Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
RAF Halton was busy during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend from celebrating with the local community, to supporting it.
Personnel from RAF Halton set up a mini-exhibition in the centre of Wendover to showcase some of the things that happen at RAF Halton and give the locals an opportunity to talk to airmen and women. Being on the doorstep of Wendover, RAF Halton works hard to ensure a good relationship between the village and the Station.
The Station Commander, Group Captain Chris Elliot said: “This marks the start of the Wendover Celebrates Weekend for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and demonstrates the close ties we have with the village. Events like this keep the RAF in the public eye in addition to demonstrating the type of community support activities our personnel undertake, all of which fosters the good relationship we have had with the community for nearly 100 years.”
RAF Halton’s team of 10 RAF Regiment Gunners also won the “It’s a Knockout” competition. Corporal Nick Stevens said: “It went really well but we were the only team that went in fancy dress! I think our leadership and teamwork skills might have helped us have an edge over our rival teams.”
A group of 30 Logistics students from Halton also undertook the massive task of constructing the Jubilee Beacon. The Beacon was one of 2012 beacons across the country that were all lit within 30 minutes of each other finishing with the National Beacon being lit by Her Majesty the Queen at 10.30pm on the 4th June.
Local resident Anne Russell summed it up perfectly saying: “This village wouldn’t be this village without the RAF.”
RAF Halton also signed up to the Jubilee Hour; a campaign that aimed to recognise Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of public service by encouraging people to undertake at least 60 minutes of volunteering or an act of goodwill. Volunteering and charity work is no stranger at RAF Halton where the airmen and women are very active in the local community. So when Corporal Craig Wilson, heard about the Jubilee Hour, he set up the projects to help at two local care homes – Leonard Pulham Residential Care Home in Wendover and Abbeyfields Residential Home in Great Missenden.
Corporal Wilson speaking on behalf of all the airmen and women that took part in RAF Haltons Jubilee Hour said: “It was an honour to take part in the biggest mobilisation of volunteers since the Second World War and the projects were something which we would hope to repeat again in the future.”
Rainbows & Rattles
The children and parents of RAF Halton’s playgroup, Rainbows and Rattles, got in patriotic mood for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by throwing a Jubilee tea party to celebrate the prestigious event.
Roz Allen, Rainbows and Rattle Co-ordinator said: “We’ve put on the Jubilee lunch today which the children are really enjoying. It’s an opportunity for us all to come together as a group and celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.”
Mrs Sarah Uglow, whose husband works at RAF Halton is mother to four children. She said: “The playgroup is really good for us. The little ones get to mingle with other children and there are always different activities to go to.”