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Death Of David Browning - 10th Entry

I have received the following message from David Ainsworth (304th) notifying the death of David Browning:   'Sad to say former RA...

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Death Of Crawford (Pat) Wedlock - 12th Entry

I have been notified of the death of one of our members, Crawford (Pat) Wedlock. The following announcement was made on Facebook by John Davies (303rd) and was ...

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Can You Help?

I have been approached by relatives of the following ex-Admin Apprentices seeking information as to their whereabouts. If you are in contact with either of thes...

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New Article

New Article

My thanks to Grahame May (25th) for taking the time to post a very interesting article detailing some thoughts and memories of his school days as a teenager. Th...

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New Image 315th Entry

Our thanks to Peter Davis (315th) for providing a new image featuring members of his entry. To view  click here Website Manager Comment: Peter is on ...

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Death Of Norman Yates MBE - 593020 24th Entry

From the Association Chairman   We have been informed of the sad death of Norman Yates at his Farndon home on 10th June 2020, aged 81 years, following ...

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320th Entry Reunion

Attention all 320th entry members! I have received the following message which I have been asked to publish: 'Morning, could you post this on your FB site...

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Death Of A Member

Sadly I have been informed of the death of Christopher Rowe (38th) who passed away on 4th June. Our sincere sympathies are extended to his wife Christine and fa...

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Death Of A Member

Sadly we have been informed of the death of Brian Scott (32nd Entry) who passed away earlier this month. Our sincere sympathy is extended to Brian's family at t...

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New Image 311th Entry

I am grateful to Edward Stout (311th Entry) for providing me with an image of his AA boxing team at RAF Hereford in 1968. Ed believes all the members of the tea...

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Some Memories Of 306th Entry

My thanks to Alan Hastings for providing us with a few memories and a few images relating to the passout the 306th Entry. To read Click Here If anyone wou...

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New Article

My thanks to David Tinley (44th), for providing us with a very interesting article concerning his hobby of Airfix modelling. To read  Click Here...

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Article By Charles James (24th)

Thanks to Charles (Jimmy) James for a short article which I have published today. To read  Click Here...

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A New Article

My thanks to Grahame May (25th) for sending in an article he has entitled Halcyon Days. This has been published in the Members Articles page and will also appea...

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A Heartfelt Message From Your President And Chairman

1 May 2020 Good Afternoon By now, many of you will have received a direct e-mail from your Association Membership Secretary, Frank Wareham, entitled “St...

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New Images - 1st Entry

Punishment was severe in 1947 especially if you were caught smoking without a pass! These new images featuring the 1st Entry have just come to light.  P...

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Images - 313rd Entry

My thanks to Peter Ace for providing 2 images featuring the 313rd Entry. To view Click Here...

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Death Of An Association Member

I am sorry to report the death of one of our members,  Andy Funnell (592332 - 6th Entry) who passed away last Friday 17th April.  Andy was in a care h...

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Cancellation Of The Annual Reunion 2020

Further to my recent post 'Troubled Times' on I am now able to publish the following extract from comments made jointly by our Chairman and Social Secretary, re...

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Troubled Times

Good morning all from a nice sunny day here in France. I need not remind anybody about the how the Corona Virus outbreak is impacting on all of us, except to...

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New Article

Many thanks to Bob Blundell for submitting a new article telling us of his experience on Remembrance Day. A fantastic act of kindness by strangers. To read t...

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Articles For The Newsletter

My thanks to my good friend Ted Huntley (24th) for sticking to his pledge at last year's AGM, that he would write to our members in an effort to encourage more ...

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Quite A Coincidence!

For your amusement only. This image has recently been circulated on the internet for reasons I will not disclose here. However, I passed it on to several mem...

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Death Of Martin Benn 23rd Entry

The Association has been informed  of the death of (William) Martin Benn (593000) on 3 January 2020 at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital. We understand h...

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Death Of Hereford Supply Instructor

My thanks to Dave Patrick for passing on this information posted on the RAF Hereford Facebook Site on 23rd December. https://www.facebook.com/groups/24904738...

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Information Wanted

I have been approached by the Logistics Supply School at Halton to help solve the mystery of a sword that has been discovered but no explanation as to who or wh...

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The Late Ian Dunn - 8th Entry

The family of the late Ian Dunn have kindly sent us some details of Ian's recent funeral. I have posted these details as an image gallery. To view  Click H...

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The Not Forgotten Association Northern Ireland

Again my thanks to Steve Day our intrepid Newsletter Editor for picking up a report on Facebook concerning the activities of John Davies (303rd) and The Not For...

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A Letter From America

Following my earlier post A Letter From South Africa, I was very pleased and surprised to receive the following from the daughter of a 12th Entry Apprentice Cle...

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Letter From South Africa

I thought you might like to read the following received recently from an ex-member of the 304th Entry. 'I was sitting in my home in Durban South Africa and f...

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New Images 317th Entry

My thanks to Graham Goddard (317th) for kindly providing an album of photographs taken at the entry pass-out. To view the album please Click Here...

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The Passing Of Mike Heritage -11th Entry

Following the recent announcement of the passing of Mike Heritage I have today, I have today received the following message from Andy Heritage: 'To all the m...

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Death Of Mike Heritage - 11th Entry

It is with sadness that I announce the death of Mike Heritage who passed away on 5th September. Most of you will remember Mike who served tirelessly for many ye...

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Bircham Newton Heritage Centre

Dixie Dean (40th) has advised me that the Bircham Newton Heritage Centre now has its own Facebook Page. I have seen it and it looks good . Here is the link to t...

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Ruislip Records Publication - 1939

Ruislip Records Publication - 1939

Clearing out my voluminous in-tray the other day, I came across a copy of a Ruislip Records Magazine dated September 1939. This was around the time that the 56t...

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New Images 33rd Entry

My thanks to Bob Danes (33rd) for providing images of his retirement Dining Out Night at RAF Leuchars in June 1990. To view the images and the press cutting iss...

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Federation Of Apprentice And Boy Entrants Associations

Our Chairman Bryan Schofield attended the meeting of FABEA held on 23rd July where the future of RAF Halton and the Halton Apprentices and Boy Entrant Associati...

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Association Archives

I have recently posted a series of images comprising our Archive Records. The detail has been compiled by our Archivist David Tinley who has put a considerable ...

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Bircham Newton Heritage Centre

My thanks to Dixie Dean for passing me the following information regarding the Heritage Centre at Bircham Newton: MRAF David Brownrigg Craig, Baron Craig of ...

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The 2020 Annual Reunion Booking Form

As discussed at the 2019 Annual General Meeting  at Northampton, we have introduced an on-line booking form for future Annual Reunions. Once completed and ...

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Annual Reunion Northampton 2019

Annual Reunion Northampton 2019

The Northampton Annual Reunion 2019 website page has now been password protected. The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting the Annual Accounts as well as 2 pho...

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New Images - 29th Entry

My thanks to Ray Burrow for bringing two new images which he gave me at the AGM at Northampton in June. These pictures were taken at the 29th Entry reunion at R...

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Death Of Alan Milestone - 5th Entry

I have been informed of the death of Alan Milestone - 5th Entry. I have no further details at this time. Our sympathies are extended to his family at this sad t...

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29th Entry Visit To Sicily - April 2019

A short account of the visit by members of the 29th Entry, to Sicily in April can be read by Clicking Here  ...

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New 5th Entry Photos

My thanks to Alan Smith for providing several new images relating to the 5th Entry and a very good photo of an unknown Entry marching through Porthcawl (Alan th...

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New Photos - 315th Entry

I have recently been sent two newly discovered 315 Entry photos by Steve Day, our Newsletter Editor (who keeps an eye on several RAF related Facebook sites), in...

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Anthony Johnstone - 3rd Entry

Anthony has sent me an interesting account of events leading up to a Mention In Dispatches during the late 1950s. He has also provided us with a new picture tak...

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New Images 318 Entry

Your Newsletter Editor, Steve Day has been keeping a watchful eye on RAF related websites in the hope of spotting material that might be useful for posting on o...

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Ruislip Apprentice Clerks - Some New Information

I have been contacted by the daughter of Owen Claude Douglas, who served as an Apprentice Clerk at Ruislip from 1938 until 1940. She has kindly provided me with...

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Don (Mac) McGilp - 27th/28th Entry

Sadly we have been informed of the death of Don (Mac) McGilp who passed away on 28th December after a long illness. Don who was promoted Cpl App was at Hereford...

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News From Australia

I received an email from my namesake Ian Bell recently and he brought me up to date with the latest situation viz a viz ex-admin apprentices in Australia. I hav...

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Season's Greetings From Your Website Manager

Season's Greetings From Your Website Manager

      Another year has almost passed and one cannot but reflect on how quickly that year has gone by. I would like to thank all of yo...

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Skin Cancer - Claims Made To The Veterans Agency

My thanks to Anthony Johnstone (3rd) who has commented on the remarks made by our President at the October committee meeting regarding help available for skin c...

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Remembrance Day November 2018

Remembrance Day November 2018

I would like to draw your attention to our website page dedicated to the annual remembrance day events. Several members have contributed their accounts and phot...

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RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre - Armistice Day 11th November 2018

RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre - Armistice Day 11th November 2018

I have received the following report from Dixie Dean. A small ceremony was conducted to mark the the centenary of the signing of the Armistice which ended th...

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The Late Mick Parrish - 30th Entry

I have published a letter sent to our Newsletter Editor by Mrs Margaret Parrish, the wife of the late Mick Parrish (30th). This letter is also expected to appea...

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An Obituary To Haydn Illingworth by Phil Gough - 31st Entry

To read this obituary to Hayden Illingworth (21st Entry), please Click Here...

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38th Entry Photo

A new photo submitted on Facebook a few days ago has been spotted by Steve Day. This picture has been enhanced by Peter Lee who regularly remasters black and wh...

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Remembrance Day 11th November 2018

Note: The content of this notice will be repeated on our special Remembrance Day page where it will remain as a permanent record. https://rafadappassn.org/n...

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Death Of Peter Edmonds - 17th Entry

I have been informed by the Chairman that Peter Edmonds of the 17th Entry has died. I have no further details other than that after a private cremation, a servi...

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Obituary For Tony Course - 25th Entry

We have been informed of the death of Anthony F Course (593057) – 25th Entry who passed away on 7th May 2018, following a long battle with illness. Bill Hu...

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New Photo 330th Entry

My thanks to eagle eyed Steve Day our Newsletter Editor for spotting a piece posted by Keith Appleyard (330th) on the Real RAF Apprentices Facebook page the oth...

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Updated Photo B Flt 3 Sqn 308th Entry Suppliers

My thanks to Allan Clark (308th) who has supplied me with an updated photo of the entry's B Flight 3 Sqn Suppliers. Allan says that our official photo of 'B' fl...

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Thinking Outside The Box - Update

I am very pleased to have received a couple of images that were found on Facebook. While both were submitted by existing committee members (Bryan Hoare and Stev...

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Hereford Railway Station

I found a picture of Hereford railway station on Facebook recently. It has not changed much! To view Click Here...

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Our Memorial Cleaned And Gleaming!

Our sincere thanks to both Chairman Bryan Schofield (33rd) and George Masson (29th) for their recent visit to the National Arboretum where they spent a ...

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Regional Groups

I have just received via the Newsletter Editor, two Regional Group reports, (Dorset and SW Herts) neither of which were sent to me by their respective group coo...

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The 2018 Swindon Reunion Page

The 2018 Swindon Reunion page has now been published. It contains two galleries of photographs taken at the event, the Minutes of the AGM and the Annual Account...

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Confirmation Needed

I have been approached by Colin Mount (38th) who has commented on this picture: The picture is posted in the Permanent Staff page 2 of our website where ...

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Australian Regional Group

I am pleased to announce the formation of a small Australian Regional Group. At present it comprises just two ex-Admin Apprentices living in South Australia but...

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Video Clip - 302nd Entry Pass Out Parade

My thanks to Peter Vaughan who has kindly provided me with a dvd containing a clip of the 302nd Entry pass out parade at Hereford on 17th December 1965. I have ...

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Identification Please!

Dixie Dean (40th)  has  notified that amongst items found in 4 boxes of apprentice/boy entrant memorabilia found from a condemned training wing at Hal...

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How To Get Your Bespoke RAF Centenary Mug

The final version of the RAF Centenary mug designed by ex-boy entrant Nicholas Price is now available for sale. If you wish to purchase one click the link below...

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A Warning

Many of you may have come across a Facebook Group run by an individual calling himself Frankie Seaton. https://www.facebook.com/groups/304470356686284/about/...

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RAF Bircham Newton Closure

RAF Bircham Newton Closure

The Construction Industries Training Board (CITB) has confirmed it will remain at its head office at Bircham Newton no later than December 2019. Consultati...

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Website Forums Page

On 21st January, I published a notice regarding the introduction of an Association website forums page. I  am sure you will be pleased to know that our...

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RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre - Dixie Dean 40th

RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre - Dixie Dean 40th

Dixie has asked me to publish the following: The RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre (HC) faces an uncertain future following the Construction Industries Trai...

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Change Of Address Association Treasurer

Will members please note that as from 8th November 2017, our treasurer Garry Hoyland's postal address will be as follows: Hawthorn House 9 The Gables Padd...

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Flying Experience Courses

  Anyone with a mind to undergo bit of flying experience may find one or all of the following of interest. Ben Croucher 29th, Association Secretary has ...

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Association Blazer Badge

29th April 2017 The Association have commissioned a Blazer Badge at a cost of £10.20 (inc VAT). At a recent committee meeting,  it was agreed that ...

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Remembrance Sunday Parades

17 December 2016 I have introduced a new page in which posts, images and videos taken by members at the annual remembrance parade at the Cenotaph  can b...

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Downloading Earlier Editions Of The Association Newsletter

12th February 2016   I have been doing some work on placing links to some of the earlier editions of our Newsletter into the website to enable me...

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