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David Easton, WFA Branch Co-ordinator. - an appreciation

David Easton, WFA Branch Co-ordinator. - an appreciation

It was with the deepest sadness that I learned of the recent death of our Branch Co-ordinator, David Easton.

The WFA and, in particular, our branches have lost a true, dedicated supporter indeed. Under David's stewardship as Branch Co-ordinator, the number of branches starting up has been excellent.

It's only a matter of weeks ago that David and I spent time together on the Butte de Warlencourt. He was so pleased to be there, because the Butte was a special place to him as a Northumberland man. This was to be the last time I saw David, although we were in constant touch by telephone.

After feeling unwell for a few weeks, David was admitted to hospital to have an operation for bowel cancer. Sadly, he was never to waken up from the operation.

We all will miss David's dry humour, cutting comments and his ability to sum up situations quickly and concisely. He was always there to give advice regardless of how small the problem was. He was a brilliant friend and colleague, and the WFA is worse off by his sudden departure.

Our deepest sympathies go to David's partner, Anne, and their families.

Bob Paterson

Chairman

 

John and Heather Richardson to retire from WFA duties

John and Heather Richardson to retire from WFA duties

It's the end of an era as Membership Trustee John Richardson and his wife Heather have decided to stand down after very many years. John will be leaving at the end of November and Heather at the end of the following month.

They will be greatly missed having been in place for so long. The office had been for a long time one of our major assets. It was run with exact precision and both John and Heather have been for a long time the friendly face at the end of the WFA phone.

On behalf of everybody associated with the WFA, I would like to sincerely thank John and Heather for their sterling efforts over the years. They have been dedicated supporters of the WFA and this has been reflected in all their actions. They will be indeed a hard act to follow. Details of future arrangements will be issued in due course

Bob Paterson

Chairman

WFA 2015 Spring Conference and AGM

WFA 2015 Spring Conference and AGM

The thirty-fourth WFA Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 18 April 2015, commencing at 2.45 pm.

Full details will be issued by the Hon Secretary in due course.

At the AGM, before the formal business in the afternoon, we always aim to have, as our guests, eminent speakers presenting on a Great War subject.

In 2015 we are at: Peel Hall, Peel Building, Peel Park Campus, University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WU.

http://www.salford.ac.uk/about-us/travel/campus-map

Outline for the day

9.30 am tea/coffee

10.15 am Welcome from Chairman

10.20 am 'Territorials in 1915' by Bill Michinson

11.10 am 'The Salford Pals' by Mike Stedman

12.00 noon lunch in next door Salford Museum Gallery

1.15 pm 'Railways in the Great War' by Rob Thompson

2.15 pm tea/coffee

2.45 pm President's remarks and AGM

4.30 pm finish and depart

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 October 2014 22:38 )

WFA Worcestershire and Herefordshire Conference: 1914 one hundred years on - 18 Oct 2014

WFA Worcestershire and Herefordshire Conference: 1914 one hundred years on - 18 Oct 2014

Programme:

10.30 Doors open

11.00 Peter Hart: Life in the Trenches, November and December1914

12.30 Buffet lunch and viewing of the display stands

1.30 Paul Handford: Civilian Volunteer Ambulance Drivers in the BEF, 1914

3.00 Tea break and view the display stands

3.15 Martin Brown: â€˜Plugstreet’: the Archaeology of the Trenches, 1914

4.30 Close

 

Please download the PDF below for full details of the event and how to book.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 October 2014 20:09 )

David Easton RIP

David Easton RIP

Very sad news indeed: David Easton, the WFA's Branch Co-ordinator, passed away during the last week.

After feeling unwell for a number of weeks he was, very recently, diagnosed with bowel cancer. He underwent an operation a few days ago from which, unfortunately, he did not recover.

All WFA members will wish to join with the Executive Committee to send our sincerest condolences to David's partner, family and friends.

David's passing will leave a significant gap in the ranks of the WFA's Executive Committee, his local WFA Northumberland branch and in his other Great War activities such as his RBL work.

Funeral arrangement have not yet been made, but they will be announced here, if appropriate, as will a full obituary.

Naturally it is far too early to talk about David's eventual replacement but if there are any pressing (rather than routine) matters relating to David's role in the WFA, please contact David Tattersfield who will pass these on to whichever member of the national committee is best placed to deal with them.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 October 2014 08:18 )


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