The new Thames RSA is located in the Thames Workingmens Club. All RSA members and guests are welcome to drop by and enjoy the facilities.

The Thames RSA hold a club night every Thursday. Raffles at 1700 hrs.

As is traditional at RSA's throughout the country, at 1800 hrs we dim the lights and recite the ode in respect to who have given their lives in the service of our country.


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Late last month we lost our oldest member, Gus Smelz. He was in his late 90’sand served in NZ Navy during the second world war on HMNZS Monowai. A private service was held, but his ashes were interred in the RSA section of Thames Cemetery, and this was attended by several members of the RSA. A big thanks to our welfare officer, Bob Williams, who liaised with Veterans Affairs and the funeral directors to ensure everything went smoothly.

Steampunk 2017

The RSA is involved with this again this year, and it takes place over 4 days from 9th-12th November, we have produced Steampunk themed T shirts for sale and these are available via the RSA website, Thames WMC, and other outlets closer to the time of Steampunk. We are doing security at The Circus event on the 11th, mid-afternoon until 8pm and would appreciate anyone able to help us out. We are also running special movies, and details of this will follow early next month.  Steampunk is our major fund raiser for the year.

Armistice Day

This will fall during Steampunk, and the current thought is to have the ceremony at the RSA, as the memorial building is being used for Steampunk events. Once this is finalised we will advise everyone by way of newsletter, and an advertisement in the local paper. This is 99 years from the day, and next year will be a big one being 100 year Anniversary.

The RSA Annual General Meeting is being held in Wellington early November and both myself and Vice President Bob will be attending. This is done totally at our cost as the club is not in any position to contribute, but it is beneficial for us. Bob will also be attending a special Welfare Officers day following the 2 days of AGM.

We would love to see more members on RSA night, and whilst it has been a horribly wet winter, you will get a warm welcome. So, come along on Thursday nights, the ode is at 1800, but a couple of drinks between 1700 – 1800 and a chat with other members is great way to spend a couple of hours.

I write this newsletter from the comfort of our Italian home, where today, September 16th the forecast is clear blue skies and a temperature of around 28-30 degrees C. I head home to NZ on 28th of September, to what I hope will be a great Spring.

Best wishes to all.

David Sinton



Remember it is subs time and I am sure that the “ Workies” have contacted you. If you have not picked up your RSA card this will be behind the bar and the bar staff will give that to you if you ask, can be utilised as a membership card. Remember we do not get any of these subs. We have a membership category in which you can be a member of the RSA but not the “ Workies” this means you can only utilise the club for RSA functions ( ANZAC Day etc) . No more than 3 visits in a 2 month period. This will be $25.00 which all goes to us. Something to think about if you do not visit the club often.

Jim McDonald


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