Text reproduced from RAF St Mawgan News section:
The RAF St Mawgan Branch of the RAF Association has just celebrated its first birthday, and celebrated in style by winning the Presidents Cup at the Annual RAFA Conference in Blackpool. The Presidents Cup is awarded by the National President, Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller, to the best of the 450 branches in the country.
Air Marshall Sir Dusty Miller, the RAF Association National President commented: ‘I am delighted, but not at all surprised, by the successful first year of the St Mawgan Branch. Having met the organisers and many of the branch members at their inaugural meeting, I would have been a great deal more surprised had they not succeeded, such is their dedication and the strong sense of fellowship between young and old, serving and ex-serving, alike. Nonetheless, I know it has not all been plain sailing and I congratulate them all most sincerely and wish them well for the future, in the earnest hope that others may copy their splendid example.’
RAF St Mawgan is a great example of the principle and has led the way in bringing a RAFA Branch on to the Station, and therefore attracting more members, but perhaps the key message is that an idea like this needs the full support and authority of the Station Commander. In this case, that was a given: and literally from day one of his tenure. Indeed, Wing Commander Philip Lamb was not merely a believer, but a disciple; and a proactive one at that.