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The Ex-Royal Navalmans Association

The Ex-Royal Navalmans Association

Is a thriving club situated at 44 Broadway, Newmarket which has over 270 financial members with membership open to all ex-Royal Naval and Royal Marine personnel with more than six months service and an honourable discharge.  Serving personnel can join the club for a subscription of $5 per year.  There are 26 branches of the Association throughout New Zealand, most of which use existing RSA buildings for their activities but in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Palmerston North the Association has its own clubrooms.

The Auckland branch lists amongst its activities, reports the President, J. Cutherbertson, social Saturday evenings, snooker, pool, darts and bowls with a “ticket only” evening every three months, not forgetting the New Year’s Eve Ball.  The cricket team is very active in the season and has had friendly matches in places such as Hamilton and Silverdale.

The Association has had various names over the years having originally been called the Chatham Old Boys Association, then the White Ensign Association before adopting its present name.  The previous president, Mr. T. Hindmarch, who had served in HMS GAMBIA and who was in office for about 10 years was the prime mover in getting the sea cadet unit “GAMBIA” adopted by the association.

The President is ably supported by his two vice-presidents, Messrs W. Chuck and T. Kerr and Secretary C. Joyce.  The Dominion president of the Association is Mr. Dennis Warren of the Hamilton RSA.

The Association offers hospitality to all visiting ships and is always keen to see their liberty-men in their clubrooms – particularly on Sundays when visitors may be at a loss for somewhere to go.  The hours of opening are:  Friday and Saturday 19.30 Sunday 1400.

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