In October 2020, a ballot of members of RAF Ibsley Historical Group was carried out in accordance with its Rules to decide on its future.
The ballot unanimously agreed to dissolve the Historical Group, following the recommendation of the Group’s Management Committee.
The Management Committee is now in the process of winding up the Historical Group’s affairs, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
In February 2020, Vera Smith, the Historical Group’s Hon. Secretary for over 21 years, passed away after a long illness. As she had very much been the lynchpin of the Group as well as everyone’s main point of contact, the Management Committee had to decide whether the Historical Group could, or should, try to carry on serving the membership, which by then had dwindled to fewer than forty.
No viable future could be seen either financially or in being able to effectively deliver the Historical Group’s Aims and Objects.
Rather than let the Historical Group fade into a pale imitation of what it used to be, the Management Committee decided that it would be best to put in motion the process of dissolving the Historical Group while able to do so.
This website will remain live until near the end of 2021, but any correspondence sent to the email address - enquiries@rafibsley- will be forwarded to the Historical Group’s partner organisation, the RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust, for reply.
The RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust has kindly offered to take over and conserve the Historical Group’s collection of memorabilia and records. Please refer to the Heritage Trust’s Facebook page for more information.
A complete set of the Newsletters produced by the Historical Group since 1992 has now been scanned and can be accessed under ‘Newsletters’ on the Menu bar.