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  1. 1. The Royal Air Forces Association South East and Eastern Area 1171/2 Loughborough Road, Leicester LE4 5ND Tel: 0116 268 8780/8784 Fax: 0116 261 2819 Email: Newsletter Editor: Mrs Vicky Ford July 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007 You will be pleased to hear that the following were awarded National Honours in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007: Name Award RAF Association Branch Area Mr J Lee MBE St Neots South East & Eastern To coincide with the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007, the following were awarded National Presidential Certificates: Name RAF Association Branch Area Mr P Cooper Headcorn South East & Eastern Mr J Maclean Peterhead Scotland & NI Mr S W Seal Chesham & Amersham South East & Eastern Mr J Eddisford Hendon South East & Eastern Wg Cdr K R Winter Huntingdon & District South East & Eastern Mr C Taylor Richard Peck House Staff Mrs M Le Page Guernsey European Mrs G M Mason Amsterdam European Mr E L Harris Bargoed & Blackwood Wales, Midlands & SW In conjunction with the QBHL 2007, the following have been awarded Area Presidential Certificates: Mr J A Clements RAFA Welwyn Garden City & Hatfield Mr R W Clements RAFA Norwich Mr P Cooper RAFA Headcorn Mr R Cordall RAFA Romsey Mr R Gouge RAFA Itchen & Hamble Mrs D E Smith RAFA Bognor Regis Our congratulations go to all recipients Northern Area Headquarters The Northern Area Headquarters have a new telephone and fax number: Tel: 01772 426 930 Fax: 01772 433 152 Amendments to the Branch Secretaries Listing
  2. 2. Northampton Branch Mr G Fruish has a new e-mail address: Leicester Branch New Secretary: Mrs B Wright, 1 Wallace Court, 394 London Road, Leicester, LE2 2PN. Tel: 0116 270 5442 Great Yarmouth Branch Mr T Clarke has a new e-mail address: Downham Market Branch New Secretary: Mr P B Kingston, 27 Orchard Grove, West Winch, King’s Lynn, PE33 0JZ. Tel: 01553 840 513 Fordingbridge & District Branch The Fordingbridge & District Branch Treasurer and Secretary have a new e-mail address: Please amend your listing. Area RAFALOs Please note that Cpl Gail Fuller, currently the RAFALO at Worthy Down has been appointed as Area RAFALO for the Southeast part of the Area in succession to Wg Cdr Chris Goss. Gail will shortly be moving from Worthy Down to Southwick Park. Therefore, until further notice, to contact Gail please use her personal e-mail address: Once Gail has established herself at Southwick Park updated contact details will be distributed. FS Ian Palmer, the Area RAFALO for the Eastern part of the Area, will be detached OOA from 22 August until 10 January 2008. During his absence, Sqn Ldr Graham Grice will assume responsibility as Area RAFALO. Sqn Ldr Grice can be contacted on Tel: 01480 452 451 Ext 6012 or by E-Mail to: East Midlands Region Veterans Weekend Nottingham Nottingham City Council will be hosting an East Midlands Flagship Event for Veterans over the weekend of 21-22 July 2007 at Wollaton Hall & Deer Park. Admission is free but there will be a small charge for car-parking. A drumhead service, being organized by the RBL, will be held at 11.00 hours on the Sunday (22nd July) and it is hoped that as many Branches and members as possible from throughout the East Midlands, together with Branch standards, will take part in this service. Those taking part in the Service are asked to assemble at 10.30 hours at the rear of the Hall for a short parade round to the front of the hall for the Service. The Venerable Robin Turner from Southwell Minster and a previous RAF Chaplain in Chief will conduct the Service Wings Cars Please be advised that we have been notified by Wings Cars Direct that the discount offered by Ford of up to 25% off new and used Fords has been withdrawn for non serving personnel with immediate effect. This will affect the greater majority of our current members. The discount is still available for all serving personnel. The offer of up to 25% off will continue to apply to Vauxhall and now includes Renault. We have been advised that Ford may consider reintroducing the discount later in the year.
  3. 3. Contact with the Royal Air Force Members will be aware that the Association has now established very close ties with the Royal Air Force at all levels and in all departments. However, if any of our members have any questions they wish to put to the Royal Air Force they should in the first instance send their question to either this Area Headquarters or Central Headquarters who will ensure it is forwarded to the appropriate RAF department. Accidents Will Happen! Recently CHQ took a phone call from a somewhat disgruntled RAFALO. He had asked for some exhibition equipment to promote RAFA at his Station Families Day, but on taking the 'RAFA Flying Banner' out of its case he found that two of the poles were broken and bound together with sellotape, making it unusable. Apologies were issued, and we thought we were able to save the day as we had received a Flying Banner back from a Branch earlier that day - however when we opened it to check, one of the poles was broken and bound with parcel tape! Accidents will happen - winds will blow things over or (as in recent weeks) rain can play havoc. We think that there may be a feeling within Branches that if they report that they have broken a banner, display board etc we will be looking to make them pay for repairs - THAT IS NOT THE CASE. We will arrange for any repairs to be made at our expenses, so please, if you do have an accident, please let us know and return the equipment so that we can affect repairs. We would much rather know than send out what turns out to be defective equipment to the next Branch or RAFALO that requests it. Update on Fundraising Standards Board Logo and Acronym The Fundraising Standards Board are changing their logo - this won't affect anything we've pre- printed to date, we can use up any stocks with the logo on but for any future marketing and external communications - the new logo will need to be used. Please, as a note, always put the FRSB logo on all materials that are pre-printed - i.e. fliers/posters/magazines/mailers etc etc. Seeking Stories of WWII from Burma RAF Veterans or Families We have been asked to introduce our Members to a website which has been set up by one Mr Joseph Valu who was a young lad in Burma when WWII broke out. This site is seeking true stories/yarns from RAF personnel and their families who were in Burma and who would like to share their experiences with others of a similar background. The site can be found at Hoax Welfare Scam Update from last month - This is still being investigated and a DC Jonathan Williams from Grays Police Station in Essex is still following up leads, in the hope of catching the perpetrator. If you are suspicious about anyone who requires help and cash please inform South East or Eastern Office immediately.
  4. 4. Area Prize Draw Winners 2007 Please find enclosed the 2007 Area Prize Draw Winners list. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Draw for their support. RAFA 2008 Diary and Christmas card Order Forms Please find attached order forms from RAFATRAD Ltd, for RAFA Christmas cards and 2008 RAFA diaries. Orders can be placed by contacting RAFATRAD direct on the telephone 01892 600 191 or filling in the form and sending it by post. RAFATRAD Ltd also has a web site: Shoreham Airshow - 15 – 16 September 2007 Shoreham airshow is one of the premier airshows in the UK. Located at the UK's oldest licensed airport, the highly picturesque venue, dominated by Lancing College, provides the perfect backdrop for stunning displays in the air and exciting attractions on the ground. All proceeds from the airshow go to the Royal Air Forces Association. For further information contact: RAFA Airshow Office, Terminal Building, Shoreham Airport, West Sussex, BN43 5FF. Tel: 01273 441545 E-mail: Website: Eastbourne Air Show 2007 Why not visit Eastbourne’s FREE air show to be held on the magnificent sea front with the dramatic backdrop of Beachy Head? The show ground is open each day from 10am to 5:00pm on Thursday 19th August. The Red Arrows will be opening the flying programme on Saturday 18 th at around mid-day and will return again on Sunday 19th. Each day’s flying programme will commence around 1pm and will include European and RAF fast jets together with civilian aircraft, including high class aerobatic teams. The Royal Air Forces Association trailer will be manned by the Eastbourne Branch members ‘Wings Team’, who would love to meet other Branch members later in the renowned and well appointed Branch Club situated in Wish Road. Call the Club on 01323 723551 between 11:30am and 2.30pm for further details. Battle of Britain Service Westminster Abbey – Sunday 16th September 2007 As is customary the Association has been allocated a quantity of admission tickets for the above service. Twenty (20) Branch Standard Bearers are invited to form a Lining Party. Applications for admission tickets and Standard Bearers wishing to attend are to contact the Area Manager at the South East Office no later than Monday 6th August. Please note applications for tickets must be accompanied with a stamped addressed envelope. The City Of London Street Collection Friday 7th September 2007
  5. 5. Once again South East Office is organising a collection in the City of London in aid of “WINGS APPEAL”. The collection this year will be on Friday 7th September 2006 using the Guildhall as a base. To assist this venture the South East Office can offer, travel expenses, and all equipment for your collecting needs. Collecting may start from 0600hrs until 1300hrs. Should collectors wish to use their own collecting boxes please let us know in advance in order that we may allocate a box number. All money collected by individuals will be credited to their own Branch . Collectors should register with the South East Office in advance. This event would not be able to take place without the support of members and we are therefore seeking your help to make this collection as successful as in previous years. The Royal British Legion The Royal British Legion has appointed Mr Chris Simpkins as Director General and he is expected to take up his new role in October 2007. Mr Simpkins has a UK and international public sector background that spans more than thirty five years. The RAF Association Branch and Club Insurance Scheme Attached for Branch and Club Secretaries is a Flyer from Coleman and Co who are our Insurance Brokers. The flyer is self-explanatory. It is also worth noting that our Wings Appeal receives a nice donation each time a policy is placed or renewed with Coleman. Donations for June 2007 Area Welfare Holiday Home- Selsey RAFA Bognor Regis Branch £1500.00 RAFA Walton Weybridge & District Branch £500.00 RAFA Tunbridge Wells Branch £500.00 TOTAL £ South East Welfare Funds Mr J Yates £25.00 The Late Mrs E Honeywell £20.00 The Late Sqn Ldr Davies £50.00 The Late B Robinson £70.00 The Late Mr R Wood £50.00 The Late Mr E Vine & The Late Mr F Day £50.00 The Late Mr H Easton £370.00 Mr G Fletcher £50.00 Mr B Yeowart £25.00 Mr L B Ercolani £50.00 Mr D White £50.00 Mr W Kennett £195.00 Air Training Corps Surrey Wing £500.00 TOTAL £ Eastern Respite Care Fund Mrs A Youngman (In memory of Mrs Huntley) £50.00 RAFA Beccles, Southwold & District £185.28 Mr & Mrs Huntley (In memory of Mrs Monica Huntley) £25.00 TOTAL £
  6. 6. Friends of Sussexdown RAFA Chelmsford Branch £1000.00 TOTAL £1000.00 Richard Peck House RAFA Stamford Branch £10000.00 RAFA Keyworth Branch £200.00 TOTAL £ General RAF Coningsby £60.00 A W Lymn Directors (In memory of Mr H Nutty) £425.00 TOTAL £ GRAND TOTAL £15950.28 Ken Clarke South East & Eastern Area Director Enclosures: Colemans Insurance Information RAFA Diary and Christmas card Order Form 2007 Prize Draw Winners List