The RAF Waddington Chaplains recently celebrated RAF100 with a special Station Church Service, followed by a Church Fête.
The Church Service included pieces by the Voluntary Band and Military Wives’ Choir. Almost 120 service personnel, families and friends, of all ages were present.
Afterwards, the lively congregation proceeded to the Integrated Welfare Lawn where a Church Fête was in full-swing, complete with face-painting, bouncy castle, Lincoln Fun Bus, stocks and old-fashioned games. It’s estimated that around 250 people turned out on a beautiful May afternoon. A highlight was the cutting of the specially-commissioned RAF100 Birthday Cake, by Mrs Dorothy Brown, Church Warden of the Station Church.
All the events on the day were free-of-charge, funded by the RAF Chaplains’ Branch Church Collection Funds. Padre Philip Wilson, who led the organisation for the day, said,
“The chaplaincy team wanted to give something for the whole community to enjoy. We looked at the RAF100 themes of “Commemorate, Celebrate and Inspire” and decided that the Church Service would be our commemoration, the Fête would be all about celebration, and Messy Church, starting in the autumn of 2018, for young children, will be our time to inspire the next generation.”