The Website History
Dennis Davey (60th Entry), who at that time was serving as the Association Membership Secretary, was tasked by the Committee to liaise with George Burville (90th Entry) to set up a page on his Website for the RAFCAA.
First page opened on George's site at www.gedb.domain.co.uk. Subsequently changed to www.appbe.com which referred to all RAF Apprentices and Boy Entrants. (These sites are no longer active).
16 months before George died, Cliff Blake (55th Entry) took over from him with an expanded site on www.klif.demon.co.uk/rafcaa.
Due to health and accommodation problems, Cliff Blake gave warning that he might not be able to continue providing the RAFCAA Website. To avoid the situation whereby the Association Website depended on one private individual, and might therefore be suddenly terminated, the Committee asked Dennis Davey, to consider the matter. His recommendation to acquire a specific domain name for the Association and set up a Web Hosting Contract was accepted by the Committee.
There was some delay due to Dennis's other duties and illness, but a contract was taken out and the Domain www.rafcaa.org.uk was registered for the sole use of the Association by August 2002.
14 November 2003
The Website was transferred to the new Domain with Cliff Blake continuing as working Webmaster, liasing with Dennis as the nominated Web Officer.
25 February 2004
Having handed over his duties as Membership Secretary, Dennis Davey was formally appointed by the Committee as Web Officer and Deputy Webmaster.
22 October 2006
Having served as Webmaster for the CAA for some 7 years, Cliff Blake decided that it was now time to step back and in conjunction with Dennis planned to hand over Webmaster responsibilities to Dennis early in November 2006. On changeover a completely new version of the site, having a different "look and feel", but containing much of the same information that had been created by Cliff was to be uploaded. Unfortunately Cliff encountered major problems with his PC during October necessitating the change of the motherboard, and so the transfer of Webmaster responsibilities was brought forward to 22nd October.
At changeover the site had received 15,833 hits.
28 October 2008
For a further two years, Dennis continued to build up the site, but following a relatively short illness, he died. The Committee searched for a replacement with the knowledge and experience of website design and maintenance. This was not an easy task but an ideal candidate by the name of Peter Cornelius of the 69th Entry was found in New Zealand and he was persuaded to ‘volunteer’.
25 February 2009
Peter assumed the responsibilities of
Webmaster and set about making the website as user friendly as
possible. With his self-taught knowledge of programming in HTML, he was able
to considerably reduce the size of many files that were
originated by a Web Editor program. Reorganising the Home page
permitted very fast downloading and easier site navigation. With
the assistance of graphics expert John Smailes (50th Entry) who
lives in Canada, Peter also incorporated a new "Return Home"
button as each page was updated. Formatting of information within
the tables of the Entry pages was changed to make the information
more pleasing to the eye of a viewer, and hopefully to encourage
Association members to make more use of the website.
19 September 2009
At the AGM, Jim Willacy of the 69th Entry was elected to the combined post of Membership Secretary and Webmaster.
1st January 2014
Jim Willacy died in 2011 and with no one stepping
forward as a replacement Webmaster website updates were
minimal after that.