HMS SOBERTON 60th Commissioning Anniversary & Ships Bell Re-Dedication
We, the TCA, have received the following request from Captain Tony McEwen RN ex 1st Lt of HMS SHERATON. Sounds like a good run.
Living in Soberton village, Hampshire, we are hoping to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of HMS SOBERTON’s commissioning (& rededicate the bell hanging in our church) on Sea Sunday, 8th July 2018, 1100hrs. The service will start at 1100 and there is plenty of parking on the Church Green. Soberton Church post code is SO32 3PF and their website can be viewed at www.sobertonchurch.org.uk
We are keen to ensure that as many as possible of those who served in her are alerted.
They and any other Ton Class association members who care to attend will be very welcome.
We are planning a short service in the church when the address will be from a former CO who became the First Sea Lord – Sir Jock Slater.
We will then adjourn to the local pub The White Lion ( http://www.thewhitelionsoberton.com/ ) which is about 25 yards from the church gate.
The landlord is a former NAAFI manager who knows the form! He is laying on a barbecue so it promises to be a good day (even if the weather is not all that good he has cover).
We would be jolly grateful for help in publicising the event through the Ton Class Association
All the best -
Yours aye – Tony
HMAS Curlew ex Chediston
HMAS CURLEW ex HMS CHEDISTON
I thought the group would like to know that the former HMAS Curlew a former Royal Navy Ton Class is for sale down here in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and must be moved from its present location at the Margate Marina south of Hobart by the end of the month or it risks being seized and potentially broken up. I believe the asking price is $300,000 AU. She is reported to still be in running order but I imagine out of survey. She hasn’t been slipped since arriving in Hobart either.
Regards Glenn Towler
World Ship Society Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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