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Master Gunner, Generals, Brigadiers, Colonels, Ladies and Gentlemen,
A Memorial Service for the late Colonel J M Browell MBE will be held at the Royal Garrison Church of St Alban and St Barbara (Home Church of the Royal Regiment of Artillery) at Larkhill, at 1200hrs, Tuesday 7th November 2017, and afterwards at the RA Mess.
Those attending are requested to inform Jane Campbell by e-mail: This would be most helpful for the family to gauge numbers attending and for the Mess to cater.
Parking should preferably be inside camp as outside Church parking is limited. Attendees should arrive at the VCP barrier (no requirement to dismount) where a pass will be issued. Parking will be initially in the ‘Purple’ car park behind the VCP with overspill on the grass HLS opposite RHQRA but parking up against the wire of the Church / Camp perimeter fence.
Entry to the Church from the parking areas will be via the small ‘wicket gate’ which will be manned by Regimental Police from 1100hrs. The ‘wicket gate will be open at the end of the Service to enable a return to vehicles.
Attendees can drive to the RA Mess for the reception but are requested to park to the right rear of the Mess as guided by the Regimental Police, in the area of the YO Block. Those who are infirm or disabled can of course park at the front of the Mess.
It would be appreciated if the information above could be circulated amongst friends of Colonel Jasper who may otherwise not be aware of notices through normal Regimental channels.




St Barbara’s Day Event – Woolwich Saturday 2 December 2017.


All members of the Ordnance Society are invited to attend the following event –

A Friends of the Royal Artillery Collections joint event with the Friends of Greenwich Heritage Trust is to take place at the ‘Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich’ gallery of the Greenwich Heritage Centre within the old Woolwich Arsenal on Saturday 2 December 2017. The Heritage Centre is opposite the site of the former Firepower Museum.

Event Programme –

12.30 – 13.00     Arrival of guests – greeted with refreshments.

Viewing of ‘The Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich’ Gallery

13.00                    Presentation – St Barbara and significant Gunner Events in December

13.30                    Two tours available for participants –    “The Gunners in Woolwich” (Bus and Walk) OR

                              “The Arsenal” (Walking)

15.00                    Gather in the Foyer/ Gallery – refreshments

Viewing of the Gallery

16.00                    Close

Participants can also attend the ‘Winter Warmer’ local family event which starts at 16.00 adjacent to the Heritage Centre.

The Woolwich Tour is based on Brigadier Ken Timbers’ wonderful script and will give an in depth insight into the years that the Royal Regiment spent at Woolwich. The Arsenal Tour is a new undertaking devised by the Friends of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, it is hoped that the interior of the Royal Brass Foundry can be visited as part of this tour.

All members of the Ordnance Society are welcome to attend this free St Barbara’s Day event. It would assist catering and transport arrangements if you could advise your attendance numbers and preferred tour participation, to Rick Hatton, Membership Secretary Friends of the Royal Artillery Collections – as soon as possible.



October 14

A conference for all users of black powder

Shooters, Re-enactors, Pyrotechnitians and Students

The program is not yet complete but will include

Serpentine powder in early ordnance

Import and export for overseas events

UK transport of firearms


HSE guidance for BP users

Further contributions are invited

Venue : Hindlip Hall Worcester WR3 8SP

£20 including lunch

Details and bookings Roger Emerson: