London

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Before and during the Second World War there was not a constituted London Branch, but a Central London group was run by the Central Committee. Informal groups were held, at first, in Captain Coombs' flat with two or three Branches in districts around London, such as Ilford and Harrow. Due to the conditions during the war and the evacuation of many of its members the Branches had great difficulty in continuing to function. Early Minute books and papers were destroyed by enemy action. The Branch formed in February 1952 with four women meeting in a restaurant in Fleet Street. By June membership had grown to 25 people and the Branch was officially constituted in the July. Dr Ronald Hope, offered the use of the College of the Sea, Mansbridge House, Balham. The Branch's activities included speakers, luncheons, children's parties and attendance at the Annual Service for Seafarers in St Paul's Cathedral. Their charitable works have included running the Memorial Hall Depot for King George's Fund for Sailors' flag day, two prizes each year to the Royal Merchant Navy School at Bear Wood and subscribed to the Seafarers' Education Service.

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