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National Service (RAF) Association

NS(RAF)A Branches / Groups and Lunch Clubs (Flights and Squadrons !!!) contact list:

The new "NSRAFA Shropshire Branch".

Despite Ice and snow and the bitter cold, twelve intrepid individuals,
with apologies from 23 others, found their way to the Swan Hotel at
Wellington in Shropshire on Monday January 21st to investigate the
possibility of forming yet another branch of the National Service (Royal
Air Force ) Association
Former NSRAFA committee member Percy Woodhouse from Stirchley in Telford
had arranged the meeting in response to repeated requests from Association
members and said he was delighted that so many managed to turn up and he felt
their commitment augured well for the future.
Meetings are to be held at the Swan Hotel. 106 Watling Street, Wellington, Shrops. TF1 2NH on the third Monday in each month at 12 noon with the December meeting being a Christmas Party.
2013 dates: Feb 18th / March 18th / April 15th / May 20th / June 17th / July 15th / August 19th / September 16th / October 21st / November 18th and the Xmas Party on December 16th.
Any interested ex RAF personnel from the National Service years of 1939 to 1960 and since are invited to go along to any of these get-togethers and their family members are actively encouraged to become involved as well.
For further information contact Mr Woodhouse on 01952 590555 or e-mail him on 668wpa@talktalk.net."
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The new "NS(RAF)A Wirral Group".
The Inaugural Meeting took place of the proposed Wirral Group on Monday 28th January. I was informed that approximately 25 people would be tuning up at the Hooton Hotel and was more than delighted when 47 arrived .
Although I admit I was concerned in case we ran out of room! All went well and confirmed my belief that there had been a need for this new group.
Our future meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month (except July and August) at the Hooton Hotel.Hooton Road, Wirral. CH66 7NL. Opposite Hooton (Mersey Rail) Station on the Chester Line.
Book in at 11.00 hrs Start Meeting 12.00 hrs and dine at 13.00 hrs.
Choice of hot meals sandwiches.
Interested ? Then contact Jim Bradshaw. Tel/ans 0151 645 2883. or e/mail: jim@bradshaw.uk.net.
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Other NEW Branches which with your support are starting up.

NEW Branch: Royal Leamington Spa.
First meeting in early August had 11 Lads attend and they will go forward from here.
Latest information from Barry Hackwood: 01926 424632.

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Chelmsford
Successful 1st meeting just held - for further information contact: Jim Machn: 01245287808 e mail: jim.machin@cyfl.biz or: Tony Gill: 01376 322592.

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NEW: Bromley/North Kent.

Meetings are held at the The Crown Inn, School Road, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5PQ. at 12 noon. On the third Tuesday of each month.
For further information contact
John.W.McElroy (Mac) tel: 0208 467 4904 email jonjo.mac@virgin.net
Other contacts: Fred Best: tel: 01322 618613.
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Hampshire
Hampshire Branch:
The Branch meets at The Bishop on the Bridge,
1 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9JX. Tel. 01962 855111
on the SECOND TUESDAY of the month at 12 Noon.

To reduce parking cost use the Park and ride near junction 10 of the M3.
There are two sites, St. Catherine's (585 places) and Barfield (195 places). The cost is �2.70 for the car full. Further info at http://www.winchester.gov.uk/
For more details about the Branch: contact William Hauxwell: Tel 01256 472035 or e mail: whauxwell@aol.com
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DERBYSHIRE.
One meeting held in Derby in April - attended by 21 Lads.
Venue for future meetings is "The Excavator" PH on the Ambergate to Ripley Road.
The contact regarding this and who wants to build on this to really get it off the ground is: Brian Durose. Tel: 01629 55979.
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Gloucester:
The Gloucester Branch now have a membership of almost twenty and meet at the .Victoria PH. on the Hucclecote Road in Gloucester on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 1230.pm.
Hot meal's are available and we have invited guest speaker's every other month.
We welcome any interested person to our get together's and any local ex RAF are more then welcome to join our group.
Contact for further details is:
Ray Adlam: Tel: 01452 505400. no e mail
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Tyne/Tees/Northumberland.
Starting up.
For details contact; Morris Stewart. Tel:01670 789271.
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North Kent/ Swanley.
For details contact: Fred Best: Tel: 01322 618613.
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Borders - Dumfries.
A small Group of Lads but keen to keep it going.
For details contact the Chairman: Robert Marshall: Tel:- 01387-263828.
David Trail: The Secretary: 01461 204855.
Tom Bartlett Publicity: 01387 268677.
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Bristol.
Meetings held at: The Staple Hill British Legion Club. Staple Hill.
Bristol.
Tel: Mr J Gatty. Tel 01454 884060.
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Cambridge:
Regular bi monthly meetings are held at the Combined Services Club, Barnwell Road, Cambridge.
Tel: Anthony D.Shipp, Tel: 01223 248639 E mail: adspds@adspds.plus.com
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Cosford, West Midlands:
Meet at noon (come early to book lunch etc) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at: The Hive (families Club) RAF Cosford.
Mr Les Bouts Tel: 01902 752471.
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Edinburgh:
Edinburgh Branch: Meet 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 1.30pm.
Venue: The Edinburgh Masonic Club, 1 Shrub Place Lane. Edinburgh. EH7 4PD.
Ample free parking and accessible by Public Transport.
A warm welcome can be assured to any ex WRAF / RAF Personnel from the small friendly Group.
Contact for information; Mr J Renwick. 16 Saughton Main St. Edinburgh. EH11 3HF. Tel: 0131 443 5798. E mail: j.renwick123@btinternet.com
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South West England:
Meetings held at the White Ensign Club, South Street, Exeter.
11.30 hrs on the second Tuesday of alternate months. (February to December).
Light refreshments and a very friendly crowd of like minded people !
Contact: Derek Lord: Tel: 01626 890207 OR Mike Soper: e mail: mike.soper856@btinternet.com
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Hornchurch - Romford:
Brian Hooper (Our hard working ASTRAL Editor): Tel: 01708 760940
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Kenley (Surrey and South West London).
30 members attended the inaugural meeting of the Branch at the "Whyteleafe Football Club on the 7th October 2011.
To start with they have made a decision to meet bi monthly.
All ex RAF personnel and partners are invited to join them. Prior booking needed for the Xmas lunch.
All further details from: Peter Simpson: Tel: 01883 348310.

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LINCOLNSHIRE.
Very active Branch who arrange trips out etc as well as the monthly lunchtime get togethers.
For Further information on activities contact:
Mike Galvin: 01724 840264.
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North Wales and Border Counties:
Meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (Except July and August)@ 11.30 hrs at the Springfield Hotel, A55 expressway at Pentre Halkyn., Flintshire. CH8 8BD. Jct 32a (B5123) on the A55 Expressway (Chester to Llandudno road) - the hotel can be seen on the hillside next to the A55 and serve very good lunches!.


Branch Chairman: Reg Youd: Tel: 01978 290583.
Branch Contacts:
Derek Griffiths(Vice Chair) tel: 01244 547854.
Peter Pemberton Tel: 01978 761391.
E.mail: andrewpemberton@tiscali.co.uk
John Wright tel: 01691 682425.
Peter Wright: tel: 0151 648 1427.

On Monday September 8th Colin Schroeder returns with tales of 'Aircraft and Submarines'.
Other speakers booked for our branch meetings at the Springfield Hotel (off the A55 Expressway) are:
Monday October 13th Speaker: Michael Dowey 'Prisoner in the Yemen'
Monday November 10th Speaker: Roy Marsh 'Aircraft photography Update'
Monday December 8th Festive Lunch followed by Guest Speaker (tba).
New Year 2015 January 12th Speaker: Steve Berg returns with 'Operation Red & Maple Flags'.
Wives family & friends - are always welcome at North Wales & Borders Branch:
Reg Youd Chairman Tel: 01978 290583 email: myoud@talktalk.net

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Norwich / Norfolk:
Meetings held at; Drayton Old Lodge,
146, Drayton High Road,
Drayton,
Norwich.
NR8 6AN

Our bi-monthy meetings/lunches are held on the last Monday of the months February, April, June, August and October, with a Christmas meeting/lunch on the first or second Monday in December.

Allan Moore: Tel: 01953 604988.
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Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Meets monthly in three alternating venues in the three counties:
Berkshire: the Tilehurst Royal British Legion Club;
Bucks.: The Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury;
Oxfordshire: The New Club, Wheatley.
Time usually 11.30 am.
Dates vary depending on availability of the venues.
Any ex RAF are welcome to get in touch.
Chairman: Peter Jackson, 110 Church Road, Wheatley, Oxford, OX33 1LU. Tel.01865 873246. e-mail: peterjackson25@hotmail.com
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Plymouth - Lunch Club.
Recently started by Ken Lewis, - all ex RAF welcome (with partners).
Further details: Ken Lewis: Tel: 01752 789660. e mail: patnken@talktalk.net
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South and West Wales:
Meetings held at Swansea and Carmarthen.
Mrs Pauline Littler. Tel 01269 831786
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Southend:
Meet quarterly at: The Hadleigh Conservative Club. Southend.

Ron Spack: Tel: 01268 779697
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Sutton Coldfield, North Midlads.
There was resounding support for the formation of a Sutton Coldfield / North Birmingham Branch , Wednesday being the preferred day with the venue for the next meetings being the The Fox and Dogs PH , left hand side of Mere Green Road having passed Sainsbury's, with a large car park and near a bus stop.

The meal on offer would be a Carvery - you select from Turkey, Beef & Pork, plus trimmings and vegetables, with a choice from six served puddings. The puddings could be replaced with a starter, but main plus pudding would make it simpler. The cost would be �6 under the banner of the Diamond Club, exclusively for those over 50. (normal cost would be nearer a tenner). This would only leave 5p towards stamps but if we can keep up the surplus from the raffle I see no problem and would leave a reasonable sum for wine at the Christmas occasion.

By agreement I have cancelled the outstanding provisional meetings at the Plough & Harrow. - I have provisionally booked meetings at the Fox & Dogs for the future - contact me for details.
Meet at the Fox & Dogs: 11-11.15 for coffee.

The venue will open at 11 am for us (normally 12 noon) so it is proposed up 11.30 to for socialising getting drinks if required from the bar, then talk 11.30 and then at about 12.15 commence obtaining food (Carvery - Turkey, Beef or Pork and very good selection of vegetables), staff will take & serve your pudding selection followed by coffee or tea.

Partners are welcome to attend as is the wearing of insignia etc.
If you know of other ex RAF personnel (NS, Regular, WAAF/WRAF, irrespective if they are current members of our association) who might be interested, please pass on the details of this meeting/luncheon and ask them to contact Ron direct.
As it will be essential to let the hostelry have knowledge of numbers/selections Ron asks that you to call him and leave details of your meal requirements and then please send cheque for £6 each made payable to Mr R Read and he will settle total food account.
Ron Read. (0121 308 0777). E-mail: ron443@btinternet.com
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West London, Herts and Bucks:
Meet regularly at: The Gate P H. Rickmansworth Road. Northwood. Midx.
(This is just outside Mount Vernon Hospital. Northwood)
Contact is: Reg Cook. Tel: 0208 429 3953.
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West Sussex and Surrey:
Meet quarterly at The Norfolk Arms. High Street. Arundel. W Sussex. Tel: 01903 882101.
The Ladies are also invited to join us.

Phil Newman. Tel: 01798 815259.
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Wessex formally Dorset:
Bi monthly meetings held at noon: The Masonic Hall. Digby Road. Sherbourne. Dorset.
For further information contact: CHAIRMAN: Christopher Shores, 'Amberley', The Avenue,SHERBORNE,Dorset, DT9 3HL 01935 815828 christopher@cshores.wanadoo.co.uk
SECRETARY: Martyn Steer,'Avaklon',Peak Lane, Compton Dundon,Somerton.Somerset,TA11 6PE 01458 273455 mjsteer@btinternet.com
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West Yorkshire:
Next meeting at the Thatched House P H. Wakefield.
Contact for further detail: Derek Hobson: Tel: 01924 359167.
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Wigan and Blackpool.
John Magee: Tel: 01942 521523 e mail: j.magee@blueyonder.co.uk
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Northampton, Nottingham / Kent and Leicester:
Many members in these areas - Volunteers needed to start a Branch - help to get started available from the Hon Secretary: Mr Honey. 01782 516887.
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