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We’re able to publish this site thanks to members support.wings-appeal-rgbThis Website is updated periodically but for most recent events and activities then please visit our Facebook page.

RECENTLY AWARDED "2017 INSPIRING VOLUNTEERS EDINBURGH AWARD"
The Award Certificate to our Branch Welfare Team has just been received. Well done all who provide various levels of welfare to members of the RAF Family in our area. It would be remiss of me not to specifically congratulate our Honorary Welfare Officer George Prentice who leads this committed team.
Bob Bertram
Chairman
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Please see recently awarded Certificates to the Branch i.e. Winner of 2016 Scotland & NI Senior Branch Efficiency Trophy & Runner-up for the 2016 Scotland & NI Area Membership Competition. Well done Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Branch.
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ANNUAL CHURCH SERVICE - SUNDAY 30 APRIL 2017

"It was with great pleasure and appreciation that members and supporters of the Branch attended THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD MURRAYFIELD last Sunday. This annual event is much appreciated by the branch and our grateful thanks go to the Rector The Revd. Canon Dean Foosekew, our own Branch Chaplain The Revd. (Wing Commander) William Mounsey. Also to the preacher The Revd. Chris Kellock, Chaplain to the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Chaplain Designate at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. We are also very grateful to The Revd. Rosie Addis (Curate), Dr Patricia Warren (Director of Music), The Good Shepherd Singers (Choir); and the Band of our partner ATC Squadron 1271 (Bathgate). Our Branch Standard was paraded by George Prentice and laid-up on the Altar during the service; and as Branch Chairman I was pleased to be asked to read the Dedication of the RAF Association. A very generous collection was made on behalf of the branch and for this and (as always) the warm welcome received from the Congregation. Thank you all".
Bob Bertram
Chairman
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RAF VETERAN PETER PEACE
It was with great sadness, but pride that on behalf of the branch I attended the funeral of WW2 RAF Veteran Peter Peace in Livingston yesterday. Many will have met Peter at various RAF related events over the last few years i.e. East Fortune & Ayr Air Shows, Battle of Britain events St Giles and many others. Peter will be much missed by his family, friends, care staff and other like ourselves (RAFA and ATC). It was an honour to attend along with representatives of 1271 (Bathgate) ATC, 603 RAF Reserve Squadron and the British Legion (Scotland). Per Ardua Adastra Peter "Aye Mindit).
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Chairman
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He will need a bigger Record Book for you to fill in Raymond.....
But seriously; our pleasure.
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Bob Bertram
Chairman
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Flt Lt Raymond Smart O C 287 with our newest Squadron staff member, Flt Lt Marvin Bear(Royal Bear Force) who is on secondment to our Squadron in recognition of the efforts of our cadets in fundraising on behalf of our RAFA partners Marvin will be accompanying our cadets during every Squadron activity so thank you to everyone at the RAF Association - Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Branch

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Our aims and values

The RAF Family and its importance in helping create an effective Air Force. Service charities and organisations such as the Royal Air Forces AssociationRoyal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the Royal Air Force Families Federation play a key role in this wider Royal Air Force community. This community is more commonly known as the Royal Air Force Family, and all the organisations work closely with the Royal Air Force to provide the necessary welfare and support to all who are part of it.

For Service personnel to be at their most effective, it is recognised that the Royal Air Force has to provide the necessary community support structure for their families.

The RAF Association is committed to supporting the RAF Family, whether currently serving, or former-serving, in a wide range of ways, delivering help and support where it is needed.

The development of a strong sense of community and feeling of wellbeing amongst all Service personnel and their families helps make our Air Force better by encouraging unity, and helping to ensure that the men and women who come into service want to stay. With such a feeling of community, forces personnel can focus on their work, knowing that their families can access the support they need, when they need it – whether it is while they are actively serving, or after they have served.

How we help the RAF Family.

The RAF Association is here to help the whole Royal Air Force family, providing friendship, help and support to current and former members of the RAF and their dependants.

You do not need to be a member to receive our help. It is estimated that there are around 2.4 million ex-service people, some 33,000 currently in uniform and an increasing number of reserve forces. This group, their families, dependants under 18 years old and dependants with a disability over 18 years old are all eligible for assistance from the RAF Association.

With a UK-wide caseworker network of over 540 volunteer Honorary Welfare Officers undertaking almost 13,000 welfare visits annually, help ranges from simply providing conversation and friendship to preparing and submitting application forms for financial assistance.

The kind of welfare support provided by the RAF Association is wide-ranging: everything from providing home visits and respite care breaks, to offering advice and, in some circumstances, financial assistance in times of difficulty.

Simply, we are here to make sure those members of the RAF Family past and present are never left alone or in need.

You can find out more about what we’ve been up to visit our Facebook Page; some content is shown below.  If you want to get in touch with our branch you can find various contact details here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

See below for some content feed from our Facebook Page

RECENTLY AWARDED "2017 INSPIRING VOLUNTEERS EDINBURGH AWARD"
The Award Certificate to our Branch Welfare Team has just been received. Well done all who provide various levels of welfare to members of the RAF Family in our area. It would be remiss of me not to specifically congratulate our Honorary Welfare Officer George Prentice who leads this committed team.
Bob Bertram
Chairman
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Please see recently awarded Certificates to the Branch i.e. Winner of 2016 Scotland & NI Senior Branch Efficiency Trophy & Runner-up for the 2016 Scotland & NI Area Membership Competition. Well done Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Branch.
Bob Bertram
Chairman
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

ANNUAL CHURCH SERVICE - SUNDAY 30 APRIL 2017

"It was with great pleasure and appreciation that members and supporters of the Branch attended THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD MURRAYFIELD last Sunday. This annual event is much appreciated by the branch and our grateful thanks go to the Rector The Revd. Canon Dean Foosekew, our own Branch Chaplain The Revd. (Wing Commander) William Mounsey. Also to the preacher The Revd. Chris Kellock, Chaplain to the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Chaplain Designate at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. We are also very grateful to The Revd. Rosie Addis (Curate), Dr Patricia Warren (Director of Music), The Good Shepherd Singers (Choir); and the Band of our partner ATC Squadron 1271 (Bathgate). Our Branch Standard was paraded by George Prentice and laid-up on the Altar during the service; and as Branch Chairman I was pleased to be asked to read the Dedication of the RAF Association. A very generous collection was made on behalf of the branch and for this and (as always) the warm welcome received from the Congregation. Thank you all".
Bob Bertram
Chairman
... See MoreSee Less

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RAF VETERAN PETER PEACE
It was with great sadness, but pride that on behalf of the branch I attended the funeral of WW2 RAF Veteran Peter Peace in Livingston yesterday. Many will have met Peter at various RAF related events over the last few years i.e. East Fortune & Ayr Air Shows, Battle of Britain events St Giles and many others. Peter will be much missed by his family, friends, care staff and other like ourselves (RAFA and ATC). It was an honour to attend along with representatives of 1271 (Bathgate) ATC, 603 RAF Reserve Squadron and the British Legion (Scotland). Per Ardua Adastra Peter "Aye Mindit).
Bob Bertram
Chairman
... See MoreSee Less

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He will need a bigger Record Book for you to fill in Raymond.....
But seriously; our pleasure.
From your partner RAF Association Branch
Bob Bertram
Chairman
... See MoreSee Less

Flt Lt Raymond Smart O C 287 with our newest Squadron staff member, Flt Lt Marvin Bear(Royal Bear Force) who is on secondment to our Squadron in recognition of the efforts of our cadets in fundraising on behalf of our RAFA partners Marvin will be accompanying our cadets during every Squadron activity so thank you to everyone at the RAF Association - Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Branch

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Its been a busy period at our Branch what with our AGM and Wings collections with much help from our friends of the ATC.

Wings Collection 2180 Squadron Hungry WorkersMembers of 2180 Squadron refuelling after a hard days work!

Well done and thanks to everyone who has taken part in Bag Packing  these last few weeks, it is truly wonderful to see such support towards Wings and of course the RAF Family.

 On behalf of the Committee and indeed RAFA we are grateful for the time and effort spent by everyone involved and assure you that the all money raised will all go directly towards Welfare Support throughout RAFA.

Long Service PresentationsMembers Christine Anderson and Hamish Reid receive their 25 year membership awards at our 66th AGM.

The Branch AGM was kindly hosted by 287 Squadron again this year. There were presentations of various types which included the Award of Honorary Branch Vice President to the outgoing Chairman Jim Scott MBE from our new Chairman Bob Bertram MBE.

Honoury Vice President

and the Winner of this years Group Captain Marvin Trophy which was awarded to 1271 Sqn Bathgate for their fabulous contribution towards Wings during 2013.  A formal presentation has to be arranged soon with pictures to follow.

If you need some more inspiration look no further….

Lewis a budding young man now in Primary 7 was asked to produce an informative and constructive presentation for his class. Lewis who has been seen at many of our Wings Bag Packs and East Fortune Air show thought RAFA would be a great subject. With no help from anyone he manged to produce and present his work to all but Lewis being Lewis decided to take this further, typical boy, and held a competition in aid of Wings. Pupils and Staff had to pay to guess how many aircraft Lewis had in his container for the chance of winning some goodies. The correct answer was 76 the number of years RAFA has been active. In doing so Lewis managed to raise a whopping £55.

Just shows what we can do ……

Well Done Lewis and Thanks from all at the Edinburgh Lothians and Borders Branch.
Lewis with his collection
Lewis with his collection

 

Lewis hands over his collection.
Lewis hands over his collection.

5 thoughts on “Home”

  1. The Annual Branch Church Service will take place at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield Avenue Edinburgh on Sunday 27 April 2014 at 10am. All welcome.
    Refreshments in the church hall afterwards.
    Bob Bertram
    Branch Chairman

  2. Lewis,
    Thank you for doing this to raise money for RAFA. Dave will no doubt pass it on to people who will make very good use of it. Good work, I look forward to seeing you again before long, Sue

    1. We certainly shall put it to good use Sue and Lewis. Its great to see this intuitive support, again well done Lewis 🙂

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