Royal Air Force News Friday, November 5, 2021 R'n'R 6
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ORAM Flight Sergeant (Retd), Alan Ernest, passed away at his home in Wantage, Oxfordshire on September 29, aged 74. Alan joined the RAF on June 29, 1965 and served at a number of units during his career, starting at RAF Hemswell and including the Ministry of Defence in London, the British Embassy in Dakar, Senegal and RAF Marham. He was awarded the LS & GCM in 1980 and received the C-in-C Commendation in 1987. Alan retired from the RAF in 1994. Following his retirement he worked at Rutherford Complex in Harwell and, as a good Welshman, the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. He was also involved in the running of Wantage Concords Football Club. Alan was dearly loved and will be missed by his wife Sonia and his two sons, Alexis and Fabian.
LOOKING to reach former graduates of OCTU 253 OMC who marched off the square at RAF Henlow for the last time on January 13, 1972. Nigel Tuffs is working on a plan for a reunion (possibly lunchtime in RAF Club) on January 13, 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of this memorable occasion. Those interested should contact him on: thetuffys@ gmail.com
Flight Sergeant Alan Oram
Reunions DID you serve at RAF Changi or at HQFEAF Singapore? The RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF) founded May 1996 welcomes new members from all ranks, ex RAF/WRAF/WAAF and civilian personnel who served at RAF Changi (inc. HQFEAF ) during 1946-72. For more information please contact our Membership Secretary: Malcolm Flack on: 01494 728562 or email: MemSecChangi@outlook. com or visit: www.rafchangi. com for more details. RAF Bawdsey Reunion Association. Having cancelled our 2020 reunion, we were planning the next reunion for June 5 this year but the continuing Covid-19 restrictions made it impossible to hold a successful reunion for our members, so the June 5 event was cancelled. A consensus showed that members were not in favour of a reunion in September 2021, therefore we have provisionally planned the next reunion for Saturday, May 21, 2022, before The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the extended public holidays in early June, and we look forward to seeing our friends again then. In the meantime we wish you all a safe and healthy
time as the roadmap out of lockdown progresses. If you have any queries please email: doreen.bawdseyreunion@ btinternet.com or call: 07513 301723.
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RAFAA Association IF you trained as an RAF Administrative Apprentice (or perhaps you are related to an ex-RAF Administrative Apprentice) we would be delighted to welcome you to the RAFAAA. Our aim is to promote friendship and general well-being among our veterans, via social gatherings and assorted activities, as devised by an elected committee, and a regular newsletter. Check our website for details: rafadappassn.org or, alternatively, contact the Membership Secretary on: 07866 085834 or Chairman on: 01933 443673. We know you are out there and we want to hear from you.
Catering Association RAF Catering Warrant Officers’ and Seniors’ Association (RAF CWO&SA): All serving or retired TG19 WO or FS and all former Catering Branch Officers are invited to join the RAF CWO&SA. We meet twice yearly with a vibrant gathering of retired and serving members. Why not join us? For more information or a membership application form email: davescott10@ hotmail.co.uk
Annual church concert THE FRIENDS of St Clement Danes Church Annual Concert, with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Choir of St Clement Danes, takes place on November 25. Tickets are available at the church door on the night or from RAF Charitable Trust
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Can you help RAFBF? THE RAF Benevolent Fund is looking for volunteers to support its Telephone Friendship group service. A spokeswoman for the charity said: “The service provides a weekly phone call for RAF veterans and partners or spouses of former personnel to ease loneliness and social isolation. The service became a lifeline during the pandemic, when vulnerable older people were asked to shield to protect themselves from Covid-19. “As a result, in the last six months the number of veterans being supported by Telephone Friendship groups has gone up by 29 per cent.” The calls are managed by a volunteer facilitator there to support the group throughout the call. All facilitators are given training before being introduced to their group. If you can spare one hour a week to support the service the RAFBF wants to hear from you. If you are unable to commit to one hour a week, the Fund also need facilitators to provide ad-hoc cover for holidays. Contact Welfare Services Executive Sally Austin at: email@example.com for more details.
Scampton window AN online version of the commemorative book for the RAF Scampton commemorative window at Scampton Church has been uploaded after supporters from distant parts of the UK, and around the world, were unable to visit and view it. You can also sponsor one of the commemorative window’s panes for a suggested donation of £100 per pane. Contact: rafwindow@ scamptonchurch.org for full details.
IF YOU’RE a serving member of the Armed Forces, a reservist or a veteran, or work for the Ministry of Defence, you can now claim a 25 per cent discount* on tickets to shows at Milton Keynes Theatre. The theatre has launched its Local Heroes initiative, offering the sizeable discount to a range of professionals including emergency service workers, teachers and social workers. Emma Sullivan, director of Milton Keynes Theatre, said: “There couldn’t be a better time to thank and give back to our Local Heroes for their hard work and tireless dedication to the local community.” The discount is available for various shows across the theatre’s autumn season and beyond, including musicals, dramas, ballet and the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, starring Ashley Banjo and Diversity. Eligible bookers can also enjoy a discounted night at the opera when Glyndebourne bring their trio of productions to Milton Keynes from November 10-12: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Handel’s Messiah.
*Available on selected performances. Discount does not apply to purchase of Price Promise tickets. Limited to four tickets per booking. Only one discount available at any one time. Must bring valid professional ID when presenting tickets. Transaction fees apply. Not all guests are required to be a Local Hero, just the lead booker.
Service of Remembrance THE RAF MUSEUM Cosford will hold a Service of Remembrance on Sunday, November 14. Visitors are invited to join the service, led by RAF Cosford’s station chaplain. It will be supported by RAF Cosford personnel and include readings, with a bugler sounding The Last Post, followed by two minutes of silence. The Cosford Military Wives Choir will sing hymns on arrival and throughout the service. Wreaths will be laid at the end of the service. It will take place in the museum’s Hangar 1 against a backdrop of aircraft, and free tickets for up to 300 guests are available to book in advance at: rafmuseum.org/cosford. Visitors are requested to assemble no later than 10.30am ready for the service to start at 10.45am. A museum spokesperson said: “In the build-up to Remembrance Sunday the public are invited to contribute a personal act of remembrance by writing a poem or short story that will feature in a display at the museum over the remembrance period.” ■ Go to the museum’s website: rafmuseum.org/cosford for further information on how to get involved. A free remembrance template is available on the website. The museum is open daily from 10am. Entry is free. Visitors are asked to pre-book their arrival time online at: rafmuseum.org
Charity launches lottery VETERANS’ CHARITY Royal Star & Garter is launching its new lottery – with a £20,000 top prize. The Star Lottery will be held weekly, with the first draw taking place on Friday, December 3. As well as the chance of winning the top £20,000 prize every Friday, there is a second prize of £1,000 and guaranteed runners-up prizes of 10 John Lewis vouchers worth £10 each week. Each Star Lottery entry is £1. Go to: starandgarter. weeklylottery.org.uk for more details.