305th Memorial - 2007
Chelveston-cum-Caldecott Parish Council & the 305th BG Memorial Association
305th BG Memorial Dedication Service on Saturday 26th May 2007
13:00 858 ATC Sqn car parkers on duty at public parking field behind Village Hall.
13:30 Road closure & diversions take effect by Northants police.
13:45 Trucks, Troops & Stores US jeep convoy arrives at JST car park. Veterans transfer to seating.
13:55 All guests seated - Col Jack L Jones USAF, Group Capt Steve Lloyd RAF, 305th BGMA President Stanley J Soderblom, Rev Cannon Grant Brockhouse, ENC Chairman Cllr Eloise Finch, Cllr Glenn Harwood, Mrs Jenifer Harwood, Mayor of Higham Ferrers Cllr Mick Beesley, Mrs Maureen Beesley and Mrs Margaret Hawkins.
14:00 Memorial service
Honour guard & Standard Bearers move into position - 423rd Air Base Group, Raunds & District Royal British Legion, Huntingdon & Yaxley branches Royal Air Force Association, 858 ATC (Rushden) Squadron and Raunds Temperance Band trumpeter.
Announcement of the National Anthems by Cllr Adrian Dale
Welcome & Introductions by Cllr Adrian Dale.
The 8 unveilers are invited to move into position.
Margaret Hawkins is invited to read her poem - "Memorial of Thanks"
Poem by Margaret Hawkins.
Unveilers asked to unveil together -
Main memorial by 305th BGMA President Stanley J Soderblom & Past President Robert Buckley
The unveilers return to their seats.
Speech by 305th BGMA President Stanley J Soderblom.
Speech by Group Capt Steve Lloyd, Deputy Head of the Air Historical Branch, RAF. Speech by Col Jack L Jones, Base Commander, 423rd Air Base Group, USAF.
Wreath laying - 6 members of 858 ATC line up as wreath bearers in front of squadron posts (no.1 by the podium end). In turn each wreath layer takes his wreath and lays it at the base of the main memorial, facing the road.
1. 305th BG by 305th BGMA President Stanley J Soderblom.
UK military bugle call "Last Post" by Christian Overhead, trumpeter from Raunds Temperance Band.
One minute silence
Prayers & dismissal by Fr Grant.
Invitation by Cllr Adrian Dale to anyone wishing to lay a family or personal wreath to come forward now and do so.
Honour guard & Standard Bearers retire from memorial.
Followed by photo opportunities by the memorial.
15:30 - road re-opened.
16:30 - Veterans' coach departs for Bedford Hotel.