RSA Wessex Branch
includes Solent & Cotswold branches

Last update 01 April, 2020 20:33



Welcome to the Wessex Branch of the RSA Website!

This section gives easy access to all the information needed about the workings and activities of our section. The full social programme activities etc., can be accessed using the buttons . Comments, updates, photos and ideas for future activities and visits are always welcome. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at any/all of our functions.

We can be contacted by email the branch on the hyperlink below, please note that there may be separate email addresses for special event bookings. Because of data protection, if you wish to be included then please inform one of the committee or email:-

Currently SOLENT & COTSWOLD are looked after by the WESSEX Branch.

Attempts to involve members from these Branches have unfortunately yielded limited response so far and any ideas to encourage their involvement would be gratefully received by the Wessex Branch Committee.  

Check the What's On page for all events.
Last u
pdate made on the 16/03/2020.


In view of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus guidelines and after careful consideration, the Wessex committee has decided to postpone our Branch AGM.
RSA 20 has also been postponed till April 2021.

Furthermore, our planned programme is now suspended until further notice and we shall take further guidance as to when to restart. We will update this site when we can recommence.

Do you remember the Construction of NATS ATCEU & College in 1962

New Forest Aviation Information

John Levesley (a retired NATS ATCO) who lives in Bransgore, which borders the eastern edge of the site of the former Winkton ALG. Following the publication in 1982 of Chris Ashworth's book on Military Airfields of the South West. He was intrigued to find that those fields had indeed been used, all be it for only a few months in 1944.  After a number of years he compiled information on Winkton ALG and the operations from the ALG by the 404th Fighter Bomber Group of the US 9th Air Force.

More information can be found on his website Winkton.Net  which has further links to information about the 404th Fighter Group etc. The RAF Sopley site also has additional information. The FONFA SITE (Friends Of the New Forest Airfields) gives more aviation information in the Wessex area.

Another site of interest is the ATC-History site which is an archive of 20th century air traffic control photographs and other media sponsored by the Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers. This also contains a section on the College of ATC and ATCEU/ATMDC site.

All these sites are packed with information and contain links to other sites for further reading.

Previous Wessex Events

  • February 19th 2020  Meeting at the Carpenters Arms, Bransgore.
    Unfortunately David Bickerton was unable to give his talk about "Parents at War" at this time and it had to be postponed until a later date. In its place our chairman gave his talk on the "Jewellery of Elizabeth Taylor" which was enjoyed by all. 16 people stayed on for lunch.

  • January 29th 2020 - BURNS Supper

The Wessex Group Celebrated with a BURNS SUPPER
An'a wee bit o'nonsense! - with a programme of discourse, music an' verse!!


A Warm Welcome frae Phil the chair. followed by an Address to the Haggis by Ted wi' Piper Callum.

The Selkirk Grace was led by Jocelyn.
Supper was served with Soup, Haggis an 'Neeps, Steak & Stilton Pie or Salmon Fillet.
It finished with Highland Trifle or Whiskey & Orange Ice Cream, Tea and Coffee.


The meal was followed by "The Immortal Memory", presented in style by Paddy Pollock.  Chris o' the Swinn gave "a toast to the lassies", with a reply from Alison o' Prestwick.
A good time was had by all.

  • December 10th 2019 - Christmas Drinks get together held at the Tyrrells Ford Hotel. Around 30 people turned up for the Wessex Annual Christmas drinks meeting to catch up with old friends.

  • November 27th 2019 - Skittles & Lunch at  "Three Legged Cross" Skittle Alley.


Approximately 27 members turns turned out for an enjoyable game of skittles with around 25 staying on for lunch in the "Three Legged Cross". I have no idea why Vintage Inns decided to name it as the "Three Legged Cross" as it is in fact about 1 mile from the centre of the Village.

This was a visit to the Wayland owned Sixpenny Micro Brewery in Cranborne. We were welcomed by Lyall, the head-brewer, who served tasters of the beers they produce and then took the whole group on a tour of the brewery itself. They then supplied a nice ploughmans with cheeses, nibbles, bread & olives etc.

Wessex Branch Contact information

The branch can be contacted by email using the email address below, please note that there may be separate email addresses for special event bookings and because of data protection, if you wish to be included in emails then please inform one of the committee or email:- .
Please put either "Social", "Treasurer" or "Committee" in the subject.


Wessex Branch


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