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2012

2nd January: The year started on a sad note when one of our Pembroke House members Ken Whittingham “Crossed the Bar”
23rd January: The funeral for Ken was held in Gillingham with the Secretary, Treasurer, Dick Richards and Geoff Owens attending.
23rd January: Kent Branch AGM meeting. The Chairman (Peter Nixon) and The Vice Chairman (Margaret Lees) both agreed to serve a further 2 years on the Committee.
11th February: Service of Remembrance at the CDA Memorial Ramsgate Harbour. Branch members with friends who are still serving attended, despite the wintry weather.
February: During the month the Secretary opened a Kent Branch “Facebook” page in the hope of attracting new members.
30th March to 2nd April: FAAA Reunion and AGM weekend at Bournemouth. This was attended by the Secretary and his wife.
23rd April: The members once again made the trip to Pembroke House for our meeting. A talk was given by Rev. Gordon Warren RN on the “Modern Navy” and was enjoyed by all. While at the meeting the Branch recruited 3 new members, this takes our membership total to 26.
4th May: Eastchurch Memorial. This year the Branch was represented by 7 members, the day was again a great success. The high light for any ex Small Ships Flight maintainers was a flypast by a Wasp HAS Mk1.
28th May: Sadly Jennifer Nixon the wife of our Chairman passed away; Jennifer had been a member from the formation of Kent Branch in January 2009.
1st July: Ramsgate Armed Forces Day Parade.
21st July : Pembroke House Garden Party.
August :At the end of August our Chairman (Peter Nixon) moved home to South Wales and therefore will be standing down from his position at the next AGM. It was Peter and Mike Foote that approached the National Fleet Air Arm Association in 2008 to request permission to form the Kent Branch.
22nd September: Channel Dash 70th Anniversary “Operation Fuller” Memorial Unveiling at Marine Parade Dover
1st October : Members once more met up at Pembroke House for a meeting and were joined at the bar by residents for a social chat and drink. During the meeting it was explained to members by the Secretary how the Branch had received a cheque for £250.00 from the executors of the late John Henry Blake. Before accepting the bequest the Treasurer had sort advice from the National Association Treasurer, as it was Mr Blake’s wishes that the money be given to a local Branch, there was no issue in the Branch accepting the generous gift. It was during October that another of our members Roy Lepper passed away. Roy was an ex TAG and joined the Branch in 2010 when the TAG Association disbanded. Unfortunately the news of his passing did not reach the Branch until the day before his funeral and therefore members were unable to attend.
10th November: Taranto Dinner. The Racing Greyhound pub Ramsgate was once again the venue for the Branch Taranto Dinner. 23 members and guests attended for the black tie event.
11th November: Remembrance Parade. Despite the Taranto Dinner the previous evening, the Branch was well represented at both parades. At Margate the Branch wreath was laid by the Treasurer (Dinger Bell), in Ramsgate the honour fell to Geoff Owens.
17th December: Christmas Lunch. With no monthly meeting being held in December, this was the last chance for members to meet up before Christmas for a chat and a drink. 21 members and friends attended the lunch held at the Racing Greyhound Ramsgate.