We are delighted to welcome Squadron Leader Graham Laurie MVO RAF (ret’d) to Chalfont St Giles to give an illustrated talk – ‘The History of Royal Flying’. Covering the early days of Royal Flying and the formation of The King’s Flight and The Queen’s Flight up to the present day, he will share history and behind-the-scenes experience along with some personal reminiscences. Graham joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot in 1964 and flew for 36 years amassing a total of 13,500 hours.
During the last 20 years of that career he flew members of the Royal Family and Senior government Ministers. In 1981 he was selected for The Queen’s Flight and in 1995, after that unit’s disbandment, he moved to No 32 (The Royal) Squadron at RAF Northolt, completing over 2200 Royal Flights, retiring in December 2000. Both Graham and his wife, Jo, are Ambassadors of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Tickets are £10 each and all the profits will go to the Friends of Chalfont St Giles Parish Church charity to help to maintain this beautiful and ancient building.
A complimentary glass of wine or soft drink will be available in the interval.
Physical tickets will be available from Ann Newcombe (01494 873343) in December and are available now online:
Duke Ellington and the Great Swing Era
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Neal Thornton (piano), Tim Thornton (double-bass)
We had an evening of toe-tapping fun with the music of the most innovative Jazz composers and pianists of the 20th century – Duke Ellington, played by Neal and Tim Thornton, stars of the London Jazz scene.
It was a joy to see the Church absolutely packed to hear this illustrious, Grammy-winning vocal ensemble sing their new programme - Finding Harmony. Their generosity in giving their services towards the fundraising by the Friends of the Church was immense. Their excellence, artistry and their friendliness was appreciated by us all. www.kingssingers.com
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