WAAF WRAF RAF(W) Association - Current news/events
as at 28 April 2018

Stained Glass Window dedication in Wiltshire

There will be a dedication service for the WAAF stained glass window that will take place at St Giles Church, Stanton St Quintin, Wiltshire, SN14 6DQ on Sunday 6 May 2018 at 2-3pm.
Members of the WAAF WRAF RAF(W) Association are warmly invited to attend.

From the parish website http://www.stantonstquintin.co.uk/
"Memorial Window Appeal for Support.
The Women's Auxiliary Air Force was founded in June 1939 to free RAF personnel for front line duties in World War Two. By 1943 the WAAF numbered 182,000.
100 other ranks of the WAAF were billeted at Stanton Court, Stanton St Quintin adjacent to St Giles Church. Many others were billeted in the village during the war. These women worked at RAF Hullavington. They undertook a variety of roles including radio operators, cooks, drivers and flight mechanics. They also made a significant positive impact on the village.
Currently there are few memorials to commemorate the WAAF. There is one at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, another at the Yorkshire Museum, and a re-creation of the RAF Filter Room at Bentley Priory. In recognition of the service given by the other ranks of the WAAF billeted in Stanton St Quintin during World War Two, a stained glass window is being commissioned in St Giles Church.
Your support for this project will be greatly appreciated.
The Parish Council, which met on 14th March 2017 were very happy to support this Appeal & have given £100 from its Contingency Fund towards the Window.
Breaking News: The Dedication Service will take place on Sunday 6th May at 2:00pm followed by tea & cakes in the School Hall."

If you are intending to go perhaps it would be well to let the parish know mailbox@boxparish.org.uk

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Women’s Services Day, Sunday 12th August 2018

The Allied Air Forces Memorial cordially invites the participation of all Women’s Service Associations to this annual Memorial Day, taking place on Sunday 12th August 2018, with the ceremony to commence at 14:00.
The event is open to a wide range of different associations marking the unique contribution of women, supporting or within the allied armed forces, from past conflicts to the present day. The event marks the Centenary of the formation of the Women’s Royal Air Force, and duly forms part of our RAF100 celebrations.
The day will take the form of a Parade of Standards, where applicable, leading to a Commemoration Service followed by a Wreath Laying Ceremony in the unique Women’s Memorial Garden, which is indeed a fitting place to pay respects to those who have given service to their country.
We expect the ceremony to be attended by senior service personnel, civic dignitaries and other VIP guests, in addition to representatives of many Armed Forces Associations, such as the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association, WAAF WRAF RAF(W) Association, Women’s Royal Naval Association, Women’s Royal Army Corps and many others.

More details when available.


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Past news

You’re invited!

Big Heritage are delighted to invite you and a guest to the official relaunch of one of Liverpool’s hidden wartime treasures: Western Approaches (1-3 Rumford Street, Liverpool, L2 8SZ).
Please join us on Thursday 26 October 2017 from 6pm to discover more about this iconic site, which was critical to the Battle of the Atlantic and to the Allies victory in the Second World War.

This underground bunker, in the heart of Liverpool City, was also home to hundreds of people who had a critical but often secret and untold role in the war effort.  Over the past few months, we have been working hard to return the bunker to its original 1940s setting and although it’s still a work in progress, we are keen to share the building and start telling the forgotten stories from Western Approaches.
We would be delighted if you could join us for this celebratory evening, which will provide you with a chance to have a preview of the bunker, listen to live music from the period, and enjoy some light refreshments from our bar.

Please reply by email to rebecca@bigheritage.co.uk by Friday 20 October if you are able to attend.
Parking is available opposite the building on Rumford Street or in the nearby Capital Car Park on Fazakerley Street.  The nearest Train station is James Street, less than 5 mins walk away. 
Hopefully see you soon! Best wishes from all of the Big Heritage team
Rebecca Mason, Project Manager – Big Heritage CIC

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Women in the Royal Air Force


Chaired by Air Chf Mshl Sir David Cousins, the day’s speakers will include, Air Cdre Cynthia Fowler Gp Capt Kathleen Sherit, Dr Tessa Stone, Peter Elliott and the RAF Museum’s Nina Hadaway.

Their topics will include women in the air forces of WWI and WWII, female pilots in the wartime Air Transport Auxiliary and the post-war RAFVR, and the path to combat roles in regular service.

The day will conclude with personal accounts from the perspectives of a pilot, Fit Lt Julie Gibson, and a Squadron Commander, Gp Capt Sara Mackmin.

Attendance is open to non-members of RAFHS. The Seminar will begin at 1030hrs. Coffee will be available from 0930hrs.
RAFHS Booking form - note attendance must be pre-booked - how to find the Museum, payment, security and catering details are on the form.

This item was added on 29 Aug 2017. When the Seminar is published, a link will be added so that all can read the papers given.