First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry

Issue Number 52

Aug 2017

The Journal of the 81st Entry

Edited and uploaded by Brian Spurway

Welcome to the 52nd edition of The Journal.

Last Post:

The loss of any member of the 81st Entry diminishes us all.

The 81st Entry extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Anthony (Tony) Claude Hibbens who passed away on Tuesday 18 July this year. He will be sadly missed by us all.

Our thanks must go to Peter Perry, Dick Richardson, David Stokes and Ken Williams for attending Tony's funeral at Peterborough crematorium on Thursday 3 August and so representing the 81st Entry. Peter has sent me the following message:-

Dick, David, Ken and I met up at the Fitzwilliam Arms, a very nice pub with a thatched roof and only a mile from the crematorium. Dick entertained us on the way to the crematorium with a demonstration of how his new car can do 0 to 60 in 6 seconds. We were duly impressed. The crematorium was the most beautiful I have ever seen with huge grounds and many beds of roses. The chapel was also impressive with a high arched roof and large windows that looked out onto the gardens.

The service provided a moving tribute to Tony with readings by his family and a recording of his grandson Alex's school orchestra in which Alex played the viola. A collection was made at the end of the service for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. After the funeral, everyone was invited to the Fitzwilliam Arms for refreshments. The family was very grateful that Tony's former colleagues had come to his funeral.

Finally, I can say that Tony was seen off in grand style by his family and friends.

Three months ago I wrote in Journal No. 51 that the future of this website was in danger of coming to an end, not because of a lack of finance but because it had ceased to expand. With no articles coming in to continue with the Journal the site would remain dormant and I would just be paying out to keep it extant. The reaction was immediate and many of you let me know that the site should remain open with or without the continuing input of Journal articles and that the finacing of it should be more widespread. Most of you who let me know your thoughts - read them all in Feedback - offered to help financially, and have indeed now done so to the extent that the website can continue to be viewed until at least 2025; that is some thought isn't it? The result is that those who sent money either by cash, cheque or online now each own their own share of the website and we should all, regardless of having helped financially or not, be grateful to those who have for their doing so. It is not for me to say here, nor will I ever say or write, who has helped or how much he has contributed but each one of you who did will always have the right to view the account records. I'm aware that my life guarantee is as vague as yours and that I'm no more likely than any of you to be the one who "Switches the lights off" - but we'll work that problem out as and when. . .

Five of these articles below have arrived in my inbox since the last Journal and a few more too that I will keep for the next one. Now that the Journal's future is secure I feel that there is now no need for me ever again to beg for more articles - I'll just sit back, hope for more, and upload as often as I can, which may not be every fourth month as in the past.


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