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Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
2020 REUNION

"This is to confirm that the dates for the next Reunion are Friday 5th - Sunday 7th June 2020. I would suggest that anyone requiring a room should ring "THE HOLIDAY INN" asap on 01226 299571 quoting "AIRBORNE SIGNALS WEEKEND" with the dates. If when you telephone the Holiday Inn all the rooms are booked please ask the staff to book you a room at the IBIS Styles Barnsley Hotel. As no doubt some of you are aware the IBIS is on the roundabout about half a mile away. I have had it confirmed that if you do this they will ensure that you get the same rates as the Holiday Inn £50.00 for a double or twin and £40.00 for a single. However, if you decide to book direct with the IBIS (Tel: 01226 729930) the same rates cannot be guaranteed. Please remember to ask for confirmation of booking if you are in the IBIS.

The letter with the proforma for choice of meals etc will be coming to you all within the next few weeks and will include all of this information. We are very grateful to Ann Kelly who has agreed to give us the dinner and the rooms at the same price as 2018.

Incidentally, if anyone has changed their address please let me know as soon as possible so that the database can be amended prior to the letter going to print.

Looking forward to seeing you all in 2020. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me either by email stan216@btinternet.com or 01432 850045.

Stan Stanley"


Saturday 4 May2019 - Worcestershire

Jim Turner | jd~DOT~turner~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I will be attending the event in Aldershot on the 6th July and look forward to joining the 216 contingent on the parade
Tuesday 30 April2019 - Newbury Berks

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Jim

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi guys. Had an email from John and Lynn Bailey saying I have Been hacked. Is anyone else aware of this. Have emailed John and Lynn to see if this email is genuine. Thanks guys .Dave (Jacko)
Monday 29 April2019 - Aldershot

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
King Edward V11's Hospital for Vetrans' Health - Please see PDF in our News Letters page, it may be of help to you.
Monday 29 April2019 - Worcestershire

jake wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Alas We are on holiday the 1st week in July. Already paid for,but hope everything goes well on the day.
Wednesday 24 April2019 - The Black Country

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry I won't be at Aldershot for the unveiling of the statue but it is a bit too far to travel and as I will be going to Caythorpe and Arnhem in September that's about all I can Manage.
Tuesday 23 April2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Wee mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sorry men we will not be able to attend the Aldershot event due to family holidays. Just “A SMIDGE TOO FAR” excuse the pun. Be thinking of you guys on the day. Awrrabest!!!
Monday 22 April2019 - Scotland

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I’ll be attending the parade at Aldershot on 6th July. So looking forward to marching with 216 again.
Thursday 18 April2019 - Horsham West Sussex

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I will be attending the Aldershot event. All being well will give Tom Moorhouse a lift. Chris
Wednesday 17 April2019 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Chris, hopefully see you on the day.

Rex Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Myself, Gus Emery and Pete Bibby will be attending the Aldershot Event and looking forward to parading as 216 Sqn., again.
Tuesday 16 April2019 - Birmingham

Webmaster comments   Great lads, now up to Five. I took a look at the Travelodge and Premier Inn but both are fully booked

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Aldershot 6th July – I had a phone call from Ralphie Smith yesterday confirming his attendance on the 6th July. Although not a bad operator he hasn’t got to grips with computers yet but tells me he is working on it with his kids or was it his grand children. Ralphie is still living in “The Shot” and is looking forward to meeting all those that attend the celebrations. For those needing accommodation he suggest the Travelodge and Premier Inn might be a good start.

Our next reunion in Barnsley is on the 5th – 7th June 2020, accommodation is booking up fast – The Holiday Inn on 01226 299571.
Tuesday 16 April2019 - Worcestershire

Norman (norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Aldershot - Wish I was fit enough. It should be great!
Sunday 14 April2019 - Darlington

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I will be attending this land mark occasion at the "shot" and the opportunity to March through as a Squadron would be a great honour. We would not only be establishing the "216 Sig Sqn Airborne" was here, but we would also be honouring the memories of our mates and comrades who have gone before. I'm in who else??
Thursday 11 April2019 - Cider Country

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Aldershot - Several guys have mentioned they may/will be attending the Aldershot event. The suggestion being you might like to meet-up and march pass as a Squadron contingent. So if you are attending and would like to form a 216 group please let us know by replying to this request.
Thursday 11 April2019 - Worcestershire

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
AB Network Update - “Calling all Airborne Forces who were stationed in Aldershot! A great event is in an advanced stage of planning: • March Past of Veterans, serving soldiers, colour parties and our band. • Drumhead dedication Service. • Unveiling of a magnificent, commemorative bronze statue now to be in a high profile area of central Aldershot (not at the Garrison Church as previously planned). • Stands and ample opportunity to meet up with friends and comrades.

All are welcome and this is NOT a ticketed event, so just come and join us! Fuller details are on the attached.”

Sunday 24 March2019 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Please see PDF in Newsletters

Ralph Porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
It was a great turnout for Ivor's funeral as already said our standard was displayed with the other branches and did Ivor proud. Also thanks to Stewart Speakman the buguler who sounded the last post. The airborne brotherhood is Nulli Secundus.
Sunday 24 March2019 - uk

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
A good turnout at Ivor's Funeral especially from the local PRA
Thursday 21 March2019 - Walsall

Paul O Connell | paulx4~AT~sky~DOT~com
Funeral of Ivor Wells 1932 -2019
Gents for your information. Ivor was laid to rest at Dukinfield on Monday 18th March 2019.Over 50 ex Servicemen in attendance along with Standards from 216 Parachute Signals Squadron and Tameside,Manchester,Bolton and Oldham branches of The Parachute Regimental Association.
Fitting send off for a much respected man.
Tuesday 19 March2019 - Glossop Derbyshire

Stuart Wells | stuartwells50~AT~gmail~DOT~com
On behalf of the entire family, I (step grandson) would very much like to thank everyone at 216 for their kind messages on here. I would also like to thank those who came out yesterday to say a final farewell to Ivor Wells. It was a wonderful ceremony made all the more special by a very esteemed honour guard of fellow veterans and former colleagues.

P.S. Ralph Porter, I trust you received the photos I sent through. If not let me know on here and I will send again.
Tuesday 19 March2019 - Hereford

Keith Weller
Airborne Statue Unveiling - Saturday 6 July at 11.30, Princes Gardens, Aldershot. Please see Newsletters page for more info.
Monday 18 March2019 - Worcestershire

Pat and Dave Fox | ddf216~AT~aol~DOT~com
Good news Bill all the best Pat and Dave
Sunday 17 March2019

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Whatever happened to the Military Covenant? What other country would prosecute their own soldiers. It's disgusting what our airborne mates are going through. One prosecution is one too many.
Saturday 16 March2019 - Darlington

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
There are loads of posts about this disgusting situation on many on the Airborne Forces facebook pages.I don't think the people who are pursuing this realise what a hornets nest they are stirring up and they are likely to get stung!!!
Friday 15 March2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~ hotmail~DOT~com
I agree entirely with you Gus, the politicians and left wing ambulance chasing lawyers should hang their heads in shame.
Friday 15 March2019 - Temporarily in Evans Head Australia

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Is there anyone else who like me are completely disgusted at the decision over the charging of soldier "F" How has it come to this and where will it end. The PPS and the MOD should hang their head in Shame
Thursday 14 March2019 - Hampshire

Webmaster comments   I wonder how many people feel the same or perhaps other views ?

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Very good news Noddy,hope he continues to improve day to day.
Thursday 14 March2019 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Good news regarding Lee Nod, best wishes to you all
Wednesday 13 March2019 - Pateley Bridge

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Update on my son Lee. After almost 5 weeks he is allowed home for a few hours and has just heard he is to be transferred to the head trauma unit in Walton Liverpool. He is now holding proper conversation but gets tired, the future looks good and he should make a full recovery. Thank you so much for all the support on here both myself and Midge are so grateful it means such a lot. This is for Terry,Lee is the youngest the one you babysat for is now 55 years old.where does time go? Thank you everyone Midge & Nod.
Tuesday 12 March2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Great news Noddy

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Sad to hear that Ivor has gone to the Big DZ. I remember him transferring from Para Regt. Condolences to his family RIP Ivor
Friday 8 March2019 - Darlington

peter pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to of the passing of Ivor Wells. Without a doubt,one of the best SSM's 216 ever had
Thursday 7 March2019 - Dewsbury

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe 2019 - A letter and booking form confirming the Caythorpe weekend can now be found on our Newsletters page. For further details contact Margaret Watson on 01206 815238
Thursday 7 March2019 - Worcestershire

Ray Duffy | secretary~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS - IVOR WELLS.
Will take place on Monday 18th March 2019 at 1430 hrs. Venue - Dukinfield Crematorium, Hall Green Road, Dukinfield, SK16 4EP
0161 3301901
Wednesday 6 March2019 - York

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
It wasn't the pokey drill that turned you into a big strong lad Mick, it was all of those holes Keith Weller made you dig
Wednesday 6 March2019 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   He was always a good lad to have on your Det.

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear the news of Ivor Wells. My first SSM. He took me under his wing in the Sqn shooting team. Made me do pokey drill with an LMG to strengthen my arms for shooting as he told me an SLR was too light for a big Jock! RIP Ivor
Tuesday 5 March2019 - Scotland

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Keith, Thank you for the heads up, I was on that drop, hopefully I can attend, Gus
Sunday 3 March2019 - Darwen

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Kiel Canal 45th Anniversary - Please see PDF on the News Letters page.
Sunday 3 March2019 - Worcestershire

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So sad to hear of Ivor`s passing. A true Airborne Warrior. I had the privilege of serving in Borneo with Him, a fairer Boss I've never met. Will be sadly missed by all who served with Him. RIP Ivor.
Sunday 3 March2019 - Walsall

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sad to hear about Ivor’s passing. He certainly gave me a few bollockings but he was firm but fair. RIP a stalwart of 216
Friday 1 March2019 - Eden Australia

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
RIP Ivor. As a 21 year-old Sergeant he eased my apprehensive entry to the Sgts Mess. Never a man to heap praise it was good to hear at the last reunion he attended that I and Keith Weller were his "best operators".
Thursday 28 February2019 - Pateley Bridge

Noddy irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Just heard the very sad news of Ivor's passing,he was a good friend both in the army and out and we kept in touch by phone every couple of months.A top soldier and great friend.Our sincere condolences go to Val and all his family. R.I.P Ivor Noddy and Midge.
Thursday 28 February2019 - Dubai

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sad to hear of Ivor’s passing, a good man who will be sorely missed.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Darwen

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
Ivor. A great soldier and comrade. Learned so much from him. RIP Ivor. Please advise of funeral details.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Littlehampton

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Bill/Noddy, andMidge, just read about your son, we hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. We’re both thinking of you. Best wishes. Wee Mac and Linda
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Scotland

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Very sad to hear of Ivor's passing. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Ivor.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Cider County

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
RIP Ivor. A good help to me and Viv in our early days in the Squadron.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Whitley Bay

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Ivor Wells passing. R.I.P. Sir from the Cardwell brothers.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Aberdeenshire

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Bob. I have Jakes address in Fiji. Email me your contact details so I can forward his details to you. Glad to help. Dave (Jacko)
Tuesday 26 February2019 - Aldershot

Pete bibby | Pete-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear Ivor has passed away,a
good friend and a great darts player.RIP Ivor
Tuesday 26 February2019 - Essex

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just been informed by Ralph Porter that one of our old comrades has passed away
Ivor Wells. RIP Ivor.
Tuesday 26 February2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Bob, try Tom Morrell for a contact number for Jake. I will email you Tom's email
Tuesday 26 February2019 - Pateley Bridge

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