Brit Fund Newsletter



Dec 2018











Firstly, a warm welcome to our new arrivals.  We note that many of you have joined the Brit Fund already – thank you.  In this newsletter we’d like to quickly lay-out what you and existing members can expect over the coming months.

Your committee – here to promote and deliver events to support the Brit Community – is made up from representation from Army, Royal Navy, RAF and Civilian members of the Fund: Al Rutledge, Ben Moran, Tony Solomon, Sean King, Lou Syms, Mike Treffry and John Stephenson.  Please contact any one of us if you have any questions about the fund or have an idea for a future event – we’d love to hear from you.

Turning quickly to future events, we now have a number of upcoming events that we hope as many of you as possible can attend and support.


Brit Coffee Morning for Tidewater area:

There is a Brit Coffee morning held once a month for all Tidewater area.  The aim of this gathering, is to enjoy a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake with each other and get to know other members of our small British community.  If you are wishing to volunteer, then please let Lou Syms know if you would like to host a coffee morning to arrange a suitable date.  This month’s coffee morning will be held at Kay Bennett’s House on Fri 15 Dec @ 1030-1230, if you would like directions, please email Kay directly on


BRIT Ten-Pin Bowling Team:

A BRIT Bowling Team has been established! The league plays their games on a Thursday evening starting at 1700hrs at Pierside lanes. Bowling costs $15 which includes shoe rental and three games of 10 frames. The season bowls 3 sessions. It is a family friendly atmosphere so feel free to bring your children and spouses.

For more information please contact Mark Syms directly on


Christmas Carol Service:

There will be a Carol Service/Nativity/Christingle Service held on Saturday 15 Dec at 1600 at Christ and St Luke’s Church, 560 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, VA 23507.  Please come along and join us for a family friendly service with Mince Pies and Mulled wine.


Burns Night Supper:

The Clan Chieftain Al ‘Jockie’ Wilson invites you to join the British, for a Burns Night Supper. Experience Scottish culture at its finest, learn a new language through the medium of poetry. Dine on the fine cuisine, before sampling some whisky and reeling the evening away. Dress Traditional Highland Dress/Jackie & Tie or equivalent to the ladies and don’t forget a touch of tartan. Cost per Ticket: $40 for Brit Fund Members and $45 for Non-Brit fund members. Limited seating available. Please contact Lou Syms as soon as possible to purchase tickets


Kids Rugby:

The NLR is currently scoping an opportunity to provide kids rugby training for the Tidewater community.  It would potentially be for ages 5 and upwards with Non-Contact Tag rugby for Under 8s and transition to contact for older kids. No previous experience of rugby is needed. Time and place tbc but likely to be at a weekend.

If you are interested in your children participating please forward their name, age, gender and any experience to Lt Cdr Richard Webster At this stage we are simply trying to gauge the level of interest and so an indication of interest will not be deemed a commitment to participate.


The Brit Fund Committee