Rossendale Aviation Society

"Serving aviation enthusiasts throughout the North West of England"


Archive of historical evenings and presentations - 2008


9th January 2008 'Annual General Meeting and 'Photo Prints Competition'

The AGM will take its usual form, with a pie and peas supper for all attendees. For further information (AGM), please contact the Society Secretary, Chris Wood.

For further information on the Photo Prints Competition, please click here.

23rd January 2008 'Model Competition and Members Slides (Paul Henshaw)'

The model competition will be organises as in previous years. For information on the type and number of entries, and how to enter, please see page two of the December Newsletter. Paul will show us images taken on his 2007 travels.

6th February 2008 '60 Years of Flight Testing at Warton' - by Dennis Morley

Dennis is Head of the Flight Test Department at Warton.

Dennis is a very entertaining lecturer and has prepared this presentation to mark the 60th Anniversary of the start of flight testing by English Electric, at Warton, in 1947.

20th February 2008 'Royal Review of the Royal Air Force 1977' - by David Blades

David Blades will tonight show us a selection of slides from the 1970s, the main feature being the Royal Review of the RAF held at RAF Finningley in 1977. David is well known for his large collection of military aircraft slides, especially of the RAF.

5th March 2008 Parachute Training and Gliding Development at Ringway 1940 - 1945' - by Alan Scholefield

Our regular guest, Alan Scholefield, returns with another chapter in the fascinating history of 'Ringway'.

19th March 2008 'USA and Canada - 2006/7' - by Bob Fairclough

Tonight we welcome Bob Fairclough, who will give a presentation on two recent visits to both the USA and Canada.

2nd April 2008 'Buccaneer - the last British Bomber?' - by Neville Beckett

Tonight we welcome Neville Beckett who was involved in the design and development of the Buccaneer.

16th April 2008 ''Members Photo Night'

Content to be confirmed.

7th May 2008 'India on a Bike' - by Glenn Wheeler

Guest Glenn Wheeler will tonight tell us about a recent 'adventure' to India, using his bike!

21st May 2008 'Aviation Brain of Rossendale 2008'

Cancelled - as a result of expected interest in the Champions League Final - between Manchester United and Chelsea. The competition will be organised for a future date.

4th June 2008 'Lakes Lightning's' - by Neil Airey

Tonight we welcome Neil Airey to the Society who will tells us about his collections of Lightning's and Lightning cockpits – and a Harrier and Hunter as well!

Neil is a former RAF pilot whose day job is flying the North West Air Ambulance.  He is also chief pilot of ‘Huey’ 72-21509 (G-UHIH) and his talk will touch on these activities.  It promises to be a very enjoyable evening so do not miss it.

For some notes on Neil’s career see his profile under the Team tab at


18th June 2008 'A visit to Central America' by Chris Walkden and Paul Watson

Chris and Paul joined the Alpha Mike Tours visit to Central America in November 2007.  Tonight they will recount their adventures to us.  The countries visited were Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Venezuela – It all sounds a bit Spanish to me so bring your sombreros for an entertaining evening.


2nd July 2008 'Aviation Brain of Rossendale 2008' by Martin Powell

Our annual quiz is presented by last years winner, Martin Powell, who has changed the format this year to widen the appeal of the event.


16th July 2008 'Images from New Zealand' by Andy Heap

Any was a member of the Society before he went to live in New Zealand. Now on a visit back home, he will tonight show us more of New Zealand and its aviation. On a previous visit to the Society, he had a most interesting storey and excellent photos.


6th August 2008 'Concorde' by Gordon Bartley

Gordon is one of the permanent team of guides for the visitors to the Concorde display at Manchester Airport. Tonight he will tell us about the Concorde project, illustrated with his usual high standard of photography.


20th August 2008 'Members Slide/Photo Evening'

Content to be confirmed in the near future.


3rd September 2008


'History of the Aircraft Carrier' - by Dr. Eric Grove

Tonight our guest is Dr. Eric Grove, Professor of Naval History at the University of Salford, who will address us on the History of the Aircraft Carrier.  Eric Grove is a leading authority on the history of naval power and during a varied career has taught at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and several universities. 

He has had several books published including ‘From Vanguard to Trident’ the standard work on post-1945 British naval policy, and ‘The Price of Disobedience’, a study of the Battle of the River Plate.  Do not to miss this presentation which is sure to be most interesting and informative.


17th September 2008 'Annual Recognition Competition 2008' - by Paul Henshaw

Tonight, Paul Henshaw, Hon. Society Chairman, presents this year's Recognition Competition. The competition will be followed by a selection of slides of 'Aircraft at Manchester Airport in the Nineties' by Chris Wood.


1st October 2008 'Vulcan - Return to the Skies' - by Bob Hallam

Our guest, Rob Hallam, was the director and producer of the television programme, 'Vulcan - Return to the Skies', made for the Discovery Channel and tonight will tell us how the programme was made.


15th October 2008 'Canada' - by Jim Newton

Another excellent selection of images from our much-travelled member, who has been on a recent visit to Canada.


5th November 2008 'The Role of the Royal Air Force and Military Low Flying' by Carol Bell

Our guest, Carol Bell, is the Regional Community Relations Officer (Cumbria and Tynedale) for the Royal Air Force. Carol is an excellent presenter and we are promised a very informative evening.


19th November 2008

'Organising the Royal International Air Tattoo' - by Richard Arquati and Ian Revell

Tonight we welcome Richard Arquati (Head of Press and Public Relations) and Ian Revell (member of the air traffic control team) at the Royal International Air Tattoo, who will this evening give us a presentation about the annual Air Tattoo.

The presentation will look at the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, the Air Tattoo in general, the build up to this summer's airshow and circumstances leading to its cancellation, a perspective from an air-trafficker, a look at plans for 2009 and finally, concluding with a question and answer session.


3rd December 2008

'The History of Aircraft Preservation in the U.K.' - by Ken Ellis

A welcome return to the Society by Ken Ellis, editor of both FlyPast magazine and Wrecks and Relics, who will relate the chequered storey of Aircraft Preservation in the U.K.


12th December 2008


'Annual Photographic Competition' - Digital 'projected' Images

For further information, please click here.


Archive of historical evenings and presentations


All Society meetings are held at Haslingden Cricket Club, starting at 20:00 hours. Please try to arrive by about 19:45 hours, so that you can visit the bar and help set-up the room. Meetings normally finish by about 22:30 hours.

(Updated 31-March-2017)