Branch No.1159
Branch Charity No.1070716

R.A.F.A. Dedication

"In friendship and in service one to another, we are pledged to keep alive the memory of those of all nations who died in the Royal Air Force and in the Air Forces of the Commonwealth. In their
name we give ourselves to this noble cause, proudly and thankfully we will remember them."

 

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 North Weald 75th Battle of Britain Anniversary Commemoration
On Sunday 12th July, five members of the branch attended the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Commemoration at North Weald Airfield. The weather was dull and cloudy with just one short sharp shower of rain which temporarily disrupted the flying display, but otherwise, it was a most enjoyable day. As well as the flying display, including the spitfire and hurricane from the B of B Memorial Flight, there were static displays including the Hertfordshire and Essex Air Ambulances, classic cars and bikes and historic military vehicles and re- enactors. In the arena performances were given by local dancing groups, a massed ATC band, the Epping Forest Pipe Band, judo and acrobatic mountain bikes.
The arena was full at the sunset ceremony. There were representatives of the RAF, the RAFA, the RBL, and the ATC. The salute was taken by Air Marshal Sir Roger Austin KCB President of the RAFA, South East and Eastern Area.

 
The Sunset Ceremony

 

Armed Forces Weekend
Pictured below are John Dicks, our new Wings Organiser, and member Don Mead, who, along with 6 other members of the branch, collected an amazing 2293.23 for Wings over the Armed Forces Weekend at Asda, Watford. Beverley, Communities Manager at Asda, was delighted with our result and has featured us in the Asda Communities website. Well done John and his team. A fantastic result."

 

Funeral of Ian Holmes
Members of RAFA Abbots and Kings Langley Branch and British Legion Abbots Langley attended West Herts Crematorium on 2nd June to pay their final respects to Ian Holmes, who was a well loved and respected member of both organisations.
Ian was a regular attendee at our Branch meetings and was a great supporter of our outings. He had a very keen interest in the RAF and aviation generally and was very knowledgeable on such matters. His background was as an engineer and vehicle body builder. Ian worked at Benskin’s Brewery in Watford for many year and built horse drays for beer delivery and mobile bars for outside functions.
The service was conducted by the Reverend David Warner of St Lawrence Abbots Langley and the coffin appropriately entered to the tune of the the RAF March Past. Moving tributes were given by a close friend and a member of the family. The RAFA and British Legion standards were lowered at the committal. A reception was held at the Royal Oak at Kitters Green where members enjoyed talking about Ian with the family. Rest in Peace Ian.

 

The arrival of the hearse with escort

The standard bearers salute the coffin

 

Annual Area Conference 2015
Eight members of the branch attended the Annual Area Conference at Potters in Norfolk in March. It was a most enjoyable weekend with a range of very interesting and informative speakers. Certificates were presented to branches for various achievements. Pictured below are Branch Treasurer, Trevor Hayes receiving the Small Branch Efficiency Certificate and Pat Hayes, Honorary Welfare Officer and Social Secretary receiving the certificate for achieving over 10,000 collected for Wings, presented by Air Marshal Sir Roger Austin, RAFA President for the South East and Eastern Area. Geoff Elmes paraded the Standard on behalf of the Branch.

 

Royal Air Forces Association Abbots and Kings Langley and Royal British Legion Abbots Langley Joint Games Night

On the evening of 2nd March ten members of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Abbots and Kings Langley Branch joined the Royal British Legion (RBL) Abbots Langley at the Trowley Rise Working Men’s Club for a joint games night. The visitors were made very welcome by Pam Lewis and her members and after settling in quickly got down to the serious business of competing for the challenge cup held by the RBL. There were some keenly contested matches involving darts, cribbage, skittles and shove ha’penny. Some members learnt knew skills whilst others displayed hard earned lifetime experience.
At the interval for the excellent refreshments provided by members, the teams were running neck and neck and all depended on the final game of cribbage. The RAFA team played to the occasion and won by a single point.
The cup was kindly presented by Councillor Chris Lloyd, the Chair of Three Rivers District Council who had joined us for the evening (see photo above).
Members of the RBL and RAFA were all agreed that it was a really enjoyable evening and look forward to the next joint meeting.

 

Branch Visit to RAF Halton

A group of 17 members from the Abbots and Kings Langley Branch RAFA had a most interesting and enjoyable visit to RAF Halton recently. Included in the visit were Halton House, the Trenchard Museum and the recently opened James Mc Cudden Flight Heritage Centre. The house was magnificent and the guide, Trixie Brabner, was most informative and knowledgeable. A very welcome tea break was followed by a short car journey to the Trenchard Museum. The guide there informed the group that it was male dominated and there was not much to interest the ladies. The ladies had to disagree with that statement as there were a wealth of interesting items to hold their attention. The visit ended with a short walk to the new Heritage Centre, with the flight simulator being the "icing on the cake" and several members took to the controls. All in all, a fantastic place to visit."


Member Pam Grey in the Trenchard Museum

Branch Chairman John Rose on a personal guided tour
in the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre

Branch Treasurer Trevor Hayes at the controls of the Chipmunk Flight Simulator in the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre. (and he did manage to land safely)
 
Members and friends at RAF Halton House
 
 

An Honours Award Evening was held on 18th December 2014 at Watford Grammar School for Boys to recognise the excellent efforts of the cadets of 2(F) Squadron ATC, Leavesden, throughout the year.

During 2014,the cadets raised a very impressive 2390.70 towards the Wings Appeal total for the Abbots and Kings Langley Branch of RAFA. The majority of this sum was raised during three days' of collecting at the ASDA store in Watford. As a thank you, and in recognition of their efforts, Branch Chairman, Group Captain John Rose OBE, presented certificates of appreciation to 17 cadets, some of whom are pictured, with John. He also presented trophies to the three cadets who raised the greatest individual amounts. The recipients of these were Flt Sgt Zandes, Cadet Donnelly and Cadet Selvakkumar.
As a token of appreciation, a cheque for 500 from the Abbots and Kings Langley Branch RAFA was presented, by John, to 2(F) OC, Squadron leader Simon Cooper RAFVR(T), to purchase equipment for the Squadron which was gratefully received." This was raised by holding a coffee morning in the village and a "Bring and Buy" sale.


Cadet Donnelly and Cadet Selvakkumar. (In the centre of the picture).


Cheque Presentation

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RAFA Abbots Langley & Kings Langley Branch
2014 Committee

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