A Date and a Time for Remembering

Commemoration of the Fearnan Aircrash – 6th May 2019

We are delighted to be able to let you know about an important event that will be happening in the village on 6th May 2019.

It is nearly 76 years since the air crash at Fearnan that killed 3 Russian airmen and a Czechoslovakian colleague in the Cow Park on 29th May 1943.  The airmen had been based at Errol, training with the RAF. About 3 years ago, the Village Association website was contacted by Anna Belorusova, whose grandfather had served alongside the men who died.  She was researching the history of the Russian unit  – the Moscow Special Assignment Air Group – that was based at Errol, and has since published a book, which includes a significant section about the crash – and, indeed, about Fearnan.

Anna has become a friend of the village and has visited us on 2 occasions. She and other descendants of the Russian airmen from Errol are keen to commemorate the crash and those who died, and it is also an important piece of Fearnan’s history.

The date is the 6th May in the afternoon. A number of people will be travelling from Russia for the occasion and our guests will include the Russian Consul General, the Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, and others.

The plan is to lay a memorial stone and plant a tree (an Alder) near to the site of the crash. We hope that as many residents of Fearnan, past and present, as possible and others from the wider network of Fearnan’s friends, will be able to come to help mark a piece of joint history between ourselves and our guests from Russia.

Plans are at an early stage, and we will provide regular updates here on the Blog.

You can read the full story of the crash, published on the Fearnan Blog in 2016, here.)

 

Winter Pudding Nights first came to Fearnan in 2009 and, apart from 2010, there has been one every year since.  Last week’s event was, as ever, friendly and relaxed with live music (from Doug, Hilary, Audrey and Keith), and quite a lot of puddings.

 

 

Many thanks to all the bakers who made puddings for the evening, and to all those who came to help eat them.

 

 

Social Events 2019

Dates for the Village Association’s social events for 2019 are now on the What’s On page of this blog and are:

FVA AGM: Saturday 30th March 2019, 4 – 5 pm. All members welcome.

Coffee Mornings –  Join us for freshly brewed coffee and tea and some delicious home baking from 10.30 to 12.00 in the Hall.

  • 19th March
  • 23rd April
  • 21st May
  • 18th June
  • 17th September
  • 22nd October

In addition, there will be a number of seasonal events.  These are:

  • Saturday 20th July at 3pm: Strawberry TeaZ: Cakes, tarts, scones, ice cream and more – all made or served with strawberries. Live music.
  • Sunday 10th November: Remembrance Sunday 10.50 at the Memorial and after in the village hall for tea and coffee.
  • Saturday 7th DecemberMulled Wine & Mince Pies 3-5pm: Enjoy seasonal goodies and good company.

 

 

About Fearnan Village Association

Fearnan Village Association was formed in 2007 to provide a means through which those who live in the village can come together to discuss and respond to issues of importance to the village, particularly those that will have an impact on our quality of life. We also organise social events, such as the very popular Pudding Night in February, Strawberry TeaZ in July, and other events and coffee mornings throughout the year.
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2 Responses to A Date and a Time for Remembering

  1. Billy McEwen says:

    Hi, As a former resident of Fearnan, I am intending to attend the Commemoration of the Fearnan Aircrash on the 6th of May along with my wife. I hope this is in order. Billy & Anne McEwen (formerly of Lawers View)

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    • Hi Billy, delighted to hear that you are coming and look forward to seeing you. We will be gathering at the Hall, ready to walk as a group to the site of the ceremony (at Clach-an-Tuirc) at 2.30. The official party includes the Lord-Lieutenant, Consul General of Russia, the Provost, and Russian and Czechoslovakian guests. Refreshments in the Hall afterwards. Kilt-wearing encouraged!

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