Wings and Wheels Society.

Coming Soon.

Programme of events at Dursley Community Centre and other locations.

All Meetings Start at 8 pm.


Essential Covid information for Wings & Wheels Meetings at the Community Centre from April 2022. Dear Members We are trying to make our meetings as safe as possible and can only do that if everyone takes personal responsibility for making sure they are safe to mix. To attend, we ask you to be totally free of fever, cough, altered smell or taste, or breathing difficulties, (unless the latter are part of a chronic pre-existing condition). Equally we would ask you not to attend if you are self-isolating due to COVID symptoms affecting you, or members of your household. Please don’t attend if you have any doubts at all and let's keep the meetings, we all enjoy so much up and running. On arrival, please use hand sanitisers or wash hands, and use a mask if you wish, and respect reasonable distancing protocols regarding members when possible. We will ensure windows are open for ventilation. Although we are taking all serious measures possible, they can only minimise the risk of infection rather than eliminate it. It is important that you understand this and are happy to attend in person. We hope you are all well and look forward to seeing you. Regards The Wings Team

Thursday 13th October 2022.

50th Anniversary of the End of BR Steam (1968-2018).

Ian Thomas and Rich Kelsey present an illustrated show of the final days of British Railways Steam Hauled Traction in 1968 and the 50th Anniversary events in 2018.

Thursday 10th November 2022.

Pioneering Jet Fighters.

Group Captain Jock Heron OBE returns, to give a talk on early Pioneering Jets and their design, including his experiences of flying the RAF's Vampire and Meteor and the USAF Sabre, an evening not to be missed!

Thursday 8th December 2022.

Leicester's Space Rockets from 1961 to 1978.

Roger Cooper gives a pictorial talk on the British Skylark Rocket Programme, which involved the University of Leicester Space Research Group, which launched many scientific experiments on UK's Rocket programme.


Thursday 12th January 2023.

Cry Havoc and Let slip the Dogs of War.

James Rendell presents an illustrated show of his time as an RAF Police Dog Handler in the volatile Cold War era of the 1950’s protecting IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles). A show not to be missed!

Thursday 9th February 2023.

Wings, Wheels in America, Part 2.

Society member, Chris Sunman takes us on an illustrated tour of the Air & Space Museum at Pima Arizona, including a visit to the Aircraft Graveyard near the museum. See many types of aircraft on show from B52
to the SR71, and an Avro Shackleton… plus WW2 exhibits to name a few!

Thursday 9th March 2023.

Cheltenham to Swindon 2 routes by train!

Steam locomotive driver & fireman Chris Smith, gives us an illustrated talk on the MSWJR & GWR railway routes (Tiddly Dyke & Stroud Valley lines to Swindon),
using his photographic archive from the 1920's & 1960's to present day.

Thursday 13th April 2023.

The Great Train Robbery.

Ian Boskett presents an illustrated talk on how £2.6 million pounds was stolen from the Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the 8th of August 1963. Speaker Ian also shows us a demonstration
on how the actual Signal was tampered with, to stop the train!

Thursday 11th May 2023.

Wings and Wheels 20th Year Celebration.

A Celebration Show of 20 years of our Society, with an Aviation & Rail extravaganza. Rich Kelsey presents an illustrated review of 20 years of the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, also Rail Historian,
Ian Thomas will also show us local railway lines and branch lines that succumbed to the Beeching Axe, 60 years ago in 1963.

The Society cannot be held responsible for any Personal Injury or Loss of Member' Belongings, Programme subject to change at short notice.

Please contact Richard at 07909 960202 or Dave at 01453 544348 for more information.