(Suggested by Dave Shephard)
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Click HERE for the latest update from Dave Squires regarding the NMA
Below from Dave Squires 12/03/2016.
The gardeners at the NMA have just had the first meeting of the season, also photograph showing
how the new Remembrance Centre is coming on.
Below, update from Dave Squires regarding the NMA, click HERE for photographs
A few photos of the NMA last Friday before the Ride to
the Wall. The usual calm and peaceful ambience is shattered
by the current building works which is currently underway. On the rear of the car park is the temporary, not sure for
how long, marquee which contains the shop, cafe and toilets. Coming to the end of the gardeners duties next month for this year.
These taken by myself on 1st August 2015
Check out latest below published in most recent 'Haltonian'
with Dave Squires
click here for article
This from Dave Squires 23/05/2013
Below 90th Anniversary of the RAF Halton Apprentice Scheme 12th May 2012
(with many thanks to Dave Squires who supplied the material)
DRAFT ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT THE NMA ON 12TH MAY 2012
Principal Guest is Viscount Trenchard, grandson of the great man.
1100 Reception open
1215. Members and
Guests settle in at Amphitheatre.
1230 VT arrives and
changes (Band entertains)
1246-1315 Service in
Cheshire Amphitheatre and then move to Grove ( 1 minute)
1320- Words from VT
and unveil new Interactive Information Board
1325-VT and VPs meet
selected team members and other guests
1330 – Band leads
march to Luncheon. VT escorted directly
from the Flypast and Pipe Band, we might consider involving the local
ATC Sqn (
Queen’s Colour will be marched on by RAF Cosford’s Colour Squadron
The Association standard will also be paraded.
Grove Paver take up as at 15th September 2011
04 August 2011
12 May 2011 (looking good)
27 April 2011
02 March 2011 -Latest in from Dave
05 February 2011 - Below from Dave Squires
All change at the NMA the hedging is being removed to allow
the contactors to come in and lay the path with the entry blocks.
Hopefully with a true circle rather than the one that we dug up today. The propeller will be removed by NMA using more than
manpower. Unfortunately the hedging never took in a number of places. It will be work in progress for a while and if any of the
“boys” have any ideas as to how we can replace the wheel and propeller let me know, any ideas will be forwarded to the committee.
The following from the latest edition of the Haltonian
Dave Squires has offered to pay the 50.00 next August for the
223 entry paver, it is
proposed that we hold a raffle at the reunion next May to recover the 50.00 back
to Dave and any profits be donated to 'Help for Hero's
The following from Dave Squires regarding the new Grove
most of you know we are planning to lay a new entrance pathway into the
this will link to a circular 4’ path around the ‘wheel’ hedging. The circular pathway will
accommodate engraved Entry pavers at a cost of £50.00 each. Work on these
pathways is scheduled to be completed for April 2012. Around this time the HAAA
will be holding a high profile 90th anniversary of the Halton Apprentice scheme at
pre-orders for the Entry pavers.
Grove Gate Competition
The competition produced many excellent design
ideas. After due consideration by the
Grove Management Committee and the HAAA Council the design submitted by
Gerry Honey, 70th was declared the winner.
Check out the following marking the
occasion of the
Service of Re-Dedication of the Halton Grove at the National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas
including the unveiling of a new plaque and inscription
(with many thanks to Dave Squires who attended and supplied the information & photographs)
The following pic is of Dave
Squires at the Arboretum with 3 guys from other entries,
(Richard Cook 97th, Ian Sloss 105th, Pat Argent 94th, Ron Priest 207th) after
being approached by RAFHAAA to assist with tidying the plots.
He will be back up there in January 2009 to continue.
The Arboretum has improved dramatically since the
information below was added,
culminating with the dedication service for the new Armed Forces Memorial attended by
HM The Queen on Friday 12th October 2007.
check out the video below from Gordon Taylor (65th)
National Memorial Arboretum is being created on a 150 acre site as a living
tribute to the wartime
generations of the twentieth century and as a gift in their memory for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy.
began in 1997 and plots and groves have been created for the armed forces,
police and fire
services and many other groups and associations.
established is the 'Halton Grove' in a section dedicated to RAF Halton
following is the inscription on the plaque attached to a large stone as shown below by Dave Shep.
'THIS BEECH GROVE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THOSE
BOYS WHO JOINED THE R.A.F. AT HALTON AS AIRCRAFT APPRENTICES FROM 1922 UNTIL
1993, AND WERE KNOWN AS `TRENCHARD'S BRATS'.
THE GROVE TAKES THE FORM OF THE APPRENTICES' RESPECTED WHEEL BADGE, THE CENTRAL
TREES DENOTING THE PROPELLER, WITH THE CIRCLE OF BEECH HEDGING COMPLETING THE WHEEL.
THE APPRENTICE BADGE IS THE ONLY R.A.F. METAL BADGE TO BE SEWN ON TO THE UNIFORM
THE PARTICIPATING ENTRIES TO THE GROVE ARE: 4th, 11th,
17th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, 30th,
32nd, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 44th, 45th, 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd,54th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th, 60th, (1,2, & 3 WINGS), 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 65th, 67th, 68th, 69th, 70th, 71st,72nd, 73rd, 76th, 77th, 79th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 86th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 96th, 97th, 99th, 100th, 102nd, 130th, 132nd, 137th, 138th, 203rd, 209th, and 211th, AS WELL AS THE NAVAL AIR WING (1938-1942), POLISH (1943-1947), AND CEYLONESE (1951-1962), ENTRIES.
"WHEN BEECH LEAVES ARE FALLING, WHERE - ER WE MAY ROAM, OLD MEMORIES COME CALLING; OF HALTON - AND HOME".
Dedicated: September 2000.'
Unfortunately we missed out on being a 'contributing' entry
and our number is not shown on the plaque,
however there are new trees being planted by individual entries with a black label and white writing
with up to 10 words at a cost of £50.
Dave and myself suggest that we try and add a 223 tree as our
contribution, the earliest we could do
this is September as there is a long backlog of organizations waiting to do similar.
So the question is what do you all think ? there is a web site and the address is -
Please take a look and check it out.
Below is the layout of the site as it is at present the Halton area is No. 40