Catering, Retail & Leisure Activities

In what has been a relatively quiet month at RAF Marham the Catering, Retail & Leisure Partnership has been very active.

The changeable weather has not deterred the continuation of functions, the biggest being the Junior Ranks Heroes & Villains Summer Ball. Corporals Phil Harrison and Paul Leonard led the Grafton Club Committee in producing a memorable night with live entertainment in The Grafton Club with a Pink tribute act, and DJ Paddy and fun & games on the grassed area with various forms of inflatables, which were all well used despite the weather.

The same weekend saw FS Gargett, Sgt Woollett & Cpl Blows of the Junior Ranks Mess supporting the Marham Village Fete by working on the barbecue and raising £383.69 for the Chemo Ward in the Queen Elizabeth II
hospital in King’s Lynn. A presentation was made to Olga White a former Steward 1 from Marham, who was the driving force behind the fete, in the servery area of the new Junior Ranks Mess kitchen.

As this was happening the Station Commander Group Captain D J E Cooper ADC MA BEng (Hons) was in the new Kitchen familiarising himself with the work of Catering Flight at RAF Marham. Dressed in chefs protective clothing the Station Commander spent the morning being guided by LAC Dan Scott who explained the production, preparation and presentation of food offered to the diners for Pay As You Dine. A break in his practical familiarisation saw the Station Commander being given a tour of the new facilities by WO Martin English, who on his last working day in the RAF was being “Marched Off” Station during the afternoon. Martin has served 39 years as a cook, chef and for his last four years as the Catering Warrant Officer at RAF Marham. He has been a major influence in his role as Deputy General Manager for the ISS-RAFCRL partnership, his experience and positive attitude towards his role has ensured a smooth transition to PAYD and helped in making Marham one of the leading Units in Super CRL. Martin will be missed but we wish him all the best in his new career as Kitchen Manager at Wymondham School.

August 13th saw the re-launch of the ISS-RAFCRL Website, in addition to giving information about all CRL Units in the RAF, the website will give the opportunity to give your feedback directly to ISS, it will also be the focal point for the ISS Loyalty Card which will be introduced here in the coming months.

For more details please visit us on: www.iss-rafcrl.co.uk/marham.