September 2019

13th September Monthly Report.

President Kate Dilks welcomed 48 members and guests to the September meeting held in the Lads’ Club. She said that it was good to see so many members sporting name badges.

Kate will be standing down as President and as she will not be at the Annual Meeting in October, Kay Hygate thanked her on behalf of members for her work of the past 2 years.

Hortense announced that our Christmas Lunch this year will be at Lympne Castle on Tuesday 3rd December and the price will be the same as last year, £29.00. This event is open to members and partners and the menu will be available at the October meeting or you can click here to see it now.

The business was concluded fairly quickly which meant we had more time to catch up with friends old and new over coffee, biscuits and cake.

Our speaker was Chris Longfield from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. The Kent Air Ambulance Trust, which of course is a charity and relies on donations and fund raising for its income, was formed in 1989 and flew its first mission on March 20th 1990.

In 2011 Sussex and Surrey were added to form the current Trust. The aircraft are based at Redhill Airport and leased from a company which also provides the pilots. On each flight there are 2 pilots a doctor and a paramedic. The doctors tour of duty is usually for 1 year only, but there is never a shortage of new recruits. In 2018 the Trust responded to 2223 calls. This was a thought provoking and interesting talk.

The vote of thanks was given by Marjorie Mitchell.

The competition for the best holiday snap was won by Margaret Ritchie.