As you may be aware the MoD has created a specific section to handle the matter of veterans' welfare. It can be reached by clicking here and following the link. They provide specific measures to help veteran's deal with Covid and also advise many other resources.
Additional contact details are:
Veterans UK helpline
Ministry of Defence
Freephone (UK only): 0808 1914 2 18
Telephone (overseas): +44 1253 866 04
WELFARE MATTERS 2
Another central resource that is available to veterans and their famiies is the RAF Benevolent Fund. The recently retired Air Marshall Chris Elliot (she was once the first RAF Halton female Stn Cdr, a great supporter of the Association and now heads up the RAFBF) provides support by linking those-in-need to specific resources, some within RAFBF and others external. The RAFBF has £8m of unclaimed benefits that are for those eligible with recently added specific help regarding Covid. This has been made available to provide really practical assistance by helping veterans identify and apply for what they are eligible, given that this is often the stumbling block for those unfamiliar or confused.
Click here to reach the RAFBF.
WELFARE MATTERS 3
Another new thing made available for veterans (once we allowed out of Covid prison!) is the recently launched Veterans' Railcard. It gives from 30% upwards discount on the cost of rail tickets and is available at the special introductory price of £21 for one year or £61 for three years until March 31st. An example of the savings to be made by its use has been quoted to the Newsdesk of a £27 day return in first class from Milton Keynes to Glasgow which without the card would have cost anything up to £200 depending which times opted for. The ticket even included a cooked breakfast on the outbound journey; Result!
Click here for your 'cooked breakfast'.
WELFARE MATTERS 4
Not exactly 'welfare' but definitely a benefit is the recently launched scheme that provides discounts on goods and services to serving personel and veterans. If you haven't already done so then visit click here and be amazed at what you can get from your hard-earned pension!
The Chairman reports:
Your newly appointed Council has asked Rob Knotts (84th) to undertake a comprehensive study of GDPR applicable to RAFHAA. Rob has completed stage 1 of his report, identifying all the applicable regulations. He has just commenced reviewing how effectively the Association is applying these instructions. We have noticed that some Entries have started to list members and their email addresses on their pages. Unfortunately, we cannot allow this to happen and our webmaster has been instructed to progressively remove these names and addresses. We apologise to Entry representatives and members but we have to follow the GDPR act 2018.
For Association Members Only - The 500 Club Lottery - Exclusive!
The Association is initiating a monthly 500 Club Lottery to run under the conditions as required by the 2005 Gaming Act, the aim being to raise funds for heritage and general uses that will benefit Association members.
500 numbers, each costing £5 per month, will be initially allocated on a first come; first served basis now up to three tickets per member. (This is to avoid disappointment with multiple requests for Entry or other favourite numbers - I have had several!). If there are less than 500 applicants, additional numbers will be made available.
With all the numbers taken up, the first prize will be £1000 (40% of income); second prize £500 (20%); third prize £250 (10%). The remaining 30% will be allocated to Association funds. The first draw will be made on 1st December 2020.
To qualify for participation the intended 'ticket holder' must be a fully paid up member of the Association. A monthly payment must be made by Standing Order (SO) on the 10th of each month and the player will be required to sign a simple, yet necessary, statement accepting club rules.
To participate in the first and subsequent draws, send your name, Entry and number of tickets desired to Phil (Sprinks), the lottery organiser - firstname.lastname@example.org (Click here)- by 15th September. Once the request has been received Lottery application documents will be sent by eMail. These should be returned by 21 October so that ticket allocations can be verified and the register completed. This deadline will also allow time for SOs to be set up by players with their banks, with first payments due on 10th November.
The 500 Club will run for at least 6 months (initially) and draw results and news dates will be published in each edition of 'The Haltonian' and on the Website.
We look forward to receiving your application and ... Good Luck!
Message of Endorsement from our Patron Sir Michael Armitage to the Council
Dear Frank, It is quite clear that a new sprit has taken over the Association, and I wish to record my sincere appreciation of all the effort that you and the new team are putting into making the way ahead so promising.
Congratulations and very many thanks.
Sir Michael Armitage.
AGM 2019 - Minutes
The Minutes of 2019 AGM, as prepared by the Chairman of the day, are posted below.
Copies of the minutes were sent to all members who attended the meeting and they were asked to approve or disapprove the minutes as presented. Of the replies, 3 voted to accept the minutes, 18 voted against acceptance, 39 did not respond.
Since the 2019 AGM, there has been a sea change in Council membership and policy. The content of the Minutes have little or no bearing on the business now being undertaken. Hence, the Council decided at a virtual meeting on 4th August 2020 to place the Minutes on file and take no further action.
In preparation for your 'virtual attendance' at the upcoming 2020 Annual General Meeting (19 Sep 20) please find attached the minutes of last year's AGM. Click> here.
The associated financial statements can be found by clicking here.
THE HALTONIAN - Next Edition
Following a HAA Committee meeting held on the 4th August, we have decided that the next Haltonian will now appear on your doorsteps during the first week in February 2021. Deadline for copy for that edition will now be Monday 14th December. The reason for the change is because at the moment we are publishing; August and December (a four month gap), and December and August (an eight month gap). It therefore makes sense that we spread the publication to every six months. It also gives me more time to edit everything that I receive and perhaps add more in to the copy.
Thank you for your support and please continue to forward anything that feel may be of interest to me at – email@example.com, or call me on 01453 833702. Kind regards to all.
Barry Hathaway 100th
19th June 2020 - June Newsletter
Hot off the press, the latest newsletter. Click here
Stay safe with this nasty Coronavirus that’s going around!
01 May 2020 - MESSAGE FROM NEW CHAIRMAN DESIGNATE RAFHAA
The last issue of the Haltonian carried a resignation letter from your then Chairman Denis O’Brien. I am pleased to announce that your remaining Council, on advice from the Charities Commission (CC), has co-opted 3 new trustees following the instructions contained in CC Leaflet 30. Of course, these appointments are subject to ratification at the next AGM.
I volunteered to take up the role as Chairman and the existing Councilsupported my nomination. The other new co-options are Phil Sprinks and Clive Brooks. Your Council has already begun to conduct business in accordance with our Constitution and Charity Law. We are all dedicated to revitalising our Association, communicating with and listening to our members, following the legal requirements enshrined in Charity law and overcoming this dreadful virus that is affecting all of us in some way.
You will all know that deep rooted disagreements between the previous Chair and many members concerning the closure of your Association have existed for almost 3 years. Your new Council decided at a meeting on 28th April 2020 that closure plans had never been authorised by the membership through the aegis of an AGM motion or an EGM called expressly to debate the matter, and thus there was no legal basis on which to proceed with closure plans. We have, therefore, returned to the status quo: your Association will continue for the foreseeable future, certainly while RAF Halton remains open. The new Council plan to move forward with a programme of workto hold a virtual AGM in September in which members worldwide should be able to participate, an expansion of our membership, improved communication with members through a more active website,a Triennial in 2021, and the development of a lasting tribute at Halton in memory of generations of ex Apprentices whose boots pounded Chestnut Avenue. We hope to continue with the production of a quality hard copy of the Haltonian, the next issue should become available in August and of course, contributions are very welcome. Serious matters concerning our finances must be addressed and it is too soon to say what actions your Council will take. In the longer term, I would like to see a monthly 500 club lottery developed to raise regular income for the Association. Finally, when RAF Halton does finally close, we would like to plan, with your support, the mother of all reunions; something extra special!
I shall be happy to communicate with any of you by email and look forward to hearing your views on what should be done to reinvigorate our illustrious Association.
Frank Denton-Powell 90th - RAFHAA Chairman Designate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
24th March 2020 - Membership Database update
The Secretary advises that the membership database is out of date and asks:
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control the Database of Members of the HAA is not currently up to date for the distribution of the latest issue of the Haltonian (Issue 80), some of you who have moved since July 2019 will have it sent to your old address.
If you email me at email@example.com with either your Association No. or your Service No. (this is to check your membership status) I will send you a pdf copy initially and a hard copy later, should you so request, when I receive the spares from the printers.
For non-members if you would like a pdf copy of the Haltonian please email me as above and for a small donation to the Association I will send you a copy. Of course you are always welcome to join the HAA!
Stay safe with this nasty Coronavirus that’s going around!
23rd May 2018 - Data Protection.
17th February 2017 - THE RAF HALTON AIRCRAFT APPRENTICE SCHEME - An Authorative Paper
At the request of the Royal Air Force Historical Society Min Larkin (RAFHAA Archivist) wrote a paper which was published in their journal in January. Min has also given a presentation based on this article to the RAFHS, and to the Oxford branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society and various other institutions. He is available to give it to any interested parties provided they are located no more than 80 miles from Halton.
For the benefit of anyone who is more distant then click here to read a fascinating account of the heritage and history of the Halton Brats.
12th January 2017 - RAF HALTON CLOSURE - MoD Response to FOI Request
A request was made under the cover of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to the MoD asking what plans are in place to ensure the markers for this Legacy and Heritage (already in place and available for access by the public) will be sustained at the site - perhaps in what is now St Gerorge's Church - following closure. The response was as follows:
"RAF Halton contains a number of listed buildings and structures that have statutory protection,
including Grade 2* Halton House and gardens. In addition, there are a number of features and
artefacts currently housed at the site by the RAF which have significance both to the history of the
service and the local community. This includes items currently found at St Georges Church. Whilst
the Church is not listed, the MOD recognise the significance of many of its features and will be
considering how best to ensure this is dealt with in a respectful manner."
08 Mar 2016 - *** Entry Websites ***
It has been noted that a number of Entries who historically maintained their own Websites and could be accessed through links on the Old Haltonians Entries Webpage have become inoperable (aka "the link don't work any more!"). There are many reasons to cause this situation but the result is always the same, the host has pulled the plug because the bill hasn't been paid when the renewal became due. This is something that is beyond the control of the Old Haltonians Website and can only be resolved by the Entry in question. (Note, the dead links have been removed).
If entries wish to continue to have their presence maintained on the Old Haltonians website it is necessary for Entry Reps in liaison with their own Webmaster to inform the Association of their current Website Address so that the link can be re-established.
eMail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your advice.