RAFA RAF St Mawgan Branch Member – Mr Gordon Plant

It is with much sadness that the RAFA RAF St Mawgan Branch has to report the sudden passing of Gordon Plant, valued member of our newly formed branch. We extend our condolences to Rosemarie and their family at this very sad time along with any support that they need.

Gordon was Hon Secretary of the Birmingham Central Branch of RAFA for over 15 years during which time he organised the usual outings, speakers and social events throughout the year. On the 15th of September each year he organised a Commemoration Service at the Hall of Memory in Birmingham to which he invited the Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, the Chief Constable along with various Civic Dignitaries, the Wing Commander and other members of RAF Cosford. Local boys and girls from the ATC formed the guard with Standard Bearers with a bugler to play the last post. They would assemble in the foyer of the Repertory Theatre in Centenary Square and proceed to the Hall of Memory for the service of dedication and remembrance.

Gordon always took part in the Wings Appeal collections and was totally dedicated to the RAFA family and was saddened when the branch closed two years before they moved to Cornwall. However Gordon was delighted to have the opportunity to join the newly formed branch at RAF St Mawgan.

The branch have been privileged to have known Gordon, albeit for such a short time, and will very much miss his experience especially during this Wings Week.

We are honoured to receive the sum of £ 425.00 from Rosemarie, Gordon’s wife, to be donated to the Wings Appeal in memory of Gordon.

Wings Appeal Update

Collections have started in our area this week in aid of the Wings Appeal, Saturday the 14th September saw our Secretary Flt Sgt Alan Goudge setup the table in Newquay’s Bank Street in the morning. Alan was joined by Chairman Steve Richards until 4pm and Treasurer Chris Cox was able to assist for an hour or so during his break in work commitments during the day.

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Dedication of Branch Standard

On Sunday 8th September our Branch Standard was blessed in a ceremony held at St Eval Church along with the RAF St Mawgan 70th Anniversary Service. A moving service and a culmination of all the hard work put into starting up the branch by County Chairman Lance Smale, Branch Chairman Steve Richards and Branch Secretary Alan Goudge.

More photo’s of the occasion are located on our Facebook Page and Flickr Feed – found at the top of this page.

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Proms in the Park

Saturday 7th September saw the branch support the RAF St Mawgan 70th Anniversary with a Proms in the Park. Some hardy branch members braved the elements to attend and man the stall and enjoy the festivities. Fortunately the weather was kind to us and only a few showers passed across. For the full picture archive visit the Facebook link or the Flickr Photo Feed at the top of the page.

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