It is with deep regret that a database error which was outwith our control has resulted in the database of 2012 being used to send out the invites for this years dinner instead of the most recent up to date database which had been provided. This means that those people who changed address may not receive the invite but more importantly those deceased members since 2012 have also received an invite. The committee apologies to those people who may be affected by this most regrettable and upsetting error and steps are being taken to ensure this does not happen in the future.
If you do not receive an invite in the next couple of days please contact me asap and I will email you as soon as possible with an application form. Thank you for your continued support.
It is my sad duty to inform Members that Joe Gibbons, former Cpl Supplier from 1966-76, died in Hospital in Oxford on 14th February 2014 at the age of 87 after a fall at his home.
The funeral will take place on Friday 14 March at Oxford Crematorium at 10:00, all are welcome to attend.
Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.
Please note the change of time for the funeral.
It is with sadness that I announce the death of Air-Vice Marshal James Donald Spottiswood CB CVO AFC MA RAF(Retd) on 28th December 2013 at the age of 79.
AVM Don Spottiswood served as Deputy Captain of The Queen’s Flight between 1974-78 and was appointed the CVO in 1977.
His funeral took place at Bournemouth Crematorium on 16 Jan 2014 at 12:30 PM.
Our sincere condolences go to his wife Margaret and family.
For a full obituary of the life and career of Don Spottiswood please go to the link below:
Chris Harrison (TQFA Membership Secretary)
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Air Vice-Marshal Sir Richard Charles Fairfax Peirse KCVO, CB, RAF(Retd) on Saturday, 8th February 2014. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family at this sad time.
Air Vice-Marshal Sir Richard Charles Fairfax Peirse KCVO, CB was the son of Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Peirse. He was educated at Bradfield College and the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the RAF on 9 April 1952, he was promoted to Flying Officer in 1953 and to Flight Lieutenant in 1954. Subsequent promotions followed to Squadron Leader in 1959 and to Wing Commander in 1965.
In 1968 he became Commanding Officer of No. 51 Squadron, before being promoted to Group Captain on 1 July 1969 and taking up the post of Deputy Captain of The Queen’s Flight where he stayed until 1972. He was then Station Commander at RAF Waddington in 1973 and Deputy Director of Operational Requirements in 1976, and Director of Personnel (Air) in 1977. Promoted to Air Commodore on 1 January 1978, he then became Director of Operational Requirements in 1980.
On 30 January 1982, Air Commodore Richard Peirse was appointed Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, with the acting rank of Air Vice-Marshal. He was promoted to substantive Air Vice-Marshal on 6 July 1982. Appointed a CB in the 1984 New Year Honours List, he served as Defence Services Secretary from 1985 to his retirement. On 9 March 1988 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, and retired from the RAF on 16 June 1988.
In retirement he was Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod between 1990 and 2002 and Registrar and Secretary of the Order of the Bath between 2002 and 2006.
Information sought from Wikipedia.
Invites will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.
Gay Meredith would like thank those who attended the funeral and those who donated so generously to The Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance.
The funeral for Martyn Meredith RVM will take place at the West Berks Crematorium, Thatcham on Tuesday 21st January 2014 at 1:30pm. Family flowers only but donations may be made to The Thames Valley Air Ambulance through Howard Chadwick Funeral services, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford OX10 8ED.
To assist with catering requirements, please inform Ian Grant if you intend to attend and join Gay and family afterwards for light refreshments. Ian Grant can be contacted on 01491 835607 or at email@example.com
Today I have been informed that Martyn Meredith passed away late last night in The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being taken ill 3 weeks ago. Our thoughts are with his family.
Funeral details will be published when known.
Some very nice words from Dennis Hodgson, a policeman in Sandsend in North Yorkshire.
Bob King provides the background.
On 24 October 1986 we flew a Royal Flight with King Olav V of Norway from Mulgrave Castle (near Sandsend) to York and back. The return was very late and the weather was foul so it was not possible for us to leave and find a refuel (Leeming I believe), so we left the Wessex in the landing field for the night. The very helpful local policeman was Dennis Hodgson and he made arrangements with Graham Wilson at the Beach Hotel for us to stay the night. Despite it being so late and well after closing time, Graham provided a huge plate of sandwiches and some beer, and made us all very welcome. We left the next morning after a good breakfast for our return to Benson, and that was the start of Denis’s long term involvement with Sandsend. Good company, good beer, good food and good walks – his idea of heaven!
From Dennis Hodgson
Thanks for your help in keeping us informed. I wonder if, having seen the info on the
Queens Flight site, if it can be included with the RAF powers that Denis was, as a direct result of the flight when we met you, a regular vistor at Sandend and became a popular friend to quite a number of villagers.
He visited,as you know, the Beach Hotel for several years and since his death a lot of the locals, including my wife and myself, have spoken of him as a very descent chap who will be missed and always remembered. Even today we still speak of you all as RAF crew on a friendly visit rather than an official military operation. Will contact you again after discussion with Graham.
Regards and wishing you both health and happiness,
from Audrey and Dennis Hodgson
The funeral for Denis will take place at 1300hrs, Friday 3rd January 2014 at Our Lady & St Kenelm Church, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1DR followed by burial at Bourton on The Water. No flowers please.