COMMANDER IN CHIEF AIR COMMAND OPENS NEW WELFARE FACILITY
AIR Chief Marshal Simon Bryant, Commander in Chief, Air Command was on hand at RAF Linton on Ouse to open a new welfare facility part funded by a £65,000 donation from air force charity RAFA.
ACM Bryant, together with Jane Easton, the Secretary General of RAFA, opened the new facility, known to all on the station as the “Maple Leaf” in honour of the Canadian aircrew who flew from Linton during WW2. The new Maple Leaf brings together all the welfare and support services on the station into one building, including the HIVE, SSAFA, RAFA, Chaplaincy services, and the station community development and support workers. It also houses an all-ranks Café, childrens indoor and outdoor play facilities, free wi-fi and audio-visual facilities.
The Maple Leaf also houses the junior ranks club, replacing an outdated facility dating back to the 1960’s. The facility was refurbished in a project managed by Carillion and Daubney’s in conjunction with Defence Estates. Sqn Ldr Angela Unsworth, who project managed the Maple Leaf said: “The new Maple Leaf offers a bespoke, contemporary, stylish, high street style environment for everybody on the station. It will act as a focal point for families, contractors, civilians and service personnel. It is a very high quality facility and is a blueprint for future facilities of this kind across the defence estate”.
Air Chief Marshal Bryant said “I would like to find a way of bottling the ethos and relationship that defence estates, carillon enterprises and the station have at RAF Linton on Ouse so that I may expand it across other areas”.
The launch also co-incided with RAFA’s “Brew for the Few” which raised money for the RAFA 2010 Wings Appeal.
Header Image: (large size) ACM Bryant with Jane Easton of RAFA
Image 1: (large size) Jane Easton of RAFA speaking
Image 2: (large size) Jane Easton – Brew for the Few
Image 3: (large size) ACM Bryant with Sqn Ldr Angela Unsworth