July 2022

Published on Facebook by Alan Matlock – 28th July 2022

Edna shares her Women’s Land Army memories at the New Forest Show

Edna Penny, helped to unveil the second Spitfire Makers plaque last month at the site of Seward’s Garage where her husband Ray worked making Spitfire fuselages.

Over tea and cakes after the unveiling it emerged that Edna had also ‘done her bit’ during the war – in the Women’s Land Army on a farm near New Milton.

We were able to put her in touch with the WLA re-enactors who were appearing at the New Forest Show this week and she had a grand day out as their special guest.

A beaming Edna is pictured re-living her wartime memories, doing a Q&A with ‘the girls’ and being driven around the showground in a vintage farm truck.

Photos courtesy Simon Vining and Vicki Stacey

Posted on Facebook by Alan Matlock – 30th July 2022

Spitfire Makers and the Military Vehicle Trust Jeep Run

Plans are in place for a private run of “up to 20 jeeps” to travel around Spitfire-related Southampton locations tomorrow morning. (Sunday 31st July 2022)

The tour starts at 9.30 am at the site of the original Supermarine factories in Hazel Road, Woolston and is scheduled to finish at the Solent Sky Museum at 12.30. These are the only two fixed timings so if you would like to see the vehicles they would be the best places to go to.

The convoy will pass RJ Mitchell’s first house in Woolston, his home in Portswood and take in stops at dispersal and subcontractor production sites in Sholing, Shirley and Swaythling but, due to uncertainties with traffic etc it’s not possible to give precise timings.

Chair of the Spitfire Makers, Alan Matlock, has prepared a special commentary for the Run and will share this with the convoy at each of the 12 stops along the route.

Look out for photos of the Run on a post soon!

Posted on Facebook by Robert Stidworthy – 31st July 2022

Several members of the Spitfire Makers team joined a South Hampshire Military Vehicle Trust ” Jeep Run ” today, 31st July.

The convoy of over a dozen WWII vehicles started from the sites of Supermarine Woolston annd Itchen Works,pausing at some of the many dispersed Spitfire production sites around the city before ending up at Solent Sky Museum.

Spitfire Makers Chair, Alan Matlock, provided an informative commentary at each stop which included R.J. Mitchell’s house in Highfield and his grave in South Stoneham Cemetery where a wreath was laid.

Thanks to Peter Grist of the Military Vehicle Trust for organising the event.

Thanks also to Alan Jones and the Team at Solent Sky Museum for making us so welcome.

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