Weekly News 2018







Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 14 January 2018
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

G’day All. Noel Kropp passed away due to cancer on 1 Jan. His funeral was held at Pinaroo Queensland on 9 Jan. Bongo Dibetta and Rob Cavanagh attended. Unfortunately I cannot pass on the comments and condolences forwarded to me on his behalf, as I have no contacts for his immediate family. A pic from the funeral service is on our FB page.

(Hyphen) Greg Henderson-Smith is not travelling too well. He is not responding to treatment and is currently in the Cairns Hospital. Know that Brent Balchin and Mike Haining have a long way to go yet. We wish Mike, Brent and Hyphen plus all our group and wives who are in Sick Bay a speedy recovery.

Still no definite date in February for the Dedication Service for Checkers and Dick. As soon as the details comes to hand, I will let you know.

Rob Cavanagh, who is going to speak on behalf of Dick at the Dedication ceremony in February would like to know if anybody has any stories they can add when Dick was serving in VAMPIRE or WATSON or really anywhere. Please respond to
cav-17@bigpond.com

Our next get together is planned for Husky on the 10 February to commemorate the loss of the people on VOYAGER. Start making plans if you intend to go. It is less than a month away. The Schuberts, Moot, Spook, John Tant and the Hogans are starters. Have had apologies from the Shepard’s and the Parker’s.

As you are aware last year we held our first Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum (VAMPIRE); this was a Gary Angel initiative. This is the centenary anniversary year. He has now proposed:

‘There is a Queensland Maritime Museum on South Bank near Cilento Childrens Hospital. The main Naval feature is HMAS DIAMANTINA. Fifty percent of 6th Intake did operational seatime in VAMPIRE. One hundred percent of us did our first naval training seatime in DIAMANTINA. For all the reasons we have discussed before I propose we "float" the idea of a Qld Remembrance Day ""Wake". Our friends in Qld and Northern NSW might take up the idea. The theme is turn up if you can, participate in a service, have a yarn, feed and a drink and depart. No organization needed (just a local watering hole to be nominated earlier)

Our next reunion is 2019. Thanks for the response. To date we have received 5 suggestions on venues. For those venues, have received support for -10 for Darwin, 3 for the Sea Cruise, 6 for Hobart, 2 for the Gold Coast and 3 for Bribie Island. Will keep it open until February. Flick me an email with your choice. Am not looking for starters at this time, just opinions on what would suit you.

Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. No more pen and pencil sets, they have all been sold. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; A pic of Noel Kropp’s coffin at his funeral service. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up with Jim.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Dolly
DVA
Malayan Emergency
Think your bank deposits are guaranteed
Not all thieves are stupid
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 7 January 2018
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

G’day All. What a hot day in Sydney, 43 degrees at my place, beer tastes better and appreciate the AC a lot more. Been a good day to watch cricket where it was around 50 degrees at the SCG.

Rob Cavanagh, who is going to speak on behalf of Dick at the Dedication ceremony in February would like to know if anybody has any stories they can add when Dick was serving in VAMPIRE or WATSON or really anywhere. Please respond to
cav-17@bigpond.com

Our next get together is planned for Husky on the 10 February to commemorate the loss of the people on VOYAGER. Start making plans if you intend to go. It is less than 2 months away. The Schuberts, Moot, Spook, John Tant and the Hogans are starters. Have had apologies from the Shepard’s and the Parker’s.

Our next reunion in 2019. Thanks for the response on venues. To date we have received quite a few suggestions. 8 for Darwin, 3 for the Sea Cruise, 6 for Hobart, 2 for the Gold Coast and 3 for Bribie Island. Will keep it open until February. Flick me an email with your choice. Am not looking for starters at this time, just opinions on what would suit you.

Have received the polo shirts from the new supplier, if you want one and need a size between S, L and XXXL (no Mediums) I bought spare ones. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. No more pen and pencil sets, they have all been sold. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15.

Have received an update from Mike Haining, am still receiving updates on Brent (he is improving). We wish Mike, Brent and all our group and wives who are in Sick Bay, a speedy recovery.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Darby Ashton’s pics of the reunion and Santa Surfie Richards. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

Have been in contact with the Command Chaplain organization again. The dedication for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is expected to be in February 2018. The exact date is still not known as of today (31 Dec 17). They are also going to discuss the granite piece Ken Dobbie forwarded from the JR Memorial at Leeuwin Barracks offering it for placement in the GI Chapel.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up with Jim.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Brent Balchin
Knobby Clark
Rocky Stone
Thin Striped Line – English Army
Jokes

Cheers

Ron