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Latest News.

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

A brief report can be found on the Events Page and it is hoped to have a full report posted in the near future.


March 2017 Update.

The March 2017 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.


2017 Riggers Open Golf Championship.

Friday 4th August 2017.

Rutland County Golf Club.

This year the event is being organised by Chris Salmon.
Details can be found in the Golf section of the Events Page.


3134014 Walter David Terrell.

The Association sadly reports the death of Walter "Dave" Terrell (1951-1953).

Dave passed away on the 4th March 2017 in the Kenwyn Care Home, Truro.
Dave had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia.
Dave's funeral service took place at the Penmount Crematorium at 15-30hrs on the Thursday 16th March.
A get together in his memory is to take place at a later date.
Condolences can be sent to his wife Beryl and his family at 35, Corte Mear, Tresawya Drive, Truro, TR1 2GG.


4106950 Roy Henderson.

The Association sadly reports the death of Roy "Hank" Henderson (1952-1964)


Roy can be seen on left hand end of the front row of this photograph taken at RAF Negombo in 1957.

After a number of years of ill health fought with great courage Roy passed away at 19-39hrs on the 23rd February 2017.

Roy's Memorial Party took place at The Admiral Hardy, Chickerell Road, Weymouth, DT4 0QU
The Party commenced at 12-00hrs (noon) on the 24th March 2017.
A buffet with refreshments etc was available.
Roy would like you to be aware that black mourning attire was not appropriate at his event.

Roy has stated "Please enjoy yourselves - at my expense - your last chance.. lol".

Please reply to Edina on 01597 870561 or Martyn on 01225 763592 E-mail- hendy462@gmail.com


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 2016.
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:- spikeamus@sky.com


H8083680 Trevor Holland.

The Association sadly reports the death of Trevor Holland (1970-1982).

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 2BP.
Condolences can be sent to his wife Donna and his family at 45, Sea Road, Castlerock, N. Ireland, BT51 4TW or by e-mail:-meltzcandles@yahoo.com


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.


RAF HENLOW.

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 Memorial Arbouretum.
The RAF has transported a 4 ton block of stone from Episkopi to the United Kingdom and Keith Rackham,the stonemason, has completed his work.
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.

IN 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"

Held inside 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 11-00 hrs.

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:- david.litttlemore1@btinternet.com


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 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 radar site.
The 2017 opening times can be found at the bottom of this page.


Tactical Communications Wing and 90 Signals Unit Memorial Service.

The annual Rememberance Service will take place at the TCW & 90SU Memorial, located at the National Memorial Arboretum on the 27th July 2017. The Ceremony will remember those members of the Unit(s) no longer with us and provides 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 will be invited to attend as will 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 RAF.
The event was followed by an informal social gathering at the George Hotel in Lichfield.

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.

NEW 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.

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 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.

SOUTH ATLANTIC MEDAL 1982.

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.

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Special Visits can be arranged by E-mail to info@bawdseyradargroup.co.uk 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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