Over 40 businesses are based here at Lingfield Point, all providing an excellent service standard but one stands out from a global perspective – NAAFI!
NAAFI, based at Lingfield and a British institution will commemorate the 550 staff that died in service since its formation in 1920 in a year of events with a special event on 6th December here at Lingfield Point to celebrate its 90th anniversary. The year will also recognise the service of its current staff on deployment in Afghanistan and across the globe, wherever the Armed Forces are serving.
The not for profit organisation, whose patron is HM The Queen, has been dedicated to serving the Armed Forces since its formation in 1920. In that time many NAAFI personnel have been awarded campaign medals for their outstanding commitment to supporting our British servicemen and women.
189,000 British servicemen and women on duty around the globe still take time out for a NAAFI Break today – a chance to take a few minutes to unwind over a cup of tea and a bun; time to think of home, catch up with friends or take a glance at the daily paper. A vital link to the familiarity of everything British, a ‘NAAFI Break’ is so much more than just a tea break, it’s a real, heart warming, taste of home.
Earlier this year, and to start the year of commemoration, NAAFI have recreated one of the most iconic images from its history after tracking down an original 1940’s NAAFI mobile canteen wagon and recruiting members of EFI (Expeditionary Force Institutes) 148 Squadron, the deployable military arm of NAAFI, to stand in line for their ‘char and wad’ at the wagon, just as their counterparts have for the last 90 years.
NAAFI’s 90th anniversary gives us the perfect opportunity to rediscover and recognise some of our most heroic NAAFI staff over the years, such as George Cross recipient Tommy Brown – a NAAFI canteen assistant who risked his life during World War II to retrieve documents which provided the vital codes needed to break the German ‘Enigma’ system.”
We’re proud to be associated with such a inspiring service standard and a successful global force and we’ll be bringing you more news on the event on 6th December with a visit of the NAAFI girls and our very special tea break!