New Secretary/Office Manager for SAMA 82

11 Oct

The Trustees have appointed a new Office Manager/Association Secretary for SAMA.  She is Joanne Stevens, a local lady who was previously employed as a Maths teacher.

Joanne will start on 1st November – Welcome on board Joanne


SAMA Newsletters – Sept 2017 edition

3 Oct

The September 2017 edition of the SAMA 82 newsletter will be posted to all members over the coming days.

Your newsletter will also include details on the 2018 AGM and all the relevant booking forms.

Should you not receive a copy within the next few weeks, please let us know and we will arrange to send you another copy.

Thank You

Office Manager/Association Secretary Position

15 Sep

SAMA 82 are looking for an Office Manager/Association Secretary based at their  head office in New Inn, Pontypool.  The position is likely to start on 1st November.

Further details, Job Description and Application form are available from the SAMA Office.


Closing date for applications:  Friday 22nd September.

Extra tickets available for veterans to Parade at the Cenotaph

1 Aug

As it is the 35th Anniversary year of the Falklands conflict, the Royal British Legion have kindly offered us an extra 40 tickets for veterans to Parade at the Cenotaph in November.

If you wish to reserve a ticket, please email the office at asap, as they will be issued on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

The deadline for submitting your request for this extra allocation is Monday 14th August.

Commordore Jamie Miller–Retires

26 Jul

Our President, Commodore Jamie Miller CBE RN, is retiring from the RN:

After 48 years dedicated service, Cdre Jamie Miller CBE RN, is retiring from the Royal Navy on 10 Sep 2017 and as Naval Regional Commander Wales & Western England (NRCWWE).

If you would like to say goodbye to Cdre Jamie having served with, or met him, at some stage during his extensive career and would like to share some of your experiences with him, there will be an all ranks informal event at HMS FLYING FOX, Winterstoke Road, Bristol BS3 2NS from 1900 – 2230 on Tuesday 5 September.

Catering will include a hot buffet with cold deserts (very sorry but we have to levy a charge – £7 – payable in advance) plus a cash bar; dress code will be casual (no jeans). If you would like to attend, please e-mail his PA, Kate Holihead at who will send an attendance pro-forma.

4 Night / 5 Day mini Cruise – Southampton to Belgium – P&O 17th – 21st November 2018

20 Jul


Click here for full details http://www.pocruises…16/?search=true


This will be a good trip for SAMA (82) members. Cost from £299 per person in an inside cabin (and there are still some left).  Noted for on board spend on Defence Discount Service – Privilege Card of £15 per person. (No other on board spend available for short mini cruises)

Dining will be at 6.30 pm for all who book as part of the group.  If you wish to book and be linked as part of the group, to obtain best available prices do not hang around. Deposit of £90 for two people required on booking. Balance due before 19th August 2018.
Ring 0843 374 0111 – Select 1 for booking and then when person answers ask to speak to Suzanne Erskine on extension 2302.

Irrespective of who takes your booking, tell them immediately that you are part of a group of Falkland Veterans with a LINK CODE – AA7. There is NO time limit on making the booking, just that the less expensive cabins will sell quickly.

You need to phone up as you can not put the LINK CODE – AA7 in on line. Easy peasy on the phone but don’t forget to tell them you are with the group of Falkland Vets and quote the link code. What I did was go through the on line booking routine (link above) until I got to the “Choose your Cabin” bit so I could get the deck and cabins layout up that I wanted. I then phoned up and when speaking on the phone asked for a specific cabin and if that had been allocated the person on the phone was able to tell you what cabins are still available so you could choose. Most cabins can be either doubles or twins.

Please let Joe Erskine know when you have booked (you can do this through the SAMA office).

If you are alone and willing to share a twin then that is the answer, find an oppo and save the single supplement.



September 2017 Newsletter Articles – deadline date 21st August

18 Jul

Please ensure that any reports/articles/photographs etc., that you wish to include in the September 2017 edition is emailed to either:-

SAMA Office –

Dave Kidd –

no later than Monday 21st August 2017

Thank You