MWA 10th Anniversary Reunion Dinner

The 10th Anniversary of the Minewarfare Association was celebrated onboard HMS WARRIOR 1860 in Portsmouth on 24 March 2018. The event took the form of a formal dinner and was attended by over 100 members, wives, partners and guests. The Guests of Honour for the evening were Captain and Mrs Roger Readwin Royal Navy, who at the time was Captain Mine Warfare, Fishery Protection and Patrol Vessels (CMFP).

The evening started off with pre-dinner drinks on the Gundeck where old acquaintances were renewed and new acquaintances formed.  Guests had travelled from all parts of the UK and were primed ready for a good evening with a few surprises arranged by the organisers.

The call for dinner was sounded and after everyone had taken their seat (like herding cats) the new MWA Standard was proudly paraded by Ex CPO(MW) Sam Cook. The MWA Standard was the idea of the members who raised the idea at 2017 AGM.  The standard was kindly funded by the Queensferry Masonic Lodge and its production was overseen by Sam who gave direction and guidance on the requirements to the manufacturers.  Whilst the Standard was blessed at the 2018 AGM held in the forenoon, the 10th Anniversary Reunion Dinner was the first formal parade of the standard and for some of the guests, it was the first time they had seen it. A very proud moment and a key achievement for the MWA.

The MWA Bish, Mrs Debbie Harvey, provided a suitable prayer for grace after which dinner was served.  The beer and wine flowed freely and so did the dits and conversation throughout the three courses of dinner.  Entertainment in the form of sea shanties was provided by Shep Woolley and the Cabin Buoys, known to many of the elder brethren of branch some of which served with Shep. 

 After dinner a loyal toast was given by Lieutenant George Turnbull Royal Navy followed by the after-dinner speeches. First up was the MWA Chairman Ex WO(MW) Dixie Dean MBE, who formally thanked Captain and Mrs Readwin for attending then outlined the key achievements of the MWA over the 10 years of its being.  He also thanked all of the members for their support and in particular thanked the committee and other key members for all their efforts in making the MWA what it is today.  Captain Readwin responded with a speech based on the efforts of the Mine Warfare Flotilla and current operations that were either ongoing or had been achieved by the Naval Service.  He