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3144627 David McCracken.

The Association sadly reports the death of David "Jock" McCracken (1954-56)

Jock passed away on Thursday 8th February 2018.
Further information will be posted shortly.

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.

Playing Partners.
Players are welcome to contact Derek should they wish to discuss preferences of playing partners etc.

Friday Evening.
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:-

Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Teresa and Michael Purvis.

Mick and Teresa Purvis invite you to join them in celebrating their Golden Wedding.
Friday 23rd March 2018.
Stamford AFC Borderville Sports Centre, Ryhall Road, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 1US.
16- 00hrs to Midnight.
Celebrations begin at 16-00hrs where families will be especially welcome.
RSVP: 7, Redcot Gardens, Stamford, PE9 1DL.


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.

Following the 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. Lambert.

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.

C4283443 Thomas Tracey.

The Association sadly reports the death of Thomas "Tommy" Tracey (1966 - 1971).

Tommy passed away peacefully in hospital on the 1st May 2017.

Any further information is currently unavailable.

2nd Riggers' Dining in Night.
RAF Henlow WO & Sgts Mess.
Saturday 29th April 2017.

A brief report can be found on the Events Page.

2017 Riggers Open Golf Championship.

Friday 4th August 2017.

Rutland County Golf Club.

This year the event was organised by Chris Salmon.
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.

Bawdsey Radar has won Heritage Lottery Fund support for its Transmitter Block project.

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 radar site.

Tactical Communications Wing and 90 Signals Unit Memorial Service.

The annual 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 RAF.
The event was followed by an informal social gathering at the George Hotel in Lichfield.

Sir John Holmes's Independent Medal Review.

Changes to Ministry of Defence Medals and Clasps.


CYPRUS 1963-64.

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.


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 inclusive.
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 date order.

Existing 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.

CYPRUS 1955-59.

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 anti-terrorism campaign.
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 Infrastructure Technician".

The Defence Discount Service.
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 UK.
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.
The 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.

Veteran's Badge Latest.

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 2016-2017.

Sunday 27th March & Monday 28th March.
Sunday 1st May & Monday 2nd May.
Sunday 29th May & Monday 30th May
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.

Free Parking.


Special Visits can be arranged by E-mail to 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.


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