OTTAWA - More than 10 years after then-prime minister Paul Martin said replacing Canada's ancient military search-and-rescue planes would be made a "major priority," the federal government has finally settled on a winner. The Liberal government announced that Canada will spend $2.3 billion to buy 16 new military search-and-rescue aircraft from European aerospace giant Airbus, the first of which will touch down in 2019.
The C-295W will replace the Royal Canadian Air Force's Buffalo and Hercules aircraft, the oldest of which have been rescuing Canadians around the country since the 1960s and are in desperate need of replacement.
Airbus beat out Italian firm Leonardo and Brazil's Embraer to win the contract, which includes five years of maintenance and support and construction of a new search-and-rescue training centre in Comox, B.C.
Gerry Morrow's Winter RCAF reunion Yuma, AZ, 2016
Tony Street with a CASA C-212 Aviocar, Spain 1977
Ron Coupe - RAF Habbaniya, Iraq, 1953
Andy Kime at the National Memorial Arboretum
Rob Davies - taking "Marinell" to Italy
Bernie Connolly sent in this Christmastime TriStar
Alex Masson - raising funds for the RAFA
Bob Robinson and the Akrotiri gang - 1964
Johnson Beharry VC with George Fouhey
Paul Weir fashioned the basket for the 1955 Lambretta
From: Shawn Larson, Edmonton, AB Merry Christmas to all Movers and their families out there whether they be at home or deployed. Here’s hoping that this Christmas season finds you and yours well, safe and happy. All the best for a safe and happy New Year. May 2017 be the best one yet and may each year to follow be that much better.
From: Pete Orton, Camberley, Surrey Many thanks Tony for all your work keeping us all in touch . To all the old bods and lady bods , best wishes for yet another year.
From: Clive Price, Brecon I am sending Xmas Greetings to our world-wide pals in the air movements society; a rugged band of brothers! Cheers, bottoms up, or whatever you all say in your part of the world and best wishes for Xmas and the new year.
From: Steve Perry, Royal Wootton Bassett Christmas wishes to all movers world wide. Hoping you have a great time and special thoughts to those away from their families
From: Peter Clayton, Wroughton, Wilts I wish everyone at home and abroad a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2017!
Chief of the Air Staff Christmas Message to the RAF
Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Hillier, and CASWO, Warrant Officer Jon Crossley, reflect on an outstanding year for the RAF as they share their Christmas message to the Whole Force and wider RAF Family.
From: David Powell, Princes Risborough A very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2017 to you and yours and to all ex-MAMS, UK, Near East, Middle East, Gulf and Far East and not forgetting our Colonial and ex-Colonial mates wherever you may be. A particularly special shout to the other 34 who (marched?) past the Cenotaph in November - it was a privilege to share the occasion with you. Meanwhile, as requested by Tony, please find attached a photo of Sue and myself taking a break overlooking Lake Como earlier in the year on an enjoyable Great Rail Journeys trip masterminded by one excellent tour manager Martin Jones.
David & Sue Powell - Lake Como
Bruce & Shirley Oram - after all these years...
Brian Lay et al NZDF JMPT
Graham Allen with a strange looking Roo!
Stephen Bird in the Peak District National Park
From: Bruce Oram, San Fulgencio, Alicante Shirley and I would like to wish all movers past and present especially those who are on deployment and not able to be at home with their families over the festive season, A very Happy Christmas and a brilliant new year.
From: Brian Lay, Wellington Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from the NZDF Joint Movements Project Team. Team members are from L to R: Sqn Ldr Todd Meredith, Mr Mani Maniparathy, W/O Brian Lay, Wg/Cdr Peter King (Ex UK MAMS), W/O1 John Knap.
From: Graham Allen, Somewhere in Oz I would like to wish all movers past and present, especially those I worked with throughout my time as one of the special breed, a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year. This one is a very special one as I am here in Australia with my wife and daughter celebrating what has been our 40th Wedding Anniversary year. Best wishes to you all wherever you are in the world.
From: Stephen Bird, Chester Season Greeting to all my fellow movers serving and retired, and thoughts with the families of those Movers who have passed away this past year.
From: Arthur Taylor, Newcastle under Lyme Here's wishing all colleagues, ex colleagues, WAGS a very Happy Christmas, a healthy and properous 2017. In answer to the question, yes, I am still galavanting. Most of the time it is driving to the coach station, park the car , get on a coach and enjoy the holiday. Health wise all is OK at the moment, the medication is working, but can't do any running these days, come to think of it, I never could.
From: Jimmie Durkin, Stafford Thank you and yours for another year of excellent newsletters and contact with our OBA World. Fantastic! Wishing you, your family and all movers, old and new and their families, A very Happy Christmas and a Good and Healthy, Prosperous New Year 2017. And, may those who have left us behind Rest In Peace.
From: Michael V O'Brien, Corinda, QLD Might I take this opportunity to wish all and sundry the very best of cheer for the festering season... and if yer gunna drink, show some restraint, and don't drive!
From: Wayne Flaherty, Winnipeg, MB The Flaherty family would like to wish every mover and their families a joyous and Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year
From: Duncan Grant, Trentham, Staffs I normally save all my energy (and cash!) for the celebration of Hogmanay in Bonnie Scotland. However I remember you all wherever you may be and for those who believe in Father Christmas enjoy the 25th of December!
From: Jim & Mary Marchant, Cupar, Fife Wishing you, your family and movers every where a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
From: Andy Kay, Colorado Springs, CO I would like to wish all movers past and present a very merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year. It's many, many years since I was part of the movements world and yet I still think about it often and still miss those days. A special thanks to Tony for the great work he does on the OBA newsletter, and I hope that like me you will raise a glass this Christmas and remember those movers we have lost this year. Cheers!
From: Bob Whitworth, Masirah I would like to wish all Movers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Years!
From: Andy Funnell, Reading, Berks Just a few words to wish you and your family and all who knew me as an Air Loadmaster or as an auxiliary Mover, a very Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year.
From: John & Gail Boates, Frankford, ON Tony, wish you your family and all the other movers around the world a “Very Merry Christmas” and a “Very Happy New 2017.” You have done a marvelous job again with this newsletter - all the best.
Mover is new Station Warrant Officer at RAF Northolt
Warrant Officer Elisha Evans MBE has taken over the role of Station Warrant Officer at RAF Northolt. She officially took control of the Station Warrant Officer's cane on 23 September from Warrant Officer Colin Sharp.
A logistician by trade, Mrs Evans joined the RAF in April 1991 and served in all aspects of the Movements trade including a role at the Defence Moments School. She was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year's Honour's List..
She said, "I'm delighted and honoured to have been appointed RAF Northolt's Station Warrant Officer. It's already clear to me what a professional and dedicated team Northolt possess and I'm looking forward to playing my role in that."
Download the complete article in .pdf format:
Northolt Approach Magazine
From: Debbie Graitson, Trenton, ON Subject: Waking the Tree
I read a wonderful, wonderful Xmas story called "Waking the Tree". A woman who had very little at Xmas, had her daughter wake the Xmas tree in the month of December. Each morning her daughter woke with a purpose, walked into the living room and stated "Good Morning tree... it is time to wake up". Her daughters eyes sparkled every morning and her joy brought warmth to their empty rooms.
She had taught her child to believe that Xmas is a magical time and the twinkle of a Xmas tree lightens a room and a child's eyes. She had passed along the magic to her daughter who might one day walk into a quiet room and whisper in the ear of her own child, "Let's go wake the tree".
With this story in mind, I hope you find magic and Xmas joy with your family and children this year. I hope it includes the magic of waking the Xmas tree.
Len & Diane Wood & Family, 2008
Pete Chappell - living the dream in Manaus, Brazil
Dick Lloyd - at home in Scotland
Chris Hoskison and Neil Baldock - SSTF Instructors
Alastair McKenna - Our Guy in Giza
Gary, Chris and Alex Ferguson on Ilkley Moor Baht'at
Pam & Doug Murray - nod nod, wink wink...
Charles and Elaine Collier - into the sauce!
Kevin & Bev Laing, Gateway Arch, St Louis
From: Len & Diane Wood, Pembroke, ON Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all Past & current serving Movers (Trappers) and their families world-wide. For all those deployed and unable to be with family, our thoughts and prayers for a peaceful Christmas are with you. May GOD bless and keep you safe for a speedy return to your loved ones.
From: Pete Chappell, Wellingborough I would like to wish all movers past and present a happy Xmas and a prosperous and strife free new year. I am still scraping a living with the UK atmospheric research aircraft. Picture is of me and my engineer with the handling agent in Manaus, a couple of years ago.
From: Richard Lloyd, Dalgety Bay Dear OBAs, may I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and fulfilling 2017!
From: Neil Baldock, Royal Wootton Bassett I would like to wish a Happy Christmas to Movers young and old. As I finish my time in the RAF and look to the future I know I have a wonderful past in this Movements Family. I thank you all. Best wishes to you and yours, stay safe and enjoy!
From: Tim Buckeridge, Calne, Wilts Happy Christmas to all my mover friends
From: Alastair McKenna, Cairo A very Merry Christmas and safe and healthy New Year to all the Movers past and Present who served in the Movements trade and a special shout out to all my former members of UKMAMS from Sunny Egypt.
From: Gary & Chris Ferguson, Ilkley, West Yorks Seasons greeting to all the OBA both ex and serving, particular thanks to those serving over the festive season. Chris is still running her children's nursery in Ilkley and I work in the DT department at Beckfoot School in Bingley, recently classed as a World Class School. Merry Christmas to all and if you're ever up in the grim North give me a shout, always up for a few beers or a round of golf at Ilkley Golf Club with old friends.
From: Doug & Pam Murray, Torrevieja Once again Christmas is upon us... the older you get the faster Mr Time roars by! The newsletters of 2016 have been fabulous, each one much looked forward to... thank you Tony for all your hard work, we all appreciate it. Pam and I hope that everyone who has been part of our journey through life has a wonderful Christmas and a Great time in 2017!
From: Charles and Elaine Collier, Ewhurst, Surrey Christmas Greetings to all movers everywhere!
From: Kevin & Bev Laing, Redcar, North Yorks Bev & I would like to wish all Movers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and ask that we raise a glass or two to absent friends.
From: Phil Horton, Harrogate, Yorks I would like to offer Seasons greetings to all current and Ex movers both regular and auxiliary, especially from my era Special thoughts go to those away from their families over this festive period.
From: Charles Gibson, Dundee Greetings to all Air Movers past and present throughout the World, from Bonnie Dundee
From: Christine Dunn (Brian), Huntingdon, Camb I send Christmas greetings to all members of MAMS stationed at Abingdon 1964-69, hoping that all of you are well and looking forward to the festive season.
From: Brian (Taff) Jenkins, Portland, Dorset I wish all movers past and present - a Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year. I would like to add a special thank you, to Tony for his hard work in keeping this brilliant newsletter alive and kicking!
From: Gordon Gray, Allestree, Derby As a preface from me to those of OBA, to you personally Tony, may I express heartfelt thanks for your commitment on this web. Drawing us all together over past decades as well as current realities, really focuses our minds on what our fellow colleagues are exposed to in today's turbulent world. Thank you! To all OBA subscribers, 'Just to wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Season and the coming New Year, all you would wish for yourselves, wherever you are, whatever you're doing on this troubled planet of ours and, as often toasted, 'Here's to absent friends!''
From: Ian Envis, Crowborough, East Sussex Courtesy of Tony Gale and his magnificent OBA Newsletter, I'm taking the chance to fill everybody's "inbox'' with a message of good cheer as we prepare for the Festive Season and the turn of another year - where has 2016 gone? Seriously, may your days be filled with happiness, may you and your families enjoy continued good health and best wishes for 2017. Please join me in thinking of those ''absent friends'' who made our earlier lives and careers as Movers so much fun and to those who are not currently in full health, I wish you a speedy recovery. Onwards and upwards - nunc est bibendum (look it up!).
From: Wayne Flaherty, Winnipeg, MB The Flaherty family would like to wish every mover and their families a joyous and Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year.
From: Terry Bell, Trenton, ON I keep in touch with a number of people with whom I served over 50 years ago by e-mail as well as "snail mail" Christmas cards as is the wont of my generation. Sadly, with the passage of time, those of my age group are decreasing. Regardless, best seasonal good wishes to all!
From: Seve Boucher, Bridlington, Yorks I'd like to wish all movers past and present a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
From: Colin Baines, Witham, Essex Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to Movers everywhere; young and old, serving and ex. May 2017 bring everything you wish for.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Brass Quintet of the Central Band of the RAF)
From: Jon Felton, Gladstone, QLD Greetings Tony and fellow "Old Bod" Movers! Wishing you, your friends and family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wherever you are!
Jon Felton and Buddy
Arfur English - smart turnout!
Wade Seymour, Remembrance
Martin Gledhill enjoying some sun
Frank Johnston - dock at Bonaire
Janet & Frank Johnston - cruisin'
Barry Tappenden ex- FEAF MAMS
Ian Stacey - still shovelling!
From: Paul (Arfur) English, Swindon, Wilts Season's Greetings to all Movers past and present; enjoy the festive spirit and the company of those you hold dear.
From: Wade & Mary Ellen Seymour, Kingston, NS On behalf of my May Ellen and myself, I would like to wish every mover throughout the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Keep safe and if you are unable to be home for Christmas due to deployment or any other reason we thank you for your dedication to your country.
From: Bernie Lafrance, Nanaimo, BC Hi everyone! Here's wishing each one a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2017.
From: Martin Gledhill, Selby, North Yorks A very merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous new year to all "Movers" and their families
From: Frank & Janet Johnston, Navarre, FL Hi all! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all past and present members of UK MAMS from the sunny shores of the sunshine state Florida. Just got back from 10 day cruise to the Dutch Antilles celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary.
From: James Gallagher, Sandford St Martin, Oxon I just wanted to say a massive thank you, Tony, for your amazing continued efforts with the UK MAMS Old Bods website. It is a brilliant communication platform for all of us. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and all the gang a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017.
From: Barry Tappenden, Shortstown, Beds A very Merry Christmas and the very best for 2017 to all the ageing "movers".
From: Eddie Mottram, Woodley, Reading My Christmas message is that I wish you Tony and all current and past movers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.
From: Ian Stacey, Sleepy Hollow, IL Here's wishing a Happy Christmas and a Great New Year to you and all your readers out there, especially those old farts that remember my name. I can't believe that it is fifty years since we were working in that little old building on the other side of the airfield at Abingdon. That was before and when we became a Squadron in the days of Gordon Spiers who was the real father of UKMAMS. Thanks to you Tony and all your hard work on the website I have been able to keep up to date with some of my team members. Keep up the good work. As is usual here in Chicago we are enjoying snowy weather - here I am outside this morning clearing snow before the next fall.
From: John & Allana Gillis, Hanwell, NB From Allana and I, we would like to wish everybody and their families, and especially those that will be apart from their loves ones over the holidays, a very Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year.
John & Allana Gillis
Mick & Sue Bedford on their Grand Canyon Tour
Ian Berry - Chasing the Ghosts of Christmas' Past!
The Ghosts of Christmas Past for Ian Berry
Wild turkeys in the Duane Bach yard!
Peter (Hammy) and Eileen Thompson
Phillip & Babs Clarke
Sue & Dave Hardy in Venice
First Class for Harry & Val Jones
Ian Place at the High Roller in Lost Wages
From: Philip (Nobby) Clarke, Swaffam, Norfolk Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who remember me ex Juliet Team
From: Mick Bedford, Caerwent, Mon Have attached a photo of Sue and I on holiday in the States, shortly after I retired in August, taken whilst on a Helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam! We would like to wish all ex UKMAMS commandos, especially "F" Troop a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2017.
From: Peter Thompson, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all (not so young now) Movers whoever you are, wherever you are, all the best.
From: Duane Bach, Carrying Place, ON Merry Christmas to you Tony and All "The Movers" worldwide, you all have a safe and healthy year ahead. Me, I'm going wild turkey hunting!
From: Ian Berry, West Swindon A very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to ALL Movers throughout the world, especially those away on Operations at this time of year. I feel so privileged to be part of the military family and it is so heart warming to see the assistance I always receive case working with SSAFA. The picture is taken outside the old Air Movements Terminal in El Adem now known as the Gamel Abdul Nasser Airport in Libya when I was drawn back to "bury the ghost!"
From: Dougie Russell, Carlisle, Cumbria Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!
From: David Hardy, Lake, Isle of Wight Sue and I would like to send Season's Greetings to all that know us.
From: Harold Jones, Neston, Cheshire Wishing you et al a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017 with many thanks for your hard work on our web site.
From: Ian Place, Meanwood, West Yorks Happy Christmas and a good New Year to all my ex movers UK Mammies . Here is a photo of me on the High Roller in Las Vegas where April and I will spend a week in June next year
From: Tony Street, Buffalo, NY Subject: S.S. WARRIMOO - A FASCINATING TRUE STORY
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix & brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was LAT 00 31' N and LON 179 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899.
"Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line".
Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor.
At midnight the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & the middle of summer. The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore in: Two different days Two different months Two different years Two different seasons Two different centuries All at the same time!
From: Chas Cormack, Lyneham Village Wishing all movers past and present a Merry Christmas and New year wherever you may be in the world. I know that I spent many of them in far flung places at this time of the year but managed to make the most of my time in far flung places. Enjoy
From: Dave Morrow, Carterton Oxon Hoping you all have a great Christmas and that 2017 brings all that you wish for!
From: Howard "H" Firth, Sleaford, Lincs I would like to wish all Movers, past and present wherever they may be in the World a most Wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous and Peaceful 2017.
From: Bob Dickman, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex Bob and Kaz wish a Happy Christmas and New Year to all Movers, young and old.
From: Dave “Wishy” Wash, Eastern Passage, NS Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the movers wortldwide. Hope all will be safe and if deployed come home safe.
From: Russ Carter, Caldercruix, North Lanark I am delighted to have been back in contact with so many friends this year that I have not seen and spoken to for so long. I have been fortunate enough to be at the cenotaph watching UKMAMS marching past and also having a small sherbet afterwards. I also had the immense pleasure of attending this years top table at Brize Norton catching up with some old friends and making some new friends. I must admit that although I left the RAF over 25 years ago it was like I had just left the room for a short time and when I walked back in the warmth and banter had not changed a bit. We are jut slightly older and slightly greyer or more hair deficient. Thank you very much Tony for the work that you do, keeping us all up to date and in contact with each other. I would like to wish all movers, serving or not, a very Merry Christmas and prosperous and safe new year.
From: Rob Williams, Brize Norton, Oxon As I reflect on the past 26 years in uniform, some of my most memorable moments were in the company of "movers" - a healthy mix of regular and reserve personnel. To you, I wish a very happy Christmas and a truly successful New Year.
From: Neil & Barbara Middleton, Ipswich, Suffolk We would like to take this opportunity to wish all movers and ex colleagues & their families wherever they may be a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
From: Hugh Thompson, Swindon Seasons greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all my friends and old comrades in the movements world, including my old “Oggie” mates.
From: Pete & Rose Herring, Gosport, Hants Wishing very best wishes to all colleagues and friends from our very Happy Days in Cyprus, and on NEAF MAMS, 1971-74. Enjoy a realy Happy Christmas - and the best of health in 2017
From: Vic Smith, Brassall, QLD From one of the "Down under Movements Mafia" may I wish all Movers, no matter where, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For those who will be on duty, stay safe. Our thoughts are with you.
Vic Smith - "Movements Mafia"
Andy Hulls - looking dynamic!
Patsy and Charlie Marlow - IoW
Joe Gillis - found his true vocation!
Tom Iredale - dressing himself!
Mick Cocker is in there somewhere
Howie Thomas - proud father!
From: Wayne Donner, Medicine Hat, AB Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017 to all the "Loadies" around the world, both those who have served and those who are presently serving somewhere around the world.
From: Andy Hulls, Astana Dear all, a very quick note from Kazakhstan to wish you and your families a great Christmas and a very Happy and fruitful New Year. All my very best.
From: Charlie & Patsy Marlow, Freshwater, Isle of Wight To all of the Movements Family, past and present, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From: Joe & Jacquie Gillis, Grand Mira South, NS Joe Gillis and Family are sending best wishes to all of our fellow “movers” for a happy, healthy, Holy and wondrous Christmas and New Year; Peace, Love and Prosperity to all!
From: Thomas Iredale, Heidelberg Wishing all Mover community, whether still serving or retired, a peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. And if you have a black tie event, may you have less trouble tying your bow-tie!
From: Mick Cocker, Swindon As always the OBA newsletter has kept us entertained over the last 12 months, something which I know from personal experience of editing the "Team Brief" for 10 years is a difficult thing to do. My retirement hobby, "Wiltshire Angling Ltd" continues to thrive, and I can't help feeling that I have shot myself in the foot a bit, as I rarely get the time to go fishing any more. This time of year is always good for reflecting on friendships, past and present, and I am always thankful for the great friends I made during my time as a Mover. We are all spread around the world these days so the OBA newsletter is a great opportunity to wish all Movers past and present a Happy Christmas and a Safe and Prosporous New Year. My best regards to you all.
From: Gaetan Chasles, Gatineau, QC Bonne et Heureuse Fête à tout les Techniciens en Mouvements de ce monde. Que le nouvel an soit prospère et que la santé soit avec vous tous. [A good and happy holiday to all the Movements Technicians in the world. May the New Year be prosperous and may health be with you all.]
From: Chris Thistle, Sidmouth, Devon Happy Christmas from Devon. For those who remember me I still survive. For those who don't, Happy Christmas too!
From: Howie Thomas, Cairns, QLD Happy Christmas to all Movers of today and yesteryear. Had the great honour of attending my eldest daughters Graduation to ‘Zob’ in the Army at Royal Military College Duntroon, Australia this week. Very proud and I hope she has a very distinguished career. Thinking of you all everywhere and especially to today’s serving -thank you for keeping us safe. Here's to yet another warm Christmas in sunny Cairns, Queensland!
From: Dougie & Jackie Betambeau, Swindon May we take this opportunity to pass onto all Movers, both past & present, Season`s Greetings & Warmest Wishes for 2017. To those that cannot be with their families at this time please stay safe & have a speedy return.
Dougie Betambeau, "Yup, that's me!"
Ghost of Christmas past - Dougie Betambeau in 1977
Myra and Mick Maybery - sharing shaving cream!
Garry & Carmie Dixon
Sai & Karl Hibbert
Riet and Santa-Syd Avery
John & Jean Bell
Don Milburn - on vacation in Turkey
Graham (Scouse) Leman - Incognito
Jim Gillespie and Pascal Munster
From: Mick & Myra Maybery, Alcaudete Wishing a safe and happy Christmas to all, especially those away from friends and family on operational duties over this time of year.
From: Jacques Leclerc, St-Alexandre de Kamouraska QC To all the movers out there, Sophie and I would like to wish you happy holidays. By the way, this is my new puppy; Sammy is no longer with me.
From: Garry & Carmie Dixon, Courtenay, BC From the both of us, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
From: Karl & Sai Hibbert, Chiang Rai I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Xmas and best wishes for 2017. Thailand is mainly buddhist, but they still don't mind us foreigners enjoying Xmas.
From: Syd & Riet Avery, Guardamar del Segura, Alicante Syd and Riet will not be taking a full page advert in the Daily Telegraph wishing all and sundry a Happy Christmas this year. Christmas cards have been sent to a few selected individuals, and if you received one, please consider yourself lucky. You will notice the card salutation has been written in pencil so the wording can be erased and the card re-used next year. If your name is Syd, you can just send the card back next year with no alterations. Notwithstanding the above drivel, we wish everyone a truly Happy Christmas and a great 2017. If you are away from home and your family, may you return quickly. Love and kisses to each and everyone, go well, stay safe and may you have enough.
From: John Bell, Desborough, Northants Please pass my best wishes for a good, happy, Christmas to all the UKMAMS guys who served with me during my time at Abingdon and Lyneham. Plus my hopes for a good 2017 for them and the guys and girls now serving.
From: Don Milburn, Swindon To all fellow movers past and present a very merry christmas and new year to you all. Photo was this year in Turkey. As I get older I get bigger, must try more exercises!
From: Graham (Scouse) Leman, Poole, Dorset A very Merry Christmas to one and all. I hope we can all have a peaceful and relaxing time with friends and family.
From: Jim Gillespie, Highworth, Wilts My involvement with Air Movements was through 4624 Sqn (Sep 83-Sep 95). I met and worked with a number of ‘Regulars’ during my 12 years as an Auxiliary and had a great time. After leaving 4624, I joined 4626 (Sep 96 - Sep 2005), and the 9 years with them was equally enjoyable. Currently I am the Officer Commanding 878 (Highworth) Sqn, Air Cadets, so I am continuing the part-time theme. The photograph was taken in October at an Air Cadet dinner. I’m standing next to Sub Lieutenant Pascal Munster RN, a former Air Cadet and now a Service Helper when he is home on leave.
C130J completes technical flight at St Helena Airport
From: Keri Eynon, Newbury, Berks I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Blessed and Peaceful Christmas "Nadolig Llawen" as we say in the language of Heaven [Welsh] with every best wish for 2017. Keep up the good work with the newsletter.
From: Fred Hebb, Gold River, NS Merry Christmas to all of my retired Traffic Tech and Logistic Officer co-workers that I had the privilege to work with over my career in the RCAF. A special wish to all those movers who are deployed over the Christmas season, Merry Christmas everyone.
From: Stan Seggar, Sheffield Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year to all ex-C Flight 3 Squadron, 50th Entry u/t Suppliers 1963/1965 RAF Hereford. Fond memories of Christmas long ago .
From: Mike McCann, Beckwithshaw, N. Yorks All my best wishes for a fantastic Christmas and a most prosperous New Year to all old, but beautifully preserved, Movers, past and present! Moreover, a round of applause (but no beer lol) to Tony for keeping the OBA show on the road for another year!
From: Brian & Liudmilla Gibson, Paralimni I would like to wish all the movers, be they active or retired, a Very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year, wherever you and your families are in the world. I spare a special thought for all the families who have said farewell to their loved ones who have flown to the Movers rest home in the sky. Not forgetting those suffering from illness over the festive season, wishing them a speedy recovery. Lastly Liudmila and I hope that 2017 is a more peaceful year all over the planet"
Ed & Karen Stout, Aylesbury, Bucks Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
From: Allan Walker, Burnley, Lancs To all Movers, both old and new, wherever you are at this time, have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. All the best!
From: Jack & Margaret Dunlop, Aberdeen To all movers I served with in the 60's, I send you all Season's Greetings, long may your lum reek and wish you well for 2016.
From: Gary Sadler, Williamtown, NSW Seasons greetings to one and all from Australia! Hoping all of you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Leanne and I will be spending ours in Canberra and I suspect there will be less chance of snow than where some of you are. Busy period for my team (381SQN) as we are on short notice to move for HADR operations and it is the start of cyclone season followed by support to the Australian International Air Show in the New Year. Again, best wishes to all and enjoy the festive season.
From: Andy Downard, Ballarat, VIC Happy Christmas and an outstanding New Year for all in the Mover’s world. Remember it’s never too late to learn new skills and keep yourselves doing stuff!
From: Bob Dixon, Royal Wootton Bassett Season’s greetings to all Movers and especially those who know me! Now I am hiding behind a beard to add to retirement anonymity and life is good living in ‘Bassett’ (Royal Wootton!) My apologies for my absence from the UKMAMS Association Dinner in May. I could not be there because it was my Golden Wedding Anniversary and I was therefore cruising between Amsterdam and Budapest with Sue. This was one celebration I could not duck out of! Thanks to all who do stay in touch with particular thanks to Sam Heaphy, Ian Berry, Colin Allen, Merv Johns and their wives and Issy Roberts for their very pleasant company at frequent Sunday lunches and other events throughout the year.
It was good to see Association members parading for Remembrance Sunday in London at the Cenotaph and to keep up with both Regulars and Reservists via their Squadron Associations who have kindly kept me on as their Honorary President. It has always been a privilege and a challenge to enjoy life with so many dedicated people at work and play over the decades and I wish you all well for Christmas 2016. Have a successful 2017.
Fred Hebb is Santa Claus!
Stan Seggar - 1964
Mike McCann getting sozzled!
Brian & Liudmilla Gibson
Bob Dixon - Anniversary Cruise
Ed & Karen Stout with Suki
Allan Walker in his "Mafia" pose!
Jack Dunlop - looking resplendent!
Gary Sadler - roughie-toughie in Oz
Andy Downard diving into his hobby
A Lockheed Martin C130J Hercules aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force and commissioned by DFID, successfully conducted a technical flight at St Helena Airport from Sunday 18th (arriving at 13.23hrs) to this morning, Monday 19th December 2016, departing for Ascension Island at 10.23hrs.
The aircraft carried out approaches to both runways, conducted a fly-by at 500 feet and a ‘teardrop’ turn - landing without problem on Runway 20, from the north.
In November 2011, St Helena Government signed a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with Basil Read (Pty) Ltd. The contract included £201.5 million for the design and construction of the airport, an additional amount - of up to - £10 million on shared risk contingency and £35.1 million for 10 years of operation.
The project aims to provide air services to St Helena, fulfilling the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining access to the Island and provide it with a real opportunity for economic growth through tourism.
Both the St Helena Government and the UK Government hope that this will lead to eventual financial self-sustainability for St Helena.
From: Gordon & Ann Black, Swindon Wishing all movers (from whichever country) past and present all the best for Christmas and New Year. Particularly those who for whatever reason are separated from their loved ones.
From: Keith Hubbard, Kilgetty, Pembroke Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year
From: Roy Irish, Cornwall I'm very happy to wish all ex-service colleagues a VERY Happy Christmas.
From: Derek Grayson, Muscat (last known address) I would like to thank you for a wonderful job you do on the OBA and as I'm in my second year of retirement I'm like a cat on a hot tin roof trying to find some kind of work just to keep me occupied and out from under the missus' feet. I would just like to say Merry Xmas to all the guys who remember me, and a thought for all those who have passed on to the crew room in the sky. To all the movers present and past a Happy 2017, I'll have a drink for you all.
From: Clive Hall, Swindon Tony and all Muppets: To wish you all an extremely prosperous and safe Christmas and New Year from Clive Hall - Kilo/Alpha teams aka Derek Barron/Hector Heaton of old. Still working hard (charities) around Highworth/Fairford/Cirencester.
From: Tony Freeman, Thornhill, Dumfries May I take this opportunity of wishing all those who know me, both regular and reserve, and all their families a very happy Christmas and a peaceful, but what promises to be an interesting New Year from Tony Freeman, ex 4624 Squadron and Secretary of the RAuxAF Foundation, details on rauxaf.web or a recently updated Wikipedia RAuxAF web site.
From: Brian Hunt, Hove, East Sussex Please pass on my best wishes for a Happy Christmas and healthy New Year to all members, especially those who were on Charlie team! If any one is in this neck of the woods and would like a game of golf, do get in touch, East Brighton Golf Club takes a lot of beating, except when the wind's blowing!
From: Gaz Farndale & Family, Torpoint, Cornwall To all present and ex movers worldwide have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year. Happy memories of a wonderful bunch of lads and ladies. Will raise a glass to all those we lost this year.
From: Barney Fielder, Huntingdon Cambs Wishing all Movers past and present a very Merry Christmas and particularly those Movers working or deployed over this festive period away from home and their families.
From: Liam Devlin, Neath Port Talbot 53 Years ago I had my first Movements posting to FEAF MAMS. Since then I've met many people we all know, the giant personality that was Bob Turner, sadly no longer with us, (FG OFF) Tony Mullen, now residing in OZ, Gp Capt Bill Girdwood now in Ealing, Geoff Gill, haven't heard from in years, and Big Geordie Readman living in Bristol and Rab Devlin. Next came UKMAMS (at Abingdon), with for a short time, your good self, Dave Barton, Norrie Radcliffe, Hughie Curran. Then came the Squadron move to Lyneham. Where I met Keith Parker, Bruce Oram, Mick Maybery, Sammy Allen, Sam Heaphy and Ian Berry. Sorry if I've left anyone out (age thing). To all of you I wish you all a very Happy and Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Dave Elliott - an Aussie in Lancs
Wayne Harker with his Grandchild
Steve Broadhurst - a Limey in Oz
Chris & Kev (Geordie) Stanger
Sam Mold - celebrating 86 years!
Tony Mullen - Wizard of Oz!
Rip Kirby - Commuting Ski Bum!
From: Dave Elliott, Skelmersdale, West Lancs I'd just like to wish a Happy Crimbo and a Rocking New Year to all the Movers out there both past and present.
From: Wayne Harker, Edmonton, AB Please pass my sincere best wishes to all movers worldwide. All the best in 2017. Picture is of Grandpa Claus with his youngest grandchild last December.
From: Steve Broadhurst, Melbourne, VIC May I extend Season's Greetings to all of our Movements Family wherever they may be this Christmas Season. We particularly remember those away from home & loved ones performing essential duties in often hostile environments. To all those who may recall me, or my name, sorry about that but try to have a wonderful holiday season anyway! And, to you, Tony, our many thanks for being the engine behind this great enterprise that keeps us all connected & remembered to each other. Happy Christmas everyone.
From: Kev (Geordie) & Chris Stanger, Calgary, AB 2016 was a very interesting year for me, Chris and I are now Canadian Citizens making us Britnadians! Strange swearing allegiance to the Queen who is already my Queen! I found out I have an extended family I didn't know about, so enjoying learning lots of family history (thanks to Martin Liggett for the guidance he was kind enough to share). Here's to "Wishing Movers old and new a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe Prosperous New Year." For those no longer with us I'm sure there will be a lot of banter in that crewroom in the sky; we raise a glass to them with fond memories. Don't forget those on ops, away from their families, stay safe and enjoy whatever and however you can (I know how resourceful you are). Safe trails.
From: Sam Mold, Brighton & Hove It is time to thank your good self for the dedicated work you efficiently carry out as a one-man-band (what? - no committee!) on behalf of your fellow UKMAMS OBA members, and to wish them all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, to which I might add - may 2017 bring you all the best of health and good living!
From: Tony Mullen, Toowoomba, QLD To all ex movers, wherever they be, a Merry Xmas and healthy, happy and prosperous 2017.
From: Rip Kirby, Bourg St Maurice Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année from the French Alps. To all movers, past & present, Brits or otherwise, wherever you are, very best wishes for the festive season & beyond. And if you find yourself in a risky or remote place, keep yer 'eads down!
New members who have joined us recently:
Simon Coughlan, Swindon, Wilts
David Forsyth, 85370 Le Langon
George Fouhey, Bedford
Welcome to the OBA!
From: Bob Pountney, Forres, Moray Please pass on my Season's Greetings to all ex-movers and their families. Best wishes and keep up the excellent work.
Bob Pountney, back in the day
Tina and Brian Spademan
The Woottens at the Bowen Legacy Xmas Party
Keith Parker - arrested for speeding!
Neil (Jonah) Jones
Judy Lloyd all lit up for Xmas (the house, not Judy!)
Pacific Salmon - Dave, Cindy, Bryony & b/f Tom
Mike & Susan Stoddard
Chris Owen - The children were settled all snug...
Chas Clark, Robbie James & Chas Cormack
From: Brian & Tina Spademan, Lanarca Just like this chance to wish all ex and present day movers a merry Christmas and a very safe and prosperous 2017.
From: Chris & Camille Wootten, Collinsville QLD A Merry Christmas and best wishes to all the "movers & shakers" out there from an ex-mover in the deep north of Australia. Hope you all get to have the holidays with families & friends.
From: Keith Parker, Tenerife, Canary Islands I'm on holiday in Tenerife at the mo. Hello and Greetings to all fellow movers both past and present - keep up the good work if you are still involved - you have all our support and stay safe.
From: Neil (Jonah) Jones, Maidenhead, Berks Please pass on my heartfelt good wishes for the Christmas and New Year Season. I hope that all movers, young and old, have a great time with their loved ones and good friends.
From: Don and Judy Lloyd, Calgary, AB We want to wish everyone near and far, at home or away as duty calls, the very brightest and happiest Merry Christmas and all the best that there is in the coming year 2017.
From: Dave & Cindy Salmon, Springfield, OR Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Movers past and present from Springfield, Oregon. Picture: Myself, my wife Cindy, daughter Bryony and her boyfriend Tom during their visit July -Aug 2016.
From: Mike & Susan Stoddard, Carrying Place, ON I would like to wish all the movers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Canada. Next spring I will be taking a trip to Australia (Sydney and Cairns) and New Zealand (Wellington and Queenstown) . Who knows maybe I will get to meet some movers there for a cold one.
From: Chris & Helen Owen, Andover, Hampshire Wishing all movers, past and present, a joyful Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year, especially those that are separated from their loved ones at this time.
From: Chas Clark, Sprucedale, ON Thank you for all your work in keeping us old movers in contact throughout the year, it is truly a magnificent effort. I have attached a photo of 3 of the original UKMAMS personnel from 1966 at RAF Abingdon. These are from left to right, myself, Gp Capt Robbie James and the indominable W.O. Charlie Cormack. The photo was taken at the 50th UKMAMS Reunion Dinner at the old RAF Wroughton mess, now a country hotel and convention centre. I wish all the old movers a happy Christmas and, being a Scot, a great and Happy New Year. In particular the old 1966 UKMAMS namely, Robbie, Charlie, Dave Powell (a real character), Nigel Furney, Nigel Saunders, Ray Clark and not forgetting John Beadman who I would like to get in touch with again. Also Chris Heyland who was a station mover at Abingdon at the same time.
From: Mike Hagarty, Mesa, AZ Wishing all past and present "Movers" a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year. Enjoy Health, Happiness and Prosperity.
From: Ken Usher, Edmonton, AB To all the Movers around the world, may I wish you all and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
From: Nigel McCann, Armadale, Falkirk To all movers passed and present Merry Christmas too one and all. A special mention to those families who have lost a loved one this year, our thoughts and prayers are with you during the festive period.
From: John Tudor, Stevenston, Ayrshire Wishing you and yours and all movers wherever they may be a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Stay safe.
From: Mike and Avril Stepney, Stewarton, Ayrshire Season’s greetings to all the OBA members and a safe and prosperous New Year to all .
From: Mick and Sharyn Hughes, Ipswich, QLD To all Movers everywhere and anywhere. Be safe and enjoy a time of celebration and family
From: Chris Biggs, Coventry, West Midlands Just a few words to all members wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And thanks to John Elcher for organising the Remembrance Day outing was a pleasure to attend. I look forward to the one next year.
From: Tim Pyne, Calne, Wilts Merry Xmas to all and a Happy New Year.
From: Frank Holmes, Stratford-upon-Avon Firstly, thank you personally for all your work, efforts and dedication to the blog; although I don't always contribute I'm always eager to open the page each month to catch all the news. Secondly, as you've flushed me out, can I wish all the MAMS family a very Happy Christmas and Healthy and Prosperous 2017. But especially I'd like to pass on all my special wishes to the members of my 2 MAMS teams: D team UKMAMS (1969 - 71) and Blue and Red Teams NEAF MAMS (1971 - 74). It's about time we had a get together chaps... before it's too late! Happy Christmas one and all.
From: Dennis Martin, Woking, Surrey Best wishes to you and the numerous old and not so old movers, wherever you are.
Best of C295W Promotional North American Tour
Prior to Canada's decision to purchase 16 C295W FWSAR aircraft, Airbus carried out a promotional North American tour utilizing an aircraft operated by the Mexican Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Mexicana).
From June 18th till June 29th the C295W covered around 16,000 kilometres. The tour included stops in Mexico, Canada and USA. Check out some of the best scenes of the tour in this video.
From: Basil Hughes, Pattaya May I send best wishes and every blessing to all the movers. I shall be thinking of the old days and all the team mates - I will raise a glass to you all. Those were the days - from one who actually spent Xmas on Christmas Island! Thank you Tony for all the hard work you do keeping us all in contact.
Bam-Bam and Basil Hughes
Tansey & Dutch Holland
Smiling faces at Tansey Continental Cafe
Jerry Babington's grandchildren at the Bath & West
Many moons ago - Sid Thompson & Geordie Gash
Jason Murphy & Brummie Overgaard on HMS Victory
Kim & Jerry Allen
Len Bowen - it's not a Condec, but I can daydream
Eddie, Nikita & Heng McDowall
Kev Koslowski-Smith, memories of Gutersloh 1988
Emily & Ian Mansfield
From: Dutch & Tansey Holland, Ringwood, Hants To all UK MAMS and UKMAMS ENG's. Have a Super Festive season wherever you all are and a very Happy and Successful New Year to follow. Your news and views over the last year have all been noted and filed from those I know to those I do not. If you are ever passing the Ringwood / New Forest area do drop in to Tansy's Cafe in Ringwood. Open Tues to Saturdays, 09.00 - 15.00. (Top on Trip Advisor). Tansy will then summon me to attend! All the very best to you all.
From: Jerry Babington, Frome, Somerset Happy Xmas to all and very best wishes for 2017. I’m still happy and well, living in Frome, Somerset and playing lots of golf. After 12 years, I’ve decided that retirement suits me.
From: David (Sid) Thompson, Paltamo Wishing all you Movers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year from Sid Thompson in the snowy North of Finland
From: Jason Murphy, Pershore, Worcs Happy Xmas to all movers past and present from HMS Victory
From: Jerry & Kim Allen, Cheltenham, Glos Ummm, what to give all Movers for Christmas? A tough choice. Historically it would be booze, food containing booze or a good woman to buy the booze. My present this year is a game, a party game, the funniest and most competitive I have ever witnessed. Take an empty cardboard cereal box, top flaps open, stand it on the floor. Challenge the guests to pick up the box with their teeth without touching the box with their hands and without kneeling or sitting on the floor. Easy for most people in the first round. For Round Two remove an inch all around the top of the box. Repeat removing an inch or so in each round. As the box gets closer to the floor the competition and the physical ingenuity of those remaining is a thing of beauty to behold. A good game after a few beers! Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe Christmas.
From: Len Bowen, Chisholm, ACT A very Merry Christmas (or other religious holiday of your choice) and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all Movers, past and present, especially to all on deployment over the festive season. May you soon be safe at home with your families.
From: Eddie, Heng & Nikita McDowall, Nanning Shi, Guangxi Greetings to all movers in this holiday season, (yes I say Happy Holidays). My family and I are still living in China and we intend to remain here until 2021. Living in S.W China means a sub-tropical climate, however working in China means Chinese driving (think Arab drivers with their brains removed) and internet restrictions that have sent me bald (and fat). Good luck to you all, stay safe and not too sober.
From: Kev Koslowski-Smith, Cambridge Christmas 1988 at Gutersloh is many years ago, but the memories are stuck in my ageing head... To all who know me, have a great Yule & a fantastic 2017.
From: Ian & Emily Mansfield, Swindon As a singlie I would always volunteer to work the Christmas shift to allow those with wives/husbands and kids to enjoy that special day together. And in return I would have New Year's Eve and Day off to get plastered! I hope this practice is still continuing. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Movers past and present.
From: David & Darrelle Moss, Sorbie, Dumfries To all movers wherever you are, may we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
From: Arthur Rowland, St Ives, Cambs I would like to wish you and all my former colleagues and current movers a very happy Christmas, and every good wish for 2017.
From: Don Hazlewood, Somewhere Hot 'n' Sandy I am not the best of writers, I am still peddling my wares in Afghanistan, here for another Christmas (bah humbug) will have to retire soon or I will not have time to spend what pennies the wife lets me have! Merry Christmas to you all and the very best for the New Year.
From: David Stevens, Bangor Wishing you, all your family and all the UKMAMS family a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.
From: Al Gordon, Edmonton, AB Thanks for the opportunity to wish all my old friends and Traffic Techs in the RCAF and our counter parts around the globe a very Merry Christmas and peaceful New Year.
From: Ron Meredith, Spalding, Lincs Ron Meredith is happy to take this opportunity to send my best wishes for Christmas and to hope that all of my so many long term friends and colleagues, find all that they wish in 2017.
From: Alan Irving, Royal Wootton Bassett Please pass on to all movers worldwide my very best wishes for a very happy Xmas and a great and prosperous New Year.
From: Roy Craggs, Las Vegas, NV merry xmas to all, not too many of us old timers left, but I remember my RAF days with fond memories.
From: Keith Smith, Swindon, Wilts Firstly thank you for continuing to publish the extremely readable monthly newsletter. Also compliments of the Season to you and yours. I would like to wish all Movers past and present a Peaceful and Happy Christmas and best wishes for a Healthy and Prosperous 2017.
From: Howard (Taff) Farrow, Stafford Merry Christmas and a happy New year to all serving and retired Movers, especially those serving overseas.
From: Bryan Morgan, Abingdon Subject: Save the Children
Christmas Greetings and a Happy New Year to all Movers both past and present.
Whilst we will be enjoying ourselves in the weeks to come there will be hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children around the world suffering from neglect, abuse, malnutrition, sickness and separation from their parents. If you would like to improve the lot of just one child in 2017, you might like to consider making a donation to the charity Save the Children which I have been a passionate supporter of and fund raising volunteer since I was involved in Operation Bushel in Ethiopia in 1984.
Save the Children currently works in over 50 countries worldwide but it is the Middle East refugee crisis that is concentrating the minds at the moment. Funds are desperately needed and if you would like to support this very worthwhile cause please send a cheque, made payable to Save the Children, to me at the following address:
87 Radley Road Abingdon OX14 3PR
If you do make a donation and pay income tax in the UK I will gift aid your donation unless you ask me not to. This will increase your donation by 25%, at no cost to yourself, but you will need to let me know your full name and address.
Please be assured this not a scam but a genuine plea from the heart. Thanking you in anticipation.
Bryan Morgan OC UKMAMS 1971-74
From: Gerry Morrow, Morinville, AB Wishing all a very very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all Movers throughout the world. May 2017 bring Happiness & Joy to one and all. The picture: Winter RCAF reunion Yuma, AZ, 2016. Wayne Flaherty, Milt Baker, Paul Vincent, Mike Hagarty, Harry Grace, Gord Plyle, Chuck Arntsen, Leo Ayotte, Gerry Morrow.
From: Tony Street, Buffalo, NY To all movers out there, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Ron & Eriko Coupe, Houston, TX Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From: Andy Kime, Marlow, Bucks Christmas Greetings to Movers everywhere. About to enter my last year of Service at HQ AIR and will retire in Jan 18. Keep on doing the great things that Movers do and keep making me proud to be one of the tribe.
From: Rod Stone, Abingdon Still freefall jumping all over Europe and USA and having lots of fun. Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas 2016 and a prosperous New Year 2017
From: Rob Davies, Woodchurch, Kent A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all members of the OBA. The picture was taken in October this year at Bremgarten Southern Germany. Fuel stop, before crossing the Swiss Alps, while flying the Mustang P51D "Marinell" out to her new owner in Italy.
From: Bernie Connolly, Wantage, Oxon A happy Christmas to you all who may still remember me. Attach a painting from my TriStar days on 216 Sqn, painted I think by Roy Layzell an auxiliary mover who I flew with on a number of occasions. He painted this card while on a trip around Christmas time in 1998. Best wishes to you all and good health and happiness in 2017.
From: Alex Masson, Chelmsford, Essex Congratulations yet again on running the best military website on the net! Your continuous publication of contributions from the lads is simply wonderful. It is always full of great interest and banter which only proves what a great bunch ‘Movers’ are! Last week I decided to run an Aviation Art Gallery in one of our Shopping Malls in Chelmsford to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Association. Whilst manning the event I was approached by a man who introduced himself to me as a “Mover’. It was Dick de Caires with his wife Linda and he had recognised me from the Old Bods Briefs! ‘Happy Christmas Dick and Linda.’ I wish you Tony, and each and every ‘Mover’ wherever he or she may be, a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.
From: Bob Robinson, Wellingborough, Northants Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all I know, especially the gang from Akrotiri, albeit 52 years ago now!
From: George Fouhey, Bedford The picture was taken at The Irish Guards Mess, with Johnson Beharry VC - what a man! [Following is copied from Wikipedia] "Lance Sergeant Johnson Gideon Beharry, VC (born 26 July 1979) is a British Army soldier who, on 18 March 2005, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces, for twice saving members of his unit, the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, from ambushes on 1 May and again on 11 June 2004 at Al-Amarah, Iraq. He sustained serious head injuries in the latter engagement. Beharry was formally invested with the Victoria Cross by Queen Elizabeth II on 27 April 2005." To Johnson Beharry and all our troops retired and serving I wish a very happy safe Christmas and New Year.
From: Paul & Diane Weir, Leighton Buzzard, Beds Have had another good year making baskets which included a very large basket for a 1955 three-wheeled Lambretta scooter. Both Di and myself would like to wish all movers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Of course lets raise a glass to all those absent friends who have gone to greater places.
From: Richard (Taff) Evans, Latina Subject: AIC Child Care Centre
Today I received a newsletter from AIC Kajiado (the UKMAMS and now 1AMW official charity). I have attached it to this email and thought it might be nice to add it to the newsletter, so the old MAMS boys and new AMW guys can see what's going on in Nairobi.
Best Regards, Taff
From: Mark Gibbons, Ipswich, Suffolk Finally joined the OBA and am looking forward to relive and reminisce along with fellow movers' stories and anecdotes. Would also like to take this opportunity to wish all fellow Movers serving and retired Seasons Greetings have a safe and great Christmas.
From: Bill Nangle, Kingston, ON Well, winter has truly stuck us here in eastern Canada, it's been snowing all week and to top it all off we had about 18 hours of freezing rain last night making driving this morning rather interesting. Best Christmas wishes to all MAMS Muppets out there, past and present. May your holidays be peaceful, quiet, safe, and hopefully at home with your families. Best Regards to all.
From: Mike & Eva Gerigk, Port Alberni, BC To all of our old "Trappers" plus the "New Ones" my wife Eva and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2017. May the coming year bring more joy to the whole world especially peace in some regions where our troops are over Christmas and New Year and may they come home when this turmoil is finally over.
From: Brian Cock, Hailsham East Sussex Here is a Christmas message to all the humpers and dumpers of the movements world, Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Wealthy New Year.
From: Andy Spinks, Dubai I feel very fortunate to have served with such good people in such a worthy profession and want to wish all current Movers (and all other readers of course) all the best for Christmas. For those deployed, I thank you for your dedication and wish you a safe return in due course. For those at work at their home bases, you too have my thanks. Indeed I send Christmas wishes to everyone, and for a safe and happy new year.
From: Ricky (Taff) Howell, Swindon Well I'm back in the UK for good now, finally finished my Middle East adventure. Lots of happy memories. Still living in Swindon. The family is getting bigger all the time with more grandchildren on the way. My nephew has just joined the RAF as a rock ape? Did try and persuade him to go for movements but his mind was made up. Well merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone.
From: Steve Harpum, York My warmest wishes and season’s greetings to all Movers, wherever they may be in the world at this time, and especially those I have had the pleasure of serving with over the many years I was proud to wear the light blue.
From: Andy Holliday, St Just, Cornwall Season's Greetings to all Movers wherever you are - Merry Christmas to All and a Happy and Healthy 2017.
From: Tod Geoghegan, Folkestone, Kent I would like to wish each and every one connected to this wonderful web site a Wonderful Christmas and New Year. These days I am part of a great organisation of volunteers who throughout the country keep a watchful eye out on our coast; The National Coastwatch Institution in conjunction with the established Coastguard . Latest claim to fame, some Sundays ago I actually "drove" the Dover Lifeboat, I would guess any naval types are cringing. Watches are made up of mostly former HM Forces and also Merchant Navy as well as people from some sailing back grounds, both male and female. So far very interesting learning the Navy way. So another year goes by hoping the new one brings peace to our troubled world. Not too sure I like to witness the Russian Navy going down the English Channel too often, too much smoke from the carrier's funnel for one, so much for exhaust emissions.
From: Dave & Rosemary Abrams, Weymouth, Dorset Rosemary and I would like to wish movers all over the world a very happy Christmas and a very prosperous 2017.
From: Steve Cross, Doncaster, South Yorks Please publish my seasonal greetings and best wishes to all current serving and ex-Movers around the world, especially those that are away from loved ones during this time of year. (I remember Christmas 1989 at MPA and the 1990 club). I would like also to raise a toast to absent friends. Cheers to you all!
From: Tom & Valerie Burrows, Sudbury, Suffolk Christmas Greetings to one and all where ever you are. Especially to those of you who celebrated Christmas with us in Rhodesia in 1979, it was a fun time and, if I can remember right, a great party. God bless one and all.
From: Mark Brierley, York Firstly, many thanks to you for continuing to put together such an excellent read each month. Every tale is interesting and invariably brings back memories of my time in the Service on Movements tours. Checking my list of postings, it’s rather sad that the majority of the stations that I served on are now shut, but that’s the price the country pays for having an air force that’s smaller than it’s ever been. On a lighter note, best wishes to all fellow movers for a great Christmas and I hope 2017 is good for you.
From: Andy Brookes, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Movers past and present.
From: Brian & Maureen Kent, Carterton, Oxon Wishing all the Movers and friends I worked with from '56 to '89 Best Wishes fir Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year
From: Gabriele Rusciano, Adelaide, SA G'day movers and shakers from around the globe. Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas.
From: Konrad & Kasia Putu/Kurene, Wellington To all my Fellow movers - Wishing you all a very Merry Xmas and a great New Years
From: Whaty Campbell, Akrotiri Please pass on my sincere and best wishes for the festive period to all Movers past and present, far and world-wide. Stay safe, stay healthy and look after each-other. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From: Fritz Von Kaitz, Edmonton, AB I would like to wish all Movers worldwide, whether enjoying time at home with family and friends or deployed to some corner of the world, a very Merry Christmas and Joyous 2017.
From: Murdo Macleod, Newport-on-Tay, Fife Merry Xmas to one and all and a Happy New year, don't get too drunk you lot, some of you ain't no spring chickens no more, and who am I kidding!
From: Mic & Ann Book, Windsor, ON Anne & I would like to send out greeting to all trappers who have crossed our path and made our lives better. Merry Christmas & Joyeux Noël
From: Paul Amies, Swindon Subject: Remembrance Sunday
I was one of those 35 ex-Movers that were privileged enough to march past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, last month, with the UKMAMS Association. The weather was glorious (apparently it hasn't rained on Remembrance Sunday for 18 years - someone's watching over us) and the atmosphere was extremely moving, with thousands turning out to support. The inter-service banter, whilst waiting to march was, as ever, on form! One of the Submariner's adjacent to us produced a 1.9 litre hip flask; God bless the Royal Navy. The march was followed by a very well attended meet & greet at the Sherlock Holmes pub and I expect there were a few sore heads next day. The Movers were very efficiently organised by John Belcher, for the second year, and thanks go to him for his logistical skills (and patience!).
I wish all serving and ex-serving Movers a safe, happy & healthy Yuletide and 2017.
From: Bill Girdwood, Ealing, London W5 I wish all my colleagues, past and present, in the movements trade, a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. And to all of you out there on detachment, no matter how appalling, remember, those who remain behind, sitting in front of the fire, with an array of Christmas fare and all the beer that they could want, are all envious of your exciting roles; it was always like that on base movements! God bless you all.
From: Colin & Linda Pay, Isle of Wight Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year to all Movers past and present.
From: Eddie Hewitt, Dorset Wishing all movers - past and present - a fantastic Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017. In particular, a big shout out to anybody I served alongside on A-Shift at RAF Lyneham in the early 90s, and following that - on mobile.
From: Jim Jamieson, Clehonger, Hereford Season's greetings to all movers and shakers, and thank you Tony for your hard work.
From: Gary & Tannis Horobin, St. Albert, AB Merry Christmas to all movers out there both active and retired. I wish that all have a happy and healthy New Year.
From: Barrie (Tug) Wilson, Crickerel, Dorset A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year to all Movers, past and present. It was a privilege being part of that group of professionals, and now having my son Pete (Tug) and daughter-in-law, Sim, serving in the trade at Brize!
From: Mark Hounsell, Eastbourne Since leaving the service in 1988, I've done a few different jobs; warehouse work, chef, carer for a family member and now working for a major supermarket. I hope all have a good Xmas.
From: Doc Mackenzie, Pictou Landing, NS Tony, Season's Greetings. Ahh yes, the old lump of coal [referenced in an e-mail reminder to those who were threatened with the naughty list for non-compliance!]. Well I grew up with 12 brothers and sisters in a 2-bedroom house here in New Glasgow. Dad worked building boxcars for Dosco. We had some pretty lean times, however Christmas was always special. No matter how tough the times we did well. I have story to relate. My Grandfather was a steam train engineer. The tracks used to run behind our house. He would slow the train down and the fireman would throw off several scoops of coal. It was our job after school to get the scuttles and go pick it, bring it home and put it in the furnace room. Mom always said if you don't get enough we'll fill your stockings with it. I don't think the kids today could handle that!
From: Mick Sullivan, Carterton, Oxon I hope the trade, past, present and future have a great Christmas and New year. Please take a moment on the big day to remember those who took their final flights this year and thoughts and prayers to those on Ops leaving families and loved ones behind over the holidays.
From: Jim Cunningham, Fareham, Hants Here's wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and the same message to all movers serving and non-serving.
From: Steve Tomlinson, Tenerife, QLD Subject: Greetings from "Christmas in Brisbane"
Here we are again, another year virtually over!
Thoughts that come to mind this time of year; fighting your way across the cargo shed full of Christmas trees, destined for distant parts of the Globe, with Phil Britton & Terry Roberts masterminding the distribution! The alternative Christmas "Down South" in Port Stanley with the troops, and Dave Roberts showing his gentle, artistic, side, colouring-in a Christmas tree decoration!
My very best wishes to all Movers in the hope you have a very Merry Festive Season followed by a safe New Year.
From: Brian Harper, Glenwood, NL Wishing all movers present and retired a happy and boozy merry Christmas and new year.
From: Alan Potts, 11100 Narbonne Hi Tony, Thanks again for all your hard work during the past year in keeping us all in touch. So it is a good time to say hello and Seasons Greetings to all old colleagues and all movers everywhere, have a great and safe holiday and may you all be happy and prosperous in 2017.
From: Sandy Bunn, Cobourg, ON Would just like to wish all movers a safe and happy holiday. With all the best in. 2017
From: Tony Bullock, Brisbane, QLD To all movers, especially the ones that know me and those that I have worked with (RAF & RAAF) over the years. I wish you a Happy, merry, healthy and safe Christmas. And that 2017 be an improvement on this year for you and your families.
From: Rob (Taff) Taylor, Doncaster, South Yorks Sending season’s greeting to all movers now Christmastime is here, Along with lots of wishes at this special time of year. A wish for every happiness and all your dreams come true, and hoping that the year ahead brings you all the very best.
From: Mike Perks, Lutterworth, Leics Mike Perks would like to send best wishes to Movers past and present for Christmas and the New Year. I hope that you are spending the Festive Season with your families and if not, with friends.
From: Pat & Tony Last, Huntingdon, Cambs We hope everyone has a great Christmas and a very happy New Year. For those who are forced to be away from their families and friends we wish them a safe and speedy return. For those who have health issues, we hope 2017 is kind to you and sees you back fit and healthy again soon.
From: Mike Green, Coventry, West Midlands Subject: Early Days
Thanks for the nudge. I do indeed wish peace and good will to movers everywhere, past and present, even if they are having to operate in places where those seasonal gifts are not very much in evidence. I especially wish to be remembered to all superannuated movers who predate the forming of the Squadron and who remember with affection dear old Gordon Spiers, o/c MAMS flight at Abingdon. I recognise names from those far off days in your excellent bulletins, and I'm still in touch with fellow team member Derek Clayton and fellow team leader Ian Stacey, although sadly I had to bid a distant farewell to another C team veteran recently, John O'Regan.
On a totally different note, does anyone remember the old Bev that sat on the bundoo near the runway at Muharraq? It had a hole blown in the side of the freight bay you could walk through. It all happened before my posting to Bahrain in 1963, but I was told that the dastardly explosion occurred shortly after take off and the game old Bumbly simply changed course and landed again. Anyway, it was still there when I left in October 64.
Compliments of the season to all!
From: Allan & Catherine Mitchley, Rhyl, Denbighshire We would like to wish all mover's past and present very good wishes for a Happy Christmas, and a New Year (2017) full of good cheer.
From: John Guy, Northampton To all movers & their families have a wonderful Christmas, and a peaceful, joyful New Year.
From: Paul Newman, Newmarket Here's wishing all Movers, current and past, the very best for the festive season and thanks to Tony for continuing to produce such a great publication each month. Happy Christmas
From: Steve Munday, Woodhall Spa, Lincs To all Movers everywhere, best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Have a most enjoyable festive season and a fantastic 2017
From: Pete Price & Geordie Readman, Calne Sending best wishes to all who remember Pete Price and Geordie Readman with special seasonal greetings to all FEAF and UK MAMS (G Team Abingdon)
Thanks Tony for the great work you do in keeping the Old Bods in touch throughout the globe, fantastic stuff. Here's hoping you have a great festive season yourself. We've been away in our motor home for a month & haven't been on the net much.
Carolyn and I parked our motor home in Bluff and headed south for few days earlier this month. There's not many places south of Bluff but a friendly welcome greets all comers to this little community in the southern ocean. As for the Bloody Mary Oyster shot... the best ever! Check it out folks; http://www.stewartisland.co.nz/
We're back home in sunny Golden Bay now and about to be invaded by visitors for Xmas. Here's wishing all those past and present 'Movers & Shakers' around the globe a safe and happy festive season.
I changed my password everywhere to 'incorrect.' That way when I forget it, it always reminds me, 'Your password is incorrect.'
Don't know where your kids are in the house? Turn off the internet and they'll show up quickly.
I know the voices in my head aren't real..... but sometimes their ideas are just absolutely awesome!
I feel sorry for people who don't have dogs. I hear they have to pick up food they drop on the floor.
Silence is golden, unless you have kids, then silence is just plain suspicious.
The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you'll be a mile from them, and you'll have their shoes.
My six pack is protected by a layer of fat.
Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
Cell phones these days keep getting thinner and smarter... people the opposite.
I'm old enough to know better, but young enough to do it anyway.
We all have baggage, find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack.
I never apologize. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way I am...
A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
If aliens saw us walking our dogs and picking up their poop, who would they think is in charge?
There's life without Facebook and Internet? Really? Send me the link.
When you have a hammer in your hand everything around you starts looking like a nail.
That moment when there's a spider on you, and you suddenly turn into a black belt karate master.
He who wakes up early, yawns all day long. - and you're yawning now!
A cop pulled me over and told me "Papers", so I said "Scissors, I win!" and drove off.
I'm not arguing, I'm just telling you why you're wrong.
Never test how deep the water is with both feet.
If you don't succeed at first, hide all evidence that you tried.
He who laughs last didn't get it.
Seeing a spider in my room isn't scary. It's scary when it disappears.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
The most important thing in life is not knowing everything, it's having the phone number of somebody who does!
Those who snore always fall asleep first.
Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?
In beer there is freedom, in wine there is health, in cognac there is power and in water there is bacteria.
Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
I don't have a beer belly - it's a battery pack!
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
I'm going to stand outside, so if anybody asks for me, I'm outstanding!
What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere? 'Hold my handbag.'
This Newsletter is Dedicated to the Memories of: Garth Hammond (RAF) Bill Coleski (RCAF) Bob Wetherill (RAF)