Latest News from the Association

Welcome to our new website - which opened to BFES members from August 2021.  We would appreciate your reaction and any contributions to content.  We have to thank Malcolm Brooke (member) and Martin Gautier (web designer) for their great work in getting us this far.  

The launch of the new Facebook page (hot link on top right of blue bar above) provides a social space for members and prospective members.  Photographs uploaded to the Facebook site may be added later (by your webmasters) to the school and location archives on this site.

Suggestions and feedback are welcome - you can contact the webmasters via the 'Contacts' button under 'More'.

Our monthly bulletin, which include news items and information about forthcoming events, is compiled by our joint membership secretaries, Christine and Hugh Ritchie.  The latest issue is November 2023.  These are sent / emailed to BFES/SCE Association Members around the middle of each month.  If you are a member and experience problems receiving or opening the Bulletin, please contact the membership secretaries.  However, it might be worth checking your email JUNK/SPAM folder first, to see if your server has filed it there; if you click "not junk" then it should divert to your inbox.  

The Association's Journal (aka Newsletter) has developed, under Tom Nielsen-Marsh's editorship into an thrice yearly fascinating read and worthy historical document in its own right.  All except the latest edition can be found under 'More/Newsletters'.  The latest edition is reserved under the 'Members Only' tab. 


Mike Chislett - Chair for 2023/2024 writes:

The association's 2023 Winchester Curry Lunch took place in Peninsular Barrack's Ghurka Museum on 22nd April.  The occasion was much enjoyed by all fortunate enough to be able to attend.  I'd like to thank Jane Tull and her colleague committee members for organising the event, welcoming guests and ensuring that everything came together for a memorable event.  I missed this year, being out of the country that week - but I gather the curries were of the usual exceptional standard. 

Our 2023 association AGM took place on Friday 22nd September, 2023, in The Royal Air Force Club, Picadilly, London.  This was a very fitting venue for the association and around 60 members attended.  We enjoyed an excellent lunch and were able to tour the building at our leisure.  Lynn Marshall (secretary) managed almost all the arrangements, single-handed (thankyou, Lynn) and somehow still found time to prepare a lively potted-history of the club itself.  Lynn's talk was combined with Glyn Marshall's equally engaging history of the Bomber Command Memorial, which is only metres from the Club's front door.  Bill Bowen shared his collection of regimental shields, collected in Germany, which were displayed for members.

The AGM itself proceeded without hitch - the committee had all offered to continue, if the AGM so wished.  Despite my encouragement to the floor, there were no new nominations for the chair, so I agreed to contune into 2024.