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stationpic948.jpg, 15641 bytes JSL AGM 17th March 2012


128 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PY.
(100 yards E of Hyde Park Corner tube or 600 yds W of Green Park- Both Piccadilly Line - see map below).

1. A note on the 2012 AGM in the RAF Club on the Saturday 17th March 2012, 'release brakes' at 1800, or before if short of fuel.

2. My apologies for the delay in sending this Calling Notice. I owe you a brief explanation.

3. We moved house last September and soon found our pre-purchase checks were insufficiently thorough: a myriad of major problems - total rewiring, a heating system on its last leg, a kitchen of hidden horrors et al. Our current assault is on the bathroom. The only outstanding decision is whether to dispense with that seemingly French uncomfortable and indelicate attempt at personal hygiene involving greater athleticism than our ages allow: the bidet. One of our grandchildren summed up the object succinctly when he saw it 'Look Grandad, a cat bath'.

4. We are not ones for naming our house but we are seriously thinking of calling it The Ranch or The Magnet or both because we have attracted the top cowboys of the five nearby counties, though we believe for the bathroom that 'the Sheriff is now in town', at last.

5. Now to business. We have moved the date forward this year. Firstly, because Mick felt, and I agree with him, that with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics, (major national and international events), that to hold the JSL in May would be adding a third such event, hence the move to March. Second, feedback tells us that May is when many of us wish to take holidays before the summer school break, releasing screaming children into all corners of the holiday world.

6. We will meet downstairs this year in the Millennium Suite, close to the 'Running Horse' bar, which will make the eating arrangements much easier and I believe more comfortable.

7. Mick is handling the accommodation. Don't forget the Victory Services Club near Marble Arch - look it up on the net. The annual fees offer a good deal and the accommodation is good.

8. Truncated report on 2011 minutes. Twenty four attended. Majority happy with the arrangements to be repeated this year, including food.

9. We only lost 3 (to the best of our knowledge) who 'landed' finally in the last year and I am sure they would wish us to carry on enjoying the JSL and I hope you come and help us do so. They were: Gp Capt Billy Drake DSO, DFC and bar, DFC (USAF), WWII member, Sgt Pilot Ron Hardy, 118 Sqn and Sqn Ldr Dougie Bridson 4 Sqn.

10. Let me just remind you, we welcome the relatives of those who have died, regardless of when. If any relatives come, please do not feel shy, but do help us by introducing yourselves so that we can perhaps find someone who hopefully can chat with you about the days your loved one was at Jever. Even if we can't find someone for you who knew your relative, we will introduce you to a 'regular'.

11. On the lighter side we had an excellent reunion back in Germany in October 2010. A party of 24 were invited back by the German Air Force to take part in the closing down ceremonies for Brockzetel, the old home of 101 Signals. We were also given an excellent tour of GAF Jever and the usual wonderful supper in the Officers' Mess. Their gift to us will be on display at this year's reunion on the 17th.

12. The Club is repeating its choice of one of the following four hot dishes:

     1. Steak Kidney and Mushroom Pie with Roast Potatoes & Vegetables - £15

     2. Chicken Curry with Rice - £15

     3. Sausage & Mash - £15

     4. Grilled Minute Steak & Chips - £15

13. If you or anyone in your party wishes to eat then please would you pre-order using the form Mick has appended to this letter. Logistics could be a problem unless we know the exact numbers requiring food.

14. When you reply to our Calling Notice please let Mick know if you want food and what your choices are. Please pay for it on the night. If you are staying at the Club give your room number and it will be charged to your account.


15. Mick still has 8 rooms reserved for anyone who wishes to stay at the RAF Club, (you do not have to be a member), just let Mick know what type of room you would like.

16. The costs at the RAF Club, which do not include breakfast, are as follows:

                                   Members    Non-members
     Single room                £63.50       £73.50

     Double room             £107.50       £124.00

     Double Superior room £122.00       £140.50


Come to the JSL while years last!

I have the honour to be

Your Almost Obedient Chairman

Pat King

AGM 2012 1800 Hrs

To Mick Ryan, Far End, Chipstead Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 2RG

I will/will not be attending. Accompanied/unaccompanied

I do/do not require accommodation.  If so, type?....................................

Please reply by e-mail if possible to:
(Underscore, shifted hyphen, not a hyphen between mick and ryan.)

Please note that we use email letters to all those who have email addresses and ordinary mail to those who do not, so please keep us up to date. This year there were 66 posted and 139 E-mailed.


Please enter number of each required:

1. Steak, Kidney & Mushroom Pie - Roast Pots & Vegs £15.........

2. Chicken Curry with Rice £15.......

3. Sausage & Mash £15.......

4. Grilled Minute Steak & Chips £15......

Updates (Especially email)

Information Comments or Polite (MN) Suggestions (including who should get the Golden Share?):

                                                     Alternative Accommodation

1.  I offer the following suggestions for those who may make a late decision to come and may not be able to gain a room in the Club.

2.  Where web sites exist, I leave those of you on the net to look up the details. I have included some basic information on the accommodation for those not on the net so you will be able to contact the organisation of your choice.

3.  Caledonian Club.   The RAF Club has reciprocal arrangements with other clubs both in UK and overseas for RAF Club members only.   The Caledonian Club is one of them and is within easy walking distance of the Club, being at 9 Halkin Street Belgravia.   [See map below}.   The telephone number is: 020 7235 51662 - however, do not deal direct with the Caledonian Club in the first instance.   I suggest you do that through Mick to avoid any booking cockups.   I have included the number so if you are accommodated there you can contact the Caledonian Club about your personal arrangements.

maponly.jpg, 86299 bytes 4.  Direct Hotels London -   Modestly calls itself the most popular Hotels website for cheap hotels in London.   I suggest that if you are not on the net you ask a relative of friend who is, if you can call and see the website.   It would be easy for the person to book online for you.   There is a map showing where the hotels are. Prices vary according to the 'Star' rating.   If you make a sudden late decision to attend call on 0871-200-01718.

5.  Victory Services Club -   The Victory Services Club is a Tri-Service, All Ranks Members' Club for currently serving and retired members of the Armed Forces, ideally located at Marble Arch in the heart of London's West End.   You will need to join (Single membership is £20 per annum through varying other categories to the most expensive Family [joint] £45 per annum).

6.  Even if you are not coming to the AGM, it is worth noting that parents or children of serving or ex-service personnel can join in their own right under one of the membership categories, even though they have not been in any of the armed services. So if you or one of you family take grandchildren (or in our family more accurately termed 'domestic terrorists') to London for treats just once a year you will more than likely break even.   Two visits and you are in the money.    Costs vary: a single room, including breakfast, is £39.50.and at the other end of the scale, a family room en suite with 2 adults plus 1 sprog is £144.50.   If you are not on the net, I suggest you do as I suggested above and ask a relative or friend who is to let you see the website.   You can then do a virtual tour.   It's a really good deal.   Telephone 020-7616-8302.

7.  I hope this information was useful.


1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesRAF Club Room Booking Ref
  1. Dickie Barraclough - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2368652
  2. Bob Broad - 3. Sausage & mash1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  3. Fred Butcher - No food1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  4. Babs Butcher - No food1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  5. Henry Chambers - No food1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  6. Joy Chambers - No food1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  7. Michael Collins 4. Steak & Chips1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  8. Bill Croydon - No food1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  9. Barry Dale - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  10. Ken Goodwin 4. Steak & Chips1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOwn booking
  11. Sue Goodwin 4. Steak & Chips1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOwn booking
  12. Ron Gray - 1 Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOwn booking
  13. Del Gray - 1 Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOwn booking
  14. Gil Gray - 1 Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  15. Pete Hunwick - No food1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2368650
  16. Roger Hymans - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  17. Helen Hymans - 3. Sausage & mash1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  18. Pete Jarvis - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  19. Pete Jennings - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  20. Peter Jones - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2368653
  21. Colin Lamont - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2368651
  22. David Lockspeiser - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2368655
  23. Anne Lockspeiser - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2368655
  24. Johnny Macknish - 4. Steak and Chips1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  25. Ian Madelin - No food1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  26. Bill Maish - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  27. Timothy Maish - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  28. Michael Maish - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  29. Eric McFee - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  30. Eric Pigdon - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot Required
  31. Gordon Reed - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
  32. Mick Ryan, Web Master - 3. Sausage & Mash1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2390900
  33. Jo Ryan - 4. Steak and Chips1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2390900
  34. Air Marshal Sir John Sutton - 2. Chicken Curry1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2368657
  35. Eric Sharp - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOwn booking
  36. Clare Sharp - 1. Steak Kidney Pie1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesOwn booking
  37. Jane Tydeman, Hammer West's daughter - 1. Steak Kidney Pie 2368656
  38. John Tydeman - 1. Steak Kidney Pie 1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes2368656
  39. Andy Whitson - No food1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesNot required
30 + 9 ladies = 39 total

Total Meal choices:

1. Steak Kidney and Mushroom Pie - 14
2. Chicken Curry with Rice - 9
3. Sausage & Mash. - 3
4. Steak & Chips - 5
No food - 8
Total - 39

Apologies for Absence:
  1. Val Adamson
  2. Mollie Asker
  3. Betty Barrow
  4. George Beaton
  5. Bugs Bendell
  6. Roy Booth
  7. Pete Bouch
  8. Brian Conway
  9. Phil Crawshaw
  10. Peter Drummond-Hay
  11. Don Exley
  12. John Farley
  13. Peter Gilpin
  14. Alan Gleadon
  15. Joy Harris
  16. Dick Haynes
  17. Don Henderson
  18. Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Hine
  19. Bob Holliday
  20. Jeff Jeffrey
  21. Pat King - President
  22. Audrey King
  23. Gunter Kipp
  24. Danny Lavender
  25. Alan Laycock
  26. Robbie Lynn
  27. Paddy Minnis
  28. Barrie Palmer
  29. Veronica Palmer
  30. Keith Payne
  31. Mary Pearce
  32. Nigel Pigdon
  33. Al Pollock
  34. Trish Pollock
  35. AVM John Price
  36. Lynne Quinton
  37. David Quinton
  38. Roy Rimmington
  39. Bill Simms
  40. Chris and Toni Stone
  41. Andy Thomas
  42. Gordon Talbot
  43. Sheila Talbot
  44. Brian Thornton
  45. Ann Thornton
  46. Barrie Tonkinson
  47. Heather McIntyre
  48. Sylvia Wade
  49. Air Marshal Sir John "Whisky" Walker
  50. Philip Westwell

Pictures of AGM 2012 at the RAF Club, on 17th March 2012
(Thanks to Eric Pigdon for them all.)

  1. Johnny Macknish.
  2. Eric Mcfee.
  3. Gordon Reed.
  4. Pete Jennings expressing his concern at the absence of Pat King!
  5. L to R: Anne Lockspeiser, Mick Ryan banging on in the background about some rubbish, Del Gray and Eric Sharp half face.
  6. L to R: Babs Butcher, Eric Mcfee front, Henry Chambers Fred Butcher, and Gordon Reed front.
  7. Del and Ron Gray.
  8. Jane Tydeman, Hammer West's daughter and Michaell Maish, Bill Maishs's Grandson examining the Golden Share which had just been awarded to Bill Maish for 2012.
  9. Jane Tydeman, Hammer West's daughter.
  10. Three generations - Bill Maish, winner of this year's Golden Share, with his Grandson Michael and son Timothy.
  11. L to R Foreground: Ron Gray, Pete Jones and Dickie Barraclough.   Rear: Mick Ryan and
    Johnny Macknish.
  12. L to R Anne Lockspeiser, Jo Ryan, Unknown back, and Eric Sharp.
  13. L to R Bob Broad, Sue Goodwin and Ken Goodwin.
  14. L to R Pete Jarvis, Anne Lockspeiser, Jo Ryan, Pete Hunwick and Unknown back.
  15. Jo Ryan chatting to Pete Hunwick.
  16. Eric McFee.
  17. John Sutton deep in conversation with Barry Dale.
  18. Near table L to R: Pete Jarvis back, John Sutton and Barry Dale.   Next table behind L to R: Eric Sharp back, Claire Sharp facing, Anne Lockspeiser back, Dave Lockspeiser facing, Bob Broad facing and Sue Goodwin sideon.
  19. L to R: Gillie Gray and Pete Jarvis.
  20. Jo Ryan.
  21. Bob Broad.
  22. David Lockspeiser
  23. L to R: Mick Ryan talking to Johnny Macknish.
  24. L to R: Another shot of Mick Ryan talking to Johnny Macknish.
  25. Mick Ryan wondering how he got here.
  26. Yet further deep conversations between , on the left, Mick Ryan and Johnny Macknish.
  27. Roger Hymans talking his way out of deep trouble!?
  28. Michael Collins.
  29. L to R: Bob Broad back, Sue Goodwin, Barry Dale at rear and Ken Goodwin.
  30. John Tydeman, Hammer West's son-in-law..
  31. Jane Tydeman, Hammer West's daughter and Michael Maish, Bill Maish's Grandson.
  32. Mick Ryan getting the briefing from John Sutton on quarter attacks that he never understood when flying the Hunter!   L to R: Mick Ryan, Bob Broad half face at rear, Ken Goodwin back, John Sutton, Sue Goodwin at rear.
  33. L to R: Henry Chambers and Fred Butcher.
  34. L to R: Mick Ryan shares a joke with John Sutton.
  35. L to R: Pete Hunwick and Peter Jones.
  36. L to R: ...and another thing!!   L to R: Johnny Macknish talking to Michael Collins.
  37. Del and Ron Gray.
  38. L to R: Michael Collins saying farewell to Eric Mcfee.
  39. L to R: Sue Goodwin, Jane Tydeman back of head and Ken Goodwin.
  40. Dickie Barraclough caught doing something!   ...can't think what it was!?
  41. L to R Bob Broad, Jane Tydeman and John Sutton.
  42. L to R Gillie Gray, Barry Dale, Pete Jarvis and John Tydeman, Hammer West's son-in-law.
  43. L to R Bill Maish, Mick Ryan, Ken Goodwin Jo Ryan at rear, Sue Goodwin and Del Gray.
  44. L to R Pete Jennings, Peter Jones and Timothy Maish, Bill Maish's son.
  45. L to R Dave Lockspeiser, Eric Sharp and Anne Lockspeiser.
  46. L to R Gillie Gray, Del Gray and Bob Broad.
  47. Bill Maish with his Golden Share.
  48. L to R Jo Ryan suffering Mick Ryan waffling on, Unknown and Pete Hunwick.   Note the TV display in the background which was showing our web site from the Internet all night.

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