2012 News


Ivy Delivett Celebrates Her 90th Birthday in Style

Happy 90th Birthday Ivy

Ivy enjoyed a memorable birthday celebrating with friends and colleagues at a recent RAFA Branch Meeting. All those who attended wished Ivy 'Many Happy Returns' and enjoyed a slice of birthday cake, whilst our chairman, John Macpherson presented Ivy with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.


The Planting of the Norfolk Biffin Apple Tree at RAF Honington Garden of Remembrance

Thursday 6th December 2012

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Picture One:  Sqn Ldr P Willmot, OC Media and Support Squadron adds the first shovel of earth assisted by Mr Bill Neve during the planting ceremony of Norfolk Biffin Apple Tree in RAF Honington Garden of Remembrance on Thursday 6 December 2012.

Picture Two:  Mr and Mrs Neve planting Norfolk Biffin Apple Tree in Garden of Remembrance, RAF Honington on Thursday 6 December 2012 to commemorate HM Queen’s Diamond Jubilee assisted by Sqn Ldr P Willmot OC Media and Support Squadron.

Picture Three: Thetford and District RAFA Branch Group Photo during the planting of Norfolk Biffin Apple Tree (kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Neve)in RAF Honington Garden of Remembrance on Thursday 6 December 2012.



Cake Competition

The annual Christmas Cake Competition was held in the Sergeants Mess RAF Honington at 1015 hrs on Friday 7th  December 2012.  There were 20 expertly decorated cakes, of which 4 were decorated by RAFA Thetford & District members.  The competition was of a very high standard, and our cakes came in at 4th/5th/12th and 14th. A great effort by all concerned, and my thanks to our members who took out the time and effort to produce such a splendid display. The cakes will now go up for auction at 1730hrs in St Edmunds Church Honington on Monday 10th December 2012.  All proceeds from the auction will go to RAFA.  Many thanks to ISS RAF Honington for organising the event this year.

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East Wretham Memorial Service

East Wretham Memorial Service held on the 7th November 2012 to commemorate and pay tribute to the Czechoslovak (as it was then) and Polish personnel buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Plot at St Ethelbert's Church, East Wretham. The ceremony was well supported yet again and the weather was very good to us. Representatives from the Czech and Slovak Embassies, alongside RAF personnel from Honington, RAFA, RBL,The Free Czech Air Force,The Town Mayor and Councillors from Thetford, Seven Standard Bearers, Pipe Major from 1RTR, and John and Eileen Kitson who tend the War Graves throughout the year. The service was conducted by Canon Bob Baker and the Parade Marshall was Branch Secretary Ray Towler. Thanks to everyone who attended and especially the East Wretham Community and the wonderful tea ladies who looked after us all in the Local Community after the Ceremony.


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Apache Helicopter taken by Rob at the Families Day - 1st November 2012




Garden of Reflection at RAF Honington

Garden of Reflection at RAF Honington

October 2012

The Garden of Reflection at RAF Honington is looked after by members of the Thetford & District Branch and the Station Warrant Officers (SWO) party.

Recently this group of young men planted 1500 daffodil bulbs along with the many other bulbs planted in this area over the past 3 years.

In the spring this area is a lovely sight to see.



RAFALO Quiz Night - 18th October 2012

RAFA Liaison Officers Quiz Night

The Royal Air Forces Association Liaison Officers (RAFALO) Quiz Night was held at RAF Honington on the 18th October 2012. Nine RAFA teams in the local area entered with an overall attendance 140 personnel. Thetford & District Branch were the eventual winners by just 1/2 point! but we won for the first time for a number of years, well done to the team. 

The photo shows Vanessa Love proudly hold up the winning trophy. RAFALO's did a great job on the night, as they have done throughout the year collecting money for RAFA, and during the evening they presented each RAFA Branch with a cheque for £56.



Opening of the Computer Suite in the TG Lounge on 16th July 2012

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Armed Forces Day 30th June 2012, in Thetford Market Place

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Picture 1:  Branch members - Armed Forces Day

Picture 2:  Salute to our Armed Forces, Thetford 30 June 2012

Picture 3:  Volunteers manning the RAFA Stand, Armed Forces Day 30 June 2012