Our Treasurer, Ray Pemble, has sold his house and is returning to the UK.
The acting deputy Treasurer Chris Haskell is taking over for the moment and will hopefully become the actual treasurer at the next AGM, when we will be looking for a deputy!
If you haven't advised us, and you have a new postal address, please do so at your convenience.
It seems that most unnamed roads and streets, town and country, now have names, and most houses have numbers.
Our new address tells you that our house is 404 metres up a dead-end road from the mainish road (we're at the end).
Changing this one line has proved expensive, including new number plates for our older car.
Beware! It is obligatory to tell all official people like Carte grise, banks, Impots etc.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
All adult UK nationals that were resident in France by 31 December 2020, who wish to continue living in France, need to obtain a special permit to protect their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement (WA).
The deadline for applications has been extended to 30th September 2021 to apply for your French Residence Cards. (Withdrawal Agreement Residency Permit).
If you already have an E.U. 'Carte de Sejour' obtained before October 2020, you still need to replace it with the new WARP card.
A new valid WARP card should look like the one above and have the words ' - ARTICLE 50 TUE' on it.
Lots of useful information HERE.
You can now apply for your UK EHIC Cards on line. It is a simple process and no documents are required to be sent.
This link will take you to the DHSS site.
From Captain Darren Houston, Captain of HMS PRINCE OF WALES:
I am writing from my onboard account, which is a good thing because it means I am at sea and we managed to get away from Portsmouth!
PWLS sailed from Portsmouth at the end of April and returned to sea after a successful defect rectification and maintenance period during the first quarter of the year.
We are currently operating in the south coast areas of England having commenced our generation package to train the Ship’s Company and complete essential trials on key pieces of equipment.
The first few weeks have been bedding in the propulsion plant and establishing the routines for many of the Ship’s Company who are in their first sea assignment. Mind you, the weather has been appalling with one Atlantic low pressure system after another accompanied by unusually high wind speeds for this time of year. Roll on the summer weather and a bit of warmth!
Operational Sea Training starts in earnest at the end of the month and an embarkation of Apache helicopters with about 100 Army Air Corp personnel – our first proper embarkation of an aviation squadron.
We have also been working with various other rotary wing assets including Merlins (Mk 2 and 4) and our affiliated Chinook Squadron (27 Sqn).
One of the highlights this week was the much awaited-for meeting of the two QEC sisters at sea. On Wednesday we rendezvoused with our sister ship, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH on her way back from Strike Warrior and took a few photographs (thought you might like to see the attached photos – the bigger and faster carrier is in the foreground of the first and second photo!)