From: Nev & Alison Whitham, Preston, Lancs
A very Merry Chrimbo goes out to all the 'Mover's Family,' past and present, near and far, not forgetting those families who have lost loved ones in 2017. All the very best for the New Year too.
From: Al & Catherine Mitchley, Rhyl, Denbighshire
Sadly we have lost many of our good Movers this year. We would like to wish all Movers, past and present, a Very Happy Christmas and a very wet (pint) New Year. Hoping we will be able to meet up with some of the ex-mover's next year.
From: Arthur Rowland, St Ives, Cambs
Please pass on my Christmas greetings to fellow Movers and former Movers worldwide. It has always been a privilege to have been a member of this clan. In the photograph, the occasion was an invitation from "The Not Forgotten Association" to attend a smallish garden party at Buckingham Palace. I had done some charity work for them. The prince was charming, as most Royals are. The chap to my left was most interesting, and I noticed he was wearing a caterpillar pin. He told me the story of baling out over Germany, fascinating stuff!
From: Basil & Neeanne Hughes, Pattaya
Neeane and I wish all our Mover friends and my old comrades every blessing for a Happy Christmas and New Year -- here we will be celebrating the New Year with all of Neeanne's family, including the grandchildren; they will be joining us. I shall be thinking of you all -- Christmas Island where I spent Christmas day a long time ago is now a tourist destination and the chapel where so many of our old comrades were remembered is now sadly in ruins.
From: Kevin & Bev Laing, Redcar, North Yorks
Bev and I would like to send Christmas Greetings to our extended family both near and far, and will join you all in raising a glass for those friends and colleagues who have left us far too soon.
From: Bob & Sue Dixon, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and successful New Year
From: Brian & Liudmila Gibson, Paralimni
Christmas Greetings from sunny Cyprus to all Movers and their families wherever you are in the world. This year has seemed to fly past as it doesn't seem that long since I was try to compose another message to share with you all. Looking back we have had to bid farewell to far too many colleagues and family members who have gone to join the Sky Squadron. Both Liudmila and I want to take this opportunity to offer our sincere heartfelt thoughts to all the loved ones left behind. To you who are serving away from your families; our thoughts extend to you at this time and hope you keep safe and are soon returning home to your loved ones. Unfortunately this past year has been full of sadness throughout the world and we both hope that 2018 will be a more happier and safer world for us all. Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
From: Brian & Tina Spademan, Lanarca
Wishing everyone, both past and present, a Very Merry Christmas and hope that in 2018 you all stay safe and healthy.
From: Bruce & Shirley Oram, San Fulgencio, Alicante
Shirley and I would love to wish all movers past and present a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. To everyone on deployment overseas we hope you are back with your loved ones safe and sound very soon.
From: Bryan Morgan, Abingdon, Oxon
I would like to send Christmas Greetings to all Mover friends and colleagues whom I served with at RAF Changi 1964-67, RAF Gan 1970-71, UKMAMS 1971-74, HQ 38 Gp 1984-86 and the RAF Movements School 1986-88.
From: Mick and Sharyn Hughes, Ipswich, QLD
To all Movers and ex-Movers - have a cool (family) Yule and a celebratory New Year. As always have a thought for those that are away from their family serving their country.
From: Christine Dunn, Upwood, Cambs
Please extend good wishes for the festive season to all "Movers" especially those at Abingdon from 1964-1969. Thank you for the lovely newsletter which I receive regularly. Christine (Widow of Brian Dunn).
From: Colin Easdon-Smith, Ingham QLD
Another year falls by the wayside. Where have all the years gone? The passage of time is so swift, that in the twinkling of any eye we are in the VINTAGE YEARS. All good wishes to you and yours, and all the RAF BODS still kicking around. Have a great festive season. Cheers!
From: Dave "Wishy" Wash, Eastern Passage, NS
To all the Movers far and wide/deployed, may you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may you come home safe and sound.
From: James Cunningham, Fareham, Hants
Please give my best wishes for Christmas and the new year to all OBA members and to all Movers worldwide. A special thanks to you for all your great work.
From: Mike Perks, Lutterworth, Leics
I would like to wish all of the Movers around the world, those who know me and those who don't, a happy family Christmas and all the very best of fortune for the New Year.
From: Clive Hall, Swindon, Wilts
Ho Ho Ho! May I wish all past and present Muppets who are domiciled far and wide a very Merry Christmas and associated liquid New Year - don't overdo it! Highworth is still active with my hairy mush - if you spot me any time give me a kick and we will partake of the brown stuff.
From: Ian & April Place, Meanwood, West Yorks
Happy Christmas and a Good New Year to all my old friends present and past. May the spirit of Christmas be with you always.
From: Don & Judy Lloyd, Calgary, AB
To you and your family plus all Movers and their families wherever they may be in Canada and around the world. My wife Judy and I want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year possible. With heartfelt thoughts of this Joyous Season.
From: Tom Burrows, Sudbury, Suffolk
Wishing all OBA members a great Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from Sudbury Suffolk. Have a good one!
From: Alan Potts, 11100 Narbonne
So once again our thoughts turn to the past year and to those service personnel all around the world who will be unable to be with their families this Christmas. My good wishes go to all and especially to those who have lost loved ones in this past year. Merry Christmas and may the next year be better for us all.
From: Allan Walker, Burnley, Lancs
Wishing all Past and Present UKMAMS Movers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, wherever you may be.
From: Andrew Kay, Colorado Springs, CO
Christmas greetings to all Movers past and present in all corners of the world. I'll raise a glass of beer from some fine Colorado small brewery as I do every year and toast all my old friends and remember those that we have lost this year. We should also have a special toast for Tony and thank him for the fine work he does on the OBA website - thanks Tony it is appreciated even if we don't say it much!
From: Bernie Hurdsfield, Corby, Northants
To all Movers wherever you are in the world, whether active or retired have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Most of all if you are on active service please stay safe.
From: Paul English, Swindon, Wilts
May I take this opportunity to thank Tony Gale for his outstanding work again on producing the Newsletter over the last 12 months. As the festive season draws near, can we all just spare a thought for the "Empty Seat" at the dinner table/bar and hope that 2018 will be kinder to the Movements Family. We have lost so many colleagues this year that St Peter is amassing a hell of a team. Also, some have lost members of their own family. I'm sure we will all try and enjoy ourselves as best we can, as that is what we do as Movers, pick ourselves up and crack on. From a wet and windy Swindon, I wish everyone well for the holidays and stay safe out there.
From: Robert & Maureen Pountney, Forres, Moray
Wishing all ex-Movers and their families, wherever they may be, a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, wealthy but above all a very Happy New Year!
From: Brian & Judy Stein, Stonewall, MB
Judy and I hope all have a great holiday and a safe and healthy 2018!
From: Charles Gibson, Dundee
Greetings from " Bonnie Dundee" and hopefully you ALL have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
From: Chas & Pam Cormack, Lyneham Village
Wishing all movers past and present a Very merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New year from one of the Originals.
From: Clare Turner, Swindon, Wilts
Remembering friends at home and those in far off places at this most special time of the year. Very best wishes for a happy, healthy and most of all peaceful 2018.
Operation Christmas Drop 17
From: Barrie (Tug) Wilson, Chickerell, Dorset
Wishing all Movers past and present a very Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. Well done to all those who took part in the Remembrance Day Parade at The Cenotaph. Thanks Tony for another great year of memories.
From: Chris Briggs & Jane Hall, Coventry
To all the Movers I worked with over the years - Jane and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a propsperous New Year.
From: Chris & Helen Owen, Andover, Hants
Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year to all movers, old and new.... Sent with our very best wishes, Chris and Helen Owen.
From: Dennis Wood, Swindon, Wilts
People on Movements have a wonderful sense of humour as the photograph taken at RAF Gan shows. Merry Christmas to all!
From: Dom Magenty, Bridgend
All the best to the movers out there especially those away from friends and loved ones over the Christmas period. ACHTUNG!
From: Duane & Shirley Bach, Carrying Place, ON
We would like to extend a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year to all the Movers out there.. we are a "Unique Bunch"... The picture was taken at Vimy Ridge when we visited for the 100th anniversary in April.
From: Edward Stout, Aylesbury, Bucks
Merry Christmas everyone and may your year ahead be full of happiness, good health and prosperity.
From: Eddie Motram, Reading, Berks
Thanks for the warning re the lump of coal - although I must say I was very tempted to receive a lump to cut down on my energy bills!! I would just like to wish all movers everywhere a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
From: Fritz & Carol von Kaitz, Edmonton, AB
We would like to wish all the movers and their families, whether at home or deployed, a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018.
From: George Readman & Pete Price, Yate, South Glos.
Merry Christmas to all MAMS Worldwide and any G Team boys who remember us. Pete & me have come up with a few names: Nigel Saunders, John Beadman, Bill Robb, Stan Brown, Eddie Grace and all the rest of the lads which we cannot remember today.
From: George Wood, Johannesburg
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all fellow Movers and their families wherever they are in the world, especially those deployed over the festive season. All the best for a wonderful 2018 from Woody, Kate and Tipper!
From: Graham Fitzgerald, Newport, Mon
To all members of the ‘Movers’ family - no matter where you are located over the festive period , enjoy the experience, enjoy the company of those you are with and enjoy life!
From: Alex Angus, Leeds
Alex and Linda Angus wish a happy and Merry Christmas (though with a thought for your livers), to the entire world of Air Movers. A special thought for the survivors of Khormaksar Air Movements 1966/67.
From: Dave and Rosemary Abrams, Weymouth, Dorset
Dave and Rosemary would like to send Christmas greetings to all and wish good health and fortune for the coming year.
From: Steve Harpum, York
Many thanks for another great year's work with the OBA, and for this opportunity to send my warmest Christmas wishes to Movers young and old around the world. I hope everyone has a peaceful, safe and relaxing holiday, and that 2018 brings them all whatever they wish for.
From: Daniel Fraser, LIverpool
Me Maddy and Ben would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe out there peeps!
From: Howard Farrow
Have a great time lads and lasses, especially if serving overseas. And to you and your family Tony thanks for this excellent service over the years!
From: Peter and Rose Herring, Gosport, Hants
Happy Christmas to one and all - especially those who served on NEAF MAMS, and remembering with love and affection those Movers and family members who have passed away during 2017. May they rest in peace. Every good health and happiness in the New Year.
From: Tony Freeman, Thornhill, Dumfries
Please convey my best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year to all members.
From: Gisela & John Guy, Northampton, Northants
To Tony and all Movers worldwide, wishing you a Jolly Christmas, & all the best for 2018.
From: Alan & Lorraine Irving, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts
To all Movers wherever you are, all the very best for Xmas and the New Year. May you and your families stay healthy and happy. From our house to your house, Happy Xmas!
From: Dave (Pinky) Salmon, Springfield, OR
I would like to wish all Movers a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Springfield, Oregon.
From: Dougie & Jackie Betambeau, Swindon, Wilts
To the “Movers Family” across the globe, both on & off duty... Have a great festive season & Warmest Wishes for 2018. To all Families & Friends who have lost loved ones... may your memories bring you all Peace & Love, now & in the future
From: Dougie Russell, Carlisle, Cumbria
Merry Christmas to all! Hope you have a good Xmas and Happy New Year. All the best for 2018!
From: Dave (Dutch) & Tansy Holland, Ringwood, Hants
To all Movers and MAMS Engineers, Past and Present. Have a Super Christmas and a very Happy New Year wherever you may be! And a special hello to all my ex-colleagues of UK MAMS and MAMS Eng's of RAF Lyneham circa 1975 to 1980, I trust all is well with you all and look forward to any possible meet up at Wroughton in April. Tansy and I are off to warmer climes in Sri Lanka over the festive season now the responsibilities of kids and employment are behind us, well in the main anyway. Yes, I just love being retired! Have a super time, Love to all.
From: Frank Holmes, Stratford-upon-Avon
May I wish all Movers and their families every happiness and best wishes for Christmas 2017 and, for all of us, a healthy and exciting 2018. My especial best wishes go to the team members and their families of D Team (UKMAMS - 1969 -1971) and Blue and Red Teams (NEAFMAMS - 1971 -1974) - isn’t about time for a reunion chaps, somewhere down here before we all have to meet up there somewhere?
From: Fred Hebb, Gold River, NS
To all of the Movers of the world, wishing you all a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas no matter where you are, deployed or at home. Happy New Year and all the best in 2018.
From: Gaetan Chasles, Gatineau (sec Aylmer), QC
I would like to send best wishes for the holidays to all Movers and their families around the world, with special thoughts for those currently on mission and deployed.
From: Gary & Christine Ferguson, Ilkley, West Yorks
Merry Christmas to all of our Movements family around the world. Particular thanks to the current serving members who are apart from their families at this time; be sure that you are thought of and appreciated. Christine and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
From: Jack Cross, Moralet, Alicante
A VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Movers around the world. May 2018 be your best year ever. Best wishes from the house on windy hill.
From: Jack & Margaret Dunlop, Aberdeen
To all Movers I served with in the 60's, sending you all Season's Greetings, long may your lum reek and we wish you well for 2018.
From: James (Paddy) Gallagher, Sandford St Martin, Oxon
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the worldwide Movements family, young and old. Also, a big thank you to you for all you do to keep us together.
RAF Mover's Ladybird Book Collection
(Warning - some content will not be suitable for children)
From: Gerry & Joan Muffett, Cirencester, Glos
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our friends and acquaintances.
From: Graham (Scouse) Leman, Poole, Dorset
A Happy Christmas to all Movers around the world. Have a peaceful time with friends, family and of course plenty of Christmas cheer (bottled).
From: Hugh Thompson, Swindon, Wilts
To Movers all over the world have a wonderful Festive Season and Prosperous New Year. If you’re stuck somewhere where you can’t be with your families, above all stay safe; husbands, wives, sweethearts and children will have you in their hearts and minds on the big day!
From: Jacques & Sofie Leclerc, St-Alexandre de Kamouraska, QC
To all the Movers serving around the world, me and Sophie would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Joyeux Noel et Bonne et heureuse année.
From: Pete & Jacquie Morrison, Stafford, Staffs
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous and Safe New Year to all Movers and their Families around the world. Love Pete and Jacquie Morrison.
From: John & Lynne Leek, 79380 La Ronde, Deux-Serves
Wishing all Movers, past and present, and their families a peaceful Christmas and happy and prosperous 2018.
From: Keith & Daphne Parker, Bowerhill, Wilts
Wishing all Movers both Past and Present and their Families "A Fully Fueled and Happy Christmas and a Safe New Year"
From: Keith Smith, Swindon, Wilts
I want to wish all Movers past and present a very peaceful and happy Christmas and those who still serve Queen and Country best wishes for the future.
From: Mark Attrill, Tallinn
Greetings from Snowy Tallinn where we are enjoying a balmy -2ºC right now. I wish all the Movers, young and old, Serving and Retired all the Best for the Christmas Season and the New Year of 2018. I'm particularly delighted to be allowed to serve in what will be our Centenary Year for the Service and I have been lucky enough to have a fascinating and hugely satisfying appointment on the outer fringes of NATO. To those in the RAF, RAAF, RCAF and RNZAF that will be serving over the holiday season and therefore separated from their families - Stay safe and I hope you are reunited with your loved ones soon. Finally, a thought too for those formerly among us who have in 2017 joined their comrades in that most heavenly of crewrooms. You will be missed this holiday season.
From: Mark Bird, Moncton, NB
Season’s greetings to all around the world, prayers for our lost members’ families at this time, God bless.
From: Tod Geoghegan, Folkestone, Kent
To all Air Movers everywhere, wishing You a Very Merry Christmas and a really great 2018.
From: Mark Brierley, York
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all fellow Old Bods around the World. I trust that your presents are evenly distributed and arrive on schedule.
From: Brian Cock, Hailsham, East Sussex
To all the Old Bods who know of me and those that don’t - Merry Christmas and a Happy, Wealthy and a positively Healthy New Year!
From: John Evans, Wantage, Oxon
Hello Tony, wishing you and your family and all Movers a happy, healthy and prosperous Christmas and New Year!
From: George & Eileen Graves, Carlisle, Cumbria
I'd like to wish all movers around the world a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2018 - George Graves ex-FEAF MAMS.
From: Joe & Jacquie Gillis, Grand Mira South, NS
To all Movers, wherever you may be throughout the world, you are and forever have been the wonderful, unsung heroes who continue to aid troops, families and your governments in achieving their aims; be it simply to get folks from A to B or to deliver hope, health and happiness by way of the “other Angels in the skies who also have wings”. Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2018 to all.
From: Steve Munday, Lincoln
Can I wish all Movers, wherever they are, a most enjoyable festive season and all best wishes for the coming year.
From: Rod Elliott, Brinkworth, Wilts
Season’s greetings to fellow Movers wherever they may be.
From: Gary & Tannis Horobin, St Albert, AB
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all movers, MAMS teams and Loadies.
From: Brian & Maureen Kent, Carterton, Oxon
Best wishes for Christmas and a healthy New Year to all Movers I had the pleasure to meet up with from '57 to '89. Happy Christmas to you all.
From: Bill & Mary Nangle, Kingston, ON
Mary and I send Season’s greetings to all Muppets, near and far, and all the best to everyone for a prosperous New Year. Swift to Move!
From: Bob Whitworth, Masirah Island
I would like to wish all Movers, serving or out, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Cheers all!
From: David Taylor, York
Best of seasonal wishes to all ex Movers, from ex-members of Transport Command Mobile Servicing Flight, Lyneham.
From: Jim and Mary Marchant, Cupar, Fife
Christmas and New Year greetings to Movers, old and new, wherever you are in the world. Look after yourselves and enjoy the festive season.
From: John McGrath, Blackpool, Lancs
A very happy Christmas to all Movers, past and present. I hope you all enjoy good health and wealth throughout the next year. Also my thoughts go out to the families of those that are no longer here with us.
From: Jon Felton, Gladstone, QLD
Greetings all Movers and Old Bods Members! Best wishes to you and yours for the upcoming Christmas Holiday Season! Fly Safe! Drive Safe! Cheers and Beers!
From: Kevin (Geordie) Stanger, Calgary, AB
As 2017 draws to a close we have said a final farewell to more Movers than I feel we should. Some have had a short time here however, those I know who have gone were part of my Movements family. We are a strange bunch, we don’t always agree, like or even meet but there is one thing that is undeniable, we will always help another Mover. Kudos to those who attend and proudly represent the best trade in the RAF at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Raise a glass this year in memory of those who have gone, I send my condolences to their families. They may be gone but not forgotten. I have one Christmas wish: That the Mover's crewroom in the sky has empty seats in 2018. So if you are retired, serving/deployed may you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
From: Len & Diane Wood, Pembroke, ON
Di & I would like to wish all Movers, retired, serving at home and abroad and their families a Very Merry Christmas and Safe, Prosperous New Year. For those serving in faraway lands, may God keep you all safe and sound for a speedy return to your families. May God Bless.
From: Mick Cocker, Swindon, Wilts
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Movers around the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It's fantastic the way we can stay connected from all corners of the globe and its great to maintain contact with Movers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, some of which I met in the 80's and 90's who I have recently "rediscovered" and contacted with the help of the OBA network and Facebook. Best wishes to you all.
From: Mike and Avril Stepney, Stewarton, Ayrshire
We would like to wish all your readers, Movers, and anyone else reading your newsletter, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2018.
From: Nigel McCann, Armadale, Falkirk
Please pass on my best seasons wishes to all Movers past and present, with a special thought for those working away at this time.
From: Nige Robinson, Chippenham, Wilts
Wishing everybody a very Happy Christmas, and a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year. Raise a glass for absent friends and their families at this time.
From: Peter Clayton, Wroughton, Wilts
I would like to wish All Movers everywhere a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best wishes to all those that might be away from home over the festive season, stay safe and enjoy if you can. I attach a photo of self laying the Royal British Legion wreath at this year's remembrance parade in Wroughton. I am proudly wearing my Father's medals, the late Len (Flit) Clayton who as many will know retired in Hong Kong as a Master Pilot; sadly he passed away in 1984 while still working in Hong Kong at the young age of 61. I also send my condolences to the families and friends of those movers that left us this year for the crew room in the sky, may they rest in peace.
Toys Head to the North
A child’s smile is a magical thing, especially at Christmas. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP Veterans Association and the Canadian Toy Association realize this and for the past eight years they have teamed up with 8 Wing Trenton and corporate and external partners to bring smiles to thousands of children living in isolated communities in northern Ontario, Manitoba, Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador.
A hand-over ceremony was held at 8 Wing’s 2 Air Movement Squardon Passenger Terminal between RCMP and 8 Wing personnel where a Thomson Terminals Limited transport carrying more than 5,000 toys was delivered to be transported north aboard a CC-130 Hercules. Thomson Terminals warehouses toys collected throughout the year, processes and then ships them by truck to 8 Wing Trenton where the toys begin their journey north by being flown to Thunder Bay and Goose Bay where North Star Air transports them to remote communities.
Since 2010 the Canadian Toy Association has spearheaded Toys for the North with help from the RCMP who identify communities most in need; coordinate shipment to the far north and gift wrapping of all the toys; and then hand deliver the toys... sometimes even by snowmobile and sled.
The RCMP Veterans’ Association works to promote the Toys for the North campaign and provides support in sorting and distributing the toys. To date they have made the holidays a little brighter by distributing more than $500,000 worth of toys to children in Canada’s north.
“We are grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who contribute toys, gift wrap, transportation services, planning and distribution from the member companies of the Canadian Toy Association, Hallmark Canada, Thomson Terminals, Canadian Forces, RCMP Veterans Association, RCMP detachments and policing partners as well as the private businesses, and the caring public who help to put smiles on the faces of the children,” said RCMP Inspector Chris McBryan, national coordinator for the 2017 Toys for the North program. “This is just my second year of involvement with the program and this year we nearly doubled the number of toys donated,” McBryan said. “Generally we were filling 20 to 22 pallets with toys and this year we had 39 pallets donated, so it just keeps growing.”
McBryan has never gone north to see the toys actually delivered, “but I have seen the pictures of children receiving their toys and the smiles on their faces are priceless. Together we can help grow this great program and let the children of Canada’s north know that people care about them.”
From: Martin & Dee Gledhill, Selby, North Yorks
This is to wish all movers past and present, wherever you may be, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope to see some of you in May 2018.
Mike Hagarty, Mesa, AZ
Would just like to wish all past and present Movers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and especially those who are on assignment and unable to be home with their loved ones.
From: Mike McCann, Beckwithshaw, North Yorks
Please pass by best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Movers, wherever they are! I have attached a pic of some of us on Masirah in 72/3. Left to right, Colin Pay, Mike McCann, Les Bowl and John Illsley. Incidentally, I am in touch with John again. He’s not into social media, but I can pass any messages.
From: Mike & Susan Stoddard, Carrying Place, ON
May all the Movers have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year . The picture is from our trip to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Tahiti that we took in the spring.
From: Alan (Paddy) Power, Lyneham
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! [A man of few words...]
From: Pete & Shirley Ingham, Carterton, Oxon
Thank you Tony for putting together such a good newsletter over the past year and I wish you and all in the Mover's clan a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From: Pete & Sue Orton, Camberley, Surrey
Best wishes to the past and present family of Movers. Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.
From: Peter Swallow, RAF Det Cape Verde
Merry Christmas to one and all from the RAF Detachment, Cape Verde
From: Peter Chappell, Honiton, Devon
Happy Christmas to all Movers past and present. I have finally retired from working with the Met Office research aircraft and moved from Northamptonshire to Honiton in Devon. I am keeping my hand in by working weekends at Capital Air Ambulance at Exeter Airport. Hope you all have a great Xmas and a prosperous New year.
From: Murdo Macleod, Newport-on-Tay, Fife
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to movers everywhere at home and abroad, and to all old companions still this side of the daisies, we've lost a few this past year, and the only one I hear from irregularly is John Cockayne so have a good one John, and Derek Baron, Fred Cornwall, Paddy Power, and of course your good self Tony, and all you guys out there too many to mention, that I had the honour to serve with all these years ago.
From: Brian Jenkins, Portland, Dorset
To all past and present members of the squadron - have a great Xmas and a happy New Year. Will be thinking of the good times had whilst sitting on a beach in Costa RIca on Xmas day before cruising onto Mexico.
From: Colin Pay, Isle of Wight
My wife Linda died 3 months ago so my Christmas spirit is somewhat lacking. But l would like to wish a Happy Christmas and New Year to all movers past and present.
From: Dennis (Dean) Martin, Woking, Surrey
Please send my regards and best wishes to all those overseas and away from home. Now 83 years old, life has become not as rosy as I expected. The wife has developed Parkinson, so I am now her carer. Her symptoms are not the 'shakes' but the brains response to commands, like signaling from one part to the other that 'I want to walk'. sometimes a few seconds to communicate. Up until recently she was able to drive, but one of the 'registrars' put something in his report that the DVLA didn't like. On top of that my personal mobility is walking with a 'stick' but still ok driving. So it is keep taking the tablets and keep well fed! And not forgetting our Tony who must spend hours on the newsletter, Great Job snd Thanks.
From: Marc Lapierre, Westlock, AB
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Movers and their families.
From: Colin Foster, Swindon, Wilts
To all Movers of all nations, wishing you a peaceful Christmas and may the New Year bring all your wishes to fruition.
From: Harold & Val Jones, Neston, Cheshire
It's amazing how time flies, though this year's early snowfall (it is the UK after all) has made Christmas seem nearer, not forgetting Tony's threat [a lump of coal] if I did not get a move on and send something in. So, Christmas Greetings to all Movers everywhere, may 2018 be a peaceful and prosperous year for all. And if I may just add a gentle reminder for those of us who may not be in good health or are struggling on their own, that there are many ex-service associations available to provide help and support. All it takes is a 'phone call.
From: Mick Craner, Yeovil, Somerset
To all Movers, retired and active a Very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018.
From: Rick Siddons, Ottawa, ON
Subject: Christmas greetings to all the Older - Old and Young Movers I hope you enjoy the travel, sights and experience that comes with the job. Because I know you will enjoy the memories for years to come as we do today.
From: Robbie Taylor, Doncaster, South Yorks
Here’s wishing you all the very best for the festivities. Have a good one and stay safe.
From: Shawn Larson, Edmonton, AB
Merry Christmas to Movers and their families around the world. If you are fortunate enough to be close to loved ones this Christmas, may your days be filled with peace and joy. For those that are deployed, may Christmas bring joy and glad tidings to you and your troops as well as your families. We are grateful for your bravery and courage to keep us safe from harm. You are the reason why we have a peaceful and joyful holiday. Kindness is bravery’s little brother, and you have both of them in your heart. Thank you for everything that you do for your country. I wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas.
From: Stephen Bird, Chester
All the best and season's greetings to all the Members of the Movements Family both serving and retired, and also a thought to remember the families and friends of those Movers who have passed away in the last 12 months...
From: Steve Cross, Doncaster, South Yorks
It has been a very sad 2017 for the Mover family with the passing of so many friends & colleagues. I raise a glass to honour them and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy New Year. Cheers!
From: Steve & Karen Perry, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts
Best wishes to all Movers worldwide, have a great time, stay healthy and have a terrific 2018. The picture of me, taken in 1970, was 3 years before I joined up. The dog is Mona, a Great Dane, pedigree name Charlotte of Clunay. Soft as muck!
From: Steve Sparkes, Lyminge, Kent
A Very Merry Christmas to all Movers and a Happy New Year with best wishes for good health in 2018. (304th Entry Hereford ‘65/ 66; Abingdon Movs Course; Marham - 41 Sqdn Bloodhound exchange Lancer Boss driver ‘69; West Raynham ‘66/‘71 apart from a UAE “holiday” Sharjah ‘69-‘70 on Air Movs)
From: Tony Mullen, Toowoomba, QLD
To all ex-Movers have a great Christmas and more importantly a Healthy and Happy 2018.
From: Vic Smith, Brassall, QLD
Please pass on my wishes to all Movers for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For those who may be deployed in various exotic places, stay safe.
From: Whaty Cambell, Akrotiri/Limassol
A very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year to all Movers past and present, far and wide. Please join me in raising a glass to those who we have lost this year and to those who will forever remain in our memories.
RNZAF AIR MOVEMENTS - AUCKLAND - CHRISTMAS 2017
Special delivery from Santa and RAF Benson
Father Christmas abandoned his traditional sleigh in favour of a Puma HC2 helicopter last week as he dropped off presents to ill children. Santa, his elf and helpers from RAF Benson visited children, families and staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington to spread festive joy.
During the flying visit, Santa and co brought smiles to the faces of children who will be spending Christmas on the wards by delivering gifts donated by the south Oxfordshire base’s personnel and families. The man in red touched down in style on the helipad at the hospital, which also serves the Children’s Hospital, as part of an annual RAF Benson training exercise.
From: Ray Ralph, Bremen
May I wish all members of the Movements Family, especially those parted from their families over the holiday period wherever that may be in the world, a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and safe New Year.
From: Rob Williams, Brize Norton
Wishing all fellow Movers a Merry Christmas and a truly happy New Year.
From: Bob Whitaker, Victoria, BC
A very Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year to Movers past and present as well as their families.
From: Steve & Jodie Boucher, Bridlington, Yorks
I’d like to wish a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all my fellow ex-Movers.
From: Neil & Barbara Middleton, Ipswich, Suffolk
Here is wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year
From: Steve Broadhurst & Family, Brighton East, VIC
Through your good offices may I extend to the whole of our Movements Family my best wishes for the season and the hope that we can all enjoy a happy, healthy & safe 2018. To those in our service who are called away from home; know you remain in our thoughts for your safe return at tour's end.
From: Syd Avery, Guardamar del Segura, Alicante
To all Movers... and Shakers... Worldwide, and your families and friends. I hope that you all have a great and enjoyable time together over this Christmas period, and that the Fat Man in Red didn't get stuck in your chimney. I hope 2018, for all of you, will be prosperous and bring much happiness. For those of us who will be apart, may you soon be re-united. Keep safe, go well, and may your landings equal your take-offs.
From: Pat & Tony Last, Huntingdon, Cambs
Many thanks for another year of your excellent service to the ukmamsoba. May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours and all fellow movers, both active and retired, season's greetings and all the very best for 2018. Safe travelling all.
From: Mary Ellen and Wade Seymour, Kingston, NS
We would like to wish all Movers throughout the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year. We especially remember those who are deployed and will not be home for Christmas. We thank you for your continued dedication and service to our great country.
From: Gary “Gaz” Farndale, Torpoint, Cornwall
I will be raising a glass to all current and ex-Movers around the world. I'm also thinking of those many Movers who have moved on to the next crewroom. Stay safe to all and hope you will be with your families over the Xmas period; if not hopefully soon will be!
From: Don Milburn, Swindon Wilts
Much greetings for coming festivities over Xmas and New Year, to all serving and ex-Movers around the world, may you all have too much enjoyment with many hangovers. May the force be with you!
From: Sandy Bunn, Cobourg, ON
Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all Movers Worldwide.
From: Stan Seggar, Sheffield
Best wishes to all Movers serving around the World. Not forgetting all the ex- Boy Entrant, u/t Supplier General, C Flight, 3 Squadron, 50th Entry, RAF Credenhill (Hereford) 1963/65.
From: Doc Mackenzie, Pictou Landing, NS
To all the Movers around the globe Good Health and Happiness for the up and coming New Year. Keep Safe.
From: Derek Grayson, Holbeach, Lincs
To all Movers and families at Christmas; proud to have been a member of this Band of Brothers. Wishing all that remember me a fantastic Xmas and a great New Year, also not to forget all those who have been taken from us they will not be forgotten over this festive period, their names will live on. I have retired now to Holbeach, Lincolnshire, to the quiet life. My Facebook name is Trigger Trotter... but to all that know me I'm Derek Grayson and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Great New Year!
From: Russ Carter, Caldercruix, North Lanark
I would like to take the opportunity to wish all Movers currently serving, wherever they are in the world, and those that have served over the years, a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
From: Ian Envis, Crowborough, East Sussex
To all Movers; Active duty, Reserves and like me, retired! Wishing you, your families and comrades a wonderful Festive Season (Christmas for some) and may 2018 be one of continued good health, wealth and happiness. Travel safely, stay warm and dry where possible. Finally - to absent friends, thanks for building the bond that exists among Movers worldwide. Of course we all owe a special thanks to Tony Gale - your efforts throughout the year help us all stay in touch. Have a great one with your family Tony!
From: Jean-Pierre Pichette, Plainfield, ON
To all Movers, I wish you a very merry and warm Christmas with family and friends - enjoy and relax and share war stories. Health and peace for 2018. "Jeep" Pichette, LCol (retired), Mover and former CO of 1 Air Movements Unit Edmonton (1991-1994).
From: Paul Newman, Peterborough, Cambs
I would just like to wish all past and present Movers, wherever you are, a Very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
From: Clive "Taff" Price, Brecon
Xmas Greetings to all Humpers and Dumpers worldwide, the old and bold and the new boys and girls.
From: Jeff Thomas, Llandrindod Wells, Powys
My best wishes to the guys and dolls of MAMS. I served on Movements at Lyneham 1961/3, then Gutersloh 1963/66. After that a career change to PTI and PJI followed by a Biggin Hill selection to Aicrew (ALM). I finished my career at A & AEE Boscobe Down. The Movements crew were always in touch and I left the RAF in 1992. I will not bore you with what followed except to say I went into the computer world as a contractor - Great. I have been retired, officially since 2007. Happy and Merry Christmas to one and all, especially those who remember me as an RAF/Combined Services rugby player - Fantastic time all around!
From: Ron Corrie, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright
Wishing all Movers, wherever, all the very best for 2018. Lang may your lums reek!
From: Ron Meredith, Spalding, Lincs
I send New Year Greetings to all of my many former friends and colleagues. Lost so much data over the years, but happy to correspond with any recipients of my Ken.
From: Rae and Susan Sault, St Saviour, Jersey
Susan and I send our very best wishes to the International Movements' Family for Christmas and New Year.
From: Tony Hall, Northam, Devon
I send greetings to all members of the Mover’s family, have a Happy Christmas and New Year, hope everyone is in a state of good health.
From: Ian & Christine Berry, West Swindon, Wilts
Season's greetings to all Movers wherever you are in the world. I'm still travelling the globe whilst fit and able but sadly now the Queen isn't paying for it! I may also have to invest in a sea log to compliment my flying one... We wish everyone a successful and prosperous 2018 and through organised gatherings hope to meet as many old friends as I can throughout the year.
From: David & Sue Powell, Princes Risborough
Another good year (well we are still here!) drawing to a close. We even managed to find the sun in New York in September. Sue and I wish all Movers and their nearest and dearest a very happy Christmas and an excellent and safe 2018. A big thank you to you, Tony, for another year of informative and entertaining OBA Newsletters. Also to John Belcher for his 3rd well organized RAF Movers London Street Ramble (aka the 2017 Remembrance Parade).
From: Gordon & Ann Black, Swindon, Wilts
Wishing all movers past and present all the best for Christmas and the New Year. Special wishes to all those parted from their families at this time. A mention to all those who have lost a loved one over the last 12 months.
From: Peter “Hammy” and Eileen Thompson, Swindon, Wilts
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who know us and to all Movers around the globe.
From: John and Allana Gillis, Hanwell, NB
Allana and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, especially the Movers who are away from their families at this time of year. May God bless you and your families and keep you safe.
From: Mick & Myra Maybery, 23660 Alcaudete
Here's wishing everyone in the "Movers" community a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year.
From: David Stevens, Bangor
Season's Greetings to Echo Team UKMAMS circa 1963-66. We had some really tough assignments as shown in the attached photo!
From: Wayne & Susan Flaherty, Winnipeg, MB
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Movers everywhere from Winnipeg, Canada.
From: Dave Elliott, Skelmersdale, West Lancs
I’d just like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the Movers out there (current and former) from a displaced Antipodean.
From: Budgie Baigent, Takaka, Tasman
We've just arrived back from a wee trip around the South Island in our Motorhome, towing little 'Jimny' behind! Now waiting for an influx of holiday visitors to our place by the beach in Golden Bay. Merry Xmas and good tidings to the Movers and Shakers around the globe.
From: Keri & Mary Eynon, Thatcham Berks
Once again thanks for the news letter throughout the year especially keeping us so well informed even when it meant reporting sad news about the loss of old comrades while at the same time bringing back so many fond memories of times shared and places visited. So once again the year draws to a close and we prepare to look forward to what 2018 will bring so now is the chance along with a couple of photos of Mary my wife and one of me on holiday in Portimao in the Algarve at the end of September to wish all movers everywhere and in particular those who remember me a Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year. Best wishes to you all
From: Rob Davies, Woodchurch, Kent
To all Movers, Old and New! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From: Karl Hibbert, Sabang Dasmariñas City
Have a Happy Xmas and best wishes to us all in 2018.
From: Graham & Emma Allen, Cropwell Butler, Nottingham
Wishing all Movers, friends and families a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year. Wherever you are in the world, our thoughts are with you all. Have a good un!
From: Philip “Nobby” and Babs Clarke, Swaffam, Norfolk
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Movers past and present.
From: John & Jean Bell, Desborough, Northants
Attached picture is yours truly with wife Jean standing by a Ferret. Brings back memories of Abingdon and JATE trials. The JATE Ferret must have been the most underslung Ferret ever. Happy days! We are off to the Canary Islands for a Christmas cruise. To all current and retired movers and their nearest and dearest wherever they are and wherever they spend Christmas we wish you a Happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
From: Tony Street, Buffalo, NY
As the Christmas Season rolls around again, I think about Christmases past and present. As I write this, I recall some of the best were spent with those no longer with us and the memories they left; I know that we all have them. It's these recollections that allow us to appreciate the present to the degree we do. So, to Movers and their families worldwide, have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Also, many, many thanks to "Tee Gee" for his outstanding efforts on our newsletter that unites us across continents.
From: Gerry Davis, Bedminster
The good thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory. Now all you Movers form three ranks and march out to the pan and load Santa's sleigh, then have a realy good day. Be careful trimming it and don't overload it and spread the load evenly. Don't forget he will need 8 carrots, a bucket and shovel.
From: Paul (Stretch) & Diane Weir, Leighton Buzzard, Beds
On behalf of my wife Di and myself, I would like to wish every Mover throughout the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Tony, thank you so much for your endless dedication and enthusiasm by keeping this unique and special web site going. It's a priceless way of receiving Movers news and memories good or sad. Let's raise a glass (or two) to those dear friends who have departed and gone to pastures new, they are sorely missed. As you can see from the attached pictures I am, thankfully, still going strong and very much enjoying basketmaking and antique furniture restoration. Take care, we are not getting any younger but lets all enjoy life while we still can.
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