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#277 - 28/08/09 04:19 PM Woking Branch ACA
akribie Offline

Registered: 28/08/09
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Due to the disbandment of the central ACA organisation, the Woking Branch of the ACA has been renamed Woking and District Aircrew Association and will continue as an independent organisation.

The Association continues to meet at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of every month in the clubhouse at Fairoaks aerodrome.

Please see the Association web site at http://www.aircrew.org.uk/woking/ for more information.

#376 - 05/09/11 09:18 AM Re: Woking Branch ACA [Re: akribie]
akribie Offline

Registered: 28/08/09
Posts: 4
Situation Report, August 2011

With the final edition of 'Intercom' now printed and distributed, there remains a need to record our activities and other news for the benefit of members and other visitors to the website. Although there has been welcome coverage in various local newspapers, this is inevitably patchy across the wide area of our membership and this and succeeding reports will consolidate the press releases and other news over a quarterly period. They will also supplement the excellent newsletters edited by Laurie Taylor which is distributed by post to members not on the email address list.

The summer season has enabled members to break new ground in their travels. A group was given a glimpse into the world of business aviation during a conducted tour as guests of TAG Farnborough Airport in June. Also that month a larger party, including ladies,, filled the narrow boat John Pinkerton on a relaxing trip along the Basingstoke Canal at Odiham. Branch member David Jackson, a volunteer crew member of the boat, recounted the story of the canal during the journey to King John's Castle at Warnborough. This replaced our traditional 'Flying Evening', an event which, sadly, is no longer viable, and the monthly meeting for June.

More recently we joined with the Woking branch of the RAF Association for a coach trip to the Shoreham Airshow to view some spectacular aerobatic, formation and wing-walking flying. This, together with the Red Devils and Falcons parachute display, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the collection of vintage aircraft assembled and other exhibits made for a memorable occasion.

Guest speakers at our monthly meetings have continued to give us entertaining evenings. Retired British Airways captain Terence Henderson recounted, in most riveting fashion, his experiences commanding the supersonic Concorde. Capt Henderson's mentor when he first joined the airline many years ago was veteran ACA member Ted Dunford DFC and both were delighted to be reunited for the evening. Another speaker was Roger Annett, a former RAF pilot who has written a book describing the work of Argosy transport aircraft engaged in supply-dropping to ground forces during the Indonesian 'Confrontation' of the early 1960s.

Other committments forced the United States Air Attache to postpone his scheduled talk, but Colonel Blinkinsop still hopes to come to Fairoaks at a future date. Tony Rest bravely stepped in at very short notice to fill the gap by telling of his experiences as a pilot of Beverley and Hercules aircraft in paratroop and supply dropping operations in various parts of the world.

Members not attending this last meeting may not have heard that past branch chairman 'Jimmy' James has been admitted to hospital. We all wish Jimmy a speedy recovery and return to health.

Bill Bawden, PRO

#381 - 23/09/11 11:51 AM Re: Woking Branch ACA [Re: akribie]
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Registered: 05/07/07
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Loc: Fleet UK
This letter has just been subitted to local newspapers by the Woking PRO to try to generate some extra members.

AirCrew Association Reorganisation

The AirCrew Association was formed many years ago by veterans of World War II with the purpose of fostering the spirit of comradeship engendered during their service and to enable former and serving aircrew to meet and enjoy like-minded company. Membership is open to all who have been awarded a flying badge of any category in the armed services, while others who have an aviation connection may become associate members.

Last year the reluctant decision was made to wind up the ACA central organisation in 2011 with the former branches becoming independent bodies and contact between them maintained through the website now run by the Woking webmaster. The Woking Branch has always been one of the largest, and certainly one of the most active, and has decided to continue in being as The Woking and District AirCrew Association, a title that retains the location where the branch was founded but also gives the nod to the much wider area from which it draws its membership. This covers the whole of West Surrey and parts of adjacent counties.

The Association holds its meetings at 1930hrs on the third Tuesday of every month at Fairoaks Airport, near Chobham, in the Flight Centre which has a licenced bar and ample free parking. Recent guest speakers have covered a variety of flying and other more general topics. The September meeting, for instance, heard an engrossing talk on the training, deployment and experiences of armed police officers from a former member of the Surrey Police Tactical Firearms Unit.

There is also a programme of visits to events, often of an aviation nature, lunches and participation in commemorative occasions such the Battle of Britain and Remembrance Day services. The support given to local and service charities will continue.

The Association would welcome new members and invites all serving and former service aircrew to come to any of its meetings or other events. Further details may be obtained from the secretary, Tony Boxall, on 01276 473553 or from the website, http://www.aircrew.org.uk/woking.
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