Hants, Dorset & IOW Branch
RAFPA will be holding their Branch Meeting on Wednesday, 24th January 2018 at
11.00 hrs. Sgts Mess DSPG Southwick Park,
Branch members who have not been
in touch, please note your attendance is required re continuance of the
RAFPA NW Branch - Meeting & Sunday Lunch - 21st January 2018
The next meeting of the RAF Police Association NW Branch
will take place at the Plas Hafod Hotel, Gwernymynydd, Mold CH7 5JS on 21st
January 2018 at 12.30pm with lunch starting at 1pm. We discussed alternative
venues at the AGM and there are a couple of potential locations in the
Cheshire/North Wales area which will be checked out over the coming months.
Wives, partners and non-members are more than welcome to attend lunch at 1pm.
Please let Paul Donovan (Branch Secretary) know if you would like to attend by
18th January. Contact details are email@example.com or 07843 284297.
The menu can be found here: https://plashafod.co.uk/food/menus/sunday-lunch/.
Ten years have passed .......as have Gordon and Norman.RIP
Presentation of EMB Standard at a Branch meeting
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their Festive Lunch held at the Buffers
Nr Leeds .
A Formal Branch Meeting was convened after the
lunch to elect a Branch Treasurer the office being vacant due to Mike Roberts
the former Treasurer who due to urgent domestic circumstances has returned to
his native Suffolk.
There were no volunteers for the post..
Branch Secretary agreed in the interim, and subject to Caveats he proposed and
which were agreed by the members . His appointment was seconded and carried
main event to celebrate/commemorate the centenary of the foundation of the RAF,
will take place in Central London, on Tuesday 10 July 2018. There will be a
service in Westminster Abbey, parade along the Mall, 100 aircraft flypast,
presentation of a new Colour and reception on Horse Guards Parade.
The RAF Police Association
has been given 6 places for this very long, but equally prestigious event.
Branches nominated volunteers and the following members were the first to be
drawn “out of the hat”. Here they are in alphabetical order:
Brian Burgess (North
Jeremy Fenton (Scot & NI)
Brian Flinn (Wilts)
Brendan O’Neill (Hants & Dorset)
Bill Veazey (London
We wish them the very best and
hope to spot them during the TV coverage of this historic
27/10/17Members at their monthly lunch and meeting Nr RAF DISHFORD on 25th Oct 2017.
Six members and their partners had to call in sick, having somehow collected a very debilitating
virus. Fortunately all are on the way to recovery.
Despite low number a raffle raised £30 towards their chosen charity.
27th September sixteen members of the North Yorkshire Branch held their
monthly meet and lunch at the Engine Shed Restaurant Pickering,
Veteran former Royal Air Force Police members at their monthly lunch and
meeting held at The Crosby Inn near Northallerton on 23rd August. A rather
unusual day in that much rain fell in the morning causing Flash Flooding in
areas as diverse as Pontefract, Leeds and parts of York resulting in some
members having to cancel. Nevertheless for those that did make it a enjoyable
meal, a pleasant afternoon chat inter spaced by the contributions from our own
raconteur Terry Clamp.
Members present and absent donated a further £60.00p
bringing the total to £210.00p from members of the NYB for donation to the
Sponsored Tandem Parachute Jump to be done by Chris Gangel on the 5th Sept
in aid of BLESMA , the charity which supports limbless and injured Veterans
from Chris: Thank you Ken, that is absolutely fabulous. I am
indebted to you and all your branch members. I can tell you that as at
last night, assuming all others who have offered sponsorship do so the
figure so far reached is £1495 and 91p. To back this up Wasps RFC do
not doindividual sponsorship but are letting me put a box in the
ticketing office and the manager is confident that all of her staff
will contribute. Also people in and around our seats have also offered
donations at the next home game on Sat 2nd September. Newark TownHall
staff are also collecting and private donations are promised from
Harrisons of Lowdham, the main Peugeot dealers.
I am also attending
a branch meeting of the local Para Rgt Assn ( Bill Booth is an honorary
member) and have been invited to an evening at our local MP's place
where he is thanking his helpers fromthe last election (yes I played a
very small part) and he has promised to twist the arms of party members.
All in all things are going to plan, but once again many many thanks.
From the forum for those who can't access it: Whilst little activity has appeared on the website, activities behind the scenes
have continued at a great rate and I am grateful to everyone who has supported
me so far. It would be very remiss of me if I did not mention the fantastic
efforts of Ken Turner and colleagues at the North Yorkshire Branch of the
Association who have pledged in excess of £200 and all at the East Midlands
Branch who individually handed over £141. Wonderful support from ex
colleagues! The site has been updated today but with outstanding promises due
after jump completion the current status is that my target has been reached, and
that's with just over a week to go All the more reason to push harder. There is
time for those who so wish , to make a donation either on line or by phone as
shown on the site in the meantime my heartfelt thanks to all who have supported
me in this venture, in particular wife Nicky and Sophie my 6yr old
granddaughter, a conjunction of apprehension and amusement. Chris
24 Members of the North Yorkshire Branch Veterans at their monthly meeting
and lunch, which took place at the BUFFERS P H and Restaurant SCHOLES L15 4AL
Shown standing our Chairman Allen in his role as Orderly
Officer saying to Norman "Any Complaints" whilst Gordon is desperately
searching for lumps in his custard. The ladies and Alan Smith seem more than
happy with theirs , no complaints.
highlight of the meeting was members agreed to sponsor Chris Gangel who has
volunteered to make a 'Tandem Parachute Jump ' with the Red Devils on 5th
September 2017 to raise money in support of BLESMA The Limbless Veterans
Charity ( Details available at www.rafpa.com)
It was agreed that £50 be donated from Branch
funds . Members then donated £80 via way of a raffle. The Venue proprietor
Darren Bennet , himself a ex Snowdrop generously donated £20 so altogether
£150.00p for Chris.
Chairman Allen King thanked
all for their generosity.
Further funding for
Chris will continue.
Submitted by Ken.T.
21st June 2017 The North Yorkshire Branch of the Royal Air Force Police
Association held their 17th Annual General Meeting at the 'Victoria Inn '
There were no changes at our 'Top Table' . All existing officers
were re-elected to serve a further term.
Leader and Chairman, Mr Allen King ably assisted by chairman of vice Mr Jim
Gunn Vice Chairman. The Bean Counter and Treasurer Mr Mike Roberts now believed
in his 16th year. Scribe and Secretary, Mr Ken Turner.
Presiding over us
our two sages Mr George Denny, BEM MSM with Brian Burrows sat in the smaller
chair as Vice President.
10th June, eighteen members of the East Midlands Branch stood behind
their tables and sold donated items at our Annual Jumble Sale.
The pictures show,
1 The team setting up on Friday evening. Two hours of hard work.
2 The team ready to start at 11.00 today
3 Goods ready to sell
4. The limited numbers arrive to spend their money.
The weather was not kind to us and buyers were not as many as there had
been on previous years.
However in a little over an hour we raised £320 for our Branch funds.
There will be more money to come from the sale of 'rags' on Monday.
Well done to all who donated and more so to those regular volunteers
who came to sell the many and varied articles.
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch. (The Veteran Tykes) at their Anchor Inn
Wednesday 24th. Principle picture and holding the card is John
Fields who has recently celebrated his 90th Birthday.
John is our oldest
active member and has been a staunch Branch Member for many years.
Details of East Midlands Branch Lunches
On Thursday 18th
May 22 members of the East Midlands Branch visited the Defence Animal Centre on the
outskirts of Melton Mowbray. It was a visit arranged by one of our members Ray
Foster who lives in Melton.
We were met for tea and
coffee by WO Woolman-Lane and Sgt Jepson who escorted us all day.
We spent a couple of hours in
the morning in the Equine and Farrier sections of this large site.
Lunch ,was served, by our two
hosts, in the Sgt’s Mess.
We spent the afternoon with
the various sections of the dog training section.
Fascinating is the only word
to describe the advancement in the training these animals.
No chains and shouts of
“Heel” just quiet and gentle training.
We even had a dog in only its
fifth week of training doing everything that was asked of it.
A very enjoyable six hours
outside in the sunshine.
The grave of Sefton - gravely wounded in the Hyde Park bombings
Today the East Midlands Branch held their bi-monthly Sunday lunch at "The
Thatch" in Bottesford, organised by Bill Bennett.
A gloriously hot day, in cool surroundings
Could not get everyone In the pictures so "Sorry" to John Limb, Dave Lane
& John Parkes.
Thanks Bill for organising today
it's a pity a number of members did not turn up but it's not the first time
and I am sure it won't be the last !!!
Our NMA Commemorative Memorial
Coin has arrived, photo below. The coins will be on sale at the Snowdrop
Parade in March, the AGM in April and at the dedication Parade in
The 10th Anniversary Coins are
a Limited Edition of 100 and are £10 each. However if sales go well we will have
the opportunity to get more delivered. All profits to go to the RAFP Memorial
I have had several requests
from members who can’t attend the events advertised to purchase the RAFP
Memorial Commemorative Coin and have asked for the coins to be sent by
Today I have ordered a number
of jiffy bags and had examples weighed at the Post Office. The Coins cost £10
each and the P & P is as follows; 1 x Coin = £2.50. 2 x Coins = £
Please make cheques payable to
the RAFPA (EMB). All profits to go to the RAFP Memorial
Please send your order to Mr
P E Fitchett, 33 Linton Road, Rosliston, Derbyshire DE12
For the East Midland Branch
members who are attending the Sunday Lunch at Ashmore’s Restaurant in Radcliffe
Sunday 12th February 2017, you will have the opportunity to purchase
the coins from me there.
If anyone wishes to purchase
more than 2 Coins please contact me for the P & P.
East Midlands Branch Awards
North Yorkshire Branch of the Royal Air Force Police Association , Alias 'The
at their belated Christmas Lunch held at The Crosby Inn ,
Thornton - le - Beans
Blind veteran from Heathfield joins Remembrance Sunday march
Read more at: http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/blind-veteran-from-heathfield-joins-remembrance-sunday-march-1-7666792
‘Snowdrops’ pay visit to trust office
Left to right: Archie Heath, Diana Levantine, Dave Hilton, Claire Stubbs, Tony Harbour and Elizabeth Stuart
The Sussex Snowdrop Trust’s Walberton office was visited by members of
the South Downs branch of the Royal Air Force Police Association. The
idea for the visit, which took place on Friday, September 23, was the
similarity in names - the charity, having ‘snowdrop’ in its name, and
all RAF Police were known in the services as ‘Snowdrops’, due to the
white tops of their hats.
Tony Harbour presents the cap to Diana Levantine
developed into making this charity one of the branch’s annual
donations. Each year the South Downs branch select a number of
charities to support and this year five were chosen, one of them being
association members who attended were Dave Hilton, Tony Harbour, Archie
Heath and Jim Spiers. They were welcomed by Diana Levantine, chairman
and co-founder, Elizabeth Stuart, office manager, and Claire Stubbs,
office administrator. The charity manager, Ashley Kuchanny, could not
cheque for £200 was handed over together with an RAFPolice white topped
cap, and the RAFPA members received very appropriate snowdrop badges.
It is hoped that the two groups will get together in the future for
further fund raising. The Sussex Snowdrop Trust helps local families
cope with the day to day problems of caring for a child, diagnosed with
a life threatening or terminal illness. The RAF Police Association
brings together men and women who have served in the RAF Police, be it
as national service or as a regular.
Read more at: http://www.bognor.co.uk/news/snowdrops-pay-visit-to-trust-office-1-7611466
East Midlands Branch meetings
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch having their June
lunch, the venue being the former 'Railway Station ' at Scholes Nr
The lunch was followed by their 16th Annual General
Taken from our Forum dated 28/6/16:
Guys, Earlier today I emailed all National
Officers, Trustees and Branch Secretaries with the October ECM date and
location. I further requested that consideration be given to the subject matter
for that meeting. Whilst I appreciate there might be reservation about the
"new kids on the block" (my terminology) and the issues within the
Association given the differences of the previous year, I would urge all of you
to contact your local Branch Secretary and make your voices heard where there
are matters of concern to you. I cannot guarantee solutions (let alone provide
solutions agreeable to all parties), but I can guarantee that the meeting
agenda will be constructed without fear or favour of any point of view or issue
raised. Regards Jeremy (Fenton), National Secretary.
are the 15 volunteers from the EMB who turned up at the Radcliffe on
Trent RBL last night to set up the goods and again today to serve the
paying public at our annual jumble sale.
We opened the doors at 11.00 and closed them at 12.15.
During that time took £516 !!!!!
of the clothing stock not sold will go to a reclamation yard on Monday
to be weighed and sold. I estimate we will receive about £60+. Let’s
wait and see.
The other items not sold were collected by a charity
worker who collects on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Police who then
store, transport and distribute to a European charity.
Well done to all volunteers involved.
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their May Luncheon . This time near
Thirsk in the North Riding of the County.
The handsome young
couple,are Terry and Eunice Clamp a early 50's veteran of Fontainbleu.
At the EMB meeting last Saturday a presentation was made, by
Trevor Evans on behalf of the branch, to John & Mary Curtis in
recognition for all the work that John has carried out on behalf of the
National RAFPA over the last 30 years and the Branch since its
formation 20 years ago.
John has now relinquished all official duties and we wish him, and Mary, good health for the future.
On behalf of all members of the North Yorkshire Branch , may I add our Gratitude and Thanks
to that of Trevor's for all the work you and your Team at EMB
have done over the years on behalf and furtherance of the RAF Police
In its sixteen years the records of this branch show show that
EMB have always been at the forefront and have been the Backbone of the
RAF Police Association.
We hope you have taught your apprentice well.
I have just been informed, that Stalwart Supporter and long time Branch
Member John Barford has been admitted to the Stroke Unit of Scarborough
Hospital (Saturday) John is suffering on his RH side. Information is
scant at the moment for further details, when available contact myself
or the Chairman.
We all wish John a speedy recovery.
John was visited today 15/3/16 in Scarborough Hospital by a Branch Member
He is cheerful enough in himself , the Stroke has affected his right
hand side causing him to loose grip with his right hand and it has also
affected his right leg. Also affected has been his throat and his
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During the night of the 15/16th February 1944 a
Short Stirling (EF271) of 199 Squadron took off from RAF Lakenheath on
a S.O.E. mission to drop supplies to the resistance in the South West
of France. For reasons unknown the plane crashed at Boirac in the
Dordogne. All seven of the crew were killed and are now buried in Mazargues War Cemetery, 6 kms south west of Marseilles. Each
year on the 16th February at 11am a commemoration is held in memory of
the seven airmen at the War Memorial at Grun-Bordas which includes a
plaque in their honour. John Reid attended this ceremony on behalf of
RAFPA and photographs can be viewed at http://st-mike.com/remembrance.htm
Members of North Yorkshire Branch at their Christmas Lunch
next meeting of the North East Branch will be at 12 noon on Saturday 14
November 2015 at the Gateshead Bowling Green Club. Following the
meeting at 1 p.m. a reception is being held to celebrate the
appointment of our Branch Member Mr John W Twigger by the President of
the Republic of France to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National
de la legion d’hononeur. Members of the Association are invited to
attend if within the area. The official presentation of the insignia
will be held locally early in 2016 by a member of the French Embassy.
Pictures of the event - 17/11/15 - 30/11/15 - local newspaper report
NW Branch RAFPA at the Holyhead Field of Remembrance today. Sunny day
thankfully. No representation from RAF Valley again. Thats Two
Remembrance day events they have failed to attend (Not at VJ Day
either). Poor show from the RAF I think. Mark Johnson
No 10 Table, Members of the Royal
Air Force Police Association at their Annual Gathering held at the
Southview Park Hotel Skegness on 30-31st October. This being the 6th
year of this very popular event.
Hosted by the East Midland Branch , Planned and Executed by that well known team , John Curtis and John Limb.
A Social Event not to be missed, one hundred members attended this year.
Next years Gathering will be held at the same venue over the weekend 4-5th November.
Full costing and booking details to be published.
DSPG Netheravon Flight Parade
I was honoured to receive the RAFPA trophy today for best GPD. Please find an attached photograph.
Cpl A Bell
to Michael Soulsby (Mick) a member of the North East Branch who has
recently received a commission into the RAF Volunteer Reserve Training
Branch. Mick joined the Royal Air Force in June 1985 and served at
various stations throughout the UK and at Bruggen in Germany,
completing his service at RAF Scampton in 1992. On his demob he joined
Northumbria Police and is still a serving officer. He is currently a
Sergeant with The Roads Policing Unit and holds the position of Senior
Mick keeps in regular contact with the RAF Police stationed at RAF
Boulmer, with regards to road safety and also has a close liaison on
matters of mutual interests.
Mick has been a active member of the Air Training Corps at their
squadron based at Wideopen, Newcastle upon Tyne. The squadron (No.861)
was recently voted the best in the Durham/Northumberland Wing. It was
selected to represent the region in 2014 and again in 2015 for the Sir
Alan Lees Trophy Competition. The Squadron is proudly placed in the top
6% in the Air Training Corps in the United Kingdom.
Congratulations to John Twigger, who today received from the French Government the Legion Of Honour.
John was born in Birmingham on the 28th February 1923. Aged 17 years
when the war broke out and at that was employed as a messenger for the
Fire Service, before he joined the RAF Police
John landed on Arromanches beach in Normandy on D-day plus 1 where he
was responsible for a number of duties including the security of
Germany prisoners and the burial of those killed in action. He was
later seconded to drive an ambulance after the drive became ill and a
number of other important tasks.
John met his future wife, Connie, whilst serving in Germany and had 65 years of a happy marriage.
Connie was employed with the Royal Artillery as an ack-ack gunner and
John is very proud of having in his possession the telegram that she
received from Field Marshal Montgomery, on her demob, thanking her for
John spent the next 4 years in Germany returning in 1948 to RAF Acklington as the Station Sergeant.
He at present resides at Newton Aycliff, Co. Durham and is an active
member of the North East Branch attending the majority of the meetings
and other branch functions. We are all so proud of him.
Members of North Yorkshire Branch at their October Meet and Lunch held at The Buffers
Public House & Restaurant Scholes NR Leeds on 21st Oct.
Blind veterans take on zipwire for charity
DAREDEVIL blind veterans took on a zip wire challenge to help raise funds for the charity which has helped them.
The eight-strong team descended 120 feet from the top Blind Veterans UK's main building at Ovingdean, Brighton.
They were among 200 people helping to raise more than £7,000 for the charity, which supports blind ex-servicemen and women.
One of the veterans taking part on the daredevil ride was Tony Harbour, 80, from Saltdean.
Mr Harbour was part of the RAF police from 1953 until 1961 and was stationed in Gibraltar and the UK.
he left the RAF he finished his apprenticeship and degree in electrical
engineering and moved to Brighton where he started up his own business.
of his work involved working on Blind Veterans UK properties, which are
adapted for veterans with sight loss so they can live independently.
After volunteering for the charity for almost 20 years, Mr Harbour was diagnosed as suffering from glaucoma himself.
He had several unsuccessful operations to try and help with his sight but was registered blind in 2009.
Harbour said: “When I lost my sight I found myself in a black hole that
I didn’t know how to get out of. I wasn’t myself and I did not want to
know the world.
so glad that I knew about Blind Veterans UK and I can’t tell you how
much they have helped me. They’ve given me my independence back.”
Harbour was joined by other members of his local RAF Police Association
for the zip wire challenge and he and the group have raised thousands
of pounds for Blind Veterans UK over the last few years.
Earlier this year he abseiled down The Grand hotel in Brighton and raised more than £1,000.
Harbour said: “The adrenaline really was pumping on the zip wire. The
Marines at the top were absolutely brilliant and we had a real laugh
was fantastic and I would do it again any time. The most important
thing is that a lot of money was raised for a brilliant charity in
Blind Veterans UK.”
For more details about the charity, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk.
On Sunday 11th
October the East Midlands Branch bi-monthly Sunday lunch was held
at the Hostess, Sookholme near Mansfield hosted by Dave and Joyce
Lane. There were 32 members who occupied four tables at this large
dining venue and ate, and enjoyed a three course meal with
Owing to ill health TWO vacancies have arisen for the RAFPA ‘Get
Together’ at the Warner’s Hotel at Alveston, Cheshire in January.