ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

13 December 2013

Christmas Luncheon

Woking ACA members, guests and members of Woking RAFA enjoyed a very convivial lunch

The Woking & District ACA Christmas lunch was held at its now usual venue of the Camberley Heath Golf Club. A very creditable attendance of over 70 members and guests, including members of the Woking branch of the RAF Association, enjoyed a very pleasant occasion and it was particularly gratifying to see again old friends who are now unable to come to evening functions.

The toast to ‘Ladies and Guests’ was proposed by the president, ‘Jimmy’ James, and responded to most eloquently by Mrs Elspeth Hepburn. Her husband, chairman Ron Hepburn, proposing the toast to the Woking AirCrew Association, thanked the committee and members for their efforts in the past and reiterated the determination to keep Woking ACA in being for the future.

Jimmy James
toasted Ladies and Guests
Elspeth Hepburn
replied for Ladies and Guests
Ron Hepburn
toasted Woking Aircrew Association
Laurie Taylor
responded for Woking ACA
The raffle was administered by Jimmy James and Anne Hudgell Tony Boxall was chief event organiser

Stan Hathaway

We record with regret the passing of former ACA member, Stan Hathaway, who died on December 13th following a long illness.

Stan flew as a navigator during World War II with No 161 (Special Duties) Squadron. In July 1943 his Halifax crashed while carrying out a night supply drop to the Resistance in central France. Stan was badly injured and later taken prisoner by the Germans.  He escaped from a forced march during the final weeks of the war and eventually made his way to the Allied lines. He was later reunited with the French people who nursed him at the scene of the crash and was awarded the French Resistance Medal.

Following a private cremation service at Woking, a memorial service for Stan Hathaway will be held on Monday, 30 December 2013, at Holy Trinity Church, Lyne. We offer our condolences to his wife, Kit, and to the other members of his family.

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