Emerald Lunch – Celebrating our 55th Year

The Emerald lunch was held on the 2nd of September at the RAF Club – kindly hosted by RAF Club Member and former WMRAC Chairman Elizabeth Walkinshaw.

The Club is situated in Mayfair, having opened its doors in 1922 at this address. The story of the RAF is exhibited in the corridors and rooms of the Club with amazing pictures and badges displayed and a fantastic stained glass window.

Queen Elizabeth II is the Club’s Patron.

We were thrilled to hold our event in the magnificent Ballroom which looked stunning with the Emerald theme for our special Anniversary lunch. A great number of members were there to enjoy the great venue and fabulous food and many commented how wonderful it all was. It was so good to see not only members but also husbands, partners, friends and family.

Clare McGarvey, Vice Chairman, had made lovely ‘Emerald’ themed bracelets which were a gift to all our members. These are green beaded bracelets, sporting a kennel and a dog house

There were generous donations for the silent auction which included an original club silk scarf, plate and car badge from Michael Morrice and various memorabilia from Phil Read including a signed book. Various bracelets and a lovely ‘Emerald’ jewellery set were also very sought after.

The important part of the day was the presentation of cheques to the Air Ambulance Service and Hope For Tomorrow. We were very grateful to David Piper in presenting these cheques for us. They were presented to Jonathan Penny for the Air Ambulance Service and Christine Mills for Hope For Tomorrow. The magnificent sum of £20,000 was an amazing contribution to Hope For Tomorrow with money being raised by members with their target 200 events.

After the lunch, the men were escorted to the Running Horse Bar which is within the RAF Club and the AGM concluded the day for the members.