2016 ReunionSeptember 16th to 18th, 2016 at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria


Reso launch

Updated July 26th, 2016

Revised information is coloured blue
Our thanks to those who have provided corrected information.

September 15th, 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of the launch of HMS Resolution from the slips at Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering, Barrow-in-Furness, so we are returning to Barrow to celebrate this great anniversary.

We are very pleased and proud to announce that a request to Her Majesty, The Queen, for a representative to attend the reunion has been answered with the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs. Claire Hensman, "delighted" to attend both the Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph and our formal dinner later that evening at the Fairway Hotel, Barrow. She will be accompanied by Mr. Peter Hensman, her husband. She and Mrs. Elma Henry, wife of HMS Resolution's first captain, will be our guests of honour.

Other dignitaries, including the Mayor of Barrow, Cllr Ann Thomson, will also be on hand. A contingent from TS Resolution, Swindon, have been invited to attend.

There was a lot of pressure to respect the actual date of her launch but it soon became clear that holding a reunion mid-week was not going to work for our members.

Instead, it will be starting on Friday, September 16th
and wrapping up on Sunday, September 18th

Also, the idea of having the Remembrance service on the slips was discarded as some VIP's, the wives, would not have been able to attend the event as only the crew would have been allowed access to the yard. It was proposed and unanimously accepted by the committee that the service will be held at the Barrow-in-Furness Park Cenotaph in order that all could be involved.


The agenda for the BAE Systems events are:

We have been in discussions with BAE Systems, Barrow, about a visit to the yard since January. Unfortunately, they are unable to accommodate us at the weekend but have offered alternatives outside the reunion period. As this visit was to be a highlight of the reunion we, your committee, are disappointed that BAE Systems could not entertain a visit during the weekend of the reunion period. In addition, it appears that restricted access regulations have come into effect.

Date Time Event Security restrictions Wives
Thursday, Sept. 15 Afternoon Naming of the "Resolution" building No; limited to 20 total;
cameras not allowed
Thursday, Sept. 15 Evening Reception at Barrow Dock Museum
A chance to meet some who built HMS Resolution
No; limited to 20 total;
cameras allowed
Friday, Sept. 16 Morning Visit to Devonshire Dock Assembly Hall Yes; UK citizenship only;
cameras not allowed


We encourage the membership to take full advantage of all events offered.

MoD or BAE Security Restrictions (as we understand them and to be confirmed)

Guests to the Friday afternoon visit must:

We are attempting to clarify with BAE the exact timing of events.


The agenda for the 2016 HRA Reunion events are:

Date Time Event
Friday, September 16 Afternoon Meet & Greet - the official reunion begins
Friday, September 16 1800Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Friday, September 16 1900Buffet Dinner
Saturday, September 17 1600 Remembrance Ceremony, Barrow Park Cenotaph
Guest of Honour - Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs. Claire Hensman
Saturday, September 17 1900 Formal Dinner
Guests of Honour - Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs. Claire Hensman,
and Mrs. Elma Henry
Sunday, September 18Morning Farewells - the official reunion ends


As Events Manager, Martin "Taff" Kaupa deserves a great deal of credit for having put it all together and working diligently to make it happen. We will be staying at The Fairway Hotel, Barrow and that will, also, be the location for the Meet & Greet, the AGM, buffet dinner, formal dinner and Farewells. He is the central contact for any and all question you may have. If you are interested in attending or have questions contact Taff. At the time of writing, there are 58 members registered but the number is growing daily. Time to get involved?


There will be further e-mail, updates to the Forends and posts to the Forum and Facebook as news becomes available so keep watching.


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