Award for RAFA club officially recognises the club’s transformation


The club has gone from contemplating closing during the pandemic to a national award winner

The RAF Association Banbury Branch and Branch Club has been named a winner at The Club Awards 2022.   Representatives from the club attended a lavish awards ceremony in Leicester last night (Tuesday) where they received the good news.

Known as the RAFA Club, the reversal in the fortunes of the Broad Street based club led to it being named the winner in the Turnaround Club of the Year category.

The award marks the RAFA Club moving from contemplating closing during the pandemic, to having a transformed building at Newland House, with a number of new initiatives to ensure the survival of the only operational tri-service veterans community hub within a 50 mile radius.

RAF Association Banbury Chair Chris Adams attended the awards presentation with Rachel Adams, the Branch Club Chair and Julie and Andy Baily who are the Club’s Operations Managers.

Chris said: “I’m immensely proud to have been associated with this effort and I’m happy to have collected this National Award on behalf of our fabulous Membership and all those magnificent volunteers who have made it all possible.”

He added: “From a standing start in April 2020, a dedicated group of volunteers has transformed the look and feel of Newland House, concluding in a huge increase in Membership that now provides a welcoming and safe space for our local Veterans Community.  This is just the start and we have ambitious future plans to regenerate and repurpose Newland House further.”

The Club Awards are now in their 30th year, celebrating UK clubs of all shapes and sizes.   Banbury’s RAFA Club was a finalist in three categories: Business Initiative of the Year, Charity Club of the Year and Turnaround Club of the Year.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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