Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental
Y. V.R.A 09/01/2016 Worsely Barracks York
Bullet points of meeting:
Chairman S.Major, Opened meeting commencing with one minutes silence.
S.M asked the committee to vote that the sum of £1.000 pounds be set aside for
the 2017 week/end
Pro/C.Stringer 2nd/Mike Campbell Ricketts
Unanimous vote from committee [to a.g.m.]
Reg Sec [temp]
Acceptance of October minutes M.C.R. Raised point on, access to outlook.com as
the information was unclear in the minutes *
No further issues raised.
Pro/I.Hutchinson 2nd/C.Stringer accepted by committee.
Reg Sec of the member’s .no complaints to date.
Castleford >Have supplied access to emails via I H PERSONAL I.T. SYSTEM [not
taken up yet]
The branch has linked the Y.R.A .onto their letterhead.
Guisborough > ditto
Halifafax > Informed the meeting that they would not be adding the Y .R A to
.its letter head.
Huddersfield > C.Stringer explained that until he had attended the branch
meeting he could not give a response to the
Meeting and the branch would bring their decision to the a.g.m.
Keighley and Bradford >.Ditto
Presented the committee that associate members of the branch who had given many
years of service be given full membership
Status /this received a unanimous vote at the branch,
Pro/ P.Berrasford 2nd/E.Wood, passed unanimously by
committee to go to a.g.m.
H Malam [gunner] handed raffle tickets to branch sec s for a.g.m.
Halifax: Has their own standards
Keighley and Bradford: Has their own standards
Leeds: Has their own standards
Reg .Stan Bearer P.B.
In contact with 4th Battalion Y.R.
re .loan of 1st Battalion Y.V.R. colours
Explained that the Y.R. required confirmation from the the branches as to who
are adding the Y.R.A. to their letter heads ,the reason being there is to be a
public launch of the Y.R.A. from Tower Street .
M.B responding to the constitution indicated that due to past events it was the
working document to the letter.
M.B.pointed out that as Huddersfield was an affiliated branch the constitution
appears to indicate they can not vote at the a.g.m.
Reg Sec, asked M.C.R. is the constitution a legal document? Affirmative
Reg Sec pointed out that it may give rise to custom and practice. [To be checked
Chair S.M. asked the committee to think about an association Xmas card [a.g.m.]
A.C. Halifax that their branch dinner 16th 9th 2016 at the Saddle Inn
Chairman S.Major closed meeting 2010hrs
Date and time next meeting A.G.M.1800hrs [to be confirmed]
9th April 2016 Royal Hotel Scarborough
Treasurer ,Ms E.Wood
Reported that the regimental accounts stood at £5.08 .37 P
Drum Major D.Rimmer
Presented the committee with the following information,
The band has been invited back to Windsor re H.M.Q and the Shrewsbury Tattoo
On a more serious note the band have been given notice to quit their base at
Castleford a.r.c (army reserve centre)
Thirdly the numbers at Minster Day are falling and the band has to consider is
it viable to carry on supporting the Service.
There maybe a possibility of a building or portacabin available for the band to
relocate to. However need a response from band manager D. Stephenson for
N.B the association may have to look at providing financial support towards the
new accommodation for the band? Also if and when new quarters for the band are
found there is a massive amount of equipment to be moved. I would hope that we
have members prepared to assist in the move.
Chairman .Tony Wootton Reported 2016 week end, Cost projection based on a
hundred covers is estimated at £145.00?
2017 week end Pro forma is out, Prices estimated full w/e £170.00 pp Sat/night
only £90.00 pp Dinner only £40.00 there is also a single supplement £20 .00.
C.S Asked are there any special entertainments been arranged T.W. not at present
the band is £350.00 and disco £200.00
C.S Suggested that we should look at a tie or lapel badge as a 50th anniversary
memento, C S proposed 2nd M.C.R committee all in favour > to a.g.m. R.L.O. M.B.
Informed the committee that the Y.R.A .would be a meeting.
Col C.TATTERSALL .TD DL
J.McVeigh reg sec
D. STEPEHENSON band
MIKE, CAMPBELL RICKETS
.PR K. STEPHENSON band
Ditto = added Y R A
** MCB October minutes
Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association
President: Colonel C.J.Tattersall TD. DLL
5th November 2015
attention of all Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association Members and ex
members of the Regiment
As a member of the Regimental
Association Reunion Committee 2017, I am now in the process of putting together
a mailing list of all Members entitled and who wish to attend the function set
are probably aware the Regiment, in 2017, will celebrate its 50th
anniversary from formation on the
1st April 1967 and we would like to make the event one to remember
for a long time to come. To this end, I need your help to achieve this aim.
I would like to know if you are interested in attending this special occasion.
If so, would you please complete the attached form and return it to the
Regimental Secretary at the address given below – or by email, if preferred -
at the latest by 12th December 2015, so that accommodation
may be secured for all to attend. A maximum of 160 places have been
provisionally booked, which will include guests, who may also be invited to
your help, to achieve this number of attendees by the end of December, the
Chairman of the Reunion Committee may be able to increase the total number of
places with the Hotel.
first stage has been completed, a letter from the Committee will follow in early
January 2016, giving you more details.
you in advance for your help.
YORKSHIRE VOLUNTEERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Regimental meeting 3rd October 2015 at Worsley
- Regimental chairmen (cap) S major
- Regimental secretary Jim McVeigh (temp)
- Pete Beresford (standard bearer)
- Michael Bracey L.O. Liaison officer Yorkshire Regiment
- Tony Wooten
- Harold Malam
- P Kendall?
- Mike Campbell Ricketts
- M J Armstrong
- Ian Hutchinson
- Elaine Wood (Regimental Treasurer)
- C Stringer
- Dave Connor
- P Karkoszka
Chairmen one minutes silence
- (Col) C Tattersall
- A Charlesworth
- Paul Foster
- F Richardson
- A Bundy
- D Stephenson (band)
- K Stephenson (band)
Minutes of July meetings:
Reg. Sec went through the July minutes with those present and there were no
items raised. Acceptance of the minutes was put to those present. Proposed by C
Stringer, seconded by Mike Campbell-Ricketts. Voted for acceptance of minutes
was accepted unanimously.
Presidents Report: not given
-No matters arising from July minutes
Items from Chairmen:
-Membership database. Reg. Sec explained why he wanted all association
members’ email addresses. He explained that information wasn’t been communicated
to all members concerned. He has received response from some but not all
branches. E Wood interceded that Huddersfield Branch were quite happy to give
names but not email addresses, as they didn’t want them to be given to the
Yorkshire Regt. Reg. Sec responded: Under the Data Protection Act that only he
would have access to these details.
-Assimilation of YVRA and YRA. Reg. Sec stated that he personally believed
the association should just have the one letter head headed with the Yorkshire
Volunteers and Yorkshire Regiment Association. However, having gone through the
constitution it didn’t give the executive authority to impose one standard
regimental letter head. Therefore, I strongly believe that for the greater good
of the association that branches who wish to have an alternative title should do
so. M.CR indicated that in effect branches could put anything on the head of
their letters as long as it was within the law. The branches that submitted
their proposed letter heads were; York, Castleford, Three Yorks Assoc.
(Huddersfield), Rotherham, Executive note paper will be Yorkshire Volunteers and
The vote was proposed by C Stringer, seconded by H Mallam. Went to the vote,
13 for and 1 abstention. Awaiting Halifax, Leeds, and Guisborough. Ratification
to take place at AGM in April 2016. TBC.
-Reg Sec. re: meeting in London 14th October. Agenda had been sent
out to all branch secretaries of the YVRA. And that Reg Sec would be taking all
submitted letter heads with him to London. Bearing in mind all antecedent
representatives would be present i.e PWO, GH, DW. The minutes of this meeting
have been since been distributed to other parties and branch secretaries.
PR Officer M.CR
-Raised issue that any members on Outlook could access the regimental website
by clicking on a link. If anyone wanted further info they could contact him.
(not sure about accuracy of this statement)
Report from the Chairman of Dinner Committee
-Hotel is booked for 2016 and 2017
-pro former, prices and menu are out for 2016
-Hopefully the sub group of the committee led by chairman consists of Col. C
Tattersall TD (Guest List) P Berresford and Mick Bracey (colours to liase with
RSM 4 Yorks) Re: Halifax dinner 2016 50th Anniversary 2017. H Mellam
(logistics, pyros, ordinance, starshells only, no HE and no AP)
-Reg Sec needs to co-ordinate all members data bank
-Ms E Wood. Very brief report.
Report from YVR Band:
-Unable to attend due to concert.
Any other business
-Keighley branch asked what the protocol was for
prize money won at the AGM raffle, mainly, who should receive the prize
in the absence of branch committee members. This was raised because it
appeared that there was a discrepancy from the total prize fund. A
motion was put forward by Reg Sec that ‘in the absence of a branch
officer or an authorized notary the prize money will be held by Mr
Harold Mellam, Branch Secretary, Rotherham in his capacity as a dinner
committee member.’ Proposed C Stringer, seconded by TW, committee vote
was unanimous. No abstentions.
-Ms E Wood brought to the attention of the committee
that the Huddersfield branch felt that executive members of the
Regimental Committee should be awarded £50 per year for expenses. Both
the chairman and reg. sec declined the offer, despite it being a very
fine gesture. The Reg. sec highlighted that the RT and RSB should be
entitled to claim for expenses due to the nature of their role. Mr M
Bracey informed the committee that there was already an expenses claim
form available within the association which could be completed by the
claimant and reg. sec to sign.
-M.CR suggested this go to the AGM
Report from regimental liaison officer
-Reminder that the Minster service commences at 14.30 and not 15.00hrs.
-The regimental chairman gave his apologies as he was covering GHs event.
-Mick reminded members that he had updated the further events matrix and
that was on the web with the Yorks Reg FOEs
-MB mentioned protocol for receiving and sending emails. Could people
please respond in receipt of emails.
-When it comes to the attention of the association that a member has
passed away if they could notify Mick Bracey or D Stephenson and they will
put it on the regimental website.
Meeting was closed at 20.00 hours.
Date and time of next meeting: January at Worsley Barracks. Date and
Any discrepancies please let me know by email or at the next meeting.
Lady and gentlemen it has been, for want of a better word, a nightmare to
extract essential information from the Dictaphone as it hadn’t captured
conversations at the meeting very clearly at all. Therefore I would appreciate
if someone could write the minutes by hand at future meetings. Thanking you all
for your participation. PS. Any volunteers will be rewarded handsomely.
Moor the merrier as soldiers march to help
THEY’VE served their country, braving battle zones across
the world, but a group of former and current military men
have joined forces to complete a 26 mile charity walk.
group, aged between 19 and 72 years-old have all served in
Yorkshire Volunteers, C Company, 1st Battalion.
They left Halifax last weekend and walked 26 miles over
two days across the Yorkshire Moors to raise money for Help
Their oldest member was former cover sergeant 72 year-old
Andy Charlesworth, 48, completed tours of Northern
Ireland, Germany and Cyprus during his 15 years in the army.
He teamed up with 50 year-old Phil Watson to organise
their first charity walk three years ago.
The two former Sgt Majors hope their latest effort will
take them over the £20,000 benchmark.
“We never thought we’d raise so much,” said Andy.
“It’s a charity close to all ex-military hearts. It helps
all the wounded, and we’ve had a few of our lads who have
been in Afghanistan which bring it home,” he said.
Andy’s youngest son, 21 year-old Luke has completed two
tours of Afghanistan.
He was among the 34 walkers as they tackled the Yorkshire
Moors along with serving member Gaz Roberts, who has served
Two years ago Andy and fellow Territorial Army veterans
scaled the three peaks of Yorkshire – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside
and Ingleborough – in a day then camped for the night to
boost the Help The Heroes Appeal. Their challenge coincided
with the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in the
Second World War.
| YVRA has a Patron!
Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, has graciously agreed to become our Patron. She has
regularly attended the Bligny Sunday commemoration in Leeds and made her first visit to our annual Regimental Service in York Minster in 2004
|Leeds Branch Standard is dedicated.
November 2006, Armistice Day act of Remembrance at the Leeds
Armouries focused on our successor unit, the 4th Battalion The
Yorkshire Regiment. Leeds Branch, with their own Branch
Standard, were honoured to represent the association and the
Regiment at this event, joining standard bearers representing
the other antecedent regiments, PWO, Green Howards and DWR.
Left to right ~ The
Standards of the Regimental Associations of the antecedent
Lee Halliday with the Leeds
Branch Standard and Elvis Bundy
16 June 2007 - Former Top Army Cadet Officer Honoured.
Colonel Tony Wilson, formerly Colonel Cadets at 15 (NE) Brigade,
marked 49 years of Territorial and Cadet Force service when he
was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Colonel
Wilson joined the Territorial Army in 1958 as a Private
Soldier in the 4th Battalion The Green Howards and spent the
next twenty-four years moving around Yorkshire with The
Yorkshire Volunteers until he ended this period as Commanding
Officer 3 YORKS. During his time in the TA he managed to serve
in at least one of each of the antecedent Regiment affiliated
Companies (GH, PWO and DWR).
1982 he took up a post at the local Reserve Forces and Cadet
Association (then TAVRA), maintaining links to the regiment
through the diners club and associations. In 1992, he was
'gently' persuaded to join the Humberside and South Yorkshire
ACF at Driffield, soon after becoming Commandant. After four
years he became ACF Advisor to the Territorial Commissioning
Board at Chilwell. He is currently preparing to move into his
50th year of service as Vice-Chairman at RFCA Yorkshire and The
Humber with responsibility for Youth and Cadets.
Laying Up Yorkshire Volunteers Colours (12Dec10).pdf