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We’re very happy to announce the formation of the Royal Air Forces Association’s newest branch, the Armourers’ Branch.
The RAF Association has branches across the UK and worldwide, but in addition it has a few branches that have a non-geographic base and are what we call ‘virtual’ branches. These include the WRAF branch and the TCW & 90SU branch of the RAF Association.
The Armourers’ Branch is the latest of these and will act as a global focal point for current and former serving armourers of the RAF, under the umbrella of the Association.
Not having a location to base their activities around, the Armourer’s branch is formed with the intention of being united through a particular trade so that the Association’s unique sense of community can be fostered through not only those likeminded people of the Royal Air Force, but also through common experiences.
The new branch was announced at the Association’s Annual Conference in Blackpool in May by the Chairman of Central Council who welcomed the formation of a new branch.
Director of Membership and Operations, Bob Hounslow said: “We are immensely delighted to be welcoming a new branch to the RAF Association. This new virtual format of branches that we are launching shows how the Association is evolving in line with changing times. People live busy lives and so we as an organisation are adapting to their needs for a sense of community that is online in a digital age.”
“Increasingly our members are communicating with one another online, we have an online forum where our members chat to one another and social media channels that connect our membership with the wider RAF family.”
“Our branches are increasingly making use of these facilities on a local level. Many of our branches now are on Facebook and Twitter as well as running their own websites; the connections are growing day by day.”
The RAF Association exists to ensure that no member of the Royal Air Force or their dependent is ever left in suffering, poverty or loneliness and keeping people connected through our branch network is one of the ways in which we help to keep those connections alive.