Marc Gillett *** Funeral details *** Marc’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 1st February 2022 at 12 Mid-day at North Herts crematorium , Bedford road , Ickleford , near Hitchin , Herts , SG5 3RT and All are welcome afterwards at The Crown, High street , Henlow , Beds , SG16 6BS . Family flowers only , Donations please to MND association
18th to 25th September
A Mini Reunion was held at Culdrose Manor, highlights included a cream tea and BBQ for guests. Old and new haunts were visited by all those who stayed in the Manor house as well as nearby accomodation.
A few images from our week at Culdrose Manor with many more to see on the Midland Metocs Facebook page
Midland Metocs Mini Reunion
16th June 2021 The Staunton Arms in the Vale of Belvoir was host to the Midland Metocs, we previously entertained the Metoc Retreads at this venue (complete with London Bus) a few years back. Another great meet kindly organised by Ash Price. Wherever next?
Our next mini reunion will be held at Culdrose Manor between 18th and 25th September 2021 where we hope to meet many of the branch who settled south of the Tamar, indeed anyone south of the Midlands.
Westminster Embankment 2020
Lee on Solent 2020
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Fleet Air Arm Boys
Please see below details about a new book, Fleet Air Arm Boys Volume 1, which is due out in October, but available to pre-order through the Navy Wings store now.
Some previous marketing emails have gone out from the author, stating that it is available from Grub St Publishing and Amazon, but he forgot to mention the Navy Wings store.
All association members will receive their 15% Navy Wings discount if they order through the Flight Store using the codes which can be supplied via email, just drop me a line on the Guest Book. It is definitely worthwhile ordering through the Store, rather than the proceeds going to Amazon (who really are doing ok at the moment anyway….!).
Volume 3 of the book will be about FAA helicopter operations, and the author, Steve Bond, is still interested in hearing from those who may have stories to contribute. I can forward his email address to individuals if required.
Dear fellow members of the Fly Navy Federation,
In these trying times, it is clear that a lot of the burden and worry is falling on the shoulders of the elderly. To be a bit more parochial and in the finest traditions of the Fleet Air Arm (and also now very much in line with the latest government request for volunteers, answered by over 400,000 people in 24 hours!), I wonder if some of you might consider picking up the phone on the odd occasion whilst we are all sitting at home under lockdown. A simple 5 minute phone call and bit of banter with a fellow member of your own Association might be all it needs to lift their spirits. Time to gather round our shipmates perhaps?
Cdre Jock Alexander OBE MA FRAeS
Discounted Tube Travel
If you live in London or are an infrequent visitor like me then you probably have an Oyster Card. My spies tell me that you can get a third off, offpeak fares if you also have a forces (coming to a pensioner near you) or Senior Railcard. You have to apply at a ticket office as this cannot be done online. Presume the new Veterans Railcard will be included in the scheme
Having tested the water on this one by asking at a ticket office the routine is
- Find a ticket office thats open (degree of difficulty - high)
- Explain that you do not live in London etc. (degree of difficulty - less than 1 above)
- Find that you need to open an account. (degree of difficulty - cannot do at ticket office)
- Back home, I now have an account, next trip to London, see how we go. (degree of difficulty - takes time)
- Summary This is not straightforward and well hidden. You almost feel they dont want you to succeed. TFL Staff were polite and patient throughout so no reflection on them.
Take Off in Portsmouth Harbour
Midland Metocs Mini Reunion
Meeting at Grange Farm Pub, Oadby, Leicester on 23rd Nov.2019, organised by Ash Price.
Radio sonde 2017 style
Here we have a video of a container ship, a big brutish, frankly ugly container ship. She is westbound from Liverpool to Halifax NS and enroute launches radiosondes. Have a look at the video from 4:09 onwards to see how they receive weather information and generate their own. How easy it is now!
David Strike Diving in Australia
Those who know me will know that I dabble a little in Model Railways.
Whilst looking for suitable vehicles I came across this model of a Bedford Tilley and so memories of transport to and from the Tower
and other such journeys sprang to mind. Would anyone like a model section on the Website?
Latest finds are two Pussers Landrovers, a long wheelbase Station Wagon and a Short Wheelbase varient that were often found on the carriers.
Military ID Cards Now Available To Veterans
Some veterans will automatically be given one of the new cards, with all former personnel being able to apply for one by the end of 2019, thus said the MOD back in 2018.
Slow forward to 2021, it now appears that all persons leaving the service have been issued with a veterans ID card as part of their leaving routine. The rest of us are still in nowhere land
Forces Discount Card
Your discount card to flash wherever you go. Only £4.99 for five years so why not apply today for all year round discount opportunity?
I always forget mine but the occasional assistant has noticed it in my wallet, thus it has paid for itself a few times over.