The 95th Entry of RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentices 1960-63



November 2002

New Entry Badge Election Results

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Voting on the six designs put forward as contenders as the new official 95th Entry Badge closed on 30th September 2002.

It was a very close contest with the winner being decided by just one vote.  However, only 18 votes were received which is a little disappointing.

With so little interest being displayed, we are not proposing any further actions.

A final version of this design is being investigated.  e.g. Sycamore instead of Huey.

Anyone who requires an electronic copy of the final design should get in touch by email and a copy will be forwarded, if possible.

The winning design will be a feature on the newsletter heading and replace the 1SofTT badge previously used.


The 40th Anniversary Re-Union (Saturday 12th April 2003)

The Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame. Telephone: 01844 – 213661. Fax: 01844 - 261380.

Thank you to the 33 people (18 guys and 15 partners) who have responded to the commitment request from the most recent newsletter. We are thankful, but we need more of you to let us know that you are intending to attend. To maintain the level of negotiated discount, we need an attendance of 100 people.

I appreciate that it is difficult to commit to a choice of dinner menu so much in advance, but please bear in mind that you will be permitted to change your mind on the menu before the closure date of 28 February 2003.

Please, if you will, make your commitment to attending by making your choice of main and sweet courses on the appropriate docket and return as soon as you can together with a deposit of £10.00 per head, or the full amount, cheques payable to 95 Entry Fund, to:

Alf Banyard, 105 Stone Hill Drive, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5TS. UK.

The cut off time is 28th February 2003. Another reminder may be sent early in the New Year, but there is no time like the present.


Your accommodation requirements for the reunion night (Saturday) are your own responsibility. The Spread Eagle obviously has rooms available and details of local venues for the Thame area will be available from the Thame Tourist Association.

Offers of put-u-ups for the Friday and/or Sunday nights of the weekend from those that live "locally" have been made. This is not guaranteed and is on an availability basis, but if you are travelling a long way and wish to take advantage, let us know as soon as possible and we will see what we can do.



Alf asked me to pop in a few words about one of the more amusing aspects of our visit to Thame to meet up with the committee. Pam and I decided to make a weekend of it and we stayed at the Old Trout hotel. With Jenny nearing the end of her time at university we are becoming a little more adventurous. At the Old Trout we went up to our room. There was a four poster bed, a walk in cupboard to hang one’s coats and a TV angled nose down due to the angle of the floor. Amidst this antiquity it was the door that captured ones attention.

So what I hear you think?

See below for the answer.



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Your eyes are not playing tricks, this was genuinely the door height. At least you were in no danger of banging your head.


Individual "Potted" Histories Update.

For the first re-union in 1993, everyone was asked to provide a potted personal history of their lives since leaving Halton in 1963.

It has now been proposed that those histories are updated to bring them up-to-date. Therefore, would everyone, especially those recently found, please give consideration to doing just that and send to one of the "committee" (addresses issued in previous mailings).

The Internet Web Site

The 95th Entry web site address is: and is administered by Roger Miller.

You will find plenty to interest you, including, Photographs, Newsletters, Entry badge suggestions, and the capacity to do a lot more.  Send me more photographs please.   Send them in the post or as a *.jpg attachment to an e-mail.  Don't forget to name the subject(s) and tell me what they are up to.

95th Entry Fund Bank Account

Thank you to those of you who have made contributions to expenses. It is greatly appreciated. If any one wishes to send something, then please make cheques payable to the "95th Entry Expenses Fund" and send to either Bill Thornley or Alf Banyard.

New Members Found and Lost.

Bob Jupp: It has been discovered that Bob Jupp has passed on, a victim of Cancer. Bob’s name is added to our In Memoriam list.


For those of you who are yet to join, all correspondence with RAFHAAA should be addressed to:

The Secretary,

RAF Apprentices Association,

Royal Air Force Halton,

Aylesbury, Bucks.

HP22 6PG.

Tel: 01296-623535 Ext. 6300.

BT/Fax: 01296-696896.


In Memoriam:

Friends who have passed on. In our thoughts and prayers.

Michael McColl Young

Roland Bath

Keith Burdass

Clive Wilson

Rod Pritchard

Jerry Padgen

Colin Pollard

Bob Jupp


Qualitas non Quantitas

Alf Banyard

105, Stone Hill Drive, BLACKBURN, Lancs. BB1 5TS

Tel/Fax: 01254 692697 Email:



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