Son et Lumière
Do you realise it’s the 30 years this year since this memorable event in St Mary’s Church in 1978? June Lewis
is very keen to have a reminiscence evening in October. We are asking if we can borrow any photos or memorabilia
of the occasion so they can be copied and displayed in the Heritage Room. We have the script and programme.
We are also asking for people to record their reminiscences of the event for a CD compilation. Please contact
Geoff Bishop for oral recordings and Alison 711768 or June Lewis-Jones for any items.
About 50 people attended the meeting postponed from May to June so it could take place in the Centre.
Sadly we said goodbye to Keith Cottam as Chairman. His expertise and leadership has taken us from small
beginnings to a flourishing Society. Geoff Hawkes was elected as Chairman with new Committee members,
Gill Compton, taking over as Treasurer, Chris Hobson and Julie Parker.
Geoff Bishop gave an excellent, informative and interesting talk on oral history and Fairford at War. When
the recordings are put together it certainly shows what a valuable asset to local history oral recordings can be,
it really makes the past come alive, so please come forward to have your memories of Fairford recorded. The
interviews can now take place in the Archive Room or in your own home if you prefer. Contact Geoff 713747.
Questionnaires had been sent out to all members and 24 have been returned. Most people still want to have
4 meetings a year but many were interested in events and outings. The majority wanted local subjects but
almost the same number wanted wider Gloucestershire history.
Would anyone who offered to help in the Archive Room please contact me as foolishly I left no space for people
to give their names and out of 11 only 4 did! The intention is that there should be a presence in the Archive Room
on Monday afternoons from 1.00pm and t other times by arrangement, starting regularly from September. At the moment
it is a matter of organising the material transferred there.
We commissioned Ian Westlake to make us a lectern to go in the Heritage Room with the money bequeathed to
us by the late Enid Johnson. Ian crafted a beautiful piece of furniture which is a great asset to the room.
A file with information relating to the timeline is in place at the moment but it could be used for any
topic. A plaque in remembrance of Enid has been added to the lectern. A copy of the Victoria County History
volume that includes the Fairford area has also been bought, a book the Society had long been wanting. A. Hobson
All FHS publications are available from email@example.com or by contacting the secretary 01285 711768.
They are also on sale at St Mary’s Church, Fairford and at the Community Centre. We hope to acquire a portable
display rack for the Heritage Room when it is open and the Archive Room.
FHS Monograph 3 – The Raymond Barkers of Fairford Park.
This has been one of our best selling monographs and through the website we have had contact with a member
of the Raymond Barker family who has provided us with some additional information.
For all those interested in Fairford wartime years a new book about the two RAF Stirling transport s
quadrons that were based at Fairford in 1944 has just been published. Stirlings in Action with the
Airborne Forces by Dennis Williams (Pen & Sword Books, ISBN 9781844156481, £25) gives detailed information
about the Squadron’s activities at Fairford and has many photographs of the aircraft and personnel based at Fairford.
The Committee 2008-2009
Officers: Geoff Hawkes (Chair) 712053, Brian Routledge (Vice Chair), Alison Hobson (Secretary) 711768,
Gill Compton (Treasurer), Ian Westlake (Membership) 712329, Margaret Bishop (FCC rep), John Read (IT),
Maurice Jones (FTC rep), Chris Hobson, Julie Parker.
See From the Archives: Parish Registers, Inventories,