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Community News & Views | Charity celebrate 65th anniversary

MEMBERS of a Bognor Regis charity’s branch, pictured, will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of its club next week.


The occasion at the Royal Air Forces Association (381) premises will occur next Wednesday.


Its press officer, Carol Penny, said: “Since those days, the branch and club have flourished and still welcome RAF veterans and serving RAF personnel to the branch and club in Waterloo Square.


“Most of our some 800 members are quite local – within Bognor Regis and Chichester – although membership to the branch is held by members across the globe.”


The club opened its doors on March 20, 1954, almost nine years after the branch was established on October 16, 1945, soon after the end of the Second World War.


Branch secretary David Hewings has been looking to the year ahead and the events which have been lined up.


The first is the latest Brew-for-the-Few on March 27 to raise welfare funds and remember at the same time those in the air and on the ground who saved this country from Nazi occupation in 1940.


Being held from 10am-midday, the morning is set to feature entertainment from at least one band. Refreshments will be available for a donation to the funds.


The Dam Busters Raid will be commemorated on May 17 and followed by the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6.


Soon afterwards will be the town’s staging on June 22 of the national armed forces day.


“These are just a few of the highlights in the next few months,” said Carol, “with many more during the rest of the year in which the branch will be directly involved.


“The diary, as always, is crammed full of events, with special organised trips to RAF-related places of interest, daily entertainment of all kinds – and well-stocked bar, too.”

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