RAFP Association News


The attached photo is of the 20th AGM of the SWAB, on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

The meeting agreed to donate 100.00 to the British Normandy Memorial in France.

John Walton


AGM 2019


At the meeting of the East Midlands Branch of the RAFPA this morning 40 members and guests were present to witness the presentation of two chequers to local charities.
One for 500 was presented to Dawn Broomfield, representing the Nottingham Brain Tumour Research Centre, by June Evans.
This brings the total raised by the branch to 11,000 for this charity.
A second cheque for 100 was presented to Pearl Stanley representing the Royal BritishLegion by Penny Spencer.

John Curtis


"Today 5th Aug the East Midlands Branch held their bi-annual river trip.
Owing to illness nine people had to cancel.
The remaining 40 members and guests enjoyed three hours on the River Trent with a two course meal and coffee in glorious sunshine.
Two years to wait for the next river outing which has already been booked "
John Curtis.


RAFP Association representatives at RAF 100 celebrations

Brian Flinn, Jeremy Fenton, Brian Burgess, Bill Veazey, Rod Inwood, Brendan O'Neill


RAFP Memorial Dedication Ceremony and RAFP 100 celebration


.M.B’s Annual Jumble Sale.

Today, Saturday 16th June, 20 volunteers from the East Midlands Branch held their annual Jumble Sale in the large hall of the Royal British Legion in Radcliffe on Trent.

Notices announcing the Sale were displayed in all local villages in addition to the Nottingham Post.

All the goods for sale are in aid of our Branch charities.

They were all donated by members of the EMB their family and friends .

The items of clothing, books, bric a brac, toys, DVD’s etc were laid out on trestle tables on the Friday evening.

This was followed by all of sitting down to the obligatory Friday night ‘Fish & Chip’ supper

At exactly 11.00 today our doorman, John Limb, let the paying public into the sale room.

A total of 95 people paid John the 20p entrance fee.

Likened to a hoard of locust they descended onto the loaded tables.

Some were extremely aggressive in their attempt to get to the front

In exactly 45 minutes they spent the grand total of 400+

By  midday the room was empty .

There is still some money to come from the sale of the remaining clothing to a local reclamation company.

Well done to those 20 members who gave up their Friday evening / Saturday morning for charity.


The volunteers.


RAF Police 100 - Rugby Festival


Ten years have passed .......as have Gordon and Norman.RIP
Presentation of EMB Standard at a Branch meeting


Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their Festive Lunch held at the Buffers Restaurant
Nr Leeds .

A Formal Branch Meeting was convened after the lunch to elect a Branch Treasurer the office being vacant due to Mike Roberts the former Treasurer who due to urgent domestic circumstances has returned to his native Suffolk.
There were no volunteers for the post..
Ken Turner Branch Secretary agreed in the interim, and subject to Caveats he proposed and which were agreed by the members . His appointment was seconded and carried unanimously.


RAF 100

The main event to celebrate/commemorate the centenary of the foundation of the RAF, will take place in Central London, on Tuesday 10 July 2018. There will be a service in Westminster Abbey, parade along the Mall, 100 aircraft flypast, presentation of a new Colour and reception on Horse Guards Parade.

The RAF Police Association has been given 6 places for this very long, but equally prestigious event. Branches nominated volunteers and the following members were the first to be drawn “out of the hat”. Here they are in alphabetical order:

Brian Burgess (North West)
Jeremy Fenton (Scot & NI)
Brian Flinn (Wilts)
Rod Inwood (East Midlands)
Brendan O’Neill (Hants & Dorset)
Bill Veazey (London Home Counties)

We wish them the very best and hope to spot them during the TV coverage of this historic ceremony.

Members at their monthly lunch and meeting Nr RAF DISHFORD on 25th Oct 2017.

Six members and their partners had to call in sick, having somehow collected a very debilitating
virus. Fortunately all are on the way to recovery.
Despite low number a raffle raised 30 towards their chosen charity.



On 27th September sixteen members of the North Yorkshire Branch held their monthly meet and lunch at the Engine Shed Restaurant  Pickering, N. Yorks.


Veteran former Royal Air Force Police members at their monthly lunch and meeting held at The Crosby Inn near Northallerton on 23rd August. A rather unusual day in that much rain fell in the morning causing Flash Flooding in areas as diverse as Pontefract, Leeds and parts of York resulting in some members having to cancel. Nevertheless for those that did make it a enjoyable meal, a pleasant afternoon chat inter spaced by the contributions from our own raconteur Terry Clamp.
Members present and absent donated a further 60.00p bringing the total to 210.00p from members of the NYB for donation to the Sponsored Tandem Parachute Jump to be done by Chris Gangel on the 5th Sept in aid of BLESMA , the charity which supports limbless and injured Veterans for life. 

Message from Chris: Thank you Ken, that is absolutely fabulous. I am indebted to you and all your branch members. I can tell you that as at last night, assuming all others who have offered sponsorship do so the figure so far reached is 1495 and 91p. To back this up Wasps RFC do not doindividual sponsorship but are letting me put a box in the ticketing office and the manager is confident that all of her staff will contribute. Also people in and around our seats have also offered donations at the next home game on Sat 2nd September. Newark TownHall staff are also collecting and private donations are promised from Harrisons of Lowdham, the main Peugeot dealers.
I am also attending a branch meeting of the local Para Rgt Assn ( Bill Booth is an honorary member) and have been invited to an evening at our local MP's place where he is thanking his helpers fromthe last election (yes I played a very small part) and he has promised to twist the arms of party members.
All in all things are going to plan, but once again many many thanks.

From the forum for those who can't access it: Whilst little activity has appeared on the website, activities behind the scenes have continued at a great rate and I am grateful to everyone who has supported me so far. It would be very remiss of me if I did not mention the fantastic efforts of Ken Turner and colleagues at the North Yorkshire Branch of the Association who have pledged in excess of 200 and all at the East Midlands Branch who individually handed over 141.  Wonderful support from ex colleagues! The site has been updated today but with outstanding promises due after jump completion the current status is that my target has been reached, and that's with just over a week to go All the more reason to push harder. There is time for those who so wish , to make a donation either on line or by phone as shown on the site in the meantime my heartfelt thanks to all who have supported me in this venture, in particular wife Nicky and Sophie my 6yr old granddaughter, a conjunction of apprehension and amusement. Chris


24 Members of the North Yorkshire Branch Veterans at their monthly meeting and lunch, which took place at the BUFFERS P H and Restaurant SCHOLES L15 4AL .
Shown standing our Chairman Allen in his role as Orderly Officer saying to Norman "Any Complaints" whilst Gordon is desperately searching for lumps in his custard. The ladies and Alan Smith seem more than happy with theirs , no complaints.

The highlight of the meeting was members agreed to sponsor Chris Gangel who has volunteered to make a 'Tandem Parachute Jump ' with the Red Devils on 5th September 2017 to raise money in support of BLESMA The Limbless Veterans Charity ( Details available at www.rafpa.com)

It was agreed that 50 be donated from Branch funds . Members then donated 80 via way of a raffle. The Venue proprietor Darren Bennet , himself a ex Snowdrop generously donated 20 so altogether 150.00p for Chris.

Chairman Allen King thanked all for their generosity.

Further funding for Chris will continue.

Submitted by Ken.T.


21st June 2017 The North Yorkshire Branch of the Royal Air Force Police Association held their 17th Annual General Meeting at the 'Victoria Inn ' Wetwang.
There were no changes at our 'Top Table' . All existing officers were re-elected to serve a further term.
Team Leader and Chairman, Mr Allen King ably assisted by chairman of vice Mr Jim Gunn Vice Chairman. The Bean Counter and Treasurer Mr Mike Roberts now believed in his 16th year. Scribe and Secretary, Mr Ken Turner.

Presiding over us our two sages Mr George Denny, BEM MSM with Brian Burrows sat in the smaller chair as Vice President.


Today 10th June, eighteen members of the East Midlands Branch stood behind their tables and sold donated items at our Annual Jumble Sale.
The pictures show,

1  The team setting up on Friday evening. Two hours of hard work.

2  The team ready to start at 11.00 today

3  Goods ready to sell

4. The limited numbers arrive to spend their money.

              The weather was not kind to us and buyers were not as many as there had been on previous years.
               However in a little over an hour we raised 320 for our Branch funds.
            There will be more money to come from the sale of 'rags' on Monday.
    Well done to all who donated and more so to those regular volunteers who came to sell the many and varied articles.

John Curtis


Members of the North Yorkshire Branch. (The Veteran Tykes) at their Anchor Inn Venue ,on
Wednesday 24th. Principle picture and holding the card is John Fields who has recently celebrated his 90th Birthday.
John is our oldest active member and has been a staunch Branch Member for many years.



Details of East Midlands Branch Lunches


On Thursday 18th May 22 members of the East Midlands Branch visited the Defence Animal Centre on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray. It was a visit arranged by one of our members Ray Foster who lives in Melton.

We were met for tea and coffee by WO Woolman-Lane and Sgt Jepson who escorted us all day.

We spent a couple of hours in the morning in the Equine and Farrier sections of this large site.

Lunch ,was served, by our two hosts, in the Sgt’s Mess.

We spent the afternoon with the various sections of the dog training section.

Fascinating is the only word to describe the advancement in the training these animals.

No chains and shouts of “Heel” just quiet and gentle training.

We even had a dog in only its fifth week of training doing everything that was asked of it.

A very enjoyable six hours outside in the sunshine.

The grave of Sefton - gravely wounded in the Hyde Park bombings


Today the East Midlands Branch held their bi-monthly Sunday lunch at "The Thatch" in Bottesford, organised by Bill Bennett.
A gloriously hot day, in cool surroundings
Could not get everyone In the pictures so "Sorry" to John Limb, Dave Lane & John Parkes.
Thanks Bill for organising today
it's a pity a number of members did not turn up but it's not the first time and I am sure it won't be the last !!!
John Curtis


Our NMA Commemorative Memorial Coin has arrived, photo below. The coins will be on sale at the Snowdrop Parade in March, the AGM in April and at the dedication Parade in June.

The 10th Anniversary Coins are a Limited Edition of 100 and are 10 each. However if sales go well we will have the opportunity to get more delivered. All profits to go to the RAFP Memorial Fund

Yours in fellowship

EMB Secretary

Philip E Fitchett


I have had several requests from members who can’t attend the events advertised to purchase the RAFP Memorial Commemorative Coin and have asked for the coins to be sent by post.

Today I have ordered a number of jiffy bags and had examples weighed at the Post Office. The Coins cost 10 each and the P & P is as follows; 1 x Coin = 2.50. 2 x Coins = 3.00

Please make cheques payable to the RAFPA (EMB). All profits to go to the RAFP Memorial Fund.

Please send your order to Mr P E Fitchett, 33 Linton Road, Rosliston, Derbyshire DE12 8JD.

For the East Midland Branch members who are attending the Sunday Lunch at Ashmore’s Restaurant in Radcliffe Sunday 12th February 2017, you will have the opportunity to purchase the coins from me there.

If anyone wishes to purchase more than 2 Coins please contact me for the P & P.

Yours in fellowship

EMB Secretary

Philip E Fitchett


East Midlands Branch Awards


North Yorkshire Branch of the Royal Air Force Police Association , Alias 'The Veteran Tykes'
at their belated Christmas Lunch held at The Crosby Inn , Thornton - le - Beans


Blind veteran from Heathfield joins Remembrance Sunday march

Read more at: http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/blind-veteran-from-heathfield-joins-remembrance-sunday-march-1-7666792


‘Snowdrops’ pay visit to trust office 

Left to right: Archie Heath, Diana Levantine, Dave Hilton, Claire Stubbs, Tony Harbour and Elizabeth Stuart 

The Sussex Snowdrop Trust’s Walberton office was visited by members of the South Downs branch of the Royal Air Force Police Association. The idea for the visit, which took place on Friday, September 23, was the similarity in names - the charity, having ‘snowdrop’ in its name, and all RAF Police were known in the services as ‘Snowdrops’, due to the white tops of their hats. 

Tony Harbour presents the cap to Diana Levantine 

This developed into making this charity one of the branch’s annual donations. Each year the South Downs branch select a number of charities to support and this year five were chosen, one of them being the trust. 

The association members who attended were Dave Hilton, Tony Harbour, Archie Heath and Jim Spiers. They were welcomed by Diana Levantine, chairman and co-founder, Elizabeth Stuart, office manager, and Claire Stubbs, office administrator. The charity manager, Ashley Kuchanny, could not attend. 

A cheque for 200 was handed over together with an RAFPolice white topped cap, and the RAFPA members received very appropriate snowdrop badges. It is hoped that the two groups will get together in the future for further fund raising. The Sussex Snowdrop Trust helps local families cope with the day to day problems of caring for a child, diagnosed with a life threatening or terminal illness. The RAF Police Association brings together men and women who have served in the RAF Police, be it as national service or as a regular.

Read more at: http://www.bognor.co.uk/news/snowdrops-pay-visit-to-trust-office-1-7611466


East Midlands Branch meetings


Members of the North Yorkshire Branch having their June lunch, the venue being the former 'Railway Station ' at Scholes Nr Leeds.

The lunch was followed by their 16th Annual General Meeting.







Taken from our Forum dated 28/6/16:

Guys, Earlier today I emailed all National Officers, Trustees and Branch Secretaries with the October ECM date and location. I further requested that consideration be given to the subject matter for that meeting. Whilst I appreciate there might be reservation about the "new kids on the block" (my terminology) and the issues within the Association given the differences of the previous year, I would urge all of you to contact your local Branch Secretary and make your voices heard where there are matters of concern to you. I cannot guarantee solutions (let alone provide solutions agreeable to all parties), but I can guarantee that the meeting agenda will be constructed without fear or favour of any point of view or issue raised. Regards Jeremy (Fenton), National Secretary.




These are the 15 volunteers from the EMB who turned up at the Radcliffe on Trent RBL last night to set up the goods and again today to serve the paying public at our annual jumble sale.
We opened the doors at 11.00 and closed them at 12.15.
During that time took 516 !!!!!
 All of the clothing stock not sold will go to a reclamation yard on Monday to be weighed and sold. I estimate we will receive about 60+. Let’s wait and see.
The other items not sold were collected by a charity worker who collects on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Police who then store, transport and distribute to a European charity.
Well done to all volunteers involved.


Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their May Luncheon . This time near Thirsk in the North Riding of the County.
The handsome young couple,are Terry and Eunice Clamp a early 50's veteran of Fontainbleu.


At the EMB meeting last Saturday a presentation was made, by Trevor Evans on behalf of the branch, to John & Mary Curtis in recognition for all the work that John has carried out on behalf of the National RAFPA over the last 30 years and the Branch since its formation 20 years ago.
John has now relinquished all official duties and we wish him, and Mary, good health for the future.

On behalf of all members of the North Yorkshire Branch , may I add our Gratitude and Thanks
to that of Trevor's for all the work you and your Team at EMB have done over the years on behalf and furtherance of the RAF Police Association.
In its sixteen years the records of this branch show show that EMB have always been at the forefront and have been the Backbone of the RAF Police Association.
We hope you have taught your apprentice well.




I have just been informed, that Stalwart Supporter and long time Branch Member John Barford has been admitted to the Stroke Unit of Scarborough Hospital (Saturday) John is suffering on his RH side. Information is scant at the moment for further details, when available contact myself or the Chairman.
We all wish John a speedy recovery.



John was visited today 15/3/16 in Scarborough Hospital by a Branch Member
He is cheerful enough in himself , the Stroke has affected his right hand side causing him to loose grip with his right hand and it has also affected his right leg. Also affected has been his throat and his speech .



St.Mike’s website http://st-mike.com/ is one year old today.   All are welcome to visit and to see how another ‘nil cost’ site operates. Feedback via the St.Mike’s Guestbook or to admin@st-mikes.com.


During the night of the 15/16th February 1944 a Short Stirling (EF271) of 199 Squadron took off from RAF Lakenheath on a S.O.E. mission to drop supplies to the resistance in the South West of France. For reasons unknown the plane crashed at Boirac in the Dordogne. All seven of the crew were killed and are now buried in Mazargues War Cemetery, 6 kms south west of Marseilles. Each year on the 16th February at 11am a commemoration is held in memory of the seven airmen at the War Memorial at Grun-Bordas which includes a plaque in their honour. John Reid attended this ceremony on behalf of RAFPA and photographs can be viewed at http://st-mike.com/remembrance.htm



Members of North Yorkshire Branch at their Christmas Lunch


The next meeting of the North East Branch will be at 12 noon on Saturday 14 November 2015 at the Gateshead Bowling Green Club. Following the meeting at 1 p.m. a reception is being held to celebrate the appointment of our Branch Member Mr John W Twigger by the President of the Republic of France to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National de la legion d’hononeur. Members of the Association are invited to attend if within the area. The official presentation of the insignia will be held locally early in 2016 by a member of the French Embassy.

Pictures of the event - 17/11/15  - 30/11/15 - local newspaper report


Representing NW Branch RAFPA at the Holyhead Field of Remembrance today. Sunny day thankfully. No representation from RAF Valley again. Thats Two Remembrance day events they have failed to attend (Not at VJ Day either). Poor show from the RAF I think.  Mark Johnson

More pictures


No 10 Table, Members of the Royal Air Force Police Association at their Annual Gathering held at the Southview Park Hotel Skegness on 30-31st October. This being the 6th year of this very popular event.
Hosted by the East Midland Branch , Planned and Executed by that well known team , John Curtis and John Limb.

A Social Event not to be missed, one hundred members attended this year.
Next years Gathering will be held at the same venue over the weekend 4-5th November.
Full costing and booking details to be published.


DSPG Netheravon Flight Parade

I was honoured to receive the RAFPA trophy today for best GPD. Please find an attached photograph.

Kind Regards,
Cpl A Bell



Congratulations to Michael Soulsby (Mick) a member of the North East Branch who has recently received a commission into the RAF Volunteer Reserve Training Branch. Mick joined the Royal Air Force in June 1985 and served at various stations throughout the UK and at Bruggen in Germany, completing his service at RAF Scampton in 1992. On his demob he joined Northumbria Police and is still a serving officer. He is currently a Sergeant with The Roads Policing Unit and holds the position of Senior Crash Investigator.

Mick keeps in regular contact with the RAF Police stationed at RAF Boulmer, with regards to road safety and also has a close liaison on matters of mutual interests.

Mick has been a active member of the Air Training Corps at their squadron based at Wideopen, Newcastle upon Tyne. The squadron (No.861) was recently voted the best in the Durham/Northumberland Wing. It was selected to represent the region in 2014 and again in 2015 for the Sir Alan Lees Trophy Competition. The Squadron is proudly placed in the top 6% in the Air Training Corps in the United Kingdom.

Rowley Coultas

Branch Chairman


Congratulations to John Twigger, who today received from the French Government the Legion Of Honour.

John was born in Birmingham on the 28th February 1923. Aged 17 years when the war broke out and at that was employed as a messenger for the Fire Service, before he joined the RAF Police

John landed on Arromanches beach in Normandy on D-day plus 1 where he was responsible for a number of duties including the security of Germany prisoners and the burial of those killed in action. He was later seconded to drive an ambulance after the drive became ill and a number of other important tasks.

John met his future wife, Connie, whilst serving in Germany and had 65 years of a happy marriage.
Connie was employed with the Royal Artillery as an ack-ack gunner and John is very proud of having in his possession the telegram that she received from Field Marshal Montgomery, on her demob, thanking her for her services.

John spent the next 4 years in Germany returning in 1948 to RAF Acklington as the Station Sergeant.

He at present resides at Newton Aycliff, Co. Durham and is an active member of the North East Branch attending the majority of the meetings and other branch functions. We are all so proud of him.

Rowley Coultas

Members of North Yorkshire Branch at their October Meet and Lunch held at The Buffers
Public House & Restaurant Scholes NR Leeds on 21st Oct.

Blind veterans take on zipwire for charity

DAREDEVIL blind veterans took on a zip wire challenge to help raise funds for the charity which has helped them.

The eight-strong team descended 120 feet from the top Blind Veterans UK's main building at Ovingdean, Brighton.

They were among 200 people helping to raise more than 7,000 for the charity, which supports blind ex-servicemen and women.

One of the veterans taking part on the daredevil ride was Tony Harbour, 80, from Saltdean.

Mr Harbour was part of the RAF police from 1953 until 1961 and was stationed in Gibraltar and the UK.

After he left the RAF he finished his apprenticeship and degree in electrical engineering and moved to Brighton where he started up his own business.

Part of his work involved working on Blind Veterans UK properties, which are adapted for veterans with sight loss so they can live independently.

After volunteering for the charity for almost 20 years, Mr Harbour was diagnosed as suffering from glaucoma himself.

He had several unsuccessful operations to try and help with his sight but was registered blind in 2009.

Mr Harbour said: “When I lost my sight I found myself in a black hole that I didn’t know how to get out of. I wasn’t myself and I did not want to know the world.


“I’m so glad that I knew about Blind Veterans UK and I can’t tell you how much they have helped me. They’ve given me my independence back.”

Mr Harbour was joined by other members of his local RAF Police Association for the zip wire challenge and he and the group have raised thousands of pounds for Blind Veterans UK over the last few years.

Earlier this year he abseiled down The Grand hotel in Brighton and raised more than 1,000.

Mr Harbour said: “The adrenaline really was pumping on the zip wire. The Marines at the top were absolutely brilliant and we had a real laugh with them.


“It was fantastic and I would do it again any time. The most important thing is that a lot of money was raised for a brilliant charity in Blind Veterans UK.”


For more details about the charity, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk.


On Sunday 11th October  the East Midlands Branch bi-monthly Sunday lunch was held at  the Hostess, Sookholme near Mansfield hosted by Dave and Joyce Lane. There were 32 members who occupied four tables at this large dining venue and ate, and enjoyed  a three  course meal with coffee.

Owing to ill health TWO vacancies have arisen for the RAFPA ‘Get Together’ at the Warner’s Hotel at Alveston, Cheshire in January.
John Limb has skilfully negotiated a reduced price.
It is now 130 for the three day holiday (23rd-25th Jan 16)
Will members please settle their account with John on his return to UK (25th Oct)
If anyone wishes to fill the new vacancy will they contact me direct”
Thank you in anticipation

Blind veterans to join 200 others in Royal Marines Zip Wire


Eight brave blind veterans who have received life-changing support from Blind Veterans UK will be taking on a great challenge by riding a Royal Marines zip wire and descending 120 feet from the top of the charity’s iconic building in Ovingdean this weekend.

The dare-devil veterans will join 200 others in taking on the challenge to raise as much money as possible for Blind Veterans UK.

Tony Harbour

One of the veterans taking part over the weekend will be Tony Harbour. Tony, from Saltdean, turned 80 in June and will add the zip wire to his other fundraising efforts for Blind Veterans UK.

Tony was part of the RAF police from 1953 until 1961and was stationed in Gibraltar and the UK.

After Tony left the RAF he finished his apprenticeship and degree in electrical engineering and moved to Brighton where he started up his own business. Part of his work involved working on Blind Veterans UK properties, which are adapted for veterans with sight loss so they can live independently.

After volunteering for the charity for almost 20 years, Tony was diagnosed as suffering from glaucoma himself. He had several unsuccessful operations to try and help with his sight, but was registered blind in 2009.

Tony says: “When I lost my sight I found myself in a black hole that I didn’t know how to get out of. I wasn’t myself and I did not want to know the world.

“I’m so glad that I knew about Blind Veterans UK and I can’t tell you how much they have helped me. They’ve given me my independence back.”

Tony, will be joined by other members of his local RAF Police Association for the zip wire this weekend and he and the group have raised thousands of pounds for Blind Veterans UK over the last few years. Earlier this year he abseiled down the Grand Hotel in Brighton and raised more than 1,000.

He adds: “Lots have people have laughed at me when I told them what I was going to be doing but I can’t wait. I know we’ll all be in safe hands with the Royal Marines running things and I hope that we can raise as much as possible.”

Here are some pictures from Sundays Battle of Britain Parade held at Newcastle upon Tyne Civic Centre Ceremonial Way. RAF Guard was from RAF Boulmer and Reviewing Officers were Grp Capt Mark Coleman, OC RAF Boulmer, Newcastle Lord Mayor and Newcastle Lord Lieutenant. Rowley Coultas, Alan Weeks, Roger Bishop Tom Padgett and Alex Flavell represented the North East Branch.

The ceremony was held on 21 September at the Singapore Memorial with Deryk Strachan laying the wreath on behalf of St.Mike’s & RAFPA.



North Yorkshire RAF Police Veterans
At conclusion of their Monthly Lunch Meeting at the Anchor Inn Whixley Wednesday
23rd September,
The two young ladies- wi call em lasses up ere in Yorkshire- are Mary and Jackie who organise our monthly raffles, monies raised go towards our stationery, admin costs, and function subsidies. We also donate to a chosen charity which this year is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - to date 500 has been donated.
Often said many times that without such stalwarts we would be unable to function.

Future Lunches,
October, Wednesday 21st at The Buffers. Scholles.
November, Wednesday 18th at The Victoria Inn Wetwang.
December, Wednesday 9th Christmas Lunch at The Crosby, Thornton-Le-Bean, Northallerton.

All welcome , for details contact Secretary Ken Turner.


On Sunday 20nd September many towns across the country celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. 22 members of the East Midlands Branch met up at the White Hart Hotel Lincoln for lunch prior to attending the Commemoration and Thanksgiving service in the impressive Lincoln Cathedral
After the service a large crowd gathering around the entrance to this magnificent place of worship, to witness the parade.
Barrie Clarke carried the East Midlands Branch Standard, George Lee carried the RAFA Standard and six members of the Branch, together with six other veterans, marched at the front of the parade to much applause from the crowd.
We veterans were honoured by coming to the halt; turning into line and have the entire parade marched past with an ‘Eyes left’ as we stood smartly to attention.

Bill Bennett, Phil Fitchett, David Marr, Mick Hall, John Curtis, Bernard Lamb


The EMB had a conducted tour of the Toyota plant at Burnaston, Derby organised by EMB member Phil Fitchett who worked at the plant for over 20 years
Phil Fitchett, John Curtis, friend of Phil ,Mike Hall, Patsy Fitchett, Russell Jones, Maureen Clarke, Barrie Clarke, Bernard Lamb,Brian Whitaker, Jim Whitwham and Val Whitwham



North Yorkshire Branch Veterans, Ken Turner, Roger Cann, Ken Huxtable.
At the Eden Camp All Services Parade 13th September 2015
The Largest Gathering of Veterans in the North East.
See Also, www.edencamp.co.uk

North Yorkshire Branch. Visit to Eden Camp Museum on 26 August 2015
Pictures show;- Entrance to Camp & Museum

John Barford, Heading for ? you guessed it The Bar.

Group of Members having a after lunch chat.

On 16th August the impressive, historic, Kelham Hall near Newark, was the venue for the EMB bi-monthly Sunday lunch.
This lunch was organised by Al and Lynne Ehrsam and 33 members members of the EMB sat down to a three course lunch
It was a long winded meal as the Hall was also the venue for two large wedding parties but most of our party left happy and full
This was a new location which I am sure we will visit again when it is less busy.

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their July lunch and meeting at "The Crosby Inn", Thornton Le Bean, waiting for "The Off".  Photos here http://rafpa.com/photostoday.html
Our August Lunch and Meet will be at Eden Camp Malton on Wednesday 26th August and will coincide with a visit to the Eden Camp Theme Museum. Anyone wishing to join us are welcome, and should contact the Branch Secretary Ken Turner , preferably no later than Wed 19th August.

Photo of our EMB visit to the Nottingham Council House today.
The hour and a half tour was interesting and informative
We then retired to a local restaurant for a substantial lunch.
Another successful outing arranged by the EMB Entertainment Committee.
Hi Steve, my name is Phil Fitchett and I joined the East Mids Branch in Jan this year.
I am organising a tour at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant in Derby.
I would appreciate if you could advertise this event on the RAFP Associates web site.
We are limited to 20 members for the tour and at present we have 11 members from the East Midlands Branch already on the list, so there are still 9 places left.
Toyota do not charge for the visit, however, they do request a small donation to the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust. Throughout 2015, fundraising will be on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as many other charities and charitable organisations within the local area, including the Air Ambulance. They recommend 10 per person which can be paid by cash or cheque on the day. Cheques should be made payable to Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust.
The Cherry Tree Pub is just off the Toyota Roundabout, if members wish I can organise a meal after the visit.
I have attached a PDF file with all the info and a map, members can contact me on phil.patsy@btinternet.com or message me on 07805 713932.
If there is anything else you need please let me know.
Kind regards
Phil Fitchett RAFPA member 2751

I can't find anything useful on the 'new' site.

If anyone has anything article wise, photographic, or anything that might be considered
entertaining or amusing for The Griff, please send them to Mitch

Executive Council Meeting Sat 17th October 2015
Dear All,
The Executive Council Meeting on 17 Oct 2015 will be held at the Royal British Legion at Alrewas, DE13 7AX. As no Branch was forthcoming to host this meeting it was decided to hold it in a fairly central location.
The programme for the afternoon is as follows:
1200hrs: Gather for a Buffet Lunch.
1300hrs: Meeting starts.
1800hrs: Meeting ends. (Or earlier if business is completed).
For those intending to stay overnight there are various Premier Inns and Travel Lodges in the immediate area.
Items for the Agenda must be with me by the 31 August at the latest, together with names of either Secretaries or Appointees attending to represent Branches.
I would like to again take this opportunity to remind everyone that there has been no offers so far from Branches to host the 2016 AGM.
Alan Weeks
National Secretary
RAF Police Association

North Yorkshire Branch Events

Branch Lunch July 2015

Will be held at ‘The Crosby Inn’ Thornton-Le-Beans Northallerton DL6 3SP on Wednesday 29th July 12-00hrs for 12-30hrs
Menu details attached. If attending please contact myself with your Menu choices no later than Wednesday 22nd July.
Thank You.

NB. Thornton-Le-Beans, is situated to the East of the A168 Northallerton - Thirsk road.
Tel No 01609 772776

Recent Events

23rd June Annual RAFP/RAFPA Parade at the National Memorial Aboretum Alrewas.
Five Members of the Branch attended the event. Mr Jim Gunn Vice Chairman laid a wreath at the Memorial on behalf of all NYB

24th June NYB Annual General Meeting held at the Victoria Inn Wetwang. Members voted for the Status Quo, ie All
Current Branch Officers re-elected. Minutes will be published and distributed to all in due course.

Forthcoming Events

11th July Memorial Service at Fort Paull In Memory of the 8 Dog Handlers killed in the Beverley Air Crash at Sutton Wick
1957. Details have previously been published. The Service will begin at 14-00hrs present will be Members of the RAFP
RAFP QPD local Air Cadets, University Air Squadrons other associated groups . Air Dog Buster the RAF Police mascot will also be putting in a appearance. Those participating may have entry to the site for a 50% entrance reduction.ie 3-00d. Admission.

Branch August Lunch date to be decided but it is provisionally hoped to be held at Eden Camp Malton to coincide with a visit to the Museum.

13th September 2015
Eden Camp All Services Remembrance Parade
The North Yorkshire Branch of the RAFP Association will be taking part and other branches and individuals are welcome to join them

To Potential Parade Volunteers 28 June 2015
Copy to: Executive Council
Dear All,
A contingent of the RAF Police Association will take part in the parade at the Cenotaph in London, on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November 2015. We have to be ready on Horse Guards Parade by 09.45, and before this, time must be allowed for security checks and searches. After 10.00, there is no chance of using a toilet and we are on our feet for 3 hours, eventually marching for nearly 1.5 miles, and possibly in inclement weather.
As usual, we will gather after the parade (about 12.30), for a drink and a finger buffet in the basement of a pub at 33 Whitehall, called Silver Cross. Our wives/partners/families and friends are very welcome to join us in the pub, but NOT on parade.
I will send to you, your personal essential security pass/ticket that permits YOU entry onto Horse Guards Parade, when you let me know in writing your requirements (or not), for the buffet. The cost will be 6.00 per head. So if you require a buffet please send me your cheque made out to “RAFPA”, for 6.00, or multiples thereof.
If you do not receive your security pass/ticket by the end of October, please telephone. If you wish to purchase an Association white beret and badge, you should contact the Association Quartermaster Tony Lake on 01179 652302.
If you use a wheelchair let me know, then I can arrange for a serving RAF Police person to push you.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
For now, all the best.


Branch Officers of the North Yorkshire Branch at their Annual General Meeting, seemingly in serious thought which is not surprising when one reads the Agenda.
The Meeting was held at the Victoria Inn Wetwang on Wednesday 24th June.
Branch Members voted to retain the Status Quo.
Mr Allen King, Chairman.
Mr Jim Gunn, Vice Chairman.
Mr Mike Roberts, Treasurer.
Mr Ken Turner, Secretary.

Mr Roger Cann remains as Standard Bearer.

Still our President, Mr George Denny, BEM MSM.
Vice President, Mr Brian Burrows.

One of the main topics of discussion , was the New Experimental Website. Members had had difficulty accessing and those who did succeed found it not to the standard and content they had been led to believe it would be.
Full details will be published in the Minutes in due course.

9th June 2015

Announcement to members from the Treasurer. As it has been stuck for 4 months in a rut because the data on it was copied from this site up until February, it will be interesting to see what is considered "the next few days". The Chairman is still blaming me for this delay: "It has been a frustrating time exacerbated by the activities of some who have been opposed to the work that has been undertaken." No explanation as to what activities apart from preventing the wholesale hijacking of this site by the Treasurer could have been undertaken to cause this delay of at least 4 months. I can't see how asking questions over the validity of this website could have caused a 4 month delay.

"The Official RAF Police Association Website is now Live

Over the next few days you will receive an email from info@rafpassociation.com with your USER NAME and PASSWORD to enable you to enter the member area of the website which you will find at www.rafpassociation.com .

Should you experience any problems accessing the site please do not hesitate to contact me by email at mike_thornton@msn.com."

This is the Sunday Lunch held at the Oxfordshire Inn at Bletchington, by members and friends of the Oxford end of the London Home Counties (RAFPA). On the window sill are various raffle prizes for the prize door run by Daphne Lamb, the proceeds of which are donated to the charity Scotties Little Soldiers. I am sure we must be breaking some Gaming Law but so far so good.
The next Sunday Lunch will be on September 6th. so if any one else is in the area that day who would like to join us please let me know. (m.lester3@ntlworld.com)


Photos: Brian Crossin



The St.Michael’s (Designate) Branch has now completed its Inaugural Election with the following members being elected to office for the Branch Year 2015/16:

Chairman – John Armfield (France)

Vice Chairman – John Reid (France)

Secretary – Neil Rusling (South Africa)

The election was carried out by way of secure on-line voting. Thanks to Alan Weeks for helping to set up the poll and for monitoring it.

Over 65% of Branch members participated.

It is appreciated that we will not have full Branch status until after the next AGM due to the Rule changes that are necessary to cater for a ‘virtual branch’ but the interest is most definitely there and hopefully we will be able to maintain this and to attract those OSM who have lapsed over recent years back into the fold.

Neil Rusling


St.Michael’s Branch (Designate)


It was a sad day today - Sunday 17th May 2015 - John Howard and partner Del , Stewart McArdle and Barbara Bruce who donated the Standard in memory of her husband Bob "Laid up" the Norfolk Branch Standard of the RAFPA due to dwindling attendance/members. 

Hopefully sometime in the future we can once again get our Norfolk Branch up and running again.

Any branch up for hosting the AGM 2016