Branch news and forthcoming events


The 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 14th March at 1130 in Raffles2 club.  7 Scarborough Road, Torquay, TQ2 5UJ.  This will be preceeded with a coffee morning starting at 10am.  All members and potential new members are very welcome to attend. 

Battle of Britain service and reception Sunday 17th September 2017

Battle of Britain service and reception Sunday 17th September 2017

The service was held in St Lukes Church, Sheddon Hill, Torquay.  Veterans from all 3 services attended along with the Torbay MP and members of Torbay Council. Standards were paraded. A buffet lunch was provided in Raffles Club afterwards. 

Coffee Morning

On Saturday 29th July 2017 we held a coffee morning in the branch premises.  A presentation on the RAF Association and an update on activities within the Torquay Branch was given.  15 Branch members attended and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.  With thanks to Raffles Club for providing the tea and coffee and in particular to Barry, Steve, Margaret and Chris.  We will be holding further regular coffee mornings in the coming months. 

We took part in the Paignton Carnival on Wednesday 26th July 2017.  We used the highly decorated "Lightning McQueen" fundraising car!

We attended the Torbay Armed Forces Day on Paignton Green on Saturday July 1st and also the Lions charity day on Babbacombe Downs on Sunday July 2nd. Our collection of ducks sold out! 

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Babbacombe Downs Sunday 2nd July.  The branch had the gazebo at the Lions charity day from 10am to 4pm

Saturday 20th June 2015. Armed Forces day on Babbacombe Downs. The Wings Appeal gazebo was there as well as Corporals Dave Bairsto and Baz Sweeney from RAF Saint Athan who assisted on the day. 


The Darkey Fell Sword

The branch has retained the Darkey Fell sword for the fourth year in a row. This was for raising the most amount in the area for Wings Appeal between 2013 and 2016. There are 87 branches which make up the Wales, Midlands and South West area and Torquay came out on top again! It was first presented at the annual area conference in Cardiff in March 2014, Torquay in March 2015, Cheltenham in March 2016 and Torquay in March 2017. The top picture shows the chairman of Central Council, Air Vice Marshall Nigel Bairsto along with Ron Horswell and Linda Tombs in Cardiff. The bottom picture shows the National President, Air Marshall Sir Dusty Millar and Linda Tombs in Torquay. 


Air Marshall Sir Dusty Millar with Linda Tombs