Blantyre District, Malawi

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re: The Chileka Club

Maria, this is a very long shot as you left your blog a long time ago, but here name is Amit Som and I went to school with you in St Andrews in 1975. I would be so happy if you could make contact at I have a school photo dating from 1975 that has you in it, I remember you with great fondness and hope you get in touch, or some kind soul puts us in touch. All the best, Amit Som St Andrews Blantyre 1975. ps. I have just met our art teacher John Harris here in England! Fond memories of HE The Life President going by in his motorcade and waiting hours for him...great fun. Please get in touch Maria.

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Hi William Mclure

Yup I am the same miscreant who came to Kearsney (Gillingham House) from Malawi, and also matriculated in 1971.........

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Contact Angus Magee

I was most interested to read comments made by Angus Magee on this topic. However, I wondered if Angus was at school in South Africa? We had someone also with his name at our school in Natal, Kearsney College, whose family came from Malawi and whose father was in the Police Force there. We finished our schooling there together - we matriculated, in 1971. It would be grand if he were he: it's always gratifying finding more of our school mates after all these years.

William McClure

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re: Chileka airport club

I used to cycle from Limbe to Chileka once or twice a week, around 1967 - 1970 era, and the folks used to meet the Samuel family there for drinks every Sunday - my father was in the Nyasaland police, thereafter Malawi Police, (initially in Zomba and then i/c of the police training school in Limbe). I wonder if the club is still operative?

Angus Magee.

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The Chileka Club

I remember Alan Wood, he worked with my father, Len Johansson. Marina Maltese first lived three years in Zambia where I knew her and her sister Cynthia. We went to the same school there. Then they moved to Malawi, and after a while we did too. I think they left before we arrived there though. I'm Maria Johansson and we arrived in Malawi in 1974. We lived quite near the Chileka club on the other side of the Chileka road. I don't remember that Alan Wood had children though. What might your name be?

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Chileka Club

I was there at the Chileka club early to mid 70's. My Dad Alan Wood worked for the airline. I remember crispy bacon and samosas and swimming in the pool out the back of the club. I remember a girl called Marina Maltese and smoking 555 cigarettes in secret.

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Anyone remember p cook st Andrews. Early 70s.

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Chileka airport club

I was there too in the early 70s and my dad worked for air Malawi too. Yes I remember the club.

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re: Penny cools

In Malawi early 70 s aged 11 anybody remember the chileka airport club ie chambo an chip's. Father worked air Malawi. I went to st Andrews high love to here from someone

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Penny cools

Back in 1970; I used to go to swimming at a pool club located not far from Chileka airport. There I would get ice pops to help cool off from the blistering heat. They were called "Penny cools" and well worth the price.

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chileka 1970

Learnt to fly there. good (light) traffic experience from first flight on. Solo 6:35. Throttle failure, forced landing 16:00. PPL flight test 40:10. Thank you Les Antrobus. (and Norman Edwards [ex-RAF Spitfire Instructor], and Jerry Dunn [ex-RRAF]. Dudley Barlow, [ex Bomber Command, 26000 hrs], declined my request for instruction. Said he could'nt steer without 4 throttles. And a few others. Can you imagine the parties in the airway club pub. And a Speedbird Captain making a special visit to buy me a beer after my throttle failure (and thank me for getting out of the way of his VC10 which was on long finalsat the time. At 43:00 hours, Chip Kay, gave me two hours of short field landing at Confortzi's {loose sand], Malamula [trees bothends, goats in the middle] and finally at his home base, Satemwa,[starting at 500', full flap, full throttle,yoke back under your ribs,full up trim, stall warning screaming,total commitment at 400ft, touch on a veritable golf tee.....] I still sweat at the thought but revelled every second.

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