The Royal Naval Association
Branch and Social Club Ltd.

Commerce Street, Lossiemouth, Moray IV31 6QD
Telephone 01343 813193

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Welcome to the most northerly Royal Naval Association branch and social club. Situated in the picturesque harbour town of Lossiemouth, most ex Naval Forces will associate Lossiemouth with the Royal Naval Air Station H.M.S. Fulmar. Now RAF Lossiemouth, the largest fast jet base in the United Kingdom operating mainly Tornado GR4'S. It is host to many different aircraft types from air forces across the world, making Lossiemouth one of the top military aircraft spotting destinations in Europe. As part of a recent RAF airfield review Lossiemouth will become home to Fleet Air Arm and RAF squadrons equipped with the Harrier replacement JCA F-35B STOVL aircraft due to enter service about 2015. (pictured below)

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Lossiemouth folk have always welcomed Service families into their community and the 'COMRADES 'as the R.N.A social club is known locally has been at the heart of this friendship. The club was founded in 1947 as the Royal Naval Old Comrades Club by local trawler men returning from service in the Royal Navy Patrol Service and Coastal Minesweeping duties. Strong support for the club remains from 'Fulmar' ratings. Although Lossiemouth was handed over to the RAF in 1972, 849 Naval Air Squadron operating Gannet AEW aircraft remained at Lossiemouth until 1978 when H.M.S Ark Royal decommissioned.
Lossiemouth’s history and seafaring heritage can be explored by visiting the Lossiemouth Fisheries and Communities Museum at Pitgaveny Quay, more details of the museum can be found by following the Lossiemouth Business Association link at the bottom of this page.
H.M.S Fulmar – Home to the Blackburn Buccaneer, the last British Bomber

This Pre-Production Buccaneer in Royal Navy livery can be ‘got up and close to’ at the Highland Aircraft Museum. Ordered in 1955, XK532 was first flown in 1961. Assigned to 700Z IFTU as 681/LM, later transferred to 809 NAS as 228/LM, then as 632/LM with 736 NAS training flight at Lossiemouth. Allocated to RNEC Manandon as a Instructional airframe in 1967, finally returning to Lossiemouth as a Gate Guard in 1988. Now being restored by Highland Aircraft Museum. Located next to Inverness Airport, from the A96 east or west follow the road signs for Inverness Airport, at the terminal roundabout go left for the industrial estate and follow the signs. As it is seasonal visit their website for opening times:
Highland Aviation Museum
The Clubrooms

Occupying a corner site on the junction of Commerce Street and King Street the club premises are of traditional sandstone and slate and modern block construction. An impressive two storey building, the club Standard flies proudly from the flagstaff on the south east corner. The main entrance on Commerce Street is split level, down to the ground floor and the spacious main bar with pool table, darts, and fruit machines, then on to the quiet lounge. Upstairs is the main function hall with a bar and lounge area and adjacent catering facilities. The upstairs lounge offers spectacular views across the Moray Firth to the mountains of Sutherland and beyond. With the approval of the committee members may, for a nominal fee hire the club facilities for private functions such as receptions, birthday and anniversary parties.
Membership

The Lossiemouth Royal Naval Association Branch and Social club invites applications for membership in the following categories. The Charter and Rules of the Association plus the model rules for Social Clubs are available in pdf format through the link on the left.

FULL MEMBERSHIP
Available to all serving and former Naval forces personnel.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
Available to person’s over the age of 18 years, who express sympathy with the aims of the Association. Associate membership may be of particular interest to professional and Service personnel living in the local area. Ex Service personnel pursuing a second career in civilian life would, we believe enjoy the benefits of membership. The R.N.A has an affiliation with the local Royal Air Force Association and hosts RAFA meetings and social functions. Mature couples new to the area are very welcome, senior citizens play an important role in the clubs future, and are well catered for in the entertainments programme.

Recent changes in the Royal Charter and Rules allow associate members voting rights on club business and election to club committee.

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Visitors

Main entrance on Commerce Street

Visitors to the area may apply for temporary membership by applying to the Honorary Secretary by telephone, e-mail or in person at the Club premises.
(see below for details)

Is it for me?

As a social club, it has few rivals in Lossiemouth. Subscriptions are just over a pound a month at £12.50 for the year, first year subscription will include a £3.50 Key Card fee. Although an ex-Services club it is not overly 'Pusser' You are more likely to share a beer with a creel boat Skipper than the Commander of a Cruiser, but lives up to the R.N.A motto 'Unity, Loyalty, Patriotism and Comradeship' For many years our Secretary Tony Stowe has organised the Armistice Parade and Service. With a Pipe Band leading, contingents from the RAF, TA, Royal British Legion, RAFA, Fire Service and Youth Movements march to the War Memorial to lead the town in the act of Remembrance. It is something the club does well and is justifiably proud of.

For more information about the Club, including entertainments programme, images, newsletter and Committee members, please browse the Members Area by clicking Main Entrance image on left or visit us at
http://www.rnalossie-members.btck.co.uk/


SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Tuesday and Saturday - Social Bingo
Starts at 8p
m in the Main Function Hall.

Regular Saturday evening entertainment, best local artistes.

Planned Friday or Saturday 'theme' night buffet dances.

Christmas Prize Draw night - Senior Citizens Christmas Party
Children’s Christmas Party - New Year Celebrations.

Home and Away Golf outings
Home match at Moray Golf Club, Away match - Join to find out!
Club Members match play Championship
- Club Trophy and sponsors prizes to be won.

Opening Times:

Monday Normal to Thursday 11.00am to 2.30pm
5.00pm to 11.00pm

Friday to Saturday 11.00 am to 00.30am

Sunday 12.00am to 11.00 pm

How to apply for membership

Download application form through link on left and post to Honorary Secretary at: The Royal Naval Association Branch and Social Club,
Commerce Street, Lossiemouth, Moray IV31 6QD

Or:

In person, during normal club opening times, entrance is on Commerce Street. A door security system is in operation. Please press the button on the intercom box and request entry for an application form. The Steward will unlock system to allow entry. Proceed down stairs and turn right into main bar.

Or:

Contact the Honorary Secretary by post or telephone 01343 543088 and request R.N.A application form. Please include your name, postal address and telephone number.

Or E-Mail: Dave Sprott
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