The 36th RAFTA AGM was held on 30th October at the Union Jack Club, London. Around 30 members of the Association attended including the new President Air Cdre Barbara Cooper and honorary Vice-President Dr Jim Greig. The President’s opening address was very positive noting progress on the intended ‘home for theatre’ at RAF Cranwell and her huge enjoyment of the One Act Play Festival at RAF Lyneham this year. She also touched on the inevitable effects that SDSR will have across the RAF, but encouraged all RAFTA clubs to do their utmost to promote, at Station level, the benefits and importance of theatrical endeavour. Finally, she encouraged the Association to use Project 2011 as an engagement vehicle to raise its profile, not only with the higher echelons of the RAF, but also with the media and the general public.
The revised Constitution, a requirement for the Association to apply for charitable status was ratified. The constitution will now be presented to the Charities’ Commission for scrutiny and approval.
This new website was also unveiled to the meeting and was well received. Suggestions and feedback were welcomed to help the website developer take the project forward.
Finally, the annual award ceremony concluded the meeting. This culminated in the award of a RAFTA Fellowship to Wg Cdr(Ret’d) Ellis Artus as recognition for his longstanding support for RAFTA and dedicated work on the Committee particularly as Adjudications Coordinator.
Read on for the results and photos of the awards being presented.