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Dear Member

I trust this finds you well and that you had a good Christmas and New Year.

As well as send you a rather overdue copy of the Minutes from the 2022 AGM (See Menu), I thought it would be valuable to give an update on what’s happening with CFSA in 2023:

CFSA TREASURER. After 10 years or so as CFSA Treasurer, Tim Dean will be standing down as CFSA Treasurer at the end of February, so we URGENTLY need a volunteer to assume the role. It’s not a hefty job, is quite straightforward, and won’t take up much of your time at all. For more detail, you can see the CFSA financial summary at the end of the attached Minutes, which shows how non-complex it is. Please let me know ASAP if you’d like to help us by taking this on.

CFSA 2023 SOCIAL EVENTS. This was discussed at the AGM (see the attached minutes) but essentially as things stand we’re aiming at 2 social gatherings for 2023:

A ‘North of London’ CFSA event in the first half of 2023, possibly combining a CFSA reunion with a CFS event. The format and date for this depends on the result of a forthcoming meeting with Commandant CFS (see below for more on this) but if we’re not joining with a CFS social event we’re looking at a standalone Reunion around May, with the International Bomber Command Centre at Lincoln being the likely venue.

A ‘London and the South’ CFSA reunion and CFSA AGM at the RAF Club around October time.

LIAISON WITH HQ CFS. We’ve inadvertently become a little ‘disconnected’ from HQ CFS and the RAF over the last few years, a situation no doubt exacerbated by the Covid 19 pandemic. Chatting to some serving CFS personnel last year revealed that many thought they were automatically CFSA members, but yet we don’t have their details on our database and they’re therefore unaware of CFSA events and news. I need to rebuild that link, work-out who we’ve missed over the last while, and get them on-board. We also need to re-set the relationship with HQ CFS following the change of Commandant to Gp Capt Mike Jordan. To that end, Gavin Mackay, Dave Bentley and myself will be meeting with Commandant CFS at Cranwell later this month after which we should hopefully have mapped-out a clearer way forward for the CFS/CFSA relationship as well as having a clearer picture of CFSA involvement in CFS social events. I’m well aware that many of you need maximum notice to make arrangements to be able attend CFSA social events, so I’ll be endeavouring to get dates fixed as soon as I can.

RAF LITTLE RISSINGTON. I’ve had an email from a couple who have recently purchased part of the former RAF Little Rissington Officers’ Mess as their new home. They’re looking to obtain some old photographs of the Mess and the Station to place in their house. I think it’s nice that they wish to display some of the character and history of the ex-home of CFS, so if any of you have some good photos from that era that you’re willing to scan and share with this couple then please let me know.

CFSA FACEBOOK PAGE. Finally, another reminder that we have a CFSA Facebook page set-up that you can join and use to contact other CFSA members and swing the lamp with! I also pop the odd bit of news on there as it’s much easier than emailing all the membership. There’s a good number joined already, but it’s very much a case of the more the merrier. The page is at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/753722482574407

My best wishes for 2023, and I hope to see you at one of this year’s CFSA events!

Best regards


Neil R Benson

Hon Sec CFSA

07734 317395