We are a flourishing aviation society that in 2018 celebrated 21 years since formation. Also last 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.
As the Braughing Aviation Society, it 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 now.
Our 40 plus members, male and female, are drawn from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Those with aviation somewhere in their working life include ex-Service personnel, commercial and private pilots, engineers, historians, journalists, and so on.
But such backgrounds are not a condition of membership. We also have ex-policemen, farmers, business people, administrators, accountants and the like. The common bond is their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject. Geographically, members come from as far as Cambridge, Potters Bar and Hertford.
There is no joining fee. The only cost is £3 per meeting that goes towards speaker expenses and other overheads. Anyone with an interest, however general, is made most welcome.
Meetings, almost invariably with a guest speaker, are held monthly, autumn to early summer, usually on the first Wednesday 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, 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 on which they are expert.
In a change of venue for 2019, from January 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.
The next talk, to be held on Wednesday 27 January 2020 at 8pm at The Sword Inn The Hand, Westmill, is by Vic Flintham about his recent tour of USA aviation museums. Non-members are welcome but, so that we know the number of attendees in advance, please let Roger Stainton (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you're coming. The Sword Inn The Hand offer a Pre-talk special pub menu dinner for attendees from 6.45pm.
We really do welcome new faces as well as old and if you would like to find out more or add your name to our information distribution list, please email Vic Flintham here >>> or Ray Hankin here>>> or telephone 01920 822155