Cowes Radar Ex-Employees Association (CREEA)

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We meet at the Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Road, Cowes:

Click here to see the venue

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You can download a PDF copy of our current programme here:

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CREEA Programme 2017

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Updated 20/02/2017 to issue 3 to reflect addition of College Lunch on Thursday 16th March 2017 at 12 noon.

The provisional Lunch TBC on Tuesday 14th March was deleted.

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Updated 11/01/2017 to issue 2 to reflect changes to January and February meetings. The January meeting was cancelled owing to a number of members attending a funeral. The February speaker cancelled their booking so the speaker originally booked for the January meeting will now be at the February meeting.

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The programme may not show Island or Mainland trips which will be advertised when appropriate.

Any further changes to the year’s itinerary will be added to this file so you can download and print an up-to-date version if required.

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This Association was founded in 1978, open to the retired employees and their spouses/partners from all the PLESSEY RADAR sites but primarily those from COWES, Isle of Wight.

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Whether the company in your day was called

Decca (see The Decca Legacy)

Plessey

Siemens-Plessey

Siemens

British Aerospace

AMS

or

BAE Systems

we welcome all ex-employees.

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Since the take-over by BAE Systems, qualifying membership has been extended to all ex-employees from any BAE Systems site. To date we have a membership of 57 with eight new members joining this year.

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Our programme of monthly meetings has, over the years, seen members entertained by a variety of speakers on subjects as diverse as the “Photography of Julia Margaret Cameron”, comedy scriptwriting by Island resident Raymond Allen of “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” fame, conspiracy theories concerning the Titanic, and a talk about HMS Warrior.

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Other activities include quarterly lunch dates at various venues, an annual Christmas Lunch at various venues, a New Year Lunch in the New Holmwood, Cowes, and visits to local and mainland (Southern England) attractions.

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If you’re on Facebook, take a look at the Plessey Radar Cowes Group, where you will see hundreds of old friends and ex-colleagues sharing anecdotes and photos from their time at Plessey.

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Take a look at Ron Burr’s book:

The Decca Legacy

 

Contacts

 

President

Graham Blake

 

Chairman

Barry Bates

Tel: 01983 296303

Email: batesbarry@onwight.net

 

Treasurer

Joy Ash

 

Secretary

Mary Mead

Tel: 01983 298154

Email: mary.mead@talktalk.net

 

Membership Secretary

John Mead

 

Committee Member and Liaison Officer

Ken Welfare

 

Co-opted Members

Clive Cooper

Email: clive@ruffins.co.uk

Peter Williams

Email: williams.woodside@talktalk.net

 

 

CREEA Diary

 

CREEA – Cowes Radar Ex-Employees Association
Thursday, 14th September 2017

SPEAKER: MARK LUIS EARP –
“Movements in Architecture on the IW 1840-1937”

 

CREEA – Cowes Radar Ex-Employees Association
Tuesday, 19th September 2017

Lunch – venue and time TBC

 

CREEA – Cowes Radar Ex-Employees Association
Thursday, 12th October 2017

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
followed by QUIZ

 

CREEA – Cowes Radar Ex-Employees Association
Thursday, 9th November 2017

SPEAKER: PAUL ENGLAND –
“The Filthy Show of the Heavens”

 

CREEA – Cowes Radar Ex-Employees Association
Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Christmas Lunch

 

 

CREEA News

 

Cowes Radar Reunion
Tuesday, 24th June 2014

A report from the Isle of Wight County Press 30th May 2014.

 

Missing Person
Monday, 16th June 2014

Looking for someone who may be able to help locate a missing person.

 

CREEA visit to Whippingham Church
Wednesday, 11th June 2014

Some photos of the visit, courtesy of Barry Bates.

 

CREEA visit to Jersey Camp
Tuesday, 20th May 2014

Some photos of the visit, courtesy of Barry Bates.

 

CREEA visit to UKSA, Cowes
Thursday, 4th July 2013

Photos courtesy of Barry Bates and Alan Welfoot.

 

CREEA – Cowes Radar Ex-Employees Association
Saturday, 11th May 2013

Downloadable programme updated

 

CREEA visit to Sherborne Castle, Dorset
Thursday, 14th June 2012

Photos courtesy of Mary Mead and Barry Bates.

 

CREEA visit to Rosemary Vineyard
Tuesday, 12th June 2012

Photos courtesy of Mary Mead and Barry Bates.

 

CREEA visit to Bembridge Lifeboat Station
Monday, 21st November 2011

Photos courtesy Barry Bates

 

Visit to the Apollo Theatre, Newport
Wednesday, 10th November 2010

Photos courtesy of Barry Bates    

 

Visit to Brading Station and Heritage Centre
Tuesday, 27th April 2010

Photos courtesy of Malcolm Shaw

 

Visit to Athelhampton House
Wednesday, 21st April 2010

Photos courtesy of Stan Brooke and Barry Bates

 

New Year 2010 Lunch at the New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes
Tuesday, 19th January 2010

Photos courtesy of Mary Mead

 

Visit to Nunwell House
Wednesday, 1st July 2009

Photos courtesy of Barry Bates

 

Visit to Kew Gardens
Thursday, 14th May 2009

Photos courtesy of Barry Reeves

 

Visit to Denbies Vineyard near Dorking, Surrey
Tuesday, 30th September 2008

Photos courtesy of Mary Mead and Alan Welfoot

 

Visit to Moorfields Alpaca Farm at Brighstone
Thursday, 24th July 2008

Photos and Video/Slideshow courtesy of Alan Welfoot

 

Visit to Wight Salads
Thursday, 17th April 2008

Photo courtesy of Wight Salads Group

 

The Christmas Party 2007 held at Northwood Cricket Club
Tuesday, 4th December 2007

Photos courtesy of Mary Mead

 

Visit to Highclere Castle
Tuesday, 31st July 2007

Photo courtesy of John Pewsey

 

Visit to Arthur Reeder’s Postal Museum (in the rain)
Thursday, 10th May 2007

Photo courtesy of Barry Bates

 

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