We are a flourishing aviation society that in 2018 celebrated 21 years since formation. Also that year the more inclusive title of the East Hertfordshire Aviation Society was adopted, recognising that our regular audience and membership now comes from way beyond Braughing village where it started.
The Braughing Aviation Society, as it was then known, was formed in 1997 by the late Len Howett who went on to become life president. A member of the Glider Pilot Regiment in World War 2, in company with others Len conceived the idea of a village society that provided a meeting place and forum for anyone with an interest in aviation. That provided the blueprint for the Society as it exists today.
Our 40 plus members, male and female, are drawn from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Many have aviation somewhere in their working lives - ex-Service personnel, commercial and private pilots, engineers, historians, journalists and so on. Such backgrounds, though, are not a condition of membership.
We also have ex-policemen, farmers, business people, administrators, accountants and the like who have an interest not only in aviation but also history and/or transport. The common bond is their enthusiasm for the subject and wanting to learn more. Geographically, members come from as far as Cambridge, Potters Bar and Hertford. Anyone with such interests, however general, is most welcome.
There is no joining fee. The only cost is £3 per meeting that goes towards speaker expenses and other overheads. Meetings, almost invariably with a guest speaker, are held monthly, autumn to early summer, usually on the last Monday of each month, starting in September, continuing through winter and spring and ending in June for a summer break.
Such is the reputation that the Society enjoys that some of our speakers ask to come and present to us rather than having to be persuaded to do so. At other times our own members present on aspects of aviation on which they are expert.
East Hertfordshire Aviation Society meetings are at The Sword Inn Hand public house, Pilgrims Row, Westmill, Buntingford SG9 9LQ, starting at 20.00. Many members meet beforehand, from 18.30 onwards, for a chat over supper and drinks. We really do welcome new faces. While the present Covid-19 restrictions on group meetings exist we are, of course, unable to hold ‘live’ meetings, but we make good use of Zoom as an alternative. Our next three Zoom meetings, to which you are cordially invited, are:
- 28 December at 8pm Quiz hosted by member Philip Howell. Details of how to participate will follow next month
- 25 January at 8pm (apologises to the Scots as its Burns Night) “History of Salisbury Hall and the D.H.Mosquito” by member Steve Morgan. It is hoped that as a follow up there will be a guided visit of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum at Salisbury Hall where the prototype and two other Mosquitos are on display.
- 22 February at 8pm – Peter Davison – “R-101 Airship 90th anniversary lecture”
- 29 March at 8pm – Michael Hallett – “The extraordinary flying career of Wing Commander Harold Blackman MC AFC (1879 – 1959) by his Grandson”.
To be able to take part in any of the above and to learn of other upcoming events, both Zoom and ‘live’, that we plan to stage in 2021, sign up for our monthly information mailings by emailing the Society’s secretary, Roger Stainton here >>>