BAFC AGM 2018 – Minutes

Posted on 12/Jun/2018

British Airborne Forces Club

Annual General Meeting

1530 Hrs, Saturday 19th May 2018

Brecon Rugby Club


Apologies for Absence:  Denzil Connick




  1. The Chairman opened the meeting at 1533 hrs and advised the members present that the previous minutes and the AGM agenda had been posted on the BAFC website prior to the AGM. No one present wished to raise any matter arising from previous minutes.  A vote was proposed that the minutes were an accurate reflection of the previous AGM:

          Proposed:  I Thornton   Seconded: R Stacey    Result:  Carried

  1. A statement by the Treasurer was read out regarding the financial position of the club and that there was a positive balance of £30,114.95.
  1. The Chairman outlined the need for a new Committee post of Media Officer. The post would be responsible, via the Deputy Chairman, for all internal/external marketing of events across all platforms and would report to the members at the AGM.  The Chairman asked for someone from the floor to propose and second the motion.

         Proposed:  T Bowling       Seconded: S Loxton    Result:  Carried

  1. A statement by the Membership Officer with numbers of current members. There are over 800 members of which only 300 are currently paid members.  The Chairman questioned why, at only £10 per annum, why people didn’t pay and yet attended the club events and enjoyed the atmosphere and freebies?  There was general agreement when The Chairman suggested those who no longer pay should consider if they still want to be members and that their names should be removed from the membership for non-payment of subs.  The Chairman will consult the Committee on how best to approach this issue.
  1. Vote of thanks to the RQMS @ SoIBS (WO2 Andy Lamont) for his kind support of the club by providing accommodation within Dering Lines.

          Proposed by:  Chairman     Result: Unanimous

  1. Arnhem Bike Ride 2019

Jim Kelly was unable to join us for the AGM but Gary Sturge explained that he will be the Committee member assisting Jim with the event.  Gary gave members present a brief outline of how the club will support the 75th Anniversary of the Arnhem Landings.  All proceeds from the event will be given to the BAFC.

  1. Airborne Soldier Statue

Richard Stacey explained the background to the idea to commemorate 50 years of the Parachute Regiment and AB Forces in Aldershot by erecting a statue of an AB Soldier in the grounds of the Garrison Church.  The cost of the statue is in the region of £50k and donations to date were in excess of £31k.

The Chairman explained to the members that he and the Committee had discussed how best the club could support this cause.  The Committee proposed that BAFC pledge funds of £5k toward this statue and the Chairman asked for someone from the floor to propose and second.

      Proposed:  S Loxton           Seconded:  P Heyward   Result:  Carried

  1. Any other business:

Gerry Cox wishes to stand down from the Treasurer role in 2019.  George Pullin will be the new Treasurer from 2019.  Gerry will work with George and support him during the transition and George will formally take over the role after the AGM in 2019.

The club thanks George and others who put themselves forward in support of the club.

Gerry and I have worked very closely since I became Chairman.  Many members don’t know the extra time and commitment that all the committee give to support the club.  I am very grateful to Gerry for all his efforts and support, especially for keeping the club in the excellent                   financial position it enjoys.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 1605.


Phil Probets


P Coy 10 Miler – Saturday 23rd November 2019

Posted on 12/Jul/2016

Please join us for our annual ramble over some of the places we used during our P Coy selection.

You’ll be pleased to know that we don’t run and tab anymore it’s just a leisurely walk with a break for some free hot food and drink provided by the BAFC and our good friends at The Traf.  You don’t have to be a member to join in and you don’t have to take part in the walk – just turn up.

The walk starts from the Traf in Short Street, Aldershot at 1000hrs with a break halfway and ends at the Garrison Cemetery at approx 1300.  Here we have a short ceremony to remember our friends no longer with us and then disperse back to either our accommodation or The Traf.

Please make sure that you check the weather for the weekend and that you begin the walk well prepared.

Most people make a weekend of it so book your accommodation now to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you.



BAFC Golf Day 2019 – TBA

Posted on 12/Jul/2016

Please join us for our Golf Day at Camberley Heath Golf Club, Golf Drive, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 1JG.  The date will be published shortly

The event is open to members and non-members of the BAFC, their friends and work colleagues to a maximum number of 32.  Please contact Jim Kelly (07500 958361) ASAP to secure your place.

This event is nearly fully booked – some sponsors still required

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Fandance 2019

Posted on 30/May/2016


Next Fandance is Saturday 18th May 2019, details are posted here:

The club AGM is also held on this day, all members are entitled to vote.  If you would like to raise a matter at the AGM please contact the Chairman in advance in order to discuss the issue.  This means that a place for your point and time allocation will be assigned to the business you wish to raise.

See you all there.


Phil Probets