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Bowyers Mercian Regiment Charity Supper, 9 September 2020

The Bowyers were very pleased to be able to host The Mercian Regimental Secretary, Brig (Retd) Peter Dennis CBE and the Regimental Through Life Care Officer Lt Col (Retd) Bill Temminck BEM for a supper evening at the Market Porter on Wednesday 9 September. As well as maintaining our much cherished close relationship with the Mercian Regiment the aim of the evening was to raise funds for the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund. Although Bill Temminck is well known to many Bowyers this was the first time that Peter Dennis, the new Regimental Secretary, has been to dine with. We hope to be able to host him soon at a more formal Bowyers dinner.

Following a convivial and 'socially distanced' drink and an introduction from Court Assistant Mark Elliott, the assembled group of Bowyers settled down to hear an update on the work of the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund from Bill Temminck. The Fund works hard to look after retired and serving members of the Regiment including the injured from recent operations, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their families and those bereaved families of Mercians who were sadly killed in action. There is a great deal to do and the Bowyers are very pleased to be able to help. There followed an update from Big Dennis on the busy schedule of all three battalions of the Regiment, their achievements and some of the challenges that they will face in the coming year. The Regiment certainly has a great deal on its plate and we wish all ranks the very best for the future.

It was then back to Bill Temminck who delivered another intriguing and entertaining talk on his time as a member of the British Commander's in Chief Mission or BRIXMIS working in East Germany, monitoring Soviet military activity, during the last decade of the Cold War. It was an extraordinary and fascinating talk and captured the attention of all those present. We are very grateful to Bill for sharing his experiences with us.

It was a throughly enjoyable evening, in true Bowyers convivial style and it was good to see all those who made it. Thanks very much to Past Master Tony Kench who organised it and to Peter Dennis and Bill Temminck for making the long journey down from RHQ Mercian.

Tony Marinos

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