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Reunion 2017

Posted by M Hall on July 30, 2017 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Hopefully we'll be there this year, looking forwards to seeing all who make the scene. 2nd Wed Aug,. Right Mike?




Posted by M Hall on February 13, 2017 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0) `expired' temorarily over the weekend, the `automatic' billing that should have taken place during the last week, for some reason did not occur and as a result the domain expired. It seems that my card's details needed `updating' for the billing to occur and they couldn't be arsed to warn me of this other than by `freezing' the domain. So from late friday 10th Feb till Sunday afternoon 12th Feb wasn't accessible to anyone, my apologies for that, we are however `back on air' after a very short `follow-on' interuption after my payment was withdrawn by the bank (Lloyds), who were concerned that the debit to my account might be a fraudulent  `scam', they texted me to confirm the transaction was genuine. It's reasuring that the bank is taking a `hands on' aproach to dealing with this very real problem, shortly after my confirming the deal was real, rafgreatworth's lights came back on. Exitement over, back on your heads! (if any one remembers that old chestnut?).

Menu for reunion at The Inn Greatworth 2016

Posted by M Hall on July 30, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (2)


Starters @ £4.95


Prawn Cocktail with sliced, buttered brown bread.

Home made soup of the day, with crusty bread roll and butter.

Smocked mackerel pate, with Melba Toast.


Main Course @ 10.95


* Home made steak and ale pie, with shortcrust pastry.

* Home made chicken and leek pie, with shortcrust pastry.

Fish pie, in a creamy white wine and dill sauce, topped with creamy mashed potatoes.

* Braised liver, bacon and union.

Yorkshire ham, egg, chips and peas.


* All served with a choice of new, or mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables.


Deserts @ £4.95


** Bramley and Blackberry apple pie.

** Steamed treacle sponge.

Peanut butter cheesecake with cream.

Fresh strawberries, in a meringue nest with double cream.


** Served with a choice of custard, fresh cream, or ice cream.

Please select your meals from the menu and reply to the pub directly, copy to Mike

Langrish. [email protected]

The pub email address is :- [email protected]


The situation and updates.

Posted by M Hall on October 25, 2015 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (36)

Not a lot happening on here, no updates since the loss of poor Jenks, so I thought I'd add my tuppence worth. These last two years for me, have shown a downturn in my health, frequent visists to my doctor have resulted in an apointment with a specialist and I am now awaiting an apointment for a MRI scan. This is likely to result in surgury, more than this at this time would only be speculative and it's worrying enough already without going down that path. So, having been reminded of my mortality, I have to consider the future of this site. It has been `up' since November 2009, I have run it as a full Dot Com so as to give plenty of webspace for members activities. This doesn't cost a fortune, but it does cost. So, soon, when I let it go, it has two posible paths. The best is if some kind soul takes it off my hands, the other is I cease funding it and let it float in reduced form while `Webs' supports it. This would revert the sites address to `' .

I never expected at the beginning, that this site would attract so many people and their input. It has been a wonderful experience and meeting you at the reunions after so many years, was somthing realy speacial.

All things must come to an end someday and with this in mind I'll continue to manage the site AS LONG AS I CAN! BUT, there is NO definate time limit set in stone. I'll not labour the point further.

New members will be welcomed as always, so enjoy the site.

Tom Hall (845 SAC)

In Memoriam Keith Jenkins (Jenks).

Posted by M Hall on September 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (1)

It is with deep sadness that I carry this news of the passing of Jenks, Many of us who served at RAF Greatworth and RAF Jurong will of course remember Keith Jenkins.He died of respiratory failure on August 14th and was cremated on 2nd Sept in Torquay. his mother died earlier this year (Feb?). He was of course a great comfort to her over the years and I'm sure he missed her very much when she passed away.


The folowing was originally printed on August 26, 2015 in the Torquay Herald Express.

JENKINS Keith Ronald Passed away on Friday 14th August 2015 aged 74 Years. He will be sadly missed by Patricia, daughter Dawn, son Richard, grandchildren Charlotte, Tuesday, Macy, Ethan, Scarlett, Fox, Will and all who knew him. Funeral Service to be held at Torquay Crematorium on Wednesday 2nd September at 10.30am No flowers please, donations preferred for RNLI ( Brixham ) which may be given by way of a retiring collection or sent c/o Co-operative Funeralcare 79/85 Barton Road, Torquay TQ2 7NY The old git was right. He was ill. Hawaiian shirts or colourful casual clothing please.

What matters most?

Posted by Don Stoddart on August 15, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

We must thank June and Tom for throwing together another reunion.On the question of next years venue and selection of a date, my personal view is....the getting together is the most important.....The Red Lion was fine, I think the food was good at a reasonable  price.....regarding a date, I suggest keep to the same slot on the calendar, for whatever you choose will be suit some and not others...

The question is, with so many changes to the site and the number of years you have been down that memory lane, is Greatworth still  the drawing factor, or is the thought of meeting up with old pals the most important factor?

i hope my views don't upset anyone.

Cheers, Don

Greatworth pub

Posted by Fred Fyfe on August 10, 2015 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (2)

H I all,

greatworth pub is open for business, but only until it can be sold.

As pointed out it being run by the chap who runs King Suttons pub.

There is also a Chinese take away open at present in the pub, and it is called,China Chef.

It is open every day bar Tuesday's. Monday to Saturday 5pm-11pm, Sunday 5.30pb-10.30pm.

telephone orders are welcome and the number is 01295 712444. They also provide drinks.

The food is excellent, and you can eat in or out.

Fred Fyfe.


Posted by Ken Gabriel on August 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi Martin

Just to let you know that myself and my wife Pat will be attending the reunion this year, Wednesday 12th August at The Red lion Culworth.

See you then

Ken and Pat

The Inn at Greatworth

Posted by RAFA Brackley on May 18, 2015 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (3)

The pubhas now got new managers, who also run the Butchers Arms at Kings Sutton


Inn Greatworth

Posted by RAFA Brackley on May 7, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The pub as again closed

August 2015 Red Lion at Culworth.

Posted by M Hall on April 9, 2015 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (6)

This year's reunion will be the sixth, again it is proposed to be the second wednesday in August at The Inn, Greatworth. June and I hope to be there this year, we missed last year, so cross fingers we'll be there this year. The Inn has membership of the site, so any queries about food etc can be pointed at them from here or on the phone. Comments as to who's coming or not can be made in the usual way in here. The more to be said the better to stirr up everyones interest in the event.

Windows 8.1 users

Posted by M Hall on February 20, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Those members who now use a PC running Windows 8.1 at home and are that computers only user. Might be ticked off at having to log into their computer at every startup. Well those of you who are computer literate enough to understand how to follow simple program instructions might find this link usfull, it enables the computer to start up and give you the desktop without the need for user names and passwords. (Did I hear "Horray!".)?

Link is here:-

It is all quite straight forward to follow and works like a dream. Just push the on button wait untill it has finnished starting up and it's all yours.

Best of luck and I hope this is of help to someone.


Reunion 2014

Posted by Don Stoddart on August 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello June and Martin,

so sorry you were unable to make the Reunion. A good turnout with plenty of comradeship shining through. The weather was kind and three of us, Mike, Alan and myself, enjoyed our traditional walk from the pub, along the road and then across the styles and sheep field. We nosed our way into the VW garage before drawling over the workshop with all those glorious racing cars. Both places let us wander around and admire their work.

many thanks for making all the arrangements. The pub did us proud and provided some lovely lunches....even if someone eat my Bakewell Tart and custard, whilst I had their raspberry flan and cream... I guess the older we get the more likely we will all begin to forget what we ordered!!

hope June's problems are a bit easier now.

take care, Don Stoddart

ps photos were taken and so expect some to be posted on the website....

Greetings from Vancouver Island

Posted by Michael on August 13, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations, guys, on yet another trip into our youth. Somebody is putting a lot of work into this, building the site (I have never been able to do that) and keeping it going. I remember pub in Helmdon (Sulgrave?), 4d a pint or cider, 6d mild and bitter. The occasional Saturday dance. I had served at BP as an LAC and in 1944 was PROMOTED to corporal to serve at Greatworth. I left in April 445 to go (back to) Cranwell on a radar course.I had been at Cranwell 1 Radio School 1940 to 1942. 6d fpr a trip tp Banbury--4 of us in the station truck.

And the SWB 11!

Those were the days. Best to everbody.

Michael on Vancouver Island

5th Annual Reunion

Posted by [email protected] on August 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi, I appreciate it's late in the day so to speak, but does anyone have any idea how many members are looking to attend the reunion tomorrow,  and what time you are loking to arrive at The Inn.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow

Thanks and Regards

Sandra Turner - The Inn at Greatworth


Posted by Ken Gabriel on August 1, 2014 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (3)

Sorry Martin we will not be able to attend reunion this year, regards to you and June and best wishes to all.

Ken Gabriel and wife Pat

The 5th RAF Greatworth Reunion

Posted by M Hall on May 14, 2014 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (4)

 5th GREATWORTH REUNION . 2nd Wednesday of August 2014, that's the 13th on my calender. I'm for The Inn as venue, I'll PM everyone as soon as I've spoken to The Inn. Pleas keep comments and suggestions on here rather than emails/PM's, they're spotted quicker? and counting is easier too.

We'll obviously be going, so that's two for openers, sounds like Arthur is up for it too, so that's three, anyone else?


Posted by M Hall on December 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (4)

A nice surprise is the aquisition of two portraits of the Mrs Eels to be, pictured in uniform at the rank of Flt. Lt., but, what was her name? at this time and serving a commission, she would still be single, unless anyone knows better? She is pictured again, some years later at the RAF Greatworth Christmas bash of '62 picking the draw. Alas, no picture of George here, we'll have to scrutinise the gallery to see if there is a glimpse of him? There is a severe shortage of pictures of our elite d'cour from yesteryear, SWO's and CO's in particular. Not surprising, because in those ole days, `they' didn't mix much with the `ranks', shame really, because they were an important part of our lives.

Edited and corrected rank.

BEER-CAMRA & Hookies!

Posted by M Hall on December 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (6)

`RAFA Brackley' (member), Mick, has emailed me to say, that "THE INN" has a fresh landlord and is now open again. Mick goes on to say, that the new landlord is a member of `CAMRA' and that should in itself promise a good beer. We have yet to learn if there is food on offer, we'll no doubt find out in the near future. There is not a great variety of venues in the area and they do need to be close by the camp, as a one day event we don't need to waste time moving between venue and camp. Culworth is fine, but it is as far away as you can be and still be practical. I won't labour the point, so please, your views/ideas.

August 14th 2013 Fourth Reunion

Posted by M Hall on August 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (6)

Dispite all the messing around finding a different venue, the reunion was still a very enjoyable event. The Red Lion supplied a splendid lunch, served in a great atmosphere, in a fine old English pub. Those of us who were early enough, had a grand beer garden to wait in, the car parking was very adequate and indicated just how popular The Red Lion is, by being near full by midday (Wednesday, Midweek?)!! The visit to The Camp of one time RAF Greatworth is a short drive to the south over a straight forward route. We didn't see so much of it this year as I hadn't done very much to organise the camp visit this year, but those nice camper folk made us very welcome indeed. 

I have posted some photos of this years visit and have also included some of `the cabin' and the remains of the original nissen hut accomodation site, which this can now be definately taken to be. All that is missing is the accurate location of the CO's house that was contempory to it.