The 2006 AGM, held on 12th April
was attended by our President, John Glasscock, and some fifty Members,
a big improvement on last year.
In his report Chairman Ambrose Barber reviewed the Association's
progress against the main aims set out in the Constitution...
"To provide a means of communication between Members"; this seemed to
be working very well but there may be former friends out there who have
lost contact. Members were urged to locate such "old mates". Richard
Cannon's web site continues to grow and provides a great deal of
attractively presented information and includes 'hot' news.
"To organise social and other meetings and events for Members"; the
various activities had attracted good support over the year as detailed
below by the Secretary.
Association Third Annual General Meeting
"To publish, from time to time, a Newsletter..."; the Newsletter
continued to be popular thanks to Editor Chris Farara (modest blushes)
and contributions from Members who were urged to keep writing. The
Newsletter has two important roles: firstly it is the only way that
some members are able to enjoy the Association, and secondly its
contents are building up an archive record of Hawker history.
keep alive the spirit and memories of the Hawker Companies", "To
publicise the achievements of the Hawker Companies, their people and
their products" and "To encourage and facilitate the preservation and
conservation of artefacts, papers, photographs, information and data
relevant the Hawker Companies, their products, achievements and
people..." Last year we funded the restoration of a Neville Duke
cartoon owned by the Royal Aeronautical Society; it is now on display
again. Recently the Association has agreed with the RAF Club that a
bust of Sir Sydney Camm should be on permanent display in their fine
Piccadilly building, and that we will contribute financially. We have
also agreed to fund the refurbishment of Sir Sydney's headstone, 40
years after his death. In addition, Members of the Association are
working on the Kingston Aviation Heritage Project and its memorial in
Kingston. A recent appeal for help in fund-raising has resulted in
several volunteers. The Association is also supporting a second
impression of 'The RAF Harrier Story' published by the RAF Historical
Society so that more Members may purchase copies.
Finally the Chairman thanked his enthusiastic Committee for their
active support. Members concurred with a round of applause.
Secretary Barry Pegram reported that Membership was still growing,
albeit at an expected lower rate, and now totals 355. 'Local' Members
constitute 65.6%, 'Distant' 29.3%, and 'Overseas' 5.1%. 12.4% are
ladies and 15% are still working. Meetings with talks attracted 40 - 60
attendees, social meetings 20 - 30 but amongst the most popular of all
were Percy Collino's Summer Barbecue and Christmas lunch, at which 54
and 68 Members enjoyed themselves.
In the unavoidable absence of Treasurer Mike Hoskins, his report was
read by Chris Farara. The surplus for the accounting period was
£3689 but the true figure deducting uncashed cheque payments
was a still very healthy £2774, up by £347 on last
year. The raffle takings for the year were nearly £1000,
testimony to the hard work of Percy Collino assisted by Jan White, to
the generosity of those donating prizes and to all those who forked out
at the door. Ken Alexander was thanked for examining and approving the
There being no new nominations the existing Chairman and Committee were
re-elected and an amendment to the Constitution, introducing
an Associate grade of membership for colleagues not employed by
'Hawkers' but working closely with them, was agreed.
After the meeting was closed the raffle was drawn and a video was shown
while Members happily socialised.