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                         Major (Retd) Mark Harris –

                         Chairman Army Catering Corps

                         Officers’ Club

         18 months has passed since I was asked to write
         an article such as this for the Officers’ Club –
         where has that time gone?
            Since the lifting of the restrictions, we have ‘played
         hard’ catching up on missed opportunities with gath-
         erings in London, Farnborough and Winchester.
            London saw our first event for some time
         where we celebrated the 80th Anniversary and
         which took place in September 2021 at Drapers’
         Hall. It was certainly an event that exuded in
         splendour and will be remembered for some time
         to come. We welcomed our guests, Lt. Gen Sir
         Mark Poffley KCB, OBE, Commodore David
         Smith CBE and Colonel Jon West ADC who I
         know all enjoyed the occasion as much as we did.
         We were afforded accommodation at The Ned, a
         5 star hotel, who looked after us all exception-
                                                      Chair Mark Harris, Wally      Joint Officers’ Club and Sgts P&P reception
         ally well.  We marked this auspicious occasion
                                                      Vincent Secretary and Eric   and Curry Supper – Friday 26th August 2022
         by presenting Army Catering Corps cufflinks    Lewis Secretary designate
         to our gentlemen members and a broach for                        Ladies’ dinner night – Friday 28th October
         the ladies, which all members of the club should                  2022 at the Aviator Hotel, Farnborough
         have received.                                                    Opening Ceremony of the Field of Remembrance
            Following on from this was the Ladies Dinner                   – Thursday 10th November 2022
         night held in October, at the Aviator Hotel in                   Cenotaph Parade – Sunday 13th November
         Farnborough.  This occasion saw more members                      2022 (London, National Memorial Arboretum
         attend than in previous years and was a huge success              & Grantham)
         with great company, superb food and the usual ‘dad                Most of you will be aware, but it would be
         dancing’ continuing late into the night.                       remis of me not to mention the handover of the
            The first event of 2022 saw us returning to the              Association and Club secretary. Wally Vincent has
         Norton Park Hotel Sutton Scotney, for the Annual               done an exceptional job during his tenure, provid-
         Reunion Dinner held on Friday 18th March 2022.                 ing us all with a first-class level of service through
         Just under 70 club members attended, with new and              his communication, planning and commitment
         returning members included. We were honoured to                ensuring none of us have been found wanting.
         receive our guest, Paul Bayliss MBE, the General               His professionalism and eye for detail has without
         Manager of the Brooklyn Hotel Manchester                       doubt kept our club moving forwards and for that
         who dined with us. After dinner we raffled (and                  I would like to express my gratitude for his help to
         auctioned – thank you Nigel Marchant) a bottle of              me as your Chairman. We warmly welcome Eric
         fine whiskey (provided by Brigadier Keith Hudson                Lewis into the chair who brings with him a wealth
         CBE) where we raised £470, which will go straight              of experience, a great sense of humour and a real
         to Rotary in Poland.                                           wilco attitude – he will be a superb replacement
            Our club continues to go from strength to                   and I wish him well in his new appointment.
         strength, demonstrated by the increased attend-                   Do get in touch with me if you have any club
         ance at those functions illustrated above, along               matters you wish to discuss or indeed if you are one
         with those new members joining – long may this                 of those who just want a catchup!
         continue.                                                         Finally, please may I draw your attention to
            Looking further ahead, the following events are             our club website where you will find a wealth of
         in the planning stages:                                        information including, forthcoming function dates,
            Summer outing to the Leander Club –                         membership details and many more interesting
            Wednesday 8th June 2022                                     pages. Just follow the link
            Golf match versus  Worshipful Company of                    officersclub.htm
            Cooks – 19th August 2022                                    Stay safe and best wishes.
            Corps Sunday – 3rd July 2022                                Mark Harris

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