Spring 2024 Newsletter of the Sir George Dowty Memorial Committee

Spring 2024 Newsletter 

Dowty Organ Recital

This is being held on Saturday 6th April 2024 at Pershore Abbey and arrangements are proceeding well, the current acceptances are around 100 and the limit we have been set is 300.

Pershore is the town where Sir George Dowty was born and where he is buried – the Dowty family have great affection for Pershore Abbey.

The recital commences at 3pm and is scheduled to finish at 5pm followed by refreshments at the Church building at the rear of the Abbey.

The occasion will see Simon Bell, the renowned organist at Dean Close School Cheltenham and Director of Tewkesbury Abbey’s Schola Cantorum, lead the recital and a former World War Two Dowty Apprentice lead a rendition of wartime songs and tributes to the life and times of Sir George Dowty.

Admission is free and the dress code is formal.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to honour Sir George Dowty in the most magnificent of surroundings – the Abbey is closely connected to the Dowty family.

The organ has recently been restored at a cost of £ 750,000.

There is also to be a presentation of a wedding gift to the organist currently serving at the church where a forefather of Sir George Dowty was Rector.

We look forward to meeting you on the day – please email confirmation of attendance to willmundy331@icloud.com. (use the same contact if an event sheet is required)

Sir George Dowty Statue

Manufacture is nearing completion and erection is planned for later in the spring.

Dowty Chairman

Following the huge success of the Committee’s papers concerning the Dowty contribution to the Battle of Britain and to mining safety, a third paper has been written detailing the life and times of the three Dowty Chairmen who served over the business’s 60 year life – A W Martyn, Sir George Dowty and Sir Robert Hunt.

The Dowty business was born in Cheltenham in 1931 and was to become world renowned.

The paper has been printed as a 56-page bound booklet and describes the attributes of the men who carried the business to such great heights.

All students of Gloucestershire history and of business in general will be fascinated to read how three men guided a business with such skill and without the modern tendency to be being self-serving.

Truly remarkable men. A must read. Copies of the booklet can be obtained from Mr Will Mundy at willmundy331@icloud.com

July 6th Cotswold Airport

The annual MOD event -to which all former Dowty employees are invited – is themed to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the D Day landings. It is to be called the Longest Day.

Again the day will feature a fine collection of aircraft- many associated with D Day, classic cars, music , a Gloucester Police feature and much else.

The raffle has some amazing  prizes.

Full details will be circulated shortly.

Martin Robins – Chairman Sir George Dowty Memorial Committee.

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