The Wessex Association was formed when HMS Wessex (the former RNR Shorebase) which was situated in Southampton Docks closed.
Membership is open to any person who served at HMS Wessex regardless of rank.
Where we meet…
BRITISH LEGION CLUB
366 Brook Lane, Park Gate,
Southampton, SO31 7DP
Date: Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 20.00hrs
Just sign in and say you are a guest of one of the following:
Barbara Belfield, Tony Simpson, Brian Ferry, Vince Walker or Frank Hoy. Entry is a £1
We organize events during the year, including a Christmas and a Summer Meal.
My Father, George William Maycock, was a Sub then Lieutenant at Wessex on the old Ton Class sweepers in the 50s and 60s, 51st Minesweeping Squadron. I was christened there in 1956. He passed away in 1996 after finishing a distinguished career in the RNVR/RNR ending up as Oic HMS Scotia in Rosyth. Be interested hearing from anyone from that era or anyone with access to records.
Have some good photos of the Squadron I can scan and post
Christmas Meal 2017
Our Christmas meal took place at The Grosvenor Casino, Southampton on 14th December. 24 members attended which is a good turnout. This is the first time we have arranged a meal at The Grosvenor Casino and it turned out brilliantly.
The food was very good and the staff were very attentive. Many thanks to them and all members who attended making it a very successful evening.
We are looking for:-
1. People to serve on the Unit Management Committee as we have recently lost three members due to ill health. No experience necessary but a willingness to help manage the unit & help with fund raising ideas. The committee meet approx once a month & members help out at the Boat Show in September. Continue reading
28 years ago today I left Southampton to join the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh. I had a great time and got to see many places and meet people I would have never had expected to if my life had been that of a civvy. Thanks to Solent Division RNR I was given great training and helped immensely by my sea dads, especially LMEMS Mal King, Bob Heasman, Jim Arthur, and Senior ratings such as Les Mortimer, Eric Churcher etc. Sorry I cannot remember the rest of the names as the memory bank is not what it was but to all of you I served with, I thank you for what you did for me, it will never be forgotten. I had some great times with all of you and I fondly our weekends on the old Alfie and then the Itchen. Great times and great mates and great memories. Yours Aye Simon (JR) RED CREW we are the best 1986. Sorry I blooped Phil Carroll on your immaculate sweep deck mate.
After being asked by Vince to come up with old photos for the website, I found these three. The black and white ones were sent to me by Doug Toogood. Continue reading