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Airborne Engineers Association

Branch News

Birmingham - December 2017
John Phillips - Chairman

The recent months have been busy for those who wanted to be a part of tours and social events organised by other Associations and our own members. Members visited Normandy during July with Bedworth PRA and Arnhem with 299 Association. Both were well organised and enjoyed by those who went and new friends made.

Steve Brown organised two Indian curry nights which were a great success especially one for Bunny to meet his friends outside hospital environs.

A small group of AEA members, with those from Newark PRA, attended the commemoration at the monument erected to the memory of our fellow Sappers lost at Cromwell Lock. Matters are now in hand to plan for the 2019 commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the tragedy with AEA Scotland and families and Newark PRA.

Cromwell Lock Commemoration

We supported and enjoyed the company of members of The Parachute Regimental Association and later with Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at their annual dinners and some intend to attend our Christmas Dinner on 2nd December.

The recent AGM and Dinner in Hull organised by 299 was faultless in its planning and execution. The Saturday recce led by pathfinder Gaz Coe, of numerous city centre ale houses was a fitting start to a very enjoyable Dinner. Well done to all at 299 who had any part in a good weekend.

Sorry to report that the Boot and Beer tabbers have not been out and about since Bunny has had to pack his boots away whilst he's been poorly. Must try harder despite the weather!

After many years (16?) our Treasurer, Elsie Barrett has resigned for personal reasons. We wish both Elsie and George, our President, well and hope to see them soon at our meetings.

At the AGM Birmingham Branch had the good news that Steve Brown had been presented with our President's Commendation for his many years' service as Secretary and organiser of many social events. Thanks and well done Steve.

We send our best wishes to all our AEA long term sick, which recently we seem to have had more than usual, a speedy recovery back to good health.

Birmingham Branch wish all members, wives and partners a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.



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