RAFOS at the Somerset Levels Fri 31 May – Sun 2 Jun 19.

The plan is that we meet at the Avalon Marshes Centre, (post code is  BA6 9TT), on Friday 31 May.  It lies between Westhay to the north and Shapwick to the south on Shapwick Road.

I’m suggesting between 1.00 – 2.00 for a spot of lunch.  That should give people travelling some distance time to get there.

If you need to contact me, you arrive early for instance or you’re going to be late, my mobile number is 07971 570347.  

The post code for the Premier Inn is BA6 9FW. 

Pete Evans

Jon Orme’s funeral

The funeral of Jon Orme will take place at 16:00 on Friday 15th March at the

South Oxford Crematorium, OX13 5PA

A reception will follow at:

The Cosener’s House

Abbey Close

Abingdon OX14 3JD

Would those intending to attend the reception please contact Pete Evans at pete.whooper@hotmail.co.uk

Jon Orme

It is with great sadness that we learnt that Jon Orme passed away on Monday 25 February 2019 after a short illness. Our condolences are offered to his wife Margaret and to their family.

Jon had been a member of RAFOS for a good many years and had taken part in a number of expeditions and field meetings where his active participation, good humour and quiet unflappable demeanour were much appreciated. His is a sad loss.

Ken & Sally Earnshaw

Somerset Levels

A trawl for the Somerset Levels field visit 31 May – 2 Jun 2019 is included in the Events 2019 programme.

AGM 2018 and Newsletter 106

Newsletter 106 has now been released onto the web-site under Publications/Newsletters from No. 71.

The 2018 AGM Calling Notice along with a reply form and Competition Rules are under the AGM banner.

Pete Bean

Pete, a long-term stalwart of RAFOS since the mid sixties, passed away on Monday 15 January 2018 after a long illness. His funeral is on Thursday 1st February. He is sadly missed.

Condolences are offered to his wife Jean.


On the 1st February five RAFOS members (Dave and Anne Bodley, Alex Smith, and Ken and Sally Earnshaw plus Frank Smith) attended Pete’s funeral along with Pete’s family and relatives and a large gathering of friends to pay their final respects in a manner befitting the high esteem in which he was held. His daughter Deborah  eloquently gave an illuminating tribute to her father which was very moving.