RAF Brize Norton Personnel Dropped in for Tea with Care Home Residents Ahead of Armed Forces Day

The Henry Cornish Care Centre held a care home open day with tea and cakes and plenty of music serenaded by Service Personnel from RAF Brize Norton.

Residents and service personnel chatted over cups of tea and slices of cake ahead of Armed Forces Day, an annual event celebrated in late June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.  

RAF Brize Norton personnel dropped in for tea with care home residents ahead of Armed Forces Day
The image shows Mr Douglas Wakefield, who was a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the 1950s and ‘60s.  After an initial tour at Colchester he saw postings to Honduras and Kenya. With him are Senior Aircraftwomen Chantelle Hawkins, Amy Povey, and Bethan Brown; all administrators at RAF Brize Norton.

"We have 50 residents in our home ranging from 80-100 years old. Many have connections with the war time. We have gentlemen that were in National Service and ladies who were in the Land Army. This has been an excellent opportunity for our residents to meet current serving personnel. It's been great for the residents to build relationships and hear the stories of the modern day RAF."

Tina Brain
Care Home Activities Coordinator

Senior Aircraftman Alex Lapchuk of No. 10 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, chats with Mr Jonathon Malcolm, whose uncle had been a pilot in the RAF during the Second World War
Senior Aircraftman Alex Lapchuk of No. 10 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, chats with Mr Jonathon Malcolm, whose uncle had been a pilot in the RAF during the Second World War

"It was a great opportunity to meet the residents at Henry Cornish Care Centre, learn about their life stories and to tell them more about RAF Brize Norton. We have definitely made new friendships from across generations."

Senior Aircraftwoman Amy Povey
RAF Brize Norton Personnel Support

The care home, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust, has held a range of special visits for residents.

Senior Aircraftwoman Bethan Brown lets Mrs Joyce Tyrrell have a go with her RAF hat. All agreed it suited her! Joyce's brother was a Halifax bomber pilot during the Second World War and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross
Senior Aircraftwoman Bethan Brown lets Mrs Joyce Tyrrell have a go with her RAF hat.  All agreed it suited her!  Joyce's brother was a Halifax bomber pilot during the Second World War and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross

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