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Rails Along the Wye Part 2 – Mike Ayland

Published November 28th

Having given a most interesting presentation in February, Mike is giving the second part at the end of the year and we look forward it.

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The Britannia Tubular Bridge – Kit Spackman

Published October 24th

A short illustrated history of the Britannia Tubular Bridge, covering its construction, normal use, testing and destruction by fire in 1970. Kit has had a personal involvement with the bridge when working for British Railways. His own comment is, “you could say I have a ‘thing’ about the Bridge”.

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The Wrecker’s Tale – Paul Barnett

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The Royal International Air Tattoo – from small beginnings – Tim Prince

Published July 25th

How a small team of volunteers decided to organise an air show at North Weald aerodrome in Essex, a former WW11 RAF Fighter base, in 1971. NATO military aviators were invited to come together in support of an RAF Charity. Following a lot of fun and a highly successful outcome the Air Tattoo went on to become the World’s largest military airshow, now held annually at RAF Fairford, a USAF bomber base in the Cotswolds. www.airtattoo.com A talk by Tim Prince who retired in 2014 as the RIAT CEO following 43 years of having fun in support of the RAF […]

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Warbirds of World War II – Chris Bigg

Published June 27th

Chris spent many years working in the aircraft industry prior to his retirement and his series of talks are largely based on this subject.  He has addressed the Group on previous occasions and we’ve really appreciated the information he’s passed on.   This time he’ll be speaking about aircraft from the Second World War.

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The Wyedean Rally – Phil Jones

Published May 23rd

Phil and his colleague will be talking about the history of the Wyedean rally, the rally itself and current safety regulations applicable to all rallies operating in the UK.

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Restoring our Past for our Future – Keith Evans

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Rails Along the Wye-part 2 – Mike Ayland

Published April 1st

This is the second part of Mike’s talk, having given the first part at our February Meeting.

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Rails Along the Way-Part 2 – Mike Ayland

Published April 1st

Mike is continuing his talk about this railway line, having given the first part at our February meeting.

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Early Reflections – John Taylor

Published March 28th

Early Reflections – A history of Gloucester Docks from its early beginnings, its expansion, the corn trade, timber, coal and oil and petrol, as a source of water to Bristol Water and finally its contraction to mainly a leisure and retail location. John’s own experience in his 34 year career with British Waterways and his family connections to the Coastal Trade will be drawn on for the more recent history.

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