The History of the Royal Naval Association St Ives

RNA St Ives History

The RNA St Ives was commissioned on the 1st June 1984 The chairman was Albert Lea, with Nicky Phillips as Treasurer (both ex RM’s) and John Vinton as the secretary.  Jean Lea was the Social Secretary at that time.  There are believed to have been 27 full members during 1984 and 7 associate members their names appearing below.

Hi Keith Will do as you ask, to start with, Albert was chairman, Nicky Phillips was Treasurer  John Vinton was secretary. I was social secretary. I will try to rember the rest & let you know.thanks for all the info, will try and sort my way through it asa

About St Ives Cornwall

St Ives (Cornish: Porth Ia, meaning St Ia's cove) is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis and the town is now primarily a popular holiday resort, notably achieving the title of Best UK Seaside Town from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011. St Ives was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1639. St Ives has become renowned for its number of artists. It was named best seaside town of 2007 by the Guardian newspaper. It should not be confused with St Ive, a village and civil parish in south-east Cornwall.

Where did the name “St Ives” originate

Saint Ia was a Cornish evangelist and martyr of the 5th or 6th centuries. She is said to have been an Irish princess.  Legend has it that Ia went to the seashore to depart for Cornwall from her native Ireland along with other Saints.  Finding that they had gone without her and fearing that she was considered too young for such a hazardous journey. She was grief-stricken and began to pray. As she prayed she noticed a small leaf floating on the water and touched it with a rod to see if it would sink. As she watched it grew bigger and bigger. Trusting to God, she embarked upon the leaf and was carried across the Irish Sea. She reached Cornwall before the others, where she joined Saints Gwinear and Piala. It is considered that this leaf was in fact a clover leaf

Legend holds that they had up to 777 companions.  She is said to have founded an oratory in a clearing in a wood on the site of the existing Parish Church that is dedicated to her.  Ia was martyred under King Teudar ruler of Penwith on the River Hayle and buried at what is now St Ives, where St Ia's Church — of which she is now the patron — was erected over her grave. The town built up around it. Her feast day is 3 February.  Note St Ia church was consecrated in 1434.  It is believed that the people of St Ives had to travel to “Lelant” to worship before the St Ives Parish Church was built

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The Royal Naval Association was formed in 1950. Before that year a number of naval clubs and associations had sprung up from the spontaneous wish of naval people to carry on the special comradeship that is a feature of life in the Royal Navy. In particular there were a number of Branches of the Royal Naval Old Comrades Association dating back to before the Second World War. In forming The Royal Naval Association as the principal naval association recognised by the Admiralty Board, the aim was to attract all existing naval associations to join it so that there would be a single association maintaining and representing the high standard and reputation of the Royal Navy. It was also designed to provide comradeship and assistance in need for all naval people throughout the United Kingdom and indeed in any place in the world where people who had served in the Royal Navy came together. A significant change was the inclusion of serving as well as ex-service members so that there should be a close liaison between the active Royal Navy and those who had earlier served in it. Furthermore the intention has been that it should include all ranks, ratings, other ranks and all Branches and specialisation's of the RN, RM, QARNNS, WRNS, and the Reserves so that we should be "all of one company". An early innovation was the adoption  the term "Shipmate" to be used as a form of address between members of whatever rank on Association occasions.

Many thanks to Worthing RNA website for the history of the RNA