The Standard

A moth-eaten rag on a worm-eaten pole,
It does not seem likely to stir a man’s Soul,
‘Tis the deeds that were done ‘neath the moth-eaten rag,
When the pole was a staff, and the rag was a flag.

Sir Edward Bruce Hamley


The Branch Standard is proudly paraded throughout the year at national and local events including Veterans Parades, support to other RNA branches and other Associations.  We also provide support to Portland Town Council at Civic events which are wide and varied. The standard (when requested) is present at funerals of branch members and sometimes for other former service Men and Women who deserve our recognition for their service. The Branch Standard bearer is well supported at the above events, showing unity and respect.

Standard Bearers Competition

The No 4 Area Standard Bearers Training Session Competition took place at Bridgewater Sea Cadets on Sunday 28th February 2016. Five competitors took part; Mike Morton from Bridgewater, Paula Moon from Chard, Jim Armstrong from Dorchester, Dennis Mathews from Ferndown and Ben Cartwright from Portland. The judges were Charles H Thompson, Tony Seal and Carol Walters.

After a closely fought competition the following results were announced:
Winner          Jim Armstrong, Dorchester
Runner Up    Ben Cartwright, Portland
The Area Chairman, Ron Burdekin then presented the following Awards:
1. The Strudwick Shield to the winner of the competition. Jim Armstrong, Dorchester
2. William Arthur Shield to the Most Improve competitor. Dennis Mathews, Ferndown
3. John “Jock” Porteous Cup for the Most Outstanding Achievement in training. Paula Moon, Chard


Standard Bearers Competition 2016
The Portland and Dorchester Standards
The Trafalgar service at Bridgnorth 2016
The Trafalgar service at Bridgnorth 2016