WAAF WRAF RAF(W) Association - Current news/events
as at 19 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.
Dr Fiona Baskett, MB ChB, FRCGP, DRCOG DFSRH MA
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
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
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
item added 19 Apr 2018
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
Please reply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
ROYAL AIR FORCE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: A SEMINAR
TO BE HELD AT THE ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM, HENDON ON WEDNESDAY, 11 October
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.
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.