The Annual Service of Commemoration of the RAF Regt Chapel will take place on Sat 8 May 10, at 16.00, in St Anne’s Church, Catterick Village. The CG and Assoc President, Air Cdre Russ La Forte, will attend, as will Baroness Harris of Richmond. It will be followed, weather permitting, by a March Past of members and Branch Standards, led by the Assoc’s National Standard, at approx 16.45. A Reception will then be held at the Catterick Village Social Club, which will then extend into a Social Evening. The Service has historically taken place at the end of the normal Service but, since few members of the Assoc appear to take Communion and the form of worship at St Anne’s Church was unfamiliar to many, it was agreed that the Assoc would hold a bespoke Service in the Church and Chapel on the Saturday afternoon, though it is hoped that a good number of Assoc members will wish to take part in the normal Sunday service in the Church.

Individual members and/or Branch Secs are asked to contact the Branch Sec of the Catterick Branch (Mr Derek James, Email: dtjames2@tiscali.co.uk ; Tel: 01748 832025)

Former WWII RAF Regt SNCO Henry KIRK MBE, died on 13 Apr 10. Further details are being compiled but he was a member of the RAF Regt in SEAC and, although not involved directly in the Meiktila action in Burma in Mar 45, was closely associated with the event and the aftermath. He was the creator and President of the RAF Regt SEAC Assoc and, latterly, President of the Burma Star Assoc for the NE England Region. He was inspirational in the development and publication of the recent Corps history ‘Constant Vigilance’. For his long term and outstanding service to the Corps, and most generous donations to Corps projects over a number of years, he was one of the first recipients of the CG RAF Regt’s Commendations in 2009, with the Commendation being presented at RAFC Cranwell on 16 Feb 10. The funeral will be held at 12.30 on Mon 26 Apr 10 at the Crematorium in Chanterlands Avenue, Kingston Upon Hull. He is survived by his wife, Margaret.

Former RAF Regt WO Peter TAYLOR MBE, born 24 Apr 31, died on 29 Mar 10 aged 78. He enlisted at RAF Cardington, on 49-D Intake, in Oct 48 and served at RAF El Hamra in Egypt from Feb 50 before moving to 58 Sqn RAF Regt at RAF Khormaksar in Aden. In 1953, he moved to 63 (R) Sqn RAF Regt at RAF Ouston in 1953 and then went to 17 (LAA) Sqn RAF Regt at Celle from 1954-57. He then served at a variety of locations including RAF Wymeswold (1958), RAF Kuala Lumpur Ground Defence Training Flt (1958), RAF Changi (1960-61), RAF Felixstowe (1962), RAF Upward (1963), RAF Middleton St George (1964). 1964-66 saw him at RAF El Adam as a NCO with the GDT Flt and its Special Safety team. A posting to the RAF Regt Depot at RAF Catterick with 51 (Fd) Sqn RAF Regt followed from 1967-76, then RAF Aldershot in 1971 before returning to RAF Catterick and 37 (LAA) Sqn RAF Regt that same year. He was awarded the MBE in 1973 before moving to RAF Uxbridge from 1974-76, On retirement in 1976, he joined Cleveland County Council as an Assistant Emergency Planner; he later to became the Chief Emergency Planner until retirement. In campaign terms, he undertook five tours in Aden and two in N Ireland. The funeral took place in Kettering on 14 Apr 10. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Margaret Taylor.

Anyone who would like to join the RAF Regiment Assn should contact Membership Sec, Mrs Linda Taylor at 49 Laura Street, Barry, South Glamorgan, CF63 2NU. Tel No 01446 730894 or via e-mail at: membsec@rafregt.org.uk