March 2018 Tony King has now left Prayssac, France after 20 years and has settled in Rye, East Sussex.
Entry Photos update 18th October 2017
Two photos added to the entry main photo album courtesy of R Lambert. Plus two photos of the entry wooden floor block at the Woodspring Museum in
Weston -S- Mare.
Update on get-together at Peterborough on Friday 21st April 2017
Mike Sent the following email to members that we currently have email addresses for :-
I thought I'd update the group on the Friday get together some of the Entry attended at the start of the Locking Apprentices Association (LAA) AGM weekend in Peterborough.
After an afternoon spent reminiscing over beer and/or tea in the afternoon 19 of us (11 chaps & 8 other halves) enjoyed dinner together in the Marriott Hotel where the majority were staying. Sadly Bing & Mim were unable to join us after Bing went down with a virus which he said left him too weak to even lift a glass! After dinner the reminiscing then went on much later into the night and the Marriott Bar takings received a boost!
Those who aren't members of the LAA departed on Saturday and 7 of us - plus partners - stayed for the Saturday AGM & Dinner dance. The AGM was the usual somewhat protracted Mess Meeting style event but a couple of interesting points have come out.
The AGM next year is planned to be held there again. I don't yet have the exact date but similar to this year towards the end of April. It transpired that the Bircham Newton Admin Apps also use the Marriotts for their re-unions but have negotiated a 35% discount on costs! The Committee are making a similar approach & hope to obtain a similar reduction - better than the 10% we enjoyed this year.
So make an early note for next April as we shall try and repeat a similar event. Unfortunately the discount is only available to LAA members attending so perhaps a few more may consider joining. It's only £15 and can be done via www.raflaa.org.uk - I think the 91st membership of the LAA currently stands at 9 or 10 - including the President & 2 Committee members (sorry only Rick now as Nigel stood down at the end of his tenure).
I appreciate that several of us live further away from Peterborough than from Weston but I have no say in the choice of location as it was done by the LAA Committee - ostensibly to make it more central to the whole of UK especially as Weston apparently has lost a lot of its attraction!
I'm certain that if any of you living South of London want to try and arrange a get together closer to you then I'm also certain that several of us within reasonable striking distance would make efforts to attend. Gilly & Martin very kindly hosted two BBQs at home near Bristol which had good attendance. However they have more than done their bit so perhaps someone else can try?
Looking forward to hearing from you. If you manage to locate any other of the lads then we'd be delighted to get in touch.
Not a bad turnout for the Friday evening get together. Dave Crookes attended the AGM but couldn't make the 91st get together on the Friday. People starred attended both events the 91st get together and the LAA AGM on the Saturday.
20th January 2017
Mike Hill is planning on a get-together at Peterborough on Friday 21st April. See event page.
08th December 2016
Mike Hill posted the following on the 91st Entry Facebook site. As not many of you are on facebook I repost his message and pass on my Seasonal Greetings to you all. Charlie Tyler
Good grief, Guys! Christmas 2016 and most of us still of fairly sound mind but slowly weakening bodies. I was 75 this year and still have great memories of our times together at Locking.
Please all stay in touch and maybe we can organise some sort of get together next year if we can find a suitable, central venue.
Anyway, merry Christmas to all and a Happy & Healthy 2017.
|1||Allen (Taff) Jones|