This, the seventh AGM, was well attended. Our Chairman, Ambrose
Barber, opened the proceedings with his annual statement. He hoped all
would agree that we had had another enjoyable year with an interesting
variety of speakers covering both history and current affairs. The
launch of the Sir Sydney Camm Learning Centre at Kingston University
had been attended and our aim of publicising Hawker achievements was
achieved here. He thanked the committee members, all of whom stood for
re-election, for their services noting particularly Secretary Barry
Pegram, Editor Chris Farara and Webmaster Richard Cannon. The Chairman
also paid tribute to our President, John Glasscock, who was retiring
after six years. He was our very first speaker and had supported the
Association by his presence on numerous occasions and also behind the
scenes. As a token of our appreciation Ambrose presented the retiring
President with the Harrier picture started by Colin Wilson in his
demonstration of aviation painting in February.
The 2010 Hawker Association Annual General Meeting
The Secretary reported on the satisfactory state of the membership and
on the good attendances at meetings, all illustrated with coloured
viewgraphs, and the Treasurer revealed the Association’s healthy
financial position with £5628.02 in the bank at the end of 2009.
The Chairman and Committee were re-elected and John
Glasscock proposed that Sir Colin Chandler be invited to be the new
President. Colin had, John said, been an impressive General Manager of
our K-B Division in 1977, had done well in Defence Sales for which he
was Knighted, and then went to Vickers and on to EasyJet; he was highly
recommended. The motion was carried.
After the meeting a film “Hurricanes Over Russia”,
made by Roy Perkins and Viv Pottersman for the RAF Russia Association
and supported by the RAF Historical Society, was screened. It is
the only film documentary about the mission of RAF 151 Wing (81 and 134
Squadrons) to Russia as part of the first British convoy in August
1941. The Russian air force was destroyed prior to the German invasion
and Stalin requested aircraft. Some Hurricanes were shipped and
assembled, in nine days, at Archangel, others flew in off HMS Argus.
They were used to defend Murmansk, an ice-free port. Eventually the
Hurricanes were handed over to the Russians and the RAF officers and
men returned to the UK with the RN.