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Strut Info 2015
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Strut Meetings / Events 2015
16th December 2015 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

The December meeting is the annual Christmas drinks and nibbles combined with the Chairman's Quiz - not sure what Mick has up his sleeve for this year, but if anything like previous years should be a bit of fun...

Its' very much a social evening so partners and friends most welcome to come along and join in the fun

18th November 2015 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Bob Hale (ex Bentwaters USAF service man) & Simon Gladas, both from the Bentwaters Cold War Museum (BCWM) will be coming along to give a presentation entitled.....

“From Spitfire to Thunderbolt II – The Story of RAF Bentwaters”

21st October 2015 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

John Ward, who runs the 2 Lightnings based at Bruntingthorpe, will be coming along to give a talk/presentation on his experiences in RAF flying Lightnings including his time spent at Wattisham

16th September 2015 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

With nothing formal planned for this month, it will be a get together at Crowfield for chat and a Quiz!

The idea is that everyone comes along with

1) a photo/picture (digital or printed)
2) a Date
3) a Place

All of an aviation theme, although whereas before I said they should be unrelated, actually to open it up they could be related or not. So 3 totally separate subjects, or maybe a general question on the photo, plus date/place question related to the photo as well

Also the place/date could be the question or the answer, So you could give the date/place and everyone has to guess the what it relates to, or give a question for which the answer is the place/date

No prizes - just a bit of fun!

26th August 2015 BAHG Meeting at Boxted Village Hall - 7:30pm

Admission donation £4 including refreshments.

We have been invitied to the Boxted Airfield Historical Group (BAHG) meeting on Wed 26th Aug which is very special one with guest speakers coming from America to give talks about Service personal of American 8th Air Force and Boxted Airfield

Bill Saling -“In memory of those who did not return” A tribute to his cousin Thomas W Saling 111 a pilot with the 63rd fighter squadron, 56th Fighter group. Thomas was lost on a mission on 10th November 1944. Bill has researched what happened to his cousin and has visited the crash site in Germany, talking to the local people who had information on the incident.

Bill Gibson - Will tell us about the life of Dave Schilling the charismatic Group Commander at Boxted. Dave was a top scoring ace with the 56th fighter group.

Poster for the event

Boxted Village Hall (CO4 5RE) is on Cage Lane in Boxted Cross. It is adjacent to the King George playing field.

Google Maps - Boxted Village Hall

There is a car park next to the hall, although should this be full there is additional parking, access being through a gap from the car park towards the rear of the hall.

19th August 2015 Strut Meeting - Visit to Bawdsey Transmitter Block - 6:30pm

Visit and tour of the Transmitter Block at Bawdsey which was part of the world’s first operational radar station.

Please there at 6:30pm for a prompt 6:45pm start.

Cost is £4 per person

There is plenty to see and read in the Transmitter Block so the visit should take about an hour and a half or so.

The Transmitter Block is located off the B1083, one mile beyond Bawdsey Village. IP12 3AT on your sat nav will find the entrance

Google Map for Bawdsey Radar

Depending on what time we finish, possibly afterwards a drink in a local pub -
The Swan in Alderton looks the nearest on the way back on the B1083

15th July 2015 Strut Meeting - Glenn's Place from 6:30pm

Glenn has offered his place up again this year for a casual get together for chat, drinks, BBQ, swim/Jacuzzi (if you are brave enough), or a game of Croquet...

The Barbecue will be hot, so bring your own meat and don't forget some rolls etc.

Address is;-
Green Farm House
The Green

You can see it on Google Maps, driveway entrance


At the crossroads where the B1078 (Coddenham to Wickham Market) and the B1077 Ipswich to Helmingham meet, take the B1077 North towards Helmingham.

500 yards up you will find the Wildlife Trust on left. About 100 yards further on Right is entrance to drive where (hopefully) there will be a windsock.

Come down drive--plenty room to park

10th July 2014
Strut Event - Gliding Evening at Tibenham from 16:30pm

The gliding evening at Tibbenham is confirmed for Friday 10th July. In order to get as many launches in as possible please aim to arrive by 16:30pm if at all possible.

Cost is £20 per person plus £8:50 per winch launch. Assuming 10 - 15 people it should be possible to fit in 2 launches per person.

Directions to drive

Fot those wishing to fly-in you must call them for PPR on 01379 677207

17th June 2015 Strut Meeting - Great Oakley Airfield from 6:30pm

This months Strut meeting is a visit to Great Oakley to view the Proctors currently under restoration here by Mike Biddulph who will talk us through the history of the aircraft and the work carried out.

As it's June with the lighter evenings and visit is to an airfield those wishing too can fly in.
With this in mind, so you can get home before dusk, Mike will be there to receive us from 6:30pm.

Mike doesn't charge for group visits, but as usual we'll make a collection, which will handed to Mike towards the restoration costs.

Can you please let Martyn () know if you are planning to come along and if so by road/air, so that Mike has an idea of numbers (not sure how many can get into the workshop at once), and in particular how many aircraft to expect

Details for Great Oakley can be found on

Although basically ....

By Road - Great Oakley Lodge Farm, Harwich Road, CO12 5AE

The best way to find the airfield by car, regardless of your starting point, is to take the A12 to COLCHESTER then head towards HARWICH on the A120. Continue on the A120 all the way to WIX where you would ignore the FIRST right turn to WIX (to avoid driving through the village) and taking the SECOND right turn into HARWICH ROAD. A short way in, take the first left into OAKLEY ROAD and continue to the junction of WIX ROAD bearing left onto SCHOOL ROAD. Drive a short distance until you see the sign for Great Oakley Airfield.

Once on the grounds continue to follow the path, left past the lake until you reach the Airfield.
By Air

Runway 09/27 850x40m - which undulates a bit
Runway 04/22 600x24m

Make 'blind' calls to ‘Great Oakley Traffic’ on 123.20.

Landing fee £10, although Mike is going to see if he can negotiate adiscount

24th May 2015 Strut Event - Bruntingthorpe Fly-out

This a public open day when the jets are run at full power down the main runway, for which Glenn has arranged that we can fly-in

The Runway in use will be 24 (3000m long) - Black concrete

We are asked to call at about 10 miles out on Bruntingthorpe Radio 122.825

There will be some activity on the first 500m of the runway (jets preparing for their appearance) so look to touch down 5-600m down the runway.

There is a convention at other end of the airfield with some big white marquees so you will turn off left onto the grass taxi way before the marquees. (about midpoint of the runway)

There will be marshallers to show you where to park (behind the picket fence near old control tower)

They are expecting 30-40 light aircraft (inc our 10) so good lookout and precision please.

No landing fee but someone will collect £15 per head entry fee when you park up (same price as if you went in by car)

MUST BE PARKED BY 1030 local (If you`re late, you will be refused landing or get run over by a Victor)

19th May 2015

Note :
this is the TUESDAY of our normal 3rd Week meeting date
Strut Meeting - Crowfield Airfield 7:30pm

May's meeting will be a BBQ at Crowfield, although please note that this will on a TUESDAY (19th) rather than the normal Wednesday.

Food and soft drinks will be provided by the Strut. Serving expected to start at about 7:30pm, but hopefully if the weather is good people may be around earlier for some flying to take place.

Can you please let Tony () know if you will be attending, so that the right amount of food can organised

Also if you are planning to fly don't forget to book your movement slot with the Airfield office - (01449) 711017

15th April 2015 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Strut AGM - Please come along and support your strut - As well as the general running of the Strut, it's the time everyone can put forward their ideas for meetings, fly-outs, visits etc for the forthcoming year, plus go over plans for this years Boxted Fly-in.

15th April 2015 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Strut AGM - Please come along and support your strut - As well as the general running of the Strut, it's the time everyone can put forward their ideas for meetings, fly-outs, visits etc for the forthcoming year, plus go over plans for this years Boxted Fly-in.

18th March 2015 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

This month we have a talk & presentation on the history of Seaplanes at Felixstowe presented by Phil Hadwen. Phil is Vice-Chairman of the Felixstowe Society and an author of a number of books on the history of Felixstowe and local area.

As usual when we have a guest speaker we would like to get the proceedings started as soon as possible after 7:30pm - Thanks

17th February 2015

Note :
this is the TUESDAY of our normal 3rd Week meeting date
Strut meal and social evening

This will be held on TUESDAY 17th February at The Highwayman on the A140 near to Crowfield Airfield.

As in previous years, partners are very welcome and the strut will pay for drinks on arrival.

The cost of the meal this year is £27.95 per head

The ground floor of the restaurant has been booked which seats up to 30 people - if there are more than this we can move into the basement function room instead.

Please let Tony Turner () know of your intention to attend or not ASAP and send Tony your menu choices by 10th February at the VERY LATEST!

Menu         download menu as a pdf file


All our salads are dressed with homemade dressing, extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • Potato and Celeriac Soup with bread roll & butter
  • Highland Smoked Salmon and Crayfish with chilli & lime dressing
  • Grilled goat cheese, beetroot relish and salad
Main Courses

All main courses are served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables
  • Chicken, Mushroom & Pancetta Pie
  • Sirloin Steak, chips , salad, fried onions and mushrooms
  • Dingley Dell Pork Loin, dauphinoise potato , apple &cyder sauce
  • Mushroom & Nut Roast served with roast potatoes, parsnips & gravy
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chantilly cream
  • Cheesecake with fruit coulis
  • Cheese and Biscuits Platter
Tea or Coffee

  • All items on the menu are subject to availability.
  • All our Eggs are Free-Range.
  • All our Meat and Poultry is purchased from local farms and suppliers.
  • Some dishes might contain nuts therefore, if you are allergic to any foods please advise us at the time of ordering.
  • We are able to adapt some meals to suit your needs, please ask at time of ordering if it is possible.
  • All our meals are freshly prepared so please allow a little extra time for this.
21st January 2015 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Tony Smyth will be giving a talk on the Peking to Paris (road) rally