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Memorial Room
Following this week's UK Government announcement regarding a 'Roadmap for Lifting Lockdown' within England, the Memorial Room remains closed until at least late Spring this year.

Government guidelines will continue to be monitored, together with Covid infection rates and other factors, with a full review to be undertaken, at the appropriate time. The safety and well being of both potential visitors and our Volunteers, who welcome them, will remain paramount in this process.
Added 26 February 2021

Ken Duddell
It is with regret and great sadness we announce that former Chairman, Ken Duddell, passed away this morning. He was 96 and would have marked another birthday in just four days time.

During WW2, Ken qualified and flew as a Flight Engineer in Lancasters – an aircraft he always considered to be “Queen of the Skies”. Early Autumn 1943 saw a posting to 460 Squadron at Binbrook, but his pilot failed to return from a ‘Second Dickie’ and he became a ‘spare bod’, along with the rest of the crew. A transfer to 12 Sqn at Wickenby failed to find a pilot, so Ken and his comrades were sent to 1667 HCU, Faldingworth. There, they met up with Sqn Ldr Whittet - a former Instructor about to join 103 as Flight Commander.

Relocating to Elsham that October, they survived nine trips to Berlin. When the Skipper and Navigator both completed second tours, the others found themselves ‘spare’ once again, flying with various crews to finish a first. In May ’44, Ken became an Instructor at Blyton HCU, before a final move to 625 Sqn at Scampton, towards the end of the War.

He joined the Association around 1990. Without his stewardship, it would not have continued in the new Millennium or prospered to reach a 40th Anniversary in 2019. Such was Ken’s dedication to all things Elsham Wolds and the pull of Lincolnshire, he and wife, Valerie, relocated to a house in Barnetby: coincidentally, on the site of the former station ‘Waffery’. On ceasing to be so actively involved, after 13 years in the Chair, Ken and Val returned to their native Midlands, settling in Droitwich Spa.

A version of this announcement will be posted on Social Media and a fuller obituary included in the next Members' Newsletter.
Added 25 February 2021

Website
If you are reading this, you've found our revamped website - initially launched on 25/09/2020.

Items from the old site, retained to give an indicatation of what to expect on this page, have been moved to the News Archive (see below).
Updated 25 February 2021

New Year + New Content
This item (included on 3 January) has now been archived (see below).
Status Amended 26 February 2021


Newsletter 62
The Winter Newsletter has now been despatched to Members, despite postal difficulties. Copies to UK addresses should be received before Christmas. To mitigate any delay, advance copies have been sent electronically to all those overseas for whom we have an e-mail address.

Non-members wishing a sample copy are requested to contact:- Editor@elshamwolds.org.uk
Added 23 December 2020

Contributions to Remembrance
Throughout the summer, our former Association Secretary and c.30 other volunteers knitted and stitched poppies onto netting (camouflage variety, supplied by the Yorkshire Regiment) for their local church. Various shades of red wool were used, according to what was available. Poppies of other hues were also added in acknowledgement of other forms of Remembrance - white for all war victims, including civilians, and future peace; purple, remembering the service of animals in wartime and black poppies emphasising the contribution of black, African and Caribbean communities' to the war effort.

It was intended to hang the netting, with its hundreds of poppies, from the tower to mark November Remembrance but sadly, given the blustery autumnal weather prevailing, it was decided to drape the poppies inside the church. Unfortunately, only those permitted entry for solitary prayer were able to view this magnficent effort.

In Barrie, Ontario, member and RCAF veteran, Bill Sergeant organised virtual speeches at several schools, distributed poppy donation boxes, participated in associated advertising and arranged for churches in the town to ring their bells 75 times at 11:00 on 11 November.
Bill had also planned on visiting a local Secondary School for the sixth time, to tell students about Remembrance Day and what it means to Veterans. Unfortunately, Covid restrictions prevented this, so he recorded his speech for broadcast.
Added 23 November 2020

November Remembrance Observed
As noted previously (see News Archive), We were unable to hold a November Service this year, however, several Members contributed to or participated in acts of Remembrance, often of a more personal nature - See Item above, added 23 November. On Remembrance Sunday, 8th November, the RAF Ensign was raised and poppy wreathes placed by the cairn in the Memorial Garden, at 11.00 am, on behalf of the membership.

Three days later, on Armistice Day, it had been intended to hold a small ceremony with our President in attendance but, with the introduction of a (second) Lockdown, this was considered inappropriate. Two of the Association 'stalwarts' met at the Memorial in blustery and cold conditions and were joined by, appropriately distanced, Anglian Water personnel (two of whom were ex-servicemen, replete with medals). With the flag blowing stiffly, the Ode to Remembrance was recited and silence observed before a wreath laying, including one honouring all No.13 Base Squadrons on behalf of the President (who was simultaneously placing a personal wreath for 103 Squadron at his local village War Memorial).
Corrected 8 January 2021



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