Bradford branch of the Royal Air Forces Association to meet in pub to attract more members

Eric Ross, David Birch, David Bryan and Joe Froggatt at The Gallopers pub, Wakefield Road, that will be the new meeting place for the Bradford branch of the RAF Association

Eric Ross, David Birch, David Bryan and Joe Froggatt at The Gallopers pub, Wakefield Road, that will be the new meeting place for the Bradford branch of the RAF Association

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

An armed forces group is taking its recruitment drive to the pub in a last-ditch bid to attract new members.

The Bradford and District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association has an ageing membership of just 70 on its books, though only a handful attend meetings, and it is threatened with closure later this year.

Now, in a final attempt to inject some “new blood” into the group and boost its dwindling membership, members will meet at The Gallopers pub.

The Association hopes to get younger members on board and that the meeting can help revive it.

Membership is open to anyone who has served with the British, the Empire or the Commonwealth Air Forces at any time and in any capacity. Close relatives can also join as Associate Members.

Member David Bryan said: “We’re still struggling. We’re still trying to revive the branch. We are looking for new blood.

“We thought we’d possibly attract more people if we had more people if we had a meeting in a local pub in the early evening.

“It’s good to share our experiences and talk to people who have been there and done that.

“We are now running out of money and we need new people to come in and move things along a bit. We only have five or six people who turn up for meetings at the moment.

“We are looking for people of all ages, such as early retirees who can run the branch. The essence of the Association is friendship and support.”

The meeting is at The Gallopers, Wakefield Road, Bradford, on June 4 from 5.30pm. If you are unable to attend, but would like to join the Association, e-mail Mr Bryan at daeb@btinternet.com.

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10:02am Tue 3 Jun 14

Not so simple says...

Dying club? I wonder why? Is it due to the fact that most of the 'working men's clubs ' and similar associations have few coloured folk in association or as active members.

These associations forget the thousands of Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern , South Asian including Philippines and Malays service men and women who fought along side the allied forces during the world wars and numerous wars aftert that.

Also don't forget the afro-Caribbean people who fought along side the allied forces but were not treated equally.... They used to be given inferior weapons or no weapons at all!

Historians need to recognise and promote the foreigners and persons from the colonies and commonwealth that lost their lives to keep us safe from Persecution.

Now why are these clubs dying again?
Dying club? I wonder why? Is it due to the fact that most of the 'working men's clubs ' and similar associations have few coloured folk in association or as active members. These associations forget the thousands of Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern , South Asian including Philippines and Malays service men and women who fought along side the allied forces during the world wars and numerous wars aftert that. Also don't forget the afro-Caribbean people who fought along side the allied forces but were not treated equally.... They used to be given inferior weapons or no weapons at all! Historians need to recognise and promote the foreigners and persons from the colonies and commonwealth that lost their lives to keep us safe from Persecution. Now why are these clubs dying again? Not so simple
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