Welcome to the Royal Air Forces Association

Morecambe and Lancaster Branch 300

Charity Registration No: 1072421

Rated a Category 'A' Branch in the Northern Area.

North West provides consistently 25% of RAF recruits

The Gingham Branch Drop-in Cafe providing a meeting place for Serving and Ex-serving  personnel and their families

The cafe is at the West End of Morecambe close to the Post Office and is between Albert Road and Regent Road.  Two hours of free parking is available in Parliament Street, the second turning off Regent Road.  Bus stops are available opposite the cafe and by Albert Road. 

 For more details: morecambe.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/the-gingham-19742064.html

Royal Air Forces Association

Our Branch provides a network of friendship, help and support to its members.  

There are some 60,000 RAF veterans in the North West; please join your colleagues in RAFA to help each other and those still serving; we must not isolate ourselves from each other to whom we owe a lot: JOIN US NOW!

We have good relationships with local Air Cadet Squadrons.  The generation gap remains a problem, but we aim to support them as and when we can: click here for more information on Air Cadets.


Click here

for RAFA Membership details.

Anyone who sympathises with our aims of friendship, help and support within an ethos of cordiality and concern for each other is most welcome to join us: we have members from other defence services and those without any service experience, and they provide an invaluable contribution by broadening our horizons.

By joining our local RAFA Branch you can:

Attend our social events, including interesting speakers and activities.

Maintain contact with locally like-minded people, including ex-RAF, ex-National Service and ex-Air Cadets.

Help our young and not-so-young people.

Remember the fallen and help the broken.

Who can join:

Serving RAF personnel: Full Ordinary membership :click here.

Air Cadet Officers, Warrant Officers, SNCOs, Civilian Instructors: Full Ordinary membership.

Ex-RAF personnel: Full Ordinary membership.

Members of Service or ex-Service or ex-National Service RAF personnel and their families or non-service people with little to no RAF experience: Full Associate membership: click here. or Branch Associate membership, email our Branch Secretary - see Contact Us.

RAFA Youth Membership has been formed for Air Cadets, CCF(RAF), GVCAC, Air Scouts, Air Explorer Scouts: and any other airminded young people, ages 12 to 17: contact our Branch Secretary for more information about this exciting RAFA development - see Contact Us.

Junior Branch Membership - free for any young person of ages 12 to 17 whose parent, grandparent, carer or guardian is a member of our Branch, for more information -  Contact Us. RAFA Youth Members require a free Junior Branch Membership in order to participate in our activities.

Meetings (All our talks are open to members and non-members, and are FREE!)

We meet at:

The Headway Hotel in Morecambe for lunch at 12 noon and for our speaking event at 1.45pm every second Tuesday during the year.

Bare Village Club in Morecambe for evening get together and for our evening speaking event at 7.30pm every fourth Tuesday from April to September during the year.

Gingham Cafe  (see above) for informal chance meetings of members and other serving or ex-serving personnel and their families

For further information - Contact Us.

Spiritual Needs

We have close links to St Barnabas Parish Church, Morecambe where we assemble for Battle of Britain Day Services and our Wings Concert each year; where we have opportunities for social events in the parish hall. The parish priest is also Chaplain of our branch and Padre to the local Air Cadet 455 Squadron. He takes care of our spiritual needs, including supporting bereavement and honouring our past members - Contact Us.

Should a RAFA funeral drape be required the deceased must have been a member of RAFA: in these circumstances please contact the Secretary so that arrangements may be made with the Funeral Director concerned.


Our Welfare Officer is David Hodgson who can be contacted on Tel: 07746 617609 Email: dh@pobroadband.co.uk or davidhodgson19@icloud.com. To support our Welfare Officer our area is divided into clusters for which a Branch member has volunteered to be a contact for members within their cluster area. If you want to participate in this scheme of being able to be in touch with your local Contact Member locally please contact us. If on the other hand you require more professional help, then contact David.

Please do pass the address of this website on to many others, including members of your family.









The list of tags is empty.


Heron Theatre Programme

15/02/2017 15:26
An interesting and varied programme of events at the Heron Theatre is provided in the Local Events...

Well attended AGM on 14th February

15/02/2017 15:01
Thirty six members attended the Branch Annual General Meeting at the Headway Hotel with 25...

Vera Lynn and RAFA!

09/02/2017 15:06
Did you know that one of the charities for which Vera Lynn was awarded her OBE for helping was...

Morrison's Collection Day Disappointing

09/02/2017 14:57
We did not do as well as expected £146.74: perhaps there is less money about as the Taxi drivers...

RAF Morecambe World War II Airfield Information Request

03/02/2017 11:14
  One of our members, who is a local historian, has been asked to write a research paper on...

Gingham Drop-in Cafe Report and request for RAF Memorabilia

03/02/2017 11:11
Our first Branch social day at The Gingham took place on the last Saturday of January. Nine members...

Kendal Squadron OC receives much deserved awards

30/01/2017 14:38
Tim Corry of 1127 (Kendal) Air Cadet Squadron was recently promoted to Flight Lieutenant and...

Air Cadets all change!

24/01/2017 15:02
The following information has been received on changes in Navy, Army and RAF Cadets, UK: 20 January...

We enter the Talks Season 2017: Tuesday 14 March, Headway Hotel, 1.45 pm

17/01/2017 14:55
The first talk of 2017 will be provided by Jack Wakefield about his early life, especially when in...

Sherry and Mince Pies Social and National Presidential Certificate

11/01/2017 15:30
We had a most successful Sherry and Mince Pies Social in the Headway Hotel.  Twenty two...
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 >>