What we do
Maintaining naval contacts and interest in Sussex and beyond
The association provides a lively focal point for serving and retired
naval officers and others in Sussex and beyond. We offer a varied social programme in a wardroom environment, encouraging and maintaining the spirit of
the Royal Navy and preserving contact with it and naval affairs. We also
maintain links with kindred organisations and support naval charities.
As the nearest equivalent to a traditional wardroom mess remaining in Sussex,
the association enables naval officers, regular or reserve, serving or
retired, and others sympathetic to the traditions and values of the Royal
Navy, to keep in touch and meet in friendly company. However, attendance at events, residence or service in Sussex and naval or
military service are not conditions of membership.
Our wide membership, at present about 125, includes many throughout southern
England but some as far afield as Argyll, Cornwall and Australia, in addition
to wherever those still serving might be. Joining may be of interest
and benefit to officers leaving the service, especially those intending to work or live in the south-east. Those from the other
services and Merchant Navy are welcome.
We hold around 8 events per year. Our wide and varied
includes visiting speakers, visits, (both usually with a naval, military or
maritime theme), lunches, social gatherings, cocktail parties and formal
dinners, including a Trafalgar Night dinner.
We hold most of our events at the
Fourth Avenue Hove. Its
comfortable surroundings, with spacious rooms, a relaxing bar and
charming garden, are an ideal setting. We have also
held events further afield, at venues such as Bosham Sailing Club,
the East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield, the English Wine Centre, Berwick,
and various pubs. We have other venues under consideration, and our visits are
not limited to Sussex.
Links and affiliations
We are an active affiliate of
HMS SHOREHAM and Sussex University Royal
Naval Unit, the only RN establishment left in the county. We also maintain
HMS Sussex Shipmates' Association, the Association of Royal Navy
Officers and our sister organisations nationwide.
Support for naval charities
We support service and maritime charities, often in
thanks for providing a visiting speaker or hosting a visit. We have donated to,
among others, the RN Officers' Charity, local Sea Cadet units, Blesma The
Limbless Veterans and the Royal British Legion.
The association started in 1948 as the RNVR Club (Sussex),
aiming to keep ex-RNVR officers in touch. Since then the name and membership
have moved on in line with changes to the Navy. From
an original close association with Sussex Division Royal Naval Reserve until it
1994, our members now include many serving and retired regular Royal Navy officers. In 2014 we extended
eligibility to Army
and RAF officers, and to other
individuals sympathetic to the traditions and values of the RN.
SANO is run by a team of, currently, 9:
Commander Richard Stanton RN
Commander Neville Dutton
Newsletter Editor: Lieutenant Commander Bob James RNR
Venues Liaison: Peter Jukes OBE
Treasurer (to AGM 6.4.19) and Webmaster: Joe Kirk
Lieutenant Commander Dusty (David) Miller RN
Minutes Secretary: Christina Stanton
Trophy Custodian: Commander Ian Wright RNR
Secretary/Social Secretary: Lieutenant Commander Ray Wright RN
In addition, SANO member
Commander Mike Maddox RN acts as auditor.
Our President is Vice Admiral Sir Peter Woodhead KCB, a former Flag Officer
1st Flotilla, Flag Officer 2nd Flotilla and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander
Our aims and rules are set out in our
There are usually vacancies on the committee, and offers to serve or assist
are encouraged. In particular, our Newsletter Editor will be standing
down at the 2020 AGM, so we will soon need a relief.
Eligible for membership are:
Men and women who hold or have held
a commission in the UK armed forces, their
reserves or associated formations
Officers from Commonwealth navies,
allied navies and the Merchant Marine
Wives, husbands, partners and widows
of the above
Any other individual, with or
without an armed forces background, sympathetic to the traditions and
values of the Royal Navy
Although many of our members
have served in the Royal Navy or live in Sussex or the surrounding counties,
there is no requirement to have served in the forces or have any connection, past or present, with the
A modest annual subscription, currently £15 for new members, due
1 January annually, covers running costs, including a newsletter and this website.
Concessions apply for those joining in September onwards.
Contacting us or joining
To join, use the application form on the
Joining SANO page.