This, the sixth
AGM, was well attended and those present were pleased to see our
President, John Glasscock, once again supporting the Association.
Our Chairman, Ambrose Barber, opened the proceedings with his
annual statement. He believed we could be satisfied with the year's
popular programme of activities and its many edifying talks from the
speakers, a number of whom had had close and distinguished associations
with Hawker aeroplanes. In the autumn a party had enjoyed the
hospitality of the Royal Air Force Club.
When our Association's constitution was being drafted a
stated aim was to publicise the achievements of the 'Hawker' companies,
their people and their products. It was, Ambrose said, gratifying to
know that we are not alone.
Sir Sydney Camm Commemorative Committee has persuaded the Royal Borough
of Windsor to allow them to erect a full size Hurricane model in the
Hawker Association Annual General Meeting
Kingston Aviation Heritage Trust has doggedly survived years of
frustration but under the Chairmanship of Les Palmer is determined to
find a way forward. Ambrose was sure that Members would wish the
Association to support both these enterprises.
Being conscious of the pleasure that the Association's
its Newsletter and Website continue to give, Ambrose thanked all those
responsible. He also thanked Mike Hoskins for his past years as Hon
Treasurer, and Martin Pennell for stepping into Mike's shoes. Special
thanks were also due to Harry Fraser-Mitchell for his help in launching
the Association but who is now regretfully stepping down from the
Committee for health reasons.
Our Secretary, Barry Pegram,
spoke next, firstly reminding us that sadly we had lost thirteen
Members deceased since the last AGM: Bob Coles, David Cooper, Roger
Dabbs, 'Doc' Holliday, Trevor Jordan, Bill Marshall, Douglas Realff,
Elizabeth Roscoe-Pond, Jack Simmonds, Sadie Simmonds, Don Smith, Mike
Stroud, and Herbert Valk.
Nevertheless current membership was 371, just
5 down from last year (and 6 up on the previous year). Of these 67.6%
were 'local', 27.3% were 'distant' and 5.1% were overseas; of these 15%
were working and 13.4% (49) were ladies. In fact the rate of growth had
been fairly steady since 2005. The most popular speaker had been George
Black (57 attendees), followed by Al Merriman. Average attendance at
talks had been a very creditable 50.
Martin Pennell presented
the Accounts for the period 1 January to 31 December 2008. Our
finances, he reported, are healthy, with £5072 in the bank at the end
of the period. Our income for the year had been £4271 and our
expenditure £3090 so there was no need to increase the subscriptions
which can remain at £5. (Have you paid ? Ed.)
noted a number of points made by Members during the discussion after
which Jim Morely demonstrated his remarkable little flying model
Jim makes the profile-type
body, wings and tail unit which are
attached to a Snelflight frame mounting four co-rotating electrically
powered lifting fans controlled either by an infra-red or radio
transmitter, the former for indoor use, the latter for outdoors. The
power of each fan is varied to provide roll, pitch, yaw and height
control, half the available power being used for hover, the other half
for control. Flight duration is 7 - 8 minutes per charge.
A left hand
lever on the hand-held transmitter is pushed forward for up and left or
right for yaw. A right hand lever is moved forward or backwards for
nose-down and nose-up pitch, and left or right for left or right roll.
Jim flew both IR and RC and
demonstrated great precision in his
handling of the little aircraft. Jim was an engineer at Vickers but
eventually set up his own business, Morley Models, producing helicopter
kits. He was a pioneer helicopter modeller, building the first to have
collective pitch control. The Snelflight airframe sells for £65 and
Jim's Harrier 'bodywork' for £9.95. For more information go to
So ended a very
enjoyable Annual General Meeting
with the Association set for another good year!