Barry served for a number of years at Lyneham as a crew member in one of the squadrons based there, so he is well placed to recount the story of the famous airfield which opened in 1940.
His presentation is a fascinating study of the history of the base from being cultivated farmland before the Second World War, its development as a vital part of Britain's defences, and its controversial closure in 2012 when the site became the Defence Technical Training Centre.
Meetings start at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall, Butts Road, Chiseldon SN4 0NJ.
Meetings are free to members, but there is a £3.00 charge for visitors. Why not join us? Membership is still only £10 a year. For details of the 2017 programme of talks and events, click here.
The Museum in The Old Chapel, Butts Road will re-open on Saturday, 1st April with new displays to supplement the permanent exhibition.
The Museum will be open every Saturday until October, from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Admission is free.
Please let us know if you have any objects or photos relating to the history of the parish which we could add to our collections.
RAF Blakehill - Follow-up
If you were at Vince Povey's fascinating talk about RAF Blakehill last week, you will remember him talking about the 'Flying Nightingales'. One of the last 'Nightingales' died recently and her obituary was posted in The Times - click here to read it.
We can offer talks to interested groups on the village and its history, on the Cauldrons and on Chiseldon Camp. Please get in touch via the website, email or phone for more details.