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A run ashore / Re: 2020 Victorious Reunion
« Last post by stokerstan on December 12, 2019, 07:01:16 PM »

I have talked to a number of friends who are involved with reunion do's. I am assured that from a cost point of view we are on the good side. I am happy that the quality of the hotel service and decor are first class, and I will, when we get Christmas over with. send out a detailed letter of how to book, how to get there, etc.
  The hotel is busy at the moment,and there is no rush to book at this time,we have rooms reserved for us.

  The hotel has a good web site Google North Euston Hotel Fleetwood. Get an idea of the place. I think you will like this place shipmates, by all means bring friends and family, as long as they are nice people who like Victorious :D


Naval History / Re: HMS Victorious
« Last post by Dave on December 12, 2019, 12:04:21 PM »
To All

A run ashore / Re: 2020 Victorious Reunion
« Last post by stokerstan on November 26, 2019, 09:45:42 PM »
  I made a visit to Fleetwood last week, having booked into the North Euston Hotel for a three night midweek discount break. I was accompanied by the chair of York's RNA and his lady,
and I asked them to view the hotel, for its suitability as a venue for a reunion location. I had listed, the meals,the staff,service, rooms (accessibility ie lift) and comfort and decor. The hotel location with its facing views of Morecambe bay , gives easy access to a broad level promenade, with gentle walks down to bowling greens and sea front gardens. The main shopping area is within easy walking distance, as is a large market, lifeboat house Trawler museum. The tramway system is about fifty yards from the hotels front door, with tram service to Blackpool every fifteen minutes. Local buses for those of us who have a pensioners pass are similarly just over the road. ALL Parking is free, with a large private car park at the rear of the hotel, with rear access into the hotel, which makes it very nice if you have a large bell etc to carry in. !! I had an extended meeting in private with the hotel manager, as to availability,cost, bar system, and Gala Dinner restriction, and on every issue he is happy to comply, with our traditional reunion, own rum etc.
  He offered me discounted rates for various times of the year, and he suggested that a mid-week four day three night meet, 31st March !st April 2nd April, (Just before Easter) should have good weather, and lighter evenings for those who chose to stroll before dinner. Food is available all day, as is the bar.
       I have, with the mandate of the AGM provisionally accepted this offer,. Full details will be coming out soon.
          Bed/Breakfast/dinner including four star Gala Dinner  is £49-95 per person per night. other details, perks, and booking arrangements will be advised later.
A run ashore / 2020 Victorious Reunion
« Last post by stokerstan on November 11, 2019, 08:57:34 PM »
   I realised at our October reunion that we all had got a bit older. Stairs have got a bit steeper,time between naps quite a lot shorter, hotel chairs not as comfortable, queueing up to be served with dinner much less fun, bar staff much less polite, needing to walk distances to car parks getting out of the question.

     I could go on, and it might only be my opinion, but I am doing some indepth scientific examination of this issue, and will report my findings back to you.
 I find that I still do like tradition, rum, but not quite as much as in yesteryear, and a comfortable lounge where I can tell my sea stories (without shouting).holds some real attraction !!
      I find that I now look at the weather forcast in detail, and events in the depth of winter tend to be a bit of a drag. Christmas is ok... but  well Coventry in October no longer fills me with
excitment, and I have a feeling that an evening walk round Coventry after dark ...... well not for me anyway.
    I think at our age we are entitled to somthing a little better. I will report back soon, as to what is available, and at what price. I hope I can surprise you. If not there is always the Britannia.
    Comments very welcome.
A run ashore / Re: Reunion Week-end 2019
« Last post by stokerstan on October 20, 2019, 07:43:21 PM »
  A  snap shot from the Black Country Museum. I thought I should put this up as so many members went out of the cinema saying " I Saw this when it first came out"... Charlie Chaplin in "The Little Tramp";D
A run ashore / Re: Reunion Week-end 2019
« Last post by stokerstan on October 20, 2019, 07:37:02 PM »

   Dave and James have as usual posted some great pictures on our web Gallery, a permanent record of our reunions. Thanks again to you both.
A run ashore / Re: Reunion Week-end 2019
« Last post by Dave on October 07, 2019, 02:23:43 PM »
Thanks to all
Naval History / Re: The National Memorial Arboretum
« Last post by Topsey on September 29, 2019, 05:52:58 PM »
A simple gesture that says so much
A run ashore / Re: Reunion Week-end 2019
« Last post by stokerstan on September 21, 2019, 02:24:03 PM »

   Reunion date is getting close. If you have not booked in yet, please get to it.
   It will have been noted that we are as usual holding our AGM in the Three Spires on the usual Sunday morning after breakfast. Some members are simply unable to stay for this event, having responsibilities that require them to be elsewhere, I understand this and it must be so. However, the committee does require a mandate from members to continue organizing the
association, and particularly when events may require us to take actions needed to continue to be a success. Non of us are getting any younger, making changes can be a pain, but all things change eventually, and I would very much prefer to see changes made for the better, so we can steam on for more years yet.
   We only actually meet on one occasion in the year, when individuals can submit opinions, if for whatever reason you cannot get to Coventry, by all means drop us a line in whatever style you prefer.     The Vic Association I think has been a good association to date, I think we can keep it on the right track with a bit of input from a few more people.

   Stoker Stan...... Still shoveling  ;)
Naval History / Re: The National Memorial Arboretum
« Last post by Dave on September 15, 2019, 01:52:14 PM »
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