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Update – Rules for Entry – MoD Lyneham to the Ladies Guest Night.

30 July, 2017

Latest Update – Rules for Entry – MoD Lyneham for those attending the Ladies Guest Night.

The essential requirements on the coach or in your own car are:

1. All must have Govt. Approved photographic I/D, such as passport, driving licence, bus pass.
2. All will be required to produce the I/D at the gate to be checked off a master list produced for them.
3. Gate guard will be a soldier not civilian.
4. Senior pax on bus might be permitted to vouch for all pax; awaiting confirmation on this.

Regards, Sam.


26 June, 2017

RAF Brize Norton

The annual Reunion/AGM & visit to the Squadron will take place on Saturday  7th October 2017.

Arrival 10:00hrs, AGM 11:00 (for members only). It is intended to hold a raffle to raise funds for the Association, so donations for prizes most welcome.

Address by W/C Gareth Burdett – 12:00 – 12:30

Lunch 12:45. Lunch will be curry or lasagne in the Sqn. Lunch cost £12/hd. (Veggie, Gluten free by request)

After lunch (13:30 onwards) a visit to sims etc and possible flight.

If you plan to visit 24 Sqn for control of entry, please provide, date of birth, full name and nationality, Vehicle details-make model, reg, colour plus drivers name and pax names by 17:00, 26th September. (See Proforma link below)

Reunion Dinner Sat.7th October in the REME Mess, MoD Lyneham, 19:00 for 19:30hrs.

If you are attending, the dinner is £50/hd. Coach is £5/hd extra.

The menu is:

STARTER        Smoked salmon roulade with smoked trout & chive mousseline & ecrasse potato.

MAIN           Pork tenderloin topped with a stilton mousseline wrapped in parma ham. Vegetables, parsley new potatoes roasted root vegetables or panache of pod vegetables.

DESERT          Poached pears and almond tart with an almond sauce. Coffee and Mints.  Gluten Free and Vegie options by request.

Please also indicate what name you wish to have on your place card.

If planning a room in the Hilton a special rate for the 24 Sqn Reunion’ is being sought. Call  Hilton central team, quoting the date and G24SQ to book. You can also input this code onto the general website to qualify for the reduced rates. (Note Terms and conditions re cancellation fees)

Please note that there will be the usual informal get together at the Hilton on Friday 6th commencing about 7pm. On arrival notify front desk that you are 24 Sqn. Assoc. Parking is free.

For your Info/Notes:- Programme of Events 2017 

Paperwork to Download and Return (ALL 3) to 33 Calne Rd, Lyneham, Chippenham, Wilts, SN15 4PT

Attendance Proforma 2017

Lyneham Security Form

BZN Security Form

2017 Summer Social – Photos & Summary

13 June, 2017

The choice for this years Summer Social of the RAF Club, Piccadilly proved a sell out success. All who attended will we are sure admit to having an excellent lunch and social occasion. Thanks to the Committee for all the behind the scenes work in making it such a success.

Fortunately we have a photo record of the day sent in by Association Member, Tim Pembrey,  also a birthday event for him as well. Thanks Tim.


View of RAF Club

View of RAF Club

Bomber Command Statue

Bomber Command Statue

Lunch Table Group

Sam Wright, Mike Stokes, Lionel Warrington and Malcolm Fentum

Al Lockwood, Tim Pembrey, Lionel Warrington

Sam, Tim, Al, Lionel, Lynn Rogers, Dave Burgin, Roger Payne.

Churchill Bar




Summer Social, RAF Club – 7th June – Final Reminder

06 June, 2017

 Dear All

With only a day left before we gather at the Club for Lunch on 7 June, I thought it might be helpful to remind you of a few important details.

As previously notified, the meal will be served in the President’s Room, located off the Corridor of Squadron Badges on the first floor. This room is reserved exclusively for us. We will be 43 in total. There will be two long tables and no seating plan. Sit wherever you wish.

Most people are likely to assemble in the Club about noon but you are of course welcome to arrive earlier. The Club Management has requested that we have our pre-lunch drinks in the Victoria Bar, immediately adjacent to the President’s Room, because the Cowdray Room Bar would be overwhelmed if all 43 of us gathered there simultaneously.

The Victoria Bar has been reserved for our exclusive use from 10.00 until 16.00!

However, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t begin our day in the Cowdray Room for coffee or something stronger if that’s what people prefer. We simply ask you to start drifting into the Victoria Bar at noon or thereabouts. We aim to sit down to eat at 12.45.

Given the venue and distance to be travelled by many attendees, there will be no raffle on this occasion.

A reminder of the fixed menu is given below. A few people with special dietary needs have contacted me and the Club Chef will provide the special meals requested.

Baked Goat’s Cheese encased in pistachio nuts with a poached pear & quince jelly

Chicken Supreme with mushroom, asparagus, french beans & new potatoes

Crème Brûlée

Coffee & Petits Fours 

Pour mémoire, drinks with lunch are not included in the cost but can be ordered individually at the Victoria Bar.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on 7 June.

Keith Chapman

President XXIV Squadron Association

Summer Social 7th June – List Closed

18 April, 2017


Fully Booked


Message from our Treasurer, as at 17th April.

Such is the demand and popularity of this event that all the available places are now taken and the list is closed.

Please try again next year.

Summer Social – 7th June 2017 –

20 March, 2017

Stop Press – as at 17th April, all the available places are now taken and the list is closed.

Memo from President to All Members of XXIV Squadron Association


As agreed at our last AGM, the Association’s next informal summer lunch will be held at the RAF Club in London on Wednesday 7 June 2017.

RAF Club Presidents Room

RAF Club Presidents Room

We plan to meet at the Club from 12 noon onwards, prior to sitting down to eat at 12.45. However, you are very welcome to arrive earlier to relax and freshen up before our annual summer social gets under way.

Many of you will already be familiar with the RAF Club, which is located at 128 Piccadilly near Hyde Park Corner and almost opposite the Bomber Command Memorial. Those of you who haven’t set foot in the Club before will discover a most comfortable and welcoming establishment, with excellent facilities including spacious public room and a number of bars and dining areas. The Club is easy to reach. A number of London Transport buses stop almost outside the front entrance and both Hyde Park Corner & Green Park Tube Stations are within a ten minute stroll.

Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and coffee are available in the Cowdray Lounge on the first floor from 10.00 to 23.00 hrs. A similar range of drinks is available in the Running Horse Bar in the basement from 12 noon to midnight. Prices are very reasonable for such a prestigious location!

Lunch will be served in the President’s Room, a private dining area on the first floor. This room will be reserved exclusively for our use. Our menu of three courses will cost £30 per head not including drinks, which are left to individual choice and payment. The actual price is rather higher than £30 but your Committee has agreed that the Association Fund can afford to provide a modest subsidy to take account of the extra travel expenses that some members will incur by travelling to London.

Full details of the menu will be circulated nearer the day but there will of course be vegetarian and gluten-free options.

On weekdays, the Club operates a dress code which requires gentlemen to wear a suit or jacket with smart trousers (not jeans), a collared shirt with tie and appropriate footwear. Ladies are required to wear an equivalent mode of dress. In the summer months, a more relaxed form of dress is permitted if warm weather makes this a more comfortable option, in which case gentlemen may remove their jackets but not neckties.

With only five months to run, we now invite members to indicate whether they plan to attend. Such indication does not imply an absolute commitment and members will be able to change their minds up to our deadline of 18 April, i.e. about seven weeks before the event takes place. But at this stage we do need to get some idea of the likely attendance.

On this occasion, those attending will not be able to pay on the day but are instead asked to forward their payments in advance to Association Treasurer Roger Hale, who will pay the consolidated bill. Roger has also kindly agreed to compile a list of those planning to attend.

Whether or not you plan to attend, please respond to this notice by emailing Roger at:

Please include the following information:

Your name:

Your email address:

Statement of intention:

I plan/do not plan to attend the summer lunch on 7 June 2017.

If attending, I wish to bring the following guests (please state names)


Please Note: the attendance list will close on 18 April and no refunds will be possible after that date. Those attending are kindly requested to send payment of £30 per head to our Treasurer before 18 April. Payment can be made either by direct bank transfer to the Association Account at

Barclays PLC Sort Code 20-90-74 Acct No. 03317102 stating your name as reference

Or by posting a cheque to Roger Hale at his this address:

14 Weiss Road, Putney, London, SW15 1DH

Best wishes to all for 2017.

Keith Chapman











2017 Reunion Ladies Guest Night – Venue confirmation

16 January, 2017
REME Mess Lyneham

REME Mess Lyneham

We have had a great and positive  response from the REME Mess at Lyneham after some hard background work by your Committee members. The Officers’ Mess has confirmed we can go ahead with the Association Ladies Guest Night Dinner, now back in a traditional setting once more by popular request on the evening of Saturday the 7th October 2017.

The main Reunion and AGM programme will take place as per the format of previous years during the day at RAF Brize Norton. With Lyneham still the spiritual home of the RAF C130 Hercules force, it is hoped that the dinner will encourage a large turn out, so make that a date in your diary. Our guest speaker this year is Col Stuart Tootal who is sure to have some interesting anecdotes.


2016 Reunion and AGM

03 October, 2016
2016 Reunion Briefing

2016 Reunion Briefing

Here is an early post with a few brief details of this years AGM and Reunion held at RAF Brize Norton on Saturday 1st October.

It was a modest band of Members and guests who braved what turned out to be a very squally day weather wise to meet up in the new A400M Atlas Squadron Training facility. With both the Officers and Sergeants Mess’s unavailable, the larger of the two Squadron buildings was a fitting base for us to hold the AGM, catch up on the latest operational news, (see photo), have a spot of lunch, a C130J flight or sim ride or just have a natter about times gone by.

Thanks to Sqn Ldr Al Balmer, Sgt Charlene Llewellyn-Smith and other XXIV personnel who had given up valuable free time to make us welcome for the day.

The Reunion Dinner and Ladies Guest night was held later on the same evening at the Hilton Hotel, Swindon, complete with the Squadron standard and Centenary silver cup on display. More details and photos will be posted at a later date.





24 August, 2016

Posted below is a copy of this years AGM Agenda. If you have any comments or points you need to raise, please email them to the Secretary in ADVANCE of the meeting.




XXIV Squadron Association – AGM/Reunion & Dinner – 2016

07 August, 2016


The annual AGM/Reunion visit to the Squadron will take place on Saturday 1st October 2016.

Arrival 10:00 hrs, AGM 11:00 (members only), Lunch 12:00.

Lunch will be curry or lasagne in the Sqn. Lunch cost £10/hd.

After lunch a visit to sims etc and possible flight.

If you plan to visit 24 Sqn. names plus car details and pax names to Sam, Assoc Sec, contact details below.

Reunion Dinner Sat.1st. in the Hilton Hotel, Swindon, J16 M4, 19:00 for 19:30hrs.

If you are attending, the dinner is £50/hd.

The menu is:


Ham hock & parsnip terrine with pickled vegetables – code s1

Seasonal melon and prawn salad – code s2

Main course:

Roast saddle of lamb, thyme stuffing & chateau potatoes- code m3

Baked filet of salmon with ginger & cracked pepper saffron potatoes – code m4

Vegetable risotto with parmesan crisps (veg option) – code v5


Summer berry pudding with clotted cream – code d6

Strawberry creme brulee with shortbread – code d7

Arrival drinks, half bottle wine per person, port, coffee, tea, mints also included.


Add on your reply any special dietary requirements.

Please also indicate what name you wish to have on your place card.

Please send your meal selections e.g. s1, m4, v5. This information will be on your place card.

If planning a room in the Hilton use code ‘gsqnb’ and quote 24 Sqn Reunion’ for special rate. Music by a quartet. Parking for the Hilton dinner is free.

Please note that there will be the usual informal get together at the Hilton on Friday night commencing about 7pm. On arrival notify front desk that you are 24 Sqn. Assoc. And parking is free.

All replies or queries to:-

Sam Wright, 33 Calne Road, Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 4PR. Tel 01249 890516 or email