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September 20th, 2017.

Bob Peedle reports:

Over fifty members and friends gathered at the Willingdon Golf Club last Thursday for a formal dinner to commemorate the Battle of Britain. Amongst the guests, as well as the Chair of Lewes District Council, were the Mayors of Peacehaven, Newhaven, Polegate and the Deputy Mayor of Seaford. To represent the RAF we had Flt Lt Michelle Sheriff the OC of 1218 Squadron RAF Air Cadets based at Newhaven along with two cadet NCOs.

During the after-dinner speeches the Chairman, Bob Peedle MBE welcomed the guests and then gave an overview of the Battle of Britain, 1940. Flt Lt Michelle Sheriff responded on behalf of the guests and praised the work of the Royal Society with its generous gifts to local worthwhile causes and charities. The Air Cadets had been recipients of such gifts over the past seven years since the Seahaven Branch was formed in 2010.

A branch member, Jim Taylor, had donated some RAF memorabilia and this was auctioned on the understanding that whoever bought them should immediately give the items plus the money to the Cadets. This raised £75 for the Cadet funds.

Some of the guests at this event decided they would join the Seahaven Branch of the Royal Society, and this has brought the branch numbers up to one hundred. Chairman Bob announced: “This is great news when I represent the branch at the Royal Society’s annual general meeting next month at the Tower of London, I can boast of this achievement.” Branch President, Laurie Holland, said: “The event was a great success, every aspect of the evening was delightful not just a commemoration of the winning of a great battle by the RAF in 1940, but as an enjoyable and friendly function.”

The Seahaven Branch’s next function will be to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar on Friday the 20th of October at Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston.

Pictured: Flt Lieutenant Michelle Sheriff and Cadet Corporal Billy Prout from the Newhaven Squadron of the Air Training Corps appearing on SeahavenFM's Forces on Parade the week before the Battle of Britain dinner, which they both attended along with Cadet Sergeant Brendan Hawes.