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Jan Leeming

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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Date: 27th August 2012


I’m very proud to have become an Affiliated Member of the RAF Club.

I’ve stayed at the Club and been to many functions there including several dinners marking the end of the Battle of Britain.

I stay out of London as much as possible – is it an age thing? Whereas, when I lived in Buckinghamshire, I thought nothing of going into town, now that I live on the extremities of Kent I don’t like going up to the big smoke. Also the Capital is so crowded nowadays. I know I’m going back decades but when I was a young secretary in the BBC I could walk from Broadcasting House to Marble Arch, do some shopping and walk back again in my lunch hour. Nowadays with the hoards on the pavements I doubt you’d get half way there in an hour.

It is always a worry about catching the last train home, so now if I have to stay to a late function I know that I can book a bed for the night in the most conducive of surroundings. I love the atmosphere of the RAF Club – something about its old world gentility and rules such as not bringing work into the lounge and having limited places where the mobile phone (curse of many a dining room) can be used.

The Club is housed in a lovely building and much of the décor is Art Deco which is as it should be for it was founded in 1917 roughly the time when Art Nouveau was giving way to the more geometric shapes of the Deco era. I used not to like Deco, preferring the swirling liquid shapes of the Nouveau movement but the harsher lines of the Deco movement do lend themselves to many articles of furniture. The Reception and Buffet Area in the Club Dining Room are Art Deco and very attractive they are too.

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