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THE RAF ASSOCIATION (RAFA)

The RAF charity runs an annual Flying Scholarship programme, which makes six awards to outstanding members of the Air Cadet Organisation. The awards attract more than 250 applications every The Cadets were presented with their prizes by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, at the Association’s recent Annual Conference
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BRANCH MEMBERS SUPPORT THEIR PARTNER RAF RESERVE SQUADRON "603 City of Edinburgh" OPEN DAY

"Branch members were pleased to support 603 (City of Edinburgh) Reserve Squadron at their joint SPONSORS AND FAMILIES DAY along with Edinburgh Accies Rugby Club, held at their grounds in Raeburn Place Edinburgh today - Saturday 26 August 2017. Our members (Susan Kidston, Sue Gillot, Bobbie Prentice, George Prentice and myself) worked alongside our Area Branch Support Officer Dave Mowat utilising the Area MOBILE EXHIBITION TRAILER to raise funds for Wings and to enhance the profile of RAFA, Area and the Branch".
Bob Bertram
Chairman
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603 (City of Edinburgh) RAF RESERVE SQUADRON - AWARENESS DAY 26 AUGUST 2017 (message from our Membership Secretary Brian Fox)
"Hi Everyone. The above event is now less than two weeks away and firmer details about who and what will be there are now available. The show starts at 11 am and runs through til 5 pm at the Edinburgh Academicals Rugby Ground at North Park Terrace, Comely Bank, Edinburgh EH4 1HQ.

In addition to the 26 plus Stands/Stalls shown below the RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team from RAF Henlow will be there as will 501 Squadron (Mechanical Handling) from Brize Norton, the RAF Leuchars Pipes and Drums and our local Air Cadet Squadrons with their Climbing Wall. Looks like something for all ages and a great day out. The RAF Association will be there with the Area Mobile Exhibition Trailer so make sure you come over and introduce yourself - we will be delighted to meet up with you.

1. RAF Police Legacy Vehicle
2. RAF Police Legacy Vehicle
3. Supercar Display
4. Wave Radio
5. Supercar Display
6. RAF Benevolent Fund
7. Leonardo’s display
8. RAF Regiment Display
9. RAF Regiment/Catering Display
10. RAF Recruitment/602 Sqn
11. RAF Recruitment MRV
12. RAF Association
13. Police Scotland Recruitment
14. Police Scotland Motorbike
15. Legacy RAF Police Motorcycle & Re-enactor
16. Crime Scene Investigation Display
17. RAF Police Search Demonstration
18. RAF Police Patrol Vehicle
19. RAF Police Display/Tent
20. RAF Police Landrover
21. Murray & Currie Display
22. AMA Homes
23. Accies Club Display.
24. St Andrews Ambulance
25. Air Training Corps Display area
26. Air Training Corps Climbing Wall.
(In addition to the above stalls, the 603 Sqn Association will occupy the Accies Club
house with 603 Sqn History Boards
Cheers for now, Brian
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PASSING OF RAF VETERAN AND RAFA MEMBER ERNIE THOMAS
"On 1st August I was pleased to attend the funeral of Ernie Thomas from Tranent. I joined family and friends to say farewell to Ernie who's funeral took place on his 101st Birthday. The photos show Ernie celebrating his 100th Birthday last year (and you can see he was very proud of his RAF service); the other photo shows Ernie after the war but still wearing his RAF scarf. Ernie loved that scarf and would not let it be repaired when it got a bit worn - however, it was touching to hear that he was wearing his scarf on his last "Sorti". It was also nice to see Ernie's cortage arrive from Tranent with his coffin dressed in the RAF Association drape.
PER ARDUA ADASTRA ERNIE

Bob Bertram
Chairman
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INTERESTING CONTRIBUTION FROM MEMBER CHARLIE CARRUTHERS - ALSO INFO ON FORTHCOMING "ADEN VETERANS EVENT IN YORK MINSTER ON 29TH NOVEMBER 2017"

"Charlie Carruthers here in sunny Dunbar.I would like to mention that if any Aden Vets are in the Branch, we are parading at York Minster on the 29th of November to commemorate us withdrawing from Aden on that date in 1967. This is a drumhead ceremony from 1400 hours on the 29th Nov. As an ex RAF Steamer Point Telepop in the RAF Commcen or CCA Aden which served comms to all 3 services I served 2 years from 1963 (June) to 1965 (Ditto) I shall be there with my twin brother Stewart who was a corporal photographic processing analyst serving at RAF Laarbruch and RAF Luqa, Malta where 603 Sqn did their stuff in WW2 and as an ex 2MHU member myself I`m a member of 603 Sqn Assoc.My Brother is accompanying me as I`m Diabetic and its insurance in case of a hypo coming on me on the journey. Aden was a hot and miserable place and we had two wars going ,one up the Radfan 1964 and the other in Aden itself (Mad Mitch and his Argyll Jocks) 1963 to 1967 and I ended up with 2 GSM`s and just missed the Dhofar gong in 1972/3 when up at RAF Masirah, Oman.My other tour was RAF Tengah where I was Piper to 74 Sqn (Tigers) Lightnings and was there for 2 1/2 years in Singers` and also piper with RAF Seletar P&D until disbandment in 1968 `a real scunner.` Later I joined Zulu Company HSF 51st Highland Volunteers (Black Watch) TA, who were brilliant! and all ex services Now I don`t play the pipes not enough wind left and arthritis in my knee so my York trip will be as an observer during the march. I hope to get up to Whitefoord House sometime where my Granddad died as an ex Great War Soldier in 1966, who served at 3rd Ypres Battle as a Sapper and stayed at the hospital on his last days His buddy won a VC in 1918 and as a member of 416 Field Company (City of Edinburgh) RE James Mcphie`s seat is just below the Royal Scots Greys monument in Princes Street`s West Gardens. Wish the RAFA well for 2017 and 2018 CU CCC".
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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

THE RAF ASSOCIATION (RAFA)

The RAF charity runs an annual Flying Scholarship programme, which makes six awards to outstanding members of the Air Cadet Organisation. The awards attract more than 250 applications every The Cadets were presented with their prizes by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, at the Association’s recent Annual Conference
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BRANCH MEMBERS SUPPORT THEIR PARTNER RAF RESERVE SQUADRON "603 City of Edinburgh" OPEN DAY

"Branch members were pleased to support 603 (City of Edinburgh) Reserve Squadron at their joint SPONSORS AND FAMILIES DAY along with Edinburgh Accies Rugby Club, held at their grounds in Raeburn Place Edinburgh today - Saturday 26 August 2017. Our members (Susan Kidston, Sue Gillot, Bobbie Prentice, George Prentice and myself) worked alongside our Area Branch Support Officer Dave Mowat utilising the Area MOBILE EXHIBITION TRAILER to raise funds for Wings and to enhance the profile of RAFA, Area and the Branch".
Bob Bertram
Chairman
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603 (City of Edinburgh) RAF RESERVE SQUADRON - AWARENESS DAY 26 AUGUST 2017 (message from our Membership Secretary Brian Fox)
"Hi Everyone. The above event is now less than two weeks away and firmer details about who and what will be there are now available. The show starts at 11 am and runs through til 5 pm at the Edinburgh Academicals Rugby Ground at North Park Terrace, Comely Bank, Edinburgh EH4 1HQ.

In addition to the 26 plus Stands/Stalls shown below the RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team from RAF Henlow will be there as will 501 Squadron (Mechanical Handling) from Brize Norton, the RAF Leuchars Pipes and Drums and our local Air Cadet Squadrons with their Climbing Wall. Looks like something for all ages and a great day out. The RAF Association will be there with the Area Mobile Exhibition Trailer so make sure you come over and introduce yourself - we will be delighted to meet up with you.

1. RAF Police Legacy Vehicle
2. RAF Police Legacy Vehicle
3. Supercar Display
4. Wave Radio
5. Supercar Display
6. RAF Benevolent Fund
7. Leonardo’s display
8. RAF Regiment Display
9. RAF Regiment/Catering Display
10. RAF Recruitment/602 Sqn
11. RAF Recruitment MRV
12. RAF Association
13. Police Scotland Recruitment
14. Police Scotland Motorbike
15. Legacy RAF Police Motorcycle & Re-enactor
16. Crime Scene Investigation Display
17. RAF Police Search Demonstration
18. RAF Police Patrol Vehicle
19. RAF Police Display/Tent
20. RAF Police Landrover
21. Murray & Currie Display
22. AMA Homes
23. Accies Club Display.
24. St Andrews Ambulance
25. Air Training Corps Display area
26. Air Training Corps Climbing Wall.
(In addition to the above stalls, the 603 Sqn Association will occupy the Accies Club
house with 603 Sqn History Boards
Cheers for now, Brian
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PASSING OF RAF VETERAN AND RAFA MEMBER ERNIE THOMAS
"On 1st August I was pleased to attend the funeral of Ernie Thomas from Tranent. I joined family and friends to say farewell to Ernie who's funeral took place on his 101st Birthday. The photos show Ernie celebrating his 100th Birthday last year (and you can see he was very proud of his RAF service); the other photo shows Ernie after the war but still wearing his RAF scarf. Ernie loved that scarf and would not let it be repaired when it got a bit worn - however, it was touching to hear that he was wearing his scarf on his last "Sorti". It was also nice to see Ernie's cortage arrive from Tranent with his coffin dressed in the RAF Association drape.
PER ARDUA ADASTRA ERNIE

Bob Bertram
Chairman
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INTERESTING CONTRIBUTION FROM MEMBER CHARLIE CARRUTHERS - ALSO INFO ON FORTHCOMING "ADEN VETERANS EVENT IN YORK MINSTER ON 29TH NOVEMBER 2017"

"Charlie Carruthers here in sunny Dunbar.I would like to mention that if any Aden Vets are in the Branch, we are parading at York Minster on the 29th of November to commemorate us withdrawing from Aden on that date in 1967. This is a drumhead ceremony from 1400 hours on the 29th Nov. As an ex RAF Steamer Point Telepop in the RAF Commcen or CCA Aden which served comms to all 3 services I served 2 years from 1963 (June) to 1965 (Ditto) I shall be there with my twin brother Stewart who was a corporal photographic processing analyst serving at RAF Laarbruch and RAF Luqa, Malta where 603 Sqn did their stuff in WW2 and as an ex 2MHU member myself I`m a member of 603 Sqn Assoc.My Brother is accompanying me as I`m Diabetic and its insurance in case of a hypo coming on me on the journey. Aden was a hot and miserable place and we had two wars going ,one up the Radfan 1964 and the other in Aden itself (Mad Mitch and his Argyll Jocks) 1963 to 1967 and I ended up with 2 GSM`s and just missed the Dhofar gong in 1972/3 when up at RAF Masirah, Oman.My other tour was RAF Tengah where I was Piper to 74 Sqn (Tigers) Lightnings and was there for 2 1/2 years in Singers` and also piper with RAF Seletar P&D until disbandment in 1968 `a real scunner.` Later I joined Zulu Company HSF 51st Highland Volunteers (Black Watch) TA, who were brilliant! and all ex services Now I don`t play the pipes not enough wind left and arthritis in my knee so my York trip will be as an observer during the march. I hope to get up to Whitefoord House sometime where my Granddad died as an ex Great War Soldier in 1966, who served at 3rd Ypres Battle as a Sapper and stayed at the hospital on his last days His buddy won a VC in 1918 and as a member of 416 Field Company (City of Edinburgh) RE James Mcphie`s seat is just below the Royal Scots Greys monument in Princes Street`s West Gardens. Wish the RAFA well for 2017 and 2018 CU CCC".
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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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