Household Division Association

Colchester Branch

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President: Major Don Charles..           Chairman: Tony Floyde.

Temporary Treasurer : Major Don Charles.   Secretary: Dermot Kenny.   

The Committee was voted into office at the AGM on 5th July 2017

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Where Are We

We meet on the first Wednesday of most months at the new Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess in Merville Barracks, Colchester. CO2 7UT.

Meetings usually start around 20.00 to 20.30 some members arrive early meet in the bar, the meetings normally finish around 22.00 to 23.00.


New Members are always welcome.  Please check the events calendar for meeting dates.  If you wish to attend, please email the Chairman using the address in the contact us section as the guardroom will need to be notified.


The Merville Barrack Post Code is: CO2 7UT.

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Who Are We & What We Do

The full title of the Club is, ‘The Household Division Association Colchester Branch ’  it was formed in 1978. Our current president is, Major Don Charles, of the Life Guards.

We take an informal approach to Branch activities however we maintain our primary aim of:

  • Continuing the comradeship that was part of all our military service.

  • To hold regular social meetings and events.

  • To care for any members or former Guardsmen that are sick or in difficulty.

  • To give support, where appropriate, to serving soldiers within all the Regiments of The Household Division.

As well as the regular meetings, which includes drinks from the Mess bar, we also carry out other activities throughout the year, these include the Formal events such as Association Annual Lunch,  plus Black Tie  and Fund Raising Dinners ,

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Your name will be held at the Guard Post as before and you will be permitted entry from this list, only be sure to carry some photograph identification in case you are asked for it.

When you have entered the Barracks, drive to the first junction where in the past we have turned right, now you will have to turn left and take the second turning on the right. Within this road there are two large buildings on your left, the Mess is the second of these buildings. There is a double yellow line along this road but you will be permitted to drop people off outside the Mess. Parking is in a multi-story car park at the end of this road. Turn right and almost immediately left into the car park. To exit the car park is at the opposite end. The distance from the car park to the Mess is approximately 100 yards.

Within the Mess entrance hall there is a reception which is permanently staffed, you may be asked for identification at this point.

The facilities available to us are a large lounge with comfortable seating, as in the old Mess and a small bar. Negotiations are in hand by Craig Lindsay for the use of a nearby ‘Snooker Room’ to hold the Club discussions in, as in the old Mess with the ‘Pool Room’.

It may take a little time for us to, ‘get our feet under the table’ but feel confident that when we get used to the new arrangement, we will be very happy in this Mess.

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Directions To THe Mess