IBM Hursley Retirees Club - May


May 2021 Events:

6th May (Thursday) - Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop

Free Zoom presentation 15:00-16:00pm


Although the Museum at Middle Wallop is closed because of the pandemic, they are offering Lockdown lectures, including this one specially for the Hursley Retirees' Club. The Museum holds an extensive collection charting over 100 years of the British Army in the air.  With over 35 fixed wing and rotary aircraft on display, the Museum is the perfect place to explore the fascinating history of army aviation.

Register your free slot via the eventbrite link you should have recently received from Merv. 


19th May (Wednesday) - The Edge of Doom - A history of the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Free Zoom presentation 15:00-16:00pm



A history of the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon and its beautiful wall paintings. Its rich history dates back to the 13th Century when it was built by the Guild of the Holy Cross, a prominent social and religious organisation.  As the Guild grew and prospered, so did its chapel, becoming central to medieval life in Stratford-upon-Avon.

These deathly depictions of the afterlife were banned following the English Reformation – a royal order acted on here in Stratford by John Shakespeare, father of the playwright. But rather than being destroyed, the paintings were instead covered with layers of limewash, waiting for centuries to be re-discovered.

Today, almost half a millennium later, the Chapel’s rare and special wall paintings offer a unique glimpse back to that medieval past.  What’s been (and continues to be) uncovered is one of the rarest series of medieval wall paintings in Europe.

Register your free slot via the eventbrite link you should have recently received from Merv. 


26th May (Wednesday) - Richard Hodgkinson on his father's flying life

Free Zoom presentation 15:00-16:00pm



Richard's father was a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force, who flew flying boats in Europe and the Pacific during WW2.  After demob, he joined BOAC and captained a range of commercial airliners.

Register your free slot via the eventbrite link you should have recently received from Merv. 

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