Kent Area


Kent Area is organised by Chris Green, TCA Kent Area Rep.

Kent Area Christmas Dinner 2018

The annual Kent Area Christmas lunch took place at the beginning of December, once again at The King Charles Hotel at Gillingham.  

A good festive atmosphere prevailed even though some members had to pull out at the last minute.

The next springtime get-together for lunch will take place on Thursday 4th April at Kepples, Folkestone.

Further details from Chris Green.


HMS WILDFIRE III Parade and Commemorative Service 2018

Early in September this took place at Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey.  Once again there was a decline in the number of ‘marching’ veterans, however, the parade this year was supported by a contingent from HMS PRESIDENT’s Medway Tender, RNR, from Rochester.  Once again the parade was ably led by the Sea Cadets, with a band and marching group from TS Kent and the Isle of Sheppey. 

There were six TCA members in attendance with a wreath being laid on behalf of the TCA by Chris Green. 

The pre-Christmas lunch will once again be held at the King Charles Hotel, Gillingham on Saturday, 1st December – details available from Chris Green.


Christmas Lunch 2017

The annual Kent Area Christmas lunch took place at the beginning of December, once again at The King Charles Hotel at Gillingham.  Eighteen members, wives and guest enjoyed an excellent festive lunch.  Emphasis was made on the thirtieth anniversary of the Ton Class Association, with the traditional toasts being made.

The next Springtime Lunch will take place on Thursday 12th April at Kepples, Folkestone.

Details from Chris Green ,



Queenborough Remembrance Parade October 2017


Spring 2017 Meeting

At the end of March the springtime get-together once again took place in Kepple’s at Folkestone.  During the lunch glasses were raised in fond memory of Kent TCA member, Ron Maitland-Flanagan, who had recently crossed the bar just a few days after his 93rd birthday.

It is anticipated that Kent members will be in attendance at the annual WILDFIRE III Parade and Service to be held at Queenborough on 10th September.

This year’s pre-Christmas lunch at the King Charles Hotel, Gillingham will be held on 2nd  December and will also commemorate the 30th Anniversary  of the formation of the TCA.  Details will appear in ‘Coming Events‘ section of Ton Talk.

Photo – with apologies to Edward Freathy


Ton Talk – coming events add –

December Saturday 2nd Kent Area – Pre-Christmas, 30th Anniversary Lunch King Charles Hotel, Gillingham.

Contact Chris Green, Tel: 01303 254520        e-mail –


Early in December members from Kent and beyond joined together at the King Charles Hotel, Gillingham for a festive Christmas lunch.  A bottle of Pusser’s Rum was kindly donated to be raffled by the family of the late, local member, Colin Lambird and raised £56 in support of his charity the R.N.L.I.

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Terry and Jennifer Russell, Tom and Gillian O’Keeffe, Ray Brooks and Marcia Cook, David and Ann Creasy.

Bill and Wendy Pollington, Chris and Dulcie Green, Brian and Leslie Killick, Tim Stopford, Edward Freathy, Jim and Anne Lyons.


The annual HMS WILDFIRE III Parade and Commemorative Service took place at Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey on Sunday 13th September. For the first time in the parade’s history it took place in the rain.
HMS Puncher was ‘in port’ and the Commanding Officer, Lt P J Seabrook along with some of his crew members joined with the RNR representatives from the former HMS Wildfire now Hawk Division(Northwood) to lead the parade, along with a joint Sea Cadet band from TS Kent and TS Wyvern.
There was a noticeable decline of those attending from all areas of representation.
David Creasy laid the wreath on behalf of the TCA, this included a tribute to those lost from HMS Fittleton in September 1976.

Wildfire 2015

The area pre-Christmas lunch at the King Charles Hotel, Gillingham takes place on Saturday 5th December. All welcome.
Details from Chris green.
Tel: 01303 254520,

Kent Area Spring Lunch

Kent Spring 2015 Lunch 01

Kent Spring 2015 Lunch 02

photos taken by a member of hotel staff

Watch this space or obtain further details from: –
Chris Green Tel: 01 303 254520

Area members descended to Folkestone recently for the annual springtime get-together and lunch. The venue was the same as last year, Kepples Bar and Bistro which is located within The Grand Hotel having views across The Channel to France.
Edward VII was a frequent visitor to the hotel (also Alice Kepple!).
The anticipated arrival of Peter and Sallie Palmer from ‘across the pond’ did not take place due to flight delays!
We were pleased to welcome back Roy (Bungy) Edwards and his wife Rose.
Following lunch some of the members visited the nearby Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-Le-Ferne, which now has new visitor centre (recently opened by HM The Queen). Other members adjoined to The Metropole.
During the course of lunch a joint toast was made to our late TCA Chaplain John and his wife Margaret.

HMS Wildfire III Memorial Parade and Commemorative Service 2015
The HMS WILDFIRE III Parade and Commemorative Service at Queenborough will take place on Sunday 13th September, it would be pleasing to see some additional members from Kent in attendance to help support this event. (See details in the Coming Events section of Ton Talk)


Forthcoming Events

September Sunday 13th HMS Wildfire III Parade & Commemorative Service, Queenborough, Kent.

1330 Parade muster at Holy Trinity Church, High Street

1400 Commemorative Service in Queenborough Park

December Saturday 5th Pre Christmas Lunch at the King Charles Hotel, Gillingham. For further details contact Chris & watch this space plus Ton Talk.

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