Events - Social and Professional
Reunion Dinner 29 Sep 2018 at the Kings Arms Charlton Horethorne Nr Sherborne
NATS Swanwick Visit 19 Oct with lunch at the Navigator pub.
REUNION DINNER 8 APRIL 2017 at The Queens Arms Corton Denham Somerset.
Potential Future Events
DTBC Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing HQ, Portsmouth (http://land-rover-bar.americascup.com/en/home.html)
DTBC Carrier visit
CULDROSE REUNION Sat Sep 24 Trengilly Wartha, Constantine TR11 5RP
Culdrose Reunion Details Please note it has been difficult getting a good venue and date to suit all who have expressed interest so far and numbers might be limited so please contact Paddy direct and book early. We have negotiated a new price of £25 for a very nice 3 course meal and coffee, see the menu here: Trengilly Wartha Dinner Menu.
RNAS Yeovilton Visit - Wed 18 May - Wardroom Lunch and visit to ATC and Historic Flight. Partners welcome but book early as numbers may be limited, full details: Yeovilton 18 May Visit Details
Portland Reunion 23 April - This was a good night - BZ to Steve who is considering a repeat for Sep 17
Watch Changeover Note - Dec 15 explaining the watch change and to canvass opinion on future events.
Tim and Don have now passed the baton to Dave and I and we sincerely hope that we can maintain the association in the years ahead. We are grateful to them and officers past, for their time and dedication to RATCOs and we are particularly pleased that John Heath has agreed to keep hold of the purse strings. Our immediate task is to refine contact details so that we can ensure there is a robust network for exchanging information about significant events. Then we would like to determine what members would like from the association. As the festive season is almost upon us I don’t expect a swift response to this question but would be most grateful for considered thoughts, from all those we are able to reach, sometime in the New Year. As far as meetings and activities are concerned I offer some suggestions as food for thought:
· Maintain the status quo with an annual formal dinner
· Vary the periodicity for the above
· Traditional Ladies Night in a Wardroom (probably quite expensive)
· Smaller informal lunches/dinners (regional Cornwall/Midlands)
· Visit to: RNAS/ATC facilities/RN Historic Flight/FAA Museum/etc.
· Yeovilton ATC Reunion
· Culdrose ATC Reunion
Whilst you muse with what RATCOs might do for you, there is the obvious corollary, what you can do for us and your small committee would be most grateful for any offers of assistance to organise gatherings, as required. However, our primary need is to establish what you want, so please do come back to us in the New Year.
Regarding communications, email is best for most, Dave email@example.com will be the mail guard for all outgoing committee notes but please copy John firstname.lastname@example.org and I for all incoming mail so that we are equally well informed. Please also mention any views you might have on other media we might use; website/facebook/etc.
We would also like to take the opportunity to re-circulate details of a Portland Reunion organised by Steve Haseldine and Tim Brown, the deadline for which has been extended to the end of the year. Please see more information here: www.facebook.com/RNATC and the attachments to the e-mail carrying this note. The three of us wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas.
With your input we hope to put together a social programme early in the new year.
Further to the above we have sent out a 'tick box' matrix asking for preferences regarding social gatherings, members are asked to respond by the end of March 16.