Bassingbourne memories

#1
I went through Bassingbourn years ago (early 80's) when it was Depot Queens Div. There was a pub just outside the wire which we used to use,.....anyone remember what the hell it was called???
 
#3
The Antelope?
 

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#4
The Antelope was the one at the side of the golf course, long turned into a private house
 
#5
I went through Bassingbourn years ago (early 80's) when it was Depot Queens Div. There was a pub just outside the wire which we used to use,.....anyone remember what the hell it was called???
wagon and horses. Out gate turn left 500m. Turn right about a K was another one somthing arms I think.
I was there 74-75 and then again 80-82 and a short visit in 85/86 when they were filming full metal jacket.
 
#6
loooong time since i went through Basssingbourne, '85
 

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#8
I think I know the one your on about but I too can't remember the name, I do however remember the green man and use chequers in nearby royston, where some very good times were had
 
#9
I was there in 84. Shithole of a cookhouse. Cockroach infested downstairs and cockroach and sparrow infested upstairs. Still makes me heave thinking about it
 
#10
I think I know the one your on about but I too can't remember the name, I do however remember the green man and use chequers in nearby royston, where some very good times were had
Thats cos every other pub in Royston refused to serve lads from 'The Camp' in fact i think i got turfed out of the green man, Chequers never had a problem with us
 
#11
I was there in 84. Shithole of a cookhouse. Cockroach infested downstairs and cockroach and sparrow infested upstairs. Still makes me heave thinking about it
I arrived just after the new cookhouse opened
 
#12
I arrived just after the new cookhouse opened
Had a couple of meals in there later on in my tatty career. It was pretty good.

The original cookhouse was a dump. There was a Scots SSgt from ACC who used to stand outside when the TA were there and welcome them with the phrase, "Good morning STABs" before letting the regulars (or "real soldiers" as he called them) go round them.

Once you were in all you could hear was the crunch of cockroach under boots.
 
#14
montgomery's tank was the gate guardian in my basic days - early 70s
There was a nice story about monty's original driver being reunited with the Sherman after the REME had spent a long time getting the engine running. The old boy asked the obvious question and was invited to start her up. When the engine ran, he cried.

As for The Antelope: a stripper sat on my face on the stage. Ahhh, happy memories.
 

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#15
montgomery's tank was the gate guardian in my basic days - early 70s


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It was still there in 82/83

As for the cook house in my 3rd week of basic the orderly officer was doing his rounds and asked if everything was ok.. in our naivete 4 of us told him our chicken was still bleeding, we just were not ready for the shit storm that followed with 2 chefs being doubled off to the guardroom.
That was a lesson on protocol by the time every nco had finished with us.
 

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#16
It was quite sad, toward the end and when I left the camp, to see the gate guardians and other bits of assorted ironmongery being removed.

I was at Bassingbourn as a civilian in TSW for 10 years, and they were mostly very happy. In fact, it was only the arrival of a prize dick as training officer that prompted me to actually retire, otherwise I had no intention of going. Met some pretty good guys and girls during my time there, and a few really outstanding officers. Including none or less from the Household division. The blokes were ok, but the comissioned ranks.............well, let's not invite being sued.
 
#17
It was quite sad, toward the end and when I left the camp, to see the gate guardians and other bits of assorted ironmongery being removed.

I was at Bassingbourn as a civilian in TSW for 10 years, and they were mostly very happy. In fact, it was only the arrival of a prize dick as training officer that prompted me to actually retire, otherwise I had no intention of going. Met some pretty good guys and girls during my time there, and a few really outstanding officers. Including none or less from the Household division. The blokes were ok, but the comissioned ranks.............well, let's not invite being sued.
I remember a particular 2nd Lt used to ride his bike around the camp and straight into the offices that used to surround the old airfield, fell over the ****** on more than one occasion.
 
#18
There was a nice story about monty's original driver being reunited with the Sherman after the REME had spent a long time getting the engine running. The old boy asked the obvious question and was invited to start her up. When the engine ran, he cried.

As for The Antelope: a stripper sat on my face on the stage. Ahhh, happy memories.
The stripper our mob saw was expelling a lit candle when the Sgt Major wandered up, lit his fag and thanked her politely, and wandered back to his pint, the formative years, bliss
 
#19
I was a medic at the MRS when it was DQD. A very happy posting for me, despite the fact the RSM hated me wearing a side hat and generally being RAMC!

Many memories of going to both the Red Lion and the Waggon & Horses. Drove past it some years ago and the W & H was now a domestic residence.
 
#20
DQD was my first posting as a nig armourer in 86. The old cookhouse was just closed down as I got there thank god, the Waggon & Horses was a shithole with no gristle gippers, the Red Lion was an alright pub, and just opposite was (I think) the Rose & Crown with a very friendly landlord's daughter, with a taste for hirsute but pasty sprogs lord love her. Happy days.
 
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