AGM   2014



Car Parking arrangements have changed since our last visit to the Crown Plaza Hotel Crawley.

The barriers are no longer in use and Car Parking is now controlled by ParkingEye, Car Park Management. last week. They are a private and independent company apart from the hotel.

You now have to register your vehicle with Crown Plaza Reception each day you use the car park and that is it. No tickets and the barriers are always up. Your vehicle will be photographed and timed each time you use and leave the car park.

FAILURE to register with reception will result in you receiving a letter through the post with a £100.00 Fine and photographic evidence of your stay, as I found out yesterday when I received one, from a visit to the hotel last week with Tony Harbour.

If do receive such a letter, it can be mitigated by reception, but not without a lot of admin work by the Reception staff and yourself in order that Crown Plaza can present your case to ParkingEye for cancellation.





As you are aware, the South Downs Branch of the Association has agreed to host the Association’s 2014AGM in its 30th Anniversary year. Following previous success in 2012, The Branch is therefore pleased to invite all members of the association and guests to the 2014 AGM, to be again held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Langley Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 7SX, to be held on the 11th - 13th April 2014. We enclose a hotel brochure.

We also include a draft AGM Programme, (which is of course subject to change). However we can confirm that the ‘Swingtime Sweethearts’ are again confirmed, and it is anticipated that further entertainment will also be provided as well as the usual attractions of an excellent dinner and high-quality raffle, to follow the actual business of the AGM. We will again have our own reception area, and access to 2 bars.

The hotel is a modern and recently refurbished 4 star hotel with a full range of amenities and guests have full use of the health facilities and pool. The South Downs Branch has negotiated excellent rates, (which are reduced from the 2012 rates), which are fully detailed below.

We have selected this hotel as it is well situated for all transport links in the area, and is close to London. The Hotel is close to (but not underneath the flight path of) Gatwick Airport, which of course has excellent links with other UK provincial airports via low-cost airlines, and Gatwick railway station is served via an every 15 minute express non-stop service to London Victoria station. The hotel is also approximately 5 miles from the M23 for road travellers.

This excellent package has been negotiated to include good options so that guests can tailor their weekend, at very reasonable cost when compared to recent AGM’s. As a special bonus, c/card details will be taken, but no deposit is taken at the time of booking. The full balance is payable on departure from the hotel.

Basic weekend package (DBB Friday night, Gala Dinner, B&B Sat night, all in a standard room


per couple


single occupancy

Saturday night only Gala Dinner B&B



Saturday Gala Dinner Only (per person)


Extra nights (Thurs / Sun) DBB



£ 90.00


£ 85.00

Room upgrades (per room per night)

Superior £20.00

Club £50.00

Drinks Discount (all drinks Fri & Sat)                              


There is no deposit payable at the hotel and all parking is free. (subject to ‘terms of business – see brochure) Disabled rooms – 3 are available – please request on booking

Bookings for the 2014 AGM can be made now by contacting Sirpa or Angie at the hotel on 01293 608604 (9am to 4pm Mon – Fri), or by e-mailing (Please include your Branch name at the time of booking). The hotel can be found at and entering 'Gatwick'. We hope that you and your members join us at the RAF Police Association 2014 AGM



30th RAFPA Anniversary Year Program

2014 AGM



Hosted by the South Downs Branch

Crowne Plaza Gatwick

11th - 14th April 2014



Welcome Message

On behalf of the RAFPA,  the South Downs Branch & staff at the Crowne Plaza Gatwick would like to welcome all members and guests at this 30th Anniversary year AGM of the RAFPA.

Weekend Programme

Friday 11th April

Rooms available (from 2pm)                                  1400 hrs

RAFPA Executive Meeting (Arundel Suite)        1700 hrs

Dinner (Arundel Suite – no table plan)               1930 hrs

(wine selection main bar Arundel Suite)               

Saturday 12th April

Breakfast (Hotel restaurant)                         0600-1130 hrs

Parade (with pipes & drums) & Photos                1030 hrs

RAFPA AGM Arundel Suite                                  1400 hrs

Branch / Group Photos                                 1800-1900 hrs

Pre-dinner drinks (Arundel Suite bar)        From 1830 hrs

(See wine selection table, order pay give name & table no.)

(Please refer to the table plan for Gala Dinner seating)

Grace – Arundel Suite,                                           1930 hrs (Followed by) the Gala Dinner


"The Queen"                                                

"The RAF Police and its Association"     

"Serving RAFP and ALL on active Service"

"Absent Friends"

The Swingtime Sweethearts

(Performing two sets through the evening)

Further entertainment (tbc)

Tickets for an excellent raffle will be sold only at the Hotel on Fri & Sat. This will be drawn during the Saturday evening. (Proceeds to Blind Veterans UK, and the South Downs Branch).

Sunday 15th April

Breakfast (Hotel restaurant)                         0600-1130 hrs

Farewell                      (Please vacate rooms by 1200hrs)

(A discount of 20% on the hotels standard prices has been agreed with the management, for all drinks purchased on Fri & Sat in the Arundel Suite. Bars close 0100 hrs both nights).


The South Downs Branch of the RAF Police Association would like to thank our guests tonight our sponsors, and all of those who have assisted us with the AGM.


Thanks to:


Air Cdr Andy & Mrs Jackie Hall

Annie Riley & Le’arna Ashleigh

Sirpa Chizyuka

Staff of the Crowne Plaza Hotel