COVID-19 UPDATE: Poppy Appeal & ANZAC Day Services
As you all are aware of the situation our country and the world is in at the present time it is with great sadness that we advised that we will be following the order of the National RSA for the health of our members.
This means that the 2020 Poppy Day Appeal has been postponed and ALL ANZAC Day Services cancelled. You can find the National RSA's Press Release about this on their website https://www.rsa.org.nz/media-release
We understand that this is upsetting but remind all that this is in the best interest of all of us. Let's all do our part to stay safe and look after one another.
The AGM that was scheduled for Sunday 1 December 2019 has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The AGM has been rescheduled for 19 January 2020.
The Social scheduled for Sunday 1 December 2019 from 1430 will still go ahead as planned.
Battle of Britain Day Remembrance- Sunday 15th September 2019
King’s School and King’s College, Auckland, are having a reunion and , as Sir Keith Park attended these schools, they are laying a wreath at his statue outside the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre.
The wreath laying will take place at 11.30 hours Sunday 15th September 2019.
Thames RSA members are invited to attend this ceremony. 37 Sqn ATC are taking part as well.
All are invited to the GBD at the conclusion.
RSA members a requested to wear their medal
RSA Trivia Night
The Thames & Districts RSA will be hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday 24th August from 1600 - 1800. To enter there is a entry fee of $2 per person for teams of 4. There are some good prizes to be won and there will be hot chips available to go with your purchased drinks.
So mark your calendars for 24th August and get your teams together and come out for a fun night.
Combined Services Day
Navy, Army, Air Force, Merchant Navy & Police
Sunday 25th August 2019 at Whangamata RSA 11am start, till late
Rum Ration – Parade of Flags into the RSA – Last Post
Entertainment & Raffles the night before and on the day.
Lunch -– Bookings Essential (By Thurs 22nd Aug)
Subsidised Lunch for Serving and Returned Service Personnel, their Partners plus Service and Returned Widows
We extend a warm welcome to all Serving and Ex-Service Personnel, their Family and Friends, all RSA Members, Guests & Visitors who wish to attend a day to remember and talk about for years to come.
If you do not wish to have lunch you are still more than welcome to come and share the day with us, buy some raffles and enjoy the entertainment provided.
Contact us via :
Or 07 865 9419
Across the road from the RSA,
South Pacific Motel Ph: (07) 865 9580
100 mitres down the road
Blake Court Motel Ph: (07) 865 7958
0800 425 253
By the Fire Station
Palm Pacific Motel Ph: (07) 865 9211
Local Taxi Service
Sand to Surf
027 959 1686
(We offer a discount ride of $5.00 to the RSA to and from your accommodation).
Poppy Day Thanks
From Thames and Districts RSA
Poppy Day 2019
The Thames and Districts RSA would like to thank the citizens of Thames and surrounding districts for their generosity on during Poppy Day and ANZAC Day for their once again outstanding contribution to The RSA Welfare fund. This year a total of $5447.90 was donated towards this worthy cause. Whilst it is a little lower than last year, Poppy Day itself was lower as it was very early
because of Easter and this caught many unawares. However the stationary boxes that were in various businesses, offices, and cafes from Tapu to Puriri had excellent returns.
The money collected stays in the Thames area, and is for the welfare of returned and service personnel and their families. One of the problems we have is identifying those that are in need, as many do not realise or do not want to take the step of asking for assistance that is there for them.
The community can assist us in this by advising if they know of someone that is inneed but doesn’t want to ask. It is important that we look after those in need,and indeed some may be serving members today. Every application is handled very discreetly, with few being aware of the identity of the recipient.
The continued generosity of the Thames and surrounding area never ceases to amaze, as per capita, it is a most generous region. We must also thank all the collectors and other helpers who gave their time freely on Poppy Day, as without them, Poppy Day would not survive.
President Thames and Districts RSA
As is usual the Thames RSA will host the Dawn Service. Usual format, marchers assemble at the Thames RSA and, under Parade Marshall Bob Williams, at 0545 hrs. will march to the Civic Centre. Thames RSA Secretary officiating.
All are invited back to the Thames RSA for breakfast which will be served from 0630 hrs. There is a gold coin Donation for breakfast.
As usual the Civic Service is the domain of TCDC and will be held at 1000 hrs. Parade to assemble at 0930-0945 hrs. on Pollen Street just north of the Pollen/Sealey Streets intersection. Parade Marshall will be Bob Williams.
There will be advertisements placed in the Hauraki Herald about ANZAC Day services here and in the other outlying townships. Check this website ANZAC parades & services and our Facebook page for further updates.
All are invited back to the Thames RSA which will be open for lunch from mid-day to reminisce and meet up with friends from far and wide.
Poppy Day 2019 is on 12th April. To help with collection for Poppy Day we are calling on all members to make themselves available to help. Please contact the RSA Secretary, Allan Gamble, with your availability to collect on April 12th. All that is required is for one or two hours help, dress tidy with medals. The available times are 9am – 11am, 11am – 1pm, or 1pm – 3pm. We ask that volunteers be at the RSA 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to pick up boxes of poppies. Please email email@example.com with your preferred time slot and a contact phone number.
Walk for Wonderboy
Our 11 day adventure came to a finish at 1330 on Saturday 23 Mar when Elijah and his Mum and Dad stepped across our Finish Line at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in bright sunshine.
Tane and Laura completed the 700km walk/run marathon on time and within 11 days.
We had started on Wednesday 13 March and all was normal in NZ. That was not to be the case as our Hikoi continued to head North. We were in Bulls when everything changed
On the long trek North we visited many RSAs and were visited by many RSA members. Laura recalls being met on the road by a 96 year old WWII vet on SH1 outside Marton as one example and I recall many good chats with veterans who stopped to chat or to collect alongside us. I recall dropping in to the only ‘Drive-Through’ RSA at Bulls. The welcomes and very generous donations from RSAs along the way, the cold and welcome beverages and the food and snacks offered up as well…..all most welcome and all a very clear sign that we are all one very supportive family.
Whether Navy, Army, or Airforce or NZDF Civilian we believe in living our values. We all believe in Courage, Commitment and Comradeship and whether spoken or not…Integrity lives large in our life.
Tane and Laura live those values each and every day. Let me tell you a quick two liner to illustrate.
I noticed Tane walking a distance beyond the daily finish line on a few occasions and eventually I asked ….why?? His answer “ Well we got a lift across two dangerous bridges today so I had a couple hundred metres to make up”.
Just like they displayed our values and ethos so too did the RSA, your commitment and comradeship toward us was ‘legend’ and the generosity of the clubs and members of the clubs will live long in our memory.
And a final note (as an Irishman) to our Chef in Birkenhead….Geoff, I am still dreaming about those potatoes!
MAJ James Maguire
Offr Commanding Camp Commandant - WRSC, WELLINGTON REGIONAL SUPPORT CENTRE
New Zealand Army
War Memorial Museum Le Quesnoy
The President and Committee support this initiative and members should respond as they feel individually.
WAIKATO RUGBY'S PEACE CUP ON DISPLAY IN THE RSA/WORKINGMEN'S CLUB
The Peace Cup, once a prestigious trophy for rugby supremacy among mid-North Island sub unions, will be on display at the RSA/Workingmen's Club for the next two weeks. Thames was a frequent winner when thew cup was first donated by a WW1 veteran, Mr English, in 1920. Andrew Young from the Te Awamutu Rugby Sub-union of Waikato, the current holders of the cup, is taking the cup on a road trip to celebrate it's centenary in two years time and it has been on display in several towns in the Waikato. In May it travels to Palmerston North to be part of the two day Rugby Jamboree at the New Zealand Rugby Museum.
There is a book with the cup where those who have played on teams involved with the cup can add comments and record memories of games and of a personal nature.
Please come see the cup, now much beat up, and leave a note in the book.
The write ups in the photos are from the cup's recent visit to Cambridge and Morrinsville.
POPPY APPEAL & ANZAC DAY
The 2018 Poppy Appeal and ANZAC Day are just around the corner. Here's important dates and information on those events. We will update from time to time.
- Poppy Appeal - Friday, 20th April
- Placing Crosses at Cemetery - Saturday, 21st April
- ANZAC Day - Wednesday 25th April
- Dawn Service - 0600 hrs
- Civic Service - 1000 hrs
To help with collection for Poppy Appeal we are calling on all members to make themselves available to help. Please contact RSA Secretary, Mark Binning, with your availability to collect on April 20th. All is required is for one or two hours help, dress tidy with medals.
Placing Crosses at Cemetery
Again anyone who can spare an hour, starting at 1000 hrs on Saturday 21st April, to help placing crosses on servicemen's & women's graves please let us know.
As is usual the Thames RSA will host the Dawn Service. Usual format, marchers assemble at the Thames RSA and, under Parade Marshall Bob Williams at 0550 hrs will march to the Civic Centre. Thames RSA Secretary officiating, guest speaker will be our local MP Scott Simpson. Officiating padre The Rev'd Brendon Wilkinson, the Vicar of The Anglican Parish of Thames. Bugler Katie MacKay.
As usual the Civic Service is the domain of TCDC and will be held at 1000 hrs. Parade to assemble at 0930-0945 hrs on Pollen Street just north of the Pollen/Sealey Streets intersection. Parade Marshall will be Bob Williams.
There will be advertisements placed in the Hauraki Herald about ANZAC Day services her and in the other outlying townships.
Check this website and our Facebook page for further updates.
THAMES & DISTRICTS RETURNED & SERVICES ASSOCIATION 2014
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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