Welcome to the Wessex Branch of the RSA Website!
This section gives easy access to all the information needed about
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
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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.
made on the 16/03/2020.
Do you remember the Construction of NATS ATCEU &
College in 1962
New Forest Aviation
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
Another site of interest is the
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
All these sites are packed with information and contain links to
other sites for further reading.
- 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
Elizabeth Taylor" which was enjoyed by all. 16 people
stayed on for lunch.
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.
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.
27th 2019 - Skittles & Lunch at "Three Legged Cross" Skittle Alley.
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
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
Wessex Branch Contact
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",
or "Committee" in the
If you have any problems with
the RSA Wessex Page only then please email:-