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                                                    NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2015


Since the last edition of the newsletter the branch have enjoyed several social events.
On the 14th June there was a very successful visit by coach to the Cosford Air Show. Photographs of the day are displayed on the branch web site.

The RAFA held its annual Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas on the 19th June. A small group of branch members travelled by car to attend as there was not enough interest to fill a coach.

On the 5th August our Welfare Officers organised a trip out to a local private airfield to see a Tiger Moth which is being used for pleasure flights. There is a comprehensive report later in this newsletter and photographs on the web site.

Bon Marche at Long Eaton hosted a fashion show on the 12th of August.

On the 28th August the branch held the Band Concert in aid of the  Wings Appeal at Trent College, Long Eaton. This year the music was provided by the RAF Regiment Band.

The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain was commemorated on the 20th of September with a service in St Laurence Church, Long Eaton.  The Branch was supported by members of the ATC.
After the service Branch President Mike Clulow and Erewash MP Maggie Throup laid a wreath on the War Memorial. 

   On the 22nd August a team of injured veterans set out from Scotland on a 1,000 mile walk round Britain to raise money for ex-servicemen who are recovering from injury.
   One of the walkers Lt Col (Retd) Stewart Hill now lives in Draycott. On Saturday the 17th October  the daily walk will start from Draycott at 09.00 and finish in Grantham. The walk will be via Breaston, Long Eaton, Beeston and Nottingham. I hope that as many members as possible will turn out to give them encouragement. If you are in Draycott you can help send them off from Pumkinz Coffee Shop, Draycott Mill, The Courtyard, Market Street.

You can get a daily update by logging on to and  click on the Walk of Britain link at the top of the page.


The Branch are opening a drop-in room in Long Eaton. It is at 91 Grasmere Road, NG10 4DZ next door to Petersham Community Centre.

We hope that this room will be used by members to drop in for a coffee or tea and meet old and new  friends for a chat. Transport could be provided although the Indigo (Briargate)  bus service from The Green, Long Eaton  stops outside and we have a large car park.

The room will have a lounge area with easy chairs and an area for crafts, chess, dominoes or carpet bowls. Tables and chairs enable drinks and food to be consumed.

There will be a chair based exercise class to help keep us active and regular coffee mornings. This facility will only be a success if members participate in the activities and offer suggestions for what they would like to do.

Please come along. The first Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 7th October at 10.00 am

Ring Marian on 01332 677162 and leave a message with your number and she will ring you back



  Our hard working Welfare Officer, Marian Robinson, organised the above trip on Wednesday 5th August. We met at West Park Leisure Centre 9.15am. As usual everyone was on time so we were able to leave promptly. The coach was full of people and the boot was nearly full of wheelchairs, walking frames and  scooters. However, there was  room for the plants we bought from the Fairways Garden Centre near Ashbourne.  Marian had organised tea, coffee and scones for our 'elevenses'  there.
     After spending an enjoyable couple of hours looking round the garden centre we got back on the bus for the trip to Darley Moor Airfield where the Tiger Moth is based. This is a very small private airfield with a club house and restaurant where we were made very welcome for the afternoon. The staff did a sterling job serving us all with a large two course lunch, which was excellent, at the same time as serving their regular customers. The Tiger Moth was being used to take people on pleasure flights over the area where the Dambusters trained. Unfortunately it was fully booked so we were not able to get a flight but we were able to look round it in between trips and join with families seeing off their relatives dressed in 1940 's flying gear.
   As well as the Tiger Moth there were Microlight aircraft operating from the airfield and one of the highlights of the afternoon was seeing our Welfare Officer take to the skies in one. We all stood outside the clubhouse and waved as she roared off down the runway and greeted her return with applause. The microlight pilot presented her with a certificate and our new Publicity Officer took some group photographs  in front of the Microlight and Tiger Moth.

  Everyone agreed that it had been a lovely relaxing day with time to chat to each other. We did not get the rain the weathermen  had forecast, they got it wrong again.

  Finally, thank you Marian for all the hard work that was put in to make the day so enjoyable.
                             Doreen Wood


                                                        According to statistics, 6 out of 7  Dwarves are not Happy!


            The Branch holds a limited stock of items, i.e. Ties, Badges & Blazer badges. Other items such as Squadron Blazer Badges, Rafa 2015 Diaries, christmas cards and gifts can be obtained on request.
For any of the above items contact Pat Scotting after a branch meeting or by telephone on 0115


7th  OctoberCoffee morning  10:00 -12:30pm  91Grasmere Rd L.E.

12th  October  Quiz Night   The Risley Park   4

5th  November Branch Meeting  7.00 pm  The Risley Park

8th   November Remembrance Parade  10.15  Long Eaton

11th November  Skittles Night  11The Royal Oak Ockbrook

18th November  Beetle Drive West Hallam

6th  December     Cadet Band Concert  Trent College   10

7th January Branch Meeting   7.00 pm  The Risley Park

8th  January After Christmas Dinner        The Risley Park  22 p/p

4th  February Branch Meeting  7.00 pm The Risley Park

10th March A G M    10.30 am               The Risley Park

May 21, Armed Forces Day 2016 Saturday

Geoff Rann Newsletter Editor 01332 875162

If you are going to the After Christmas Dinner please return you food choices with a 10 per person deposit to Ray Noble or George Lamb by the November Branch Meeting  using the form below.
Marion  as passenger Microlight taking off...