Dear Assn members,
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach
Due to the current climate, the Association Committee has decided to hold the 2021 AGM virtually like we did in 2020.
The date for the AGM is 26 May 2021.
Minutes from the previous AGM can be viewed below.
Once the finer details are ironed out, I’ll post a link here to the AGM so if you wish to dial in, you can.
The Association is planning to hold the 2021 reunion at RAF Lossiemouth in October 2021. Alfie Ferguson has re-opened his travel agency, and members should have been contacted. There will be an end of year email going out over the next few days that will cover off this and other planned dates for 2021.
Hopefully we will see the back of the turmoil that has scuppered all our plans for 2020, and we will meet again!
On behalf of all the association committee, we wish you all the very best Christmas, and hopefully 2021 will bring us better times!
As always, our thoughts are with those serving overseas at this time of year, and those for who 2020 has seen tragedy strike.
Remembrance Sunday 2020.
Sadly the Cenotaph march past has been cancelled for 2020.
The association is still planning to hold its annual remembrance service at Bardney, unless COVID lock down rules prevent this form happening.
Anyone wishing to attend, please contact the newly appointed Vice President, Nick Hay on the following email address.
I am sure it will come as no surprise that at a virtual meeting of the Association Committee last night, we agreed that the September 2020 Dinner at RAF Lossiemouth should be cancelled. In reality we had no choice as Lossiemouth had already cancelled all their 2020 functions before and after our planned dinner.
Those of you who have paid deposits will be contacted separately by the Vice President (Assn Lead) regarding your options.
It is our intention to hold the 2021 Reunion Event at RAF Lossiemouth, subject to all of the normal approvals; the provisional date is Sat 18 Sep 21 and we will aim to get early confirmation.
There may also be an opportunity to dine with the Junior Squadron Assn at the Petwood hotel, Woodhall Spa, on Sat 7 Nov 20. If you are interested please let Lenny Nixon, the Vice Chairman know by 31 Jul 20; he can be contacted at email@example.com
At this challenging time, please see a link to RAFA’s Operation Connect initiative. It is there for all of us, from current serving members to RAF veterans and their families.
Under the Op Connect initiative, RAFA will be launching four new emergency projects under and they are also looking for volunteers to assist.
Therefore, firstly, this Op is for you so please use should the desire or need arise (if you need RAFA’s help and support – or even just a friendly chat – please do not hesitate to contact them by phoning 0800 018 2361) and secondly, if you can assist, by volunteering to help with one of their emergency projects, please email OpConnect@rafa.org.uk to find out more. The four new projects are as follows:
A telephone outreach service which will proactively support our beneficiaries and other high-risk members of our RAF community to check on their welfare and offer them regular contact (telephone or online).
A friendship helpline that anyone in our RAF community can call if they are feeling isolated, in need of more specific support or simply want a chat with someone friendly who understands.
A daily RAF-themed online entertainment slot that people can look forward to as part of their routine while they are isolating, from quizzes to live-streamed sing-a-longs and armchair fitness sessions.
Bag drops of vital provisions to the doorsteps of the most vulnerable members of our RAF family.
Finally, our Association is here for you too. If you want some advice and do not know where to start, feel free to contact any of the Committee Members and we will try to point you in the right direction.
Chairman, IX(B) Squadron Association