Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
Speaker: Steve Robson
The talk will be preceded by a short AGM. Nevil Shute Norway was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. An aeronautical engineer as well as a pilot, he began his engineering career with the De Havilland Aircraft Company. Dissatisfied with the lack of opportunities for advancement, he took a position in 1924 with Vickers Ltd., where he was involved with the development of airships, working as Chief Calculator (stress engineer) on the R100 airship project for the Vickers subsidiary Airship Guarantee Company. In 1929 he was promoted to Deputy Chief Engineer of the R100 project under Barnes Wallis and when Wallis left the project he became the Chief Engineer. By the outbreak of the Second World War, Shute was already a rising novelist. Even as war seemed imminent he was working on military projects with his former boss at Vickers, Sir Dennistoun Burney. He was commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a sub-lieutenant. He ended up in what would become the Directorate of Miscellaneous Weapons Development. There he was a head of engineering, working on secret weapons such as Panjandrum, a job that appealed to the engineer in him. Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 Venue Druitt Hall Christchurch 8PM Note subscriptions due at the AGM, only £15 for the year.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Speaker: Dr Henry Goodall
Special Operations Executive missions in WWII. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the high street this presentation describes the clandestine night-time flying operations to insert secret agents into France, to support the French Resistance during WWII. The aircraft, personnel and airfields are illustrated, together with the locations and agents landed behind enemy lines. On 5 May 1941 the first SOE agent was dropped into German occupied France. Between the first drop in May 1941 and August 1944, more than four hundred F Section agents were sent into occupied France, with the first woman dropped into France on 24 September 1942. They served in a variety of functions including arms and sabotage instructors, couriers, circuit organisers, liaison officers and radio operators. Druitt Hall Christchurch 8pm
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
Speaker: Colin van Geffen
We’ve all seen some of the modern wonders of aviation – but nothing is new in the world of flight and some things are very strange indeed... Druitt Hall Christchurch 8pm
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Meetings are held in the newly refurbished Druitt Hall, adjacent to the library, off the High Street, Christchurch Dorset at 20:00 hours (8pm). Charges: £10 Annual Subscription (May to May), or £3 visitors at the door. Facilities: Toilets and Disabled Access. Refreshments of coffee, tea and biscuits are served during the evening for 50p. We would be delighted to welcome you, your family and friends.
The Society was formed as the Sea Vixen Society in 1983 to commemorate and celebrate the aviation history of Christchurch and to enable like-minded Aviation enthusiasts to meet, be entertained and have a chat on a regular basis - a format which is very much the heart of the Society today.