To West Country Branch Members of the Britain-Australia Society


Dear Branch Members,

We trust our members and friends of the Britain-Australia Society, West Country Branch, are having a good summer break during this unseasonably hot, almost Australian, summer. This short note is to inform you about upcoming branch events, our immediate past events, and matters of interest to Britain-Australian relations in the West Country of the UK.

The key branch events planned for the next months are:

  1. The Annual Admiral Arthur Philip Service Birthday Commemoration Service and lunch to be held Monday, October 10th, 2022, at St Nicholas Church, and the Bailbrook House Hotel in Bathampton. This year we are delighted to have Professor Carl Bridge agree to address us on the achievements and impact of Admiral Philip’s time in Australia, especially in this age of “wokeness” regarding the British Colonial era. Invitations will be sent in the next few weeks, but please pencil the date in your diaries.
  2. The Branch Australia Day Service and lunch to be held on January 29, 2023, at the Holy Trinity Church in the beautiful West Country town of Bradford-upon-Avon followed by lunch at Timbrells Yard restaurant. John May, chairman of the BAS Education Trust (BASET), will be our guest speaker

Since the last newsletter, our branch has held:

  1. ANZAC Day Commemorations April, 2022 with a lunch at the Warminster Officers' Mess, with an address by Commodore Guy Holthouse, Senior Liaison Officer (UK), Royal Australian Navy Nuclear Powered Submarine Task Force. The lunch was followed by our traditional Church service at the nearby St John the Evangelist church in Sutton Veny where a wreath was laid at the war memorial in the church yard where many ANZACs are buried.

  2. The AGM of the Branch, which was held immediately before the ANZAC Day lunch at the Warminster Infantry Officers' Mess on April 24, 2022. Thank you to David Leonard for again chairing the meeting. The Current committee all agree to continue in place for 2022/23 and following papers were presented. See following with links to the papers as distributed at the AGM.

  3. At a National Level the BAS celebrated the belated 50th anniversary with a very successful Dinner at the Savoy Hotel. Committee members Barbara Jeramiah and I attended along with over 200 guests.

Thank you for your continued support during this unusual time post Covid time (we hope). Please contact Branch Chairman, Keith Newton ( or the branch administrator, Eva Hamilton ( with any questions regarding this note or our branch activities.