RSA Wessex Branch
includes Solent & Cotswold branches

Last update 02 August, 2020 21:03




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 02 August, 2020 21:03.

This will be updated when the programme changes are confirmed.)


In view of the current situation regarding "Coronovirus-19" guidelines and on advice, the Wessex committee has suspended our planned programme until further notice. This site will be updated with the latest information.

It is likely that most of the 2020 programmes will transfer to 2021 and the programme will be updated with the latest information.

A Photo taken by Phil Holt of some of the liners stored in Poole Bay in June 2020

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 Wessex.

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

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.
then 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.


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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