Our aim is to provide a meeting point for all those in the Huddersfield area who share our commitments to preserve the memory of former RAF personnel and to organise the collection and disposal of funds for the welfare support of the greater RAF family.
In doing this, we run regular fund-raising stands at local galas and in supermarkets, as well as arranging the annual Battle of Britain street collections. In 2016 we organised and successfully completed a major charitable undertaking, a sponsored five-day walk in memory of the Wellington Z1327 bomber crew which crashed near Huddersfield in 1942. We always endeavour to have these events publicised, helping to keep the RAFA name prominent in the area.
As concerns welfare, we have direct contact with the relevant support officers of RAFA. When it is brought to our attention that a local ex-RAF person or dependent could possibly benefit from the association’s help, we liaise with the area welfare team to ensure that the candidate is dealt with quickly.
We participate in organised parades such as on Remembrance Sunday and at the annual Elvington Allied Forces Day celebration. We also provide a Guard of Honour or Standard Bearer alone, when requested, at funerals. Social functions, such as regular informal coffee mornings, are important for us.
Whilst RAFA objectives are central to our existence, it is the companionship of like-minded colleagues that makes our branch tick. All have stories to tell, coming from varying backgrounds and from differing times, but all have a common interest in what is important to us. They may be ex-RAF, their dependents or simply someone who finds our activities appealing, but all have a part to play.
If this sounds like the kind of organisation which you would enjoy contributing to, please contact any committee member listed on the previous page.