The RAF Regiment Memorial Garden’s new block paving in late-2009 enabled the establishment of individual and personalized Memorial Stones in the pathway. The Memorial Stones, manufactured in honed light grey granite and available in several distinct styles, may be ordered by anyone who may wish to commemorate a Corps individual, unit or event.
RAF Regiment Association National Chairman
From The Chairman
I would like to start by thanking all of you for supporting our Association over the past 12 months. In particular I wish to thank the National Management Team for giving up so much of their time in the running of the Association. I am delighted that Bill Espie has been awarded a CG’s commendation; he was highly instrumental in the task of developing the business case and rationale for the adoption of the Association as a Registered Charity and this was achieved earlier this year. Special thanks also to former Chairman Steven Brereton-Martin. Steven has been very active behind the scenes, his advice and wisdom as we progressed to charitable status is very much appreciated by the National Management Committee. Thanks also to the Regimental Secretary, Martin Hooker, who once again has lobbied hard on our behalf. Through his efforts we were represented, with our Standard on parade, at the RAF Formation Service at St Clement Danes and the Battle of Britain Service at Westminster Abbey.
Last but certainly not least, a special thank you to the ladies who devote so much of their time to supporting the Branches.
The National Management Committee has met four times since the 2013 AGM. The main effort has been the development of a Business Plan. Our Mission remains the same – To maintain and promote comradeship amongst all RAF Regiment personnel, past and present, in order to promote the good name, reputation and traditions of the Corps.
Now that we are a registered Charity Incorporated Organisation, work has been ongoing to ensure that our Association rules comply with the requirements of the Charities Commission
CV’s of the volunteers for The National Compliance Committee were published in the summer issue of the Flash and we wish to recommend their appointment by the AGM in October this year. Their role will be to monitor the performance of the Management Committee against the published management and financial plan and to advise it on any deviations or disputes on management of risk.
Work is also ongoing to update our website. We must adapt to the digital age, catch gunners at source and make sure everyone who qualifies to wear the famous mud guards is a member of the Association immediately they are awarded.
Once again I thank you for your support and confidence in electing me as your Chairman for the next three years. I ask you all to stay safe and think about those away; those gone on and those in difficulties and, to face the challenges with the usual RAF Regiment fortitude and humour that is the essence and spirit of the Corps.
Very best wishes to you all.