Saturday 26 April 2008

Cheshire Heraldry Society AGM

Time has been a little tight this week so I haven't had the time to jot down the happenings at the AGM last Saturday but in brief here goes:

The Committee was re-elected en-block as follows:


Chair  Mr. Harold Storey

Hon. Treasurer Mr. Denis Cranston

Hon. Secretary Mrs. Rutha Titterton

Programme Secretary Mr. John Titterton


Miss M.K. Gilligan

Mr. D.G. Richbell

Mrs. M. Vaughan

After the AGM John and Rutha showed us a small selection of their "Goss" armorial ware specifically collected for its Ashbourn coat of arms. We then had a report from Mike Thompson on his recent trip to London to present the Badge of the Royal Observer Corps to the RAF.

[Photographs courtesy of the ROC Association]

Mike, the Badge and Peter Owen (from RAF News)

The following is a report first published on the ROC Association web site [My thanks to them]:

On Tuesday18th March a group of former ROC members met at the Hard ROCk Café for coffee before moving on to the RAF Club a hundred yards away, where we had been invited to attend the presentation of an ROC Badge to the club by Mike Thompson, a former member of 16 Group, 16 Post Poynton.

On entering the RAF Club and being directed to the Cowdray Lounge bar we were welcomed by Peter Owen the General Manager and Secretary of the Club, and offered wine or soft drinks.

Mike then gave an excellent talk on the history of the ROC and the reasons why he felt that the ROC Badge should be on display within the RAF Club. He then made the presentation of a framed ROC Badge to the Club, along with an ROC 50th Anniversary Commemorative Plate and a special version of the ROC Squadron Print of the wartime Spitfire, 'Observer Corps' 'EB-Z'.

ROC Squadron Prints of the Spitfire were also presented by Mike to AM Cliff Spink, AVM George Black and Roy McDowell.

Peter Owen announced that the club would provide drinks and buffet lunch in the lounge. This very generous offer was very much appreciated by everyone present.

We were all very proud to be at the presentation, and felt a debt of gratitude to Mike for bringing his idea to fruition.

The Badge will be on display in the Badges Corridor, which is covered from floor to ceiling with paintings of RAF squadron badges and other units.

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