INTRODUCTION.  Welcome to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Mid-Somerset Branch’s website. RAFA is a forward looking organisation and a registered charity (Association Registered Charity 226686 in England & Wales: Mid-Somerset Branch No 0576 Registered Charity No 1116135), with over 74,000 members world-wide, and provides friendship and welfare support for serving and ex-serving RAF personnel and their dependants – over 40,000 individuals are helped each year. We hope that as you read further through the links on our website that you will wish to be involved in Association and Branch activity.  See in particular, activity at Flowerdown House our local Wings Break Hotel at Weston-super-Mare.

MEMBER BENEFITS.  Members of the RAF Association can benefit from a wide range of great discounts, deals and offers which have been chosen specifically by the Association with you in mind.  Many of our partners help us by making a donation to the Association when you spend with them.  So, by using our discounts and offers you not only help yourself but also help to support current and former serving RAF personnel and their families.  See the current benefits list: https://www.rafa.org.uk/members-3/member-benefits/

Anyone can join! If you are not (yet) a member, why not sign up today to membership of the RAF Association and help our vital work, as well as take advantage of the Members Benefits?  https://www.rafa.org.uk/members/

MID-SOMERSET BRANCH.  Over the years that our Branch has been active we have been very lucky to have people prepared to give of their time and talents to assist the Royal Air Force Family.  If you are a member who has not joined in for a while it would be great to see you again: perhaps to join us at a monthly Branch meeting (see below) and lunch.   If you are not a member  Join our branch .

BRANCH OFFICIALS AND COMMITTEE 2019/2020.  At the 2019 Annual General Meeting held on Monday 4 Mar 19, Branch Officers and Committee were elected as shown here.   The members of the Committee are the Trustees of the Branch Charity.  Would you like to help your Branch and its members meet its charitable aims?  There will be vacancies on the committee – if you are a potential volunteer, email the President via rafa.midsomerset@gmail.com.  For Committee Terms of Reference see Committee TOR Summary.  See also RAF Association Finance handbook 2018.

BRANCH SECRETARY.  Due to ill health, Noel Pettigrew has retired from his position as Secretary after over 19 years stalwart support to the Branch:  he will be sorely missed and the Committee wish him well for his ‘retirement’.   The Committee was delighted to note that Nigel Cross was willing to volunteer to act as Secretary and at its meeting on 22 October 2019 the Committee appointed Nigel to fill the casual vacancy.  The position of Secretary will be subject to election at the AGM in March in the normal way.

RECENT PAST EVENTS.    Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Events   2019 Branch Christmas Lunch

 

LATEST  NEWS  – UPDATED  11 FEBRUARY 2020

BRANCH NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020.  See Newsletter Feb 2020finalx for pdf version of February 2020 Branch Newsletter as circulated by email and (for those without email) by hardcopy.  For high definition version of this report on past and future activities of the Branch see Newsletter Feb 2020finalx

BRANCH SCHEDULE.   2020 Schedule – at 11 Feb 20

RAFA WINGS BREAKS.  See Brochure for details of holidays at RAFA Wings Break Hotels and Holiday Homes.

MENTAL WELLBEING TRAINING COURSES.  See Briefing Pamphlet for details of the 80 free Mental Wellbeing Courses being organised by RAFA for 2020.  Particularly designed for non-serving members the RAF family.

ASSOCIATION ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE REVIEW.  Council have responded to Resolution 15 from Bognor Regis at the 2019 Conference by publishing for consultation proposals for extensive change to  the administrative structure of the Association and the Terms of Reference of Branches.  Please see here for details and update of recent activities.  The Committee has provided an initial response to accord with requested end-Jan deadline   Text of MSB Committee response to Consultation Draft . The subject will be discussed in depth at the AGM on 2 Mar 20.  Members are invited to comment via email to rafa.midsomerset@gmail.com.

1182 (SHEPTON MALLET) SQN RAF AIR CADETS.  The current Chair of the Civilian Welfare Committee of 1182 Shepton Mallet Air Cadet Squadron is standing down after 9 years in the role, and is seeking someone to take over and lead the committee on either an interim or permanent basis.  His note  20-01-Shepton Air Cadet Chair-Letter-Jan20 gives details.

LAST MINUTES.   MINUTES FEB20

NEXT BRANCH MEETING.    The next Branch meeting is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at The Britannia Inn on Monday 2 March 2020 starting at 1100 hrs.  For details see   AGM 2020.   All members are encouraged to attend this important meeting followed by convivial lunch.  If you cannot join us, your thoughts are welcome via rafa.midsomerset@gmail.com.

FUTURE BRANCH MEETINGS:

Monday 6 April starting at 1100 hrs. Speaker: Mike Bravery, “Life in a Polaris Submarine”.

Monday 4 May starting at 1100 hrs. Speaker to be advised.

Monday 1 June starting at 1100 hrs.  Speaker to be advised.