Welcome to Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Kenley & Caterham Branch!
Last updated on 11th May 2013 / 21:30 h
++++ See the report about the recent Wings Appeal events themed 'A Trip down Memory Lane' and 'The River Wandle' below. Pictures are to be found as usual in the Tower Section. ++++
++++ In time for the first 'Kenley Heritage Day' on 23rd June 2012, RAFA Kenley & Caterham issued two limited editions of very rare lapel badges. The first set comprises of six different versions of the Lancaster lapel badge. Set number two features also 6 different versions of Hurricane lapel badges. The latest versions of each badge are available from all RAFA branches. However the older versions are extremely rare now. To get them all in one collector's set is to our knowledge a unique occassion. If you are interested please send an email to email@example.com. ++++
- Saturday 29th June 2013, 12pm - 3pm
Fish & Chips - Lunch and talk
“The Loyal Tin Soldiers”
by Hartmut Klein
- Sunday 18th August 2013
Hardest Day - with Buffet from 12pm
(Please bring some food)
- Saturday 19th October 2013, 12pm - 3pm:
Octoberfest – Lunch and talk
Speaker to be confirmed
- Saturday 30th November 2013
Christmas afternoon and talk
Speaker to be confirmed
To attend any of these events please register with Evelyn Klein
- for opening times of the Portcullis Club please scroll further down on this page
The Wings Appeal events on 27th April and 11th May 2013 were well attended. At the first event, Jill Tassera went down memory lane with many anecdotes and artefacts from her time as a young lady during and after the war. At the latter event, Mike van der Vord captured the audience with his knowledge about our local area, especially the river Wandle. The audience thanked both speakers with a big round of applause and RAFA Kenley and Caterham in turn thanked both, audience and speakers, for their generous support of the Wings Appeal. Pictures of both events are featured in the Tower Section.
- Veterans' Christmas Lunch Old Coulsdon Centre 13th December 2012
As in previous years the annual Christmas Lunch for Veterans took place at the above Centre supported by the RAFA through our hardworking HWO Rosemary Stewart and the generous backing of our President Frank Stanhope OBE.
There were over 44 or more Veterans and RAFA representatives attending on the day ably assisted by a hard working band of volunteers who throughout the lunch, together with the Centres own volunteer staff, served an excellent three course meal not forgetting the plentiful wine that flowed, thanks to Frank, and finishing with coffee/tea and hot mince pies.
The tables and the room itself had been tastefully decorated making a stunning Christmas feeling as one entered the room. This achieved by Rosemary and all her helpers the day before.
Sadly this was to be the last Veterans Christmas lunch to be organised by Rosemary who is stepping down as our Branch HWO. To recognise her outstanding welfare work over many years, Rosemary was presented with an engraved plaque by Mike Roach, Branch Chairman.
In addition to this Rosemary also received a large bouquet of flowers from our President, who unable to attend and another from all Portcullis Club members.
Vera Harvey, Rosemary’s assistant, was also presented with a Bouquet by our Branch Treasurer Gwen Smedley in recognition for all her valuable work and support.
The Centres volunteers also received a gift of thanks for their part in making this truly a memorable occasion and may it long continue.
In conclusion on behalf of the veterans, helpers and RAFA members I sincerely wish Rosemary a happy and long retirement in her new home in North Devon and her to keep in touch.
Find photos of this event in the Tower section.
Courtesy of Kenley Airfield Friends Group find a map of the Kenley Airfield Heritage Trail in the Kenley Airfield section.
- Our Advent afternoon with German Christstollen, gingerbread and special biscuits took place on Saturday, 1st December 2012 at the Portcullis Club. More than 20 guests including a contingent from the Reigate Branch enjoyed the homemade pastries from Evelyn. A small Christmas Fair comprising of our bric-a-brac stall and handicrafts added to the Advents atmosphere. A raffle of donated items and the draw of the winner of the Santa Teddy made it even more interesting. An afternoon which passed all too quickly. Proceeds will be going to the Wings Appeal. Find images of this event in the Tower section.
- The talk by John Chisholm, Deltiologist & Village Sign Society, about 'Village Signs' in our local area at the Fish & Chips event on Saturday, 13th October 2012, was well received by the audience. A few images of his talk are featured in our new RAFA calendar 2013.
Your local RAFA Branch wants to offer a meeting point for people who are interested in the welfare of RAF veterans of all conflicts and services. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in at our weekly meetings at the Portcullis Club (details see below).
Our Branch consists of more than 200 members and is located at the very southern end of Greater London. This position is in close proximity to a number of WW2 airfileds, namely Biggin Hill, Redhill, and of course Kenley Airfield. Hence our Branch and particularly the still very agile and active WW2 veterans take great pride to keep history and memories alive. Our restless veteran Ken Raffield has invested much time and dedication to build a comprehensive archive of all related materials from once and now.
We are lucky to have one of the former RAF buildings on Kenley Airfield as the home of our Portcullis Club where Branch members meet twice a week.
Thanks to the glider operations of the Air Training Corps of nearby located RAF Squadrons, a strong link of the Branch with RAF service men and air cadets exists.