Fresh Interests Since Retirement -
On March 13th Barry Pegram gave the shortest of introductions to Ambrose Barber, Barry explained that not only was Ambrose known to the audience from his many years as a senior Hawker staff member, Ambrose had also held the Chairmanship of the Hawker Association since its inception in 2003 until 2017, that’s 12 years over and above what he had volunteered for! Barry continued “Ambrose over to you, you’ve promised to tell us about the five subjects that have been of particular interest to you in retirement.”
Ambrose commenced with an introductory index slide which showed the audience what was about to be presented and he then used very well prepared sets of slides on firstly, the humour and tribulations involved in running an award-
Next up was the somewhat less scary subject of trying to trace his family-
This last section included slides of his portrait busts of Sir Thomas Sopwith and Sir Sydney Camm, two men who proved so crucial in the Hawker history. Sculpted by Ambrose, Sir Sydney Camm’s bronze is on permanent display in London at the R.A.F. Club and similar portraits of both men are displayed at Kingston Library. Both are also shown in bas relief in part of the bronze plaque on display at the Hawker Centre in Kingston. (That plaque at the Hawker Centre is well worth studying so as you walk through the Hawker Centre’s auto-
Chris Farara gave the vote of thanks and then prior to the raffle that is usually drawn at that time Frank Rainsborough announced that Clive Radley had generously donated a dozen boxes of patisserie from the Richmond Bakers, and the offer was please, whoever wants a box, help yourself, they’re with Clive’s compliments! Clive was duly thanked and the day ended with Ken Batstone running the raffle.