Tuesday 22nd August 2006
1. 07:00 hrs 1st Pick-up Point Sevenoaks - Parking at Mick Ryan's House.
2. 09:15 hrs 2nd Pick-up Point Harwich Quay - Parking £6 a day
Ken Sambrooks has found the Premier Travel Inn, Parkeston Rd, Harwich which is half a mile from Harwich port. Rooms are £53 a night and the last time he spoke to them they had 5 rooms left for the night of 21Aug06 but none for the return night 26Aug06. Their telephone number is 0870-850-0904.
09:40 hrs Board Ferry
(Click to see Brief on Holland)
(Click to see Brief on Arnhem)
5. Late afternoon arrive 84 room Best Western 4* Hotel, Arnhem (Click to see)
Wednesday 23rd August 2006
5. Leave Arnhem Hotel 1200 hrs - after visiting Airborne Museum
(Click to see Brief on Wilhelmshaven).
6. Late afternoon arrive 4* 125 room City Hotel Valois, Wilhelmshaven (Click to see)
OPTION FOR MEAL WEDNESDAY EVENING AT THE "ZUM SCHWARZEN BAREN"
We have an option to take the coach up to Hooksiel, about 12 miles North of Wilhelmshaven, a fishing village on the coast. They are normally closed on Wednesday evening but they are prepared to open just for us as we now have 27 opting to come on the coach to Hooksiel. The coach will leave the City Hotel Valois at ideally about 1845 hrs and the driver must leave Hooksiel by 21:45 hrs because of driver hours limitations. This is open to anyone in our party not just the coach passengers.
The exact time we leave Wilhelmshaven will naturally depend on how the journey up from Arnhem has gone and what time we arrive at the hotel. In theory we should arrive between 1700 and 1800 hrs so a departure time of 1845 hrs ought to be achievable. It will help the restaurant and their service to us if as many as possible pre-order from the menu below. I will telephone as many as these orders as possible by Tuesday evening. This should ease the challenge to the Chef with 27 of us all arriving at the same time. Please let me know by telephone or e-mail as soon as possible what starter and main course you would like. On their web site (unfortunately only in German), www.zum-schwarzen-baeren.de Click Speiserkarte, then Monatsmenu to see more menu options that change each month. Here is the English version of the rest of the menu:
Starters & soups
1. Bruschetta- Slices of white bread with feta-cheese and leaf spinach, salad in raspberry-vinaigrette
2. Baked shrimps with green salad, garlic sauce and American dressing
3. Carpaccio of beef with small green salad, parmesan waffle and balsamic marinade
4. Clear soup of beef with garnish, baguette
5. Cream soup of prawns, garnished with whipped cream, baguette
6. Clear soup of fish with garnish
7. Hake fish with baked fruits and curry sauce
8. North-sea plaice - Finkenwerder's style- with roasted bacon
9. Plaice fillets gratinated with shrimps, parmesan-cheese and hollandaise sauce
10. Piccata of turbot fillet with braised vegetables
11. Medallion of "butterfish", fillet of salmon, crumbled smelt, leaf-spinach and pernod-saffron sauce
For two and more people
12. "Hooksiel" Gourmet fish-plate, roasted Norway fillet of salmon, fillet of sole, butter-fish-medallion and fillet of perch, braised field-mushrooms and gratinated "Hooksiel" prawns, served with choron sauce, hollandaise sauce and a side-dish to your choice
We serve with all FISH-SPECIALITIES fresh boiled potatoes or fried potatoes Frisian style to your choice and home-made apple cream sauce
From August/September to March
13. Portion fresh mussels, stewed in white wine-vegetable marinade, served with mustard butter und buttered brown bread
14. Portion fresh mussels in spicy curry-cream marinade with champignons and smoked bacon dices, served with buttered brown bread
For 2 and more people
15. Fresh mussels, stewed in white wine-vegetable marinade, served with 7 spicy special sauces and buttered brown bread
16. Turkey-steak Indian style with baked fruits and curry-cream-sauce
17. Marinated steak of pork with pepper sauce, butter with fine herbs
18. Bear steak-dish, fillet of pork with roasted champignons and béarnaise sauce
19. Pork steak, gratinated with prawns, onions and cheese
20. Cutlets of lamb with fine herbs butter and sweet/sour leek-vegetable
21. German rump steak with roasted onions and butter with fine herbs
22. Pepper-steak Parisian style, tenderloin-steak, served with green pepper in cognac-cream-sauce
We serve to all BARBECUE-MEALS a side dish to your choice
23. Pork escalope hunter’s style with fresh, braised field-mushrooms, béarnaise sauce and potato-croquettes
24. Goulash of pork and beef and mushrooms in cranberry cream, served with saffron rice
25. Braised leg of lamb with rosemary sauce, green beans, grilled tomato and pommes duchesse
Our small dishes
26. Gyros with onion rings, cabbage salad and garlic cream € 3.90 / £ 2.70
27. Baked potato pizza with salad and American-dressing € 4.50 / £ 3.10
28. Hawaii toast with boiled ham, pineapple slices and cheese, green salad with vinaigrette sauce € 4.80 / £ 3.32
29. Aspic with onion rings, apple-cream-sauce and roast potatoes Frisian style € 5.30 / £ 3.66
30. "Meat cheese" with fried egg and potato salad € 5.50 / £ 3.80
31. ½ grilled chicken with French fries and grill sauce € 6.30 / £ 4.35
32. Roasted crumbed fillet of perch-fillet with apple-cream-sauce and potato salad € 6.60 / £ 4.56
Vegetarian and Pasta dishes
33. Ravioli noodles with cep stuffing and vegetable in spicy cream sauce, slices of smoked salmon, baguette
34. Vegetable subric with cream-sauce and mashed potatoes
35. Fresh mixed salad with raspberry-vinaigrette sauce
36. "Salad-dish Bear's style" with fresh green salad, field-mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber, onion-rings, fresh herbs, Raspberry-vinaigrette sauce and American-dressing
Steamed fish dish
37. Steamed perch, mushroom-vegetable, fish sauce and saffron rice
Hooksiel Sailor's Dishes
38. Spicy herringspott house wife's style, fillets of marinated herrings in apple cream sauce, with fried potatoes Frisian style
Speciality of the House
39. Labskaus imperial navy's style with a fried egg, a red herrings fillet, a sweet-sour marinated herring's fillet, pickled cucumber and beet-root. (Labskaus is a specialty from the German city of Hamburg. The main ingredients are Corned Beef, potatoes, herring, onion and beetroot).
Dishes of red herrings
40. Mild tender Dutch fillet of red herrings (Matjes), served on apple slices and buttered brown bread, with onion rings and home-made apple cream sauce
41. Variation of fresh, kippered and sherry-marinated fillets of red herrings, served with apple cream sauce, cranberry-cream and horse-radish, brown bread with butter or fried potatoes Frisian style
Specialities of prawns
42. Buttered brown bread, mild cheese-slices, "Hooksiel" prawns (Krabben) and a fried egg
43. "Hooksiel" prawns with scrambled eggs and fine herbs served with fried potatoes Frisian style
Thursday 24th August 2006
09:00 hrs Leave City Hotel Valois.
09:30 hrs Arrive GAF Jever - meet those making their own way at the Camp Main Gate. All transfer to our Coach.
09:45 hrs Brief on Visit by GAF Jever - The GAF Camp Commandant, Oberstleutenant Joachim F Linke, who was such a marvellous host to us last year, will still be there and is looking forward to hosting us again. I expect he will arrange a briefing on the current role of GAF Jever and a little of its history.
10:30 hrs Then there will be a conducted tour of the entire camp and airfield, nothing was held back last time and we were encouraged to go everywhere. GAF Jever has 3 main roles now, a Phantom Maintenance Unit with the air testing done from the base, a Tornado unit where high value items are stripped and re-packed before the airframe is scrapped, and a very large GAF Regiment which will have been consolidated on the base by the time we get there. It is because of this, and an impending exercise in September, that we cannot be accommodated on the base.
12:45 hrs Self-service lunch in the All Ranks Mess.
13:45 hrs Tornado Dismantling Facility.
14:30 hrs Free tour of camp area.
15:00 hrs Voluntary Service in Station Chapel by the Front Gate to Remember the Dead of both sides held by Pastor Marcus Christ.
15:10 hrs Free Tour of Married Quarters Area.
15:25 hrs Leave Old MQ NAAFI for Jever Town by Coach.
Map showing location of the old Downtown Jever Married Quarters
15:30 hrs Voluntary Tour of Jever Brewery until 17:15 hrs. Cost €6.50/£4.50. (More than 25 needs an extra guide). (Click to see Tour Details).
16:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs Very kindly The Burgermeistrin Angela Dankwardt, (Mayoress of Jever Town), has invited the group to a cup of tea in the Jever Town Hall. If you had already set your heart on the Bewery Tour, please let me know, otherwise I will assume everyone from the party will be attending the reception.
17:30 hrs Coach leaves Downtown Jever for Officers' Mess.
18:00 hrs Supper in the Officers' Mess Jever - In the evening there will be a meal which is both cooked and presented to first class standards. Their menu would be the envy of many a professional restaurant. The GAF can only charge us the basic cost of the food - and this is a ridiculously small amount. See estimate at the end of the menu.
Now that we have the formal Jever Town Reception in the afternoon there is no longer time for the coach to return to Wilhelmshaven. For those who wish to change before the evening meal you should bring your change of clothes in a garmment bag. They can be stored during the day in what will be an empty luggage area under the coach. I have arranged for a room to be set aside for the Ladies to change in the officers' Mess on arrival. I have suggested that the Men's Dress Code should be Jacket and Tie. If we have another heat-wave then we can take off our Jackets.
The price for the food includes a drink on arrival. There will be a cash bar for any other drinks purchased with the meal. After discussions with our President we have decided to invite as our guests, the Camp Commandant and his wife, the Colonel of the Regiment and his wife, the Lt Col Deputy Base Commander of GAF Wittmundhaven and his wife, Flt Lt Bob Neal RAF Regiment exchange officer and his wife, the Mayors of Jever, Wittmund and Schortens with their wives and the Landrat with his wife.
Due to the numbers, which are currently 72 including our guests, I have agreed that we would go for a hot and cold buffet with self service. In this way members can choose their own meal, avoid those dishes they do not enjoy, and it will keep down the number of service staff, and serving time. We must collect a large tip for the staff as they are all volunteers from the other messes, both servers and cooks. It still makes it an excellent meal for very little money. There is no need to pay on the night as the Camp Commandant has kindly agreed to send me a bill the following week when all the costs have been finalised. I will pay this and bill each of those attending in UK £s when we are back home. It is at the end of this meal that we will be presenting Chris Stone's painting to the GAF.
Supper Buffet Menu
Soup: Cream of Leek Soup
Cold and Gravalux - Sliced Dry Cured Salmon in Dill Sauce
Hot Starters: Smoked Filets of Trout with Creamed Horseradish
Smoked Salmon with Creamed Horseradish
Smoked Filets of Trout with Cranberry Creamed
Hot Main Pork Medallions with Mushroom Cream Sauce
Courses: Roast Meat with Crackling
Filet of Turkey Breasts
Salads: Tomato Salad
Iceberg Lettuce Salad
Red/Green Pepper Salad
Sheep Cheese, Olives, Pepperoni
Various Dressings for Salads and Starters
Vegetables: Potato Gratin
Small French Beans
Dessert: Red Fruit Compote (Kissel) with Vanilla Sauce
Price for Food alone: €15 / £10
Estimate of cost with generous tip: €20 / £13.50
To keep within the coach drivers hours we should be on the road back to Wilhelmshaven by 21:30hrs.
21:30 hrs Return to Hotel.
Friday 25th August 2006
09:00 hrs Leave City Hotel Valois with bags in the coach.
Thanks to Gunter Kipp, co-author of the excellent book "RAF Hunters in Germany" who will be with us on the tour, we have been invited to visit a fully operational GAF base at Wittmundhafen. This is about 8nm West of Jever. See the map above. The details of the visit are :
09:30 hrs Arrive GAF Wittmundhafen - met at Main Gate by GAF Project Officer
09:40 rs Welcome by Deputy Commodore - Briefing
11:00 hrs Static display McDonnell F4F Phantom
Static display of historic aircraft
Mass take-off of aircraft
12:15 hrs Lunch
13:00 hrs Depart for Nijmegen by coach
(Click to see Brief on Nijmegen)
9. Late afternoon arrive at 104 room 4* Hotel Mercure, Nijmegen (Click to see)
Saturday 26th August 2006
Depart Nijmegen Hotel 1200 hrs after Siegfried Line Tour
4. 15:00 hrs Ferry sails from Hook of Holland
3. 21:30 hrs Clear of Ferry at Harwich
1. 22:40 hrs Drop off at Mick Ryan's in Sevenoaks
Cost: £315 per head sharing a room B&B
We have managed to get 20 passengers for the coach so the cost will now be £315 per head. However, if more sign up and we reach 25, then the price will drop to £290 per head, dropping down to the £265 if we reach 30 The amounts are shown below.
Luxury 48-seater Coach (see above) with Coffee maker, all seat-belts and toilets on board.
For single room £75 supplement - all 4 taken
Minimum of 20 passengers and more than 48 we need another coach
Travel Insurance can be arranged at an extra £15.30 per person. If you are likely to want it to cover you for cancellation from the moment you pay me the £30 deposit, then please contact me as soon as possible to be sent the forms, medical declaration etc.
The cost is inclusive of all coach travel, bed and breakfast hotel accommodation, ferries, taxes and tolls, but is exclusive of any entrance fees and meals other than breakfast.
To Sign Up:
Call me: 01732-743745
E-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail me: Far End, Chipstead Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 2RG.
Or return the slip which was mailed to you all last month.
Making their own way to Jever:
- Ken Goodwin, President Jever Steam Laundry (1st sngl rm) 118 Sqn Jan54-Mar57 Yes Join Sevenoaks
- Mick Ryan 93 Sqn May58-31Dec60, (4th Single Rm) Yes Join Sevenoaks
- Jeff Jeffrey 4 Sqn Jan56-Jun58. Join Harwich by train
- Eric Pigdon 93 Sqn 14Oct53-Apr57.   Join Harwich
- Pete Jennings 4 Sqn Oct58-Mar61 Join Sevenoaks
- Pat King (3rd single room) 118 Sqn Jul56-Jul57; 93 Sqn Jan58-Jan59. Join Harwich by train
- Al Pollock 4 Sqn 15Jul57-15Jun58 Join Sevenoaks
- Trish Pollock Join Sevenoaks
- Tony Pearce 4 Sqn 54-57. Yes Join Sevenoaks
- Mary Pearce Yes Join Sevenoaks
- Robbie Roberts, 5352 Airfield Construction Branch Sep54 to 57. Join Harwich
- Ann Roberts Join Harwich
- Eddie McCullagh98 Sqn Mar55-Jul 57 Yes Join Sevenoaks
- Norman Giffin (2nd single room) 4 Sqn Dec52-May55. Yes Join Sevenoaks
- Peter Jones 118 Sqn Bef Jan56 & 4 Sqn-left59. Join Harwich car
- Bill Blake4 Sqn 54 to 57. Yes Join Sevenoaks
- Andy Whitson Oldenburg pilot & Bad Kohlgrup Skiing/Survival Co Instructor. Yes Join Sevenoaks
- Eric McFee Outer Basket Join Harwich train
- Pete Hunwick 4 Sqn Bef Jan56 to 60 Join Sevenoaks
- Ken Sambrooks 93 Sqn airframes Jan53-May55 Yes Join Rail Harwich
- Eileen Sambrooks Yes Join Rail Harwich
- Phil Langrill F104 QF/WI at Jever 1974-77 Yes Join Car Harwich
Total Both Parties: 55
- Günter Kipp Co-Author of "Hunters in RAF Germany". Lives near Oldenburg
- Maurice Parker Armament Sqn Tech Wg Feb57-Aug59. Yes Lives Schortens
- Lori Parker Lives Schortens
- Marcus Christ German Pastor from Nr Oldenburg. Lives Jever
- Marcus's Father GAF retired,Oldenburg. Lives Jever
- Matthais Bläul GAF Air Traffic at Wittmundhafen. Lives Jever
- Frau M Bläul GAF Air Traffic at Wittmundhafen. Lives Jever
- Günter Bläul GAF Retired Air Traffic GAF Jever. Lives Jever
- Frau G Bläul Lives Jever
- Trevor Pailing Refuelling Flt 55-59. Yes Relations Jever
- Diana Pailing, Daughter of Trevor Yes Lives in Jever
- Dirk Wernick, Fiancee of Diana Pailing Yes Lives in Jever
- Bryan Stoneham, friend of Trevor Yes Relations Jever
- Brian Thornton 4 Sqn B Flt Cdr Jul59-31Dec60. Staying 2 nights Valois
- Ann Thornton Staying 2 nights Valois
- Pete Jarvis 4 Sqn Bef Dec59-31Dec60. Staying 2 nights Schutzenhof, Jever
- Barry Dale 98 Sqn 23Nov56-25Jul57 & 4 Sqn 25Jul57-18May59. Staying 2 nights Schutzenhof, Jever
- Gill Gray 98 Sqn 53-19Nov55 Staying 2 nights Schutzenhof, Jever
- Barrie Tonkinson 93 Sqn Bef Jul59-31Dec60. Staying 2 nights Valois
- Heather McIntyre Staying 2 nights Valois
- Dick Haynes 5352 Airfield Construction Branch After Apr54. to May55. Yes Staying 2 nights Valois
- Petronella Haynes Yes Staying 2 nights Valois
- Philip Westwell 5352 Airfield Construction Branch 53 to 54. Yes Staying 2 nights Valois
- Ernie Lack 4 Sqn Jever Mar52 to Oct53 Yes Friends Jever
- Elisabeth Lack Yes Friends Jever
- John Cater MT Section 56-59 Staying 2 nights Valois
- Pamela Lowe John's partner Staying 2 nights Valois
- Heather Meierjohann, Jo Ryan's Sister Yes Staying 2 nights Valois
- Jo Ryan Prince Rupert School, Wilhelmshaven, Sep55 to 31Dec60 Yes Staying 2 nights Valois
- Sir Paddy Hine 93 Sqn and Stn Adj Oct59-61 Yes Staying 2 nights Valois
- Jill Hine Yes Staying 2 nights Valois
- Brian Butterworth 93 Sqn Feb59-Jan61 Staying 2 nights Valois
- Margaret Butterworth 93 Sqn Feb59-Jan61 Staying 2 nights Valois
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