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 Royal Air Force Sylt Association






Denis Norden, Patron.

The 2016 Reunion

The Stratford Hotel in Stratford-upon- Avon was the venue for the 15th Reunion, and AGM weekend of Friday and Saturday 23rd and 24th September.  Seventy nine members and wives had booked however two couples could not attend.

The meal on Friday evening was a smart casual affair with delicious food and  convivial company.  Ramon and Birgit Hiemke, their daughter Gesa and her boyfriend Lewis joined us for dinner in what was literally a flying visit: thirty six hours in the UK.  As ever it was very nice to see our German friends, Barbara Robson and Doddy Bourne who live on Sylt.  Good too to see Bob Brion and his wife Gail who made the journey from their home in Canada.

Saturday morning and time for the AGM.  Thanks to the Chairman and Committee this annual event ran as smoothly as a well oiled Swiss watch.  A proposal to accept sons and daughters as members received a unanimous vote of approval.  The committee members were re-elected for a further year.  However, Ian Prentice sadly informed us of his retirement as from the 2017 AGM.

Over the years the Saturday night Gala Dinner as seen some memorable evenings and this one was up there with the best.  An auction was held and items donated by Doddy Bourne raised £80.00.  An unusual item that was auctioned was an iron candle holder that was recovered from the cellar of Hermann Göring's Summer residence on Sylt.  It raised £75.00 and the successful bidder Bob Brion took it home to Canada.  It was donated by Herr Joachin Horn who was the caretaker of the house.

The raffle, Bingo and Auction raised almost £700.00 which was split between Hearing Dogs For The Deaf and the Sylt Klinik at Wenningstedt.  The Klinik provides help and support for families who have children being treated for cancer.

Our Reunion Organiser Jeff Mellor, noted for his seemingly endless supply of "True Stories", was presented by our chairman David Martin, with a framed certificate awarding him Life Honorary Membership of the Association.  He was very nearly lost for words! A fitting reward for organising ten splendid Reunions along with local reunions and weekends away for the Manchester group.

The excellent  food, free wine and a few "True Stories".  Music provided by Brian Saunders (Keyboard), Jean Saunders (Vocals) and Bob Brion (Harmonica).  Together with the company of good friends, were all the ingredients for a superb Gala Dinner that was enjoyed by all.


                  The 16th RAF Sylt Association Reunion will take place on the weekend of 15th and 16th September 2017 at

The Stratford Hotel, Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QQ

For further information please contact the Reunion Organiser, Jeff Mellor, on 0161 3445062


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As you can see, everyone was so well mannered and listened intently to what the other was saying. Not like the days in the NAAFI or Dorfkrug when no-one listened to what you had to say and you couldn't hear yourself think! 

  Now that's what we like to see, someone enjoying themselves.
  These folk seem to be having a good time as well.
  This looks too serious - come on chaps, lighten up a bit.  What are you drinking, Grolsch or Carlsberg?                                                                                                                                                                                        
  Oh my gawd!  The Chairman's laying down the law again.
 Thinks!  Either his memory is better than mine or I've had too much of the amber liquid!


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The North Western group (Manchester area) have regular get-togethers.  For up-to-date information contact Bryan Schofield on 0170 636 0440

The Kent and Sussex group continue their nefarious activities under the control and influence of Stan Miller, ably supported by J/T Alan Parfrey and others.  Contact Stan Miller on 0122 736 3147

The South West is in the firm control of John Rush - Contact him on 0139 246 7854

For details of what the Midland group are up to, get in touch with Margaret Martin on 0121 550 8899 

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2017 Annual Reunion

The Stratford Hotel, Stratford on Avon

Fri - Sun, September 15th to 17th.


Contact: Jeff Mellor  0161 344 5062