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.

BRANCH NEWS

Facebook
The Branch now has a presence on Facebook; click the logo below to find us.

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 welcomed the following new members in 2015:

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

RAFAGEN Newsletter
Our Summer edition of RAFAGEN is available for download via the About menu item.
Branch Visit to the RAF Museum, Hendon
Members visit planned for 6th October 2016 for a guided tour. Details to follow.
RAF Lottery
The RAF Lottery has been relaunched with a weekly jackpot of £10,000. Ex RAF serving members are eligible to join. Register at www.rafcf.org.uk
RAFA Volunteering
Join the RAFA volunteer programme today - download the leaflet.
STORY PIECE

Our Branch RAFALO and his wife recently visited Mr David Swales and his wife Jean at their home in Stevenage. David, now 85, has impaired vision and has received the new RAFA Air Mail reader. David is pictured after receiving his reader at home in Stevenage. He was delighted with how simple it was to use and the quality of the sound. David served in the RAF just after WWII reaching the rank of Corporal. 

David was previously a member of this Branch before transferring to his home town Branch in Stevenage.

AGM News
Area Branch Support Officer Mick Larkman 
presented Branch Secretary and Treasurer Ken Needham with his Presidential Certificate SE & E Area from Air Marshall Austin for his outstanding contribution to the Branch.

Dennis Dawson has been elected Vice-President and Keith Ellis, was welcomed to the Committee as a General Member.

Armed Forces Day - The Band of 3rd Battallion Royal Anglians played the Proms in Letchworth
The Band of the 3rd Battallion Royal Anglians played in the Letchworth Spirella Ballrooms on 25th June 2016.For details of the event that took place please click the icon below to download the poster.  The provisional amount raised towards the Wings Appeal on Armed Forces Day was nearly £280. 
Dementia Friends
Our Branch is now registered as a Demetia Friends Group, we will hopefully be welcoming a Dementia Friends Champion to speak to us to raise our Branches awareness very soon. Becoming a Dementia Friend is very easy, click on the logo.
VE Day 8th May 2016 Commemorations
Branch Vice Chairman and Wings Appeal Coordinator Roy Newbury writes:I enlisted the assistance of young children from Chapelle Vallon, France to lay a wreath on VE Day 8th May 2016 commemorations which are held every year in France.This also takes place in a second village called St Remy Sous Barbuise. To date, commencing in 2014, 2015 & 2016, I have enlisted the young children to lay wreaths in memory of the RAF and Commonwealth Air Forces who made the final sacrifice to free their country from Nazi oppression on Victory in Europe Day 1945. On that day at the "Vin du Honor" in the village hall I personally thank them on behalf of the RAF Association and pin on a Royal British Legion lapel badge. The production of the Certificate's (ten to date) which is laminated is, I hope, a life long artefact for them to continue their commemorations at the airman's graves.
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