Recent Events Within The ISS-RAFCRL Partnership
RAF Chef’s success at ISS Chef of the Year Competition
Recently RAF Chefs competed for the first time in the ISS Chef of the Year competition at Unilever headquarters in Leatherhead. RAF Marham was represented by SAC Scott Marks of the Officers’ Mess. His menu main course consisted of chicken breast with chilli and ginger infused with Cromer crab which was pan fried and then roasted, this was accompanied by a roasted chicken leg marinated in tandoori mix topped with a Cromer Crab Bhaji and served with Dauphinoise potatoes and a warm winter vegetable salad. Scott’s sweet course was apple and blackberry brioche charlotte. Although he did not win the title of Chef of the Year, his main course was adjudged to be “The Best Dish of the Day” and Scott very proudly came back to RAF Marham with an iphone. Having gained experience in this competition Scott is determined to return next year and become the ISS Chef of the year. Since his return Scott has been asked if his menu can be used in the soon to be published ISS repertoire cook book.
Leaving RAF Marham after 32 years service
After 32 years working in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Marham Nancy White the Senior Housekeeper is moving to take a new challenge of working at The Hoste Arms in Burnham Market. Farewell speeches given by Warrant Officers Martin English & Robbie Ley had those gathered to say goodbye to Nancy in both laughter and tears with stories of some of the highlights of her career in The Officers’ Mess. Nancy started on a two hour shift to help with the evening meal in the days of “Silver Service” at all meals, and through time progressed to Senior Housekeeper. Never forgetting her dining room skills Nancy has served The Queen nine times during Her Majesty’s visits to Marham, and such is Nancy’s professionalism she was asked if she would like to become a member of the Royal Household staff. A wine connoisseur she reached the regional finals of the Sommelier of the year competition and was a Quizmate with Torres Wine. At RAF Marham she has organised the annual midnight walk and raised tens of thousands of pounds for Breakthrough, the charity associated with breast cancer. Nancy feels it is time for a new challenge and in her own words is moving “Onwards & Upwards”. We wish Nancy all the best for the future and our loss is definitely The Hoste Arms gain.
Developing the Partnership
During the last six months refurbishment has been carried out in all CRL outlets, with significant changes being seen in Louis’ Bar, the SPAR Community & Convenience shops and the Junior Ranks Mess Dining Room. The Grafton Club and Bull & Bowl have also been redecorated. The fresh look of the venues has seen events to mark their completion extremely well attended, highlights of these have been the Community day following the re-opening of the Community SPAR, The Skooldaze theme night in The Bull & Bowl & the “Top Gun” 25th anniversary event held in Louis’/The Grafton Club.
After a slow start the Bull & Bowl has gained in popularity, particularly with the introduction of the monthly theme party nights, and the onset of children’s activities. Following the recent survey of the Services Family Accommodation it has been requested to make more use of the Bull & Bowl in 2012 during the day, particularly for community/family events and more children’s activities.
It is the intention of ISS to keep you informed of all events and occasions at RAF Marham. Opening hours are displayed at all CRL outlets, in the Hive & Main Guard Room, they can also be seen on the RAFCRL website www.iss-rafcrl.co.uk/marham, feedback directly to ISS headquarters can be made on this website, in addition to a mailbox that has been set up to assist in speeding up responses to any feedback, please send any comments to: MrmCRLFeedback@uk.issworld.com.