4156052 Brian Johnson.
The Association sadly reports the death of Brian
"Mick" Johnson (1954-1974).
Mick can be seen on the right of the group photograph taken at RAF Riyan, South Arabia in 1964.
Also in the photograph below the tenticadodiwat tree, left to right, are Bob Eaton, Dave Singleton, Eddie Edwards
and Pete Morris.
Mick passed away at 10-20hrs on the 31st December
Mick had suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for a number of years. In early December he
was rushed to hospital with chest, throat and urine infections which completely overwhelmed him. His kidneys failed and his
other organs were shutting down but he fought to the end.
As Mick was not religious a humanist service was
conducted by Mr. Richard Paterson at the Briwnant Chapel, Thornhill Crematorium, Cardiff, CF14 9UA
at 1200hrs on Thursday 19th January 2017.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments were served at the Country House
Hotel, CF14 9UA.
Condolences can be sent to his wife Pat and
his family at 34, Dol Y Pandy, Manor Park, Bedwas, Caerphilly, CF83 8HP. E-mail:- email@example.com
H8083680 Trevor Holland.
The Association sadly reports the death of Trevor
Trevor passed away at home after a courageous
battle with Prostate Cancer on the 24th December 2016.
A service was held at his home at 10-30hrs on the 31st
December followed by cremation at 13-00hrs at the Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast.
Donations in his memory can
be made to "Macmillan Cancer Unit, Antrim Area Hospital" c/o Mrs Mona Murdock, 31, Bushmills Road, Coleraine, BT52
Condolences can be sent to his wife Donna and his family at 45, Sea Road, Castlerock, N. Ireland, BT51 4TW
or by e-mail:-firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2016 Update.
The November 2016 Update has been
sent out to all of you who receive it by post.
E-mail problem now sorted and all e-mail copies have been
Anyone who has not received their copy should contact me with their new e-mail or postal address.
4184815 Robert Bullock.
The Association sadly reports the
death of Robert "Butch" Bullock (1956-1968).
Butch passed away on Monday 5th December
in Bedford Hospital following a long fight with lung cancer.
His funeral took place at St Mary's Church,
Henlow at 13-00hrs on the 30th December.
Condolences can be sent to his wife Maria and his family at
9, Groveside, Henlow, Bedfordshire, SG16 6AW.
4179323 Charles Langridge.
The Association sadly reports the
death of Charles "Charlie" Langridge (1956- ??).
Charlie passed away on Friday 21st October following a stroke which took
place over 15 years ago, The stroke had virtually confined Charlie to bed in a Nursing Home for the remainder
of his life.
Condolences can be sent his wife Norma and his family at 11, Cedar Drive, Cheadle,
Staffordshire, ST10 1SE.
2731485 Douglas Burr.
The Association sadly reports the
death of Douglas "Spider" Burr (1954-56).
Douglas passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon
the 27th November 2016.
2nd Riggers Dining In Night.
RAF Henlow WO & Sgts Mess.
Saturday 29th April
The group photograph taken at
the 1st Riggers Dining In Night 3rd May 2014.
This event is again being organised by WO Darren Smith
"Smithy" who has now confirmed the cost of the event at £50 per head. This will also include some money
behind bar for twofers.
Menu is as follows;
Starters - either;
Flat Mushroom topped with Bacon, Brie, Spinach with Cranberry sauce or Chicken
and Sweetcorn Soup
2nd Course is Smoked Salmon Roulade
3rd Course is Raspberry Sorbet.
Chicken wrapped in Serrano Ham, Dauphinois potatoes, Fine Green Beans, Honey Roast Carrots and Thyme,
Dessert - either;
Banoffee Pie or Chocolate Orange "Melt in the Middle" Cake.
Liquors of choice.
Coffee and petit fours.
When replying please let Darren know your choice of
starter and dessert or if you have any special vegetarian needs.
As with the last event, dress will be formal;
No5s or No1s for serving personnel and DJ's for civilians. Dress for ladies is ball gown or cocktail
dress (no trouser suits allowed).
Darren is trying to arrange accommodation for everyone who attends at Henlow but this is by no means
guaranteed so anyone wishing to book their own accommodation, please let Darren know.
Accommodation can also be arranged for those people wanting to stay Friday night.
is open to all Riggers plus 1 guest.
As with the last event, attendance will only be comfirmed once payment is received, so the sooner you send
payment, the more chance you have of attending.
Payment can be made via bank transfer (please contact
or e-mail Darren for his transfer details) or by cheque made payable to"Service Funds, RAF Henlow" and sent to
Darren at 7, Borton Avenue, Henlow, Beds, SG16 6HB. Darren also requires your car registration details if you
are arriving by car.
As with last time, a decision has to be made regards numbers and although the event is open to all
riggers past and present, should the numbers exceed the permitted 120 people, serving JRs will
unfortunately lose their place.
For any questions or queries contact
Darren by telephone :-07961 736834 or by e-mail :- email@example.com
All this information will be updated in
Details and photographs of the 1st Riggers
Dining In Night on the 3rd May 2014 can be found on the Events Page.
It has been announced that
RAF Henlow, the ancestral home of all RAF aerial erectors, is to close by 2020.
Cyprus Emergency Memorial Appeal.
A Memorial Rock in honour of the British personnel who served in Cyprus
during the Cyprus Emergency, 1955 - 1959, has been erected at the National
The RAF has transported a 4 ton block of stone from
Episkopi to the United Kingdom and Keith Rackham,the stonemason, has completed
The memorial stone has a plaque and a time capsule containing
the details of all 371 British servicemen together with the 21 British policemen who lost
their lives in the Emergency.
The plaque is in the shape of the outline of
Cyprus and is inscribed with the following dedications.
HONOUR of the BRITISH SERVICE PERSONNEL
who SERVED DURING
the 'CYPRUS EMERGENCY'
1955 - 1959
and IN MEMORY of the 371
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
TOGETHER WITH 21 BRITISH POLICEMEN.
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
this rock from Cyprus is the "Roll of Honour" with the details of the 371 together
with 21 British Policemen killed.
The Memorial will be unveiled by Air Chief
Marshall Michael Graydon, former Chief of Air Staff
Sunday 21st August 2016 at
We are grateful to the
RAF who transported this Cypriot rock to the National Memorial Arbouretum.
The Trust needs to raise more money for the future upkeep of the memorial.
To donate to the appeal, please contact David Littlemore, E-mail:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Riggers Open Golf Championship.
8th July 2016.
County Golf Club.
the event was once again organised by Doc Foster who was assisted
by Dave Crooks.
The Riggers' Open Champion 2016 is Phil Hughes.
I have been unable to obtain the full results or any photographs of the Event.
Earthquake Response Fund.
can make donations in aid of our Gurkha comrades in their hour of need
by using the link to the Gurkha Welfare Fund on our links page.
Bawdsey Radar Trust.
Saving the World's First Operational Radar Station.
Radar has won Heritage Lottery Fund support for its Transmitter Block
Bawdsey Radar has been 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 will start
in September 2016 and an exciting new exhibition will open in September
2017 allowing all visitors to explore and find out about this pioneering
Last year the Bawdsey Radar Trust celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the
Daventry Experiment which took place on the 26th February 1935.
Bawdsey artist, Mark Beesley, designed the picture above showing the moment
when Robert Watson-Watt and Arnold Wilkins detected a signal from the
nearby BBC radio transmitter being reflected from a Heyford bomber.
picture above is displayed on a limited edition commemorative mug produced
by Tony Carter Ceramics which is being sold to raise funds for the Bawdsey
Radar Transmitter Block Project.
Further information and application forms
etc can be obtained by using the link to the Bawdsey Radar website on the Links
The 2016 opening times can be found at 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 are those
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
Full details of this
years Memorial Service and Post Event Social can be found by using the link to the
TWC & 90SU Website on the Links Page.
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.
Operational Service Medal and Iraq Medal Qualification Changes.
4th August 2010.
announced by the MOD that following a recent review by the Chiefs of Staff, it
has now been approved by Her Majesty The Queen that members of the Armed Forces
and civil servants will no longer have to serve 30 continuous days in order to
qualify for the Afghanistan Operational Service Medal and/or the Iraq Medal.
Under the new plans, personnel who deploy for shorter periods of time will be
allowed to build up accrued days to achieve a total qualifying period of 45 days'
These changes will be backdated to the start of operations in
Afghanistan (11 September 2001) and Iraq (20 January 2003) and there is no time
limit during which the qualifying period must be achieved.
This change does not
affect those who complete the existing criteria of 30 days continuous service.
Serving personnel who believe they may now be eligible should apply through their
unit admin staff. Civil servants should apply via the People Pay and Pensions Agency
Ex-Service personnel should contact the MOD Medal Office, Building 250,
Imjin Barracks, Gloucester, GL3 1HW Tel:-0141 224 3600 Veterans
3600 Overseas:-0044 141 224 3600.
The United Kingdom Forces Veteran Lapel Badge is available
free of charge to all men and women who served in HM Armed Forces.
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.
National Defence Medal
For the latest information on this important campaign follow the link on the Links page.
Bawdsey Radar Group.
Transmitter Block Opening Times 2016-2017.
Sunday 27th March &
Monday 28th March.
Sunday 1st May & Monday 2nd May.
Sunday 29th May & Monday 30th
Sunday 19th June.
Sunday 17th July.
Sunday 28th August & Monday 29th August.
Closed until September 2017 for the conservation
work to be completed.
Opening Times : 12-30
pm to 4-30pm with last entry at 4-00pm.
Entry Fee: Adults £4-00 Children Free.
Special Visits can
be arranged by E-mail to email@example.com 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.