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Number 7 January 2003



A Very Happy New Year

Last call for the 40th Anniversary Re-Union

On: Saturday 12th April 2003

At: The Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame

Telephone: 01844 – 213661. Fax: 01844 - 261380.

Gentlemen & Ladies,

There is no more for us to plan and its now a simple matter of counting the attendance figures and attempting to coerce sufficient numbers to make it a bumper re-union (don’t worry, the pun is unintentional).

Therefore, this newsletter is the final reminder for YOU to forward your choices of menu and full payment for the re-union function. You have until: 28th February in which to respond. For your convenience, a menu and response slip is enclosed.

The voluntary committee have negotiated the function price based on an estimated attendance of approximately 100 persons. If we fail to produce that number, then the Entry Fund will have to be used to fund any excess applied.

We, Glyn Bolderson; Tony & Hilary Bradley; Cliff & Ann-Marie Mitchell; Roger & Beryl Sheppard; John & Stephanie Cormack; Terry & Avril McCrum; Tony & Denise Dapre; Jeff & Marilyne Bullock; Roger & Pam Miller; Bill & Jeanette Thornley; Errol & Liz MacBean; Barry & Margaret Ratcliffe; Stan & Verna Jenner; Tony & Ann Eve; Mike Reid; Mike Crooks; Rob & Una Johnson; John & Gayle Othen; Grahame & Sandra Catherall; and me, Alf Banyard; request and look forward to YOUR company for the re-union dinner.

Whereas we understand that some people from overseas intend to attend, we do need your response please.

Please, therefore, make your commitment to attending by making your choice of main and sweet courses on the appropriate docket and return as soon as you can together with the full amount of £25.00p per person, cheques payable to 95 Entry Fund, to:

Alf Banyard, 105 Stone Hill Drive, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5TS. UK.

To arrive before 28th February. Thank-you.

This will probably be the last on this scale. Remember that we have made this function open to your family and friends in an attempt to boost attendance figures

95th Entry 40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner Menu (£25.00 per person)

Fixed Starter: Chilled Melon with Sugar & Ginger

Fixed Soup: Parsnip and Apple Soup

Choice of Main: a) Roast Leg of Lamb with a Rosemary Scented Jus

b) Breast of Chicken with Red Wine, Ham & Button Onion Sauce

c) Grilled Tuna Steak with a Ratatouille Vinaigrette

d) Vegetable & Mushroom Stroganoff with Savoury Rice

Accompanied by: Roasted Chateau & Minted New Potatoes

Glazed Baton Carrots & Courgettes

French Beans

Choice of Sweet: a) Fresh Fruit Salad & Cream

b) Twin Chocolate Terrine with a Hazelnut Sauce

c) Selection of 3 Cheeses & Biscuits

To follow: Fresh Filter Coffee accompanied by a Mint Chocolate


95th Entry Re-Union Dinner Selection

Name: …………………………………… Partner: ……………………………………

Lamb Chicken Tuna Vegetarian Fruit Chocolate Cheese

Self Partner

Payment enclosed (£25.00 per person): £ …………………

Send to: Alf Banyard 105, Stone Hill Drive, BLACKBURN, Lancs. BB1 5TS

To arrive by 28th February 2003, please.

A Quote from 'Tony Dapre (for full passage see the

"Since the 1993 reunion it was amazing to find that there were six of us in Australia and one in New Zealand. We started having Antipodean reunions after and this has added very much to a social life built on fond memories." "In September this year I lost one of my younger twin sisters. This has brought home in a dramatic way my own mortality and the need to enjoy every moment. To those lads, or their wives who have experienced any similar loss I can now empathise so lets get together for this one and have a really good bash."

'Tony and Denise Dapre

Shared Accommodation.

We have a request from Andy Dawson if he could share a room with someone. If you wish to share, please get in touch and we will forward names & details to Andy via e-mail. Thanks.

Late News – 95th Entry Badge Shields.

You may be interested to discover that, following enquiries and assurances, I have commissioned an initial quantity of 10 (ten) Entry Badge Shields. (I have assurance that the helicopter will depict a Sycamore). Anticipated cost is around £25.00 (plus postage as necessary). It is hoped that these may be available for display and sale at the re-union dinner. First come, first served. If sufficient interest is shown, we will be able to order more, as long as the total order for all those interested amounts to 10 (ten) or more.

Email Addresses.

Whether or not you are coming, can you forward your Email address and/or mobile number to Dusty Miller at

On behalf of the Volunteer Committee, in anticipation of seeing you in April,

Qualitas non Quantitas

Alf Banyard

105, Stone Hill Drive, BLACKBURN, Lancs. BB1 5TS

Tel/Fax: 01254 692697 Email:


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