Makan - No. 203
OFFICIAL JOURNAL 2/30 Bn. A. I. F. ASSOCIATION
Annual Sub: $1.50
Registered for Posting as Periodical: Category A
LIST OF MEMBERS AND NEXT-OF-KIN
As a result of a suggestion by several Members, and a request by several others for names and addresses of Members in certain areas, it has been decided to push the Chief Correspondent to the limit and publish a List of Members of the Association and all Next-of-Kin with whom we are in touch.
In addition to the alphabetical List, a further section has been included showing the location of all Members living other than in the Metropolitan area; which should be useful when Members are travelling and desire to contact other Members in Country and Interstate areas. Towards that end, 'phone numbers of the Country and Interstate Members would be very helpful, but very few were on record, and so available for inclusion.
While every care has been taken in the compilation, it is possible that some errors have occurred, and all Members and Nextof-Kin are requested to examine the entry under their name and advise the Editor of any alterations, omissions and additions (particularly 'phone numbers - with Exchange for Country etc subscribers). Any such amendments will be advised in next issue of MAKAN, and future issues will advise alterations occurring from time to time, so that the List may be kept up to date. A bit of news with the amendment advice would certainly help the December issue along.
Correspondence to the following Members has been returned unclaimed. Would anyone having knowledge of their whereabouts, please advise the Editor?
Dan Foran, Jack McGee, Bob McLaren, Ted Watson, Ron Grubb, Alex McKenzie, H.C. Robinson.
It would also assist our Membership Drive if Members would advise the Editor of the names and addresses of any Members of the Battalion, with whom they are in contact, who do not appear in the List, and are accordingly not current Members of the Association. Fees paid now will make the new Member current for 1973, and as a bonus he will receive some back copies of MAKAN, as well as the List of Members and the issue for next December. A personal approach would possibly achieve better results.
ANNUAL REUNION DINNER
Following the success of last years event, all aspects have been retained and the Dinner this year will be held:
ON SATURDAY, 18th NOVEMBER at 6.30 p.m. at ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVAL HOUSE, 32 Grosvenor St., SYDNEY. ADMISSION PRICE: $5.00 per head.
Those who attended last year will recall the inexhaustible supply of excellent food and grog which we enjoyed and, probably more particularly, the pleasant atmosphere and Cabaret style amenities provided for us; which resulted in one of our best functions ever.
As Bob has to supply the Club with a reasonable estimate of attendances by the end of this month, please use the prepared Form of Acceptance, fill it in, and send it with $5.00 to Bob Jack forthwith. PLEASE NOTE that as Postage and other costs are prohibitive NO FURTHER CIRCULARS OR REMINDERS will be sent; so please record the time, date and place in your Diary, or on the Kitchen calendar, and use the attached form immediately, if not sooner. (Please see Page 19 for the Form)
PLEASE DO IT NOW
GRAHAM McLEOD'S LETTER
The current issue of MAKAN has been read and digested by the family. A certain person, in her usual smooth and polite fashion, snarled at me: "Well, why don't you write something, you no-good, lazy bum?" Seeing she put it that way, I thought it diplomatic to comply.
Now, we're really getting down to the bottom of the barrel, when I tell you about this dream I had recently. It was all a bit hazy, the way dreams often are. I seemed to be in a nice, quiet little Pub, when this rather odd looking character sidled in. He was wearing a sloppy white robe and those sandals like beatniks wear, and in a furtive way he slid on to the stool next to me. A beard hid his face. "Gimme a schooner of Old" he told the cruising Barman, and when it turned up, he sank a good two thirds at a single draught.
There was something vaguely familiar about him. And then I saw them - two tiny purple-and-gold colour patches, one on each sleeve. "You're 30th", I said. He looked ill at ease, even more. "Yair" he admitted. "So were you. You were a Loot." "That's right. McLeod. Funny, I can't remember your name." "Good!" he said. I thought this was a bit funny. "I'm A.W.L." he said, by way of explanation. A.W.L.? I thought. From what? He could see I was puzzled. "From up there", he said, pointing upwards. Then it hit me. "From Heaven?" "Yair", and he downed the balance of his schooner, and looked at me expectantly.
"Two more" I told the Barman. From Heaven? This was most unusual. Suddenly I thought of a question. "How's Black Jack?" "Fine" he said. "As usual, stirring things up. Reckons the whole place is a bit sloppy. By the way, he's got a Division now".
This was good news. "Great", I said. "I always knew he'd make it". "Tell me about him".
He took another deep swig, and started to laugh. "Funny thing happened the other day. His command chariot got bogged in a cloud. Blamed his driver for not looking where he was going - a bloke with a funny name. Brummy. Tummy". "Crummy", I suggested. "Could be - it wasn't his real name, but he called him that for old times sake. Anyway, this bloke reckoned it wasn't his fault. The tyres were too thin. So B. J. complained to the Real Top Brass about lousy equipment"
"DADOS"? I interrupted. He looked vague. "We don't call Him that. We call HIM 'Big Daddy'. Anyway, as usual, B. J. got his way. Now his Chariot is fitted with the biggest widies you've ever seen. Lovely spray job in purple and gold. Real sharp machine. That driver of his is making a packet. Rune a big Halo and Pickaxe School."
He'd lost me. "Halo and Pickaxe?" I asked. "Sort of Heavenly “Crown and Anchor" he explained. "Oh! But why do they need an Army in Heaven?" I asked. I thought it was a peaceful place." "You're wrong, sport" he told me. "It'll be on again soon. Total War."
"Who are you going to fight?" "The forces of evil. Satan and his mob. Old Nick. Worse than Tojo ever was. Well equipped and trained, too. They've got this new fighter. Terrific range. It's got these two big 36 gallon drop kegs, one under each wing. They call it “Beer-O”. "That sounds vaguely familiar", I said.
"Much better than that thing the Nips used in Malaya. Had a similar sounding name."
He regarded his schooner moodily. "We need more of the old mob" he said. "More 2/30 blokes." And he looked at me in a funny way. Suddenly, I got his meaning. "I'm not making any plans along those lines. Not yet awhile, anyway."
"Well," he said, "I'd better be getting along. Don't want to be picked up by the M.P.'s. Wouldn't look good - me just being recommended for a couple of stripes. See yer." And he sidled off and disappeared.
Now, I don't know if that's any help, but at least I have written.
P.S. Black Jack would make a terrific Divvy Commander. I wonder who got the Brigades? G.
Thanks, Graham. It is a long while since I have received any contributions for publication - I hope it inspires others. -Ed.
Norman Stuart Garland (B Coy). He died on 13th August last, at the age of 70 years, and was privately cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.
Norman was one of the many who joined the Battalion at the Causeway, and although posted to B Coy for the remainder of the fighting, he appears to have spent most of his time with D Coy in Changi.
A Solicitor by profession, by no means a youngster when he enlisted and suffering from the loss of sight in one eye, Norman's age and his health kept him off the Work Parties which left the area, and he spent his P.O.W. days in Changi.
On his return to civilian life, Norman practised privately as a Solicitor for a while, and then joined the Office of the State Crown Solicitor, where he served until his retirement some time ago, and where he was very highly regarded.
To his widow, Margaret, we extend our deepest sympathy.
Ashley Chave Jones (C Coy). He died suddenly on 10th September last, and was cremated at the Woronora Crematorium on 12th September.
Ashley was an original member of C Coy, and left Changi with "A" Force in 1942. He managed to survive the rigours of that Force, but did not return to Changi until well after the conclusion of hostilities.
On his return to civilian life, Ashley worked for quite a while on the Waterfront, and his sudden death came as a shock.
To his widow, Mabel, his three sons and three daughters and their families, we extend our deepest sympathy.
We were also saddened to learn of the death, on 5th August last, after a very long illness, of Grace Christina Overett, widowed mother of our late mate, Arthur (BHQ), who died on 9th September, 1958.
A stalwart of the Purple and Gold Club, it was fitting that our Patron should arrange provision, through Mrs. Marguerite Jenkins of a sheath of purple and gold flowers for the funeral Service at St. Paul's, Kogarah, and thence to Woronora Crematorium.
To her surviving three sons and daughter and to Arthur's widow and their families, we extend our deepest sympathy.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Kevin Ward reports the
State as at 28th September:
It is pleasing to record that this is the lightest Sick Parade State which Kevin has reported since your present Editor was appointed to the job, over 21 months ago; and it can only be hoped that future reports will better even this one.
ARMY CAREER Reg
NEWS, VIEWS AND WHOS WHOS
With nothing in the folder "News Items for Inclusion", things looked a bit grim for this issue of MAKAN, and it was a relief to have some response to the Editor's plea in last MAKAN for some material for publication. First in was Jackie Fell (B Coy) whose letter follows, closely followed by Graham McLeod (HQ Coy) whose contribution appears on page 4, and George Michell (B Coy) also following. A few further kind souls took pity on your Editor, with the result that he at least has something for these columns.
It was noticed that B Coy gave the best response, and the Editor's "Special Award for Contributors" goes to that Company - as O.C., Des Duffy will receive a special dish of Modern Girls with Blachan Sauce at next Reunion Dinner. How about a bit of competition from some of the other Companies, for next issue?
Jack Fell (B Coy) wrote in from Cessnock, and advised:
"In response to your passionate and sometimes anguished appeal for news and views, I am taking a little time out before going to bowls, not to put pen to paper, but to put finger to typewriter key. The reason for this is because I would possibly write the most illegible letter of any of your valued correspondents.
"The letter in the last issue written by Dr. David Hinder was one that was full of interest, and must give some food for thought to the Repatriation Dept. There must be quite a lot of our Members who have been unsuccessful in their approach to the Department.
"I count myself amongst that fortunate few who have enjoyed comparatively good health since our return home. In fact, in all these years, I doubt that I have had more than three weeks away from work, sick. Possibly, the fact that I am employed in a job that keeps me outdoors all the time, may have something to do with this.
"I have just returned from a Caravan Tour up as far as Cairns. The weather in the early part of my holiday left a lot to be desired - it improved the further South we travelled. We were away six weeks, and travelled some 4,500 miles. Between Rockhampton and Cairns, there is very little to see, and the waterfront at Cairns itself was disappointing. We had been led to believe that it was all white sands and waving palms, but such is not the case until one gets about 15 miles North of Cairns, going to Mossman and Port Douglas.
"Being a keen Bowler, I travelled down to Rydalmere Central Club to take part in the first game to try and inaugurate a memorial day to B. J. However, it was most disappointing to find that only four of us turned up. I did write a letter to "Bowls in N.S.W.” on the subject, and possibly Jack Maclay may have had some further information.
"My time is well taken up. In addition to being a Greenkeeper at East Cessnock Bowling Club, I am also their Publicity Officer, and am responsible for publishing a monthly newsletter. On top of this, I am Secretary of the Newcastle Greenkeepers Association, which takes in the area from Lake Macquarie to Scone; and I am also Publicity Officer for this Association.
"With regard to the suggested 8th Div. Reunion to be held at Bathurst: I think it would be a good idea. It would give us another opportunity to meet once more those of our Country Members who can not get down to Sydney. One along the lines of the first one we had would be ideal. It may be possible to organise it along the lines of a Dinner Dance or Cabaret.
"As quite a lot of us live in Country areas, and travel to different parts of the State and to Interstate on annual holidays, would it be possible to print at regular intervals an Alphabetical List of Association Members? This could be done a bit at a time, and possibly printed on the inside of the back cover.
"I often pass through different Towns, and do not know that any of our Members live there. For instance, I go to Coffs Harbour each year to play in the Winter Bowls Carnival, and I did not know until this issue of MAKAN that Joe Veivers is a Vice-President of Coffs Harbour West Club. I also recently spent a week in Brisbane, but as I did not know his address, I was unable to go out and see Speed Gordon."
(Jack's plea is answered with this issue of MAKAN Ed.)
Big George Michell (B Coy) startled the natives in Wembley W.A. when he dipped the hunting spear in goanna's blood and wrote:
"I do not know how to write this letter to you, as it has been so many years; but here goes with a bit of news about myself and family. As you know, I am a T.P.I., but am feeling better now than I have been for a couple of years.
"Shirley, my wife, has been in Hospital for a few weeks now, with an operation on her ankle, and as it is infected, I don't know when she will be out - it keeps me busy now, housekeeping.
"Shirl and I have four children - two boys and two girls:
John, the eldest, is 23 and a cabinetmaker, and is living down near Albany; so we only see him now and again. He was very good at basketball - played first grade while at Perth.
"Yvonne, the eldest girl, will be 20 in August. She was married on 7th July last - the first of the family. Raymond will be 18 in October and, like John.(6'2"), is very tall. He plays a very good game of baseball, and was in the State Team in the under 17 Carnival in 1971, and was picked in the All Australian, all States under 17 Team the same year. He now plays first grade for Wembley - one of the leading teams.
"Shelley, the youngest, will be 6 in September (not bad for an old chap) and is in her first year at Primary School.
"Shirl and I had our Silver Wedding Anniversary on 12th July, only I had to have it on my own, as Shirl was in Hospital, and is still there; but I hope that she will be home some time next week.
"I have had two letters recently from George Kingston, after 27 years. It was good to hear from him again."
A few pleasantries followed, with a post script at the end (and written some time after the letter was commenced) advising that Shirley was still in Hospital, as some complications had arisen with the healing, and there was even some talk of the possible necessity for a skin graft. (Bad luck, Shirley. Here's hoping things have turned out O.K. - Ed.)
Alice Larkin (widow of Stan - B Coy) helped the tally with her letter from Evans Head:
After expressing appreciation for help with a Pensions Claim which finally resulted in the granting of a War Widows Pension, Alice continued:- "Jeff has, been in Sydney all this week (mid Aug.). He and 13 other boys and girls from Ballina High have been on a Careers Course, and are staying at Narrabeen Fitness Camp. He will be back in Sydney in September for the N.S.W. State Titles - he is to run in the 400 metres Senior race. He seems to think the competition will be too good this year, as it is his first year as a Senior. After the N.S.W. Titles, he goes to Brisbane for the Qld. State Titles, so he is a busy boy.
"George Lister had three weeks in Greenslopes Hospital last month, for a general check up. He gets a part pension. Like all the other P.O.W's, he has his ups and downs. He and Nessie will be with us tomorrow night for our local R.S.L. Club Ball - they are members. I will be a busy girl, as we are catering for 600. I do the odd days work here, and then at the Club - mainly in the snack bar.
"The last MAKAN, I am taking to my Dr. the first time I visit him again. It should be very interesting for any Dr. who has P.O.W. patients.
"We've had a cold windy day or two - not much good for my garden, which should look really lovely in about a months time. No news, really. Once again, many thanks for your interest."
Harry Rhodes (B Coy) threw in his bit from Grafton:
"Recently, Neil Seller's (B Coy) mother passed away, after a long illness. (Our sympathy is extended to Neil - Ed.)
"On the lighter side: Jack Collins and Fred Winters are now grandfathers.
"At the Annual Meeting of the Northern Rivers Branch of the Ex P.O.W. Association, Jack Korsch was re-elected President for his second term, and I was re-elected Hon. Sec/Treas for my sixth term. Other 2/30 members on the Committee are Jack Collins, Jack Newton, Fred Winters, Joe Veivers, Bob Newman and Arthur Roberts.
"I am enclosing an inventory of our Holiday Cottage at Yamba, which we let to Ex-P.O.W. at $14.00 per week. Last year it was booked for 47 weeks of the year, and anyone interested could write to Mrs. J. Pascoe.
"The Northern Rivers Branch Reunion Dinner will be held on 25th November at the Grafton District Services Club. The cost of the Dinner will be $4.00 per double, so if any of the boys and their wives care to come along, just drop me a line.
"The Mid-North Coast Reunion is on 19/8/72 at Kempsey, and I and my wife hope to be there."
The inventory showed the cottage to be a two bed-roomed, septic system one, with all linen, crockery and cutlery provided for a total of 6 people - a night and day suite in the lounge room would accommodate a couple. It sounds pretty good. Ed.
We can only assume that Dudley Bushby (B Coy) is still living in France, as a pretty sizeable remittance was received through the Banking System, through London, which will give him freedom from worry about Subs for some years to come. No message of course, but he was named as the remitter, and at that time our Mail Sorters were refusing to handle any mail to or from France as a protest against that Nation's Atom Bomb testing in the Pacific area.
Ron Stoner (B Coy) flew over from Perth late in September to attend a wedding, but as Dot was staying on for a couple of weeks he had to hurry back to make sure that daughter, Flora, got the right makan and atmosphere to pursue her studies. Flora turned 17 in August last, and when the Stoners moved to Perth, the School which Flora attended reckoned she was a bit advanced by their standards, so they bunged her in a class, a year ahead of what she would have been in N.S.W. Flora reckoned that gave her a bit of a handicap, so she stuck her nose down and went to it, and emerged top of the class at last Exams. She sits for the Leaving/Matriculation at the end of this year, and hopes to go on to the Uni to do Science. This is definitely a case where we can say with certainty that. Flora got her brains from Dot's side of the family.
Ron is flat to the boards in the Real Estate business, which has expanded considerably since he joined the Firm and he is trying to keep out of too many extra curriculum Charity jobs - he only has a Hospital Board and the R.S.L. to contend with to date. The Stoners are all well.
Possibly fearful that the Editor might turn it all in (if he received no news items) and leave him with a MAKAN to produce, President Arch Thorburn (C Coy) put pen to paper. It is a real pity that he didn't put typewriter to paper. Do you remember that Banjo Paterson poem about Clancy of the Overflow which described the writing in a letter "like a thumbnail dipped in tar", well Solicitors and Doctors seem to be tarred with the same brush, and your Editor hopes that he has translated Arch's scrawl correctly; even though he expresses appreciation at receiving the contribution. It went something like this:
"I spent the afternoon with Heck and his wife, Rose, at the function in the attached programme (the programme was of the opening of the Bulgary Bridge, 26 miles West of Wagga, on 25th August last). Besides being in the P.P. Board and an Alderman, (of the Lockhart Shire), Heck is tied up with every worthwhile cause in the District. Rose says he is seldom home, but he must spend a certain amount of time attending to his own affairs, as he recently won a crop competition, the prize for which was a New Zealand trip for Rose and himself.
"Heck has four fine children: Michael and Joan by his first wife, and Rohan and Tony are products of his marriage with Rose.
"Joan is nursing at Royal Melbourne Hospital, where her mother trained. Michael helps dad on the farm, and Rohan and Tony still go to School locally. They are shortly to go to Kings, where Heck attended. Rohan is called after Padre Rohan McNeill that magnificent Presbyterian Padre who died on the march up to Thailand. Heck and I were great .friends and admirers of him.
"Heck had breakfast with Paddy Walsh recently in Rockhampton, and found him as youthful looking as ever.
"I saw Arnie Trusler and his wife Elsie at church at Manly today. ‘There is more joy in Heaven over one sinner that repents than ninety and nine just men that need no repentance.' I don't know whether this applies, as Trus was part of the Christening Party attending the baptism of Elsie's great nephew.
"Jack Black's mother was there, and I introduced them."
Good old regular, Frank Topham (C Coy) heeded the plea. After some pleasantries and expressions of appreciation at the information contained in Dr. Hinder's letter, he advised:
"I bought a small Boot Repair Shop at Mascot when I first came home, and did very well. I had to build the business up a good bit, but I kept well, and I didn't go near Repat for about five years.
"When I did, they gave me a 75% Pension for my eyes, which I didn't need. Later on, they dropped it to a 45% Life Pension. I got asthma etc early in the P.O.W. days, but Repat wouldn't believe me, because I only got the attacks at night - as good as told me I was a malingerer. I told them a few home truths, but it has taken all these years to get a decent Pension out of them. As Dr. Hinder said in MAKAN, all our chaps should go for a Pension.
"Well, Phil, we have another grandchild - that makes 11 - 7 girls and 4 boys. Our daughter had a boy named Shane. I do hope they are all finished, as it costs a fortune at Xmas etc."
Frank enclosed some samples of his leatherwork handicrafts, and sent his regards to the boys, and in particular to Bob Jack, Harry Head and Arch Thorburn. He was pleased to hear that our Patron was out of Concord.
It took a while to rope Ray Reeves (HQ Coy) back into the fold, but the boys up that way must have done a good job on him. In his covering, letter from Armidale, Ray mentioned that he had recently enjoyed a day in Tamworth with Phil Bailey (HQ Coy), and he also saw a few others of the lads. He also spent a weekend at Woolgoolga, and caught up with Bob Newman (HQ Coy).
Ray went on:- "I have three grown-up children - one girl and two boys. Patricia is married, and lives in Canberra. Raymond Jnr is also married. He spent four years in the permanent Army in which time he spent over 12 months in Vietnam, but he is out now, and is a Butcher. Peter, the youngest son, is a miner at Mount Isa".
"Now, here is a shock for you. After 18 years, we had a lovely baby girl. She is now 42, and believe me, she has kept us both young and very much alive".
Phil Higgins (A Coy) sent in a change of address, after the stencils had been cut for the List of Members, and the necessary alterations were done a bit haphazardously (see under Amendments to List of Members). Phil's note was very brief, but he did mention that he was doing alright in retirement.
Nancy Power (wife of Artie - D Coy), being the Hon. Sec. of the Kyogle Ladies Auxiliary of the R.S.L., was down for their State Conference, and managed to find the time to 'phone the Editor. She was full of apologies for having given Karl Sinclair (D Coy) another heart attack in last MAKAN - it was Carl Odgers (HQ Coy) who had not been well. Nancy mentioned that there will be a Kyogle contingent at the 8 Div Dinner at Tamworth on 14th Oct - obviously, she will do the driving. In response to a polite enquiry, she advised that Bill Sorenson (D Coy) - May/June MAKAN - kicked up such a fuss about Michael's 20c pup that Michael took it back to the Sale Yards, and sold it for $1.50. May lee Bill should set Michael up in the dog dealing business.
The Wards (Kevin and Dorothy - A Coy) are looking forward to the wedding of their daughter on 14th. October next, but they have conceded a win in the Grandpa Stakes to cousins Jack and Iris Collins (HQ Coy) of Grafton, who recently became grandparents. (Our congrats to you all - Ed.)
In the presence of the Honorary Colonel, His Excellency, The Governor, Sir Roden Cutler VC., KCMG., KCVO., OBE., a combined Church Service for The Royal New South Wales Regiment was held at St. Andrew's Cathedral on 30th July last. President, Arch Thorburn, Noel Johnston, Kevin Ward and Joe Geoghegan represented us, and helped swell the ranks of the 17 Bn. Group.
ADVERTISEMENTS, NOTICES Etc
TAMWORTH BIENNIAL 8th Div REUNION DINNER
Saturday, 14th October next at 7.30 p.m., at the R.S.L. CLUB. Guest Speaker Sir Adrian Curlewis.
Inclusive Cost $5 per double - yea, wives are invited.
Festivities extend over the weekend, and a include a barbecue luncheon on the Sunday.
Footnote: The suggestion previously put forward that an 8 Div Reunion might be held at Bathurst, say every two or three years, has met with very little response, one way or another; and it has occurred to me that this Biennial Dinner at Tamworth might provide a much more acceptable alternative.
Our links with Tamworth are strong, as we came into being and were formed as a Bn. in 8 Div at the Showground on 22nd November, 1940; while by far the greatest number of our Country Members are situated within reasonable access of Tamworth. The event is already well established, and while there is no suggestion that we should attempt to swamp it and turn it into a 2/30 Bn show, it really does present a good opportunity for a get-together every two years.
Although Tamworth is generally considered to be a stronghold of 2/18 Bn, I am sure that the organisers would not object to a minor invasion by "Tamworth's Own", 2/30 Bn. What a good opportunity it presents to see some of our cobbers in other Units of the Division, together with some of our Country Members!
Vi and I are making the trip this year, and will be staying with Wal and Freda Eather, so there will be ample opportunity to talk over the idea with Wal, who is President of the R.S.L. Sub Branch (of which he is a life Member) as well as the Club. I will report fully on the event in next issue of MAKAN, and suggest that you give it some thought meanwhile.
See you there, if you can possibly make it. - Ed.
NORTHERN RIVERS BRANCH
Ex-P.O.W. ASSON REUNION DINNER
At The District Services Club, GRAFTON.
Inclusive Cost: $4. per double - yes, wives are invited.
This presents another excellent opportunity for a get-together on the Far North Coast.
Would all Members desiring to attend please advise Harry Rhodes well before the event.
Although he did not suggest it, it is quite possible that if you have any accommodation problems, Harry could advise you on them.
PURPLE AND GOLD CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY
Girls! Please take notice
that the Christmas Party
THURSDAY, 14th DECEMBER at 3.00 p.m. at INDIAN TEA CENTRE, 176 Pitt St., SYDNEY
So that Mrs. Marguerite Jenkins can complete arrangements, please 'phone her or write to her, and let her know that you will be attending. It is important that she should have a fairly early indication of the number of people likely to be present, as she has a lot of arrangements to conclude.
Sorry, Girls, but as no further reminders will be able to be sent, will you please note the date and time and place, and let Mrs. Jenkins know as soon as you can.