2015 News

Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 1/15 - Friday 9th October 2015

Members of RAFA Thetford, RAFA Downham Market and ProBus visited RAF Honington on Friday 9th October 2015 and attended the Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 1/15. Alongside mums and dads and many other relatives, we were delighted to witness the culmination of great effort and achievement over a 24 week course of the young men who have qualified to serve in the Royal Air Force Regiment and earned the right to wear the coveted Corps 'Flash.' The group shown in the picture also had a Presentation on the History of RAF Honington, given by John Macpherson and Ray Towler of RAFA Thetford, lunch in Airmen's Mess, a visit the the excellent RAF Regiment Heritage Museum, and finally having coffee and biscuits and a general chin wag of the days events in the Sergeants Mess before departing for home. All in all a wonderful days outing.

 

Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 1/15 - Friday 9th October 2015

 


 

SSAFA Big Brew at RAF Honington - Monday 28th September 2015

RAFA Thetford supported the SSAFA Big Brew at RAF Honington on Monday 28th September. The photo shows the SWO receiving delicious cakes from RAFA members Mary and Bett.

 

SSAFA Big Brew at RAF Honington - Monday 28th September 2015

 

The photo shows, from left to right, Bill, Ian, John and Ray, helping out at the SSAFA Big Brew at RAF Honington

 

Bill, Ian, John and Ray, helping out at the SSAFA Big Brew at RAF Honington

 


 

Members Pose for Photo After Preparing the Carnegie Room in Thetford for Battle of Britain Band Concert - 26th September 2015

Members of RAFA Thetford pose for photo's after their hard work at preparing the Carnegie Room in Thetford for the Battle of Britain Band Concert on 26th September. The concert was a great success with a full house enjoying an excellent performance by The Taverham Band, the Honington Military Wives Choir, couples dancing to Glenn Miller music and an excellent raffle. A substantial amount of money was raised for Wings Appeal, and thanks must go to The Leaping Hare in Thetford, the Standard Bearers and 1109 ATC Sqn,  all in all an excellent evening.

 

Members Pose for Photo After Preparing the Carnegie Room in Thetford for Battle of Britain Band Concert - 26th September 2015

 


 

Battle of Britain Remembrance Service at St - Cuthbert's Church - Sunday 20th September

The photo shows members of RAFA Thetford, 1109ATC Sqn and the RBL Thetford, along with Canon Bob Baker and Helen Jary at the Battle of Britain Remembrance Service at St - Cuthbert's Church on Sunday 20th September.

 

Battle of Britain Remembrance Service at St - Cuthbert's Church on Sunday 20th September

 


 

Battle of Britain Weekend - Thetford Market Square - Saturday 19th September 2015

The picture shows members of the Thetford & District Branch out in force in Thetford Market Square on September 19th for the Battle of Britain weekend. Street collections were also carried out. The winner of Name the Bear is standing between Ray and Dave.

 

 


 

Memorial Tree Planted - 15th August 2015

The photo is of the Memorial Tree at Nun's Bridges Thetford dedicated to the men of 18 Division and others who were Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) in WW11. A service was held at Nun's Bridges on the 15th August to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the surrender of Japan.

 

Memorial Tree Planted - 15th August 2015

 


 

Branch BBQ & RAF Honington Families Day - July 2015

Top left: Branch BBQ at Honington & Stanton Village Hall on the 25th July, the 3 other photo's are of RAF Honington Families Day on the 23rd July.

 

Branch BBQ and RAF Honinghton Families Day

 


 

Photo's of Recent Events

Collage of photo's of events that have happened over the past few months. The top two are of Armed Forces weekend in Thetford, bottom left RAFA 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain at North Weald and bottom right members of our Branch at Stanton Families Day.

 

Armed Forces Weekend, RAFA 75th Anniversary of BOB and Branch Members at Stanton Families Day

 


 

Armed Forces Day, Thetford Market Place - 27th June 2015

 

Armed Forces Weekend

 


 

Euston Rural Pastimes - Sunday 7th June

Members of the Thetford and District Branch with their Gazebo at Euston Rural Pastimes on Sunday 7th June. A great feat by Ray, Mary, Nigel, Mick, John and Bill collecting money for RAFA Wings Appeal. A great effort on such a beautiful and eventful day. The gentleman holding the bear was the winner of '' Name the Bear.

Euston Rural Pastimes - Sunday 7th June

 


 

Thetford Branch Collecting for the Wings Appeal - 5th / 6th June 2015

The pictures show members of the Thetford Branch collecting for 'Wings Appeal' at Thetford Garden Centre. It was a successful couple of days with a substantial amount of money donated by the kind people of Thetford and the surrounding area.

Thetford Branch Collecting for the Wings Appeal at Thetford Garden CentreThetford Branch Collecting for the Wings Appeal at Thetford Garden Centre

 


 

Service of Thanksgiving - Friday 22nd May 2015

The Thetford & District Branch held a Service of Thanksgiving to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Branch and a Dedication of the new Branch Standard on Friday 22nd May 2015 in St Cuthbert's Church Thetford. It was a wonderful service, performed by Canon Bob Baker, and well supported by members of the Branch and public, with the Town Mayor and Mayoress of Thetford, personnel from RAF Honington and cadets from 1109 ATC (Thetford)) Sqn in attendance.

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Salute To Our Services - Band Concert - Thursday 30th April

The picture shows Standard Bearers of the RAFA and RBL from the Eastern Area at the '' Salute to our Services'' Band Concert at the Apex Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 30th April.  A very good audience thoroughly enjoyed excellent music played by the Honington Voluntary Band ably conducted by Musical Director Capt. T W Milford BA ( Mus) LRSM LLCM.  Young Michelle did an excellent job as Standard Bearer for the Thetford & District Branch.

 

 


 

Presentation on the History of RAF Honington - Thursday 2nd April 2015

Members of the Royal Artillery from Bury St Edmunds, and the RAFA Thetford & District Branch visited RAF Honington on Thursday 2nd April for a presentation on the History of RAF Honington, attended the Trainee Gunner Graduation Ceremony of TG 3/14, had lunch in the Airmen's Mess then visited the RAF Regiment Heritage Museum finally ending up in the Sergeants Mess for tea/coffee and biscuits and general chat on the day's events. The visit was organised by station RAFALO's and hosted by RAFA Thetford & District Branch.

 

Presentation on the History of RAF Honington - Thursday 2nd April 2015Presentation on the History of RAF Honington - Thursday 2nd April 2015

 


 

Branch Lunch at The Warrener - Friday 27th March 2015

The photo shows members of the Thetford & District Branch RAFA enjoying lunch in 'The Warrener' Thetford on Friday 27th March. This is a new venue for the Branch Lunch Club to meet, and all members agreed the facility and food was of a good standard and a nice place to meet on a regular basis.

 

Branch Lunch at The Warrener - Friday 27th March 2015

 


 

Certificates of Appreciation Awarded to Mick Luke & Vanessa Love -  Tuesday 10th February 2015

The photo's are of Mick Luke and Vanessa Love being presented with their Certificates of Appreciation for the superb work supporting the Royal Air Forces Association Thetford & District Branch by the Station Commander RAF Honjngton. Vanessa's contribution was for the media work carried out and Mick as RAFALO for our Branch, both have now resigned from those posts. The presentations were given at the Thetford & District Branch AGM on the 10th February which turned out to be an excellent evening with everyone enjoying a social afterwards which included a very good raffle and buffet.
 
 
Mick Luke being presented with their Certificates of Appreciation for the superb work supporting the Royal Air Forces Association Thetford & District Branch by the Station Commander RAF HonjngtonVanessa Love being presented with their Certificates of Appreciation for the superb work supporting the Royal Air Forces Association Thetford & District Branch by the Station Commander RAF Honjngton

 


 

Branch Lunch at The Terrier - Friday 16th January 2015

The photo shows some members of the Branch enjoying lunch at The Terrier in Thetford on Friday 16th January.

 

The photo shows some members of the Branch enjoying lunch at The Terrier in Thetford on Friday 16th January.