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Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Correct about Tom Speakman Alan. Wasn't he commissioned into an infantry Regt. ? Saki
Saturday 27 February2021 - Hart Village Hartlepool

Webmaster comments   Hi Saki, Do you happen to know he PFA man. Apparently Stan has no details for Tom.

peter pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Ref your idea regarding a meet for us old codgers I am all for it Brian.
Saturday 27 February2021 - dewsbury

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Keith, wasn't Tom Speakman at the last reunion or the one before that? if so then maybe Stan has some contact details
Friday 26 February2021 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Thanks Alan, you may well be right. I'll have a word with Stan. Update, not on Stan's DB.

Robert Law | bob07971314267~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I'm ex-23 PFA - 65/75, I'm looking for a Tom Speakman, who served in Aden 1967 with 1 Para. He was in the same tent as me - he spent hours and hours making two paper mache clown heads for his kids. They were immaculate. Love to i hear from him
Thursday 25 February2021

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Robert, we won't hold it against you being 23 PFA !!! I remember Tom well from those days but I think I'm right in saying we haven't heard from him in recent years. so Tom if you are out there please get in touch.

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I wonder how many of us will still be around next June.I will be trying to arrange a meet up for a few of us sometime after all the country is vaccinated.
Thursday 25 February2021 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   That's a nice idea Brian but I'm sure we all expect to see you next June.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Message from Stan - 2022 Reunion

Dear Comrades


Due to the recent coronavirus update from the government it has been decided that the Reunion will once again not be taking place this year. The health and safety of our members and guests is a priority. Even this year it would not be possible for 100 plus people to sit for dinner, mingle in the bar or even share rooms with anyone other than direct family.

I have managed to secure the weekend of 3/4th June 2022. The hotel has very kindly agreed to give us the same prices for the meal (same menu) and hotel rooms. If you have already sent in your choices of menu and paid that will be carried over to next year. Obviously, you will have forgotten what you have chosen but do not worry this will be listed on your table. For everyone who has booked rooms at the hotel these will be carried over to 2022 and as you are aware you will not be charged for your room until you leave on the Sunday 5th.

Unfortunately, all the rooms are now taken at the Holiday Inn. Anyone who does not have a room booked at the hotel will have to book into alternative accommodation at the IBIS Styles Barnsley Hotel, telephone number 01226 729930 which is just up the road. I suggest you do this sooner rather than later because a lot of the hotels will be booked up quite quickly with wedding guests etc. that have had their functions postponed until 2022.

If anyone is unable to attend on the 3/4th June 2022 that has already booked a room at the Holiday Inn please do not cancel your room I would be grateful if you could let me know so that it can be reallocated to someone else.

If anyone is unable to attend and have already paid for their meal and require a refund, please let me know and I will organise this for you. I will need your bank account details: -

• Name of Bank
• Account Number
• Sort Code

I am emailing this to all of you who have already paid for their meals and booked rooms and it will also be on the website. For those who do not have an email address I will put in the post. If there is anyone who wishes to attend in 2022 that has not already come forward, please contact me on 01432 850045 or email to stan216@btinternet.com and I will send the necessary information to them.

If anyone has recently changed their address, email or telephone number can they please let me know to keep the database up to date.

Just all keep safe and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Regards Stan
Wednesday 24 February2021 - Worcestershire

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I was wondering how we stand for the reunion in June has anyone got any info?
Tuesday 23 February2021 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   I am checking with Stan - Standby

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
Does anyone remember a BOB HOOPER. Ex Sqn and 264. He is believed to be living in Newton Abbot (Being an ex boy) A mate of mine from 264 is looking to catch up with him
Saturday 20 February2021

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
You've had a tough few years Chris and a good deal of unhappiness, hope all goes well in Bournmouth, I believe its known as the retirement capital of the UK
Friday 19 February2021 - Pateley Bridge

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just a quick one to let you all know that I moved back to Bournemouth a couple of days ago.
I have sold my house in Wales and just finishing off the purchase of a nice Town House within walking distance of the beach on the Westcliff.
I had Tom down to my home in Wales for a couple of days before I left where we had a few drinks and a laugh or two.
I read to him all of your messages both on this website and on the Sqn. FB page.
Dave Catchpole who lives in Hereford and Ex SQN. is going to keep an eye on Tom and visit him on both a welfare and social basis.
Tom send his thanks and best regards to all.
Yr's Aye

Friday 19 February2021 - Homeless in Bournemouth

Webmaster comments   Good news Chris, I hope you will be very happy in your new home. When are you taking holiday bookings!!

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Happy birthday Tom, I hope you had a good day and ended up singing The Spinning Wheel. Kept us entertained on many occasion
Thursday 18 February2021 - Hampshire

Noddy | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Tom doesn't have access to guestbook but I am sure Chris will convey all your wishes.
Saturday 13 February2021 - Southport

Peter Whitehead | peterwhitehead403~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Well done Tom on reaching this milestone. If you recall you spent a little of the time asleep in my car! Peter
Friday 12 February2021 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Congratulations Tom Hope we will still be around for your Centenary Stay Safe
Thursday 11 February2021 - The Black Country

Peter bibby | Peter-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Congratulations Tom Moorhouse on reaching your 90th year.where have all the years gone.Pete Bibby
Wednesday 10 February2021 - Essex

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Congratulations Tom Moorhouse 90 not out a impressive knock!
Tuesday 9 February2021 - Horsham West Sussex

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Chris, please give Tom my good wishes and wish him a happy 90th birthday from me. Thanks.
Friday 5 February2021 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Well done Chris, wish Tom all the best from me
Friday 5 February2021 - Pateley Bridge

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Guys,s
Just a quick heads up. It will be Tom Moorhouses 90th birthday on the 9th Feb. I have through a Hereford connection arranged for him to be visited and presented with one or two bottles of something he likes. Plus a birthdayCard from us all.
Thursday 4 February2021 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Well done Chris, give him my Best Wishes

Noddy | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Hello everyone, had my second jab on 8th Jan and same as flu jab no ill effects"yet" don't expect any. Stay well everyone and don't refuse the vaccine.
Tuesday 19 January2021 - southport

Webmaster comments   I guess age has some advantages !!! Stay well.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Whitley Bay still on the map. Got my letter today for jab.Hope everybody is surviving this damned time. Being sheltered Viv and I have managed some small walks. Stay safe.
Tuesday 19 January2021 - Whitley Bay

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Alex you need more than practice far better take up knitting.
All well up here in Gods country hope to see you all at Barnsley.
Tuesday 19 January2021 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Alex wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Letting you all know that I'm still around and keeping well apart from being bored,here in Leicester we've been stuck with 2xlock downs and tiers 3.and 4 for most of the year.getting out for a few walks unfortunately without my golf clubs. Hope you're all keeping safe and well.looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion.take care. Geordie.
Monday 18 January2021 - Leicester

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Alex, sorry to hear about your lack of golf I guess you need the practice!!! Take Care

Paul Richardson | francolab~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I remember Maj Benjamin, Captain 2 i/c the squadron in 59 when first I saw him. Quite a character, small man with a large moustache. Another airborne warrior left the parade. RIP Maj Benjamin.
Saturday 2 January2021 - North York Moors

Webmaster comments   I was still at school in 59 !!!

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Major J.E. Benjamin R. Signals - It is with deep regret we announced the death of John Benjamin who was 2IC of 16 Indep Para Bde Sig Sqn from 1958 -60, died on 8 December 2020 age 87; the funeral has already taken place.
Thursday 31 December2020 - Worcestershire

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Good to know that Squadron spirit has helped Gus, your loss makes Boris, Brexit, and Corvid seem so insignificant.
Saturday 26 December2020

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Hello all, we held Liz's funeral a week ago and I would now like to thank everyone who left such kind messages and also those who telephoned me. I really cannot say how much they were appreciated both by myself and the Children. The Squadron was represented by Rex and Ann couch at the Service and by Pete and Pam Bibby together many others by Zoom. As an 18 yr old when I completed my Pre Para and as an 80 yr old now I cannot explain how the Airborne Sprit first attracted me and now still sustains me all these years later. On behalf of myself and my children Thankyou and have yourself a Merry Christmas and a much improved 2021
Saturday 26 December2020 - Hampshire

Webmaster comments   Take Care Gus and lets hope for a better 2021.

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hoping to see many of you this year. Bob & Maureen
Friday 25 December2020 - North Hykeham

Webmaster comments   Thank you Bob +Take Care

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Wishing everyone all the best for Christmas and the New Year
Friday 25 December2020 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Merry Christmas Both - see you next year.

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Got to be better than 2020. Hope to see many of you at Barnsley or Caythorpe next year.
Thursday 24 December2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Merry Christmas Brian

Bob Howell | bobhowellcdt~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear about your loss Gus, please accept our condolences. Bob and Josie Howell
Wednesday 23 December2020 - stoke on trent

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you again Bob, it's been a long time. Merry Christmas

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Wishing All Former, Present and Future 216 Para Members and their Families a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year. God Bless.
Monday 21 December2020 - The Black Country

Webmaster comments   Take Care Jake

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Wishing you and your families and friends the very best for Christmas and a brighter 2021. Have a great time. Sharing John and Lyns wish to see you all in June . Jacko
Sunday 20 December2020 - Aldershot

Webmaster comments   Take care mate.

Chris WHITE | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
In these difficult times I wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Safe New Year. Chris
Sunday 20 December2020 - High on a Hill in the Land of Song

Webmaster comments   Thanks Chris - Nice to see so many greetings on the website, almost an unofficial roll call !!!

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Hope everybody has as good a Xmas as possible, and hope that next year we see some improvement of this bloody virus. Hoping to get the vaccination in January. Wish everybody good health.
Friday 18 December2020 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Many thanks Terry - take care

Gary Denham | garydenham1949~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I'd like to echo John and Lynn's words and also wish everyone a Very Merry and Safe Christmas and a Very Prosperous 2021 when hopefully we can meet up in Barnsley. Enjoy!
Thursday 17 December2020 - Devon, UK

Webmaster comments   Thanks Gary nice to hear from you.

John Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
Just to say Happy Christmas and hopefully a better 2021 than 2020. It is what it is and we keep going. Look forward to June be lovely to see everybody again fingers crossed.

Best Wishes All

Lynn & John Bailey
Wednesday 16 December2020 - Wales

Webmaster comments   Thank you both, it will be great to see you again - Good Luck

Colin Bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Gus I am so sorry for your loss.
Wednesday 16 December2020 - Solihull

Derek Dove | lizdove09~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Hi Gus so sorry to hear the sad news about Liz she was a lovely lady.sending you our best wishes Brummie Dove
Tuesday 15 December2020

Tom Whiting | tomwhiting~AT~tiscali~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Condolences for your loss Gus
Friday 11 December2020 - Croydon

Dave & Pat Fox | ddf216~AT~aol~DOT~com
Gus. So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife Liz, a sad loss. hope to see you at Barnsly Pat & Dave
Friday 11 December2020

Vic Kelly | jokelly015~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Would like to add my condolences Gus. Sad times.
Thursday 10 December2020 - Dorset

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Gus, So Sorry for your loss, keep going mate. We are all here for you.
Thursday 10 December2020 - Northallerton

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
My condolances to you at this sad time Gus. Saki
Tuesday 8 December2020 - Hart Village Hartlepool

Gary James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
My condolences on you loss Gus. Thinking of you.
Monday 7 December2020 - Cider Country

John Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
So sorry to hear your sad news. John and I send you condolences for your loss.

Lynn & John Bailey
Monday 7 December2020 - Hereford

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of your loss Gus. Liz was a lovely Lady. Rachel and I send our Condolences.
Monday 7 December2020 - Walsall

Wee Mac and Linda | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Gus just got back on the Guestbook yesterday. We’re so sorry to hear of Liz’s passing.we are thinking of you at this time. Keep your chin up mate and we will chat again
Monday 7 December2020 - Scotland

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of your loss Gus. Condolences to you and your family
Sunday 6 December2020 - Aldershot

Noddy | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So very sorry to hear the sad news Gus. A lovely lady and both Midge and me are thinking of you at this very sad time. Midge&Billy x
Sunday 6 December2020 - Southport

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