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 Spring edition of RAFAGEN is available for download via the About menu item.
Branch Visit to the RAF Museum, Hendon
Members visit planned for 6th Octoberl 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.
►  Statement to Ken Needham, Branch Secretary from Air Marshall Austin, President of the South East and Eastern Area of R.A.F.A.

"Dear Mr Needham - I am delighted to inform you that, in conjunction with the New Year's Honours List 2016, you have been awarded a South East and Eastern Area Presidential Certificate in recognition of the outstanding service you have given to the Association over many years. You can be justly proud of your achievements and of the high esteem in which you are held by your colleagues."
Congratulations Ken from all of your friends and Branch members.

► A Branch Member is awarded the MBE
We would like to congratulate Branch Member Mr Robert Wilson who was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours List. Read more about his achievements at the LINK.

RAF Concert Band plays the Proms in Letchworth
  The RAF Concert Band will be playing in the Letchworth Spirella Ballrooms on 25th June 2016. More details to follow about when the tickets will be available, click the picture to download the poster.
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.

Branch Visit to the Bentley Priory
Members visit planned for 13th July 2016 for a guided tour. Details to follow on the Meetings page.
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