Reunion 2022


May I firstly thank you all for participating in the CA v Cadets Golf on Saturday.  I am sure you would agree that it was a most enjoyable afternoon, even for one like me who did not play that well. Certainly not well enough to help the Cranwellians have some chance of achieving victory over the cadets!

May I also add my personal thanks to Officer Cadet Paul Dickinson in rounding up such an enthusiastic and cheerful bunch of colleagues to help the cadets in winning the competition.  Congratulations to you guys and well done.

I certainly had the privilege of playing with 2 expert golfers.  Well done Paul for finishing the South Kyme course at 3 under par.  That was truly a commendable sporting performance worthy of congratulations from us all.  Gurpal Mann in our threesome also played extremely well.  I certainly felt that I was up against 2 of the best that the cadets could field on Saturday! 

If I might just use this note for a couple of admin points.  Thank you first of all to Paul D in keeping the scores which I omitted to collect at the end of the afternoon.  As we ought to provide some statistics for the Cranwellian Journal as a sort of report on our activities, could Paul remind me of the points scored by cadets versus Cranwellians - just for the record.  Also could Paul let me know who was the overall winner for the prize flight in the Tiger Moth.  This needs to be arranged.

My second note of thanks to Peter Bedford for the photo which made us all look like expert golfers and very ready for the afternoon.

As a final reflection on our excellent weekend may I add how delightful it was to be able to mingle with so many of the cadets at the Cranwellian Association dinner in the evening.  I was particularly delighted to meet so many of the new Cranwell students who seemed very relaxed and comfortable in the company of us oldies.  Of course in mentioning the younger cadets I was surprised to find out that some of you younger looking ones were well into your thirties and some even touching forty!!  Things have changed….

It just remains for me to thank you all for participating in a great afternoon at South Kyme, as well as a great evening in College Hall.  I felt very privileged to have been part of the action at both venues.

Looking forward to next year when I hope we can gather together more Cranwellian golfers.  Good luck to you cadets not just with your training and careers ahead but also with your continuing golf.  Should any of you join the Old Cranwellians and have the opportunity to attend a reunion I shall expect you to join the CA Golf team next time!!

Wally Epton