'the imjin' magazine Summer 2019 - Page 20

CLUB Home Base Lisa Hackstein The ARRC International Club (AIC) is an inclusive club set up for the partners of everybody posted to – or attached to – NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps at Imjin Barracks (Headquarters ARRC, 1st (United Kingdom) Signal Brigade and the ARRC Support Battalion). The AIC arranges events to bring together all nationalities represented at the ARRC. These include monthly lunches and coffee mornings, hosted by different nations, which give a real taste of each other’s customs, culture and cuisine! They are a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and learn more about the different nations that make up the Imjin community. Throughout the year the AIC organises trips to places like Blenheim Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Ascot Races, as well as various other events and activities, ranging from tennis coaching to family bingo. There is also a walking club that meets regularly to explore the local countryside. Open Invitation Coffee mornings and lunches offer opportunity to ‘meet and eat’ The ARRC International Club organises regular coffee mornings and lunches – each with their own distinct international flavour, reflecting our diverse military community here at Gloucester. The events are open to all members of the ‘AIC’, and the latest programme is listed below. If you would like to get regular updates about future AIC events, then please e-mail me, the AIC Secretary (theaicsecretary@gmail.com), and also join our Facebook group by searching for ‘The AIC (ARRC International Club)’. We look forward to seeing you soon! Hanna Dering, the organiser of the recent Polish coffee morning (pictured centre), said: “They are a great way to meet in wonderful company, and get to know each other better.” Club update It’s been another busy period for the ‘AIC’, with some significant changes to regular events run by the Club. The earlier time for the monthly lunches - 11.30am for 12 noon - is working well, and a new payment system has been introduced, as the Officers’ Mess can no longer take reservations. Instead anyone who would like to attend a lunch must sign up and pay at the Welfare office. The monthly international coffee mornings have moved from the Officers’ Mess to the Community Centre. Poland was the first country to host in the new venue and there was a great turnout. They’ve set the bar high though, with the most amazing array of cakes! The recent AIC trip to the Houses of Parliament in London was a huge success and we’re looking forward to more trips throughout the year. Tracey Radford AIC Chair 20 SUMMER 2019 the imjin She continued: “With the help of decorations and traditional home- made cakes such as apple pie, butter cookies or cheesecakes, we brought a small part of Poland to the Community Centre. “It was a great pleasure to welcome you and present our culinary sweets. I hope you enjoyed the flavours, and we’ll be happy to share the recipes with you. “I would like to also thank all my friends who baked such delicious cakes, and for their support in the organisation of the Polish coffee morning. ON SONG GRUB’S UP The AIC British lunch had a distinctly Irish flavour this year. As well as some traditional Irish food like ‘champ’ (mashed potato and spring onions), there was a short presentation to give guests a taste of what Northern Ireland has to offer. It’s a part of the UK that can be overlooked for a weekend break, so, in an attempt to change that, guests were shown some beautiful Northern Irish attractions, like the Giant’s Causeway, the Mourne Mountains and the impressive Titanic museum. And one lucky person won a two-night stay in Belfast in the raffle! There was a strong apple theme too, with apples and cider at the centre of the table displays, and a delicious apple cake with custard sauce for dessert. A short UK quiz got people talking - it’s become a regular feature at the British lunch and always goes down well. Everyone went home with a little jar of homemade jam and a small bottle of locally produced Willy’s cider vinegar. Future Events MONTHLY LUNCHES Held in the Officers’ Mess • • Monday 29 April - Turkey • • Tuesday 21 May - Italy • • Tuesday 11 June - Latvia COFFEE MORNINGS Held in the Community centre • • Tuesday 7 May - Canada • • Tuesday 4 June - Greece The Innsworth Military Wives Choir (MWC) is always looking to expand by recruiting new members. Rehearsals take place on a Wednesday evening, with regular concert performances throughout the year. For further details contact Becky Chappell-King (e-mail Innsworth@ militarywiveschoirs.org) or visit @mwc_innsworth on Twitter.