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To the Thetford & District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, Branch Number 996. The Royal Air Forces Association or RAF Association is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF family. Receiving no government contributions, our work is completely funded by the generosity of our members and through vital donations from our supporters in the general public and from businesses. A great supporter of the Thetford and District Branch is no. 1109 (Thetford) Squadron Air Training Corps.
As a branch we are very proactive with lots going on. We have monthly Branch meetings usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Sergeants' Mess at RAF Honington. In addition to our monthly meetings, Branch members meet for an informal lunch once a month usually on the third Friday of each month. Branch Social Evenings are held four times a year, with our December event being a more formal Christmas Dinner.
During the year the Branch takes part in various activities related to the general public and where possible has an Information Stand at various locations, Stanton RBL Fun Days, Stanton Primary School Open Day, Brandon Country Park, Barnham Fete and RAF Honington Families Fun Days are regular venues. The stand is manned by volunteer members and their spouses.
Each year the Branch holds a Remembrance Service at St. Ethelbert's Church, East Wretham, which commemorates the Czechoslovak and Polish Servicemen buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Plot.
The branch is also represented at the annual Armed Forces Day by having the Branch Stand in Thetford market place. The Branch takes part in the Royal British Legion Parade and Service held in November to commemorate the armistice.
This is a photo of the Queens Colour of the RAF Regiment being paraded at the Trainee Gunner Graduation Parade TG 1/15 on the 9th October 2015.
One of the biggest events in the calendar is the Annual Wings Week, which commemorates the 'Battle of Britain'. The Wings Appeal and Wings Week is climaxed by the Branch holding a Battle of Britain Remembrance Service held on the designated Sunday at St. Cuthbert's Church, Thetford.
The Branch publishes a bi-monthly Newsletter, as well as reporting items from Central Headquarters the newsletter contains information on past, present and future branch events together with appropriate photographs.
In 2010 a 'Garden of Reflection' was constructed at RAF Honington and since it's construction the Thetford and District Branch has carried out regular maintenance of the garden.
The Royal Air Forces Mission - Our purpose and reason for existence is enshrined within the charitable objective set out at Article 2 of our Royal Charter which states '' The object for which the Association is established is to promote, through the comradeship engendered by its members, the welfare by charitable means of all serving and former members of Our Air Forces, their spouse and dependants, together with the widows and widowers and dependants of those who died whilst serving or subsequently ".
Join us today by becoming a member and be part of something special. Come and meet old friends and make new ones. A warm welcome awaits you.