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Update by the Association President Dec 2017

This year has been more or less dominated by the thirty fifth anniversary of the Falklands conflict with a number of events being held throughout the country, many of which had representatives from our association. These ranged from the main ceremonies held at the National Arboretum, Aldershot and at Pangbourne.
23 Regiment hosted an Op Corporate event at Woodbridge in July when several members who had served in the Falklands met the present-day soldiers and gave talks on what it was really like, much to the interest of the hosts. There were many expressions of surprise with the equipment the veterans were issued with at the time compared to the modern-day kit.
The usual commemoration events in Normandy and Arnhem were held, again attended by many members to respect those who died in those operations, and by the time you receive this journal the Association detachment would have taken part in the Remembrance Day Parade in London.
We had an interesting AGM in Hull in October, courtesy of 299 Association Branch and a number of matters were raised. One of these is promoting ourselves and maintaining contact with old and potential members. From my own experience in other organisations this is an ongoing problem, particularly trying to encourage younger elements to join in and take part. The Executive Committee have been tasked with looking into this to see if things can be improved with new ideas and we hope to be able to report back with some positive thoughts in the future.
The Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening was an outstanding success, an article on this is elsewhere in the Journal, and our thanks go to 299 Association for organising the weekend. As reported elsewhere, next year the AGM and Gala Dinner will be held in our spiritual home in Chatham, courtesy of our Branch there and I hope that many of you will be able to attend.
With winter now virtually upon us and the festive season approaching I take this opportunity of wishing all members and their families the season's greetings.

John Lee  Lt Col (Ret’d )
President, Airborne Engineers Association

Update from the Association Chairman Dec 2017

Hello Association Members, since my last update we have had a fairly busy period attending numerous memorial events especially to remember the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Falkland's War and of course our annual gathering at the AGM and Gala Ball.
I will let our President do the write-up on the gathering at Hull, but suffice to say, what a brilliant week-end.
Regarding the AGM, we voted over a new annual Standing Minute, in that £500 is to be transferred over to assist the Branch organising this event. There was also a proposition to vote over £5,000 to purchase Premium Bonds, however this was held over before taking a vote, as further research is needed as we are sure that this may be illegal within the Charity Commission rules. Wait-out on this, I will announce my findings at the next National Meeting in 2018.
The Sir Galahad Bell that is rung prior to the commencement of the Memorial Service held in the Pangbourne Chapel
As an Association we attended six separate Falklands services, including The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Aldershot military cemetery, Edinburgh, Pangbourne and at Royal Leamington Spa. My son Scott plays the Last Post for the RBL and had asked for Falklands Veterans to attend, which I duly did.
We actually had two separate services at the military cemetery Aldershot on different dates, one is our own RE service organised by our ex-OC, Chris Davies and a week later, the Airborne Forces service with a march past through the town. Tim VDK proudly carried our National Standard whilst I had again the honour to play the pipe lament 'Flowers of the Forest'. The crowd was 4-5 deep through the town, and it reminded me of the good old days of Aldershot. The Band of the Parachute Regiment, with their Shetland Pony Pegasus mascot and handler leading serving soldiers and at least 250-300 veterans marching. All in all a brilliant day, but at the same time sombre where required, and a widow of an ex 9 Sqn man who was KIA at Goose Green, whilst serving with 59 Indep Cdo Sqn, was with us.
Thank you Gill Melia for remembering Mick's time whilst he was serving in 9 Para Sqn. Can I record a personal thank you on behalf of all of the Falklands veterans from 9 Sqn to our Scotland Branch, who once again attended at Cpl Scott Wilson's grave in Edinburgh, said a few words and laid a wreath. Paul Moore and Charlie McColgan also attended. Gentlemen I owe you all a beer. 'Deoch Slainte na ban Righ'

J. J. Ferry

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