The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall

Talks at The Babington – Lt Col RRD Griffin LG


Friday, 7th March 2014

A non-political talk open to anyone to attend.

Trellech United presents a very personal view of life in the armed forces by a serving Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army…

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG (Afghanistan)

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG

‘Cold War to Hot Wars. Operational to Ceremonial.’

Ralph (Rafe) Griffin was commissioned in to The Life Guards in 1984. His young officer’s tours, commanding a dozen men, were spent in Cyprus with the UN and in the UK including South Armagh. Squadron command tours (of around 100 men) were spent with The Life Guards (tanks) in Germany, with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (ceremonial and horses) in London and with the Household Cavalry Regiment (armoured cars) in Windsor. The Windsor tour included visits to Bosnia, Egypt and Canada. A further tour in Windsor as the second in command of the Regiment saw him deploy troops to Macedonia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Canada and onto the streets of London as firemen!

Staff appointments include planning operations and training in HQ Berlin Infantry Brigade, logistics and personnel issues in 160 (Welsh) Brigade in Brecon and managing junior cavalry officers’ careers in Glasgow. As a Lieutenant Colonel he worked in intelligence in Sarajevo. Following this tour he took command of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (450 men, 312 horses) in London. Since command, he has been Chief of Staff at the Armour Centre, been on the planning staff for the NATO Training Mission to Afghanistan (Kabul) and he currently works in Joint Warfare, a tri Service organisation in London.

He is a graduate of the UK Staff College and has an MA and MBA. He lives locally and his family have long historical ties to the area.

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG leading a group up Rotten Row

Tickets £12 (buffet included)


Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr.Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG, ‘Cold War to Hot Wars. Operational to Ceremonial’, followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & buffet.

Raffle Prizes:

1. ‘Horse Guards’ by Barney White-Spunner (625pp) amusing, light-hearted and very readable history of the Household Cavalry.

2. Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label whisky (1 litre) Aged 12 Years.

3. Box of Thornton Premium Collection (366g).

How to purchase a ticket:

  1. Using our  Online e-ticket facility; or
  2. At Trellech Teas, Babington Centre every Friday afternoon (in advance of the day);
  3. Locally, through one of our village organisers (details by email).

We hope to see you there!