Join the Royal Naval Association Spalding Branch – Your Invitation

Dear Shipmate,

I hope this message finds you well. As a shipmate, I am reaching out to you on behalf of the Royal Naval Association (RNA) Spalding Branch with an exciting update and an invitation.

Firstly, I am pleased to inform you that the RNA Head Office has made a significant decision that affects all potential members: they have abolished the annual subscription fees. This change has led to a surge in membership, particularly among those associated with Royal Naval Training Establishments. However, despite this increase, I believe there is more work to be done at the grassroots level.

In my previous communications, I mentioned that my commitments as a District Councillor prevented me from attending RNA Spalding Branch meetings. Now, with my political career concluded, I have resumed my attendance at these gatherings. During my recent interactions with our Chairman, Keith Crawford MBE, he expressed a common concern: the challenge of encouraging members to attend our monthly meetings.

Therefore, I am extending a heartfelt appeal to you today. If you have an interest in joining the RNA Spalding Branch or are already considering it, I urge you to take the next step and contact me. By doing so, you allow me to put your name forward for membership. However, my request comes with a simple but crucial condition: please commit to attending our monthly meetings.

Our meetings take place at the Spalding Constitutional Club, Double Street, Spalding. It’s an informal gathering where we enjoy a couple of beers, engage in friendly conversation, and foster camaraderie. Additionally, we dedicate an hour to RNA branch business, discussing topics such as VE Day, VJ Day, D Day, Trafalgar Day, and more.

I genuinely believe that your participation in the RNA Spalding Branch meetings will not only enrich your social life but also contribute to the vibrancy of our association. Your presence and active involvement would be greatly valued and appreciated.

So, if you can spare a couple of hours of your time on a social basis, I assure you that you will find it both enjoyable and rewarding. I eagerly await your response and the opportunity to welcome you aboard.

Best regards,

Rodney Grocock
RNA Spalding Branch