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RAF Jever Officers' Mess Rules - 1957.

Inside Front Cover - FOREWORD

Officers' Messes were instituted for companionship, convenience and economy; to secure for all officers the comforts and advantages of a well-regulated private society as economically as possible.   The attainment of this ideal depends upon the efforts of each individual member and the tone of the mess will reflect the success of their efforts.


1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe Officers' Mess is to be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Queen's Regulations and Air Council Instructions, Chapter XX, which are issued under the Authority of Queen's Regulations para. 1640 and cancel all previous orders.
A copy of these rules is to be issued by the Mess Secretary to each Officer posted to Royal Air Force, Jever.   Officers attached to the Station and honorary members are to have copies provided in the Mess for their perusal.        Jever, 1957.


1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe history of Jever as an airfield falls into three distinct periods; from the mid-twenties until 1935 as the property of a civilian flying club; from 1935 until 1945 as an operational Luftwaffe base and from 1951 until the present day as an R.A.F. Fighter Station. in N.A.T.O.'s defence scheme.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesDuring the 1920's the employees of the Focke Wulff Aircraft Co. of Bremen decided to form a sports flying club.   Starting with a nucleus of World War I pilots by 1926 they had built up a thriving club with seven light aeroplanes located on a small aerodrome at the edge of Upjever forest.   However within ten years this field was commandeered for more aggressive purposes and the Luftwaffe transformed it into a fighter base.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesWork began early in 1935 by clearing the forest and proceeded rapidly.   The Station Headquarters was the first building to be completed and then the Hangars. Fire Station, M.T. Buildings, Sick Quarters and underground Petrol Installations followed in quick succession.   Within the space of one year the Station was ready for its official opening which took place on 1st May 1936 when General Milch handed over to the first Commandant, -Hauptmann Melrich.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe first operational unit, a fighter Gruppe of three Staffeln, occupied Jever in June 1937.   Even at the time of the Munich Crisis in 1938 there was still only one fighter Gruppe here equipped with Me. 109B's.   In August 1937 the unit had only fifteen fighters instead of its establishment of thirty nine and of those only five were serviceable.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesAt the beginning of September 1939, Jever was once more in the operational picture with the formation of the first Gruppe to be re-equipped with Me 109's and Me 110's, which in September 1939 were responsible for causing heavy casualties to a force of 22 Wellington aircraft carrying out a raid on naval vessels in the Schillig Roads and Wilhelmshaven.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesFrom the beginning of 1940 to July 1941 there were no tactical units at Jever.   In July 1941 Jever became the Headquarters of the 2nd Fighter Division and the Fighter Command of the German Bight, with one squadron of Me 109's and another two squadrons on the islands of Wangeroog and Borkum.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesIn 1942 the Headquarters of the 2nd Fighter Division moved to Stade, near Hamburg, leaving Jever with a Fighter Gruppe consisting of Me 109's.   This Gruppe took part in the attacks against the first American Bomber Forces to raid Germany in daylight.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesA formation of JU 52's for duties in mine searching were added to the forces at Jever in 1943.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesTowards the end of the war the fighter formations left the aerodrome and were replaced by No. 4 Night Fighter Wing equipped with JU 188's.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesShortly before the surrender all aircraft were flown to Lech, Schleswig-Holstein, to be destroyed, consequently when the Polish troops entered the station on 8th May 1945 there were no aircraft left on the airfield.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe Luftwaffe did not develop Jever airfield to any extent.   After its occupation by the 7th Armoured Division in 1945 it was listed as an auxiliary landing ground with no concrete runways, no radio facilities and no lighting.   Its grass runway was 1,300 yards long, the total size of the field being 1,800 yards from east to west and 1,000 yards from north to south.   In 1947 it was removed from the list of auxiliary landing grounds.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesBetween 1945 and 1951 the station was occupied successively by Polish and Canadian Army Units, the 11th. Hussars, the Danish Army and by Jewish displaced persons.   In 1951 the Royal Air Force decided to develop Jever as a jet fighter base and so began what is perhaps the most important period of its history as an operational station.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesDuring 1951 a concrete runway, 6,000 ft. x 150 ft. was constructed, radio facilities, lighting and underground fuel storage tanks were added, accommodation was improved, with the object of making Jever an important contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Defence Scheme.   Development of the airfield has continued since 1953 when it was nominated as a NATO main Fighter Base.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesIn March 1951 No. 5352 Wing Detachment and small nucleus of administrative officers arrived to start the work necessary to expand the Station.   On 11th. February 1952 the first British jet, a Vampire, touched down at Jever.   In early March the first three squadrons arrived, No. 4, No. 93, and No. 112, all equipped with Vampires and Meteor trainers which served them faithfully until superseded by Sabre IV's in May 1953.   July of that year saw the departure of 112 Squadron from Jever to Bruggen, leaving only 4 and 93 until April 1955 when No. 98 and No. 118 Hunter Squadrons moved in from Fassberg.   The arrival of these two Squadrons undoubtedly brought Jever up to a strength greater than anything it had achieved previously.

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesThe Mess itself was built for the German officers in 1938/39 at a cost which was high even for those days.   It is said to have been lavishly furnished.   The paintings in the Ante-Room are an indication of this, as they alone cost in the region of 8,500.00 Reichsrnarks.   They were painted in situ by a Professor Paul Scheurich, born in 1883 in New York, pupil at the Berlin Academy of Arts and finally Professor at the State-Porcelaine-Manufactory in Meissen.   He died during the war.   The painting on the north wall shows events in connection with the history of the Jade Busen during the time of the Grosse Kurfürst (the Great Elector - Frederich Willhelm, 1640-1688) by whom, it is understood, a harbour was built for the Brandenburg-Prussian Fleet.   The painting on the east wall bears no known significance but its figures belong to the eighteenth century and its title is believed to be "Rider and Escort on Foot"

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesAlterations of the Mess were made by the Royal Air Force, the major ones consisting of the addition of the dining-room and extension of the kitchen, and last year, the creation of the Ladies Room and the Annexe.


1. Membership of the Mess may be full, affiliated or honorary, as defined in Queen's Regulations and Air Council Instruction 1630.   (See Appendix I)


2.   GENERAL.   Every officer, whether married or single, serving or on temporary duty at the Station, is, normally to be a dining member of the Mess.

3.   NON-DINING MEMBERS.   Married officers, or widowers living with or responsible for maintaining their Children who wish to become non-dining members may do so with the approval of the Station Commander.   Non- dining members must also obtain permission from the Station Commander to become dining members.   Notification of change from dining to non-dining membership and vice versa must be given to the Mess Committee.


4.   Affiliated or honorary members have all the privileges of membership subject to regulations and any other rules issued locally by the Station Commander, except that they cannot:

(a)  be elected or appointed to the Mess Committee or sub-committees.

(b)  attend Mess meetings.

(c)  vote on Mess matters.

(d)  serve the Mess in any capacity.


5.   The Mess Committee, consisting of not less than four members is normally to be appointed for a period of 8 months.   The President of the Committee is to be appointed by the Station. Commander.   Other members, including the Mess Secretary, are to be elected by a majority vote at a General Mess Meeting.   Members so elected must be approved by the Station Commander.   If an officer with the necessary qualifications for the duties of Mess Secretary is not elected the Station Commander may nominate an officer for this duty.

6.   The duties of the individual members of the Mess Committee are given in Appendix II to these orders.   Additional duties are to be notified in writing to members by the P.M.C.

7.   The Mess Committee is to regulate the income and expenditure of the various departments of the Mess, so that each shows a small profit.   Nominally each department should be self-supporting and no excess credit in one account can be transferred to absorb a deficit in another.   The circumstances attending any deficit are to be investigated by the Mess Committee and action taken to prevent a repetition.

8.   Mess Committee meetings are to be held at intervals to be decided by the P.M.C.   It is the responsibility of the presiding officer to see that full and accurate minutes of the meetings of the Mess Committee or Sub-Committees are recorded in a minute book.


9.   A General Mess: Meeting, which all officers are to attend, is to be held every four months.   The accounts of the Mess and the proceedings of the four monthly audit board are to be brought before the meeting.   The balance sheet as passed by the audit board is to be exhibited on the notice-board one week in advance of the meeting.

10.  Extraordinary General Meetings to discuss important matters may be called either by the Station Commander or by the wish of one fifth of the members duly notified in writing to the Mess Committee.

11.  At all meetings, members are allowed to propose and discuss matters concerning the finance, management and welfare of the Mess.   Any member who wishes to bring a proposition before a General Meeting is to submit it in writing to the Mess Secretary at least five days before the date of the meeting, and the Mess Committee are then responsible for including it in the Agenda.

12.  All propositions which have received the Station Commander's approval are to be posted on the notice board at least 48 hours before the time of the meeting.

13.  All propositions are to be put to the vote and decided, subject to the Station Commander's veto, by the wish of the majority of the members.

14.  A Minute Book is to be kept for the purpose of recording accurate and full minutes of the discussions and also the number of votes cast for and against the propositions put to the meetings.


15.  A Suggestions Book is to be provided in the Mess in which members may write any suggestions they wish to make concerning the management of the Mess.   Each entry is to be signed and dated.

16.  Complaints and suggestions regarding Mess Staff, are to be addressed in writing to the P.M.C., and are not to be entered in the Suggestions Book.


17.  Special entertainments may be given if they are voted for by the majority of the officers at a General Mess Meeting, and approved by the Station Commander.

18.  Mess members will bear the expense of any special entertainments, either wholly or in part, as a majority vote at a Mess Meeting may determine.   The charge so determined may not exceed one day's pay for any individual member calculated according to the minimum basic rate of pay for each rank.   If the cost is not entirely met in this way the remainder may be defrayed by a grant from the Mess funds if a sufficient balance will be left therein.   All financial arrangements concerned with Mess entertainments are to be approved by the Station Commander.

19.  Any officer who has signified his dissent, and declines to attend an entertainment, is not to be called upon to share the expense of that entertainment.

20.  Entertainments to which no Mess guests are invited are to be paid for entirely by those attending.

21.  The cost of hospitality to Mess guests on occasions other than special entertainments is to be defrayed from the Mess Guest account.   Subscriptions to the account are charged to all officers as decided by a General Mess Meeting.   The entertainment of Mess guests is normally restricted to the Station Commander, P.M.C., Wing Commanders, and Mess Secretary.   For entertainments to which no Mess guests are invited, honorary members will be charged rates applicable to senior officers.


22.  The Mess Committee is to control all ordinary expenditure exceeding £10 [£183 Sep08] in any one transaction or in excess of a total of £50 [£914 Sep08] during any four-monthly period.

23.  Ordinary expenditure is that incurred in the routine conduct of the Mess activities which include, for example, all purchases made in connection with trading activities of the Mess, catering purchases, and maintenance expenditure, extraordinary expenditure includes any expenditure resulting in the acquisition of capital assets or property.


24.  The Mess Committee is responsible that the supply of liquor and food held in the Mess does not, save with the permission of the Station Commander, exceed the amount required by normal average consumption.   If this permission has been given to meet special circumstances, stocks are to be reduced to normal by the most economical method as soon afterwards as possible.

25.  The Mess Committee is to ensure that stocks of goods for which there is no demand are not allowed to accumulate.


26.  Meals are served at the following times:-

1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesWeekdays           Sundays

     Breakfast       -       07.30-08.30      08.30-09.30
     Lunch             -      12.30-13.30      13.00-14.00
     Tea                 -      16.45-18.00      16.45-17.30
     Supper           -       19.00-20.30      19.00-20.30

27.  EARLY AND LATE MEALS.   When an officer requires meals at times other than those laid down, he is to book them through the Mess Receptionist as early as possible.

28.  All meals, with the exception of tea, are served in the dining-room.   Tea is served in the main ante-room.

29.  Officers wishing to give private parties may reserve the Card Room for this purpose.   Permission for such parties is to be obtained from the P.M.C. or Mess Secretary at least 48 hours in advance.

30.  Officers wishing to order special meals may do so through the Catering Member.

31.  An officer sick in quarters may be supplied with meals from the Mess but his own batwoman is to serve them.   Ordinary food is to be supplied at current prices and extras at prices arranged by the Catering Member.   If he wishes he may have ordinary meals supplied to him from the Mess, and "remain in Mess", so far as the daily charge is concerned.   Necessary articles of table equipment may, with the permission of the P.M.C., be allowed out of the Mess for the use of an officer in Station Sick Quarters.

32.  An officer under arrest is to be supplied with food from the Mess in the some manner as an officer in sick quarters.

33.  Sandwiches and picnic meals for consumption outside the Mess may be provided in lieu of normal meals, without extra charge.   The necessary articles of table equipment may be supplied to members who are to sign for them and be responsible for their return.

34.  Suggestions in respect of messing are to be entered in the Messing Suggestions Book available in the Dining Room.


35.  There will be three "Dining In" nights each month, one of which will be attended by all Officers and treated as a guest night should official guests be present.

36.  All Living-In members of the rank of flight lieutenant and below and Living-Out members of the rank of flying officer and pilot officer, except when excused by the P.M.C., are to attend on each occasion.   Living-Out members of the rank of flight lieutenant are to attend once per month.   Other officers wishing to dine-in are to enter their names in the book provided at the Reception Desk.


37.  Any dining - in or dining - out member intending to be absent from the Station is to indicate in the Warning Out Book the probable duration of his absence and the reason for it.   If possible this is to be done at least twelve hours before his absence begins.   On his return, he is to give the actual effective dates, including the last meal taken in the Mess before departure and the first or subsequent meal taken after his return.

38.  When a proper warning - out notification has been given, a dining member is not to be charged for messing during the period of absence.   When a warning - out notification has not been given, the Mess Committee will decide whether the member is to be charged full or modified rates.

39.  Non - dining members who wish regularly to lunch in the Mess are to inform the Mess Steward.   When they expect to be absent they are also to notify him.   At least 12 hours warning of such absence is normally to be given but, in exceptional circumstances, shorter warning may be accepted.


40.  The P.M.C. has the authority to impose fines, with or without prior notification for any infringement of the Mess Rules and also to decide what charges are to be made for any damages or breakages.


41.  Liquor is to be served only in the bar except that on guest nights or on special occasions bar facilities may be provided in the Ante-Room or in the Dining- Room.   The bar is normally open for sale of liquor between the following hours: -

     (a)  Main Bar
     Monday to Friday and Sundays     12.00-44.00
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes18.00-23.00
     Saturdays1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes12.00-14.00
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes18.00-23.30
     Dinner Nights1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesCloses 23.59
     Guest Nights1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesCloses 02.00
     Other Functions1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesas arranged

     (b)  Annexe Bar
     Weekdays1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes19.00-23.00
     Saturdays1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes19.00-01.00
     Sundays1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes13.00-14.00
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes19.00-23.00

42.  The Station Duty Officer is responsible for seeing that both bars are closed at these times, unless prior permission for extension has been given by the Station Commander or the P.M.C.

43.  The consumption of liquor in Single Officer's Quarters is forbidden.

44.  All sales to members are to be on credit and are to be recorded in a separate book.   Entries therein may be signed only by the Station Commander, P.M.C., all Wing Commanders and Mess Secretary.

45.  Liquor served to visiting officers may be paid for in cash, each sale to be recorded in, a special book kept for this purpose.

46.  The cost of liquor consumed by a member's guest is to be included in the Member's Mess bill.

47.  Married officers may purchase liquor from the Mess for consumption in their homes.   These purchases are to be recorded separately from those made for consumption within, the Mess.

48.  Liquor is not to be sold exchanged or given away to anyone except Mess members and guests unless the Station Commander or P.M.C. gives permission.

49.  Living - in members below the rank of Flight Lieutenant who require drinks for home consumption are first to obtain the permission of the P.M.C. or Deputy - P.M.C.

50.  LIMITATION OF WINE BILLS.   It is considered that £7.10.-. [£137 Sep08] is an adequate amount for a junior officer under 40 years of age.   Where junior officers exceed the limit, the circumstances will be brought to the attention of the Station Commander.


51.  Treating as between individual members of the same Mess is forbidden but officers of one Mess may treat a member, or honorary member, of another Mess who is a guest and who is visiting the Mess off duty.

52.  An officer may treat a civilian who is his guest as long as, the latter is not an honorary member of the Mess.

53.  Treating of Mess employees is forbidden.


54.  The Mess is to close at midnight on ordinary nights, 01.00 hours on Dining-in Nights, 02.00 hours on Saturdays, and 03.00 hours on Guest Nights unless permission to the contrary has previously been given by the Station Commander or P.M.C.   The Orderly Officer is to close the Mess and is to report to the P.M.C. the names of any officers remaining in the public rooms after the hour of closing.


55.  The Annexe, Ladies' and Music Room will be closed on Dining In Nights and Guest Nights.   The Ladies' and Music Room does not form part of the Annexe.


56.  Ladies may be entertained in the Ladies' Room and Annexe as follows: -

(a)  Ladies' Room

        Monday to Friday any hour up to 23:30 hours
        Saturday1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesany hour up to 01.30 hours
        Sunday1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesany hour up to 23.30 hours
(b)  Annexe
        Monday to Thursday1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes19.00-23.30 hours
        Saturday1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes19.00-01.30 hours
        Sunday1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes12.00-14.00 hours
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes18.00-23.30 hours

57.  On Dining In and Guest Nights Ladies are to vacate the Mess by 18.00 hours.

58.  Drinks may be served in the Ladies' Room only during the normal opening hours of the bar or Annexe.   Refreshments may be ordered by ladies, but they may not give other directions to the Mess Staff.

59.  Ladies using the sports or other facilities of the Mess during normal working hours may take tea or coffee up to 16.30 hours in the Ladies' Room.   The officers to whose account such refreshments are to be charged are to signify their agreement for this action to the Mess Secretary.   This agreement may be a permanent one if desired.

60.  Ladies are not to enter the residential accommodation of the Mess.


61.  Officers are responsible for seeing that the status of any guest they bring to the Mess is in accordance with the normal rules governing members of an Officers' Mess.


62.  Children under the age 17 years are not to be invited, or to attend, organised social functions of a private or official nature, which are held in the Mess, without the permission of the Commanding Officer or the P.M.C.


63.  Dependents of Mess members who hold non-commissioned rank in any of the British or Allied Services should not be brought into the Mess as guests without special permission of the P.M.C.


64.  (a)  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after 19.00 hours - No. 1. Home Dress or lounge suits.
        (b)  Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday - as for (a) above, or sports jacket and trousers, with collar and tie.
        (c)  Dining In Night. - Mess Undress or Interim Mess Dress.   Civilians and honorary members to wear, dinner jackets.
        (d)  Guest Night - Mess Dress or Interim Mess Dress.
        (e)  Other functions. - Any variation of dress worn at functions other than those mentioned at paras. (a) to (d) above will be referred to the Station Commander for approval.
        (f)  Flying Clothing - Flying clothing is not to be worn in the Mess.
        (g)  Annexe - see para. 113
        (h)  Ladies' Room - as for Annexe
        (i)  Officers' Guests - Officers are entirely responsible for the dress of any guest they may bring into the Mess.


65.  Every officer on the strength of or attached to the Station, whether present or absent, is to pay a subscription to defray the ordinary expenses of the Mess according to his rank; this subscription not exceeding one half a day's basic pay.   Additional contributions and charges are made as decided by the Mess Committee and approved at a General Mess Meeting.   Details of all subscriptions, contributions and charges are at Appendix III.

66.  Periods spent in hospital, or on sick leave, are chargeable at half the rates specified in Appendix III but ordinary leave is chargeable at full rate.

67.  During attachment to another unit or Mess, the subscriptions and contribution of members are to be paid to such Messes and not to their own.   When an officer is attached to another unit and is residing in a Mess other than his own for a period less than 7 days, the full monthly subscription is charged by his parent Mess.   For periods of 7 days or more the charge is to be divided on a pro rata basis between each Mess.   An officer is not to be liable to pay more than one month's subscription in any one month.   If no Mess is available during a period of attachment to another unit no subscription is to be paid during that period.

68.  Affiliated members are to be charged at rates equivalent to full members.

69.  Honorary members are not to be charged with Mess Subscriptions or Contributions but 5% is to be added to their mess bills and credited to the maintenance account.


70.  An account is kept for each member in the daily charges book showing all charges incurred in the Mess with an accumulative total for each day of the month.   These books are available at the Reception Desk from 12.30 to 14.00 hours daily.   Any entries in the daily charges book may be queried with the Mess Secretary.

71.  Members' accounts are to be presented monthly, as soon as possible in the month succeeding that to which the account refers.

72.  Private accounts, with the exception of laundry and mess bills incurred at other stations, are not payable through Mess accounts.


73.  Every officer is to pay his mess bill on or before the 10th day of each succeeding month and the President of the Mess Committee is to report, in writing, to the Station Commander the name of any officer who fails to do so.   If the account is not settled by the 20th of the month the matter will be referred to higher authority.

74.  Members leaving the Station on temporary duty or privilege or sick leave, or on account of pre-arranged admission to hospital, must either settle their accounts before departure or arrange for them to be paid on the date they are due for payment.

75.  An officer must pay his mess bill in full even if he wishes to raise a query about it.   Any adjustment which may be found necessary will be made on his next mess bill.

76.  Officers visiting or attached to stations are to settle their mess bills before departure.   If the visit is for a period longer than three days, the account may, if necessary, be sent to the parent station for recovery.

77.  Cheques are to be made payable to "P.M.C. Royal Air Force, Jever", and endorsed as follows: - DRAWN IN GERMANY CERTIFIED WITHIN NETT PAY AND ALLOWANCES BUT NOT OTHERWISE USED.
1px-trans.gif, 43 bytesSIGNED



78.  Gambling, including poker, and other similar games of chance is not allowed in the Mess or in officers' quarters.

79.  Bridge with limited points values is permitted.   Contract bridge points are not to exceed 6d. [46p Sep08] per 100, or auction bridge points 1/- [91p Sep08] per 100.   Winnings and losses are to be entered in the card book and are to be passed through the Mess books.


80.  Members' dogs, pets, may only be kept on the station with the permission of the Station Commander.   Dogs are to be kept under proper control.   On no account are pets allowed in the Mess.

81.  Living-in members may not keep dogs in their quarters.   If they wish to keep a dog on the Station they must provide a kennel for it.


82.  The Shop will be open from 12.30 to 13.30, hours daily except Sunday.


83.  Newspapers and periodicals obtained for the Mess are not to be defaced or removed from the public rooms of the Mess.   Newspapers may be taken into the dining- room during breakfast.


84.  Notices are not to be posted in the Mess without permission from the P.M.C. or the Mess Secretary, who will initial all notices before posting.


85.  Members are to keep their letter racks clear of open correspondence.   No correspondence is to be read in the dining-room except at breakfast.


86.  It is the duty of any member to notify in writing to the Mess Committee any breakages which he may cause or notice.   He may use the Works Services Book held by the Mess Steward for this purpose.

87.  No article of Mess furniture or equipment is on any account to be taken from the Mess or moved from one room to another without prior permission from the P.M.C.


88.  Officers' batmen/batwomen, other than those employed on duty in the Mess, are not to enter the Ante-room or Dining-room of the Mess, unless detailed for duty therein by P.M.C.   Any batman/batwoman who fails to attend in proper time when duly warned, or is late, or who is improperly dressed, is to be reported to the P.M.C.

89.  Staff are to be dressed as ordered by the P.M.C.   The P.M.C. alone may censure or give orders to the Mess Staff, except in exceptional circumstances when the Mess Secretary also may do so.   Individual members of the Mess Committee may give necessary instructions for the efficient operation of their departments.


90.  Wireless gets, gramophones and musical instruments are at no time to be played to the annoyance of other members.


91.  The Library is to be in the charge of a member appointed at a .General Mess Meeting.

92.  The Library is open between 12.30 hours and 13.30 hours, daily (except Sunday) and Friday 18.00 to 18.30 hours, and is available to all members, subject to the following rules: -

(a)  Two books, subject to clause (b), may be borrowed at any one time and retained for a period of 14 days.
(b)  Two new books may not be borrowed at the same time.   The librarian's definition of a "new book" is to be accepted.
(c)  No fine will be levied if members who wish to retain a book for longer than 14 days arrange to renew it before this period expires.
(d)  Members are requested to take every care of books loaned from the Mess.
(e)  Infringements of the library rules will incur fines as follows: -
         I)  For the first week or part thereof - 3d [23p Sep08] per volume.
        II)  For the second week or part thereof - 6d [46p Sep08] per volume.
       III)  For each day after the second week up to the value of the book - 3d [23p Sep08] per volume.
        IV)  Loss of book - new book -
                full retail value.
                Loss of book - old book -
                as decided by librarian.

93.  Such fines will be charged through mess bills.


94.  The Mess takes no responsibility for fire, theft, loss or damage to officers' cars or accessories.   Officers are advised to cover these risks by insurance.

95.  No naked lights are allowed in the garages.

96.  Cars are not to be washed in the garages.

97.  Petrol is not allowed to be stored in the garages, with the exception of one spare can carried in the car.

98.  Each occupant is responsible for the care and cleanliness of the garage allotted to him; oil is not to be drained out on the floor, and greasy rags are not to be left lying about.   All normal precautions against fire are to be strictly observed.

99.  Keys may be obtained from the Mess Secretary.   A deposit of 2/6 [£2.29 Sep08] is to be charged, which will be refunded on the return of the key in serviceable condition.

100. The P.M.C. is to arrange for the garages to be inspected periodically and any (damage is to be charged to the officer concerned.

101. Garage rents are to be fixed by the Mess Committee and approved by the Station Commander.   Periods over 7 days are to be charged as for a month.   Charges are detailed in Appendix III.

102. Garages are not to be transferred to another occupant without the consent of the Mess Secretary.   This is not to be given if there are other names on the waiting list.   This does not prevent the hirer loaning the garage to a guest or other person for a short period.   This is not to exceed four weeks.   The hiring or use of a garage implies the acceptance of these conditions.


103. Any member of the Mess may have his name put on the waiting list whether he is in possession of a car or not.   When a garage becomes vacant it will be offered to the first member on the roster.

       (a)  If he is in possession of a car or can show proof of having ordered a car, and will take delivery within two weeks, he will be allocated the garage.

       (b)  If not yet in possession of a car, he will remain at the top of the list, and the garage will 'be allocated to the next on the roster.

104. Contravention of these orders will result in the officer responsible being called upon by the P.M.C. to vacate the garage.


105. Bicycles and motor cycles are not to be left leaning against the Mess, but are to be placed in the racks provided.


106. Cars (except those of Senior Officers of the rank of Wing Commander and above) are not to be parked on the road in front of the main Mess building.   Parking is restricted to the car parks at the side and rear of the Mess.


107. The time allowed for a game of "100 up" or a game of snooker, slosh or Russian pool, is 40 minutes.   Players whose time has elapsed must give up the table if others are waiting to play.

108. Expenses incurred in the upkeep of the table are chargeable to the Maintenance Account.   No charges are made for the use of the table.

109. Players are to switch off all unnecessary lights on completion of play.

110. Members are expected to cooperate in keeping the billiard table and equipment in good condition and replace table covers.


111. The tennis and squash courts may be booked at the Reception Desk.



109. The Annexe will be open as follows:-

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Saturdays1px-trans.gif, 43 bytes19.00 - 01.30 hours
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The Orderly Officer is responsible for ensuring the Annexe closing times are adhered to.
     Note: The Annexe will be closed two days per week; and one Sunday per month.   Dates will be published on the Mess Notice Board.


113. Dinner Jackets, dark lounge suits or No. 1 Home Dress, except Sunday midday, when sports jackets may be worn.


114. Members of the Ladies' Mess will be accorded full Annexe facilities.


115. (a) Drink: All orders will be made legibly on bar chits.   Drink will be recorded on Daily Charges Sheets and count against the limitation of wine bills in accordance with Rule 48 50.
(b) Meals: Meals will be paid for in cash immediately after service.   No credit is allowed.


116. Tables may be reserved and meals booked provided not less than 24 hours notice is given.  Members are asked to vacate tables without delay in order to facilitate service.

117. Suggestions and complaints are to be made to the officer in charge and not to the Staff.

118. Breakages are to be paid for at the time.

119. Officer in Charge: The Deputy P.M.C. will be Officer in charge of the Annexe.



1.   Members of a Station Mess are full, affiliated or honorary members as 'detailed below:-

        (I)  All officers of the R.A.F. serving, or on temporary duty at the Station.
       (II) All naval and military officers serving, or on temporary duty at the Station.

        (I)  All officers of the R.A.F. Reserves serving, or on temporary duty at the Station.
       (II) Officers of the forces of the Commonwealth and foreign countries attached to stations under Air Ministry arrangements.
     (III) Civilians of officer status serving, or on temporary duty, at a Station may, with the approval of the, Station Commander, be invited by the Mess Committee to become affiliated members of the Mess.

       (I)  All officers of the R.A.F., R.A.F. Reserves visiting a Station Mess off duty.
      (II) The Mess Committee, with the approval of the Station Commander, and with the consent of a General Mess Meeting, may invite the following to become honorary members of Station Mess:-
             (A)  Officers of the R.N. and Army serving in the vicinity of the Station.
             (B)  Retired officers of any of the services, including those of the Commonwealth.
             (C)  Civil and political officers living in the neighbourhood or visiting the Station.
             (D)  Important residents in the neighbourhood.
             (E)  Persons not holding the Queen's commission Who are not of British descent, are to be invited to be honorary members only with the prior permission of the A.O.C. or the Station Commander.
             (F)  Ladies are not to be permitted to become honorary members.
             (G)  The list of honorary members and the periods for which the privileges have been granted are to be recorded in a book kept in the Mess for the purpose, and it is to be reviewed annually by the Mess Committee and submitted for the approval of the Station Commander.




1.   When an officer is elected or appointed a member of the Mess Committee he is to ensure that he signs as having read and understood the Order Book, held by the Mess Secretary, listing his duties and also reads A.P. 3223.


2.   The Senior Member of the Mess Committee, who is to be a Royal Air Force Officer on the strength of the Unit, is to be appointed as President of the Mess Committee by the Station Commander, to whom he is responsible for the proper management of the Mess, its general discipline, business and accounts, and the work of the Committee and Staff.   In normal circumstances, no one except the P.M.C. or person deputed by him is to give orders regarding the management of the Mess.

3.   The P.M.C. will be responsible for the following specific duties:-
(a)  Exercising a close supervision over all departments of the Mess.
(b)  Carrying out surprise checks in accordance with A.P. 3223.
(c)  Ensuring that all purchases and presents of Mess property are entered in the property book.
(d)  Issuing instructions to individual members of the Mess Committee in writing, additional to those detailed in this Appendix.
(e)  Ensuring that a guarantee has been obtained from a reputable insurance company for a sum adequate to cover any possible defalcations, before any civilian employed as Mess Manager, Accountant, Steward or Barman is allowed to hold the key to the safe or handle Mess monies.


1.   The Mess Secretary, who should normally be a Living-in member of the Mess, may be of any branch, except the catering branch, unless he already holds non-public funds.   The Mess Secretary is responsible to the P.M.C. for the following:-

(a)  The correctness of the accounts of the Mess, and the safe custody, receipt and proper disbursement of any monies entrusted to and administered by him on behalf of the Mess.
(b)  Holding the keys to the safe or other place in which Mess money and valuables are kept, pending the receipt of insurance coverage in respect of any person whom the P.M.C. may authorise to hold such keys.
(c)  Ensuring that in no circumstances are the safe keys placed in the hands of any R.A.F. personnel other than a commissioned officer.
(d)  The conduct of all correspondence on behalf of the Mess.
(e)  The safe custody of all Mess, property, gifts, and silver on loan, and carrying out a complete check at least once a quarter.
(f)  Ensuring that the cost of deficiencies and damage for which individuals are responsible is received from them without delay.
(g)  Signing and endorsing all cheques on behalf of the P.M.C. and ensuring that all cheques payable to the P.M.C. have been entered in the Cash Book and Pay-in Book before endorsing them.
(h)  Ensuring that the amount of cash held in the Mess safe for daily use is not in excess of normal requirements.
(j)  The administration and discipline of Mess servants.
(k)  Ensuring that adequate arrangements are made for the proper handing over of his duties during any prolonged period of absence from the Station.


1.   The Bar Officer is responsible to the P.M.C. for the following:-

(a)  The efficient working of the bar, its provisioning and the safe custody of cash takings and bar and cellar stocks.
(b)  The supervision of barmen.
(c)  Maintenance of the Cellar Stock Book and Bar Stock Books.
(d)  Ensuring that all items for the cellar which are invoiced to the Mess are received and entered in the Stock Book, and all invoices initialled before forwarding to the Mess Secretory for payment.
(e)  Ensuring that checks are carried out in accordance with A.P. 3223.
(f)  Providing a price list of all stocks at the end of each month to the Mess Secretary.
(g)  Ensuring that no unauthorised persons obtain liquor or other supplies from the bar.
(h)  The security of all bars, cellars, and of the shop.   He is personally to hold the keys to the cellars and store rooms.
(j)  Holding the Bar Inventory and taking all possible precautions to keep breakages to a minimum.
(k)  Ensuring that adequate arrangements are made for supervising the bar during any prolonged period of absence from the Station and effecting a proper hand-over of bar stocks.


The Catering Member is responsible to the P.M.C. for the following: -

(a)  The efficiency of Mess waiters, waitresses, and kitchen staff.
(b)  Maintaining a daily running record of messing income and expenditure.
(c)  General supervision of catering so that a high standard of messing is maintained.
(d)  Ensuring that checks are carried out in accordance with A.P. 3223.
(e)  Ensuring that all messing stocks, invoiced to the mess are received, and invoices initialled before passing to the Mess Secretary for payment.
(f)  Ensuring that meals are not provided by the mess staff for persons who are not entitled or authorised to receive them.
(g)  Holding the Messing Inventory and ensuring that breakages are kept to a minimum.
(h)  Investigating and actioning suggestions to improve messing as indicated in the Messing Suggestion Book.
(i)  Ensuring that adequate arrangements are made for the supervision of messing during any period of prolonged absence from the Station, and for effecting a proper hand-over of messing stocks.


1.   The House Member is responsible to the P.M.C. for the following:-

(a)  Together with the Mess Manager, the efficiency of the batting staff.
(b)  Cleanliness of Mess and Quarters.
(c)  Allocation of Quarters.
(d)  Ensuring that the Inventories for the Barrack Stores and Silverware of the Mess are correctly held himself and, or, by the R.A.F. Mess Steward, and that frequent checks are carried out.
(e)  The providing and care of Newspapers and Periodicals within the financial resources of the Mess; and for auctioning periodicals at each 4 monthly period and submitting a list of charges to the Mess Secretary.
(f)  Effecting a proper hand-over of inventories in case of any period of prolonged absence from the Station.


1.   The Entertainments Officer is responsible to the P.M.C. for the arrangement and conduct of all Mess entertainment and for ensuring that the expenses of such entertainment do not exceed the income from the entertainments fund or a sum voted at a Mess meeting.   Where the expenditure of a grant from Mess funds is involved, he is to render a detailed statement of all expenditure to the Mess Secretary as soon as possible after the event.

2.   The Entertainments Officer may, in consultation with the P.M.C. appoint a sub-committee, to assist him in running any entertainment, and may co-opt any members of the Mess Committee or full member of the Mess for service on that committee.

3.   He is to ensure that adequate arrangements are made for handing over his responsibilities during any period of absence from the Station.


1.   The Gardens Officer is responsible to the P.M.C. for the condition of the lawns, gardens, and areas surrounding the Mess, within the financial resources allocated.

2.   He is to ensure that adequate arrangements are made for handing over his responsibilities during any prolonged period of absence from the Station.


1.   The Sports Officer is responsible to the P.M.C. for the arrangement and conduct of all Mess games and fixtures, for the maintenance of all sports equipment owned by the Mess, and for notifying details for all deficiencies and damage to the Mess Secretary for recovery action from the members responsible.

2.   He is responsible for purchasing sports equipment within the financial resources of the sports account, and for notifying the P.M.C. in advance of any anticipated abnormal or heavy expenses which could not be met from this source.

3.   He is to ensure that adequate arrangements are made for handing over his responsibilities during any prolonged period of absence from the Station.


1.   The Library Officer is responsible to the P.M.C. for the maintenance of all books owned by the Mess, and for notifying details of all deficiencies and damage to the Mess Secretary for recovery action from members responsible.

2.   He is responsible for purchasing books within the financial resources of the library account, and for notifying the P.M.C. in advance of any anticipated abnormal or heavy expenses which could not be met from this source.

3.   He is to ensure that adequate arrangements are made for handing over his responsibilities during any prolonged period of absence from the Station.



Living In Members
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1.   Officers attending a dining-in or guest night meet punctually half an hour before dinner in the ante-room.   On entering they pay their respects to the senior officer present (not the P.M.C., unless he happens to be the senior officer) by walking up to him and saying "Good evening, Sir".   It is not necessary to bow low or to click the heels.   (The senior officer present may well be a Flying Officer).   The exception to this rule is when the officer entering the ante-room is senior in Rank to all other officers there present.   There is no smoking during this period and only sherry or water is served.

2.   If no guests are present, the President, having been informed by the Mess Steward that dinner is ready, walks into the dining-room, Officers then follow without necessarily observing any order of seniority.

3.   If officers senior to the President are present, he will approach the most senior and ask him if he is ready to accompany him into dinner.

4.   When guests are present, they will go into dinner in order of precedence, each accompanied by his host irrespective of rank.

5.   On arrival in the dining-room officers remain standing behind their chairs until all have entered and found their places.   The President then 'knocks' for silence and says Grace, or, if a Padre is present he will request him to do this.   All then take their seats and dinner is served.   The traditional "Grace" of the R.A.F., given by officers other than Padres is the simple "Thank God".

6.   If an officer is late for dinner he is, before sitting down, to go to the President and offer his apology.   While the meal is in progress it is traditional to observe the following customs:- To refrain from touching the Mess Silver; to start eating each course only after the President has done so; to avoid mentioning a ladies' name or discussion about ladies; to be natural and jolly without excessive hilarity.   In short behave as one would in good company in a good home, club or hotel.   Lighting of fireworks, throwing of food, and similar pranks have no place in the dining ritual of the Queen's Royal Air Force.   The traditions can be traced back to the dinners of the Knights of old and should be jealously preserved.

7.   Towards the end of dinner decanters of Port and Madeira are placed before the President.   If more than one table is used decanters are also placed before the Vice-President.   The President removes the stoppers and places the decanters to his left and the Vice-President does likewise.   The decanters are then passed to the left by each officer in turn, each using only his right hand for the purpose.   Each member fills his own glass.   Any member may, if he wishes, call for a waiter to fill his glass with water with which to honour the toast.   The President and Vice-President serve themselves last, replace the stoppers and then the Mess Steward informs the President that all glasses are filled.   He then joins the waiters who have left the dining-room.

8.   The President then 'knocks' for silence, rises and says, "Mr. Vice, The Queen".   The Bands plays the first six bars of the National Anthem during which all stand to attention leaving their glasses untouched on the table.   When the Band has finished playing, all raise their glasses and say "The Queen".   Nothing additional such as "God Bless Her" is required or appropriate.   If a Band is not present, all stand and, after Mr. Vice has proclaimed the toast, raise their glasses from the table.   The waiters now return to the room.

9.   At this point, the President announces or by rising and bowing signifies that smoking is permitted.   Dessert and coffee are served and the President and Vice-President circulate the wine decanters for the second time.   The President may now invite the Bandmaster to take a glass of wine with him.   A chair is brought for this purpose and placed on the right, and at the rear, of the President.

10.  Whenever Allied or foreign officers or officials are entertained officially at R.A.F. Messes, on occasions when it is appropriate for toasts to be exchanged, the following procedure is observed:-

(a) The President will propose as the first toast the health of the head of the state - Sovereign or President - of the country to which the visitors belong.

(b)  After this has been honoured, the senior of the foreign guests will propose the health of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

(c)  When more than one nation is represented among the guests, a collective toast will be proposed by the host for the heads of their several states.   The order in which he will name them will accord with the rank and seniority of their respective representatives.

(d)  To this collective toast, the senior and highest in rank of the foreign officers or officials present will respond on behalf of all the foreign guests, by proposing the health of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

(e)  The procedure should be arranged beforehand between the officer who is the host, and his foreign guest.

(f)  The first toast is always in English, but if possible, it will be repeated in the language of the visitors.

(g)  Any subsequent toasts may follow as occasion demands.

(h)  When a foreign National Anthem is played in accompaniment to a toast, an abbreviated version is not to be used unless it has been ascertained that this would be in accordance with the custom of the country concerned.

11.  If speeches are made following the toast, these should be in the best traditions of after-dinner-speeches.   Good witty stories are always appreciated but anything flavouring of dirt, for its own sake, is singularly out of place.   (After-dinner-speakers never stand on tables in good surroundings -they may do so when there is a good layer of saw dust on the floor to break their fall!)

12.   To indicate that dinner is finished the President rises and bows and officers may then leave the dining-room.   If any officer wishes to leave before this he is to go to the President and ask his permission.   When the President leaves, the Vice-President will take his place at the head of the table to maintain order and remain until all officers have left.

13.  After dinner a more relaxed code of conduct is allowed in which rank, though respected, forms no barrier.

14.  No officer should leave the Mess during a guest night until the Station Commander and the Guests of Honour have left.   Should they have special reason for wishing to do so they should ask permission from the Station Commander or if he is absent his deputy.

(Thanks to Gladys Watson.)
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