ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

15 March 2016

Lunch at the Pub

The first two monthly meetings of the Woking and District AirCrew Association in 2016 took the form of lunches at The Old Wheatsheaf at Frimley Green.  These were very enjoyable events with a good number of ladies attending and kept members in touch until the resumption of regular meetings at Fairoaks in March.

The Clipper that Foundered

Stephen Carver

The first evening meeting brought the welcome return of guest speaker Stephen Carver of the Cranfield School of Management.  In his inimitable style, Stephen related the story of the ill-fated Virgin Clipper project, formulated by former round-the-world yachtsman Chay Blyth and backed by entrepreneur Richard Branson.

Branson’s usually unerring eye for publicity and profit was sadly amiss on this occasion and the scheme to build a four-masted clipper ship based on the hull of an old freighter went hopelessly behind schedule and many times over budget.  Stephen was belatedly brought in as project manager, but the enterprise was beyond recovery and the proposal to sail the vessel into ports in the United States promoting and selling British exports came to nought.

A New Treasurer

Having built up and maintained a very healthy credit balance in the Association’s funds, long-term treasurer, Tony Rest, has relinquished his post on his move to Somerset.  The members thanked Tony for his past efforts and wished him and his wife, Sonia, well in their new home.  The meeting also expressed thanks to David Jackson for taking on the role of treasurer in addition to his duties as the ACA webmaster.

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