FONFA NEWS letter April 2012

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					                                                                         Friends of the
                                                                    New Forest Airfields
                                                                           Registered charity 106 36 48
                                                                                Patron: Ailsa Montagu

                                                                  Location references for the Memorial are:
                                                                             Map OS reference SZ 208 987
                                                                                     Post Code BH23 8EB

                                   FONFA NEWSLETTER
                                           April 2012
                              (Available in other media on request)

                                                        or two of us being on the stand each day. If
  The New Forest Remembers ......                       you are interested please let any FONFA
   Untold stories of World War II                       committee member know.

Work has now started on this National                                 On the road 2012
Park led project and there will be
opportunities for everyone to take part,
either though FONFA or individually. The
project is quite complex and extensive but
can be broken down initially into four
broad areas.

Data Collection and Assessment - Whats
on or in the ground? January 2012 to
February 2013.

Field surveys of and reporting on the
above. June 2012 to September 2013

What memories are around and what
information is around, where is it, how
secure is it? April 2012 to September 2013.

Education and information outreach
programme follows on from the above and                 In what is becoming an annual activity we
indeed continues after the project is over.             had a stand at the New Forest National
                                                        Park Volunteer Fair. This year we were in
Each of these areas will need volunteers                the heritage and museum hall. Here our
in the field and/or working from home.                  chairman John Brooks prepares for the off.
Training is provided. Next evening session
is at Holbury on May 18th . If you’re                   Earlier this year we answered the annual
interested, contact Gareth Evans on 01590               call to help New Milton Junior School with
646652 or via e mail at                                 their World War two history project that                         they run each year for their year 6 (10
                                                        years old) pupils. Each year 6 class is
It is possible we may be asked to support               tasked with turning their classroom into a
the project stand at the New Forest Show                museum that is assessed by (amongst
at the end of July. This would involve one              others) ourselves and then shown off to the

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parents and the rest of the school.                     Chairman John Brooks is much involved
Traditionally we have arranged a small                  with      the    organisation    and      171
panel of WW2 veterans and locals who                    (Christchurch) Squadron ATC are planning
remember New Milton during the war and                  a more elaborate involvement. Whilst civic
who talk to the pupils and then answer                  leaders, MPs and many military
questions. This year the panel was our own              representatives will again attend, the event
Les White and John Mitchell. John is a                  is for the public too and especially veterans
retired air commodore who flew as the                   and their organisations. To the veterans’
navigator in the VIP crew that operated                 organisations, the message is don’t wait to
Winston Churchill’s VIP plane.                          be invited, just let us know if you’re
                                                        coming and also if you wish to parade a
This year we did rather more, being asked               standard. This year light refreshments will
to talk to the pupils on museums and how                be offered after the service. Offers of help
to set up exhibitions and we then                       will be much appreciated (as would
entertained three year 6 teachers and 9                 donations of cakes and biscuits).
pupils at the education centre.

In April we had our usual stall at the Poole               Future FONFA events “at home”.
Vikings Model Club. One of our members
is Colin van Geffen who is an expert on
(amongst other things) Solent marine                    The Royal Flying Corps celebrates its
aviation history and he brought along his               centenary this year. An exhibition on local
collection of Schneider Trophy aircraft                 RFC activity 1914-18 will be on show at
models. Next year we may look at a “100                 the May 20th open day.
years of Calshot” theme to our stand.
                                                        For the Diamond Jubilee, on June 16th
As part of the promotion to publicise the               there will be a display on the role of the
RAF Ibsley Heritage Trust project to                    Auxiliary Territorial Service in which the
restore Ibsley control tower, the trust is              then Princess Elizabeth served. The display
holding an event on June 3rd at Moyles                  will include photographs of Princess
Court School just outside Ringwood.                     Elizabeth in the ATS.
FONFA will have a stand there and if
anyone wants to help on the stand they will             In August it will be 70 years since RAF
be most welcome, as indeed they will be at              Beaulieu opened for operations, as a
our next event on the road the following                Coastal Command station. Our open day
day. On June 4th in the afternoon we will               on the 19th will have an exhibition to mark
have a stand at a Diamond Jubilee event                 that anniversary
for the guests staying at Holmsley South
Caravan Club site behind the Memorial.                  Likewise on October 13th, our last open
                                                        day of the year, an exhibition will
                                                        remember that RAF Holmsley South also
   New Forest Airfields Summer                          opened for operations, as a Coastal
              Service                                   Command station 70 years ago to the day.
   June 24th New Forest Airfields
             Memorial                                   Looking ahead to our first open day of
                                                        2013, in March, we will mark that it is 100
                                                        years since RNAS (later RAF) Calshot
A lot of work is going on to prepare for the            started operations.
Service that once again will be presided
over by Canon Ray Hubble, RAF retd. Our
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           2012 programme                                            E mail distribution

                                                        If you have e-mail but are still receiving
Events at the Education Centre                          this by post please send your e-mail
May 20th Open Day 10:00 – 16:00                         contact    information    to      us     at
To celebrate the Centenary of the Royal
Flying Corps, an exhibition on the Royal
Flying Corps in the New Forest and the
                                                             Forthcoming aviation related
wider local area 1914-18
                                                            events in the wider local region
June 16th (note: this is a Saturday)
Open Day 10:00 – 16:00
Its Diamond Jubilee month and FONFA                     May
remembers that the then Princess Elizabeth              20th Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service             Family Day.
in 1945. Our display this month is                      June
therefore about the ATS and includes                    23rd Yeovilton International Air Day
details and photographs of the Princess                 23rd RAF Central Band’s Musical salute to the
in the ATS                                              Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Loseley Park,
July 15th Open Day 10:00 – 16:00                        Guildford
                                                        29th VC10 50th Anniversary, Brooklands
August 19th Open Day 10:00 – 16:00
Exhibition on RAF Beaulieu which                        July
opened 70 years ago this month.                         7-8th Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF
September 16th Open Day 10:00 – 16:00                   Fairford
October 21st (New Date) Coffee Morning                  9-15th SBAC Farnborough International 2012
and Open Day 10:00 – 16:00 Exhibition                   22nd 30 years of Tangmere Military Aviation
                                                        Museum plus 30 years since the Falklands
on RAF Holmsley South which opened
70 years ago.                                           August
                                                        4-5th Bye-Gone Days, Broadlands Farm, North
Events at the Memorial                                  Gorley, nr. Ibsley.
Monday May 28th US Memorial Day.                        9-12 Airbourne-Eastbourne sea-front air show
Tributes may be left in the New Forest                  18th Portsmouth Air Festival, Southsea
Airfields’ Memorial Enclosure by the main               Common.
Memorial and by the 404th Fighter Group                 30- 2 September Bournemouth Air Festival
and Captain Lindsey Memorials. Taps will                September
                                                        1-2 Fly to the Past 2012 Oxford Kidlington
be played at 3pm.
Sunday June 24th New Forest Airfields’                  1-2 RAFA Shoreham Airshow.
Service. Assemble for 2pm. the service
starts at 2.30 p.m.
Sunday November 11th Armistice Day                               Local Aviation Museums
and Remembrance Sunday
There is no service but the Memorial will
be dressed with flags and tributes may be               Bournemouth Aviation Museum
laid. Visitors are welcome to join the                  Solent Sky, Southampton
trustees of FONFA in the Memorial                       Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
enclosure to observe the silence                        Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton.
                                                        Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop.

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Dear Member,
Would all members, who have not renewed already, whether current or lapsed
please note that 2012 membership subscriptions fall due on the 1st January 2012,
membership fees remain unaltered for 2012, i.e. Individual £5-00, Family £15-00 and
Life £40-00.

Would those members wishing to renew their membership for 2012 please complete
the attached slip and return to the Membership Secretary at the address shown
below, together with the appropriate remittance and a Stamped Addressed
Envelope. When sending cheques or Postal Orders please make these payable to
“Friends of the New Forest Airfields”.

If you are a UK taxpayer and agree to us treating any subscription/donation as GIFT
AID then we can reclaim the amount of tax you have paid for this amount.
You must pay at least the amount of tax in the year of the donation that we can

Your kind co-operation and continued support is greatly appreciated, with thanks
from :-

Ian Potts – Membership Secretary

2012 Membership subscriptions

I/We wish to renew my membership of FONFA for 2012, and herewith enclose
remittance in the

sum of £................                                               Gift Aid YES/NO

Signed .............................................................   Date .............................

Print name(s)

Please notify FONFA of any change of address to enable us to update our

Please return this slip with remittance to the Membership Secretary –
Ian Potts, 9 Chiltern Drive, Barton on Sea, Hants BH25 7JY, enclosing a SAE.

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