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JOY LOFTHOUSE.   It was with the deepest regret that we report that Joy passed away peacefully at home in Cirencester.  Joy was married to 7 Squadron Pathfinder Pilot S/L Charles Lofthouse OBE, DFC who was for many years Secretary of 7 Squadron Association, during which time Joy established herself as an Honorary member of the Association which continued after Charles' death.   After the end of the war Joy became a teacher and it was at teacher training colledge where she met Charles.  This followied her wartime service as a Pilot with the ATA and it was this latter role which brought Joy to National attention when she featured in many documentaries about the ATA and Spitfires.  Joy was 95 when she passed away, a full Obituary will appear shortly.

2019 Reunion/AGM and Memorial Service Weekend  - Booking Information

The 2019 Reunion Weekend is planned to take place on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2019 at the riverside Dolphin Hotel St Ives Cambridgeshire.  www.dolphinhotelcambs.co.uk

For those arriving on Friday, we usually have a gathering in the Bar at "Happy-Hour" then an informal meal, from the excellent help-yourself carvery, to catch up with old friends or welcome anyone who might be attending for the first time.  On Saturday morning there's a chance to wander around St Ives or, using the excellent bus service, a run into Cambridge shopping or visiting the old Squadron Pubs "The Eagle" in Bene't Street or "The Baron of Beef" in Bridge Street.  The AGM will take place on Saturday at approximately 4:30pm in the Hotel, this usually lasts around one hour and covers the normal administration of the Association plus any future plans.  There is then time for a snooze, or a quick-half, before dinner which we like to be a little more formal along service lines (Gentlemen, black tie or lounge suites with miniatures and appropriate dress for ladies - or wahtever you are comfortable wearing), after dinner we normally have a few speeches and then retire to the bar.

Sunday morning we will meet at Longstanton Parish Church at 10:30 where we will remember the fallen with a service during which wreaths will be laid at the Memorial Window and Names read from the Roll of Honour.  We normally retire to the Village Hall for "tea and wads" to meet villagers and other people interested in perpetuating the memory of the Squadron's sacrifice in WWII.

For details of bookings and costs please contact Michael Lofthouse at cameljazzer@talktalk.net  - and no, I don't know what that's all about either!!  If you don't want to stay at the Dolphin Hotel, there are lots of alternative venues around St Ives so you can just pop in to whatever part of the weekend you would like to join-in.  Don't be put off....we don't bite, but we will make you most welcome.

The view from the Bridge over the River Ouse at St Ives

Formerly known as Slepe, in the old county of Huntingdonshire, this ancient riverside market town St Ives is now named after the Persian Bishop, St. Ivo. St. Ives, now within the county of Cambridgeshire, stands on the River Great Ouse and is world famous for the Chapel on the Bridge For nearly 1,000 years the wide centre of St. Ives, now known as Market Hill, has hosted some of the largest public markets in England. Many years ago these markets included livestock and for a time was one of the biggest of its kind. Today the Street Markets still fill the St Ives town centre on Mondays and Fridays. On every Bank Holiday Monday however the market swells to fill almost the entire town with traders coming from all over the country to sell their wares to the thousands of people who attend under the watchful eye of Oliver Cromwell, one time resident of the town, whose statue stands in the centre of the Market Place. St Ives is one of the five principal towns in the District of Huntingdonshire, the others being Huntingdon, St Neots (the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire), the Roman town of Godmanchester, and Ramsey site of the former Abbey. We are also constructing our latest Huntingdonshire Parish website for Bluntisham.

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