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Newletter 87 - Winter 2019
The latest Newsletter has coverage of the 2019 re-union and other news from around the country.
Heritage Open Days 2019
The Museum was open for a little longer than usual during the Heritage Open Days period of 13th - 22nd September. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday it stayed open until 4.00pm and on Sunday 22nd it opened 10.00am until 4.00pm, giving more people the opportunity to visit.
We might have opened for longer if we had sufficient volunteers to man the museum. As with many other voluntary organisation we are desperately short of helpers.
In 2020 we hope to open for longer. If you have any sort of interest in the Royal Naval Patrol Service and its connection with Lowestoft and could offer a few hours per week please contact us. We will give you any training necessary and voluntary work at a charity will look good on your CV.
Charlie Harris RIP
The funeral of our Vice-chairman 'Charlie' Harris took place at the Lowestoft parish church of St. Margaret on Friday, 26th July. A moving service was conducted jointly by the Rector of Lowestoft, Revd. Michael Asquith and Superintendent Tim Jenkins, of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.
The packed church included many RNPS Association members and after introductory prayers the service opened with memories of Charlie by members of his family. After the Navy Hymn, 'Eternal Father', our President, Commander Garry Titmus RN, related his memories of Charlie and read the Pilot's Psalm.
This was followed by further prayers and after a brief address came the hymn 'Abide with Me', followed by a closing prayer and commendation. A private committal took place in Lowestoft Cemetary.
Many joined together to exchange memories of Charlie at the Norman Warrior, one of Charlie's favourite venues. It is understood that many tots were drunk and lamps swung in keeping with the occasion.
Charlie was a stalwart of the Headquarters head office and any new arrival was always greeted with his invitation to have a tea or coffee. The galley has since been renamed 'Charlie's Kitchen' in his honour.
Sadly the passage of time continues to take its toll on members of the Association who once served in the RN Patrol Service. Surviving relatives might like to help us commemorate the contribution made by those who served by joining the Association in their own right. You would be very welcome.
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