The Richard Johnson “Bubble” service followed by the lunch at which the High Achieving Royal Marines are recognised is one of the happiest events in the Company’s calendar. Everyone looks forward to hearing the year’s sermon on the theme “Life’s a Bubble” and this year was no exception with the Bishop of Lynn, the Right Reverend Jonathan Meyrick preaching. His full sermon can be read by clicking here. The Choir of St Bride’s thrilled with their music and their rendition of I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles. Then it was back to the Hall where some 215 Stationers and guests sat down to a delicious and chatty lunch. The Bishop of Lynn received his 10s note in payment for the sermon (see photo) and awards were handed out to high achieving Royal Marines as follows:-.
The Cox Cup, which is awarded annually to the best student on the Combat Intelligence course, was awarded to Lance Corporal Matthew Pocknell. Lance Corporal Pocknell was unable to be at the ceremony so Corporal Peter Munday collected the award on his behalf.
The Stationers’ Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top student on the Stores Accountants Class 3 course, was presented to Lance Corporal James Flynn
The Hames Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top student on the Clerk Class 3 in each training year, was awarded to Marine Michael Holden. Marine Holden has been posted to Royal Marines Poole and was unable to attend the ceremony so his award was collected on his behalf by Lance Corporal Connor McArthur.
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The photo below taken outside Stationers’ Hall shows the Master with members of the Royal Marines party present at the ceremony. From left to right you can see, CSgt John Lloyd RM, Cpl Peter Munday, CSgt John Talbot RM, Cpt Tim Dyer RM, The Master, WO1 Andy Crofts RM, LCpl Connor MacArthur, LCpl James Flynn, CSgt Daz Gould RM.