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Field Gun Association Membership

By viewing this page you may be considering joining our association? So what’s stopping you from enjoying yourself by associating with ex Command Field Gunners, their Heritage Centre & Museum, other Supporters, friends, sponsors and all the other organisations that are connected to us through our commitment to keep field gun competition, and our Mission Statement & Objectives alive throughout the unforeseeable future?

We are unable to collect Subs by Direct Debit as the bank charges are way above what we can pay as a charity

Under 65 Years of Age

 65 Years & Onward

£20.00 Single £10.00 Single
£25.00 Joint £15.00 Joint

Royal Navy Command Field Gun competition originated from the actions of navy gun crews which led to the Relief of Ladysmith during the Boer War in South Africa in 1899. Queen Victoria was so impressed by the determination, team spirit and bravery of the gun crews that she invited the crews to London to celebrate their achievements. This led to public shows & competition between gun crews each year in London, for one hundred years.
Over several years three field gun crews have competed in The Royal Tournament Field Gun Competition being Devonport, Portsmouth & Fleet Air Arm. Prevoius to this there was Chatham also.
Our Association was originally formed to keep ex command field gunners in contact with each other since they ’Ran’ & from its demise in 1999, when the last competition took place at Earls Court Exhibition Center arena, London.
Devonport are now the only association to be branching out as a charity within the community, supporting, using and mixing with the community, graduating from just a annual reunion meeting type association.
Since it’s demise we have developed a different approach besides the reunion of ex command gunners. Close ties with the local community of Plymouth have been made. When our Museum was moved out of the Royal Naval Dockyard, at Devonport, in 2011 we then set up a Heritage Centre, with Museum, at Crownhill Fort, Crownhill, Plymouth which is where we are currently based. We are a non-profit making Charitable Company, formed to disseminate the Origin & History of Royal Naval Field Gun along with other objectives.
We encourage & support all forms of field gun competition within Community particularly with schools & youth groups, the Plymouth Cub Scout Movement being one. We continue making & producing wooden scaled field guns & limbers for use within competitions for youth groups & schools. We have several schools in the Plymouth area and one in Cornwall who now participate in Junior Field Gun Sport.
We raise funds, for other designated charities, and most recently the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity & Help For Heroes benefited by our stalwart efforts in raising high sums. To date we have raised over £20,000., for our nominated charities.
Funds are raised by various & usual ways but we have one particular unique method which was solely devised by our association which is called “March-A-Mile” where school children are sponsored by family & friends and ‘march a mile’, within a safe controlled area such as their school or local playing fields.
We have Junior Field Gun Sport , with annual knock out competitions, in all schools & organisations in the Plymouth & surrounding areas eventually spreading outside the county of Devon & spreading nationally. The first of these annual competitions took place on Plymouth Hoe during Armed Forces Weekend 2016, on the Sunday.
You will get a more up to date business description of what ‘your’ association is doing now, their aims and what we will be doing in the future when your read our (Click here) Corporate Plan.

What do you get for your membership to this elite association?

You receive a Newsletter usually three times a year Spring, Summer and Winter Christmas time informing you of association future events, articles about field gun, the men, their experiences, their ‘Dits’ (sea stories), up to date news on the charitable events they hold along with news on Schools and youth groups who are part of our Junior Field Gun Sport Initiative, FUTURE FIT & their involvements & tournnaments.

We also have the DFGA Web Site, which you are viewing now, and as a member you will be able to access our ‘secure’ Members pages which display more pertinent information about our association, its committee members, meetings minutes etc along with a host of other things including members contact list, past copies of the newsletter the Guz Gazette which you can download & retain.

Not only will you have free access to our Heritage Centre & Museum but you will be able to attend several regular events that we hold throughout the year such as Army V Navy Rugby at Twickenham weekend (we have our own private designated bar) for 2 days where we stay at Richmond and have our own ‘Regular’ pub there The Red Cow, this is usually end of April or first week in May. We have Golfing events Command 100, between Command Field Gun Associations along with our own Reunion Golf event which ‘kicks off’ our annual reunion weekend, usually the first weekend in July, where we all meet, at a licensed venue, in Devonport, where there’s a great atmosphere followed in the evening by our sit down dinner. There is also the church service Sunday morning for those who wish to attend, usually held in HMS Drake. We also have our annual BBQ, usually late summertime.

The Board would welcome you to our numbers and hope that you would remain with us for many years to come. If you have any queries, or concerns, let us know. If wish to contact former colleagues (if ex navy), we will do our best (if they are members of the Association) to put you in touch. If you know of anyone else who would like to join please give them our contact details.

If you wish to support our charity, then do! We’re a friendly sociable association who really need your support and you will find that you have another ‘home’ as well as assisting us to raise funds for other charities. Your membership will en­sure that the association flourishes and Devonport Command Field Gun Crews remain an important part of Naval History, it’s heritage and it’s community.

Membership Secretary: mailto:dfgaadmin@btinternet.com

 

 
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