Station Personnel Visit to Royal British Legion Residential Care Home Halsey House
On Wednesday the 9th of November seven Station personnel travelled over to the north Norfolk coastal town of Cromer.
The purpose of the journey was to visit residents and staff at the Royal British Legion care home of Halsey House. Halsey House is a picturesque grand Georgian house that offers residential care and day facilities to former Service men and women including their dependants.
The aim of this first visit was for junior ranks to ‘meet and greet’ the residents. Junior base personnel from a variety of trades conversed and imparted an important connection to the ex-personnel from all three services. A talk was given by A/Cpl Edward Stanley covering the role of today’s Royal Air Force in the world including current activities by RAF Marham and its personnel, highlighting sporting and charity achievements. Copies of Marham Matters and RAF News were handed out for all to read and a Station Crest was also presented to the residents marking the occasion in cementing the bond between the Royal British Legion Care Home and RAF Marham.
It was lovely to sit, chat and spend time with the residents. One of the residents Mr. David Waring (95), a former Squadron Leader flew in Coastal Command. To counter the German U-Boat threat to Allied shipping he patrolled the Atlantic Ocean out from Halifax, Canada and transferred back over to the UK and covered the North-Western sector. He flew many missions including dropping special agents and supplies deep behind enemy lines and towed glider aircraft over to Arnhem as part of OPERATION MARKET GARDEN.
Another resident is Mr. Jack Spalding (91), a former Sgt Wireless Operator / Air Gunner who was also was initially in Coastal Command based up at Wick in Scotland and transferred to Malta where he successfully attacked the Axis power’s shipping throughout the Mediterranean. His tour was cut short unfortunately, as he was seriously injured by enemy fire. He still keeps his impressive war time diaries and uniform.
Our intension is that visits from RAF Marham will become a regular event, open to interested serving personnel. I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my sincere thanks to all the residents and staff who took time to meet the RAF Marham personnel. Especially to Ms. Sally Mills and to Ms. Maria Olley for hosting us, who without your help could not have made this visit occur.