Sir John de M Severne KCVO OBE AFC DL – Thanksgiving Service 31/10/2015

The TQFA President yesterday attended the thanksgiving service for Sir John at The Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Ditcheat.

Her Majesty, Prince Philip, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York, The Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra were all represented. RAFA Standards were also paraded.

Former OC The Queens Flight Mike Schofield read a tribute to Sir John.

With the kind permission of the family of Sir John, the order of service, and the tribute by Mike Schofield are attached. Order of Service – Sir John Severne Tribute – Sir John Severne

Tony P

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Sir John de M Severne KCVO OBE AFC DL

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Air Vice Marshal Sir John Severne, who passed away peacefully on 4th October 2015.
Sir John was a former Captain of The Queen’s Flight and past president of The Queen’s Flight Association, he served on the Flight between 1982-89.

There will be a Thanksgiving Service on Saturday 31st October 2015 at St Mary’s church, Wraxall Road, Ditcheat, Somerset BA4 6RB commencing at 11:30am.
At the request of the family, no black ties or armbands please.

Should you require any further information please contact Sqn Ldr Gordon Morris RAF Retd (son-in-law) on 07903 368142.

Please pass the word around to all who knew Sir John.

For a full obituary see

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National Arboretum – TKF/TQF Tree location

For any Members intending to visit the National Arboretum in the near future and wish to know the current location of The King’s Flight/Queen’s Flight tree, please view the attached map.

Queen’s Flight Tree Location at Nat Arboretum 2015


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34th Annual Reunion Dinner

Hello All,

The date of the 34th Annual Reunion Dinner will be Saturday 7th May 2016 at the usual location.

I hope all members are well.

Kind regards,



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Sqn Ldr Alan Venier MVO RAF(Retd)

Alan Venier’s funeral will take place on Thursday 30 April at 2pm at St Helens Church, Benson village and thereafter at the Waterfront, Benson at 3pm.

Chris Harrison
Membership Secretary

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Alan Venier MVO RAF (Ret’d)

It is with regret that I announce that Squadron Leader Alan Venier, a TQF Navigator from 1970 – 79, passed away at home in Benson on the 12th April aged 84.

Alan’s son Richard will notify the Association of the funeral arrangements which should be within the next two weeks.

Kind regards


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Dinner Tickets

The Closing date for the tickets for the 33rd Annual reunion dinner is tomorrow. Please contact me as soon as possible if you haven’t received your invite or you intend to come to the dinner but have not yet sent back your paperwork or request. I can take dinner orders online and you can pay on the night.

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John Sartain – Deceased

A message from John Sartain’s son.

It is with a heavy heart I email you to inform you that my father passed away on 16th March 2015. He was 65. (John was on the Flight from 1967-69, as an Engine Fitter.)

I have no idea how active a member he was with the Queen’s Flight Association, but he spoke of his time in the RAF in the Queen’s Flight often and with fondness.

The funeral is set for April 17th, 15:00, at Worthing Crematorium. I don’t know who in the Association he was close to, but if there is anyway of passing this news on, I welcome as many as wish to attend. If there’s anyone who would like to speak at the funeral, sharing stories, please don’t hesitate to put them in touch with me directly.

Best regards,
Pieter Sartain
07736 284338

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