On 12 April the Branch celebrated the 100th anniversary since the formation of the Royal Air Force. Bringing together many generations in one place, the Branch enjoyed the company of Serving RAF personnel from RAF Henlow, RAF Honington and JFC Chicksands. Branch Members enjoyed hearing about the next generation of the Air Force. VIP Guests included Wg Cdr Mark Clulo (Stn Cdr RAF Henlow), Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Ken Needham, Lord Hugh Trenchard (Honorary Air Commodore of 600 Sqn), Air Vice Marshall Alan Merriman and Alan Millard (NH Dist Council Chairman).
Wg Cdr Clulo reflected on the 100th anniversary of both the RAF and RAF Henlow, and how important the local community is to an RAF Station Over 50 or so people gathered on the evening, which saw each Branch Member bring an item to display that signified their RAF Service, some brough photos, others a badge or a cap. All in all the evening was a huge success and one which will be remembered for a long time to come.
Also at this event our Hon Secretary, Ken Needham, was presented with his award for publication of the best Area RAFA Branch Newsletter for the year.
[Photographs courtesy Alan Millard]