I have been advised by Harper Adams University that all residential courses / reunions between now and mid-August must be postponed due to the current covid-19 situation. They will be holding single day events up to mid-August but no residential events. Thereafter, subject to government guidelines, residential courses / reunions will resume.

The RAFBEA Committee met via Zoom on January 27th to discuss this turn of events. Last year it was stated that if we had to cancel the proposed July dates no Final Reunion would take place. However, as the university have asked us to postpone the proposed July reunion as opposed to cancelling it the committee took this and other considerations into account such as the fact that 80 or so boys decided to leave the money they have paid for the 2020 reunion with us. That in itself relates to just under 80% of all boys who normally attend the reunion.

The committee also took into consideration the RAFBEA Standard which still needs be “Laid Up” following the official closure of the RAFBEA last year. We also discussed how things would look to RAF Cosford’s new station commander whose father was a Boy Entrant if we did not mark the September 2020 closure by holding a Final Reunion, albeit much delayed. He is very keen to support our last reunion in a number of ways and the station has already put forward ideas for the RAFBEA Standard “Laying Up” ceremony.

Bearing these factors in mind and the offer from Harper Adams to hold 2020 prices as it is their decision to ask us to postpone the reunion, we have decided to reverse our 2020 decision and accept their offer subject to prevailing covid-19 conditions and hold the final reunion over the September 10th / 12th weekend.

Boys who have already paid only need to email me the date they received their first corona virus vaccination. For those who would like to attend the final reunion in September please complete the new reservation form which will shortly be emailed to all members and return with your remittance to the address on the form by the due date. Alternately, members can download the reservation form using the "Blue Button" to the right of the Page.

Rod Goodier

RAFBEA Reunion Secretary

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