Seahaven RAFA calls for committee members

A GROUP for serving and ex-serving Royal Air Force servicemen is calling on support from the community to save it from closing.

Seahaven Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) began in 1987 and while today it has around 90 members it is desperately in need for people to join its committee to keep it running.

Squadron Leader Peter Bonfield is looking for people to join the group and is also keen for younger faces to get on board. He said, “Unfortunately our secretary died and we do have a treasurer but they are limited to what they can do. We have a committee and most of them are ageing.

“I’m the youngest person in the whole of the branch and the average age is between 80 and 90 and the oldest person on the committee is 96.”

The team meet once a month and anyone can join up.

Seahaven RAFA is involved in several community events including the Battle of Britain Parade, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2010.

Mr Bonfield, who is the chairman of the Seahaven RAFA branch, added this year’s parade might not happen because, while it was well supported by the community, they need committee members to help with the organisation.

He said, “Anyone can come along and join the committee that’s not a problem. I actually run the Battle of Britain Parade ever year in September. It’s in danger of not happening because of the shortage of people to run it. The financial side is not a problem, it’s the lack of people supporting us and getting it off the ground.”

Anyone who would like to find out more is welcome to visit Seahaven RAFA’s annual general meeting which is being held next Tuesday (March 27) at the 60+ Club at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford at 7.30pm.

People can also contact Mr Bonfield on 893763.