2014 NEWS

Tidying Up The Garden of Reflection at RAF Honington - Wednesday 19th November 2014

The photo shows 3 stalwart members of the Thetford & District a Branch, Frank, Bill and Paul, helping out tidying up the Garden of Reflection at RAF Honington on Wednesday 19th November. Over many years our Branch has planted many bulbs and helped to maintain the garden, purely on a voluntary basis, alongside the SWO's party, after the garden was donated to RAF Honington from Sandringham Estate. 2 other members are missing from the photo, John taking the picture, and Nigel, who was engaged with other RAFA work at the time.

 

Tidying Up The Garden of Reflection at RAF Honington - Wednesday 19th November 2014

 


 

RAFA Branch Helping out at the RAF Honington Xmas Fayre - Friday 14th November 2014

The photo shows Bill, John and Ray flying the RAFA flag and helping out at the RAF Honington Xmas Fayre held at the Community Centre on the 14th November. The Fayre was held between the hours of 1000hrs to 1400hrs, and an enjoyable few hours was spent by all.

 

RAFA Branch Helping Out at the RAF Honington Xmas Fayre - Friday 14th November 2014

 


 

The Town Mayor of Thetford laid a wreath at Thetford Memorial on the 11th November 2014

 

The Town Mayor of Thetford laid a wreath at Thetford Memorial on the 11th November 2014

 


 

John Wood, RBL Standard Bearer, at the RBL Concert in Thetford on Friday 9th November

 

John Wood, RBL Standard Bearer, at the RBL Concert in Thetford on Friday 9th November

 


 

RAFA Plaque Handing Over - Tuesday 11th November 2014

The picture shows Ray Towler (Hon Sec RAFA Thetford) handing over a RAFA plaque to Anne McHarg (Chairperson Handicaps & Competitions) of the Thetford Golf Club in appreciation of a cheque of £100 raised by the golf club during competitions throughout the year. The money will be put towards Wings Appeal and forwarded to RAFA Central HQ with other money raised to help towards the welfare for serving and ex-service personnel and their dependants.

 

RAFA Plaque Handing Over - Tuesday 11th November 2014

 


 

Bridgham Memorial Service - Sunday 9th November 2014

These pictures show the Bridgham Memorial Service held on Sunday 9th November. Members of RAFA, the RBL, and local community of Bridhham attended this service. Ray laid a wreath on behalf of RAFA.

 

Bridgham Memorial Service - Sunday 9th November 2014

 


 

Remembrance Parade in Thetford - Sunday 9th November 2014

This collage of photo's show members of RAFA Thetford & District, RBL Thetford and local ATC and CCF personnel at the Remembrance Parade in Thetford on Sunday 9th November.

 

Remembrance Parade in Thetford - Sunday 9th November 2014

 


 

East Wretham Memorial Service - Wednesday 5th November 2014

The photo's shows the Town Mayor of Thetford, Chairman of Breckland Council, Chief of Staff RAF Honington, Colonel's from the Defence Attaché from the Czech, Slovak and Polish Embassies in London, The Free Czech Association, members of RAFA Thetford and other dignitaries attending the East Wretham Memorial Service on Wednesday 5th November 2014.  The bagpiper on the day was Our good friend David and the final picture shows Michelle presenting a RAFA Plaque to a representative of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic.

 

East Wretham Memorial Service - Wednesday 5th November 2014

 


 

Six Monthly Quiz with Nine RAFA Branches and RAFALO's at RAF Honington - 28th October 2014

The RAFALO's at RAF Honington hosted the 6 monthly quiz which included 9 RAFA Branches from the local area. It was a great night, well contested and eventually won by the Station Executives from RAF Honington, having won after a tie-break question against Bury-St-Edmunds, Thetford came a respectable joint third. Many thanks go to the Station RAFALO's, who handed over cheques of £125 to each Branch for Wings Appeal, money which they had raised throughout the year for the benefit of the Royal Air Forces Association. The picture shows members of the Thetford team.

 

Six Monthly Quiz with Nine RAFA Branches and RAFALO's at RAF Honington

 


 

History of RAF Honington Outing - Friday 24th October 2014

Members of RAFA Thetford, RBL Thetford, ProBus and many good friends had a very pleasant and entertaining outing to RAF Honington on Friday 24th October. All enjoyed a Presentation on the History of RAF Honington, a visit to the Jimmy James Hangar to view the Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 1/14, then on for a good meal in the excellent Airmen's Mess and after that a visit to the new and outstanding Heritage Centre finally finishing up for welcome cup of tea/ coffee and biscuits in the Sergeants Mess.

Our thanks go out to the Station Commander and Station RAFALO's for a day to be remembered, and wish all personnel, and new airmen who have recently qualified to serve in the Royal Air Force Regiment and earned the right to wear the coveted Corps ''Flash,'' the best for the future.

 

History of RAF Honington Outing - Friday 24th October 2014

 


 

Happy Birthday Margaret Barratt

The picture shows Margaret Barratt celebrating part of her birthday at '' The Terrier'' in Thetford on the 17th October. Margaret's actual birthday is on the 18th October. Happy Birthday Margaret and have a great day, and best wishes from us all.

 

Happy Birthday Margaret Barratt

 


 

Farewell to Mick Luke - 9th October 2014

The picture shows Mick Luke (on the right) being presented with a farewell present at a Top Table at RAF Honington on the 9th October. Apart from many things during his RAF career, Mick has been a RAFALO and Standard Bearer for the Thetford Branch, and having just retired from the RAF, has decided to settle in Thetford, which is great news for our Branch as he has willingly volunteered to carry on as our Standard Bearer. We all wish Mick and Debs the best for the future, and many happy days being involved with the RAFA.

 

Farewell to Mick Luke - 9th October 2014

 


 

The SSAFA Big Brew - Monday 6th October 2014

The SSAFA Big Brew was held in the Jimmy James Hangar at RAF Honington on Monday 6th October 2014. The picture shows some of the members of the RAFA Thetford Branch who came along to assist SSAFA with the serving of the cakes, of which many were baked by wives and members of the Branch theirselves. It was a very good turnout by RAF Honington personnel who supported the occasion by buying lots of delicious cakes with all proceeds going to SSAFA.

 

The SSAFA Big Brew - Monday 6th October 2014

 


 

Santon Downham Car Boot - Sunday 5th October 2014

The picture shows Tony Higginbottom, Nigel King and John Macpherson who had a good morning at the Santon Downham Car Boot sale On Sunday 5th October. Monies raised went to Branch Funds. It was an early rise for Sunday, but well worth it, just to see the lovely morning turning into a beautiful day at this charming little village.

 

Santon Downham Car Boot - Sunday 5th October 2014

 


 

RAF Honington 20th 10K Race - Wednesday 1st October 2014

RAF Honington held its twenty second 10K race on Wednesday 1st October, and the picture below shows a husband and wife team, Rob & Juliet Tillyard (Rob being a member of the Thetford RAFA Branch) just before the start. In the background is Ray Towler, Secretary of RAFA Thetford manning the small RAFA Gazebo, with the photo being taken by the Chairman of the Branch. RAFA HQ have sponsored this race for many years with assistance from the Thetford & District Branch.

 

RAF Honington 20th 10K Race - Wednesday 1st October 2014

 

Another photo of John & Ray, with 10k race contestant Juliet Tillyard

 

RAF Honington 20th 10K Race - Wednesday 1st October 2014

 


 

Preparing For The Battle of Britian Wings Appeal Band Concert - 27th September 2014

The picture shows members of the Thetford & District Branch preparing the Carnegie Room in Thetford for the Battle of Britain Wings Appeal Band Concert which was held on the 27th September.' The evening was a great success with music supplied by the Taverham Band and it's Musical Director Ian Colman. All proceeds for ticket sales went to Wings Appeal, and money collected for the raffle went to Branch Funds.


Thanks go to those members who worked very hard before, during and after the event to make the whole occasion the success it was.

 

Preparing For The Battle of Britian Wings Appeal Band Concert - 27th September 2014

 


 

Newly Opened Swimming Pool at RAF Honington - 25th September 2014

The picture below shows the newly opened swimming pool at RAF Honington on the 25th September 2014. The swimming pool now becomes part of a presentation about 'The History of RAF Honington' which is given to visitors, mainly RAFA Associations or Royal British Legion, by Ray Towler and John Macpherson of RAFA Thetford. The swimming pool is acknowledged as a great success, having being built on time and within budget, displaying a magnificent arena for competitions, keeping fit personnel, gentle swimmers and the Regional Rehabilitation Unit stationed at RAF Honington.

 

Newly Opened Swimming Pool at RAF Honington - 25th September 2014Newly Opened Swimming Pool at RAF Honington - 25th September 2014

 


 

Battle of Britain Weekend - Saturday 20th September 2014

Members of the RAFA Thetford Branch and RAF Honington personnel, alongside cadets from 1109 ATC (Thetford) Sqn and SSAFA, all assisted at the Branch Stand in the Thetford Market Square on Saturday 20th September for Battle of Britain weekend. The photo shows members alongside the 'Name the Bear' winner. On Sunday there was a great turnout by members and people from the local community for the Battle of Britain Service in St Cuthbert's Church Thetford. Overall a very busy but satisfying and memorable weekend.

 

Battle of Britain Weekend

 


 

Battle of Britain Service - Monday 15th September 2014

Members of the Thetford & District Branch attended the Battle of Britain Service in Norwich on Monday 15th September. It was a memorable day out, which included a lovely service in the St Peter Mancroft Church, a great flypast by a Spitfire and good food and company in The Assembly House in Norwich. Cpl Vicky Stewart represented our Branch as Standard Bearer.

 

Battle of Britain Service - Monday 15th September 2014

 


 

Barnham Fete - Sunday 14th September 2014

The photo shows members of the Thetford & District Branch at the Barnham Fete on Sunday 14th September. A considerable amount of money was raised for Wings Appeal and it was good to have Alex from Look East in attendance. Alex opened the event which turned out to be a great success. The weather was fine and a large crowd all seemed to enjoy the occasion.

 

Barnham Fete - Sunday 14th September 2014

 

The winner of ' Name the Bear' at the Barnham Fete on Sunday 14th September, alongside members of our Branch.

 

Barnham Fete - Sunday 14th September 2014

 


 

Members of RAFA Thetford & District Branch collecting for Wings Appeal in Sainsbury's Thetford - 15th & 16th August 2014

The photo shows Members of the Royal Air Forces Association Thetford & District Branch collecting for Wings Appeal in Sainsbury's Thetford. Over the 15th and 16th August an amount of £693 was collected, a great effort by RAFA members involved and many thanks go to Sainsbury's for use of their premises, and to the local community for the excellent support given.

 

 

The pictures shows members of RAFA Thetford collecting for Wings Apoeal in August in Sainsbury's Thetford and below the Chairman and Secretary presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to 1109 (Thetford ) ATC Sqn for the excellent support given to Thetford Town Council and Christian Churches Together and also RAFA Thetford & District over the past few months of help and assistance in a number of recent events.

 

 


 

World War One Poster


 

RAFA Branch Annual BBQ - Saturday 19th July

RAFA Thetford & District Branch enjoyed their annual BBQ in The Fox Honington Village on Saturday 19th July. The weather was again kind to us with great music and enjoyment by those who attended. Thanks to all who turned out and again supported the Branch on yet another social occasion in what is turning out to be a very busy calendar.

 

RAFA Branch Annual BBQ - Saturday 19th July 2014

 


 

Families Day at RAF Honington - Wednesday 16th July

Members of the Thetford & District Branch supported Families Day at RAF Honington on Wednesday 16th July. The weather was once again kind to us and a great day was had by all. The winner of Name the Bear was Gary Stannard, and our supporting RAFALO's were Cpl Vicky Stewart and Daz. The Chairman thanks all members who came out and spent many hours ''flying the flag'' for our Branch especially Ray, Bill, Ian, Rob, and Paul. Thanks also to Mick and Steve from RAFA HQ who travelled many miles to attend the event, and Nigel King who delivered our kit to the sports field RAF Honington in our RAFA trailer.

Families Day at RAF Honington - Wednesday 16th July

 


 

RAFA Thetford & Colchester Branches, RBL Stanton Visit RAF Honington for Graduation Parade - Friday 27th June 2014

Members of RAFA Thetford, RAFA Colchester and the RBL Stanton visited RAF Honington for Graduation Parade TG 4/13 on Friday 27th June 2014. RAFA Thetford hosted the visit with FS Mick Luke, which started off with the 'Meet & Greet' in the Officers Mess, Graduation in the Jimmy James Hangar, lunch in the Airmen's Mess and finally a presentation on the History of RAF Honington in the Sowrey Room by Ray Towler and John Macpherson. Members were then taken to the RAF Regiment  Memorial Site where memorial crosses were laid by Branch Chairman. All in all it was a very enjoyable day, and thanks go to RAF Honington for their kindness and co-operation throughout the visit.

 

RAFA Thetford & Colchester Branches, RBL Stanton Visit RAF Honington for Graduation Parade

 


 

Thetford & District Branch Attend Euston Rural Pastimes Event - Sunday 8th June

Members of the Thetford & District Branch attended the Euston Rural Pastimes Event on Sunday 8th June. The weather was very favourable for the event, at times very warm, which all helped for an excellent turnout. My thanks go to those members who supported the Branch and helped raise a substantial amount of money for Wings Appeal.

 

Thetford & District Branch Attend Euston Rural Pastimes Event - Sunday 8th June

 


 

Mildenhall Register Memorial Service At St. John, Beck Row - Sunday 18th May 2014

John, Mary and Ray, in photo, along with Dee Boneham attended the Mildenhall Register Memorial Service at the Parish Church of St John Beck Row Mildenhall on Sunday 18th May 2014. The Service of Remembrance is for all those who served with the squadrons and their support staff at Royal Air Force Mildenhall and it's satellite airfields over the period 1939 - 1945. Today the Mildenhall Register appeal to a wider audience, with the intention of perpetuating and preserving the memory of those who contributed to the ultimate victory.

It was a lovely service, conducted by The Rev Rosemary Rycraft, and carried out on a beautiful May day, with many personnel coming from as far away as New Zealand and Australia. Afterwards there was a lovely buffet laid on my members of the local community.

 

Mildenhall Register Memorial Service At St. John, Beck Row - Sunday 18th May 2014

 


 

Thetford & District Members Branch Lunch - Friday 16th May 2014

Members of the Thetford & District Branch enjoyed a very good lunch and a good old chat in the Sergeants Mess at RAF Honington on Friday 16th May 2014, many thanks go to the CMC and Sergeants Mess staff for their very warm welcome in yet again wonderful surroundings.

Thetford & District Members Branch Lunch - Friday 16th May 2014

Any members wishing to join in the monthly lunch gatherings at either the Sergeants Mess, The Fox Inn in Honington village and The Terrier in Thetford please contact the Chairman or Secretary of the Branch for details.

 


 

RAFALO Quiz Night - Thursday 1st May 2014

The first of the RAFALO's Quiz Nights for 2014 was held in the Sergeants Mess on Thursday 1st May. It was another great night with high competition between 8 local RAFA Branches, of which the Thetford & District Branch came out winners for the fourth quiz on the trot!  The evening was well organised by the Station RAFALO's with some very demanding question's being asked. With an excellent buffet and great surroundings it all made for a very good evening.


The photo shows Vanessa, captain of the Thetford team, receiving the trophy from the Station RAFALO F.O. Mark Preston.

 

RAFALO Quiz Night - Thursday 1st May 2014

 

The photo shows a fine body of Station RAFALO's who organised the RAFALO Quiz Night in the Sergeants Mess at RAF Honington on the 1st May. An evening greatly appreciated by local RAFA Branches. The evening also raised a substantial amount of money for RAFA.

 

RAFALO Quiz Night - Thursday 1st May 2014

 


 

Members Visit To Flixton Museum - Wednesday 30th April 2014

Members of the Thetford & District Branch enjoyed a days outing to Flixton Museum on Wednesday 30th April. The museum exhibits brought forth great memories and many a yarn was spun throughout the day The weather was once again kind to us and we also all enjoyed a very good meal in The Buck Inn.

 

Members Visit To Flixton Museum - Wednesday 30th April 2014

 


 

Members of ProBus, Bury St Edmunds, Attending Trainee Gunner Graduation Parade TG3/13 on Thursday 17th April 2014

Members of ProBus, Bury St Edmunds, attended Trainee Gunner Graduation Parade TG3/13 on Thursday 17 April. They were hosted and given a presentation on the History of RAF Honington by Ray Towler and John Macpherson, a tour of RAF Honington and a very pleasant lunch in the Officers Mess. The Graduation itself was a great success enjoyed by parents, brothers, sisters, Aunties and Uncles etc.with the Trainee Gunners in fine form with their drill. The Reviewing Officer on the day was Group Captain Harvey Smyth OBE DFC ADC MA RAF from RAF Marham.

 

Members of ProBus, Bury St Edmunds, attended Trainee Gunner Graduation Parade TG3/13 on Thursday 17 April

 


 

Wings Appeal Workshop For Local RAFA Branches - Wednesday 16th April 2014

The photo shows members of local RAFA Branches attending a Wings Appeal Workshop in the Wisbech RAFA Branch on Wednesday 16 April 2014. RAFA Thetford members who attended were John Macpherson, Ray Towler and Nigel King. The workshop was very interesting, with plenty of debate and exchanging of ideas and in general a great deal learnt. The presentation was conducted by CHQ Leicester. Thanks must go to Wisbech RAFA for loan of the premises and the good food supplied.

 

Wings Appeal Workshop For Local RAFA Branches - Wednesday 16th April 2014

 


 

Branch Lunch in the Sergeants Mess at RAF Honington - Friday 28th February 2014

23 members of the Royal Air Forces Association Thetford & District Branch enjoyed lunch and a good chat in the Sergeants Mess RAF Honington on Friday 22 February. The meal was very good, and the comfort, tea and coffee in the Ante Room afterwards was appreciated by all. Thanks go again to the Sergeants Mess for a good day out. 3 members missing from the photo are Mick Luke, Vanessa Love and Rob Tillyard who had to attend work in the afternoon, but Vanessa did win 'Name the Bear' this time a Red Arrows teddy.

 

Branch Lunch in the Sergeants Mess at RAF Honington - Friday 28th February 2014

 


 

Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 2/13 - 21st February 2014

The photo shows some members from the RAFA Thetford & District Branch, RAFA Beccles & Southwold Branch and RBL Bishops Stortford visiting RAF Honington for the Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 2/13 held in The Jimmy James Hangar on the 21st February 2014. 28 Gunners graduated after 24 weeks of intensive training are are now posted to No1 Squadron RAF Regiment, No 2 Squadron RAF Regiment and No 15 Squadron RAF Regiment.
The visit also included a presentation on the History of RAF Honington by Mr Ray Towler, a tour of RAF Honington, a very good lunch in the Airmen's Mess and tea and biscuits and general chat in the Sergeants Mess to end with. Overall a very good day enjoyed in brilliant sunshine by all. Thanks must go to RAF Honington and in particular the Station RAFALO's for their time and effort spent organising the day for us all.

 

Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 2/13 - 21st February 2014Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 2/13 - 21st February 2014

 


 

Our New Branch Trailer

The photo shows the new addition to our Branch. This trailer will be a great asset whilst we travel around attending events in the local area. The trailer at one point was a broken down piece of junk, but with lots of skill, patience and hard work this is the end product of many hours of toil spent by Nigel King, ably assisted by John Dinsmore.

 

Our New Branch Trailer

 


 

Branch Lunch at the Norfolk Terrier - Friday 17th January 2014

The photo shows members of the Thetford & District Branch enjoying lunch at the Norfolk Terrier in Thetford on the 17th January in what is the first social gathering of 2014.

 

Branch Lunch at the Norfolk Terrier - Friday 17th January 2014