At the RAFPA Executive Committee meeting held on Saturday 10 April 2010 it was decided that, regrettably, the time has now come to close the Western Region Branch.

Unfortunately the Branch had been relatively inactive for approximately 18 months or more with little or no prospect of revitalisation.  The remaining two Branch Officers were unable to find volunteers to take on the other two positions required to keep the Branch active. Western Region Branch area covered Avon & Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, which made gatherings difficult for members to attend, resulting in poor attendance.  Due to the fact that the Branch was unable to discharge its functions through lack of support it was deemed necessary to close the Western Region Branch under Rule 25(6) of the Association Constitution & Rules.

The Wiltshire Branch was formed in July 2009.  Any former member of the Western Region Branch who now wishes to transfer to the Wiltshire Branch should contact the Branch Secretary, Mike Archer, on or on 01249-657456.

Any other former members of the Western Region Branch wishing to join another Branch nearer to their home can contact the National Secretary, Lynne Williamson, on or on 01302-831205 or the Membership Secretary, Dave Wardell, on or on 01202-747176 for the details of their nearest Branch Secretary.

Brian Flinn