All About The Air Cabin Crew Fund Annual Memorial Day
The ACCF extends its sympathy to our friends and colleagues at the National Trust and at Clandon Park following the extraordinary fire that took place on Wednesday April 29th 2015
The destruction at Clandon was massive.
On the advice of the National Trust at Clandon Park it has been decided that Memorial Days for the next few years will be at Brooklands Museum in their Memorial Garden.
Recent projections indicate that it may be 2023 before a re-opening. We will post an update when there is more clarity about the future ability of the Dutch Memorial Garden & Clandon facilities to accommodate 100+ visitors at a time. Additionally, in recognition of our long standing connection with Clandon Park, the Fund has sent donations towards their reparations. The ACCF Committee will privately lay a wreath in the Dutch Garden each year on a date agreed with the National Trust.
On Tuesday May 7th 2019 Members of the ACCF Committee visited the Garden and laid a wreath to commemorate, remember and honour our dearly departed colleagues. The Rev. John Ackland read out a list of the names of those who we have lost in the last year and Committee Members added others.
The ceremony closed with the recital of 'Miss Me' (see below).
In The Meantime:-
Memorial Days will be in the Memorial Garden at
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge.
The 2020 date is Wednesday July 15th
The Act of Remembrance starts at 1500
If you are able to join us you can arrive from 1000 and also enjoy a whole day exploring the 'Birthplace of British Motorsport & Aviation and the Home of Concorde'
The 2019 Memorial Day was held on Thursday July 11th at Brooklands Museum
The 2014 Memorial Day was held in the Dutch Garden at Clandon Park near Guildford on Monday 30th June.
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Each year we invite family, friends and colleagues of those who have sadly passed away to come along in remembrance of, and in honour for, the dearly departed.
If you would like to join us for this year's Memorial Day at Brooklands Museum, and if you wish for the name of those you come to remember to be read out, please email us with your details, the number attending in your party and the name/s as you would like them included.
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When Aubrey Parnell fell into a hole in a thicket in 1971 he did not envisage what that small accident would materialize into. Clandon Park had long been the home of the Earl of Onslow and it was in 1970 that Aubrey and his wife Phyllis came to Clandon as Administrators to ensure the smooth running of this Palladian Mansion.
Following words of welcome two minutes silence were observed to recall our memories followed by the laying of wreaths.
Then the names of loved family, friends and colleagues who have passed away were read out in tribute before everyone adjourns to the Main House for afternoon tea.
Relatives attended from every part of British Airways and its predecessors. So many who attend find solace and comfort in proceedings and those joining us for the first time are always made most welcome and will be at the Brooklands Museum Memorial Garden.
If you wish for the name/s of those you come to remember to be read out, please email us with your details, the number attending in your party and the name/s as you would like them included.
Now that I have come to the end of the day
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why weep for a soul set free?
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember all the times we shared,
And miss me, but let me go.
And each must make alone.
It is all part of a master plan
It's a step on the road to home.
And express your sorrow in compassionate deeds
And miss me,
but let me go.
The Dougie East Memorial Sundial at Clandon Park