The Felixstowe Master Mariners Club

The National Moment of Reflection - Felixstowe Town Hall Gardens
A brief ceremony was held at Felixstowe Town Hall Gardens for the National Moment of Reflection at 8 pm on Sunday 18th September 2022.  There were representatives from Felixstowe Town Council led by the Mayor, Councillor Sharon Harkin, and many local organisations including the Sea Scouts plus members of the public.  FMMC was represented by Captain Nigel Palmer OBE and Mrs Sandra Palmer.  The ceremony was brief with a Piper playing a lament after the Silence.  The Mayor then gave a short address and the ceremony concluded with all singing God Save the King.


Felixstowe Master Mariners Club pays tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for service to the Merchant Navy.

Club Captain Timothy MacGuire :

'On behalf of the Club committee, all our members and officers, I wish to express my deep regret at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen's commitment to public service was an inspiration to us all.

'Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was Master of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets and we take this opportunity to express our gratitude for her lifelong commitment to the welfare of merchant navy seafarers and fishers.

'We send the Royal family our sincerest condolences at this difficult time.'


Proclamation of Accession 11th September 2022

The Club Captain - Capt. Timothy MacGuire attended the Suffolk Proclamation Service at the Cornhill as planned, it was very busy with a dense crowd in attendance. 

The Introduction to the Proclamation of Accession was read by the Lord-Lieutenant for Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston, who stressed that the institution is our Monarchy and with it reciprocal responsibility of service to our country.   

The proclamation was read by The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, followed by the call by all attending "God save the King".

The prayers and Blessing was led by the Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, followed by the National Anthem and Three Cheers for His Majesty the King. 

Each Suffolk town mayor, including Felixstowe, was presented with a scroll containing the words that was delivered to all the towns across Suffolk.

Music for the service was provided by the Leiston Royal Brish Legion Band. Standards on Parade came from the Royal British Legion, The Royal Navy Association, The Suffolk Regimental Association and the Royal Air Force Association. Representation came from the RN Cadets from the Royal Hospital School Ipswich, Army personnel from Wattisham Air station and RAF personnel from RAF Honington.



Felixstowe Ferry
Sailing Club

On the third
Tuesday of the month.

12 noon for 12:45pm 

Luncheon usually followed by a speaker


Open to suitably qualified applicants

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The object of the Club is to maintain and foster, locally, social and professional comradeship amongst Master Mariners and others of close nautical affiliation and to afford the opportunity for discussion of matters of both nautical and general interest; and to sponsor selected nautical projects. To this end, Members and their guests meet regularly at luncheon or dinner, at a place selected by the Committee. The Club currently meet for luncheon each month, on the third Tuesday (12 noon for 12:45 pm), at the Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club and, on most occasions we are afterwards entertained by a speaker. The subjects covered are mainly nautical though we do have some very interesting non-nautical subjects from time to time.

Membership is open to suitably qualified persons Full membership requires the applicant to hold a valid United Kingdom Certificate of Competency as Master, Unlimited or equivalent. Associate membership may be granted where the applicant, in the opinion of the committee, holds a valid Certificate of Competency as Chief Mate (Unlimited), or OOW (Unlimited), issued by the MCA, and persons who, in the opinion of the Committee, are suitable to become Associate Members of the Club, preference being given to persons having some connection with the sea and ships.

Calling all Seafarers Past & Present. 

We need you!

Do you live in East Anglia and are you looking to meet occasionally with like-minded seafarers who enjoy a regular catch-up with others and the latest news, listening to interesting speakers, consuming good food at lunchtime and all in an atmosphere of high standards, good manners, smart dress code, cordiality and friendship?

If you answered yes to any part of that question, you may be interested to learn that the Felixstowe Master Mariners Club would like to hear from you. You may be assured of a warm welcome as the Club seeks to add certificated Masters, Pilots, Mates, Apprentices and other suitably qualified applicants, both male and female, to its membership. If you are still at sea or now ashore we invite you to join us either as a Full or as an Associate Member.

If you have a question or you need more information, click here to contact us and we look forward to hearing from you.

Recent luncheon speakers

Recent speakers have talked about:

"A peep behind the Iron Curtain"
"RMS Queen Mary"
"WW1 Tunnelers prepare for the German Spring Offensive of 1918"

Merchant Navy Day

Since 2000 Merchant Navy Day, on 3rd September, has honoured the brave men and women who kept our island afloat during
two World Wars
2022 - See "News" Item

Charitable Donations

December 2021

£3,000 shared between our 10 favoured charities plus an additional donation :-
to The National Coastwatch Institute