When the idea of a 71st entry window was first discussed, it was decided that it should represent the 71st Badge designed in our second year at Halton. A few members submitted designs for the window, these were passed to Michelle Mayes the Glass Artist chosen to design our window, Michelle submitted a final design and price of £450.00 that covered design, manufacture and installation at St George’s church, and the 71st entry committee approved the design and price.

Malcolm Taylor (at that time secretary of the Halton Association) was able to reserve us a prime site for our window.

Our motto, part of our original badge was thought up by Frank Hutchins – “Finis Coronat Opus” – “The end crowns the effort”.

You will note that the “LXXI” and “1952 – 1955” are set in red glass representing No. 1 Apprentice wing and have what appear to be Black dots at each corner. The dots on the left hand side are sixpenny pieces dated 1952 and likewise all the dots on the right hand side are sixpenny pieces dated 1955.

The window was dedicated on the 7th November 2000, by our own Rev. Frank Hutchins (formerly an Engine fitter); the dedication was attended by 16 Members of the 71st and their Ladies.

Geoffrey Payne

In Memoriam

  The Apprentice Collect
Teach us good Lord, to be thankful for all the good times which we have had, the skills which we have learned, the friendships which we have shared and the companionship which we have enjoyed.
 May all who have shared the apprenticeship of the “Wheel” be mindful of the needs of one another through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Pete Anfield Engines March 2009
Howard Annan RNZAF Engines March 2010
Jim Appleton Airframes C 1978
Brain Ball Engines Jan 2002
John Bernstine Engines Mid 60’s
Barry Blewit RNZAF Airframes March 1986
Bill Braid Engines Jan 2001
Brian Braim Airframes 1998
P Cattell Engines Nov 2009
Jack Cobb Engines
John Cornick Electrical Dec 2007
John Critchlow Inst/Nav Mid 90s
David Duroe Engines July 2005
Johm Ellis Armament June 2006
Jim Footner Inst/Nav March 1986
A J Foster Electrical Dec 2009
Ted Grey Ted Grey Engines 2001
Ron Halliwell Electrical
Peter Honeyman Engines July2009
Roy Hamilton Airframes Jan 2001
Robin House Airframes 1989
Frank Hutchings Engines May 2003
David Kemp Engines May 2000
Ken Kennedy Engines
A W King BAF Electrical Dec 1998
Gulam Nabbi Khan PAF Armament Feb 2006
Chipples Onion Armament 2002
Brian Orme Airframes Dec 1965
Noel Peers Airframes Oct 2001
Brian (Drag) Perryman Armament
David Richards Engines
John Rimmington Airframes 1964
Amjad Shah PAF Airframes Mar 2002
Laurie Stormont RNZAF Airframes May 2009
Jack Turk Engines Apr1958
Inayat Ullah PAF Armament Dec 2001
Dave Watson Electrical Jun 2009
Geoffrey Wilson Armament Aug 2000
Alan (Butch) Laycock Airframes Jun 2010
Chris Howard Engines Jul 2009
Tony Rice Engines April 2011
Tick Hawthorn Airframes 3rd Jul 2010
J W Kellart Airframes 1st Mar 2012
Wally Ross Airframes 22nd Dec 2011
Ian Robertson Aiframes 17th May 2012
Ralph Neydorff Airframes 12th March 2013
Brian (Lew) Lewis Engines 24th Nov 2013
Geoffrey Gordon Inst/Nav 15th Jan 2015
Peter LeGallez Airframes 19th Mar 2016
Geoffrey Payne Airframes 21st May 2016
Mick Brazier Engines 19th June 2017
Mick Gray Armament 5th Apr 2017
David Glover Airframes 17th Dec 2018
Pete Ham Armament Sep 2019