Letchworth, Hitchin 
and District Branch
For further details please contact the Hon. Secretary:
Ken Needham on 01462 671534 or Secretary@RAFA-Letchworth.org.uk

The Letchworth, Hitchin & District Branch meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Letchworth Conservative Club, Birds Hill Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 1PH.

The meetings begin at 20.00 hrs. and are open to all R.A.F.A. Members and their guests. We have a schedule of occasional talks and, during the social part of the evening the, Conservative Club put on an an excellent spread of snacks and treats for our enjoyment.


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Last Post
A chance to pause for a minute in quiet contemplation for our friends and colleagues who have passed away:

Mr R. J. Pyman of Leighton Buzzard.
Mr W.A. 'Wally' Clarke of Henlow, D.F.C
Mr D. J. Jones of Hitchin.
Mrs Mary Byrne of Hitchin.

New Members
We welcome the following new members in 2015:

Sqn Ldr Bell of Lower Stondon
Miss D. Browne of Hitchin
Mr S. Daubney of Broom.
Mrs D. Griffin of Letchworth Garden City.
Mr S. Leach of Henlow.
Rev N. Pnematicatos of Shillington.
W/O. S. Tuckwell of Biggleswade.
W.O. Shaun Griffin of Letchworth Garden City.

He was one of the R.A.F. 'boys' who were part of the D Day landings,. Here he was serially wounded with shrapnel wounds, broken ribs and a collapsed lung. The lung being, as John said, 'was written off'. He gave a talk at a Branch meeting on the subject, which we all found enthralling.

John will be sadly missed . Everyone in Letchworth knew of him even if they didn't know him personally.

From a humble background, reporter on the local newspaper, Royal Air Force ,founding Stoddard Manufacturing Co Ltd, becoming a Justice of the Peace, awarded a M.B.E. Plus much, much more. What a life that man lead.

It is with deep sorry that we learn of the death of John Stoddard on 2nd August 2015. He passed away peacefully at home with his family around him. John was our Branch Padre. It was his family who advised him to slow down and give up some of the local activities he was involved in. So, into his 90s, (93 to be exact) earlier this year he reluctantly handed in his notice, but not before telling Roy Newbury how the D Day and Battle of Britain services should be carried out. That was John, always prepared.

He became a member of the Association in 1962 and until the health of his wife was a regular attendee of our monthly meetings.

John Stoddard MBE JP

Ride for the Few (charity motorcycle ride)
  The ride has raised £2248.13 for Wings appeal. The riders are shown here at Kenley Airfield Tribute. A fantastic day said our RAFALO, Shaun Griffin.