10th Riggers' Reunion
Saturday 27th October
WO's and Sgts Mess, RAF Henlow.
An information leaflet and a booking form has been posted or e-mailed to all members.
Any member who has not received their copies should contact me with their new e-mail or postal address.
The Assocation sadly reports the death of
Hugh T. Conroy (1944-45).
Hugh served as an Electrician/Rigger in India.
Hugh died as a result of a stroke in October 2010 at the age of 87.
Condolences can be sent to his wife and
his family at 29, Belfairs Drive, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 3AA.
3144627 David McCracken.
The Association sadly reports the death of
David "Jock" McCracken (1954-56)
Jock passed away at home surrounded by his family on Thursday 8th February 2018.
Condolences can be sent to his wife Margaret and his family at Byways, Lochview Road, Stranraer, Dumfries and
Galloway, DG9 8HP
2018 March Update.
The March 2018 Update has now been
posted or e-mailed to all members.
Any member who has not received their copy should contact me with their
new postal address or e-mail address.
2018 Riggers' Open Golf Championship.
Friday 10th August 2018.
Henlow Golf Club.
Following coffee/tea and bacon rolls on arrival there will be a
warm up event.
A 9 Holes Texas Scramble with the first tee off at approximately 08-30hrs.
The Scramble will be followed
by the lunch break.
Main event - Riggers Open - 18 holes utilising the Stableford scoring system, first tee off at 12-00hrs.
This will be followed by the presentations.
The cost will be £30 per player, payable on the day.
Rooms are available in the Sgts Mess at RAF Henlow on a first come first served basis (both Thursday and Friday
nights) at approximately £6 per night. Bedding will be provided but breakfast will need to be paid for if required.
Players are welcome to contact Derek should
they wish to discuss preferences of playing partners etc.
It is hoped that a decent number of the players will stay for a few beers in the mess on Friday night. Wives, girlfriends,
partners warmly welcomed. The possibility of an evening barbecue is currently being looked into.
Please contact Derek to book a place in the competition and also to
book accommodation in the Sgts Mess.
Derek can be contacted by telephone:- 07835424218, E-mail:- email@example.com
NEW YEAR HONOURS 2018.
Congratulations to Flight Sergeant
Derek Driscoll who has been awarded The Air Officer Commanding 38 Group Commendation.
Well done to the Aerial Engineering Flight, 90 Signals Unit who have been awarded a Team Commendation.
G8424391 Peter Hobbs.
The Association sadly reports the
death of Peter Hobbs (1993-7).
Peter, who had been suffering from bowel cancer, passed away during the night
of the 30th October 2017.
Peter's funeral took place
on Monday 13th November at 12-45hrs at the Llwydcoed Crematorium, Aberdare, Brecon. CF44 0DJ.
ceremony a wake was held at the White House Inn in Sennybridge, LD3 8RP.
Condolences can be sent to
Peter's wife Ruth and his family at Wayside, Aberbran, Brecon, LD3 9NH.
4138097 Bryan Rawlinson.
The Association sadly reports the
death of Bryan "Rawly" Rawlinson. (1953-57).
Rawly, who suffered from Parkinsons
Disease, passed away in Luton and Dunstable Hospital on the 17th September 2017, following a fall at home.
Condolences can be sent to
Rawly's wife Anne and his family at 7, Strangers Way, Leagrave, Luton, LU4 9NE.
3528866 William J. P.
The Association sadly reports
the death of William "Bill" Lambert (1960-72).
Bill passed away as a result of a
brain tumour in Bournemouth Hospital on the 17th June 2017,
His funeral was held at 13-15hrs
on Friday 30th June at the North Cemetery, Strouden Road, Bournemouth, BH8 9HX.
2nd Riggers' Dining in Night.
RAF Henlow WO & Sgts Mess.
Saturday 29th April 2017.
A brief report can be found on the
2017 Riggers Open Golf Championship.
Friday 4th August 2017.
Rutland County Golf Club.
The event was organised by Chris
Details of the runners and riders can be found in the Golf section of the Events Page.
It has been announced that
RAF Henlow, the ancestral home of all RAF aerial erectors, is to close by 2020.
Bawdsey Radar Trust.
Saving the World's First Operational Radar Station.
Radar has won Heritage Lottery Fund support for its Transmitter Block
Bawdsey Radar was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund
grant of £1.4m as part of a £1.8m project to conserve the Transmitter Block
building on Bawdsey Manor Estate in Suffolk.
The Transmitter Block was
built in 1938 and was a key building at RAF Bawdsey, the world's first
operational radar station.
The major site construction work started
in September 2016 and was completed by September
2017 allowing all visitors to once again explore and find out about this pioneering
The 2018 Opening times can be found the bottom of this page.
Communications Wing and 90 Signals Unit Memorial Service.
Rememberance Service took place at the TCW & 90SU Memorial, located at the
National Memorial Arboretum on the 27th July 2017. The Ceremony remembered
those members of the Unit(s) no longer with us and provided an opportunity for
friends and colleagues past and present to pay their respects.
As in previous years, the
families of those who are named on the Memorial were invited to attend as was those of the
retired members of the RAF who have served on either TCW and/or 90SU and who have died
since leaving the service. Stones were dedicated to those who have died whilst in service
since last years service and also to those who have died following their retirement from the
The event was followed by an informal social gathering at the George Hotel in
Sir John Holmes's Independent Medal Review.
Changes to Ministry of Defence Medals and Clasps.
Those servicemen who served in Cyprus during the period 21 December
1963 to 26 March 1964 will be awarded the General Service Medal (1962)
with clasp "CYPRUS 1963-64".
Applications for the new clasp will be accepted
from 1 March 2015 onwards. The first of the awards will be dispatched towards
the end of that month (however these timings remain under review). Applications
will be dealt with in date order.
BERLIN AIRLIFT 1948-49.
The General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp "BERLIN AIRLIFT" will be
awarded for at least one days' service to all aircrew, RAF and civilians who
took part in the Berlin Airlift operation from 25 June 1948 to 6 October 1949
Applications for the new clasp will be accepted from 1 March 2015
onwards. The first of the awards will be made towards the end of that month
(however these timings remain under review). Applications will be dealt with in
Medals/Clasps that are to be awarded under revised qualifying criteria.
The medal with
distinguishing rosette was awarded for one days' service in the Falkland Islands
or their dependencies or in the South Atlantic, south of 35 degrees South and
North of 60 degrees South, or for 1 operational sortie south of Ascension Island
between 2 April and 14 June 1982.
The medal alone was awarded for 30 days
continuous or accumulated service between 7 degrees and 60 degrees South latitude
between 2 April and 14 June 1982 (completed no later than 12 July 1982).
Following the review the qualifying period for the award of the South Atlantic
Medal without the Rosette has been extended from 12 July to 21 October 1982
when the airfield at Mount Pleasant became operational.
Applications for the South Atlantic Medal, under the new time extension, will be
assessed from 1 October 2014 onwards. The awards will begin to be dispatched towards
the end of that month. Applications will be dealt with in date order.
Those who participated
in the suppression of acts of terrorism in Cyprus between 1 April 1955 and 18 April
1959 will qualify for the General Service Medal 1918-62 with Clasp "CYPRUS", if they
served for 90 days or more. The qualifying period has been reduced from 120 days,
bringing it into line with the qualifying period for service during the Kenya
Applications for the clasp "CYPRUS" under the new
qualifying period will be accepted from 1 October 2014 onwards. The first of the clasps
will be dispatched towards the end of that month. Applications will be dealt with
in date order.
Application forms can
be downloaded and further information can be found on the Veterans-UK website by using
the link to the Veterans-UK website on the Links Page.
Change of Name.
It has been announced
that as of the 15th November 2013 for "Aerial Erector" read "Communications
The Defence Privilege Card.
The Defence Discount
Service was announced by the Defence Secretary on October 7th along with the
Defence Privilege Card. The Defence Privilege Card will allow members of the Armed
Forces Community to save in stores, restaurants and venues by showing their Defence
Privilege Card. This in turn will allow the Armed Forces, their families and
Veterans to get recognition within their communities.
The Defence Privilege Card
will be a valuable and tangible part of the nation's recognition and appreciation
of the Defence Community. The Defence Privilege Card is seen as an important aspect
in developing the Armed Forces Community Covenant in local communities across the
The Defence Discount Service is asking businesses across the UK, nationally
and locally, to accept the Defence Privilege Card as a discount card and reward the
Defence Community with discounts within their stores. Companies can sign up for free
and start accepting the Defence Privilege Card straight away. The Defence Discount
Service company area allows businesses to get promotional material that lets the
Armed Forces Community know that they accept the Defence Privilege Card.
Defence Privilege Card has now been launched by the Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Defence Privilege Card is available to Serving Armed Forces - Regulars and
Reservists, their Spouses/Partners, Veterans, Cadet Forces, MOD Civil Servants, War/
Service Widow(er)s or Bereaved Family Members and NATO Personnel in the UK.
Members of the
association can now sign up and request a Defence Privilege Card
which costs £4-99p for 5 years.
Further information and a downloadable
application form can be found on the Defence Discount Service Website. A link to the
Defence Discount Service website has been put on the Links Page.
The United Kingdom
Forces Veteran Lapel Badge is available free of charge to all men and women who served in
HM Armed Forces.
The Veterans Agency, now known as Veterans-UK, has announced
that all the earlier qualifing dates have now been dropped.
A copy of the Veterans-UK
application form can be down-loaded from their website by using the link on our Links Page.
Bawdsey Radar Group.
Transmitter Block Opening Times 2018.
Every Sunday &
Thursday from April to October 28th.
Bank Holiday Monday's 7th & 28th May & August 27th.
Opening Times : 11-00
am to 4-00pm with last entry at 3-30pm.
Entry Fee: Adults £6-50. Children 5-18 £1-00. Under 5's
Concessions Over 65's £6-00.
Special Visits can
be arranged by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (07821 162879) or
by contacting Mary Wain (Chairman) 1, Whitehouse Cottage, Gulpher Road, Felixstowe,
Suffolk, IP11 9RJ.
Further information can be found on the Bawdsey Radar Group website by
using the link on the Links page.