The Royal Air Forces Association is Staffordshire-bound, for the first time in its history. The charity, which supports current and former RAF personnel and their families, is heading to the village of Stone from 12 to14 May for its national annual conference. Around 200 members, volunteers and staff will come from across the UK and around the world to Yarnfield Park training and conference centre.
The annual Conference is an important event for the RAF Association. It allows members from across the world who normally provide companionship and welfare work in their local communities to come together to discuss, debate and resolve issues facing the RAF family.
Nick Bunting, the Association’s Secretary General, said:
“I am looking forward to our first visit to Yarnfield, and to another great RAF Association conference. It is important to formally celebrate the achievements of our volunteers, who deliver the majority of the welfare support that the charity carries out. We will also be sharing our experiences from around the UK and the world, renewing friendships, and democratically agreeing how we run our organisation in future.”
The event will close on Sunday with a service of dedication to those who have given their lives for their country and for those injured and affected by what they have seen and endured. Also for the first time in the history of the Association’s annual conferences, this will be a drum head service – more traditionally held in the field of battle. Standard (flag) bearers from 30 areas and national and international branches will also be present.
The Association will be returning to Staffordshire for its 2018 annual Conference.