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Royal Court Hotel , Coventry

Posted by BOB BLAKEY on June 21, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

First cock up

Posted by Gareth Harper on June 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Sorry folks, you need to look for Royal Court Hotel Coventry not Brittania Hotels.

2019 Reunion

Posted by Gareth Harper on June 18, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)
Hi all, on Friday 16th June I visited the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry, CV7 8JG and I was pleasantly surprised at what was on offer. The hotel hosts a number of reunions throughout the year if the Royal Pioneer Corps were holding theirs on the weekend of my visit. During our stay we will have the opportunity to use the pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym all free of charge. The gardens are very good and will make a great place for a photo session. Parking is more than ample (plenty of spaces) and their is wheelchair access and a lift to all floors. There will be an opportunity to visit the National Arboretum if we can get enough numbers to warrant the hiring of a coach. Further details will be posted as they arrive and the booking forms will be sent via email so please ensure your addresses are known to myself or Chris Ellis. I urge to all to look the hotel up on their web site Britannia hotels.com. More to follow. Brummie Harper.


Posted by Geordie Stannard on June 17, 2018 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi Guys,

             Just been trying to get on new site,and WHO is PRONTO104,got me baffled.


Posted by Chris Ellis on June 13, 2018 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It was the very first thought I had when I read it. Apparently he was caught flashing a few years ago and his world crashed around his ears. You would have thought that, compared to murder, it was a pretty trivial offence, but not in the cockeyed world we call show business. Tried to commit suicide a few times since, unfortunately without success.

Just got straight on the new website with


so perhaps you've got a typo in there. 

chris new site

Posted by taff hopkins on June 12, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

chri ,Ihave tried to log into the site you have given notice of only to keep getting George Cowie site is this correct or am I getting something terribly wrong???also see dirty den is seriously ill must feel the taxi driver's family in Osnabruck may feel no sympathy whatsoever for past times .


Battle of Britain Bunker

Posted by Geordie. C on June 10, 2018 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I visited the Battle of Britain Bunker last week and made a short video of it. Really interesting visit.




Posted by Chris Ellis on June 5, 2018 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (1)

In an attempt to reduce the earnings of Mark Zukerberg we have launched our new wesite. Actually it's been open a week and I was off so I forgot about it.



and you will need to log in (register) the first time you use it. If you click the "save" button after your first log in you will go through automatically without fuss. If you prefer to log in eacxh time you go on that's OK as well. Just don't click save details

Bob will administer it but it should be easier to access and use. Also you can put your own pictures on. Though god alone knows why anybody wants to.

Brummie Harper  will be using it to update us on the REunion 2019 details so keep an eye on it and only believe what HE tells you. Ignore the chinese whispers.

Just in passing I was on 51's newsletter yesterday and it looks like they might have used the same hotel. There were only 26 of them as well. And that's without the spoilers so we didn't do so bad after all

Cassino 1989

Posted by Geordie. C on May 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Another two videos for you to browse. I hope you enjoy watching them.





Posted by BOB BLAKEY on May 28, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Cassino 1989

Posted by Geordie. C on May 26, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I have some old footage of the 45th-anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Cassino taken in May 1989. Ron Gilleard took it on a VHS camera and has had it put on DVD and passed onto me for upload on youtube. The film is over one hour long so I'm making into four parts splitting it up into the different segments of the commemorations. There are several clips of the Shiny 7 veterans. I hope you find it interesting. More uploads to follow shortly

Here is the link;


Happy Birthday

Posted by Bernie Lane on May 21, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Birthday Alan and Terry. Take care and look after yourselves. Bernie

shiny 7

Posted by BOB BLAKEY on May 21, 2018 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Cassino 2019

Posted by Geordie. C on May 17, 2018 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Dave, In response to your comment on ‘’how many sappers visit the Amazon bridge site’’. You’d be surprised how many actually do visit the site. Sappers from squadrons are often on battlefield tours run by Frank de Planta of Cassino battlefields. Last week when I was on the site, a large officer study group came on site. There are many relatives of those who took part in the Rapido River Crossings that come to visit the sites and the Amazon bridge site is a must, for them. The memorial will be a great attraction.

For those travelling out to Cassino next year, the 13th May is the 75th anniversary of the bridge build. I am willing to take anyone interested, on a tour of the Rapido river crossing sites on the 11th, 12th, 13th. If you wish to stay in the Rocca Hotel (Best Western) please quote, ‘’The Shiny Seven Association’’.You can book directly by email: [email protected]

The Tel No +390776311212 / +390776311213. The hotel website www.hotelrocca.it

Book asap as next year will be very busy especially 15-18 May. The 18th is the 75th anniversary of the end of ‘’The Battle of Cassino’’ and it will be the last visit of the surviving veterans. They are coming from all over the world. There will be many Kiwis staying in the Hotel Rocca.


Bob Blakey

Posted by Chris Ellis on May 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes he did Bob. He was working on one last week and it should be fit for purpose before long. I'm home next week so I'll kick his arse and get it to you. Should be Wednesday

Web Site

Posted by BOB BLAKEY on May 13, 2018 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Chris

Did your graphics guy manage to get a look for altrnative UK based websites ?  This one is running ok for now, but who knows when the next webs.com clanger will drop.

A bridge panel to far

Posted by David Biram on May 9, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)
24k to move a panel to Italy, errect on a plinth and break a bottle of Proseco over it . Thank god these people are not in charge of Brexit or we really would be in a mess by now . At the outset as Chris says we agreed we were not the financial backers of this project . When we asked about costs when the project was aired we were told there were funds sloshing around we could access . Frankly the panel would be shown off to better advantage outside Chatham museum on a plinth built by the bricklayers course , signage by the sheet metal workers and painted by the P and D . How many sappers a year go to the bridge site ? How many go to the museum , Who will maintain it in Italy ? And from experience of the med countries that mayor will sting you for more before its over ,its their genes they can't help themselves . For me it was non starter before it started and I think this is a bridge panel to far .


Posted by BOB BLAKEY on May 8, 2018 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 Chris,Attachments 1, 2, and 3  posted on 2018 reunion page.

Cassino 2019

Posted by Chris Ellis on May 8, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Just received from Ginge

Chris Corlett has been in touch, it appears that the report went from the Regiment via the Regtl 2i/c to Corps, reached the Corps Colonel and has come back to the Regiment to get funding in place. It has been handed to a Capt Smith, who is away on a course until next Monday, when he gets back, Chris Corlett will see him.


Chris Corlett has had an indication of where Capt Smith is approaching the funding.


21 Regt is to be asked for.......................................................£1000

24 Comdo Regt is to be asked for...........................................£1000

Royal Mons is to be asked for.................................................£1000

REA is to be asked for.............................................................£6000

The Corps is to be asked for....................................................£6000

Mabey Engineering (Bailey Makers) is to be approached for ....£6000

We (The Shiny7 Association) are going to asked for............... £3000


I have informed Chris that this is not really a "Shiny 7 Association" project and he will tell Capt Smith that we don't have access to that kind of money, so they will load the other contributors. Unless as previously discussed??????

Chris Ellis 

It should be pointed out to Chris Corlett & therefor Capt Smith that all the expense incured so far (almost £1000) has been borne by a member of Shiny (whether to be named or not)  or is that what all the question marks are for? If not what does it mean?

59 and 225 are not included in the contribution list and they sholud be. 

I was under the impression that there was funding for this kind of thing, via the pot of money paid in by crooked bankers? Or that's what we were given to be the case by Mike Raper and Steve Webster. Is that not available now?

It is, of course, good news. Just not what we were expecting.

Keep in mind, when commenting on the above, that this project was put to the Shiny AGM on more than one occasion and was voted down. That is to say that The Shiny 7 Association voted not to be a part of this at the Association level.

That does not mean that members of Shiny cannot be participants. Just that they will not be representing Shiny when they do.

Charlie & Bob

Posted by Chris Ellis on May 8, 2018 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks for the offer mate. Bring your writing pad and a pen next year. 

Bob I just sent you three attachments