April - All events cancelled9th Branch meeting RAFA 1945.22nd Veteran Planning meeting 1100.24th April ANZAC Day Esplanade 1030 MNA Rig.25th National Council MeetingMay - All events subject to cancelletion until coromavirus restrictions lifted.8th VE day Service and TOT, Nothe Fort 1430, MNA rig.14th Branch meeting RAFA 1945. AGM.25th USA Memorial Day 1030 muster MNA rig. 30th Visit MN Weymouth 2020. Detail TBC.June4th Winchester Cathedral sea service.4th to 9th Trip to France.11th Branch meeting RAFA 1945.21st Veterans Day Parade 1030 Astrid Way MNA Rig.22nd Armed Forces Day flag raising Council Offices 1030, MNA Rig, and after at the Royal Oak.July9th Branch meeting RAFA 1945.August13th Branch Meeting RAFA 1945.16th VJ Day Service of Thanksgiving, Esplanade 1030 MNA rig.22nd BBQ Details TBC.September3rd MN Day - Dorchester 0930; Weymouth 1030.6th MN day London.October8th Branch Meeting.14th St Pauls Cathedral London.November8th Remembrance Day, Esplanade 1030 11th Armistice Day, Esplanade 1030.12th Branch meeting RAFA 1945.December10th Branch Meeting and Social 1945 Various Carol services.
All National MNA events have been cancelled for 2020 including Tower Park. All other evnts listed are subject to cancellation until the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
DateEventVenueAPRILSat 04Grand NationalLiverpoolFri 10Good FridayUKWed 22International Earth Day - 200 Million people in 141 CountriesWorldwideThu 23St Georges DayUKFri 24Ramadan BeginsWorldwideSat 25MNA National Council Meeting - Observers welcomeBirminghamSat 25ANZAC DayAustralia/NZ/UKMon 27National Gardening WeekUKMAYFri 01GET WALKING IN MAY - arrange local events National Walking Month just 1 mile a day for next 10 daysUKFri 08VE Day 75th Anniversary (3 days)UK/EuropeFri 08London Cenotaph event through RBLLondonFri 08MNA Branch members "Toast to the Nation" at 1500. This was the time Winston Churchill made announcement on radio that the war was overUKTue 12GardenParty at Buckingham PalaceLondonTue 19Garden Party at Buckingham PalaceLondonMon 25Spring Bank HolidayUKMon 25Closing Date for MN Medal nominationsUKTue 2680th Anniversary of Operation Dynamo and the evacuation of DunkirkUKWed 27Garden Party at Buckingham PalaceLondonFri 29Deadline for Full Ahead ArticlesWorldwideJUNEWed 03National Fish And Ships Day - Lunch at the Chippy, donation to fishing charityUKMon 08World Ocean's DayWorldwideThu 11HMT Lancastria Service 80th AnniversaryLondonSat 13Trooping the ColourLondonSun 14Falklands Chapel Service A LunchPangbourneSat 20Longest Day of the Year - Summer SolsticeUKSun 21Weymouth Veterans ParadeWeymouthSun 21Father's DayUKMon 22HM Forces Veterans Flag Raising Day, take your StandardsUKThu 25Korean War, 70th AnniversaryUKThu 25International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Day of the SeafarerWorldwideSat 27Armed Forcers Weekend at NMA with entertainment for all ages and live musicAlrewasSat 27Armed Forces Day Main EventtbcJULYSat 04National Council Meeting - Observers welcomeBirminghamMon 06-12Seafarers Awareness Week - Seafarers Safety - raising awareness of seafarer safety. Branch collection for SfUK's 'MERCHANT NAVY FUND'UKTue 07COBSEO AGMLondonWed 08Repatriation of Capt Fryatt - Harwich Mayflower MuseumHarwichSun 12SEA SUNDAYUKFri 31Black Tot Day - 50th Anniversary of end of Rum RationUKAUGUSTSat 01Summer Proms at NMA with fireworks from 1800AlrewasSun 02Malta Pedastal Convoy Departs - Tail of the BankClydeWed 05Mayflower and Speedwell set sail for AmericaSouthamptonSat 08 - 15Cowes WeekUKFri 14 -16VJ75 At National Memorial Arboretum (NMA)AlrewasSat 15VJ Day 75th AnniversaryWorldwideSun 16George Cross Island Service, All Hallows by the TowerLondonFri 28Deadline for Full Ahead ArticlesWorldwideMon 31Summer Bank HolidayUKSEPTEMBERThu 03Merchant Navy Day - Promote even more Red Ensigns in your areaUK/OverseasSun 06MNDCS20 at Trinity Square Gardens, Tower HillLondonSun 06Mayflower set sail again for AmericaPlymouthWed 09Loss of MV Derbyshire in 1980 - 40th Anniversary ServiceLiverpoolTue 1580th Anniversary of Battle of BritainUKTue 22Autumnal Equinox - Equal day and nightUKThu 24World Maritime DayWorldwideOCTOBERFri 02Older People's Day - Local Engagement with community groupsUKSat 03National Atomic Vets Awareness Day (BNTVA)UKWed 07-13National Curry WeekUKWed 14MSSC AGM (Annual Court)LondonWed 14Annual National Seafarers Service, St Paul'sLondonThu 15Maritime Foundation Service - All Hallows by the TowerLondonWed21Trafalgar DayUKFri 23National Executive MeetingBirminghamSat 24MNA AGM and Re-union plus the Members Open ForumBirminghamSun 25Clocks back one hour at 0200 hrsUKWed 28 - 29Maritime Charities Group (MCG) 2-Day SeminarLondonNOVEMBERMon 02Fields of Remembrance - well worth a visit with 120,000 tribute crossesWestminster AbbeySat 07Festival of Remembrance - Albert HallLondonSun 08Remembrance Service at Cenotaph and St PaulsLondonSun 08HCMM MN Service at Tower Hill - cancelledLondonWed 11Mayflower anchors off what is now Provincetown Harbour, Cape CodAmericaWed 11Armistice DayUKWed 11Silence in the Square - Trafalgar SquareLondonSun 15MNA Newport Service of RemembranceNewportFri 27Deadline for Full Ahead ArticlesWorldwideMon 30St Andrew's DayUKDECEMBERThu 10-14Seasonal Lunches at NMA with entertainmentAlrewasMon 21Shortest Day - Winter SolsticeUKFri 25Christmas DayWorldwideMon 28Bank Holiday Monday (in Lieu of Boxing Day)UKtbaBranch Christmas Lunch/DinnerWorldwideANNIVERSARIES115th Anniversary of Royal Fleet Auxiliary; 150th Anniversary of the first voyage of Cutty Sark; 215th Anniversary of Beaufort Wind Scale; 400th Anniversary of Mayflower and Santa Maria sailing to the Americas on 6th September in 1620; 1725th Anniversary of the 1st coin in England depicting a ship c295, a Roman Quinarius