Archive for November 2009


The Planning site visit bus destinations across Flintshire were as varied as ever.  First stop to a Bwlchgywn farm to view elderly buildings on which consent to return them to residential use had been requested.  An icy wind blew, seemingly colder as the previous day I was gardening in shirt sleeves.  Dropping back to Deeside, the Welsh Road, we traipsed into the massive abandonneded hangers which stood like gravestones; decaying remnants of the once bustling RAF Sealand.   They were potential business outlets but as the whole area was up for development into a more grandiose Gateway to Flintshire, length of lease to be agreed was vital.    The Parade Ground stirred long gone memories transporting me back to a former life. Was it really 50 years ago that as an airwoman, I marched across such a ground as the early morning ritual of camp life?  The need to use socks for improvised gloves on one occasion as mine had been stolen and  hearing the splatter of water on concrete when an airwoman got caught short on a Remembrance Parade. Placing unwashed wet drawers on the billet radiator to dry, stayed ever with me.   When I joined the Met. Police …..