Partnership Prospering

The ISS-RAF CRL Partnership is now into its ninth month. Refurbishment by ISS has seen all areas benefit, particularly the SPAR Convenience Shop and Real Bean cafe, which now opens at 0900 at weekends and the new look Louis’ Bar which becomes more and more popular.

This was high-lighted last month when 18 teams of all ranks and from a broad cross section of the Unit were contesting for the first prize of £50 in a charity quiz. Resident DJ in The Grafton Club “Paddy” Palfreyman was a very professional question master, leaving no doubt as to who was in charge. The winners were the C4I webmaster atlas team, with the Dental Centre coming second, and a team from Station Ops coming third. A “donated” bottle of wine was given to the Wooden Spooner’s a team of ladies led by Sam McGuinness from Hangar 2, the team lived up to their name and won the wooden spoon. A memorable evening that was well attended and raised £120 for the Prince’s Trust. It is hoped that the monthly quiz in Louis’ will continue to be as well attended to ensure a first prize of £50 (or more). Should you want to revise the weekly table quiz in the Bull & Bowl it’s a sociable event where the winner’s take the pot, and the runners-up win an hour’s free bowling for the team.

Since redecoration The Grafton Club has been equipped with new furniture and the committee are working hard to ensure there is continuous improvement. This venue is available for all types of functions, which can be booked through FS Sam Randall, The Grafton Club Chairman on Ext: 6988.

A Meal fit for The Queen
During the Royal Visit to RAF Marham by Her Majesty The Queen; the Officers’ Mess once again had the privilege of providing the luncheon. Under the front of house leadership of Flight Sergeant Paul Trudgeon with Sergeant Chef “Jase” Woollett commanding the kitchen brigade.

Following the Royal Visit, the Station Commander Group Captain D J E Cooper ADC MA BA Eng (Hons) RAF sent a letter to all Flight Commanders, selected text included,

“Those assembled in the Officers’ Mess Ante Room set an ideal tone by providing a relaxed but formal environment in which Her Majesty could meet Station personnel. Lunch was superb. The food, service and décor was truly befitting of a Royal Visit.”

The accolades to all the staff involved were thoroughly deserved, with the General Manager, Andrew Hetherington, and The Catering Squadron Warrant Officer, Martin English being the first to thank the staff for their contribution to what was a memorable day in the ISS-RAFCRL partnership at RAF Marham.

The Menu Consisted of:
Home Cured Scottish Salmon served on a bed of Griddled Wild Asparagus & Pea Salad, seated on a Wholemeal Focaccia slice and dressed with a Citrus Emulsion.

Roast Fillet of Lamb, laced with Fresh Herbs seated on a Pheasant and Thyme Pâté (pattie), with Champ Mashed Potato, Roasted Baby Winter Vegetables & pan-fried Curly Kale with Lardons of Bacon.

A light Citrus Tart on Sweet Butter Pastry, served with Black Pepper Ice Cream, on a Rhubarb Tuille Biscuit.

The meal was accompanied by Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley, New Zealand 2009.