RAF Henlow



Stapleton-Cotton Centre
Building 58
SG16 6DN

Email: HLW-HIVEIO@mod.uk

Phone: 01462 851515 x7964

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


The closest childcare facility is Merry Poppets, located just off station. The facility takes children from six weeks to five years old.


You can get help to find housing when you move to the RAF Henlow or with any problems with your housing from the Service Community Support Officer (SCSO), Warrant Officer Sarah Tuckwell:

Email: HLW-SCSO@mod.uk 

Phone: 01462 851515 x7617

Family contact and temporary accommodation

There are two welfare flats and a welfare house on station that service personnel can use for emergency family accommodation, visits from children of divorced or separated personnel, weekend and school holiday visits from family members like parents or grandparents, and temporary accommodation when moving into or out of permanent Service Families Accommodation (SFA). To make a booking:

Phone: 01462 851515 x7068

Health and welfare

Medical centre

The Medical Centre is located at JFC Chicksands and is for service personnel only. Dependants of personnel should register with a local GP. 

Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)

SSAFA workers provide the help and advice on things like bereavement, finances, housing relationships, mental health. SSAFA works with the Royal Air Force Community Support.

Contact a SSAFA worker:

Email: pam.e@ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 01480 52451 x7097


The Chaplain for RAF Henlow is based at RAF Wyton and we have a local Officiating Chaplain available to all personnel.

Contact Squadron Leader Edward Wynn

Phone: 01480 52451 x7450

Or contact the Community Support Team:

Phone: 01462 851515 x7964


Station gym

The gym has a fitness suite, a large multi-purpose main hall and several classes every week including spinning, weightlifting and circuits.

Dependants of service personnel can join the station gym.

The gym operates a key card entry system for 24 hour use. 

Sports pitches and courts

Contact the station gym to book a sports pitch or tennis court.


RAF Henlow Community Centre

The Community Centre has regular activities:

  • Toddlers group Tiny Troopers, Tuesday, 10am to 11:30am
  • Rainbows - Tuesday, 5:15pm to 6:15pm
  • Brownies - Wednesday, 6:15pm to 7:15pm

For more information on the Community Centre, contact Warrant Officer Sarah Tuckwell:

Email: HLW-SCSO@mod.uk

Bars and cafés

Whittles Bar

Whittles is open to all-ranks and families at RAF Henlow for entertainment and leisure activities.

Opening times subject to change, see information on the Station for details.

Henlow Bowling Alley

League bowling Monday, 7pm to 10pm.

Open to the public for bookings Tuesdays to Sunday.

Crystals coffee shop

Open to families of service personnel.

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm.

Coffee Pot

Located in the Community Centre and operated by the Salvation Army.  Coffee Pot offers hot and cold beverages, a varied menu, snacks to eat in or take away.

Opening times: Friday, 9am to 1pm.

Children and young people

Children's and young people's activities and clubs on the station are run by Airplay.

Tiny Troopers, Under 5’s Parent group

A large range of toys with craft activities held each session. Run Tuesday, 10am to 11.30am.

Ben Clubs

Play club for five to seven years olds. Run Wednesday, 4pm to 5:30pm.

Airplay Youth Clubs

  • Youth Club for 8 to 11 years, Thursday, 5:45pm to 8:15pm
  • Hangar 34 for 11 to 13 years, Monday, 6:15pm to 8:45pm
  • Senior Seniors for 13 plus years, Wednesday 6:30pm to 9pm

Other facilities

Thrift Shop

Family members of RAF personnel can sell things through the Thrift Shop on the Station. 10% of the sale price goes to charity.

Opening times: Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm, Thursday, 9:30am to 1:30pm.

Londis Shop

The shop is located in Crystals and is open to service personnel and their dependants.

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm.

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 8am to 2:30pm. 

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