Blackheath Model Flying Club




  • 1937
    S.M.A.E Annual General Meeting
    The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Model Aeroplane Engineers, held on March 24, marked the conclusion of the first year under the new constitution. The year was aptly described by Mr. E.F.H. Cosh, the hon. secretary, as the most momentous in the Society's history. The scheme under which it became a federation of local clubs had greatly increased its prestige and its effectiveness as the body governing model aeronautics in Great Britain. Thrity-one clubs had become affiliated, and numerous applications were pending.
        The outstanding event was sending of a Wakefield team to America and the retrieving of the Wakefield Cup by Mr. Judge. This had been made possible by generous donations from Lord Wakefield and other good friends of model aeronautics, to whom the Society desired to express its gratitude.
       The system of holding certain competitions simultaneously on the affiliated club's grounds had resulted in more numerous entries. Certain difficulties had still to be overcome, but there was every reason to anticipate still greater success in 1937.
       The following officers were elected : President, Dr. A.P. Thurston; vice-presidents, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Messrs. A.F. Houlberg, G. Geoffrey Smith, M.B.E.; W.E. Evans, B.K. Johnson, Capt. C.E. Brown; chairman, Mr.A.F. Houlberg; vice-chairman, Mr. H.J.Hawkins; hon. secretary, Mr. E.F.H. Cosh; hon. treasurer, Mr. H.J. Hawkins; competition secretary, Mr. J.C. Smith; Press secretary, Mr. H. York; technical secretary, Mr. R.N. Bullock. Messrs. B.K. Johnson and W.E. Evans were released from office, and made vice-presidents in appreciation of their valuable services over many years.
    ['Flight' magazine - pg.490, 13th May 1937]

Eve Cosh winding up her model that won the Womans Cup. Rosie Keil is holding the model.
Eddie Cosh holding son Peter Cosh aged 8 mths.

Eddie Cosh - late 1920's

My thanks to Peter Cosh for the photos.

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