For the last three years the responsibility for Grove Management has been based on the outcome and recommendations arising from the 2008 Study that led to the enhancements. These culminated in the most successful commemoration events on the 12th May 2012. In parallel, and in particular, following the passing of Ian Sloss in August 2010, exceptional arrangements had to be made for the ordering and installation of Entry and Personal Pavers.
Your Council has now reviewed the way ahead for management of the Grove in what is essentially now a more stable environment. There are now three key areas; two relating to appointments. The Grove will continue to be maintained with our great bunch of volunteers, now led by Dave Squires who will concentrate solely on this area. Thanks are due to Ron Priest who handed over a “going concern”. Ron continues to support the Grove, now as the qualified Electrician for the Information Board maintenance amongst other activities. The other specific appointment relates to overarching policy and relationships with the National Memorial Arboretum. Duncan Grant, Council Member, takes on this role.
The third area of change relates to procurement and installation of pavers. This activity has largely rested on the shoulders of one man working from home. The recent experience surrounding the Haltonian management has demonstrated that there is an inherent risk in relying on one individual undertaking activities largely outside the Association Office environment with the support that offers.
Accordingly, all applications for pavers should be submitted to the Association adressed to John Styles, RAFHAA, Building 412, RAF Halton, Aylesbury, BUCKS, HP22 5PG. Application Forms will be held at the Office. A revised Application Form reflecting this change is available by clicking here.