ABOUT THE WAAF ASSOCIATION

Committee messages from latest WAAFA News

Objectives Annual WAAFA Service Tartan
Membership & Constitution
Veterans' Badge, Medals, Service Records
Newsletters AGM Reports Website and Research
Reunions Branches Other

Objectives

  1. To maintain contact, including home visits, with ex-WAAF.
  2. To provide practical and other such assistance as possible for members.
  3. To arrange meetings, outings and other activities for members.

Membership

Full membership is open to all ex-WAAF who served 1939-49
Serving and ex-WRAF 1949 onwards.

Subscriptions: Annual membership of the Association is £10 and cheques payable to the WAAF Association should please be sent to The Hon Treasurer, Linda Hamill (see contact page). If you require a receipt or an acknowledgement of your subscription please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your sub.

The Constitution of the WAAF Association can be seen in full by clicking WAAFA Constitution revised 2014

Current membership is world wide. There is an annual membership fee.
Our Patron is Air Commodore Cynthia Fowler RAF(Ret), who succeeded the late Dame Felicity Peake DBE AE JP.

In recent years the chairmen of the Association have been:

Margery Harley 2013-2016
Eileen Hollidge 2012
Joan Brooks 2009-2011
Ruby Mallinson MBE 1997-2009
Betty Woods 1994-1997

Newsletters - the deadline for items for the Winter 2015 Newsletter is 1st October 2016

These are published twice a year as Summer and Winter issues. The deadlines are usually May 1st for the Summer issue and October 1st for the Winter issue. The postal address of the editor of the printed WAAFA News is 5 Egmont Mews, Rumbolds Hill, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9ND or if you have email, to pastplod.waafanewsATyahoo.co.uk (change AT to @ before sending!).

As we all know postage is expensive these days so if you use or have access to e-mail we will be pleased to receive your communications that way. It is also worth bearing in mind that for safety's sake it is a good idea to keep any war-time and/or original photos that you treasure at home and send a good photographic copy.
Peter and Gill Nightingale, Editors

Reunions

These are held annually at the time of our AGM which in recent years has been at Buxton, Leicester, Southport, Weston-Super-Mare, Eastbourne, Blackpool, Coventry, Worthing, Scarborough, Bournemouth, Caernarvon, Cambridge and Stafford.

The 2017 Reunion and AGM will be at the Albany Lion Hotel, Eastbourne, on Friday 7th-Monday 10th April 2017, costing £179 per person.
Please apply to Isle of Wight Tours Ltd, 3 New Road, Lake, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 9JN, tel 01983 405116 and NOT directly to the hotel. 

Branches

We have several branches (see the branches page) which have their own varied social events and work with our Area Welfare Consultants.

Veterans' Badge, Medals, Service Records - 0800 169 2277

The Veterans UK website has information for UK Armed Forces veterans who are entitled to this free badge

The Veterans UK website also has information about claiming your service medals.

Service Records: The WAAF Association holds no service records. When someone wishes to look at a service record, this is only permitted by the UK authorities when requested by next of kin. The website to look at for such requests is
http://www.raf.mod.uk/links/contacts.cfm

Tartan etc

WAAFA Kilts
Kilts and skirts may now be purchased from:
Ruthven Milne, Piob Mhor, Cupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH13 9AE: Telephone: 01828 627919

Tartan Skirts

We have two tartan skirts for sale £30 each. This price includes postage and packing.
a)    Straight skirt one front and back pleat, waist size 36 inches, hip size 44 inches.
b)    Straight skirt one back pleat, waist size 36 inches, hip size 44 inches.
Contact Sandie Faloon.

Blazer Badges and Ties.

WAAFA Blazer badges - please contact Sandie Faloon.
Personalised lapel badges.
Award Productions Ltd, PO Box 300, Shrewsbury, SY5 6WP, telephone 01952 510053 or website: www.awardmedals.com

Website & Research

Our website is maintained for us by the 207 Squadron Royal Air Force History website's editor Frank Haslam in recognition of the service given by the WAAF and in particular those who served on No.207 Squadron.

To comment on the WAAFA website send an email to web@waafassociation.org.uk . Your message will also be passed to The WAAFA Newsletter editor.

Research: The WAAF Association Newsletter can publish requests for information about former WAAF.
The Aircrew & Groundcrew Research website carries a number of such items.

On the left of your screen are links to A WAAF bibliography page and to Useful Sources.


Summer 2016

The Chairman's Message

I feel it is a privilege to have been voted in as your next Chairman. I will endeavour to continue to work to the best of my ability to meet the Association's needs on your behalf.

Happily Margery is still with us as Vice-Chairman and I would like to extend, on all our behalf, our thanks for all the work she has done in her role as Chairman. Thank you Margery.

Looking forward to seeing you at St Clement Danes and at our AGM/Reunion next year.

Sandie Faloon
Chairman

Report on AGM 16th April 2016

28 Members attended the AGM at The Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford.

The minutes of the AGM held on 25th April 2015 were proposed, seconded and adopted as a true record. There were no matters arising.

Our Patron, Cynthia Fowler was invited to our Reunion but due to a hip operation was unable to attend. A letter from her wishing members a happy reunion was read out. Our editors, Peter and Gill, were able to attend and share the weekend with us.

Our Chairman thanked members of the Committee for their help with dealing with the Association’s correspondence during the vacancy for a secretary.
 
£80 was collected at the 2015 church service and was donated to the RAF Benevolent Fund. A letter of thanks from them was read out at the meeting.

The Vice-Chairman reported that little progress had been made with getting a brick edging surround to the memorial to help keep the chippings in place. The delay is due to the Arboretum being short of a full time curator and being overwhelmed with requests.

A letter was received from The Royal British Legion to all organisations taking part in the Armistice Parade in London asking for support in recalibrating the standard of dress and observing solemnity of the occasion. The date of the next Armistice Parade is 13th November 2016.

The Treasurer reported that Association funds were healthy and that membership remains at just under 700. The accounts were proposed, seconded and accepted. It was agreed to use the same Auditors for the next audit.

The new bench is in place at the Arboretum.

Member for Publicity reported that advertisements had been placed in Station magazines in addition to those in Air Mail and RAF News, etc., thus giving the Association good national coverage.

It was suggested and discussed at the AGM that some changes are made to the wording of the Constitution to include the name of the 3 generations of the Association and adding more options to the uniform. This was agreed.

A suggestion was also put to the AGM that we might consider, should the Association fold, that monies left could be shared between the RAF Benevolent Fund, as is now, and the WRAF Branch of RAFA. However, the Committee afterwards, on reflection, felt that this should be investigated and discussed further before we put the vote to ALL members of the Association and before any changes are made.
 
Marian Cope was voted onto the Committee and will undertake the duties of Secretary.

It was also proposed that the incumbents of Chairman and Vice-Chairman change roles: Sandie Faloon to become Chairman, and Margery Harley to become Vice-Chairman. This was agreed unanimously.

The date of the next AGM/Reunion will be Friday 7th April 2017 to Monday 10th April 2017.

Sandie Faloon, Chairman


From the Treasurer

Association Badges

A suggestion was made at the 2013 AGM that, in order for ex-WRAF and RAF serving members to feel more welcome and at home as members of the Association, a new design of badge could be considered with WAAF given a priority space. All WAAF members would be given one free but they could continue to wear their existing badge if desired. The members agreed unanimously.

The revised new logo (see right) for the Association now that younger members are allowed in definitely does not supersede the WAAF badge which is the Senior badge.

These badges are free for paid-up members. If anyone does not want one please let us know - but the badge does not supersede their WAAF one.
Lynn (Linda Hamill)

St Clement Danes Annual WAAFA Service: WAAFA Standard

This is held annually in the RAF's own church, St Clement Danes

In 2016 it will be on Sunday 9th October at 11am. No tickets are required, please just turn up and join your friends.

The WAAFA Standard was laid up here during the Annual WAAFA service on on Sunday 3rd September 2006. At the handing over these words were said to the Chaplain: "Venerable Sir, I ask you to receive this Standard for safe lodging in this house of God until such time as it shall pass to dust like those whose courage and devotion are enshrined in its history". It is in the Gallery of the church.

Vera Barrett was the Association Standard Bearer for almost 20 years.

The Resident Chaplain of St Clement Danes wrote to the Association "Please convey to all WAAF our deep gratitude to them for their service and all their years of faithful support to the Church. We shall maintain the first Sunday of September as WAAF Association Sunday and special prayers."

The Association hopes that as many members as possible will be seen at this service in years to come.

[If anyone has a good colour photo of the undraped (that is, flat) Standard please contact the website editor as it would be nice to show it here.]

Armistice Day Parade - Sunday 13th November 2016

For tickets please apply to the Chairman, Sandie Faloon - please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Sandie by 30th August 2016.
On the day you will need carry your passport (photo ID) and a document giving your address details.

Reports of recent AGMs


OTHER

2014

Howard Goodall's Girlfriends, with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall, written by Howard Goodall in collaboration with Richard Curtis and John Retallack, was directed by Bronagh Lagan and presented by The Union Theatre, in association with Aria Entertainment and performed by arrangement with Faber Music Ltd. London. "It is set on a Bomber Command air base in Norfolk in the darkest days of World War II, amongst the volunteer ranks of the WAAF - young women who came from all corners of the UK (and the Commonwealth) to join Britain's first fight for survival against the Nazis: their loves and losses, their fears and friendships, their laughter and their bravery. They weren't just part of history - they made it."
'Girlfriends' ran from 29 October - 22 November 2014 at the Union Theatre in Southwark, Tuesday - Saturday at 7.30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.

2011

Diana, Countess of Ilchester, née Simpson, for many years President of our Association, died on 1st March 2011 aged 89. Her Memorial Service was at Westerham Church at 2pm on 22nd March, attended by some WAAF members. She was well respected and will be sadly missed.
http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/where/westerham/Countess-Ilchester-dies/article-3310673-detail/article.html

Porthcawl's Yvonne Cornelius, 90, receives WWII Medals
from the BBC SE Wales News 12 June 2011: A 90-year-old woman who served during World War II has received her medals after waiting 70 years. Yvonne Cornelius, of Porthcawl, served as corporal in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. At the 70th anniversary dinner of No3 Welsh Wing of the Air Cadets, held at Swansea's Liberty Stadium, she was finally presented with her medals.
About claiming your medals

2009 - We carry on!

Chairman's Report - Mrs Joan Brooks

Hello Ladies, I am most pleased to be addressing you as your National Chairman.

For those members unable to attend the recent AGM a Retiring Committee Resolution that the WAAF Association should cease at the conclusion of the 2009 AGM was overwhelmingly defeated by the members present. Your new committee were elected unopposed.

The committee have decided to leave the membership subscription unchanged for the present. However, the Membership Secretary will be reviewing the lists, as we are aware that some members have not paid their current subs due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of our Association. Iris, the Treasurer is looking forward to receiving them. This seems a good moment to suggest that if members would like a reply when writing to a committee member, they enclose a SAE. Postage is a very big item and that would help considerably.

We are returning to the Royal Court Hotel at Coventry for our 2010 AGM. As time was short, the Committee had to act quickly and we were fortunate to be offered the dates shown. A show of hands at Worthing indicated approval. So get you bookings in quickly to avoid disappointment.

I shall look forward to meeting many members at the WAAF Service at St Clement Danes in September and I hope to be able to march with you at the Remembrance Day Parade.

To conclude, for the benefit of members not present at Worthing, I repeat - this is your Association and the committee will welcome your ideas and suggestions (and complaints) and discuss them fully. Enjoy your summer.
Joan

2009 - the Future of the Association

adapted from the Summer 2009 WAAFA Newsletter in which the Newsletter Editor wrote:

Well, Ladies - I'm just back from your 2009 reunion and AGM at Worthing where the matter of the future of the Association was discussed at some length and in much detail. There was clearly much passion amongst the delegates with wide-ranging debate about the viability of the organisation particularly in terms of falling membership numbers and reducing finances.

Your National Committee brought a resolution proposing the closure of the Association as from the end of this year's AGM. Following the proposal, which is reproduced in full in the printed WAAFA News, together with the committee's opinions and reasons for making this proposal and a lengthy debate, a vote was held of all the delegates attending the AGM.

The result of the vote was an overwhelming majority to continue the Association with the new committee members.

So, there you are - the Association will continue with an almost new Committee. Congratulations to those who offered to stand for office!

Chairman: Mrs. Joan Brooks
Vice-Chairman: Ms Eileen Hollidge.
Secretary: Mrs Ann Peacock
Treasurer: Mrs Iris Catlin
Committee Members: Mrs Marjorie Harley, Mrs Vera Morgan, Mrs Iris Sheppard.
The above members were voted on to the new committee at the Annual General Meeting at Worthing on 24th April 2009

Of course, very many thanks go to the former Officers and Committee members who have led your Association over previous years. Without their help, leadership and plain hard work, it is certain you would not be here in 2009 to make this decision!

Meanwhile, it is business as usual in the office! If you wish to raise any matter about the printed WAAFA News, please write or e-mail. Interesting letters may be quoted or published, but if you do not want your comments to appear in print, please mark your letter NOT FOR PUBLICATION. Please remember to enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish photographs to be returned - and remember there are now different stamp prices for different sized envelopes! It is also worth bearing in mind that for safety's sake it is a good idea to keep any war-time and /or original photos that you treasure at home and send a good photographic copy.

2006


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