Reunion 2009


    The 50th Reunion of the date we all joined the RAF and arrived as raw young recruits to Halton went off well. Around 80 people turned up for a two day stay at the Telford Whitehouse Inn and the shindig got off to a good start on day one with copious amounts of drink consumed in the evening get-together in the room laid aside for us. many thanks to Mike Bryant for the running display which went on for most of the evening. I’m to blame for switching it off early, as announcements needed to be made and starting it up again slipped my mind – blame age and drink! The following day started with a tour of No 1 S of TT now at RAF Cosford (until it moves again to RAF St. Athan) where we were treated to a whistle stop tour of the modern training facilities. Personnel at RAF Cosford could not have been more helpful from the CO down and both myself and Dick Bogg have expressed our thanks to them. After the tour, there was time to visit the museum next door and to see the Cold War display – a must if you go to the museum. The evening was taken up with a trip to Dusty Browns Inn – the Jack Mytton – at Hindsford. The reason being that Dusty is never able to go to reunions – so I decided to take the reunion to him.  A bit if a trek but well worth it.  This was the only hitch of the day as I inadvertently left Al Hougham and his wife behind, however, being true brats, they immediately realized what had happened and drove to the venue. Dusty pulled out all the stops and the meal and the welcome were superb. For myself I must thank all who contributed to the framed Vulcan picture on glass that is in pride of place in my lounge and for the whiskey (all gone now sadly). After the trek back, the bar at the hotel had been kept open for us and the last of us trooped to be around 3 am. Next morning, breakfast took some time as no-one, I think really wanted to leave, but eventually the hotel was vacated .


Hotel 2009

Cosford 2009

Jack Mytton 2009

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The final apprentice reunion will take place at RAF Halton on Saturday 15th August. To take part in the parade, you must be a member of RAFHAA - however adding £10 to the application form feeallows you to be a member for 1 year. Wives or partners are allowed on this occasion to witness the march past.

I have booked a hotel for the Saturday night and have also booked a smaller number of rooms for the Friday night for those travelling great distances. Further information will be issued later in the year.

A successful reunion was held at the Cambridge Belfrey in Cambourne on the 12th and 13th May to mark the 60th Anniversary of the entry's formation. 62 came and took part in both the meet and greet evening and the formal dinnewr on the 13th.

A visit to IWM Duxford was also arrange for the 13th. The weather was glorious and the highlights of the day were the test flights of the Duxford B17 and the test flight of a DH9 after an 18 year restoration. Film of both aircraft as well as of the evening functions are available under Reunion Photographs.

The new General Data Protection Act becomes active on the 28th May. One of its proviso's is that personal contact details (telephone, email, addresses) cannot be displayed. As such all email addresses have been removed, but what remains is a list of the email addresses held by the site administrator. If an email address is required, please send a request to the email address provided. Do not be offended if further details are required before an address is divukged.

News has reached me that the film 'Allied' starring Brad Pitt is using Halton as a location. Will be interesting to see if any of it is recognisable in the film.

Nick Bale has had a look at the RAFHAA website and found that we feature THREE times on the site. I have put a link out to it on the links page so have a look and see if you can spot yourself.

I have now created a separate page for each member that sends me his life story - so come on - you all have a story to tell.

I have added a page listing those that are still missing. Have a look at the list and if you know of the whereabouts - or indeed any information - on any of them, please let me know.