Vegan pie of course!Probably under the "Increased social engagement and cohesion" Welfare Outcome as they call it. Funny though they also list example where they wont provide funds such as .....
So I think Pie Wednesday is ok but a pish up on Fri afternoon to celebrate more than 3 of Bensons helicopters in the air at one time is a no-no!
- Station events which involve commercial gain, activities promoting/encouraging use of alcohol, or functions such as beer calls and similar social gatherings.
Most regiments/battalions had a greasy spoon of some description tucked away somewhere on the barracks. Sometimes part of the PRI, or run by a couple of the wives, or some old harridan who had been there since national service days.Vegan pie of course!
BTW - The two female AVM's/2 Star mentioned, AVM 'Chris' has just retired from the post AVM 'Maria' holds, Chris went directly to the head honcho RAF Ben Fund job from the RAF. All nice and cosy.
I digress slightly, I remember just before I retired the initial work was being done on the pay as you dine/save as you starve project, one suggestion being floated was that families could use the contractor on base eating facilities. Don't know what the outcome was, or is this kicking the suggestion back to life. Also, connected with the project to get everyone to live out in private thus remove the requirement for MOD to provide domestic on base accommodation? Or am I a cynical old fart?
It will go this way;
Popular with every one. Drinks for those not working at lunch time, great food, great cake, etc.
Couple of months later, not open at the weekend, not serving alcohol any more,
Couple of years later, you get instant coffees and shit stale paninis, no one goes in.
The only person seen in there is the fat guy with the permanently depressed wife in tow, with two equally depressed young children stuffed into a pushchair, while they watch their disgusting gambling addict daddy hammer all their money into the on camp fruit machines.
The place stops opening at all, except for the CO and his compulsory get-together with the ‘Lads and Lasses‘ and the Padre once a year/Christmas Dinner (in November).
Just. Like. Elmpt.
I thought the whole point of the NAAFI was that you could get away from the Ruperts?
This smacks of cruel and unusual punishment to me.
Rumour has it the the RAF Puma force could get an early chop with the imminent defense review, so RAF Benson could close or is the writing on the wall for RAF Northolt to move all flying to RAF Benson? Interesting times.