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Beccles U3A March meeting: ‘Sally Dearman ‘Women Can fly’


SIBLING rivalry a catalyst


that was led Sally


Dearman, our March U3A speaker, to a career in the RAF. From a relatively early age she and her slightly older brother competed in climbing trees and she quickly learned that she obtained a buzz from being off the ground.


At the age of 16 she enrolled


on a flying course and at 17 she joined the Parachute Regiment. Once her brother had obtained a pilot’s licence she quickly example, interest


thereafter in parachuting


followed his losing in


favour of flying, initially Robins and later Cessnas. Sally later joined the RAF as a member of the Quick Reaction Alert Force (QRA), the role of which was to alert British defences if Russia invaded UK air space. Subsequently she completed officer training and fighter control training at Cranwell and, following a change in RAF regulations in 1989 which permitted female pilots, she commenced flying jets with the RAF. An essential


lesson she


learned was to fly using instruments and never to rely


on one’s instinct. Another rule of thumb learned in low level flying (i.e. flying at 7 miles per second 250 feet above the ground) was that if you could not see a cow’s legs you were flying too high and if you could see a sheep’s legs you were flying too low! In later


training she


practised air attacks employing cannons in low level bombing runs. However, having flown aircraft at 350 knots per hour she concluded that she did not wish to operate at 420 knots, which would have involved operating


jets in combat


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zones. Accordingly, Sally left


the RAF to retire to civilian life. Initially, and somewhat ironically, she felt ill equipped for her new role and claimed that her children “grew” her. Eventually, she trained as a counsellor for individuals who have


experienced Next U3A trauma, a


vocation for which her military service has proved immensely valuable.


Wednesday 15th May.


meeting: Dawn


Blunden ‘Cake icing for Royal Weddings’, Beccles Hall.


Doors open 9.45am for


10.30am start. Members free, visitors £2.50


Beccles


Society of Artists


ON May 1st the Beccles Soci- ety of Artists are meeting at The Waveney Centre, Beccles at 7.30pm for a talk by David Gillingwater about his book of portraits of lifeboatmen. Guests are very welcome, £3 per meeting www.beccle- sartists.co.uk/


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Beccles Lions helps with the 2019 Marie Curie Collections


OVER the last few weeks Beccles and District Lions Club has been lending their assistance to the Beccles Marie Curie fund raising group with regard to the 2019 Annual Daffodil Appeal. Over four collection days, Beccles Lions Club members, along with many volunteers from other local organisations, collected a total of £1710. The Marie Curie Society would like to say a big thank you to the generous giving of the people of Beccles, as well as a thank you to the help and support of the volunteers over these four collecting days.


Beccles Lions Club President,


Lion Chris Lambert said, “I am really pleased to say that all the Lions who offered their time to help on the collection days really engaged in the spirit of the event by being fully regaled in Marie Curie


attire. It was equally


rewarding to see such a fantastic amount of money being raised for such a worthwhile cause too. A big thank you to all of the


FUNDRAISING events to mark Christian Aid Week May 12th - 18th will be held in Beccles. A concert given by the Gospel Choir and musicians of the Sir John Leman High School will be on Friday 10th May at Hungate Church at 7pm. A special Christian


Aid service will be held on Sunday


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From L to R – Club President Chris Lambert and his wife Carolyn helping with the Marie Curie Collections at Morrisons, Beccles.


Beccles Lions volunteers, as I believe it only highlights more the spirit of the club wanting to always help within the local community where we can.” If you wish to know more about the Beccles Lions Club and the work we do, please contact the club secretary Lion Janet Ramsden on 01502


12th May at St Michael’s at 6.30pm.


The traditional soup lunches will be served in the lounge at Hungate Church from noon until 1.30pm every weekday starting on Monday 13th May. Collectors will be at Tesco on Thursday 2nd May. Collectors will also be in Exchange Square


514284 or visit our club’s website at www.beccleslions. club and follow us on Facebook too. Equally if you are interested in becoming a member of Beccles Lions Club, then please telephone our Membership Chair Lion Keith Moore on 07717 488719.


Christian Aid Week 2019 in Beccles


on Friday 17th May where there will also be a book and bric-a- brac stall.


Last year events in the Beccles area raised a grand total of £3,935.60 for the work of Christian Aid. Money raised this year will help many of the disadvantaged people around the world.


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