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Beginnings

Beginnings

The Minewarfare Association is a relatively a young association, having in 2018 celebrated its tenth anniversary; however it has much deeper roots having been preceded for many years by an annual re-union. On the transfer of the Minewarfare School from HMS Nelson (Gunwharf) Formally HMS Vernon to HMS Dryad in…

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Early years

Early years

The association continues to grow and adapt today. In the early years the annual reunion has taken to the road holding events in all regional areas from Stirling in Scotland to Weymouth in the South of England, not to mention some excellent events in Blackpool, Cardiff and Bristol as it…

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2016

2016

At the AGM in 2016 a decision was taken to hold the reunion in the Portsmouth area where a large portion of the membership was based and were many others returned on a regular basis. The annual reunion continues to grow from strength to strength and numbers at reunions is…

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2017

2017

In 2017 at the AGM, a decision was taken to seek funding to provide the association with its own Standard. Thanks to the efforts of Lt Cdr Bob Hawkins and the generosity on the Dunfermline Lodge funding was obtained and a MWA standard designed and purchased. To prepare for its…

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2018

2018

At the 2018 AGM the standard was blessed by the MWA Bish (Debbie Harvey) and Commissioned. The standard received its first formal parading at the 2018 Veterans parade in Weymouth. 2018 also saw the association celebrate its 10th anniversary. In true Minewarfare style this was a lavish event held onboard…

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2019

2019

2019 was an eventful year for the Association. After another excellent re-union held in the S/R’s mess at HHS Nelson the MWA gathered again in June for the 2019 Veterans parade in Weymouth. It was with thanks to Jan Harvey who had stepped into the breaches at short notice to…

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2020

2020

As we now enter into 2020 (our 12th year) under the Helm of current Chairman Taff Reader along with the financial control of Treasurer George Turnbull, the association continues to adapt to the ever increasing membership. While the number of Ex serving members continue to grow, we reach out further to…

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