ROYAL MILITARY POLICE ASSOCIATION
Are you a member?
You may well have forgotten, but you undoubtedly joined the Association during your initial training. Hence, I suspect, that all members of the Branch, serving or retired, reading this article are members of RMPA and therefore eligible to attend our events.
What does the Association do?
The Association is charged with:-
- Maintaining contact between past and present members of RMP and providing them with social gatherings.
- Fostering Esprite de Corps, comradeship and welfare of the RMP whilst preserving its ethos and traditions. This includes maintaining close relationships with the next of kin and families of those we lose in combat.
Is this an old person's sport?
Certainly not! Many serving and retired JNCOs attend these events and most will say subsequently how surprised they are at how welcome they are made and how much they enjoyed the day. That is not to say that those Military Police pensioners who are not yet actively involved in the Association will not equally enjoy taking part in RMPA events.
How are we doing?
Most of our events attract about 100 members but numbers have diminished over the years and if the Association is to continue to thrive, younger members of RMP will have to fill the void. Our events are only successful when members becomes actively involved.
To achieve our objectives, the Regimental Secretary, the National Events Co-ordinator and our Association Branches conduct a number of events throughout the course of the year which all members of the RMPA (both serving and retired) are eligible to attend. The dates of RMPA functions can be found in the RMP & RMPA Calendar of Events in the Journal:-
- February - Annual Church Parade in HM Tower & Fortress of London, including lunch in the Yeoman Warders Club. Commencing 1045 hrs.
- May - The Annual Reunion, which this year is in Huddersfield and next year in Edinburgh, moves between RMPA Branches and is a two day event with the RMPA AGM and Dinner on the Saturday followed by the Reunion Church Parade on Sunday morning.
- June - (Always the 1st Saturday). The RMP Memorial Parade at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire commences with a Service in the NMA Chapel conducted by the RMPA Chaplain followed by wreath laying at the RMP Memorial. Commencing 1100 hrs. Lunch, courtesy of RMPA Derby Branch, is held in the Derby County Cricket Club.
- September - The North American Branch Annual Reunion. For those of you who wish to have an inexpensive and thoroughly enjoyable North American experience, this reunion, which moves between Canada and the United States, is a must. If you are feeling hugely rich the Western Australia Branch are always looking for visitors to join them on the annual Anzac Parade in Perth.
- November - The Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance in the Garden of Westminster Abbey is opened at the beginning of Remembrance week by a member of the Royal family. The RMP Service of Remembrance and Cross Laying event is always on the Saturday morning of Remembrance Weekend commencing at 1150 hrs.
The National Remembrance event in Whitehall on the Remembrance Sunday is ticketed, commencing at 0930 hrs. RMP are normally allocated some 100 tickets and these can be obtained through RHQ. Entry to Horseguards Parade (the forming up point) is strictly controlled and without a ticket you will not be able to attend.
In addition to these events RHQ RMP organise a number of Church Parades in the Memorial Chapel, Southwick Park as well as events to mark special occasions in the life of RMP, all of which will appear in the Calendar of Events part of the Journal.
RMPA Branch Events
There are 40 RMPA Branches around the world, all of which will welcome new members. RHQ hold details of Branch Secretaries. Branches also run their own events, most of which are advertised in the Journal. A list of Branch Organising officials is also held at RHQ for those of you who would like to attend.
Association Parade Dress
Dress for Association members, both serving and retired, is RMP Beret, Regimental Tie, Regimental Blazer, Grey slacks and medals with the exception of ladies who are asked to dress appropriately. Officers carry black umbrellas.
How do I get a Ticket?
If you would like to attend any of the RMPA functions in the Calendar of Events ring RHQ on:-
Military: 93835 4206 or 4564 Civilian: 023 9228 4206 or 023 9228 4564
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE RETIRED TO JOIN IN WITH ASSOCIATION EVENTS!