Author Archive for Tony Darbyshire

Lots to say, most of it probably rubbish. But hey, I know you love to read boring stuff, so here goes: (more later so come back it will be riveting!!)

Paul Wellings BEM

We were informed at the end of September 2020 that one of our colleagues, Paul Wellings, crossed the bar on 28th September.

Some time ago Paul was diagnosed with cancer and despite putting up the best of fights against this insidious disease he wasn’t able to pull through.

Paul’s funeral was attended by several of his close friends, Roger Forbes, Bob Stanyard, Vince Richards and Stuart ‘Slinger’ Wood. Our secretary, Ian Hooper also made the journey down to Plymouth from his home in Staffordshire to say his goodbyes.

The newsletter sent out by Hilary King this month reported Paul’s passing with a lovely piece on his life by Steve Dargan.

Paul has received many tributes his life and he will be missed by his many friends and his family. RIP



Olga’s Prize winning garden!

We’ve put a piece on the website about David Price’s wife Olga, and her prize winning garden.

To read more about Olga’s achievement go to the ‘Swing The Lamp’ tab on the main menu bar, or CLICK HERE. You’ll find pictures of her award winning garden. Thanks to David and Olga for submitting the photographs, and to Ray Pogson for providing the write-up for us all on Olga’s lovely garden.

All that remains of for all of us to be inspired by the results and get out in our own gardens to emulate her!

We’ve made some changes to the website. We now have a menu item called ‘News’. In future the latest news will be displayed on this page.

Next Reunion Date – October 2021

Because of Covid-19 we’ve had to cancel this year’s reunion planned for October. With luck and fairwind we’re hoping to go to Edinburgh in October 2021.

However the committee are now discussing the possibility of a one-day event, once we know what’s happening with this pandemic. Holding any event won’t be easy and we’re sure that members will understand that. Above everything we have to put health as the first priority but if it’s possible we are going to try to arrange a get together of some sort. When we have more news we will post it here and send members an email message.

When we have more news on the 2021 main reunion we will bring all members up to date on the planning as soon as we can.

RNPA Visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth

Pictured: Royal Navy Photography Association on board HMS Queen Elizabeth for the RN Phot 100.
Royal Navy Photography Association on board HMS Queen Elizabeth
The Royal Navy Photography Association visited HMS Queen Elizabeth for a tour and to celebrate the 100 years of the Photographic Branch in the Royal Navy.

Kneeling: Danny Du Feu and Ray Whitehouse

Front row: Tony Darbyshire, Paul Parrack, Geoff Holland, Julie Richardson, Joan, Hilary King (just behind Joan), Sue Parrack, Pam Whitehouse, Helen Holland, Jean Keeling, Linda Warren, Pauline with Bob Stanyard, Stuart Warren and Martin (ex Merchant Navy)

Behind them: Mervyn Ellis, Ray Pogson, Tina Du Feu, Andrea, Steve King, Mike Keeling, John Flack, Roy (brother of Joan) and John Siviter tucked in behind Bob S.

Plymouth Reunion – October 2018

The Association had a wonderful reunion down in Gus over the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October. The two pictures were taken by Danny Du Feu as we left the boat on the Sunday afternoon after a great three hours around Plymouth Sound and the Dockyard areas. Lovely food, lots of laughter and great company!

This picture was taken when we left the boat at the end of ‘three hours’ of ‘sea time!’

Boat trip Plymouth Sound

Those who went on the boat trip around Plymouth Sound and the Dockyard as we left to return to our hotel.

Boat trip Plymouth Sound

Photograph of members who on the upper deck of the boat.

Peregrine Trophy Gallery

Lots of photographs on this page…

See them by clicking on the link, or go to the menu bar and click on Peregrine Trophy Awards and move down to 2016 Gallery.

You can enlarge them too by clicking on the bottom right corner icon.

Peregrine Trophy Awards – On board HMS Bulwark – 7 June 2016,

A group of our members attended the Peregrine Trophy Awards. Photographs can be found from the main menu bar…i.e. Peregrine Trophy Awards.

Those attending were: Paul and Sue Parrack, Ray and Pam Whitehouse, Jan and Doreen Larcombe, Brian Jackson, Pete and Bridget Bunting, Val and Tony Darbyshire, Paul and Sheila Hopley, Mike and Jean Keeling and Steve and Hilary King.

Update to the RNPA website (16 November 2015)

The website has been updated as of this date;

The changes are:

The reunion over the second weekend in October 2015 at the Royal Historic Dockyard in Chatham has now become a ‘past social event’. By clicking on ‘Social Events’ on the main menu bar there is now a link to this event to reflect that it’s now history!

Other changes include the update on the Planned Social Events page which now gives brief details of what is being planned for our next reunion over the weekend of 30th Sept. to 2nd October 2016. Not a lot of content there at the moment but Ray intends to give out more details during the first quarter of 2016.

Also, the photographs on the home page for ‘Social Events’, ‘Personal Details’ and Days Gone By’ have been changed.

Finally, a new gallery of photographs taken over the Chatham reunion weekend has been added. Just click on the ‘Gallery’ tab on the main menu bar, scroll down and you will find the new pictures. website…

On the left hand side bar in the Royal Navy links we’ve added a link to the website.

Membership of their Association costs £12.50pa or £90 for a ten year subscription.