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  1. Following the very good suggestion by Major Chris Delacombe that people wishing to mark the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh should perhaps donate to Royal Scots Benevolence, we have received donations from, and would like to thank, the following:
    James Finlay
    Charles MacIntosh
    Christopher Delacombe
    Stevie Simson
    Teresa Springthorpe
    Danny McMeechan
    Stewart Alexander

    Many thanks.

  2. Please see Christopher Delacombe’s suggestion below and lets raise as much as we can for Royal Scots Benevolence.

    Dear All
    The media have reported that many people are laying flowers outside royal palaces (and elsewhere) in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.
    The Palace has asked anyone who wishes to record their tribute to him to do so by donating to a charity of their choice instead of paying for cut flowers.
    If you are so minded may I bring to your attention our own regimental charity, The Royal Scots Regimental Trust, charity number: SC008001 which supports regimental benevolence, one of the four pillars of the continuing soul of the regiment? As a charity it supports all those who have served in the regiment who need material or financial help.
    Donations can be made either by direct transfer (see bank details below) or by sending a cheque made out to The Royal Scots Regimental Trust at the regimental office.

    Bank details are:
    The Royal Scots Regimental Trust
    Sort code: 20-29-24
    Account number: 13168468

    If you wish to send a cheque, please send it to The Royal Scots Regimental Office, The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE.
    If you are a UK taxpayer, please give any donation under gift aid which allows the charity to claim back from the government a quarter of your donation – thus if you give £20 the charity receives £25. Gift aid declaration forms can be obtained from Jimmy Springthorpe at the regimental office.
    This is not an arm twist but bringing to your attention a cause which is both in need of funds and is specifically ours as members of the regimental family. Who knows – one day we may have need of its help ourselves.
    With best wishes to all

    Christopher Delacombe
    Southern Branch The Royal Scots Regimental Association

  3. The President of The Association and Chair of Trustees has written to The Princess Royal to convey our condolences on the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

  4. As lockdown restrictions start to ease, we can start to plan what events in our diary can go ahead within the rules.

    Saturday the 22nd of May we are due to commemorate the Gretna disaster at Rosebank cemetery. This will go ahead albeit we are restricted to 50 people socially distanced and 1 piper. If you wish to attend, you need to submit your name and contact details to the Association Secretary, Mr Tam Logan ( before the 8th of May. Given the restriction on numbers priority will be given to those who have supported this event in the past.

    Sunday 3rd October. Two services will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The first at 10 am will be the unveiling and dedication of a memorial to all who served in The Royal Scots. This will be followed at 12 noon with another unveiling and dedication service. This one to all those who lost their lives during and as a consequence of the sinking of the Lisbon Maru.

    A coach will be laid on travelling from Edinburgh on Sat 2nd October for those who wish to travel from Scotland. Hotel Accommodation has been provisionally booked for those travelling on the coach. Full details including travel and accommodation costs will be published later to allow people to book.

    The Regimental Office. The office remains closed for the time being and Ellie and I continue to work from home.

  5. Sad news indeed. I knew John well over many years and he was a true gent as well as an outstanding soldier.
    Respected by everyone who came into contact with him.
    The Borderers have lost one of the very best.
    RIP John.

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