On the first of April 1918, as the first world war was drawing to a close, the Royal Air Force was born. Two thousand and eighteen
On the first of april 1918, as the first world war was drawing to a close, the Royal Air Force was born. Two thousand and eighteen year marks centenary of this, the oldest independent air force in the world. The 15th of September also marks the 78th anniversary of the bloodiest day of the battle of britain during WW2 which marked the turning point in this brutal conflict thanks to the brave actions of Air Force pilots.
To comemorate both occasions, events are being organised up and down the country. RAFA Bodmin is no different and on Saturday the 15th of September this year there, will be a garden party held in Priory Park, Bodmin with stalls, food and drink, displays and entertainment for all the family.
Hello, my name is Colin Stevenson Chairman of the Royal Air Forces Association, Bodmin Branch, a position I have held for five years. I also served in the RAF for eight. RAFA is a charity dedicated to the welfare of current and retired service men and women and their families. This is a theme that will run throughout the garden party with several local and national charities attending on the day.
Aside from the welfare, there will entertainment for all the family with soft play, a paper plane making competition and a facepainter for the little ones. Bodmin town band will be playing alongside music and speeches from the 1940s and an auction to raise funds for the Wings Appeal, RAF100 and RAFA. It will also draw attention to the STEM project that is encouraging young people into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
To make this event happen, we have been working behind the scenes over the last year, including organising Bodmin's RAF100 church service attended, by over 400 people including high ranking officers from the RAF, the lord leutenent of Cornwall, Bodmin town Council members, the Mayor of Bodmin and personel from RAF St Mawgan.
Since then, the emphasis has been on organising and funding the garden party. We have a long list of confirmed attendees as well. We have already received financial backing from Cornwall County Council and from a local impact grant courtesy of Asda. Members of the RAFA have also been busy fundraising in the local area.
The help and support form local poeple and businesses has been incredable, but we still need you!
The RAFA is not funded by the RAF or gorvernment so, to bring this celebration truly to life we need to raise a further £1500 to pay for entertainment, St John Ambulance and the hiring of audio equipment.
The garden party, as well as many of the activities will be free on the day, so any donation large or small, will be greatly appreciated. You can rest assured that your donation will go towards putting on a day of celebration for the people, companies and charities of Bodmin and beyond.
Any member of the public who donates will receive an RAF Goodiebag and any donation pledges from a business will receive a mention on our thank you board which will be on display at the garden party.
We will be posting updates daily on our crowdfunding page. Or you can visit facbook.com/raf100bodmin for more information. Please share this page with all your friends and family so we can make this a day to remember.