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2015

21st January: Sadly Ernie Coppard crossed the bar aged 88. Ernie served 1944 – 1948 in the Fleet Air Arm as an NA 1 (AH). During his service Ernie transferred to Aircrew and trained as a Navigator, on leaving the RN Ernie continued working in aviation with a number of airlines as flight crew. He was a member of the FAAA Kent Branch the CDA and Ramsgate RNA
24th January: The Vice Chairman and Secretary attend the NFAAA Committee meeting at Hanworth RNA Club.
26th January: Branch 2015 AGM, the Committee remains unchanged from 2014. The new position of Almoner has been taken up by Norman Allen; this is a Branch appointment and not a Committee position.
12th February: Kent Branch members attended the Channel Dash Memorial Service at Ramsgate Harbour along with serving FAA members of 825 NAS from RNAS Yeovilton.
16th February: Joyce Fyles “Crossed the Bar”
17th February: Branch members attended the funeral for Ernie Coppard.
21st February: A number of members joined in with the Ramsgate RNA for a trip to Gravesend RNA Club for a social evening.
10th March: Tony Morris “crossed the bar” aged 89yrs
13th March:The funeral of Joyce Fyles, there was a good attendance from our Branch and Margate RNA where her deceased husband Bob was a past President.
28th March: The Vice Chairman and Secretary met up with John Brown and Norman Allen to attend the funeral of Tony Morris in Gillingham. The wake was held at Pembroke House, this gave them the chance to visit Alan Lloyd who is a resident and Branch member.
10th – 13th April: The Vice Chairman and Secretary attended the FAAA Reunion and AGM at the Aztec Hotel Bristol. On Sunday, a visit to the SS Great Britain and a boat trip around Bristol Docks.
1st May: A mini-bus with 8 Branch members attended the Aviation Observance at Eastchurch on Sheppey.
14th-17th May: Branch members joined a trip from RNA Sittingbourne to see HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool, returning via Walsall, the Lake District and the National Arboretum in Alrewas.
22nd June: The June meeting was held at the RNBT Home Pembroke House. Unfortunately only 8 members were able to attend; this did not stop the group enjoying a 3 course lunch and as it was the Vice Chairman’s birthday we cracked open a bottle of “Woods Rum” in celebration.
26th June: The Secretary enjoyed a meal with Val Sayer and Carol Lee, when they came on a visit to the CDA Memorials.
28th June: Ramsgate Armed Forces Day Parade
2nd July: The Secretary attended the Eastchurch Parish Council Aviation Observance Committee meeting to discuss the 2015 event and plan for 2016.
25th July: Pembroke House Garden Party. With falling numbers only 6 Branch members attended, this did not stop them have a really good enjoyable day. We enjoyed, laughed and sang along with Shep Woolley who was doing his act free for RNBT Pembroke House.
17th October: The Vice Chairman and Secretary attended the NFAAA General meeting in Derby which was chaired by Mike Foote in his position as National Vice Chairman.
6th November: Taranto Dinner. The Dinner was again held at The Racing Greyhound in Ramsgate, it was well attended by members and their guests.
8th November: Remembrance Day. Members attended Parades in both Ramsgate and Margate where Poppy Wreaths were laid.
At the 11th hour of the 11th day: The Branch Vice Chairman laid a Poppy Wreath at the War Graves in Ramsgate Cemetery. Image Here
8th December: In his position of National Vice Chairman Mike attended the lunch and launch of the 2015 uk4u service charity on HMS Belfast. The aim of the charity is to provide a Christmas Box to every service man or woman serving outside the UK at Christmas.
12th December: Branch members and guests enjoyed the very good food and excellent company for the Christmas Dinner at The Racing Greyhound Ramsgate. Image Here