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10th Riggers' Reunion.
27th October 2018.
WO and Sgts Mess.
RAF Henlow.

As you are all aware our ancestral home, RAF Henlow, is in the process of being closed down. Most of the units which were based here have been relocated to other places and the remaining units are expected to be out by the end of next year. This is our last chance to hold a reunion here. Darren Smith offered to assist us in this one last HENLOW reunion and I have accepted his offer. Dave Crooks has also offered his help with the organising of the event.
Our orginal idea was to have a big splash silver service affair but unfortunately that is not now possible due to the reduction of the number of staff running the mess. We have had to settle for a self service buffet meal with three choices to choose from:- Chicken pie and mash, Curry and rice plus Lasagne. Veggie and gluten free meals can also be provided if ordered when booking for the Do.
The cost is 20 per person which will cover the food and staff costs with any surplus cash going behind the bar for twofers.
The Bar.
The Bar will open at 19-00hrs and close at 01-00hrs.
Dave Crooks is organising some music for those of you who wish to dance or otherwise energetically exercise themselves.

Some accommodation MAY be available in the mess for both Friday and Saturday nights at 6-00 per room, breakfast may also be available at approximately 3 per person.
Contact Darren Smith by or by telephone on 07961 736834.
There are a number of local hotels at reasonable rates.

Security at RAF Henlow.

Everyone attending the DO will need to bring some form of photo identity, Passport, Driving Licence, Bus Pass etc.

Car Registration.
To bring your car into the camp you will need to register your car with security by sending or giving the make, model, colour and registration number to Darren who will then pass them on to the Security Office.

Closing date for booking a place is 18th October 2018.

An information leaflet and booking form can be obtained from me, Eddie Edwards at 85, Church Lane, Meanwood, Leeds, LS6 4NP. Telephone:- 0113 2789378 E-mail:-

K8081590 George Burrell.

The Association sadly reports the death of George Burrell (1969-92).

George was diagnosed with cancer which spread to his right lung, kidneys and his bones. Early in July he was told it was terminal. He died at 10-15hrs on Sunday the 26th July 2018.

His funeral service took place at 13-30hrs on Monday 10th September at All Saints Church, 4, Church Street, Ilkley, LS29 9DS.
Family and close friends then proceeded to the Crematorium.
All the other guests proceeded to the Bracken Ghyll Golf Club, Skipton Road, Addingham, LS29 0SL and celebrated George's life.

Condolences can be sent to his wife Maureen and his family at 1, Dale Croft Walk, Ilkley, LS29 8FB.

G8080039 Kevin "Patsy" Challis.

The Association sadly reports the death of Kevin "Patsy" Challis (1969-81).

His funeral service took place at 11-30hrs on Wednesday 5th September at the Grantham Crematorium, Harrowby Road, New Somerby, Grantham, NG31 9DT.
There was a Charity collection for Pancreatic Cancer UK and the Royal Air Force Association.

Following the service there was a get-together in his memory at the Great Gonerby Social Club, 8, High Street, Great Gonerby, Grantham, NG31 8JP.
Beryl, Zoe and Kieran wish to thank all the ex-riggers who were able to attend.

Condolences can be sent to his wife Beryl and his family at 18, Orchard Close, Gonerby Hillfoot, Grantham, Lincs, NG31 8HD. Telephone:- 01476 577239. E-mails to his son, Kieran, at

July Update.

The July Update has been posted or e-mailed to all members.
Any member who has not received their copy should contact me with their new e-mail or postal address.

Hugh Conroy.

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 Riggers' Open Golf Championship.

Friday 10th August 2018.

Henlow Golf Club.

Details of the results are now posted on the Golf section of the Events page.


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.

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

A brief report 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.

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.
The 2018 Opening times can be found the bottom of this page.

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 26th July 2018. 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.

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 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 Free.
Concessions Over 65's 6-00.

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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