ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

19 November 2013

Remembrance Day Commemoration

Service at theWoking War Memorial

Guildford War memorial
Woking War Memorial

ACA Woking wreath
On a bright late autumn morning members of the AirCrew Association paraded along with military contingents, ex-service and other organisations before a large assembly for the Remembrance Sunday service in Woking’s  Jubilee Square.  Wreaths were laid at the war memorial by ACA members Bill Moore, Ernie Taylor and Bill Bawden on behalf of the Royal British Legion, the RAF Association and the ACA.

On the following day, the Armistice Day anniversary, and in contrasting wet weather, the Association was represented at the commemoration, again attended by the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Anne Roberts, to observe the two minutes silence.

Other ACA members attended similar ceremonies in the area.


Woking ACA Meetings

Recent meetings at Fairoaks Airport have included absorbing talks by guest speakers.  Ann Chance, known as ‘the petticoat pilot’, gave a light-hearted account of her experiences in gaining her Private Pilot’s Licence. Ms Chance was a successful business woman in her fifties when she volunteered to make a parachute jump for charity. This exploit prompted her decision to learn to fly and she recounted several amusing anecdotes of her training and of the satisfaction in making her first solo flight. Ann Chance was awarded the OBE for her work for charitable causes.

In another talk, unusually not on an aviation-related subject, Brian Blamey spoke of a working life in the film industry as a sound and dubbing editor. Brian had worked at most of the great studios and told many stories of his encounters with famous actors and directors during the making of films that are now classics of the cinema.

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