a. Community relations with residents of the village of Shotley
b. Associations formed with the village of Erwarton and nearby areas
covering the Captains House and senior officers married quarters [Harkstead].
c. Community relations with other nearby villages, viz, Shotley,
Shotley Street, Woolverstone, Chelmondiston.
d. Interactivity with RHS Holbrook - more tears where shed by homesick
boys at Ganges & Holbrook on this tiny peninsular bounded by two large
the open sea, than in any other part of the United
Kingdom or for that matter, in close proximity European mainland areas.
e. Associations with areas where boys were granted short leave, viz,
Harwich/Dovercourt, Felixstowe, Ipswich.
f. The organisation of six annual exodus' for three leave periods
involving the hiring of civilian coaches/buses, boats to supplement Ganges'
pinnace to Ipswich
and Harwich main railway stations and the task of the
Area RTO and Station Master.
g. The arrival of and subsequent transportation to Ganges of incoming
recruitments to the Annex at five weekly intervals. The task of the
Area RTO and the
Station Master of Ipswich and Harwich Railway Stations.
h. The routine drafting of Boys First Class/Boy Tel and Boy Sig to seagoing units.
The task of the Area RTO and the Railway Station Masters. RN
transportation of kit and ratings
where possible. Hired transportation.
i. Confirmation Parties of non-CofE boys - liaison with non
conformists churches in Ipswich and Harwich.
j. Dealings with contracted suppliers of food stuffs; oil and
coal; non-food stuff stores/supplies.
k. The value-basis of the Establishment to the local community in
terms of employment, contracted supplies, and support facilities.
l. The severe loss to the local community when the Establishment
'reduced' and subsequently closed.
m. The value-effect of the Establishment vis-à-vis The Fleet. Use of
Royal Marine Band services.
n. Sporting associations with south east Suffolk.
o. Lasting effect on the boys who trained in the Establishment
p. Value of RNSQ to the civilian community and to RHS Holbrook.
q. List of "suitable" landladies in the community [mainly Ipswich] for
parents visiting the Establishment.
r. Specific safeguards and awareness of the needs of the residents of
s. Non naval inspecting authorities.
t. Assistance to the community [disasters/emergencies] - support with
manpower, expertise, accommodation and supplies.
u. Marks of respect to be paid to local civilians. Associations
with local girls. Local girls invited to Badge Boy parties etc. Out of
v. Pollution; waste and disposal of; pig farm; external-Establishment
w Maintenance of roads in and around the vicinity of the
x. Cooperation with Suffolk Constabulary.
y. Shotley Gate married quarters - officers and ratings.z. Dog fouling
was a major problem during my time in Suffolk, even though the population of
Shotley Gate was very small. There were no controls in those days and a dog
could mess whilst being watched by its owner, only for the owner to continue
his walk without any attempt to pick up the mess. People just didn't do
things like that back in those days. I can vividly remember my DO's dog
pooing outside the DO's office [just off Laundry Hill] when nearby boys were
tasked to get rid of the mess. It happened on sports pitches and in many
areas of the Establishment. Trouble was that many of the officers had dogs,
although I can never remember an instructor having such an animal. I can
also remember the climb up and down Bristol Hill to get to/from the pier,
watching one's feet most carefully. It was often much better to climb Faith,
Hope and Charity and use Signal School Lane to either the gate leading to
School Lane and then entry into the main gates, or to skirt around the top
of the Rose Garden, double across the quarterdeck and onwards to one's mess
down the Long Covered Way.