There was a very pleasant function at Vanbrugh Castle School, Maze Hill, Blackheath, yesterday afternoon. That school was then officially opened by Lady Trenchard who was accompanied by Air Marshal Sir Hugh Trenchard, Air Vice-Marshal Sir J.M. Salmond, K.C.B, C.M.G, D.S.O. (chairman of the school), Lord Hugh Cecil, P.C, M.P. (chairman of Executive Committee), Mr. George A. Slimming (controller of the school), and others.
The school is a Royal Air Force Memorial, and is supported by the R.A.F Memorial Fund (offices at Iddesleigh House, Caxton Street, S.W.1). The fund has been established to commemorate the work of the Flying Services during the great war by an organisation which will be a lasting benefit to the officers and men of the force and their dependents whether from the Dominions or the United Kingdom. It is proposed (1) to establish schools or other institutions for the children of airmen, (2) to provide scholarships for the children of officers, and (3) either directly or in cooperation with other organisations, to give help to officers, airmen, and other dependents who are disabled, sick, or otherwise infirm.
Vanbrugh Castle School comes under the first of these categories, and sixteen orphan boys are now cared for. This number, however, is a nucleus, for not only is it hoped to increase the number but to extend the building. After inspecting the building, Lady Trenchard opened the school and was presented with a pretty bouquet by little Benny Frost. Both her Ladyship and Lord Hugh Cecil referred to the great service that the Air Force had rendered to the nation.
The appeal for support for the Royal Air Force Memorial Fund - signed by Prince Albert, Lord Hugh Cecil, Air Marshal Sir Hugh Trenchard and Air Vice-Marshal Sir J.M. Salmond - reads as follows :-