Aylesford and Malling Branch (1338)


registered charity no 1072357

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Formed on 7th October 1995, Aylesford and Malling is one of the younger branches of The Royal Air Forces Association and has a combined membership of 66 Members and Associate Members.

Over 21 years, an active programme of fund-raising events has meant that the branch has now contributed a cumulative total of  159,483 to Wings Appeal, as well as providing welfare support to ex-Royal Air Force personnel in the local community. RAFA National President Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller was guest of honour at a celebratory dinner in October 2014.
 
Each year from 2001- 2007, the branch raised more than 10,000 for Wings Appeal and has been awarded seven  RAFA Central Council 10,000 Certificates for its achievements. For all of those years our Wings Appeal Organiser was Sylvia Bonner. She was awarded an Area Presidential Certificate to coincide with the 2007 New Year Honours List for her devoted and outstanding service to the Association.

In 2007 the Branch was awarded a Certificate for raising a cumulative amount of 100,000 for Wings Appeal

In 2008 Area Presidential Certificates were awarded to Standard Bearer and Hon Welfare Officer Malcolm Bennett and Vice-chairman Margaret Burton for their services to the Branch.

Area Presidential Certificates were awarded to  Pauline Bates in 2010 and to Marie Bennett in 2011 for their services to the Branch.  

 National Presidential Certificates were presented to Chairman Ted Bates at the 2013 Annual Conference and to Hon Welfare Officer Malcolm Bennett at the 2015 Annual Conference, both by National President Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller.

Wings Appeal Organiser Ray Chopping received an Area Presidential Certificate at South East & Eastern Area Conference in March 2014. He has now retired and Bob Matthews has acquired the mantle of Wings Appeal Organiser, ably supported by Lori Graves

 In 2014 the Branch was awarded a Certificate for raising a cumulative amount of 150,000 for Wings Appeal.

.Members enjoy a lively calendar of entertainment following monthly branch meetings . We do however need volunteers to take on committee roles.

Photo Gallery (click a photo to enlarge):

RAF Squadronaires Charity Concert Mar 2003RAF Squadronaires Charity Concert Mar 2003Bob Ogley book signingBob Ogley book signing
Bob Ogley author of <i>The Ghosts of Biggin Hill</i>Bob Ogley author of The Ghosts of Biggin HillWest Malling Memorial - 2002West Malling Memorial - 2002
Collecting for Wings Appeal at AsdaCollecting for Wings Appeal at AsdaThe Queen's Jubilee ParadeThe Queen's Jubilee Parade
Tombola, Battle of Britain Ball 2002Tombola, Battle of Britain Ball 2002Battle of Britain Ball, 2002Battle of Britain Ball, 2002
RAFA Stand - Biggin Hill 2002RAFA Stand - Biggin Hill 2002RAFA Stand - Biggin Hill 2003RAFA Stand - Biggin Hill 2003
RAFA Stand - Biggin Hill 2003RAFA Stand - Biggin Hill 2003RBLV Aylesford Fete - Branch Stall. 2004RBLV Aylesford Fete - Branch Stall. 2004
 

It`s fun to belong!

If you would like to come along and visit, we would be most pleased to see you. We are a friendly and enthusiastic bunch and are always happy to see new faces!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 January 2017 )