The Association will endeavour to keep members up-to-date with the
latest news gleaned from the membership; of planned events (such as reunions); "Classified Ads" and
everything else one would expect from a quality newspaper. Articles will generally be posted in
reverse-chronological order of receipt (i.e. the latest item at the top of the list) and will remain until
their "Sell-by-Date" has passed.
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1st March 2019 - MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN...HALTON REUNION...
I am very pleased to report that our President Group Captain Katherine Wilson has agreed to hold what will be RAF Halton’s FINAL reunion of our Association on the 15th August 2020. Further details of this event will be sent to you in the next edition of the Haltonian. This means, your Council’s earlier proposal to hold a final reunion at the NMA in September 2020 is now cancelled.
The above decision was taken after the Department of Infrastructure announcement regarding the phased drawdown and closure of RAF Halton commencing in 2022. This announcement will not alter the Council’s decision regarding Legacy matters. The Station is fully on board with the arrangements we are making. I will present our latest position in the next Haltonian.
I know some of you will be buoyed with the idea that phasing Halton’s closure may extend the life of the Association. However, the challenges we have to face, namely, a newly formed Council in September 2020 and sufficient income streams to support the Association will have to be overcome. I know that Charles Challinger and John Shelley for some time now have been working on a plan to improve our income streams to support the Associations future. I do hope they will be able present their proposals to you in the very near future. It is also worth bearing in mind that post 2022 the needs of the Station may call upon us to give up our Encroachment Agreement we enjoy at Halton.
Finally, your Chairman is fully engaged with all the relevant parties to ensure that our assets are properly protected. (I am reminded of my conversations with Station representatives that
The Trenchard Museum, The Heritage Flight Centre and The Station Archive are RAF Halton Assets. They will decide their future).
17th September 2018 - 219th Entry Reunion
RAF Halton 219 Entry reunion is to be held at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on 27th October 2018 from 1000hrs. Pre-event drinks have been organised on 26th Oct 2018 before retiring in preparation of the day ahead.
Go to the 219th Entry Facebook page for details here
23rd May 2018 - Data Protection.
5th October 2017 - AGM 2017
At this year’s AGM, held on the 30th September 2017, Denis O’Brien (99th) was elected as your Chairman, to serve for the next 3 years. In addition, your current Council were re-elected to serve for 3 years and not the customary one. This will ensure continuity and competency in delivering the challenges the Association faces following the announced closure of Halton. The Constitution will be altered to reflect this change.
10th August 2017 - Tony King 92nd Entry
It is very sad to announce that Tony King 92nd Entry and excellent Membership Secretary passed away. Tony being a keen chorister, had ensured his rousing send off would not be complete without the Aylesbury Orpheus Choir being in attendance. Tony was meticulous in everything he did. He did his utmost to ensure that our membership did not fall during his time as Membership Secretary. We will miss his many anecdotes, particularly those relating to Staff Collage. E.g. Selection to high rank was based on candidates being photogenic, tall, slim, well-spoken and could carry themselves well. How true it turned out to be. After retirement we still enjoyed Tony’s company when he would come to the office for a wet and a chat every Tuesday. We will miss him.
5th July 2017 - 107th Reunion (aka 'The TSR2 Entry')
Bill McGrath advises that the 107th are holding reunion at RAF Halton over the weekend of 7th-8th October 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their passing out. The 107th was the first Technician Apprentice entry and they were being trained and destined to be the core/nucleus/pioneers/specialist engineers to service the anticipated introduction of the magnificent TSR2. (We all know where that one went!)
A number from the 107th Halton and Cosford have already signed up for the reunion and booked their accommodation but Bill is having particular difficulties in identifying the current whereabouts of those of the 107th who trained at Locking. If anyone reading this knows or has details of the current whereabouts of any of the Locking apprentices he will be grateful if they could contact him on his email email@example.com or mobile 07704743488 and advise him accordingly.
As for the reunion itself a full timetable of events have been organised to take place over the 3 days including tours of the Trenchard Museum; Halton House; the WW1 Trenches and many more venues around the Halton estate. Invited guests include 107th alumini AM Julian Young and AVM (retd) George Black.
Spread the word and let Bill know.
19th April 2017 - TON UP
Tim Harness tells us and shares the following:
My Uncle, Mr James Edward William Bullock died on 25th March 2017 aged 100. He was registered with the RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentices Association as 566069 Warrant Officer W.E.J.Bullock, 26th Entry.
He was in the RAF for 33 years, and was immensely proud of his time there.
17th February 2017 - THE RAF HALTON AIRCRAFT APPRENTICE SCHEME - An Authorative Paper
At the request of the Royal Air Force Historical Society Min Larkin (RAFHAA Archivist) wrote a paper which was published in their journal in January. Min has also given a presentation based on this article to the RAFHS, and to the Oxford branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society and various other institutions. He is available to give it to any interested parties provided they are located no more than 80 miles from Halton.
For the benefit of anyone who is more distant then click here to read a fascinating account of the heritage and history of the Halton Brats.
16th February 2017 - YOUR CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN – A FAREWELL MESSAGE
After 12 years as a Trustee and 3 Years as your Chairman I am stepping down with immediate effect. I retain fond memories of my time serving you : the revamp of the Halton Grove , gaining an associated message from the Duchess of Cornwall, the start of the Association Award to today's No 1 S of TT Apprentices and perhaps most of all, the success of our Legacy initiatives culminating in the launch of the RAF Halton Apprentices Trust this year.
Sadly , as a the gathering pace of “Old Father Time “affects us all to varying degrees, it is predominantly for health reasons that I relinquish my position. Many thanks to you all for your support and every good wish for the future .
8th February 2017 - RAF HALTON APPRENTIC ASSOCIATION - AGM
Message from Denis O'Brien your HAA Chairman
I am sure you will appreciate that the suddenness of the decision to close Halton, and our Chairman’s announcement that for personal reasons he will be standing down in January, presents your Council with a number of challenges that affect us all.
Your Council does not intend to be wrong footed by acting hastily. We met on the 7th February and decided to postpone the March AGM until the 30th September (which is the latest date as per our Constitution.
This will enable us to prepare and present to you a number of options for your consideration. Also, we unanimously agreed that the current Deputy Chairman, Denis O'Brien, takes over as Interim Chairman for the period 8th February to 30th September 2017.
You will receive an explanation for these decisions in our latest newsletter shortly.
12th January 2017 - RAF HALTON CLOSURE - MoD Response to FOI Request
A request was made under the cover of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to the MoD asking what plans are in place to ensure the markers for this Legacy and Heritage (already in place and available for access by the public) will be sustained at the site - perhaps in what is now St Gerorge's Church - following closure. The response was as follows:
"RAF Halton contains a number of listed buildings and structures that have statutory protection,
including Grade 2* Halton House and gardens. In addition, there are a number of features and
artefacts currently housed at the site by the RAF which have significance both to the history of the
service and the local community. This includes items currently found at St Georges Church. Whilst
the Church is not listed, the MOD recognise the significance of many of its features and will be
considering how best to ensure this is dealt with in a respectful manner."
10th December 2016 - A MESSAGE FROM DUNCAN GRANT- YOUR CHAIRMAN
On the 9th December we were formally advised that RAF Halton will close by 2022. The run down is planned to occur in three phases before disposal of the site as an RAF Station.
a. Phase 1 - Airfield disposal.
b. Phase 2 - Relocation of School of Recruit Training and Airmans' Command School to RAF College Cranwell.
c. Phase 3 - Relocation / rationalisation of Lodger Units.
As the plans evolve over the coming months your Council will keep you informed of the impact for the Association.
Chairman RAF HAA
/ Director TEAL 2020 Ltd
21 Apr 2016 A MESSAGE FROM DUNCAN GRANT- YOUR CHAIRMAN
In the February Newsletter I outlined the challenge the Association would face if we could not fill the mandatory Council positions.
I am pleased to report that the challenge has been met and overcome. The interest in the Triennial gathers momentum as it always does and the Council is working hard to ensure its success.
However, I am concerned to hear that a number of you believe that this could be the last Triennial and that we face the rundown of the Association sooner rather than later. Let me assure you all that this is NOT THE CASE.
What was said was that the future Triennial MAY not be in the same format, (in that with our aging and possibly falling numbers some small changes may need to be made).
I am and continue to be, fully supported by the Council in this matter.
13 April 2016 - *** THE HALTONIAN ***
Your Council is pleased to announce that Barry Hathaway has agreed to be our new Editor of the Haltonian.
His appointment was agreed at our last AGM. He will also be a full Member and Trustee of the Council.
It would be appreciated that articles for the next addition of the Haltonian is received by 6th May.
Articles may be sent to him electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org Other material should be sent to Denis O'Brien, Deputy Chairman,Building 412,RAF Halton,Bucks HP22 5PG
23 Mar 2016 - *** TEAL 2020 Website ***
As part of the TEAL 2010 project (Apprentice Legacy) a new Website has been produced and launched. The website provides a more generic view of the life and times of the Halton Apprentice that will be appreciated by the outside world. In short, it tells the 73 year Apprentice Story in a variety of media forms as part of the RAFHAA initiative to mark Lord Trenchard's Legacy. Click here to view.
08 Mar 2016 - *** Entry Websites ***
It has been noted that a number of Entries who historically maintained their own Websites and could be accessed through links on the Old Haltonians Entries Webpage have become inoperable (aka "the link don't work any more!"). There are many reasons to cause this situation but the result is always the same, the host has pulled the plug because the bill hasn't been paid when the renewal became due. This is something that is beyond the control of the Old Haltonians Website and can only be resolved by the Entry in question. (Note, the dead links have been removed).
If entries wish to continue to have their presence maintained on the Old Haltonians website it is necessary for Entry Reps in liaison with their own Webmaster to inform the Association of their current Website Address so that the link can be re-established.
eMail to email@example.com with your advice.
18 February 2016 - HAA NEWS LETTER - FEBRUARY 2016.
Please see the attached Newsletter - Click here to open up a copy.
20 Jan 2016 - *** TONY PARROTT'S LAST POSTING ***
It is with great sadness to announce that Tony Parrott (69th Entry) passed away on 13 JAN 2016. He was both Council Member, Entry Sec and sold the HAA's Memorabilia.
The funeral will be held on Thurs 4 FEB 2016 in St Andrews Church, Chinnor at 1300Hrs and the wake, in the village Centre, Chinnor.
Those wishing to attend please contact The HAA Office by email or phone: 01296 696 896.
He will be sadly missed.
5 Jan 2016 - THE 2016 HAA TRIENNIAL REGISTRATION FORM
The 2016 Triennial of the RAFHAA will be held on Saturday 24th September. The Registration Form can be obtained from the next News Letter
- or - Click here to open up a copy of the latest Form.
Please print the form and clearly fill it in. Please dont forget to enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope so that we can send your tickets etc.
17 Dec 15 - COUNCIL MATTERS
The continuous demands on Council members time has meant that we have had to alter the responsibilities of some Council members.
Peter West will stand down as Deputy Chairman but retain responsibility for our Legacy Project (TEAL 2020) and other related matters.
Denis O’Brien will take over the task of Deputy Chairman and will retain his position of Office Manager.
These changes will be effective from 1st January 2016. To be agreed by the Council in February 2016 and presented for ratification at the AGM in March 2016.
8 Dec 15 - 2016 TRIENNIAL
The 2016 Triennial of the RAFHAA will be held on Saturday 24th September. The Registration Form can be obtained from the next News Letter. The form will also be attached to this note shortly. ;
Keep coming back!
6 Dec 15 - 2016 AGM
The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the RAFHAA will be held on Saturday 19th March. The Agenda will be published following ratification and will be posted on-line. Keep coming back!
31 Mar 15 - 2015 AGM
The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the RAFHAA was held on Saturday 28th March and well attended too!. Minutes will be published following ratification and will be posted on-line. Keep coming back!
21 Mar 15 - Chairmans Report 2015
Please see the attached Chairmans Report 2015 - Click here to open up a copy.
21 Mar 15 - Change of Address
The RAFHAA HQ/Admin Offices have vacated their offices at the Airfield and can now be found at a new location of Building 412 on the Main Camp. Situated close by to the Maitland Guardroom with an indoor toilet, what's not to like?
18 Feb 15 - Council Meeting 03 Feb 15 - Minutes
Following the meeting of the RAFHAA Council held at RAF Halton on 3rd February, we are pleased to post the minutes for the same. Click on the following link to view:
Following an extra-ordinary Council Meeting held in October to discuss the findings of the study being carried out as part of the Heritage/Legacy Project, minutes of the meeting have now been published. Click on the following link to view:
The AGM held on 29 March 2014 elected Duncan Grant (99th Entry) as chairman for the following three years, with Peter West, former General Secretary, as his deputy. Andrew Mackenzie was elected to fill the vacant position of Welfare Member.
Duncan can be contacted through his e mail account at firstname.lastname@example.org
11 Feb 14 - 83rd On-Line Records.
The 83rd Records have now been digitised and uploaded to the Website.
If you are of the 83rd persuasion then get in touch with your Entry Rep, get the Password and be prepared to intrigued and embarrassed in equal measures.
26 Sep 13 - Triennial - The first pictures
The Triennial Reunion held on 22 Sep 13 was a huge success - and why wouldn't it have been? - which had you been there and turned your hearing aids up would have resounded to the background sound of a million clicks of digital cameras and smart phones as images were captured all over the place. Whilst we await the receipt of the "official" coverage here are some of the pictures received so far. (Sent your's in yet?):
(Click on Thumbnail for larger picture)
"STOP PRESS" - News just in; another set of pictures has arrived. Click here
23 Sep 13 - Deputy Chairman.
"After what seems a life time as Deputy Chairman Min Larkin has handed over the baton to Duncan Grant (99th Entry). The change formally occurred at the conclusion of the 2013 Triennial. Min will continue as Haltonian Editor and maintain his interest in the Trenchard Museum."
Duncan Grant can be contacted through his e mail address: email@example.com or via the office at the Airfield.
22 Jan 13 - Halton Grove Pavers.
The Halton Grove at the National Arboretum has been enhanced since its official opening last year and there are now many Pavers installed bearing Entry numbers and, in accordance with the wishes of their sponsers, carry date details and in some cases Mottos and dedications. To view the complete list go to The Grove through the "Tribute" menu tab or if you are in a hurry then click here.
14 Feb 12 - 120th On-Line Records.
The 120th Records have now been digitised and uploaded to the Website.
As per the original announcement about this endeavour (see item below), if you are 120th then get in touch with your Entry Rep, get the Password and be prepared to intrigued and embarrassed in equal measures.
13 Dec 11 - On-Line Records.
Unbeknowst to many is that a dedicated team of at least two has been beavering away in the bowels of the Trenchard Museum for many months scanning in Apprentice Records with the objective of making this unique source of information available on-line through the Website. Pleased to report that after much effort and testing they have finally "laid an egg" and the first set of documents can now be viewed by those deemed qualified to read them. However, aware that this could be regarded as sensitive data it has been decided to restrict access to those who form the subject, i.e. only those members of the Entry concerned will be provided with the password that will allow them to get at the sordid truth about their time and achievement during their training at Halton.
The first Entry to be exposed to this new venture is the 223rd for no reason other than they came out of the hat when the project was started. If you go to the Entries page and scroll down to the 223rd you will find a new hot link in the form of an arrow. 223rd-ers who want to gain access need to contact their Entry Rep Rob Rodham who will provide "the key" and instructions. (Rob can be found at "firstname.lastname@example.org").
As stated, this endeavour is on-going and as the document set for each Entry is completed these will be up-loaded together with the appropriate security controls to restrict access to just that Entry's members. The procedure to gain entry will be the same in each case, that is, by confirmation of the member's bona vids by the Entry Rep. There is no set Entry order for these records to be tackled but an announcement will be made as each addition is completed.
13 Sep 11 - Halton Grove.
Duncan Grant advises the latest status of the take-up of pavers at the Halton Grove at the National Arboretum. Click here to open up a copy of the latest spreadsheet to view who has subscribed to have their Entry immortalised.
06 Sep 11 - 56th Website.
Graham Purdy advises that he has taken on the onerous task of becoming the Webmaster for the 56th Entry's website and a grand stab he has made of it too. Either go to the Entries Page to gain access or, if that's too much trouble, then click here to witness the fine job that is now the virtual world of the 56th Entry!
29 May 11 - 223rd Reunion Report.
Bob Rodham is quick off the mark to send in the following report on the 223rd's Reunion this weekend (28-30 May 11):
"The second Icelandic volcano, the Doomsday prediction (which apparently didn’t happen), coupled with a weekend of total sport (Champions League final; Nations Cup; League Play-offs; Test Match; Monaco Grand Prix and Tennis) could not detract from the 40th Anniversary of that day in 1971 when strangers piled off the MT onto the parade square. Yes, 223's first day at RAF Halton.
Held at the Oxford Spires Hotel over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, 22 members and partners converged from all parts of the Britain (thanks to the hard work of our webmaster Bob Rodham and his good lady Yvonne). Sadly there were some late call-offs and one couple who managed to find the sister hotel in Abingdon where there was “no room at the inn”.
A small entry at the start 223 was even smaller after the passing of two years but due to Bobs’ tenacity, we welcomed two new attendees, Pete Lewis and Stu Thompson with their partners, who for one reason or another left us prior to our pass-out. Once 223, always 223!
The start of the first evening's celebrations rudely interrupted the gathering in the bar, however this was quickly forgotten with the customary group photo and listening to Ian Poveys’ account of 223 during which many names and incidents were recalled to roars of laughter.
A marvellous meal was consumed, followed by a raffle which paid for our entry paver proudly on display in Halton Grove at the National Memorial Arboretum. The many raffle prizes included a glass painting of an Avro York “York Flight being our first home”, RAF Halton memorabilia and a tail rotor blade from a Sea King!! Don’t ask. Thanks to all who contributed prizes. The profit of £121 from the raffle was unanimously voted to go to the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma at Cancer Research UK, as the usual scribe, of these reports, Taff Wilson was sadly unable to attend this year.
Later old photographs displayed around the room were viewed with the usual identity disagreements. However it was noted that there were now a few more pairs of glasses required to view them. We are still 17 year-olds in these ageing bodies and acting like 17 year-olds: a lesson learnt was not to leave your camera unattended as a number of inappropriate photos were taken, so that’s what Wing Commanders got up to in the officers mess, Tanner!
A free day on Sunday saw the majority of members take the short walk along the river into Oxford whilst others took the bus and some even taxis!! A small group returned to RAF Halton for the first time since leaving, this included a visit to the museum which was opened especially for them and St Georges to view our stained glass window; sadly they were late on parade, apologises to the museum curator. (Second lesson to learn, don’t trust the satnav).
That afternoon we were treated to a magnificent BBQ before retiring to the bar to continue the Brat banter.
A more sedate evening was had by all, apart from the bar staff.
A splendid weekend was had by all and perhaps another 40th anniversary in two years' time for our pass out. Thank you to all those involved."
Report provided by Dave Squires
22 Jan 11 - "Golden Oldies' Rivals".
Just received some tongue in cheek advice from a comrade who believes he has identified another outfit who might be available for ceremonial duties if our own Golden Oldies can't make the date! Click to view: here:
22 Nov 10 - Golden Oldies.
Paul Hardy advises that the Golden Oldies are considering producing a CD and/or a DVD of the band playing some of those iconic tunes
that we marched up and down 'that hill' to all those years ago. If enough support is forthcoming to go forward with this idea then
someone with the experience/knowledge and required recording equipment is needed to assist in putting this all together.
If you are interested and/or have the wherewithal to assist then please contact Paul Hardy at email@example.com or tel: 01353 610178.
21 Oct 10 - Aviation Love Fest!.
I was sent this by a like-minded "saddo" with the instruction to click here for a little diversion and a reminder (maybe) of times when being involved with aircraft was a pleasure!
14 Oct 10 - Triennial "The Bear".
Those of you who attended the Triennial would have been witness to the Golden Oldies doing their set piece of "The Bear"s who weren't there can still enjoy the performance. Click to view:
20 Jun 10 - Harry Clack - 39th Entry.
In Memory of Harry who was just short of his 17th birthday when he died; the youngest ex-Apprentice to be killed whilst in active
service. He is listed in the Roll of Honour under the 39th.
28 Jan 10 - Entry Website Notices.
Tom Ambrose tells that the 131st now have a Website. Go to the Entries Page and
click on the graphic and see what they have to say or if you can't be bothered to travel that far then just click HERE and share in their news.
Likewise Ted Cossins informs us that the 85th have resurrected their presence on the World Wide Web and
their Website can be found either by going to the Entries Page and clicking on their badge or, for the lazy ones, by clicking HERE.
17 Jan 10 - Entry Website Notices.
Rod Abbott of the 79th is pleased to report they now have a Website. Go to the
Entries Page, click on the graphic and see what they have to say.
Not such good news comes from Dave Williams who advises that the link to the 77th no longer works. As the caveat at the top of the
Entry Listing states, if the hosting for any particular site is not maintained (i.e. paid for when annual hosting fees are due) or, worse,
the host has gone out of business then there is little we on the Old Haltonians site can do other than remove the link and await further
advice. So, once again folks, if anyone has just cause or knows of any reason why this man or this women ... no, wait a minute,
that's something else! Let's put it another way; if the 77th want their Website to be reinstated, then get in touch with your
Webmaster and sort it out!