Sadly we have been informed of the death of Association member, Mike Day (38th) who passed away on 16th August. Mike had been suffering from ill health for some years. I have no more details at this time but will update this post if further information is received. The Association offers its most sincere condolences to Mike’s family at this difficult time.
In September last year, I published a notice regarding a proposed 50th anniversary reunion for the 319th Entry in May of this year, organised by Peter Clinker. He had hoped to include members of the 317th, 318th and 320th.
Peter has recently advised me that unfortunately there was not sufficient interest in the proposal so it was regrettably abandoned.
I am pleased to announce a new feature that will enhance our password protected pages (the Newsletter, the password protected Newsletter Archives and the Annual Reunion). A ‘Show Password’ eye symbol will show to the right of the password box which when clicked will reveal the password as you type.
This will help those of us (me included) that have big fingers and often press the SUBMIT button only to find we have typed the password incorrectly!
Sadly we have been advised of the death of Jeff Short (37th Entry). I have no further details at this point but if I am informed of Jeff’s funeral arrangements, I will update this post. May I, on behalf of the Association, extend our sincere condolences to Jeff’s family at this difficult time.
Sadly we have been informed of the death of Alasdair Ross (21st Entry) who passed away on 14th February.
I have no further details at this time.
Sadly we have been advised of the death on 22nd February of Des Skinner (41st). Des lived in Australia and was a member of the Australian Regional Group.
Fellow group member Tony Collins (46th) has written an obituary which I have placed on the 41st Entry Scrapbook Page. To read the obituary click the link below:
One of our members, Derek Threadgall (27th) spent many years in the film business both during (like me and many more of us, he undertook the projectionist course) and after leaving the RAF. He has written an account of his involvement with Shepperton Studios. It makes interesting reading and anyone wishing to obtain a copy or would like more information can do so by contacting Derek by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies are priced at £6.50 (unsigned) or £7.50 (signed). Prices include postage to UK addresses.
Sadly we have been informed of the death of ex-member Brian (Ben) Casey – 39th. Ben’s membership lapsed last year having failed to respond to hasteners to renew. Ben who lived in Cyprus, had been an active member of the Cyprus Regional Group.
Sadly we have been informed that Alan Howling (593038 24th Entry) passed away on 11 December 2021.
Alan had allowed his membership to lapse in 2019 because of poor health. We understand that Alan’s funeral has already taken place.
Sadly we have been advised of the death of Association member John Michael Crips (23rd Entry) who passed away on the 19 November 2021. I have no further details at this time.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to Ron Muggleton (38th) and to Pat Groombridge (4th) for their very useful input following my request for information regarding the late Len Williams. The information that has been provided has been passed to RAF Sgt Rhys Davies (a distant relative of Len) who is researching his relative’s career, both during and after his RAF Service.
If anyone else out there has any information please do let me know:
I have received an enquiry from the niece of Christopher Penny (27th Entry) seeking information about her uncle. I have acknowledged the request and if anyone has memories of Christopher and is prepared to pass them on to me, would they please let me know.
Contact me Association Website Manager email@example.com or reply direct by using the comments box at the foot of this notice.
I have received a request from a serving RAF Sergeant for help in researching the career of the late Len Williams (38th Entry). Len died in 2009. Sgt Rhys Davies is a distant relative of his and is the custodian of his medals. As only a distant relative, he has only been able to obtain a heavily redacted copy of Len’s records but would like to further research his career. It is believed that Len reached at least Sgt rank.
I am aware that we have several 38th entry members in the Association and it is possible that someone may have known Len. There were 3 Williams in the entry and on the Scrapbook page, the name Williams is shown on at least one photograph. Can anyone identify Len from any image on the Scrapbook page? If so would be a good start! If anybody can shed any light on the life and times of Len Williams, I would be grateful if you please contact me your Website Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following and sudden and unusually large increase in applications to register as a subscriber to our Website Forum page, I have determined that these applications are not genuine but are what are known as spambot. Spambots are autonomous programmes on the internet that sends spam to a large number of users or posts spam on online forums. An example might be the irritating emails seeking service satisfaction after you have ordered something online.
While the individuals or sites behind the Forum spam registrations would not have been able to gain access any sensitive areas of the site, they nevertheless could as subscribers, leave unwanted messages and post advertising material when creating posts.
In view of what has been happening, I looked at the amount of traffic addressed to the Website Forum page since its inception and it is clear that the Forum idea has not been the success we had hoped for. There has been very little discussion generated since the facility was introduced some years ago. As such I believe that our members wishing to participate in Forum activity might wish to consider using our associated RAF Administrative Apprentices Association social media Facebook site:
Therefore, in view of the circumstances outlined above I have taken the decision (in conjunction with our Chairman) to remove the Website Forum facility from the Website. As a result access will no longer be available on the Main Menu on our Home Page.
Members are nevertheless reminded that all other areas of our website remain unchanged. Please continue to communicate with us using our existing facilities:
1. By Email to any of your Committee Members:
2. By Using the Noticeboard reply option area at the end of each published notice
3. By submitting one of our Contact Forms as appropriate:
a. Membership Form https://rafadappassn.org/membership-form/
b. Submit An Article https://rafadappassn.org/submit-an-article/
c. Find A Friend https://rafadappassn.org/find-a-friend/
4. The Annual Reunion Booking Form https://rafadappassn.org/booking/
If you have any quesions or observations on this particular issue please do not hesitate to contact me email@example.com or reply as shown in item 2 above.
We recently received an enquiry from a former 330th entry Craft Apprentice who trained as a cook but whose name was not listed in the entry list. I am taking this opportunity to remind everyone that that Catering trade Craft Apprentices who trained alongside Administrative Apprentices at Hereford from 1968 until the end of the Apprentice Scheme in 1973, are eligible to join our Association.
The Service numbers allocated to the Administrative Apprentices were in a block purely relating to the Secretarial and Supply trades whereas the Service numbers allocated to Craft Apprentices (8007134 to 8015679) related to all trades and all the training schools. When our Chairman carried out his research with the Personnel Management Centre and the Disclosures Cell to put names to numbers, it proved impossible to identify individual trades in that 8,546 block. Therefore, over the years we have relied upon contact from former eligible Craft Apprentices in order for them to be added to the appropriate Entry lists. If you are an ex Catering trade Craft Apprentice and your name is missing from your entry list, please do get in touch with me at:
Our Entry Scrapbook pages which all contain a list of known entry members, can be accessed by clicking here
Two ex-Catering Craft Apprentices are already Association members and we would be delighted if others would consider joining us.
A membership form can be obtained by clicking here
Sadly we have been informed of the death of one of our members, David Short – 19th Entry. David had been ill for some time and died on 15th April. David’s funeral was held on 12th May. The Association extends its sincere sympathies to David’s family.
I have now completed work on reorganising the layout of the General Archives section of our website. I am experiencing some minor issues with text colours which I hope will soon be resolved.
Would you please note that the main navigation bar previously headed ‘Scrapbooks’ has been redefined as ‘Association Archives’ which better reflects the overall content of the drop down menu. The Entry Scrapbook remains the first item in that menu.
The new page is divided into two sections. The first contains general photo galleries previously spread over 9 pages. Where possible individual galleries images have been titled with the source of the images. The same applies to many of the images themselves but it has not been possible to undertake this for all images.
Visitors need only to click on a photo in any gallery to display a larger size image and thumbnail images are displayed at the bottom of the gallery to enable you to through the gallery.
The second part of the page contains items of a documentary nature that have been provided by our members over the years. I would welcome further items like this which I will be pleased to include.
I have today changed the contact email address for our Membership Secretary and Archivist, David Tinley from firstname.lastname@example.org to the following:
Would members please note that future correspondence to David on all matters relating to his dual role as both Membership Secretary and Association Archivist, should be addressed to the new email address.
We are receiving enquiries from ex-RAF apprentices regarding the purchase of the Commemorative Medal. Members of our own Association have been notified of the availability of the medal and provided with an order form with which to purchase. At the moment, the medal is available only to RAF Administrative Apprentices Association members and members of the Halton and Locking Apprentices Associations at a discounted price, until 28th February 2021. After that date it will be made available to non member ex-apprentices minus the discount. If you are an ex-RAF administrative apprentice and wish to purchase the medal at the attractive discount price, you can join the Association by following the link below:
Ex-Halton and Locking apprentices should contact their respective Associations for further details:
Queries regarding this notice from Ex-Administrative Apprentices can be directed to our website manager at email@example.com
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 members to download these if they so wish. So far 16 previous editions are available. If there is a significant demand I will add to this list. Please let me know if you require a particular edition not listed and I will do my best to make it available for you.
Please note also that as a new issue of the Newsletter is published, the previous issue will be automatically archived and and will be available in our Newsletter Archives page