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                                                                                            PUB LUNCH IN EAST SUSSEX

A goodly turnout of 19 members enjoyed a most pleasant lunch at The Berwick Inn, adjacent to Berwick station in East Sussex, on Thursday 17 August.  An inspiring menu of quality food at reasonable prices combined with good company and conversation to make an excellent outing.  Value for money enjoyed a boost from a village-wide power cut which delayed the food but brought forth a couple of bottles of wine on the house.  Earlier, 4 of our more active members braved a rather muddy in places walk around the nearby Arlington Reservoir, part of a charming nature reserve run by South East Water; a further 8 walkers had been expected, but rain dampened appetites in this respect.




HMS SHOREHAM visit, 5-9 July 2017

SANO affiliated ship (HMS SHOREHAM) visited Shoreham Port in early July, fresh from a NATO mine countermeasures exercise in the Baltic.  As part of maintaining the close links between SANO and the ship, representatives of the association were invited to two events on board during her busy stay.

SANO Chairman and 3 others attended a Reception and Capability Demonstration on the evening of her arrival.  A breezy but very hot evening saw a confident and well-presented crew play a full part, engaging cheerfully with guests in good conversation, interspersed with guided tours and Evening Colours.


                                                                Evening Colours (picture: Richard Stanton)                                                                                SANO & U3A Visitors (picture: Mike Jeffery U3A)

 On Friday 7th, around 25 invitees from affiliates, including 7 from SANO, enjoyed a most informative guided tour showing the ship busy but unhurried.  Her well-trained crew dealt expertly with the many questions asked.  The degree of multi-tasking expected of them was clear, if unsurprising to those accustomed to small ship life.  A framed print of the ship taken during her previous visit, last year,  was presented to the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ben Evans, by Mike Jeffery on behalf of SANO and Lancing & Sompting U3A Military Matters group.

The ship sailed for her Faslane base on Sunday 9 July.

More on HMS SHOREHAM via the Links page, and further photographs in the Photo gallery.