Chairman's New Year's Message

Happy New Year to you all and we hope you had a restful and enjoyable festive season with family and friends.  For those of you doing a ‘dry January’ as I am, good luck and stick with it !
At BMMHS, we are delighted with our first few months since we started in early summer 2019, with a wide variety of topics, some excellent speakers and growing and enthusiastic audiences for our talks.   In our new home – the Main Hall at Woodcote Village Hall – our December speaker, David Ray, Chairman of the Colditz Society,  gave a superb talk to a full house of about 90 people about the prisoners, guards, their escape attempts and life in general in the iconic POW castle, Colditz – all without notes or slides.
We are looking forward to an equally interesting and wide ranging schedule as we go into 2020.   As we see many new faces coming to our talks we hope we have something to appeal to everyone – certainly, judging by feedback and general interest this seems to be the case.
Starting in January with a presentation from Falklands War pilot Group Captain David Drew on Air to Air Refuelling – already sold out  – followed by a true WW2 spy story ‘Our Man in Hamburg’ in February.
March will see a Cold War talk on Sir John Slessor, and in April Prof Gary Sheffield will give us a talk on Amateur Soldiers and their role in the two world wars.  Robin Brodhurst will talk about the Battle of the Atlantic – the Turning Point to WW2 in May, and then Capt Chris Munns will give another Cold War talk this time about Nuclear Submarine Operations in  June.
A full schedule of our talks for 2020 and indeed most of 2021 can be found on our website or Facebook and I am sure you will find something to interest you.
However, a word of advice or caution, our talks do tend to get booked up well in advance, so to avoid disappointment,  do book your places well in advance by email us  on
I am also delighted to report that the BMMHS makes charitable contributions to military related charities chosen by our speakers based on the number of attendees at each talk.  To date, we have given donations to the Royal British Legion, TOC H, and the Museum for Military Intelligence.
One other area, we are keen to develop is to widen our audience base, and particularly to encourage more younger people to get involved and to come along to our meetings.  We have just launched a new initiative to reach out to local schools, colleges, universities, cadet and OTC groups with Linda spearheading this programme.  If you have any contacts or wish to help, please get in touch.
And of course, thank you to you all for supporting us in this learning stage of our short life and politely forgiving some blips and operational errors that have arisen from time to time.
On behalf of the BMMHS Team, we wish you and your families a a happy and healthy 2020 and  we look forward to welcoming you and your friends to more BMMHS events in the months ahead.
Andy Cockeram

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