Local TV Personality Opens Oakeshott Centre

TV star Sir David Jason visited RAF High Wycombe on Friday 24th June to formally open the Station’s new Welfare Facility.

The ‘Only Fools and Horses’ star spent the morning looking at the Welfare facilities the Station has to offer its personnel and the surrounding community.

The facility has been named the Oakeshott Centre after a local boy who served with the RAF during the Second World War. Wing Commander Alan Oakeshott, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, is credited with suggesting the Naphill site for Bomber Command Headquarters.

Paying the ultimate sacrifice in a raid over Germany in 1942, his name is commemorated on the Naphill War Memorial.

The Oakeshott centre has been designed as a multi-use venue with a coffee shop and classrooms, where we can host formal Station ceremonies, such as Medal presentations. Users of the facility range from Dance groups to Jujitsu classes, with the Cubs, Brownies and Air Cadets all making use of the new building.

Representatives from all user groups were invited to the opening and Sir David spent a long time chatting to them all and having his photo taken with them.

Sir David also met the Station’s Community Support Team, including High Wycombe’s new Airplay youth workers. The youth workers have been provided by the RAF Benevolent Fund as part of its £24-million Airplay project, which supports children and young people in RAF families.

Speaking of his presence at the opening, Sir David said: “I am delighted to be involved in the opening of a new Welfare Centre at Walters Ash in memory of Wing Commander Oakeshott, as I have a great deal of respect for all the Air Force personnel who gave so much during the Second World War. The Centre will be a tremendous boost for the community and I am especially pleased that the youngsters of serving personnel, today and in the future, will benefit from the facilities here.”

If you feel that you could benefit from the Airplay project please visit www.rafbf.org/airplay.