Frequently Asked Questions
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- Who is eligible to join?
- How much does it cost to belong to the Britannia Association?
- What do I get out of belonging to the Britannia Association?
- How do I arrange access to BRNC?
- Can I attend BRNC balls?
- What do I routinely receive for my membership subscription?
- What type of activities does the BA support?
- What type of functions does the BA organise?
- Are events only held at BRNC?
- Can I stay in the college for events?
- Where else do you hold social functions?
- How many functions are there during a year?
- Do my contact details have to be made available to all members?
- Are my details likely to be passed on to other organisations?
- What can I contribute to the BA?
- I have heard that the BA is launching a mentoring scheme?
- How do I get to BRNC
Who is eligible to join?
Officers either serving or retired of the following: Royal Navy Royal Marines Royal Fleet Auxilary Womens Royal Naval Service Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service Reserve Forces and Cadet Forecs equivalent Officers of a Foreign Naval Service who have served at BRNC for more than ten days. Wardroom victualled civilians of any nationality who have served at BRNC for more than ten days. Naval officers' widows and widowers may also be members.
How much does it cost to belong to the Britannia Association?
Annual Membership £15 Life Membership £250 International Life Membership for non-UK Naval services £100
What do I get out of belonging to the Britannia Association?
The Association is a charitable organisation that allows you to put something back into the training alma mata that is BRNC. The BA is a way of making and maintaining contact between past and present alumni thus preserving service traditions. It provides a networking opportunity and also aims to relieve, where appropriate, past and present alumni who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress. There are numerous other opportunities available to members as shown on the website.
How do I arrange access to BRNC?
Your Britannia Association membership will enable you, and any guests you may be hosting, access BRNC unescorted, subject to the college programme. Access notification, must be made 48 hours prior to your visit via the BA Office (during Mon-Fri office hours). Telephone: 01803 677565 Military: 93759 7565 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Your car details will be required and please ensure that you have your membership card with you. All guests, over the age of 16, should bring photographic identification. Public Guided Tours are available and arranged through the Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre 01803 834224
Can I attend BRNC balls?
Yes. The Britannia Association is allocated tickets for each end of term ball specifically for its members. Balls usually occur in early April, late July and mid December. Seating is normally in the Gallery of the Senior Gunroom. The date and theme of the ball is published on the Association web site. As a matter of routine all members are informed by e-mail when tickets become available.
What do I routinely receive for my membership subscription?
Membership of the Britannia Association gives access to a variety of opportunities. A termly e-newsletter will keep you up to date with the Britannia Association's activities and plans. (This can be forwarded in hard copy on request.) The annual Britannia Magazine is a reflection of the past year at BRNC with articles written by both staff and Officer Cadets. This is posted to your membership address.
What type of activities does the BA support?
Our stated aim is to make a contribution to the formation and welfare of successive generations of young officers to promote and contribute to the military efficiency of the Royal Navy. We provide grants from funds held in Trust in support of non publicly funded College activities. To date we have made a significant contribution, in excess of £0.25 million of which includes the purchase of a J80 racing yacht, three Cornish pulling Gigs, the Prince of Wales cannon and assistance with the refurbishment of the Bridge Wing, all of which continues to benefit BRNC. As our grants list continues to grow, please contact the Britannia Association office for a comprehensive break down.
What type of functions does the BA organise?
The Association holds formal dinners, drink receptions and on occasions less formal gatherings, throughout the year at various venues around the UK. From BRNC we receive an allocation of tickets for each end of term ball. These normally occur in early April, late July and mid December. We welcome ideas from members for different events and venues.
Are events only held at BRNC?
No. The Britannia Association has a programme of events and functions around the UK in a variety of venues. We always welcome invites from serving officer members to hold a reception in their mess.
Can I stay in the college for events?
Unfortunately BRNC does not have the capacity to offer accommodation to BA members attending college events. With some forward planning BA members can book the East Gate Lodge, and preferential rates are offered by the Dart Marina Hotel and the Townstal Farm House Hotel.
Where else do you hold social functions?
Social functions are held in a variety of venues around the UK. From the Super Mess in HMS Neptune, Faslane to the lower gundeck on HMS Victory in Portsmouth. We have already enjoyed a splendid dinner in the HMY Britannia in Leith and have booked two dates in the future (2012 and 15) to gather there again. All BA members enjoy affiliate membership of the 'In and Out' club in London. We hope to hold a reception there soon. Suggestions for events and venues are always welcomed from the membership.
How many functions are there during a year?
There is no set number of functions but there is normally a fomal dinner each year and a number of receptions around the UK.
Do my contact details have to be made available to all members?
Access to the membership data base is available subject to use of individual membership login number. The amount of information displayed to the membership is entirely within your control.
Are my details likely to be passed on to other organisations?
No. It is not the policy of the Britannia Association to share membership details with any other organisation. The Association complies and is regulated by the Data Protection Act of 1998.
What can I contribute to the BA?
All members contribute their individual experience from both service and civilian life. The BA welcomes ideas and suggestions from all members for events, activities and possible development. It is hoped all BA members will 'spread the word'.
I have heard that the BA is launching a mentoring scheme?
Yes this is correct, but it is still in development. The scheme is fully supported by the service and arrangements are being made to facilitate this scheme through the private members area of the web site. Information will be distributed to all our members at a later date.
How do I get to BRNC
Rail: nearest rail station is Totnes (National Rail enquiries 08457 484950) Road: From Totnes take the Kingsbridge/Dartmouth Road (A381) to Halwell. Turn left at the church and follow the signs to Dartmouth. The College is approached down a very steep hill where the speed limit is 30 mph. The College Main Gate is on the left hand side at the bottom of the hill. Air: The nearest airports to BRNC are at Roborough, Plymouth and Exeter. There is no direct public transport service available from either airport.