Catering Retail & Leisure Looking Forward

As the ISS-RAFCRL partnership approaches its first year there are still continuous changes to help provide a better service.

Pay As You Dine has had the biggest single effect on individuals, and continues to be the area of CRL that provides the biggest challenge to the partnership. Following its introduction of PAYD on September 1st the feedback from customers led to a “refresh” of the menu options at the end of January. One of the biggest criticisms was having to pay extra for “sides”. Under the refresh the Snack meal deal at £1.80, The “Scoff” meal deal at £2 and Supreme meal deal at £2.50 are all now served with vegetables and carbohydrates. There are also more “light” choices available. Details of all menus and prices can be seen by accessing Scrolling News on the Marham Intranet and following the link. Your feedback on PAYD is still required to enable continuous improvement.

Both SPAR outlets continue to flourish, constantly offering “Real Deals” which change monthly. The Convenient/Services shop is now has extended hours at weekends opening at 0900hrs on both Saturday and Sunday.

During February the Bull & Bowl lounge bar has been the venue for fund raising for the Station Football Club and the NACC. Through a horse-racing and quiz evening both ventures raised considerable funds. Should you want to use the facility to raise funds, have a celebratory event or children’s party please contact any member of the Bull & Bowl staff.

Louis’ Bar continues to be a popular venue, with regular discos, fund raising events and the monthly all ranks quiz night. Improvements in the Grafton Club continue, and by the next edition I will hopefully be able to inform you with more information about the installation of a projector and a five metre drop down screen, new furniture and a gazebo. This new equipment is being sponsored by RAF Marham for the benefit of all those stationed here and their families. The ISS-RAFCRL partnering Officer, Flt Lt Rich Upton, is liaising with the Grafton Club committee on this project.

As we approach the prospect of better weather the ISS-RAFCRL partnership are working closer together with the CSS Hub in organising events for the community. By the time this edition is published, the Health and Well Being event will have taken place in the Grafton Club, and planning for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, National Families week, a Father’s day and Euro 2012 event will be well underway.

On a sunny but chilly Shrove Tuesday afternoon, a team from the ISS-RAFCRL partnership made their way to Norwich Cathedral to support the Choristers annual Pancake Race. Over a three-quarters of an hour period there were eight pancake races involving choristers of varying ages, members of the Friends of the Cathedral and Staff from the Cathedral. Once the races were over all participants were treated to fresh pancakes with various toppings in the Deans Chapter House. This was another successful venture for the partnership, being asked to go back next year and told to bring suitable footwear for pancake racing!