13th December:With no Branch meeting
this month it was time to meet up for a Christmas Lunch and a drink
21st November:The Branch held its annual Taranto Night Dinner
11th Day at the 11th Hour:The Vice Chairman laid a Poppy Wreath at the war graves in Ramsgate Cemetery
9th November: At the service in Margate the Branch Poppy Wreath was laid by our Chairman Maggie Lees. In Ramsgate the Vice Chairman Geoff Owens performed the duties of wreath layer
30th October: The Secretary attended the Aviation Pioneer Observance Committee meeting at Eastchurch, in his role as liaison for the NFAAA Committee.
18th October: Some Branch members joined in with the T.S. Bulldog Fervent Association and Ramsgate RNA for a Trafalgar Dinner and Dance.
27th September: The Vice Chairman and Secretary travelled to Derby for the NFAAA Committee and General Meeting being held at Allenton RBL Club. During the meeting the Secretary (Mike Foote) was appointed Vice Chairman of the NFAAA.
1st August: The Secretary and Vice Chairman joined members of Ramsgate RNA for an overnight visit to HMS Collingwood, sponsored by MAA Colin Powell. On the way home we stopped off at Lee on Solent seafront, while the rest had ice-cream, Mike and Geoff set off to find the main gate of HMS Daedalus
12th July: The Secretary and Vice Chairman attended the NFAAA Committee meeting at Hanworth RNA Club London.
1st July: Eastchurch Aviation Pioneer Observance
With the use of Margate Sea Cadets mini-bus, the Kent Branch mustered 14 members and friends to join in the event.
29th June: Armed Forces Day Parade
Although not all members took part in the marching, there were six members in attendance to represent the Kent Branch.
19th June: The Funeral of George Meaden was held at Margate Crematorium with six Kent Branch members in attendance.
5th June: Sadly George Meaden “crossed the bar” aged 92yrs. George was one of our original members along with Peter Stokes when our Branch formed in 2009, they both transferred from the Birmingham Branch.
20th May: The Secretary attended the Eastchurch Parish Council meeting in his liaison position between the Council and the NFAAA on planning the Eastchurch Observance being held on 1st July.
2nd – 4th May:Kent Branch members were in attendance when the Ramsgate RNA held a weekend of celebrations for the 75th Anniversary of the Branch being formed.
A Formal Dinner at the Royal Temple Yacht Club Friday evening was followed by a church service at St George the Martyr on Sunday to re-dedicate the Branch Standard, then back to the RNA Club for “up spirits” food and entertainment. The only down side to the weekend was the Army v Navy rugby match which many watched at a Ramsgate harbour side pub, and the Navy lost.
28th April: Pembroke House visit.
This month 8 members travelled to Gillingham to meet up with local members living in the area for a meeting at the RNBT Residential Home. After coffee/tea and sandwiches we held a short meeting before socialising around the bar with resident members.
The Loyal Toast was taken with the rum Dick Richards won at the FAAA Reunion earlier in the month.
4th – 7th April: NFAAA AGM and Reunion
This was held at Stafford, the Vice Chairman, Secretary, Howard Richards and Barrie Davies all made the journey and had a very enjoyable weekend.
During the AGM the Secretary was elected to join the NFAAA Committee as a committee member.
12th February: 8 members braved the cold to attend the CDA Memorial Service at Ramsgate Harbour.
27th January: Kent Branch AGM
The Secretary explained the Committee would remain unchanged as each member had completed one year of a two year appointment.
18th January: NFAAA Committee Meeting at RNA Hanworth. The Secretary attended the meeting as a Branch observer.