Royal Air force Association Lunch for Local Veterans

Jane Reilly  |  Published: May 5th 2018

Chairman of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Club, Derf Mockford and RAFA charity worker, Kev O’Neil initiated a monthly lunch for local veterans.  They were trying to come up with ideas to get some of the elderly out to socialise with others during the cold weather. The lunch this month had a St George’s theme and so the food was good old british bangers and mash with onion gravy and desserts to follow. 

A number of personnel from RAF Halton also went along to chat to the veterans and help serve the meal, one of them, Warrant Officer Clark Coghill, himself a member of RAFA for 25 years, said: “An email was circulated for volunteers to take part in the lunches so being a long time member I decided to give it a go.  It’s been a successful afternoon.”

Councillor Steve Worth said: “I have been to all of the lunches and they are an amazing way of getting veterans to socialise through the cold months.  This is what RAFA is all about and it’s been a success.”

Derf said: “The kitchen isn’t very big but our volunteers manage well to cook for up to 45, today we are serving 39. Kev and I thought that we would see how it went, and after the first three were so successful, it has gone from strength to strength with a lot of extremely good feedback.”


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