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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 `www.rafgreatworth.webs.com' .

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.




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

Mick 

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.


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

Members Email Addresses

Posted by M Hall on April 3, 2012 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (4)

If you change or have changed your email address, please update your profile to your new email addess.

If you put your or anyone elses email address into a blogg or forum posting, indeed anywhere on the internet, protect us all from unwanted attention (spammers) by using this simple procedure:- my-email#emailprovider dot com (or dot co dot uk etc). As yet there are not `bot trawlers that can decode addresses that are non standardised this way.

Care should also be taken with phone numbers too, ID theft is getting quite common and can have serious consequences.

`Personal Messages:- We do have a PM service running, (from a members profile page) this can only be read by the recipient only. I and no-one else has access to anyone elses PM. So swapping phone numbers, addresses and email addresses is reasonably secure. I don't recommend sending credit or debit card details via this though.

Our nicknames

Posted by M Hall on July 19, 2011 at 4:18 AM Comments comments (1)

Back in the old days I was called`Tom', my middle name, it has a story to it. Back in July '59 as I signed on at RAF Cardington, one other signatory, who's name I forget now, asked if I'd like to go to the naafi for a pint. His invitation went " You fancy a pint up 't naafi Jack?", overheard by several other new signatories, we were quickly joined for a pint or three and the name `stuck', indelibly! Untill several years later I remustered from "armament mech guided weapons*"(grease monkey!) to "Ground Radio Tx's" and ended up at RAF Locking, in a completely different crew/environment. Taking the oportunity to introduce myself as `Martin', my real name, but it was immedietly `shortened' to `Mart'! As this rymed rather too easily to `fart', I wasn't impressed and I strongly objected, aided by the fact of being the eldest (being the only remuster on the course) and senior man! I quickly understood that Martin didn't roll from the tongue easily enough, so  I suggested that as my middle name was Thomas, to call me Tom, it caught on, so `Tom' I became and it's a name with which my older friends still refer to me. So, now you know! When we met back then, thats how you would have known me.

Martin

* Bristol Bloodhound (Mk1) then Blue Steel.

Thermionic technology?

Posted by M Hall on June 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Surprisingly enough, our days as techies in the transmitter hall, be they with the SWB 8's and 11's, or HS31's and later gear, haven't  been left behind. The high power transmitters of today still use valves, yep thermionics still rule the air waves, check out this site for a feast of high power RF valve gear, but don't look at the prices!http://nrgkits.shopfactory.com/workshop/tetrode.htm

Martin

Skype Virtual Reunion.

Posted by M Hall on June 8, 2011 at 3:27 AM Comments comments (3)

  I have recently subscribed to skype, the internet video phone system, if there are other members out there interested in this form of communication, Look up the Skype site on  www.skype.co.uk  very effective and cheap to run, free between subscribers, including webcam video.

  Skype supports 'conference' style networking so that several subscribers can converse together, I thought this might be a good idea, considering that this membership is scattered about the globe, and could provide a `Virtual Reunion' for those unable to come to Greatworth.

    My Skype number is up in the guardroom and in my personal profile.

  Your thoughts, as always, are welcome.

Greatworth Folk

Posted by Al Burrell on January 1, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (1)

For those of you interested, I have posted a December 1963 photo taken at Hittadu Tx Site in the Greatworth people gallery.  Although not exclusively Greatworth, several of the guys shown on this photo did serve at Greatworth, and in some cases at Edlesborough.  Some of the latter possibly also served at Greatworth as there were occasionally cross-postings between the two units.  That said, with the exception of the three riggers, the cook and the General Duties guy (and of course the 'bosses in the fromt)  all of the rest were fitters or mechanics, and I know that many remained in the HF world for most of their service so will be known to many of you.  I believe that some might also of served at Jurong Tx (Singapore) as I almost did, and I know that you did Martin.  Please browse and see if there are any old faces there.  Happy New Year all.

White Christmas.

Posted by M Hall on December 26, 2010 at 7:39 AM Comments comments (6)

Well, whether it snowed or not is achedemic, it was a White Christmas with a good coverering of snow and ice everywhere down here in the Thames Vally. I do hope everyone had a wonderfull Christmas, here on Boxing Day, glass of Jamesons in hand and the missus (June) tucking into a snowball (apt!), we've had a quiet weekend Christmas to ourselves, neighbours have popped in, relatives have belled us, the roast pork has been rellished, pudding has gone, sigh! Wassat about New Year? Diet? Yeah, right! Best wishes to all of you in the New Year, My resolution? Live on! Good luck and bless you all.

Apologies

Posted by M Hall on October 12, 2010 at 4:03 AM Comments comments (15)

Our apologies for not keeping up with the site over this last month. Members who met my wife June will remember that she has some health issues and this last month has been more dependant on my help than usual. This last week has been worse as she has suffered from a cold, which didn't help her respiration a lot. But she is a gallant lass and with a little encouragement she'll bounce back into her normal form when that cold retreats. Hopefully her apointment at the Heart Hospital this 5th November will resolver those health issues.

Regards to everyone

June'n'Martin

RAF Greatworth the past.

Posted by jeff on September 5, 2010 at 5:13 PM Comments comments (8)

Who put the old accommodation site on the Welsh Road?

Was it unhappy to be in it`s old place in the side road about directly opposite to the transmitter hall entrance door? It only takes 4 clicks of the left arrow to get there.( I said LEFT arrow airman).

RAF Greatworth, the future.

Posted by M Hall on September 2, 2010 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The proposed `High Speed Rail Link' that will slice through the Old TX Hall and the CO's House in a few years time, isn't the only cloud on the horizon. There is also a proposal for a wind farm, to be built, it is said, on the other side of Welsh Lane, where the original railway line was. This will not, it is thought, further demolish RAF Greatworth, but Greatworth's villagers are showing deep concerns about these developments so close to their village and are worried about the impact upon their peacefull rural environment. Railways and windfarms aren't known for their lack of noise, destruction of rural setting is their game and the villagers, I'm told, want none of it. I have been asked by one of their number, If we would support them in any way and if so, would we allow a platform (No not a railway station!!) on our site? So a concensus of the memberships opinion is sought on the matter. Further details from Mr N. Ward at :-

[email protected]  

Really Early Years

Posted by Michael on July 13, 2010 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (5)

During the war, Greatworth was the Tx station for Bletchley Park. I was serving at Bletchley and on promotion to the dizzy rank of corporal was posted to RAF Greatworth. I don't recal there being a village. I was billeted in Helmdon.

No huts (I think) other than the Tx. Rhombics for communication with NZ, Aus, Western desert, Kilindini and Colomb.

SWB 10 (just one of those biggies) and mostly SWB 8 and 11

I didn't know the place still existed

Michael

Video at Greatworth.

Posted by M Hall on June 17, 2010 at 8:51 AM Comments comments (0)

I've added a couple of clips for you all to enjoy. Taken from the front of my Ural's sidecar, I'd mounted a camera on the bull bar, we rode from The Inn to the camp, along Helmdon Road and Welsh Lane then back again on a sunny wednesday afternoon this week. If these prove popular I'll add more as I visit the area frequently. If anyone would like to see a particular part of Greatworth on video or photographed, I'd like to hear about it and see if it can be done. 

I see there have been some hits already, but please, don't just look, comment too, I really do appreciate some feedback.

RAF Greatworth Radio?

Posted by M Hall on May 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM Comments comments (6)

Eric Rogers has just suggested, that as some of our members are radio hams, that a temporary re-activation of RAF Greatworth might be posible for a day, he sugests it could be a feature of the reunion on Aug 12th I suppose if that should happen, I could bring one of my CB Radio's too? I think it would be really add to the atmosphere if the local hams  helped by fixing a contest on that day, some of them may wish to augment any of our vets at the site?

This is an open subject, anyone want to add their opinions?

Entertainment at Greatworth

Posted by jeff on April 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM Comments comments (1)

In the forces, entertainment was not easy to come by if you were the lowest form of life, i e a national serviceman.

I do remember one episode at Locking, when 2 or 3 classes were grouped together, marched off to the drill ground and put thro. our paces by an N C O.

After a time he handed us over to an officer, who had I believe been newly posted to the station.. He continued to march us up and down, saluting to the right and left, being totally boring.

I was positioned at the front left hand rank and I realised that any variation that I introduced might be followed by the complete squad, so I started swinging my left arm forward as my left leg went forward, and right arm with right leg. After a few yards I noticed a crisper crash of heels onto the tarmac, and a quick glance behind me revealed a fine body of men all smartly swinging arms and legs in perfect harmony.

After the introduction of saluting with the left hand when saluting to the left, some of the N C O`s grouped around the square started laughing and a senior N C O took over from the officer, and we all behaved ourselves.

 

At Greatworth the naughtiest thing I did was to throw a cup of water from the ablutions window over the fire piquet when they practised on Wednesday knowing the water pressure in their hose was not high enough for their jet to reach the window.

 

More revealed in the next episode.

 

Security at Greatworth

Posted by Stu Cook on December 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (17)

Those who were at Greatworth during the same period as myself will no doubt remember Flight Lieutenant Eeles, our CO, was a stickler for security.  He insisted that all windows be closed at night, even in the summer when it would get unpleasantly warm in the Transmitter Hall.  Of course we ALWAYS had the windows behind the watch desk open!  From those windows it was at least an 8-foot drop to the pathway below that led to married quarters and also the CO’s residence.

 

One evening shift he decided to pay, what he thought was a stealth visit, not realizing he had been seen.  Unusual, since we were nearly always sitting at the watch desk playing cards!  He had lightly packed an alarm clock in a small cardboard box, walked up the path to the Transmitter Hall and tossed the ticking box through the open window.  One of the personnel on watch grabbed the box and threw it with all his might back out the window onto the pathway below, smashing it to pieces!  Of course the CO was quite surprised and rather angry that his clock was destroyed but could hardly be upset since the personnel were obviously being quite vigilant!  Mind you, he still insisted the windows be closed at night.  I don’t recall who the ‘thrower’ was.  Does anyone remember the thrower and this event?