How to save a life Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The official magazine of RAF HALTON
Spring 2012
How to
save a life
Battle of Britain
Memorial Flight
Ashley McAlister, a medic from
RAF Halton, recently saved a life
inside: FITTER RECRUITS - youth engagement - VASR - From the TCC - MAKING WAVES - Mess Programmes - SPORTS ROUND UP
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Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) provides care
and support through in-patient and at-home services to
local families affected by life-limiting illness, covering Bucks,
Beds and parts of Oxfordshire. The Florence Nightingale
Hospice in Aylesbury, is a 12-bedded unit providing inpatient care, Day Hospice, a Specialist Community Nursing
Team, Lymphoedema Clinic, Bereavement Support and
the Florrie’s Children’s Hospice at Home Team.
How we help
40 patients attended the in-patient unit last year
• 779 home visits were made by Florrie’s
• 2282 home visits were made by the Specialist
Community Nursing Team
How you can help
Moving on or having a clearout? Why not donate to
our Furniture Warehouse.
ur Warehouse in Aylesbury is open Mon-Sat,
9.00am-5.00pm, offering good quality second-hand
furniture, household and electrical goods and
much more
• A collection and delivery service is also available
by calling 01296 393963.
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Support our Charity Shops
ou can also support the Hospice by donating to
our Charity shops in Aylesbury, Wendover, Winslow,
Chinnor and Leighton Buzzard, plus our designer
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Contact us on 01296 429975
Write to FNHC, Unit 4, Aylesbury Business Centre,
Chamberlain Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8DY.
Registered Charity No: 1119499
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Editorial Team
Flt Lt Steve Sharpe
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Tel – 01296 656546
Deputy Editor:
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Gp Capt Chris Elliot MA BSc RaF
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We seem to have had our summer before
spring this year, but the chaos in the seasons
hasn’t dampened the Station’s spirits.
Whether it is the
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support to many local or
national charities, or Force
Development events, or
sporting prowess, Station
personnel are doing ‘the
business’. It is great to see
that despite the pressure
of our daily roles, people
are finding the time and
energy when they can to
participate in the wider
opportunities available to
us all. We can continue to
take seriously our role too
within the local community,
both to be responsible
neighbours, and to ensure
that the Royal Air Force
message is being received.
The Station Engagement
Day is an ideal example
of this – people explained
about their roles and their
experiences and made a
significant impression on
our guests. The next few
months will be busy as we
ramp-up to support the
Olympics and there will be
many more people around
the Station; I urge you to
make them welcome and
ensure that they follow the
great example you have all
already set on how we use
our facilities on camp and in
the local area. Here’s looking
forward to a busy summer!
RAF Halton held
a Force Development day
to train RAF personnel.
Force Protection
Flight embarked on a FD Trip
to the Imperial War Museum.
RAF Halton is a home for
equitation in the RAF.
The RAF is set to see
fitter, more robust airmen.
RAF Halton supports a number
of youth engagement projects.
Recent charitable
donations have been the Chilterns
MS Centre and Halton School.
A total of 462
riders competed in the Vale of
Aylesbury Sponsored Ride.
Education is important.
RAF personnel’s recent staff
ride (SR) to Normandy, France.
Making WAVES
Water-Ski and
Wakeboarding are one of the
newest recognised sports in the RAF.
RAF Equastation Association
competitive riding.
Halton personnel embarked
on a trip into a bygone era.
RAF Halton recenly hosted Andy
Wisman, a World War 2 veteran.
From the TCC
Latest news from
Hive information.
Sport round up
Cross Country,
Football, Golf, Hockey and Squash.
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Station Snippets
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A Commissioning Scroll dating
from the day the Royal Air Force
was founded, 1 Apr 1918, spent
60 years in a Wendover attic
before being found by Mrs Lesley
Holloway of John Colet School.
“I was cleaning out the loft space with
my husband Jim and we found the Scroll
in a cardboard tube addressed to our
house. Thinking it was just old rubbish,
Jim was about to burn it, but I said to him
that the history department at John Colet
School might be interested.”
Senior teachers Andy Date and Anne
Cobley recognised the significance of
the find and informed Squadron Leader
Lee Cobley who sits on the RAF Halton
House Heritage Committee. The scroll
was restored and framed, and Mr and Mrs
Holloway were invited to Halton House
Officers’ Mess to present the scroll to
Station Commander Group Captain Chris
Elliot. The scroll now sits in pride of place
in ‘Larkin’s Lobby’, a part of Halton House
dedicated to the heritage of the RAF, Halton
and the locality. It is full of memorabilia
gathered by ex-Halton apprentice and RAF
Historian Group Captain Min Larkin CBE.
The Commissioning Scroll belonged to
Lieutenant Frederick Aubrey Lane Sear who
was born in Thame in 1891 and joined the
Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
in the First World War. Researcher Trixie
Brabner discovered that in 1917, he attended
the Military Biplane Flying School at Ruislip
gaining his Royal Flying Corps Aviator’s
Certificate on 13 October 1917. With the birth
of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918, Frederick
Sear was one of the first groups of pilots to be
commissioned into the brand new Service.
His Commissioning Scroll is dated 1 April
1918 and is signed by King George V and Air
Vice-Marshal Sir Sefton Brancker, a pioneer
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in British military aviation. Frederick Sear
died in 1951, so it is likely that the scroll has
been in the attic since then. After the war,
Frederick Sear became a school teacher, and
taught Gp Capt Min Larkin’s wife Barbara,
who grew up in Wendover, during the 40s.
Barbara recalled “He was very tall and slim,
and always wore a flat cap when riding his
bicycle to school.”
In appreciation of their historic find Mr
and Mrs Holloway were treated to lunch
with the Heritage Committee at Halton
House and will have a guided tour of the
Rothschild Mansion with a member of the
Heritage Committee.
This year with a remit to train
RAF personnel, the Force
Development (FD) Day saw
participants deliberately
given only a brief
overview of what
was expected of them
prior to the event.
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The participants turned up at
Kermode Hall and after being divided
into syndicates they were welcomed by
the Station Commander before receiving
an operational update brief. This set
the tone for the day and the syndicates
then moved under the control of their
IC (In Charge) and 2IC (2nd In Charge)
to their next training serial. The serials
were undertaken on a rotation, with
groups exposed to a variety of military
skills based activities from a realistic
first aid serial with multiple casualties
to a group shoot on the dismounted
close combat trainer. A session in the
woods on camouflage and why things
are seen, displayed that things are not
always what they appear to be as the
snipers finally showed their positions.
A quiz on Air Power challenged the grey
matter whilst Flt Lt Kev Place of DMOC
put people on the spot with radio and
TV interviews; as part of his introduction
to media skills sessions. Improvised
Explosive Devices were explained for all
attendees and the lucky(!) groups got
to enjoy a team Navigation Exercise.
All groups enjoyed a delicious hot lunch
from ESS at the IFPT hangar. To break up
the challenges and before the final event,
the scores so far were shared with the
groups. There were two teams in joint first
place and two teams in joint third place, so
all was still to play for in the excellent ninja
like PT challenge dreamt up by PTI, Cpl
Lizzie Jaines. The PEdO expertly demoed
perfect form to be replicated with the
uber-strict umpires seeing all. It was
a frenzy of action that determined the
eventual winners of the contest. Group
Captain Elliot announced the best shot
of the day as Cpl Osborne of SDF and
the winners of the FD Trophy for 2011/12
who basked in the glory of victory.
The success of the event was largely
down to the great work of WO Bill
Bruce and his team, as well as Flt Lt
Mark Adams, FS Shaun Turner and
the FDTF duo of Chf Tech Nik Elliot
and Kerry Bennett-King. Who knows
what the next version will entail…
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Force Protection Flight embarked on a FD Trip to the Imperial War
Museum. After in depth conversation and planning, we departed RAF
Halton and had the privilege of Ski entertaining us with his ‘back in
the day’ War stories over the 2 hour trip to London Embankment.
We had to self drive which was
interesting because Sgt Boole must have
bought his licence in Afghanistan; we
were all clinging to our seats for dear life.
We were struck with the technology,
sophistication and engineering that
was evident in the design of the bombs,
submarines and vehicles of WW1 and
WW2. We had a discussion with a museum
guide who answered the questions we had
about the equipment. Next stop were the
aircraft and anti-aircraft weapons. It
was the first time we’d stepped
inside a Lancaster’s cockpit
and for me it was
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experience, placing myself in the pilot’s seat
and thinking of how he would have reacted
under pressure, knowing his aircraft had
been hit and he had his crew to look after.
The next floor created a sombre,
humbling mood and hit us with the reality
of what we’ve experienced in Iraq and
Afghanistan. On reaching the top of the
stairs soft, harmonious music played and
along the 4 walls are pictures of soldiers,
sailors and airmen. Each face tells a different
story of the arduous, tormenting and
gruesome time they faced on operations.
Some were barely 18 but had experienced
life in a way that many cannot relate to.
Lost a friend, a colleague, a best mate and
yet still their piercing eyes show strength,
courage and integrity. Some things never
change and the comparison between our
soldiers in all operations, past
and present, shows how
remarkable and
disciplined we are as a fighting force.
We went through the holocaust section
and despite all having been on Staff
Rides around Europe, still the impact this
had on us was overwhelming. Reading
documents, viewing footage and
pictures from this time brings to light
the suffering and brutality that men,
women and children faced just because
of their beliefs, the colour of their skin
or because they refused to side with the
regime. We were filled with rage and
disbelief that such cruelty was possible.
It became too much, so we increased
our pace and moved to the trenches.
Smells like a combination of urine,
blood, sweat, feet and corned beef hash!
It’s the smell which soldiers faced in the
trenches on a daily basis. Dirty, confined
and home to many, yet still they soldiered
on. The statues of a soldier writing a
letter to his loved one and the wounded
being looked after by a field medic
demonstrates the difficult conditions
they had to endure. We exited the dark,
gloomy room feeling somewhat lucky
not to be fighting in those conditions.
What an experience!
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it had on us was enough for one day.
On leaving the museum Ross, as
photographer, organised us for a
picture - how hard could that have
been? 10 minutes later and he’s still
shunting us around. Eventually and
after cajoling tourists to take a picture
of us, we trekked a cold 1.5 miles to
a non-existent Nandos restaurant. I
eventually redeemed myself by finding
us food and we sat down to discuss
the day. We’ve had new members join
the section and this FD trip was an
opportunity for us to come together
and interact in a different environment.
It was about us achieving our training
objectives and applying the things
we’ve learnt in the work place. Filled
with fun but also mixed emotions it was
a day well spent as a section. On the
drive back to camp with more of Ski’s
stories, we wondered whether to thank
Chief Tech Nik Elliot for helping us to
organise the trip! Cpl Duncan (DUNCS)
Battle of Britain
Halton personnel embarked
recently on a trip into a bygone
era. Ably led by Nik Elliot, the group
departed at the crack of sparrows for
Lincolnshire to immerse themselves
in the history of the Battle of
Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).
This Force Development trip was for
service and civilian personnel with a
number of lodger unit members adding
to the flavour.
The BBMF was formed in 1957 and
has since completed tens of thousands
of fly pasts and thousands of displays.
They are very much a “living and
breathing tribute” to those who paid the
ultimate sacrifice. The group was able to
spend time finding out more about the
aircraft and the people flying them over
70 years ago.
After the visit to the BBMF, tribute
was made at the Dambusters memorial
in Woodhall Spa. Lunch was then taken
in the convivial surroundings of the
Petwood Hotel, the former 617 Sqn
Officers’ Mess which is still steeped in
history of the epic raid and provides a
great backdrop against which to discuss
the events that unfolded over Germany.
To delve into the operation further,
the group then visited the museum at
the former RAF East Kirkby and met
‘Just Jane’ another Lancaster aircraft
that the the aim is to make airworthy
once more. The group was also able to
relate those historical lessons to the
RAF commitment today and contrast
the poignancy of the BBMF with the role
of RAF Coningsby Typhoon Squadrons.
If you are interested in attending any
future Force Development activities call
Nik Elliot on 6946.
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Prisoner Of War
RAF Halton recently hosted Andy
Wiseman, a World War 2 veteran.
Andy was a member of Bomber
Command flying the Halifax. On
one mission his aircraft was hit
by German anti-aircraft fire and
the order to bail out was given.
Many of his crew were lost as the
aircraft was shot down and Andy landed
in occupied France. The training he had
been given was to stay hidden for the
first 24 hours and then look to contact
the resistance and try to escape back to
Britain. There was no answer from the first
two French farms that Andy approached
but at the third farm, the farmer gave
Andy his bike and directions to a house
that would help him. Andy thanked the
man and rode off following the directions
given. In RAF uniform Andy knocked on
the door only to be met by a
German soldier. In
his best German
he said
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‘Sorry, wrong house’ and was about to
walk away when the soldier called him
back. After a hot coffee and some bread,
Andy became an internee of Stalag Luft 3,
the notorious venue for the Great Escape.
Andy was born in Berlin of Jewish
parents who seeing the political situation
in the 1930s moved to Poland and later
moved Andy to England. The family
were less fortunate and died at the
hands of the Nazis. After school Andy
lied about his age to join the RAF and
showed an aptitude for flying. He had
many adventures in the RAF up until his
capture, but even this didn’t stop him
fighting the German war machine.
Andy regaled an audience of over 100
personnel in Kermode Hall about his time
in Stalag Luft 3 and was joined by the
engaging Dr Howard Tuck who provided
more detail about the RAF in World War
2. Dr Tuck shared the story of the 50
RAF personnel that escaped during the
Great Escape as he has been involved in
projects to locate the tunnels Tom, Dick
and Harry.
Later in the day Andy was joined for
lunch at Halton House by Gp Capt (Ret’d)
Min Larkin and he visited the Trenchard
museum to see the history of RAF Halton.
Here a group of recruits from Jackson
Flt and McTeague Flt were able to ask
Andy questions and learn more
about his time in the RAF.
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We have a
Saddle Club
RAF Halton is a home for equitation
in the RAF, and offers some of the best
facilities available to servicemen and
their dependants interested in horses.
Often seen as an elitist and expensive
sport, horse riding is a great way to
improve fitness, co-ordination and
increase confidence. The RAF Halton
Saddle club aims to ensure personnel of
all ranks, abilities and experience have
the opportunity to become involved
in this rewarding sport. We cater for all
abilities from budding Olympians to those
who’ve never sat on a horse before.
Unfortunately, the Saddle Club is not
as well known around Station as it should
be but you’ll find us half way up Stable
Road, just past the MT yard. Originally built
to house part of the Rothschild’s animal
collection, the stables are now home to the
horses and ponies that are either owned by
the Saddle Club or kindly loaned to us by
their owners. Cordoba, Triunfador, Espartero,
Scooby Doo, Wispa and Polo, are the horses
and ponies who work for us on a daily
basis. Wispa and Polo are used to introduce
younger riders to the sport and for the
older, larger and more experienced among
us, Ex Kings Troop horse Cordoba and
Spanish Horse, Espartero, are the perfect
animals to develop your skills. To help
you, we employ a full time stable manager
and qualified riding instructor, Mrs Fee
Lightfoot, who provides advice and support.
One to one lessons take place on the
club’s all weather ménage most days,
including weekends. Hacks are also offered
where you have the chance of exploring
some of our wonderful countryside on
horseback. We are Pony Club accredited
and run sessions on a Friday afternoon, for
children to enjoy that “hands on” experience
as well as working towards a range of
achievement badges. We’re also registered
with the Riding for the Disabled Association,
providing weekly sessions to local school
children with a range of requirements.
For those of you lucky enough to own your
own horse or pony, we offer DIY livery at
very competitive prices. Our prices are about
the cheapest you’ll find in the local area.
With a year’s membership starting at £25
for servicemen and MoD civil servants and
half hour lessons from £18, the RAF Halton
Saddle Club is real value for money. Keen to
support our service family, we also offer a
year’s free membership to the family of an
individual deployed on operations. If you
don’t want to ride, but enjoy being around
horses, we’re always looking for personnel
for jobs around the stables, shovelling is very
good for core stability!! We’re always on the
lookout for personnel after secondary duties.
So if you’re interested in finding out
more about us, please pop along to the
stables or call Mrs Fee Lightfoot, Stable
Manager ext 6197 or 07780 862166.
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The Royal Air Force is set to
see fitter, more robust airmen
emerge from basic training
following a shakeup of the
fitness policy at RAF Halton.
Prior to joining Recruit Training
potential airmen attend a Pre-Recruit
Training Course where they collect
their boots, sit exams in basic and
functional skills and take the RAF
Fitness Test. What has changed is
that they must now pass the RAF
Fitness Test to the full standard
instead of achieving 70% as before.
If would-be recruits fail to make
the grade they must wait at least
6 months before re-applying.
This increase in joining fitness
standard has led to the removal
of the Pre-Conditioning Course
which was aimed at all females
and unfit males to prepare them
for the rigours of military training.
Ensuring applicants achieve the
fitness standard before joining
means there is no longer a need for
such conditioning. Perhaps the most
important change is the addition of
elements focussing on robustness
and resilience. Approximately 30%
of the physical training recruits
undertake is now made up of Battle
PT, loaded marches and tackling the
Obstacle course which should develop
an airman toward coping with the
physical rigours of deployment.
Sergeant Danny Batson from the
Recruits Gym said: “Recruits entering
the RAF now are much fitter which
gives us a better starting point from
which to improve them further. Their
robustness and resilience is also
improving with the new lessons.”
Wing Commander Darren Moss,
Officer Commanding Training Wing
added: “The standards have been
gradually increased over the past
15 months allowing us to phase
in more robust training. We can
now focus properly on preparing
recruits for the rigours of Service
life including Operations.”
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Accommodation comprises of one double room with
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Local amenities include Golf Clubs, Theatre,
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Community & Charity
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The substantial charity support of
RAF Halton is the backbone of our
community focus. The Chilterns
MS Centre and Halton School
have been recipients of our efforts
of late with the Royal Air Forces
Association getting the benefit of
two recent charitable donations.
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teenagers from Central Bedfordshire College
have recently been finding out exactly
how fit airmen need to be. The group of
students visited RAF Halton to undertake
the RAF’s Fitness Test amongst a host of
other military activities in order to achieve
one aspect of their BTEC in Public Services.
The RAF Fitness test has a shuttle running
element along with sit ups and press
ups. The teenagers also did activities in
team building and communication, both
of which are essential for military life.
RAF Halton supports a number of youth engagement projects
and has been particularly busy lately as visits from groups in
Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead and Bedfordshire shows.
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Skill Force - Another group of students
came as part of the Skill-Force initiative
that is incorporated into the syllabus of
the Certificate for Public Effectiveness at
Aylesbury Vale Academy. Initially started
by the MOD and Department of Education
10 years ago, Skill-Force gained charitable
status 6 years ago and works nationally
with disaffected and disadvantaged
children to build their confidence and
life skills. Johnny Kennedy, a teacher for
Skill-Force at Aylesbury Vale Academy,
Chilterns MS Centre - The
developer that purchased the former
hospital site, agreed to replace the MS
building up to a value of £1 million.
However, by adding funds to those of
the developer for a larger £2.3 million
facility the Centre can continue to
expand to meet the growing need. Last
year 13,386 treatments were carried out
with up to 60 patients processed each
week for use of the hyperbaric chamber
alone! With the opening in August and
£300,000 left to raise, the charity has
some way to go and with annual running
costs of £500,000, the donation from
RAF Halton raised by the annual Vale
said: “Visits like this are important as it
opens the kids’ eyes to opportunities that
are available. It can give them something
to aim for and the confidence that they
could achieve if they put their minds to it.”
After the students completed the RAF
Fitness Test, they went on to meet some
recruits preparing for a night in the bitter
cold before joining them for lunch where
they had the opportunity to ask them
questions. To finish off the day all of the
students were able to get ‘hands-on’ with
military kit from every era of the RAF in the
Trenchard Museum. As well as completing
a learning objective for their course the
students saw for themselves what they
could achieve if they set their minds to it.
Stacey Scales (15) said: “I’ve really enjoyed
the visit today and I’ve learnt there are so
many things you could do in the RAF.”
Adeyfield School - Youngsters from
Adeyfield School, Hemel Hempstead
have recently had a taste of life in the
Royal Air Force. Fourteen teenagers saw
and took part in a variety of activities
of Aylesbury Sponsored Ride, takes the
charity closer to reaching its goal.
The Chilterns MS Centre provides a
range of 19 treatments and services to
help people with MS adjust and cope with
daily living, manage their symptoms and
live life to the full. The new building will
have state of the art hyperbaric chambers,
a hydrotherapy pool and treatment
areas to make a difference to the lives
of MS sufferers. Mrs Carol Clements, a
patient from Haddenham, said: “It’s a
tremendous facility. The staff are very
friendly and the treatments get bits of
you working that don’t really work!”
2 Halton School - The Halton
Community Combined School recently
benefitted from the donation of a
cheque from RAF Halton SSAFA InService Community. The cheque
was received by one of the grateful
classes with the money set to support
the fantastic educational delivery
that the Ofsted acclaimed school
aimed at giving them an awareness
of the RAF and what it does.
Craig King (15) said: “We did an exercise
on the low ropes where we could exercise
our teamwork. We had to work as a team to
get around a circuit. It was quite hard because
we had to use each other for balance. At first
we couldn’t do it...and we were just trying to
race around it. But then we got given some
pointers and we started
to communicate with
each other. We learnt
that working as a team
in the RAF is really
important because at
the end of the day lives
can be lost if RAF
people aren’t good at
working in teams.”
Adam Reid,
Head of Year
10 at Adeyfield
School explained
the schools
motivations for
the visit. He said: “I
offers to its pupils, including many
whose parents work at RAF Halton.
3 RAFA - Officer in Charge of RAF
Halton’s Royal Air Force Association
Liaison Committee, Flt Lt Kevin Devlin,
presented the new President of the
Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA),
Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller (KBE), with
a cheque recently. Flt Lt Devlin and his
team raised the money for the Wings
Appeal by organising various fund raising
initiatives such as ‘Brew for the Few’, a
summer BBQ for the local RAFA Branches
as well as ‘Tin Rattling’ on the Station
and in the local towns and villages.
The RAFA is a charity organisation that
supports the RAF, its serving members,
ex-servicemen and their families. Recruit
Training Squadron’s Newcomers Club
is just one of many good causes that
have been provided by this fantastic
organisation. The RTS recruits were
also able to say their thanks by donating
their own cheque to the RAFA.
really hope that they will take away some
of the lessons from today – particularly
those from the low ropes about teamwork,
planning and communication because that
kind of thing can be applied to any aspect
of their life.” The privileged group went on
to watch a graduation parade for airmen
that have passed their 9 weeks of basic ,
before experiencing a hands-on tour of
the Supply and Logistics training school.
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How to
a Life
Senior Aircraftswoman Ashley
McAlister, a medic from RAF Halton,
recently saved a life in the local
community during a volunteer shift for
the RAF Ambulance Co-Responders.
On loan to the Benson crew, Ashley’s
first shout was to an incident where a lady
had suffered a cardiac arrest. Finding the
casualty on the floor Ashley immediately
sprang into action and with the aid of her
crewmate, Corporal Josey Wales, from RAF
Benson, they administered CPR until the
paramedics arrived.
After the paramedics took over Ashley
and Josie switched to a compassionate
role by accompanying the lady’s husband
to the hospital. As they prepared to leave
the scene ready for the rest of their shift,
a paramedic ran out to let them know that
the patient was making good progress; a
A total of 462 enthusiastic riders
competed in the Vale of Aylesbury
Sponsored Ride cross country at
RAF Halton in blazing sunshine
and perfect conditions.
It was hailed as the most successful
year in recent times from several angles,
with very few accidents, no hold-ups
on the course, great weather, healthy
fundraising figures and seamless
organisation from all sides. The ride,
expected to raise in excess of £18.000,
offered a variety of prizes for junior
(under 18) and senior riders. This
year the event was lucky to attract
some incredibly devoted people who
raised huge amounts of money for our
nominated charities. The first prize of an
iPod Touch for the junior winner went to
Olivia Taylor, who raised £340.50. Second
prize went to Gemma Bullock with £260,
who took second prize last year as well,
and third prize went to Courtney Eggleton
with £232.50. Fourth in line, though not
eligible for a prize sadly, was Rhiannon
Fitzgerald with £137.65 - but she’s only
six years old so we think she deserves
special mention! The senior winner
was Alison Collins who raised £360 and
whose company has agreed to match it
to total £720. However, we are offering a
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rare gem of
for coresponder crews.
With only 6% of
CPR attempts being
successful the work of Co-Responders is
vitally important in assisting the Ambulance
Service in its role. By chance this is the
second happy story for RAF Halton’s First
Responders in the last few months where a
previous crew also attended a cardiac arrest
shout with good results.
joint first prize this year as Katy Richards
raised £660 on her own and we think she
deserves a first prize, too! Nikky Barrett
came in second with £308 and Charlotte
Hulbert was third with £215 - both also
sterling efforts.
Susie Bell, Secretary of the ride and
one of the event’s organisers, said: ‘Our
grateful thanks go to everyone at RAF
Halton who helped make the Ride happen
again this year: Group Captain Christina
Elliot, of course, for giving us permission
and for being so supportive, Squadron
Leader Matt Cornish for trusting us not
to mess it up on the day, Station Police
Jim Halliwell for allowing so many
riders and spectators to use the course
with such apparent freedom and, most
of all, Flying Officer Hannah Welch for
guiding a bunch of well-meaning civilians
through the maze of RAF procedures and
regulations with such good humour and
efficiency. We know it’s a lot of work for
a lot of people around the station and we
hope it was worth it for the RAF too. See
you next year!’
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Community & Charity
Community & Charity
Engagement Day
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From the
Community Development Officer
The Power of Positive Parenting. As a
fortnightly Royal Air Force News hits my
desk I am intrigued to find an article from
‘Clare MacNaughton’ ‘A Modern Military
Mother’ who describes how her 3 and 8
year old infuriatingly squabble amongst
themselves. The great battle of the
siblings continues daily with ‘get out of my
bedroom, ‘don’t touch my stuff’, ‘get off my
scooter,’ ‘why were you ever born?’ Clare
said that, despite the sanctions of putting
the offending child on the naughty step
or switching the TV off for a week, ‘what
she was learning was to not engage at all
wherever possible’ as she said ‘she can’t
resolve the un-resolvable’!
Here at RAF Halton I am bombarded from
parents of teens who describe the same
whereby the wishes of parents and teens are
often widely different. As the Community
Development Officer, I am right on top of this
and for eight weeks I am working in tandem
with the Buckinghamshire Parenting Support
Team to deliver free yes that’s right ‘Free
Parenting Courses’ for parents of 11- 15 year
olds. The Positive Parenting Programme
aims to make parenting easier. There are no
right ways to bring up a child or teenager but
the challenge is to bring up independent well
adjusted young adults. The course started
at the end of February however, all going
well, this may become a regular course.
There has also been discussions to
explore the possibility of rolling the
programme out to parents with younger
children so to express your interest in
joining a positive parenting programme in
the future please do let me (the Community
Development Officer) know that you are
interested on 01296 656355.
Rainbows and Rattles is a term
time toddler group run by parents/carers
for parents/carers. While the adults enjoy a
Costa Coffee, the children make the most of
the fantastic soft play area. Monday morning
sessions are followed by music and story
time, whilst on a Wednesday afternoon
there are various craft activities. As a special
treat, on Monday 27th February, the group
enjoyed a Jelly Babies music and movement
taster session. At the beginning of March
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the children celebrated World Book Day by
bringing in their favourite books and dressing
up. The term will conclude with a Hartbeeps
music session and to prepare the children
for Easter an egg hunt. As one mum says “it
is such a lovely group, it allows the parents
to relax while the children have a great time,
but also includes activities that both child
and parent can join in with together.” If you’d
like more information regarding Rainbows &
Rattles please contact Ros on 625937.
and is now strongly recommending that
you consider taking out insurance up to this
amount. Finally, some customers report that
they don’t know where to arrange insurance,
as standard insurance providers are unable
to help. To arrange L2O insurance go to, which provides details
of specialist insurers. However, if you have
kit insurance with one of these insurers it
is worth phoning them to check if you are
already covered by your existing policy.
RAF Halton Station Recall Day aims
to bring together all Non-Formed Unit (NFU)
personnel who have recently returned
from deployment to offer support to them
and their families. Attendance at the Recall
Day is mandatory, with no exception and
all NFU personnel are to participate in a
Recall Day immediately after returning to
regular duties. The Recall events are held
on Wednesday mornings, in the TCC and
finishing around lunch time. Personnel
nominated will be notified by the OOA Clerk.
Defence Infrastructure
Organisation (DIO) CLINICS
Transformation of Allocation
Services Defence Infrastructure
Organisation (DIO) Ops Accommodation has
created Housing Allocations Service Centres
(HASC’s), to replace the Housing Information
Centres (HIC’s). Customers with enquires
about allocations should continue to ring the
same telephone number (0800 169 6322)
and select the relevant Option for the location.
Personnel who wish to apply for Service
Family Accommodation are expected to use
the electronic application form (e-1132) which
can be found on the defence internet. The
system is quicker, more efficient and allows
you to track your application.
Licence to Occupy insurance Some
questions have arisen about what Licence
to Occupy (L2O) insurance is for and why
it has been promoted recently. First of all,
L2O insurance should not be confused with
buildings or contents insurance, nor does it
cover you for the cost of barrack damages
at Move Out. In fact, L2O insurance covers
you for the first £20,000 of your potential
liability incurred as the result of damage to
your Service Family Accommodation caused
by your neglect or actions. For example, if
you destroyed your SFA by leaving a chip
pan on or if your SFA was badly damaged
by flooding because you switched your
heating off whilst you were away in winter.
Second, L2O has been promoted recently
because many occupants were unaware
of this potential liability. This is not a new
requirement or a new charge, rather the
MOD has limited your liability to £20,000,
Are you accommodated in Service Family
Accommodation (SFA) at RAF Halton?
Do you have any concerns or questions
regarding housing? If so, DIO and Modern
Housing Solutions (MHS) regularly hold
Housing Clinics in the Trinity Community
Centre to advise or assist with any issue
you may have. Future clinics will be held
on the 12th April, 24th May and 5th July.
All clinics are held between 12.00-2.00pm.
For further information on any of these
matters, contact FS J Leonard, SCSO
on Ext6122.
Trinity Community Centre
Any users of the Trinity Community Centre
will not have failed to notice our much
anticipated new Car Park. This new car park
now gives us the increased capacity of 26
car parking spaces, 3 Disabled spaces and
an area for motorcycles. This will really
enhance the overall experience of all the
users of the Trinity Community Centre and
Cherry Tree Nursery.
We have introduced a ‘Signing in
System’ for the Trinity Tropics Play Area.
We ask that everyone signs in, and signs
in any civilian guests they bring. This is
so that, in the event of an emergency, the
emergency services know exactly who is
in the building.
The Trinity Community Centre continues
to be a hugely popular venue for families to
spend some time together. Groups such as
Rainbows and Rattles, our parent and toddler
group and Youth Club are thriving, as are our
other groups and clubs such as Bodytone
and St Johns Ambulance. The Lower Hall is
also used for meetings, such as the Triple P
Parenting Course that is currently running. For
any further information regarding the Trinity
Community Centre please contact Shirley
Cousins in the HIVE
on 01296 656507
or Tracy Glover, the
Station Community
Support Clerk on
01296 656396.
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It might have been political rhetoric used
by Tony Blair back in the nineties but he
had a point. Education is important, but
how many of us truly live a mantra of
self improvement throughout our lives?
RAF Halton has a Personal Learning Advisor
(PLA) who aims to support personnel to develop
themselves educationally. Part of the PLAs role is
to promote Standard Learning Credits (SLCs) and
Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) and administer
them for service personnel. Individuals can
access £175 per year for recognised courses
using SLCs or £1000-6000 through the ELC
scheme. The PLA can give advice on courses
offered by local providers as well as process
applications for the University Short Course
Programme. Adult Learners week is a key
feature in addition to open days and visits for
personnel from organisations like the Institute
for Leadership and Management (ILM), teacher
training providers and the free apprenticeships
scheme where MoD civil servants, Serco and
ESS staff can access L2 and L3 NVQs. Recent
courses organised by the PLA include the
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL),
Prince 2 and APMP. Furthermore the PLA helps
to co-ordinate access to re-settlement for service
leavers. For anyone that wants to learn more
call Thorsten Klostermann on 01296 656231.
Top Prices Paid in cash
for your scrap precious
metals including
unwanted jewellery,
coins & watches.
Part exchange available.
11A High Street, Aylesbury,
HP20 1SH
Tel: 01296 423198
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Holiday Inn Aylesbury has an excellent
range of facilities and offers stylish, great
value and comfortable surroundings for all
guests. Conveniently located on the A41,
within easy reach of the M25, M40 and M1
motorways, the hotel is located only
5 miles from RAF Halton and 12 Miles from
RAF High Wycombe.
The Hotel offers 139 fully air conditioned
bedrooms complemented by the Junction
restaurant, Hub Bar and lounge and Spirit
Health and Fitness Club, where you will find
an indoor heated swimming pool, spa,
sauna and steam room.
We can host a range of events such as
Reunions, Weddings, Parties and Dinners.
For all your needs we are here to assist.
For all Enquiries
Tel: 01296 734030
Email: [email protected]
Pack Horse
A family run public house with SKY Sports,
darts, dominoes, crib and quiz nights once
a fortnight.
We’ve been in the good
beer guide for the last
10 years so come in and
try a sample!
The White Swan
A small cosy village pub, in Wendover
High St with darts and Sky Sports.
Owned by the Gower family and run by a
friendly young couple, Paul & Mel who
will always give you a warm welcome.
Pack Horse
29 Tring Road, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6NR
Tel: 01296 622075
The White Swan
18 High Street, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6CA
Tel: 01296 622271
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Church Yard
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Telephone: 01442
Call, Click or Come in…
ideally located for RAF Personnel, on your
doorstep and right in the heart of Wendover!
Spring is turning into Summer already and this might be the time when you are
thinking of marketing your house or flat – please do call to see what we can do
to help you be ahead of the game, saving you time and money.
Buying or selling
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It makes sense to be prepared for your house
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If you think that making a Will is difficult
and costly – think again! We are happy to
talk through your wishes and see if your
current Will still meets your requirements.
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hen faced
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The Independent Family Funeral Service
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A tradition of dignity, respect & choice
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that our clients can use at any time. Organising the funeral of a loved one is something that requires time, patience
and the sympathetic assistance
an experienced Funeral Director. That’s why it helps to know that the Funeral
Director you entrust with your wishes has the necessary knowledge and experience to help and guide you every
step of the way.
Church View Funeral Service, Independent Funeral Directors and Monumental Masons, was founded on a
determination and sense of vocation in offering a caring, flexible and completely independent funeral service for
families in their time of need.
Furthermore, being independent funeral directors allows us to arrange a funeral for your loved one that
precisely reflects your needs and wishes whilst always maintaining the utmost standards of respect, courtesy and
professionalism - everything you have a right to expect from a caring, family firm of funeral directors. Not only
do Church View Funeral Service want to meet your current needs, we also seek to build a relationship of trust,
so that you will return to us in the future. We have a long term commitment to our community. This is where we
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RAF Halton personnel on a recent Staff Ride (SR) to Normandy, France,
were based in the city of Caen. Our SME for the week Dr Howard Tuck
briefed us on the location, the training objectives for the week and gave a
short overview of the events during the Allied landings in June 1944.
On day one Sgt Nigel Rafferty (ACS)
explained the Op OVERLORD plan in the
town square of St. Mere Eglise. He explained
preparation for D-Day, the RAF role and
transportation plan and Op Fortitude (the
deception plan). The SR format allows group
discussion on each event and projects
them onto current or future Operations.
The group discussed if such landings
would be attempted today, with Dr Tuck
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posing questions to stimulate debate. All
agreed that such large loss of life would be
unacceptable today and current Air Power
would suppress an enemy before a large
scale deployment of ground forces. The
group then explored the town’s Airborne
Museum for an opportunity to see and read
about the operations in the area.
Sgt Roger Jones (ACS) at the La Fiere
Causeway explained how the American
82nd Airborne flying out of RAF Cottesmore
parachuted onto the causeway to capture
a vital bridge. A furious battle with the
Germans followed, with individual examples
of extreme courage by the American
paratroopers as they battled to hold the
bridge. Two American soldiers attacked
three German tanks, successfully knocking
them out with their bazooka. The group
discussed the personal bravery of the troops
and reflected how acts of extreme bravery
are still exhibited by our servicemen today.
We moved on to La Pointe du Hoc. Chf
Tech Martin Lightfoot (ACS) explained
the daring attack of the US Army Rangers
assault group, who scaled the cliffs under
heavy fire from the German forces. The area
had been severely bombed (as can still be
seen today) by the allies in the days leading
up to the assault but the Germans still put
up stiff resistance. It was discussed how
the leadership displayed during the assault
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was pivotal to the success of the mission.
The Rangers eventually drove the German
Forces from their gun positions and took La
Pointe du Hoc.
Over the coming days we travelled to
several significant sites and at Omaha
Beach, Sgt James Yetman (ACS) explained
how only limited Air Power was available
prior to the landings. He explained how
the topography of the area and limited
intelligence of the German positions meant
the landings were particularly difficult. It was
only by some individual acts of bravery that
the landing ultimately proved successful.
The group discussed the events of the day
and concluded that modern Air Power would
neutralise the enemy before the commitment
of ground forces to prevent heavy casualties.
FS Jim Spurling (ACS) told us about the
British glider landings at Pegasus Bridge,
Benouville. A daring mission by the British
6th Airborne Division to secure vital bridges
to enable the Allies to push out from the
initial D Day beachhead. FS Spurling
explained how six “Horsa” gliders took
off from RAF Tarrant Rushton to capture
Pegasus Bridge and the nearby Horsa
Bridge. The lead glider landed just yards
from the bridge completely surprising the
German forces. The group discussed how
Special Forces would be utilised today to
secure vital infrastructure.
FS Dave Stott (ACS) described the
enormous logistical difficulty faced by the
Allies during the D Day landings. Huge
“Mulberry” harbors were developed in
great secrecy prior to the invasion before
being sailed to France in the immediate days
following the invasion. These proved a vital
supply line that needed to keep the allied
armies supplied for the campaign. FS Stott
also described the Pluto fuel lines that ran
from the UK under the sea to France ensuring
fuel flowed to keep the allied vehicles moving,
a truly ingenious engineering feat. The group
discussed modern logistical operations,
looking at how the RAF is fundamental in Air
Supply of equipment even to remote Forward
operating Bases.
Sgt Dave Sharratt (ACS) described the
British 50th Division landings on Gold Beach
and the German defences in the sector. He
described the Air Power options available
to commanders to cover the landings and
the role of No.4 RAF Beach Sqn during the
landings. Of particular interest was the
story of RSM Stanley Hollis of the D Coy,
6 Green Howard’s. Even though injured
on the initial beach landing he spotted a
previously unseen German machine gun and
single handedly took out the position with
grenades and fire from his Sten Machine
gun. Later that day he rescued two of his
men while under fire from German machine
guns. He was the only British soldier on D
Day to receive a Victoria Cross.
Stands were delivered by SATT personnel.
AC Brailsford and Leedham detailed the
work of the 2nd Tactical Air Force during
Operation OVERLORD. They explained
the significance of establishing airfields
in France to give Close Air Support (CAS)
for the advancing allied troops and the
important role of the RAF Servicing
Commando’s and RAF Regiment in
establishing and securing the airfields. These
personnel really were “War Fighter First”
and the group discussed that concept and
concluded that the RAF had a similar concept
for its personnel during operations.
AC Wood and Woods described the
composition of the Allied Tactical Air Forces
assembled for the D Day landings, where
they were based and who commanded
them. The roles of expeditionary Air Wings
in the RAF, where they are based and the role
they carry out on operations were discussed.
AC Marchant and Robinson delivered a
comprehensive overview of the German
response to the Allied landings on D day. They
explained the key commanders in the German
military and their decisions during battle.
Questions were asked as to whether these
commanders were given enough flexibility
to respond to the situation or whether Hitler
was the sole decision maker. The current
command system and how important it is to
remain flexible and adaptable to a changing
battle space was discussed.
Exploring operations, examining the
lessons and mapping these to current
operations is of great value. The next
overseas Staff Ride is to Dunkirk, taking place
02 – 06 July 12, stand by for further details!
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As one of the newest recognised sports
in the RAF, the RAF Water-ski and
Wakeboarding Association (RAF WWA)
aims to provide good quality facilities,
safe training, sports tours and RAF and
inter-services competitions for any RAF
personnel & dependents irrespective
of their ability or experience.
The association
supports various
disciplines within the sport which
include Slalom, Tricks, Jump,
Wakeboard, Kneeboard and Barefoot.
The RAF WWA hold the RAF Waterski & Wakeboarding Championships
annually. Additionally, the RAF
Regions will provide representative
teams to compete annually in the
aforementioned disciplines at RAF
WWA Inter-regional Championships.
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The RAF WWA will participate in the
Inter-Service Championships, other
competitions and will encourage RAF
participation in the Combined Services
Water-ski Team. Furthermore we
will support our elite competitors in
National, European and World Amateur
Competitions and Championships.
If you want to get involved in an
exhilarating and challenging sport and
join in on the fun, then you can do so at
one of our dedicated training areas. We
are currently in the process of moving
our Southern Units Regional Club to
Oxford wakeboard and water-ski Club
which is located just north of RAF
Benson (only 40 mins drive) the site has
fantastic facilities including club house
and barbecue area. Whether you’d like
to have a go as an individual or organize
a section team building event (funding
can be made available) please get in
touch with either Jo Goodwin on 01296
656330 or Phil Allen on 01256 367084.
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George the Goat
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Fri 4th: Family Happy Hour
Sat 5th: HHOM Monthly Outing
Tue 8th: Quiz Night
Fri 18th: Dining-In Night - (Guest)
theme TBC
Thu 24th: Happy Hour -Queen Victoria’s
Birthday (Empire day)/Cheese Rolling/
Oak Apple Day (Charles II)
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Sat 2nd: HHOM Monthly Outing
Tue 12th: Quiz Night
Fri 15th: Summer Ball
Thu 28th: Happy Hour - Olympics
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Fri 6th: Family Happy Hour - BBQ Theme
Sat 7th: HHOM Monthly Outing
(Henley Regatta)
Thu 12th: Stn DiN - Cancelled OP Olympic
Tue 17th: Quiz Night
Thu 26th: Happy Hour - BBQ Theme
Fri 3rd: Family Happy Hour - Summer Fun
Sat 4th: HHOM Monthly Outing
Thu 14th: Quiz Night
Thu 23rd: Informal Function
(Thu) – Summer Lawn Party
Thu 30th: Happy Hour - Notting Hill Carnival
Sat 1st: HHOM Monthly Outing
Fri 7th: Family Happy Hour
Tue 11th:Quiz Night
Thu 20th: Dining-In Night (Stag)
Battle of Britain (SNCO 7th)
TBC Annual Reception - funding from Stn
not Ents
Thu 27th: Happy Hour - Harvest Festival
Fri 25 May 12
Spring Ball
Wed 15 Aug 12
Members BBQ
Fri 21 Sep 12
Battle of Britain
Fri 12 Oct 12
Thu 8 Nov 12
(Prov) Ladies
Guest Night
Fri 7 Dec 12
(Prov) Christmas Draw
Wed 12 Dec 12
(Prov) Living-In
Christmas Dinner
?? Dec 12
Exchange Drinks
Halton House
Officers’ Mess
Mon 31 Dec 12
New Year Party
Wed 2 – Freedom of Thame Parade
Thu 3 – COS Pers Visit
Thu 10 – Honours & Awards
Tue 29 – CAS WO Visit
Sat 16 – Wendover Youth
Football Tournament
Tue 17 – AMP Briefing Team
Air Experience Flights are
available every Tuesday for Station
Personnel call 6946 to book.
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Aylesbury Vale Golf Club
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Chiltern Forest
Golf Club
A jewel in the Chilterns
Special rates for RAF personnel
Your chance to play one of the best kept and
most scenic courses in the south of England.
Set on the side of the Chiltern Hills, Chiltern
Forest is played all the year round.
With our long association with the RAF we
are delighted to welcome members of the
RAFGA at a special green fee of £20.00.
Golf membership available
from £65 per month
Aston Hill, Halton,
Aylesbury, HP22 5NQ
Tel. 01296 631817
Aylesbury Vale Golf Club is a friendly, family run
club with strong service connections. The course is a
challenging par 72 at 6612 yards. As a member of the
‘Smartgolfer Network’ you can also play
23 other local courses, free of charge.
Call in for a chat for more details.
RAF reduced membership rates for 2012:
Full 7 day member - £49 per month
5 day member - £41 per month
NO down payment, NO contract and NO Joining Fee.
Just complete a monthly direct debit form and if you
are detached then your monthly payment will be
suspended till you return.
For more information
Telephone: 01525 240196
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The RAF Equitation Association Inter-Station League encourages
competitive riding at Station Level. It promotes riding in the RAF and
supports novice riders to enter and gain experience of competition work.
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• Expert Advice
• Professional Fitting
• Very Competitive
for Residential
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• Carpets to suit all
• Free Quotes
• No Obligation
• Free Parking
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 10am until 5pm
Saturday 10am until 4pm. Any other time by appointment
Tel: 01296 337181 Mob: 07767370067 Web:
Ballet ~ Tap ~ Stage ~ Gymnastic Dance
Classes for children from 3 years
Tap Classes for adults
Aylesbury MoT Centre
8a Bessemer Crescent
Rabans Ind. Estate
Bucks HP19 8TF
Tel:01296 710927
Fax: 01296 392290
For all your MoT’s, Servicing and
repairs, friendly efficient service,
now including Air Conditioning.
All makes and models catered for.
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Wendover Memorial Hall
Wharf Road
For information Telephone 01296 622001
TEL: 01296 612 983 | OPENING TIMES SUMMER 10AM - 5PM WINTER 10AM - 4PM
We are a children’s animal farm and adventure
centre featuring a wide range of animals,
including llamas, birds, donkeys and every breed
of domestic goat found in Britain. A petting pen is
available for small children to make friends with
our rabbits and guinea pigs.
Visitors are invited to feed our animals. Other
facilities include a childrens toy shop and the
Farm Kitchen, which has a large picnic lawn with
picnic tables and an outdoor children’s play area.
• Goats, sheep, pigs, llamas
• Rabbits and guinea pigs
• Ponies and donkeys
• Outdoor play area
• Toy shop and pet shop
• The Farm Kitchen with
large picnic area
• Birthday parties catered for
• Ferret racing, tractor rides and
animal handling (weather permitting)
• Ample car parking available
Competitions entail a Riding Test
followed by a small show jumping course.
The competitions are a lot of fun and all
riding abilities are encouraged to give it a go.
During the 2011/12 ISL season, the RAF
Halton Team had great success…! Following
valuable team training and individual efforts
to memorise the Riding Test, we competed
against RAF High Wycombe at ‘Hideaway
Farm’, Oving, Aylesbury. Fg Off Hannah
Welch, Cpl Sarah Elwood, SAC Tanya Collins
and I formed the team. The day was an
eye opener, especially for those who were
“rusty” or had never previously competed.
After initial nerves and a steep learning
curve for all, High Wycombe pipped us to the
post 12 points to 9. Individually we placed
1st (me), 5th (Hannah) and 6th (Tanya). A
good effort but better results were soon
to come away against RAF Coningsby.
Away matches require competitors to ride
completely unfamiliar horses that they
have never even seen before. Despite this,
on a damp and thundery day in June, the
team rode to an overwhelming victory
over Coningsby, winning by 15 points to 6!
We also placed individually 1st (me), 3rd
(Sarah), 4th (Tanya) and 5th (Hannah).
The third competition was against
RAF Northolt at ‘Hideaway Farm’. The
ISL rules state that a complete team is 4
riders, with the 3 best scores to count. As
Hannah was unavailable, the 3 remaining
riders were put under pressure as all of
our scores would count! Again it was
a great day and we beat RAF Northolt
11 points to 10 and individually placed
2nd (me), 3rd (Sarah), and 5th (Tanya).
After all first round matches it was a
waiting game to see if we had made the
cut for the finals or semi-finals. I was soon
notified that we would compete for the top
places at RAF Cranwell Saddle Club on 23rd
August 2011. The pressure was on once
again as Tanya was unable to compete.
The format of the finals was the same as
for previous competitions, although the
fences were a little bigger this time! The
day was hugely enjoyable and a great
success. It was a very close contest with
RAF Halton finishing in 2nd not far behind
RAF High Wycombe. The individual
placings were extremely tight; after the
riding test there were 4 individuals with the
same results at the top, so it all came down
to the show jumping. Hannah achieved
2nd place and I finished in 3rd place.
The team had attained resounding
success including good individual
achievements. We showed clear
improvement finishing 2nd out of 8 station
teams. If you would like to take part in the
2012 Inter-Station League for RAF Halton,
contact me on Ext 6921. You don’t need to
be an experienced rider, just willing to get
stuck in – why not give it a go? Cpl Flo Dent
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Sport Round Up
Cross Country and Road Running
(SSCCL Positions shown in brackets
throughout) RAF v various – 18 Jan 12,
we finished first for the Mens A-team
and placed second for the B-team.
This means the A-team is leading the
league and the B-team remain 2nd.
Places - 6(1) Cpl K White, 19(4) Sgt M
Maxwell, 25(7) Cpl L Jaines, 64(12)
Cpl I Baker, 66(14) Sgt D Edwards,
69(17) Mr M Dunbar, 79(27) Flt Lt C
Grierson, 80(28) Fg Off E Moss.
RAF Champs
1 Feb 12, the team took top spot for the
Mens A and B teams in the SSCCL. This
increased the lead at the top for the
A-team and allowed the B-team to close
on Brize Norton. Our A-team secured
3rd place in the RAF Champs. Places –
13(3) Sgt M Maxwell, 18(5) Sqn Ldr M
Cornish, 31(9) Flt Lt R Keen, 35(11) Cpl I
Baker, 45(15) Mr M Dunbar, 53(18) Sgt D
Edwards, 68(23) Flt Lt C Grierson, 71(24)
Fg Off E Moss, 80(29) Cpl M Nowicki.
RAF High Wycombe
8 Feb 12, with 22 male and 6 female
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As our No 1 player took time out to prepare
for the RAF Squash Championships, the
rest of the team stepped up to face tough
challenges against Booker Squash Club
(losing out 4- 1), Chesham 1879 (the only
game winner our new Royal Navy player
who was made to wear a Royal Air Force
shirt), Beaconsfield Bears (a valuable 3-2
win), Chesham Bois Juniors (who turned
out to be not so junior, comprehensively
winning 5-0), Holmer Green 3 (Halton &
HW winning 3-2 in a close match that went
right to the wire). The win may keep the
team in the 2nd division next season.
runners braving snow & ice, 8 Halton
runners resulted in top honours for
A and B Teams. This stretched the
lead for the A-Team and the gap to
be closed for the B-Team. Places – 1
Cpl K White, 3 Sgt M Maxwell, 4
Flt Lt R Keen, 9 Cpl I Baker, 11 Mr
M Dunbar, 17 Sgt D Edwards, 19 Flt
Lt C Grierson, 20 Flt Lt G Fretwell.
CO’s Cup Volleybal
We lost 4-1 to Benson at home and
following a postponed match against
St Athan, Halton were knocked out of
the RAF 5-a-side cup quarter final on
penalties at Pride Park, Derby. However
a return to winning ways against High
Wycombe saw them thumped 9-0!
Inter-Services Champs
Jan saw the Society AGM in the RAFA
Club followed by presentations from the
2011 season, including player of the year
to Mr Steve Parlor. The society played
monthly medals in Feb and Mar with
Danny Brace winning both and enjoying
blue skies and sunshine in the last match.
The event followed a league system and
in league 1 a confident team of PTI’s,
representing the MTS/RMC section, were
beaten by TAC making them top of the
league 1. League 2 saw a close contest
between ACS, SMTW, A4 and SMS with
ACS taking the lead. For overall 5th and
6th place it was a battle between PMS
and SMTW with SMTW taking 5th place.
3rd and 4th place was fought between
MTS/RMC and A4/SMS, a very close
game saw MTS win the game. The final
was between TAC and ACS, with ACS
becoming the Volleyball Champions.
Blandford – 22 Feb 12, two RAF Halton
runners represented the RAF. Cpl K
White finished 8th in the Senior Men’s
competition and Sgt M Maxwell finished
12th in the Veterans race. Both teams
won their respective competitions
against the Army and the Navy.
RAF Benson
29 Feb 12, we achieved 1st Male
A-Team and 1st Male B-Team.
Individual awards going to 1st Cpl
K White, 3rd (also 1st Vet) Sgt M
Maxwell, and 6th Cpl I Baker. A very
successful season compared to last
season that saw us with an empty
trophy cabinet.
Jan saw the team play a close game
against RAF Brize Norton. With 9
players aside it was more of a fitness
battle rather than hockey skills. There
was some great passing and attacking
play form the Halton High Wycombe
players however it wasn’t enough to
keep Brize from scoring in the last
few minutes for them to win 3 -2.
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Winning Ways
RAF Halton is the home of Table
Tennis in the RAF and recently
hosted the RAF Championship that
was dominated by RAF Benson,
who collectively achieved the
most awards by any RAF Station
in the history of the sport.
RAF Benson were crowned RAF A CUP
Champions beating RAF Marham in the
final with a team that consisted of WO
Stead, Flt Lt Gozzard and SAC Faulkner.
In the Individual Championships, the RAF
Station Pairs Winners were WO Stead/
SAC Faulkner beating RAF Marham
again in the final. The impressive run
of form also included RAF Runners up
Men’s Singles, WO Stead losing to RAF
Number 1. RAF Vets Singles Runners Up,
WO Stead losing to RAF Number 1. RAF
Doubles Winners, Sgt Donoghue (RAF
Number 1 Digby)/SAC Faulkner Benson.
RAF MIXED Doubles winners and runners
Up, Winners, SAC Faulkner/Flt Lt Gozzard
beat WO Stead/Cpl Bullough (Brampton).
RAF Plate semi finalist, Cpl Guest.
RAF Ladies singles Runners Up, Flt Lt
Gozzard who lost to Cpl Bullough (Brampton)
The RAF were triumphant at the Inter
Services at HMS Collingwood with a truly
remarkable achievement with the RAF A
Team coming home with the title for the
29th consecutive year. The Royal Navy A
Team gave a superb account of themselves
by coming 2nd, with the RAF B Team a
very close 3rd over the Army A Team.
The women’s team event was played
in a slightly different format where the
Royal Navy eventually took the title away
from our ladies team. There were some
extremely close matches, and highly
competitive games.
Special mention has to be made of
Sgt Mark Donaghue who has dominated
the sport for 15 years. He took the Mens
Individual title, Mens Doubles title (with
WO Tony Stead) and the Mixed Doubles
title (with Cpl Kris Sumner). His skill and
unquestionable dedication to the sport will
be sorely missed, but not by the Army and
Royal Navy. Two other members of the
team also played their final Inter-Services;
Sgt Paul Walker and Cpl Shelly Bullough.
The three debutants in the B Team,
won some very important games to an
eventual RAF B Team 3rd place. The
teams were as follows:
RAF A - SAC Faulkner (Capt), Sgt Donaghue,
WO Stead, Cpl Hancock, Cpl Cullen
RAF B - CT Clarke (Capt), Sgt Walker, FS
Bekker, Cpl Berkon, OC Preston
RAF Ladies - Cpl Sumner (Capt), Flt Lt
Gozzard, Cpl Bullough, SAC Hill
CO’s Cup Unihoc
A ‘round robin’ league system gave all
teams the opportunity to play each other
for a true Uni Hoc Champion. There were
21 close fought games with each team
battling it out until the final whistle.
There were some fantastically worked
goals, equally with some easily given
away penalties! After the final game,
A4 were the clear winners having won
6 games and drawing 1, with a close
joint second place from ACS and TAC.
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