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Name: Wendy Furness
Date registered: Wed 27 Jun 12
URL: http://BayBrits.us

Latest posts

  1. BRIT FUND NEWSLETTER!! — Thu 7 Dec 17
  2. BOXING DAY DIP!! — Wed 29 Nov 17
  3. Christmas Carol Service 10th December 2017!! — Fri 17 Nov 17
  4. Christmas Post Dates — Wed 15 Nov 17
  5. The RAF 100 COOKBOOK!!! — Mon 13 Nov 17

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Dec 07



Brit Fund Phone Box




Brit Fund Update


New committee, a refreshed social calendar…and a new logo: your new Brit Fund – supporting the Brit community

I wrote in the Summer to advise that the Brit Fund is now operating as a newly formed private fund with a fresh committee eager to support and put-on events for the Brit community.  With some essential governance put in place, the Fund has now published its constitution, committee minutes and Financial Plan which are available to the full and prospective Brit Fund members on the Bay Brits site.  Moving forward, our focus is now in delivering and supporting a number of events to bring the Brit community together where we can mark British and Service traditions and take advantage of the climate and facilities on offer in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area.


The Fund aims to publish regular updates on the Bay Brits newsletter for which this inaugural update aims to introduce you to the committee, showcase some recent successes and promote some future events for you to look forward to.  The Fund will have an active role in either delivering or supporting the respective committees in putting on events.  We aim to be inclusive as possible and directly benefit the Brit Fund membership by offering those members significantly reduced or free tickets to these events.


The committee represents the broad spectrum of civilian and Service personnel in the area and it exists to provide a focal point to deliver and support a range of events that support individuals and their families who are assigned to the Tidewater area.  Your committee is:  Al Rutledge, Ben Moran, Tony Solomon, Sean King, Laura McMann, Michaela Craze and Wendy Furness.


Recent events – organised and/or supported by the Brit Fund:


  • Easter BBQ. Informal family BBQ in First Landing State Park in lieu of the Easter Egg Hunt.  Thanks to Laura McMann for organising a successful impromptu BBQ.
  • Newcomer BBQ. Free event to all, provided by the newly formed Brit Fund committee, to welcome new arrivals.  Great turnout, with some top-notch BBQing and family games in some glorious weather!


Brit Fund Newsletter


Brit Fund Marshmallow pic


Newsletter pic




  • Battle of Britain Dinner. Brit Fund provided a grant to the organising committee to help mark the 77th anniversary of the BoB in style.  Held at the Military Aviation Museum, the event was attended by over 160 guests of all ranks, various nations and their partners.  Brit Fund members benefitted from discounted tickets.





BoB Spitfire Newsletter picBoB dinner pic






  • Remembrance Reception. A fitting remembrance reception for the Canadian and British contingents with generous food and hospitality provided by Wendy and Stuart Furness.
  • Christmas event. Enjoyable and well attended family gathering at Shorebreak with food, drink and presents for the children.  Free for Brit Fund members.  Organised, with our thanks, to Michaela Craze on behalf of the Brit Fund. 




                                                                              Shorebreak picPizza & beer pic



                                                                                           Brit Fund Christmas event pic

2018 Events – Diary markers:


  • 25 Mar Easter Hunt/BBQ. Brit Fund lead.  Details to follow – volunteer required to organise.



Watch this space for monthly updates!

Nov 29


Boxing Day Dip 2017

Please see the Link below for full details:


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Nov 17

Christmas Carol Service 10th December 2017!!


Carol Service



Please come and join us in our traditional British Christmas Carol Service!!


This year it will be held at Little Creek Chapel

 Sunday 10th December 2017 at 15:00


The service will be led by British Chaplain Tudor and his wife Nicola and includes all our favourite Carols and well known Readings, along with an Interactive Nativity, so please feel free to dig out your Tea Towels and Tinsel so you can ‘dress the part’ if you wish !!


There will be light refreshments served immediately after the Service

(Oh, and there will be lots of British Chocolate to enjoy too!!) 

So please come along and join in the Festivities of the Season








Nov 15

Christmas Post Dates





From UK to BFPO 2

Letters and packages:  8th December 2017

Parcels:                         24th November 2017


From BFPO 2 to UK


Letters and packages:  14th December 2017

Parcels:                            14th December 2017



Letters to Santa




Nov 13






RAF 100 CookBook Cover

Help Celebrate the Royal Air Force Centenary by purchasing the

RAF100 Cookbook!!

 100 years, 100 Countries, 100 Recipes


On 1 April 2018, the RAF celebrates the completion of its first century. We have been given a wonderful opportunity to purchase copies of this beautiful and unique book which could be a fabulous present (not many more workdays until Christmas folks) for those that have an interest in food and history. These wonderful recipes and amazing insights  have been pulled together from RAF serving men and women, veterans, friends and family and industry colleagues, and offers a truly global view of the 100 years currently served since the RAF’s formation.


The book is $30 

All proceeds will go to the RAF100 appeal

a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and 4 major Royal Air Force charities:


 the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Museum, the RAF Charitable Trust and the RAF Association


The aim of the appeal is to raise money for the RAF Family and to create a lasting legacy as the RAF celebrates its centenary.


If you would like to look at the book or purchase a copy, please contact Squadron Leader Tamara Stone – ACT DOST – tamara.stone@act.nato.int/757 515 8162


Register your order early to avoid disappointment!!


Hokey Pokey Ice Cream


Croatia page




Nov 01

FFR RATE $1.30 from 1 Nov 17

Please click on the link below for latest information on FFR and LOA

FFR 1st Nov 17

Oct 31

Free & Inexpensive things to do in Hampton Roads!

Click on the link below for a list of ideas of free or inexpensive things to do in the Hampton Roads area




Free and Inexpensive Things–IRF

Oct 31

Coffee Morning

Coffee Cup Cake


This month’s Coffee Morning

will be held on

Thursday 14th December from 10am

at the home of  Maria Stuttaford



Please come along and join us for coffee and a chat  


For directions, please contact Steve Covus at:


or email me here at the office (Baybrits@gmail.com)


We look forward to seeing you all there!!





Oct 30

What’s on in Hampton Roads in December

Click on the link below for a list of various Concerts, Events and Sports fixtures in the area this month.



WHAT TO DO EVENTS Dec 2017 (1)

Oct 30

London Marathon Fundraising…..

My name is CPO ‘Taff’ Morris and I am currently serving at NOPF Dam Neck,Virginia Beach.
I have been selected to run the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of the Armed Forces and will be raising money for SSAFA.
My fundraising page can be found here;-
As the month of remembrance is approaching, I have included a link as to what SSAFA does in my page.
Any help greatly appreciated.
Many Thanks in advance.

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