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RAF High Wycombe – Community Lunch
19 December 2016
RAF High Wycombe has partnered with Community Impact Bucks (CIB), the nationally accredited Volunteer Centre for Buckinghamshire, to provide local elderly residents with lunch at the Officers Mess at RAF High Wycombe.
The lunch came about to create meaningful relationships between the base and the local community as part of a joint project, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant, to promote volunteering opportunities to station personnel and their families. Group Captain Phil Lester, Station Commander, said:
“Engagement and integration within the local communities in which we serve and live is important to me as the Station Commander; we consider ourselves very much members of these communities and we continue to work with the local authorities and partners to develop a sense of ‘one community’.”
The station has held a number of events designed to help the local communities in partnership with CIB, as well as organising a Christmas lunch for elderly residents. Personnel at RAF High Wycombe recognise that it is important to support the local community and our local veterans, so it is no surprise to find that the dinner service was provided by volunteers from amongst currently serving personnel. Hazel Finney, Lead for Volunteering at Community Impact Bucks, said:
“This is proving to be a fantastic project, and has led to many station personnel volunteering with local charities. The Christmas lunch was a very positive way to end 2016.”
The 2 course meal was also attended by Local War Hero, Ron Crutchfield. Ron is a survivor from D-Day and has recently been appointed to the rank of Chevalier (knight) by the President of France.
CIB, alongside the National Citizens Service (NCS) scheme, have also organised for young photography and leadership enthusiasts from the local area to attend a day’s training at RAF High Wycombe to learn the complexities of taking photographs in extreme environments, and help them to develop their leadership potential. The scheme is proving a tremendous success for both the station and CIB, allowing the station to develop closer ties with the community and improve the local area for future generations.