Annual General Meetings for the Branch are held usually in March of each year. With effect from 6 April 2022, Branch Committee meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month. Branch members are welcome to attend Committee meetings.

Provision of advice

An important part of the Branch’s work is the provision of advice on welfare, compensation and awards. This is provided by a fully-trained specialist and is conducted in a friendly, informal, sympathetic and confidential way.

Wings Appeal

Although fundraising for the Association goes on throughout the year, a great deal of activity is still centred on ‘Wings Week’, which coincides with Battle of Britain Week. Wings Appeal fundraising can be recognised by the wing emblem used on all its material. Wherever the wing is seen, it means that the funds raised go towards helping members ofthe RAF Family in need in the Cheltenham area.

Links with local organisations

The Branch has informal links with local RAF Air Cadet (RAFAC formerly Air Training Corps) units who typically help in the running of the Wings Appeal.

Links to Armed Forces

The Branch has a RAFA Liaison Officer (RAFALO) to develop and maintain links with local RAF units such as Brize Norton and the Joint Services Signals Unit Cheltenham (JSSU Cheltenham).

The Club

Sadly, because of concerns about its governance and lack of volunteers willing and able to run it properly, the Club closed in September 2021.

The Derry Suite

The Derry Suite seats up to about 40 people and is available for meetings and talks.

The Aviation History Group (AHG)

General information. The Aviation History Group consists of a number of aviation enthusiasts who meet at the Cheltenham Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) once a fortnight to exchange views on topics of aviation historical interest. Meetings usually include a talk or video presented by a guest speaker or member of the group. Membership of the RAFA is required for membership of the AHG but Associate Membership of the RAFA is open to all and costs only £17.00 per year.

Meetings. The AHG meets every alternate Thursday at 10.00 hrs in the lounge of the Cheltenham RAFA. Visits to museums and places of aviation interest are sometimes arranged.

Contacts. For more information, contact Richard Osler – AHG Leader and Branch Secretary – by emailing:

[email protected]