Dee Why beach every year, great morning’s entertainment and show of Australiana. Yeah, I wear a ‘true blue’ shirt.

(Hyphen) Greg Henderson-Smith is not travelling too well. He is not responding to treatment and is currently in the Cairns Hospital. Know that Brent Balchin and Mike Haining have a long way to go yet. An update for Mike is in the Attachment. We wish Mike, Brent and Hyphen plus all our group and wives who are in Sick Bay a speedy recovery.

The Dedication Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 25 February. This info (Rob Cavanagh) was received indirectly from the Small Ships Association. They determine the date.

Rob Cavanagh, who is going to speak on behalf of Dick at the Dedication ceremony in February would like to know if anybody has any stories they can add when Dick was serving in VAMPIRE or WATSON or really anywhere. Please respond to
cav-17@bigpond.com

Our next get together is planned for Husky on the 10 February to commemorate the loss of the people on VOYAGER. Start making plans if you intend to go. It is less than a month away. The Schubert’s, Moot, Spook, John Tant, the Hogan’s, the Michels’ and the Brennan’s are potential starters. I expect the Houldsworth’s and the Hatchman’s to be there. Have had apologies from the Shepard’s, the Parker’s and the Wilson’s.

As you are aware last year we held our first Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum (VAMPIRE); this was a Gary Angel initiative. You would be aware this is the centenary year. Gary has now proposed:

‘There is The Queensland Maritime Museum on South Bank near Cilento Childrens Hospital. The main Naval feature is HMAS DIAMANTINA. Fifty percent of 6th Intake did operational seatime in VAMPIRE. One hundred percent of us did our first naval training seatime in DIAMANTINA. For all the reasons we have discussed before I propose we "float" the idea of a Qld Remembrance Day "Wake". Our friends in Qld and Northern NSW might take up the idea. The theme is turn up if you can, participate in a service, have a yarn, feed and a drink and depart. No organization needed (just a local watering hole to be nominated earlier)

Our next reunion is 2019. Thanks for the response. To date we have received 5 suggestions on venues. For those venues, have received support for -11 for Darwin, 3 for the Sea Cruise, 6 for Hobart, 2 for the Gold Coast and 3 for Bribie Island. Will keep it open until February. Flick me an email with your choice. Am not looking for starters at this time, just opinions on what would suit you.

Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. No more pen and pencil sets, they have all been sold. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; A pic of Noel Kropp’s coffin at his funeral service. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up with Jim.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Mike Haining
Ray Cattermole
Di Lewin
Boong Bartlett
James Carroll
Pooley of DIAMANTINA
Boong Bartlett on DVA
VOYAGER Memorial Service
Battle of the River Plate
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 14 January 2018
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G’day All. Noel Kropp passed away due to cancer on 1 Jan. His funeral was held at Pinaroo Queensland on 9 Jan. Bongo Dibetta and Rob Cavanagh attended. Unfortunately I cannot pass on the comments and condolences forwarded to me on his behalf, as I have no contacts for his immediate family. A pic from the funeral service is on our FB page.

(Hyphen) Greg Henderson-Smith is not travelling too well. He is not responding to treatment and is currently in the Cairns Hospital. Know that Brent Balchin and Mike Haining have a long way to go yet. We wish Mike, Brent and Hyphen plus all our group and wives who are in Sick Bay a speedy recovery.

Still no definite date in February for the Dedication Service for Checkers and Dick. As soon as the details comes to hand, I will let you know.

Rob Cavanagh, who is going to speak on behalf of Dick at the Dedication ceremony in February would like to know if anybody has any stories they can add when Dick was serving in VAMPIRE or WATSON or really anywhere. Please respond to
cav-17@bigpond.com

Our next get together is planned for Husky on the 10 February to commemorate the loss of the people on VOYAGER. Start making plans if you intend to go. It is less than a month away. The Schuberts, Moot, Spook, John Tant and the Hogans are starters. Have had apologies from the Shepard’s and the Parker’s.

As you are aware last year we held our first Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum (VAMPIRE); this was a Gary Angel initiative. This is the centenary anniversary year. He has now proposed:

‘There is a Queensland Maritime Museum on South Bank near Cilento Childrens Hospital. The main Naval feature is HMAS DIAMANTINA. Fifty percent of 6th Intake did operational seatime in VAMPIRE. One hundred percent of us did our first naval training seatime in DIAMANTINA. For all the reasons we have discussed before I propose we "float" the idea of a Qld Remembrance Day ""Wake". Our friends in Qld and Northern NSW might take up the idea. The theme is turn up if you can, participate in a service, have a yarn, feed and a drink and depart. No organization needed (just a local watering hole to be nominated earlier)

Our next reunion is 2019. Thanks for the response. To date we have received 5 suggestions on venues. For those venues, have received support for -10 for Darwin, 3 for the Sea Cruise, 6 for Hobart, 2 for the Gold Coast and 3 for Bribie Island. Will keep it open until February. Flick me an email with your choice. Am not looking for starters at this time, just opinions on what would suit you.

Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. No more pen and pencil sets, they have all been sold. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; A pic of Noel Kropp’s coffin at his funeral service. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up with Jim.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Dolly
DVA
Malayan Emergency
Think your bank deposits are guaranteed
Not all thieves are stupid
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 7 January 2018
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G’day All. What a hot day in Sydney, 43 degrees at my place, beer tastes better and appreciate the AC a lot more. Been a good day to watch cricket where it was around 50 degrees at the SCG.

Rob Cavanagh, who is going to speak on behalf of Dick at the Dedication ceremony in February would like to know if anybody has any stories they can add when Dick was serving in VAMPIRE or WATSON or really anywhere. Please respond to
cav-17@bigpond.com

Our next get together is planned for Husky on the 10 February to commemorate the loss of the people on VOYAGER. Start making plans if you intend to go. It is less than 2 months away. The Schuberts, Moot, Spook, John Tant and the Hogans are starters. Have had apologies from the Shepard’s and the Parker’s.

Our next reunion in 2019. Thanks for the response on venues. To date we have received quite a few suggestions. 8 for Darwin, 3 for the Sea Cruise, 6 for Hobart, 2 for the Gold Coast and 3 for Bribie Island. Will keep it open until February. Flick me an email with your choice. Am not looking for starters at this time, just opinions on what would suit you.

Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. No more pen and pencil sets, they have all been sold. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Have received an update from Mike Haining, am still receiving updates on Brent (he is improving). We wish Mike, Brent and all our group and wives who are in Sick Bay, a speedy recovery.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Darby Ashton’s pics of the reunion and Santa Surfie Richards. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

Have been in contact with the Command Chaplain organization again. The dedication for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is expected to be in February 2018. The exact date is still not known as of today (31 Dec 17). They are also going to discuss the granite piece Ken Dobbie forwarded from the JR Memorial at Leeuwin Barracks offering it for placement in the GI Chapel.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up with Jim.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Brent Balchin
Knobby Clark
Rocky Stone
Thin Striped Line – English Army
Jokes

Cheers

Ron