Battle of Britain Service at St Eval Church

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The Battle of Britain memorial service was held on Sunday 12thSeptember at the St Eval Church near Newquay. An excellent service was led by the Royal Air Forces Association RAF St Mawgan Branch Hon Chaplain Wing Commander ( Retd ) Andrew Turner RAF, with a strong contingent from the branch together with serving personnel from RAF St Mawgan who were led by Station Commander Wing Commander Marshall Kinnear RAF. RAFA Branch Chairman Alan Goudge gave the dedication alongside no less than five Standards from not only the RAF St Mawgan branch but standards representing the RAFA Cornwall County, RAFA St Austell Branch, 781 Sqn ( Newquay ) Air Cadets and the St Columb branch of the RBL all professionally presented by Mr Barry Fryett, Mr Andrew “Spud” Yeomans, Mr Peter Paice, Mr Paul Hedge and a very well turned out young RAF Air Cadet.

Donations may be made online via the RAFA RAF St Mawgan Branch’s Facebook page @rafstmawganbranch and will go towards this year’s Wings Appeal. A street collection is due to take place, in Newquay, this coming Saturday between 10am and 4pm so please give generously if you can, it’s the first time since the pandemic started that we have been able to go out in public to mount a collection.

 

For any enquiries to the branch please visit our Website www.rafastmawgan.org or email mco@rafastmawgan.org

Branch AGM 2021

RAF St Mawgan Branch of The Royal Air Forces Association

Notice of Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 8th Annual General Meeting of RAF St Mawgan Branch of The Royal Air Forces Association will be held via Online Zoom Meeting at 19:00 hours 16th March 2021 to transact the following business.

  • Zoom details are: please Facebook message us or contact membership@rafastmawgan.org

AGENDA

  1. Minutes of the previous meeting

To be agreed and matters arising.

  1. Reports and accounts

To receive and consider the accounts for the year ended 31st December 2020 and the reports of the charity trustees, officers and committee members..

  1. Nominations are required for the following posts and must be received by the secretary on or before 9th March 2020 to secretary@rafastmawgan.org.

Officers

Chairman

Vice Chairman

Secretary

Treasurer

Additional Members

Membership Secretary

Entertainments Member

Publicity Relations Member

Area Air Cadet Liaison Member

Branch Standard Bearer

Posts Appointed by Committee

Welfare Officer

Wings Appeal Organiser

Co-opted Member

RAF St Mawgan RAFALO

Details of how to make a nomination are available from the Secretary

  1. Members proposed resolutions

Details will be given once proposed resolutions are received. Proposed resolutions should be sent to the Secretary by noon 7 days prior to the date of the meeting. A revised agenda will be issued by 5 days prior to the meeting].

  1. Any other business

To deal with any matters raised at the meeting.

By order of the charity trustees

RAF St Mawgan Branch of The Royal Air Forces Association

Secretary

15th February 2021

 

 

Tornado Tribute Tour – 30th Anniversary

Tornado Tribute Tour of England in aid of the Royal Air Force Association

UPDATED March 2021:

With the virtual part now complete Martin and Mal are still hoping to do the physical rides and hope to start at St Eval Church in Cornwall, in memory of Flt Lt Steve Hicks XV Sqn, on 18th of June. As a branch we hope to support them along with Padre Andrew Turner and local Vicar Helen Baber.

Padre Andrew and local Vicar Helen joined Steve’s widow at his graveside back on the 14th February to say prayers and to light a candle whilst Chris was completing the virtual cycle along with some members of the local reserve squadron, No 505 Wessex Sqn RAF Reserves.

Locally Chris raised £ 895.00 to go towards the £17k + that Martin and Mal have raised so far. So thanks to all that sponsored him.

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Two veterans are riding 670 miles across England for The RAF Association (RAFA) because they want to remember their fallen comrades.

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On the 14th February Mal and Martin will be riding 15 miles, sadly now virtually due to COVID Restrictions, in memory of Flt Lt Stevie Hicks who lost his life while on a mission in a XV Sqn Tornado on 14th February 1991. Formally a ‘wet man’ on 42 Sqn on Mk 1 Nimrod, Stevie was one of the last two ‘wet men’ that converted to Mk 2 Nimrod. He then applied for a commission and became a Navigator on the Tornado. Flt Lt Hicks was laid to rest at St Eval Church, abutting the former RAF Station St Eval near Newquay in Cornwall. The hope is to do the real cycling in April so perhaps you can physically join them.

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2021 will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1991 Gulf War. The Royal Air Force deployed a large force of Tornado GR1 attack and reconnaissance aircraft to the Middle East for Op Granby, and not all of the aircrew came home.

Two Gulf War veterans – Mal Craghill and Martin Wintermeyer – are taking on the challenge of cycling from Cornwall to Tyne and Wear in memory of their fallen comrades (this should have been in February 2021 but has now been delayed to April due to Covid-19). Along their route they will visit and lay wreaths at the English grave sites of the Tornado aircrew lost in the Middle East thirty years ago. The ride will also take them to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to pay their respects at the Gulf War Memorial and the Armed Forces Memorial. The latter commemorates not just the seven Tornado aircrew killed on deployed operations, but also those lost in training accidents in the UK. They will also remember the two pilots from the RAF Jaguar force who were killed, one in the UK and one on deployed operations. In total they will be honouring the memory of 13 RAF and 1 USAF aircrew.

They remarked “Our ride should have finished at the final grave site on Sunday 28th February 2021, thirty years on to the day from the ceasefire at the end of the war (this has now been delayed to 18th April). We will have covered 670 miles (well over 1,000 km) and over 25,000 feet of climbing over the ten days of the Tour. We will be raising funds along the way for the Royal Air Forces Association. RAFA is a welfare organization which supports serving and former members of our Air Forces and their families, and your donation will help RAFA to provide friendship, welfare and support to those in need who have served our country. With your help we hope to raise £10,000. Wish us well! “

Local RAFA RAF St Mawgan Branch MCO Chris Cox said “Perhaps you might like to join in by doing a virtual cycle on the 14th February to support Mal and Martin and cover 15 miles if you can, we would love to see any photos if you do. If you would like to donate to the cause, then follow the link  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ttte

For more information on the Royal Air Forces Association locally at RAF St Mawgan please visit our website rafastmawgan.org or our Facebook page @rafastmawganbranch

 

Images Courtesy Martin Wintermeyer, Facebook / Skytoons Aviation Art www.skytoons.co.uk

Farewell to Chairman Steve Richards

Sunday saw Operation Covid initiated and whilst Chris was on his walk along with Steve to catch up before Steve moves out of area it was found that several other branch committee members were taking their exercise at Trenance Boating Lake as well. Well Cornwall and Newquay, in particular, are small worlds when it comes to bumping into veterans it would seem !

Follow the link for a Video of our encounter !

All change for the RAF Association at RAF St Mawgan

At the October Committee Zoom meeting Founder Chairman Wg Cdr Retired Steve Richards handed over the chain of office to Newquay Councillor, and former Flt Sgt Mr Alan Goudge.

During the latter half of 2012 Steve along with a small team including the late Wg Cdr Philip Lamb, the then Station Commander RAF St Mawgan, set in motion the birth of the RAF St Mawgan Branch of the Royal Air Force Association. The inauguration took place in the TE Lawrence Mess on the Station at the end of January 2013. In fact, it was the first ever branch to be set-up ‘behind the wire’ on an operational RAF Station, something that has been an attraction to some of the 180 members now.

Branch Media Communications Officer, and former Founder Treasurer, Chris Cox said “ Since then, the branch has gone from strength to strength. Several trophies have been won by the branch over this time including the Cup for the first branch to retain 100% of membership at renewal, together with the coveted Presidents Cup awarded for the best of the 450 branches in the country, this was awarded by Air Marshall Sir Dusty Miller RAF.

Many thousands of pounds have been raised on behalf of the Wings Appeal over the years and many speakers have been welcomed to branch meetings along with many memorable social events including our RAF 100 Formal Reception and Dinner at the Atlantic Hotel in November 2018.”

The object for which the Association is established is to promote, through the comradeship engendered by its members, the welfare by charitable means of all serving and former members of Her Majesty’s Air Forces, their spouses and dependents, together with the widows and widowers and dependents of those who died whilst serving or subsequently. “

Steve is now moving out of area so that he and his wife Carolyn can be nearer to family and in particular their grandchildren, so we salute his contribution and give thanks for all he has done and achieved for the branch and wish them both well for the future.

He said “ Leaving the Branch and its members will be a quite a difficult move for me.   I have had an incredible time, from helping to form the Branch seven years ago and then working with an amazing set of people who have raised around £50,000 and provided a significant amount of welfare support to the RAF Association and local RAF veterans and families.  This could not have been possible without our Committee and the tremendous support from the Station Commanders and members of RAF St Mawgan during my time.  Thankfully, the Branch, now led by Alan Goudge, will no doubt secure even more support for the RAF Family in these difficult times and on into the future.”

In his stead we welcome back Founder Secretary Alan Goudge who, after a spell as a Branch Support Officer for the RAF Association, steps up to take the branch forward as its new Chairman.

Alan said “ With the Chairman Wg Cdr Steve Richards (Retd) leaving to pastures new, the RAF St Mawgan RAFA Branch Committee approached me for consideration on the now vacant post of Chairman. Having previously been the Secretary for over 5 years and employed with RAFA for 5 years as the South Western Area Branch Support Officer, I felt that I could add some benefit to maintain the standards that have been accustomed to during Steve’s tenure. It is with great pride that I have accepted the post as the new Chairman and will enjoy working with the dedicated Branch Committee over the coming years. “

Our local RAF Association Branch volunteers normally collect donations for our Wings Welfare Appeal in key local events, locations and supermarkets.  This year, COVID-19 has put an abrupt stop to that.

With many of our volunteers considered to be at high risk from COVID-19, we decided to move this year’s collection online, in the form of a ‘JustGiving’ page.  It is hoped that the online payment facility will enable more people than ever before to donate, as the traditional street collections had relied on passers-by having loose change in their pockets.

To donate to the RAFA RAF St Mawgan Branch’s Wings Appeal collection, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RAFA-StMawganBranch-WingsAppeal

For more information on the branch please visit www.rafastmawgan.org or our Facebook page @rafastmawganbranch or by email to secretary@rafastmawgan.org

Some of Steve’s Highlights ……

ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION CHARITY APPEAL

THE SKY’S NOW THE LIMIT FOR LOCAL ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION CHARITY APPEAL

Our local RAF Association Branch volunteers normally collect donations for our Wings Welfare Appeal in key local events, locations and supermarkets.  This year, COVID-19 has put an abrupt stop to that.

Members and friends of the Royal Air Forces Association RAF St Mawgan Branch are usually out in force with collection buckets now, for the September’s Battle of Britain commemorations.

With many of our volunteers considered to be at high risk from COVID-19, we decided to move this year’s collection online, in the form of a ‘JustGiving’ page.  It is hoped that the online payment facility will enable more people than ever before to donate, as the traditional street collections had relied on passers-by having loose change in their pockets.

Steve Richards, the Chairman of the RAF St Mawgan Branch of the RAF Association, said:  “While this means that supporters won’t be given the iconic Wings Appeal sticker in return for their donation, they will still be supporting the vital services that we provide to RAF veterans, serving personnel and their dependants.  The JustGiving page means we won’t be constrained by the number of streets or supermarkets our volunteers can visit, so the sky’s now the limit in terms of how many people we can reach!”

Amy Petterson, Head of Community Fundraising at the RAF Association’s headquarters in Leicester, added:   “People in the Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge and St Columb areas have always been incredibly generous in supporting our Wings Appeal collections.  In this, the Battle of Britain’s 80th anniversary year, we hope they will continue to donate, but this time via the RAFA St Mawgan Branch’s JustGiving page.

 

The RAF Association needs people’s support more than ever, as we continue to provide support and emergency help to those who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the national lockdown, we have provided friendship and essential supplies to thousands of additional veterans and their dependants.”

 

To donate to the RAFA RAF St Mawgan Branch’s Wings Appeal collection, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RAFA-StMawganBranch-WingsAppeal

 

More information about the Battle of Britain and the RAF Association’s work to support serving and former RAF personnel can be found at https://www.rafa.org.uk/

Branch Christmas Luncheon

Members of the RAF St Mawgan Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association met for their annual Christmas Luncheon at the Travellers Rest in Trevarrian on Saturday. The assembled guest were treat to a fabulous meal followed by music by Gerry and the Hat-Tricks. Preceding the meal Chairman Steve Richards made several presentations to outstanding members of the branch for the 2019 year, Mr John Beale was congratulated on his efforts with collections for the Poppy Appeal and all he has done behind the scenes. Mr Mick Headleand ‘Mr Supermarket’ was mentioned in dispatches for his unrivalled ability in securing collecting spots where others fail miserably. To Mr Barry Fryett, special mention for his collection prowess at Cornwall Services. All were awarded with a special Bear in a Kitbag customised for their achievements. Some £ 27,000 has been donated to the RAF Wings Appeal over the past two years.

The Chairman went on to give special mention to Founder Treasurer and Member Mr Chris Cox who, after seven years’ service, was stepping down from his role due to concentrating on his recent investiture as President of the Rotary Club of Newquay. Chris will remain active in a PR / Media Role as most know him as a local photographer with the Newquay Voice. Chris was presented with a special bear too, he also won three times in the raffle !! before he disappeared to cover the Newquay vs Bodmin Football match.

The branch meet on the third Tuesday in the month in the TE Lawrence Mess at RAF St Mawgan, to find out more about the branch go online to www.rafastmawgan.org or find us on Facebook @rafastmawganbranch

Branch makes life easier for one local RAF veteran

The RAF Association Branch based at here RAF St Mawgan and the Newquay Veterans Breakfast Club met up at the Newquay Best Western Hotel on Wednesday to present RAF Veteran Jay Anson with a Beach Access Wheelchair and a modified Surfboard.

Jay, who served at RAF St Mawgan in the 90’s, regularly attends the Veterans Breakfast Club and the affiliated Surf Club but could only watch his colleagues enjoy the water from the promenade, being excluded by the restricted access.  Through local contacts, the RAF Association heard of Jays predicament and through its welfare programme, funded and procured the specialist wheelchair and surfboard for Jay.

Now able to join the Veterans Surf Club wholly in its activities, Jay commented “I’m thrilled to be able to now get involved completely with the Club and I can’t thank the RAF St Mawgan RAFA Branch and those that contributed to their welfare fund enough, for making this possible”

The Veterans Breakfast Club meets every Wednesday morning at 10:00 at the Steam Bar, Great Western Hotel (more details from Andy on 01637 874215) and for details regarding the local  RAF Association  Branch at RAF St Mawgan contact Steve Richards on rafastmawgan@gmail.co.uk or their web site at www.rafastmawgan.org.