The Royal Air Forces Association
Area Headquarters & South Western Office
RAFA House, Chancel Lane
Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8JU
Tel: 01392 462 088 AD/Fax: 01392 462 006
Wales, Midland & South Western Area
Newsletter AUGUST 2011
THIS NEWSLETTER SHOULD BE DISPLAYED FOR THE USE OF ALL MEMBERS
Whole Area Membership figures as at 27 July 2011 were as follows:
Annual Life Full Total New Ann/Life/Ass 11 Losses Ann/Life/Ass 11
6655 5883 2289 14827 451 1340
Many thanks to all those who have worked hard to get our membership numbers back up to earlier levels.
2. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Mr Brian Kelsey of Dursley & South Gloucester Branch.
Brian contributed greatly to the Association over many years, holding down the posts of Chairman,
Secretary, HWO and Standard Bearer. We must also advise the passing of Mr Price, Vice-Chairman of
Teignmouth Branch and Mr Mildon who was a Life Vice-President of Wrekin Wellington Branch. As always,
we send our sincere condolences to the family and friends at this difficult time.
3. WITHDRAWAL OF CHEQUES
Some of you may have been aware that there were plans to withdraw cheques in 2018. The Payments
Council recently announced that cheques will continue for as long as customers need them and the target
for possible closure of the cheque clearing system in 2018 has been cancelled. This is the result of
lobbying by a number of interested parties including charities.
4. CENOTAPH CEREMONY – WHITEHALL LONDON – 13 NOVEMBER 2011
You are advised that the South East Office of the Association will be administering the ticket allocation for
this Ceremony. The Royal British Legion, on behalf of the Home Office, will be organizing the ex-Service
contingents attending the Parade and Service at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, on Remembrance Day, 13th
November 2011. A representative of the Northern Area will lay the Association’s wreath this year.
Stewards will also be positioned at the Cenotaph to lay wreaths on behalf of the detachments as they
march-past. Contingents will assemble and disperse at Horse Guards Parade. Due to the number of
personnel on parade the overall length of the march past has increased and I would ask you to ensure that
your members are aware of the physical demands of standing in Whitehall for at least 1 hour and then
marching for a distance of 1.5 miles, possibly in inclement weather. We have been asked to remind all on
parade to help to ensure that behaviour and dress standards match the dignity of the occasion. There have
been a few rather regrettable lapses that have offended the majority of those marching and the general
public. In view of the current security arrangements, only holders of admission tickets will be allowed to join
the parade. All participants are liable to a security search on the day. If you wish to make an application to
attend then please contact Mr Pete Stockdale, Area Manager South East on 0208 286 6667, or mobile
0783 222 7518 or e-mail email@example.com.
5. FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE – WESTMINSTER ABBEY GARDENS – 10 NOVEMBER 2011
We have once again been invited by The Royal British Legion to participate in this event and Mr Pete
Stockdale, Area Manager South East has issued the following notice:
I ask you all, once again, to give this special occasion your best possible support by ordering crosses to be
planted by their representatives wherever possible. I shall be pleased to arrange for crosses to be planted
on behalf of unrepresented Areas or Branches. Please be advised that all crosses must be planted by
1000hrs on the day. Gates will open at 0845 and close at 1000. A Member of the Royal Family will arrive
at 1045hrs and all participants must be in position by 1000hrs. I, with staff from the South East Office, will
be in attendance along with the National Standard Bearer. A Badge Cross will cost £8.80 and a Leaf Cross
(suitable for use by Branches) will cost £5.34. Orders, together with the appropriate remittance, should be
sent to the South East Office no later than Friday 28 October. Admission to the Service will be for ticket
holders only. Members requesting tickets to attend the service should apply in writing to the South East
Office no later than Monday 1st October 2011.
Royal Air Forces Association, South East Office, 3-5 Old Bridge Street, Hampton Wick, Kingston-Upon-
Thames, KT1 4BU, Tel No: 0208 286 6667.
6. HOMES FROM HOME
I would like to draw your attention to the new Homes from Home web site, which can be accessed through
the RAF Association website - Can We Help/Facilities and Support for Veterans/RAF Association Homes
from Home, or using the link www.rafa.org.uk/homesfromhome. I hope you will enjoy looking at the web
site and use this to promote our very good homes which of course are always open to RAF veterans and
eligible dependents for a short welfare break.
7. RAF ASSOCIATION TRIBUTE FUND
The pace of modern living is quicker now than it ever has been, even after the traumatic experience of
death. The Victorian tradition of allowing a period of mourning has all but disappeared and all too
frequently grief has to be managed silently and alone. One way of easing the grieving process is to set up
an online tribute through the RAF Association. This is an opportunity to remember a loved one – someone
who was a member of the RAF family or who shared the ethos of the RAF – wherever and whenever you
want, for as long as you want. Accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, people can share memories
and images, write messages and reminiscences, all in celebration of life.
This is also an opportunity to contribute to a fund which the RAF Association will use to help members of
the RAF family when they are in need, whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back onto his feet, a
five-year-old missing her parent on overseas operations or a WWII veteran needing a reassuring shoulder
to lean on.
Visit www.rememberahero.org.uk to set up your tribute and help keep alive the memory of someone
special. Or, if you have any questions about the Tribute Fund, please call Liz Fredericks on 0116 268 8766
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
enclosed booking slip.
8. ITEMS FOR THE AREA NEWSLETTER
As ever, we are always on the look out for interesting items to include in the Area Newsletter. Please do
not hesitate to get in touch if you or your Branch is doing something for RAFA that the Area needs to know
9. HONORARY TREASURER: ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION
The RAF Association is the largest single Service membership charity, with a membership of 70,000 and an
annual income of £10m. The Board of Trustees (Central Council) has recently published its Report on 2010
and five-year plan ‘Making a Difference’ which can be read at:
The Association has entered a period of strategic change and seeks an Honorary Treasurer to join its
Board of Trustees. RAF personnel and their families dedicate their lives to their country. The RAF
Association’s mission is simple: to ensure that their sacrifice does not result in suffering, poverty or
loneliness. Applications are welcomed from those with an RAF background and those who support the
mission of the Association. This is an unpaid role other than expenses.
Duties as Trustee -
The duties of the Honorary Treasurer are those common to all trustees of the Association, along with
responsibilities specifically designated to the Honorary Treasurer.
Duties as a trustee are to:
ensure that the organisation complies with its governing documents, charity and company law, and
other relevant legislation or regulations, and that it pursues its objects as defined in its governing
document, applying its resources appropriately;
give firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and
evaluating performance against agreed targets;
appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his/her performance;
safeguard the good name and ethos of the organisation.
Duties as Honorary Treasurer -
The Honorary Treasurer works in close cooperation with, and provides support and advice to, the Director
of Resources (chief financial officer). The specific responsibilities of the Honorary Treasurer are to:
Guide and advise the Board of Trustees in the approval of budgets, accounts and financial statements,
within a relevant financial policy framework.
Keep the Board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities.
Advise the trustees (and the management) on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic
plans and key assumptions included in management’s operational plan and annual budget, especially
those which are outside the agreed boundaries of management authority.
Confirm that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs and that there
are appropriate reserves and investment policies.
Understand the accounting procedures and key internal controls to be able to assure the Board that the
charity’s financial integrity is sound.
Ensure that the accounts are properly audited, that accepted recommendations of the auditors are
implemented and provide financial expertise to the Audit Committee, if appropriate.
Meet the external auditor and, where relevant, the internal auditor independently from the Director of
Resources, at least once a year.
Formally present the accounts at the Annual General Meeting either in a written report or orally.
Monitor the organisation’s investment activity and ensure its investment policy is consistent with the
organisation’s policies, aims, objectives and legal responsibilities.
There are approximately 10 meetings a year held in London and Leicester both during the week and at
weekends. For further details please contact Ruth Martindale, Director of Resources (0116 268 8773) and
view the website www.rafa.org.uk. Please submit your CV accompanied by a letter outlining why you
consider you would be suitable for the role to Director of Resources, RAF Association, 117½ Loughborough
Road, Leicester, LE4 5ND. Deadline for applications 30 August 2011.
10. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION 90TH ANNIVERSARY ‘HEROES’ CONCERT - TRURO CATHEDRAL –
SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2011
As part of the Royal British Legion’s 90th Anniversary this year, a series of concerts is being staged in
virtually all of the great Cathedrals in the land. Cornwall and Truro Cathedral is no exception and an
anniversary concert is being staged on Saturday 24 September, commencing at 1930. The VIP’s for this
concert will be the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in recent and
current conflicts and we will be honoured to welcome the families of the following ‘Heroes’:
Rifleman Sam Basset - Torpoint
Sergeant Paul Fox – St Ives
L/Corporal Darren Hicks – Mousehole
Captain Daniel Read – St Columb
Corporal Richard Robinson – Saltash
Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid - Truro
L/Corporal Paul Upton – Looe
The musical programme will be supplied by the RBL Central Band under the direction of its Musical
Director, Captain David Cole MVO RM. In addition, there will be musical pieces from the magnificent
Cathedral Organ, pianist Jonathan Delbridge, guitarist Steve Panter and the Cornwall Junior Choir. The
concert is by ticket only which are available from the Hall for Cornwall booking office or on line at
www.hallforcornwall.org.uk . Enter ‘Heroes’ in the search facility on the home page and scroll down until
you find the entry for ‘Heroes’. However, if Branches/Ex Service organisations intend to send more than 10
members, including spouses or guests, then a 20% discount can be arranged. We would also encourage
you to invite friends and family and would tactfully remind you of the Branch Group system and the potential
for a block booking and coach travel. Tickets are priced at £10 each. Branch/Ex Service Organisation
Standard Bearers – All Standard Bearers are cordially invited and strongly encouraged to attend this
prestigious event. Entry for Standard Bearers will be free. It is anticipated that seating in the Cathedral will
be at a premium and the tickets in short supply. As a consequence, all Branches and Ex Service
organisations are encouraged to bid for tickets as soon as possible so suitable seating can be organised.
For more information please contact the RBL County Office, 66 Lemon St, TRURO TR1 2PN. Tel No:
11. MILES MORE MINUTES PHONE CARDS – A GREAT SUCCESS!
I am pleased to be able to pass on the following words of Squadron Leader Al Huyton who is currently
serving at Bastion Airfield in Afghanistan. Your efforts to raise funds for our Miles More Minutes phone card
campaign is greatly appreciated:
RAFA recently sent 20 £10 phone cards out to the Air Traffic Control Squadron at Camp Bastion; the cards
were given out to RAF personnel who had not received phone cards in the UK from their home bases and
have made such a difference to their morale. Just being remembered by someone other than family
members gives such a boost to the men and women working here, we are all very grateful for your
generosity and thought. RAFA does so much good every day for so many people; the voluntary work and
the collections in the streets does make a difference to the lives and welfare of personnel both at home and
abroad. The next time I see a RAFA collection box, a £10 note will be placed inside it to allow you to
remember another like me in theatre and I know I am not alone. From us all at Bastion ATC, thank you.
12. WIN A FLIGHT WITH THE BLADES – ANOTHER WAY TO SUPPORT OUR SERVING AND EX-RAF
Simply text WINGS to 70007. Entry costs £1 plus one message at your standard network rate. An average
of 87p will go towards the RAF Association which offers help and support to serving and ex-RAF personnel
and their families whenever they are in need. To find out more about The Blades click on this link
http://www.rafa.org.uk/news-headquarters.asp?id=811&start=0 Please pass this on to friends and family.
13. ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION BRANDING
As we correspond with Branches in the course of our work, we have become aware that many still use the
old format of RAF Association branding (swoosh logo; Comradeship, Welfare, Opportunities text, etc). It is
important that all Branches cease using these old formats and move to the newer format for all minutes,
correspondence and promotional materials. If any Branch is unsure what these are then please contact the
Area HQ and we can send you a copy of the corporate branding guidelines.
14. BATTLE OF BRITAIN SERVICE – WESTMINSTER ABBEY – SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2011
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 should make contact with Mr Pete Stockdale, Area Manager (South
East) by no later than Monday 15 August 2011. Tel: 020 8286 6667 or Email email@example.com.
15. LILIAN FAITHFULL HOMES – OPEN HOUSE
The 3 Lilian Faithfull Homes have been providing residential/nursing and dementia care for 65 years in
Cheltenham. The Royal Air Forces Association have had strong links with Lilian Faithfull Homes for many
years in that ex-RAF members and wives/husbands who may require some financial assistance to meet
care funds are aided with funding depending on personal circumstances. RAF veterans are currently
resident in these Homes. During Wings Week the Home is holding an Open House Coffee Morning on
Tuesday 13 September 2011 between 1015hrs and 1215hrs and are inviting RAFA members to attend and
have a look around. This will present an opportunity to discuss any future care requirements and financial
information if required. All proceeds will be donated to the Wings Appeal. The location of this Coffee
Morning is Astell, Overton Park Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3BT (Tel No: 01242-529012).
16. RAF ASSOCIATION CONCERT BAND RETURN TO SOLIHULL
You are advised that our RAFA Concert Band is returning to Solihull on Saturday 3 September to give yet
another first class performance. Solihull Branch welcomes you to join them in a Musical Tribute to Past and
present members of the RAF, to raise funds for Wings. The venue is Shirley Methodist Church at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from Mr Ken Jarvis on 0121-744-5116.
17. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
North Wales Region Meeting at Llangollen RAFA Club (2pm) – 13 August 2011.
North Cornwall RAFA Battle of Britain Service, King James Church, Kilkhampton (11am) – 4 September
Portreath RAFA Battle of Britain Service, St Mary’s Church, Portreath (2pm) – 7 September 2011.
East Glamorgan & Gwent Region Meeting at Bargoed RAFA Club (2pm) – 10 September 2011.
DCAE Cosford Battle of Britain Parade and Church Service – 11 September 2011.
Falmouth RAFA Battle of Britain Service, King Charles Church (1030am) – 11 September 2011.
Padstow RAFA Wreath Laying-at-Sea Service (5pm) – 11 September 2011.
Wolverhampton RAFA Battle of Britain Parade and Service – 18 September 2011.
Portscatho RAFA Battle of Britain Service (1030am) – 18 September 2011.
Northern (Midlands) Region Meeting at the Staffs County Staff Club (1215pm) – 28 September 2011.
Wiltshire Region Meeting at Swindon RAFA Club (1pm) – 1 October 2011.
Somerset Region Meeting at Weston-super-Mare Branch/Club (2.30pm) – 8 October 2011.
Cornwall Region Meeting at RBL Club, Truro (2pm) – 15 October 2011.
Mid Wales Region Meeting at Knighton RAFA Club (2pm) – 22 October 2011.
North Wales Region Meeting at RAF Valley (2pm) – 26 November 2011.
Northern (Midlands) Region Meeting at the Staffs County Staff Club (1215pm) – 30 November 2011.
Mid Wales Region Meeting at Brecon RAFA Club (2pm) – 24 March 2012.
North Wales Region Meeting at Wrexham RAFA Club (2pm) – 14 April 2012.
Any Regional Committee Meetings that are not listed, I’d be grateful for confirmation of dates/venues.
P R Baker
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