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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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08 November 2019    WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 48

001 REMEMBRANCE SERVICES
 

Nottingham - Sunday - 10 November
The annual Service of Remembrance and Parade at the County War Memorial on the Victoria Embankment.  The service will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, Lord Mayor, Chairman of the County Council, the Bishops of Southwell & Nottingham and of Nottingham (RC) as well as representatives of the three Armed Forces, Cadets, Veterans, the Police (Chief Constable), Fire & Rescue Service, etc.  After the service dignitaries will attend a Reception in the Council House hosted by the City during which there will be a march past by the South Notts Hussars who will have had their Service in St Mary's in the Lace Market.
The event starts at 10.45hrs.

Worcester - Sunday - 10 November
Remembrance Service at Worcester Cathedral and Cathedral Square.
8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA.  Starts 10.00hrs.

Derby - Sunday 10 November
Remembrance Sunday, 10 November will take place at 09:45hrs.  There will be a procession and Civic Remembrance Service on the Market Place.

Bromsgrove - Sunday 10th November 
Worcester Branch member Athol Deakin will lay a wreath in memory of the Worcestershire Regiment. 
The parade begins at the Strand end of High St.  Form up is at 10:15hrs. The parade will march down High St and Church St, crossing Market Street to gather at the memorial on Crown Close where there will be a service of Remembrance and laying of wreaths.
A further service of Remembrance takes place in St Johns Church after the outdoor service.

Mansfield - Sunday 10 November
The parade starts with a wreath laying ceremony at the Civic Centre war memorial at 10:hrs.
The route for this year's parade will be slightly different.  It will meet at the Civic Centre and then head along Rosemary Street to the magistrates court before turning left along Westfield Lane to the feather statue and then on to Westgate and into the town centre.  This is for safety reasons and to avoid closing a large number of roads and side streets along Chesterfield Road South.

After the church service, there will be a military salute in the Market Place in front of the knitted poppy display on the Old Town Hall at about 12:00hrs before the parade returns to the Civic Centre.

Worksop - Sunday 10 November
The parade will form on the Old Market Square in front of Worksop Town Hall at 10:00hrs.  It will then be inspected by the Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Mrs Veronica Pickering and Cllr Merryweather accompanied by music from The Worksop Miners’ Welfare Band.

The parade will march off from the Market Square to the war memorial via Potter Street and Watson Road at 10:40hrs

A short wreath laying service and Act of Remembrance will take place at the war memorial at 10:50hrs, followed by The Last Post played by the Worksop Salvation Army Band with a two minute silence at 11:00hrs.

Following the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial, the parade will then head to the Priory Church for a further service where the standards will be presented.

 

002 FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS

August
1st - 71  Mrs J Leverton  £30       
2nd - 12  Brig C Ewilkinson  £20       
3rd - 27  Mr A Bradley  £10       
                                               
September
1st - 40  Mr D F Edmunds  £30       
2nd - 48  Brigadier S Banton  £20       
3rd - 77  Mr H Blagg  £10       
                                               
October                                
1st - 8  Col N Turner  £30       
2nd - 7  Mrs C Sneath  £20       
3rd - 1  Lt Col J F Turner  £10       
                                               
November
1st - 59  Mrs H A Bates  £30       
2nd - 14  Mr G Carran  £20       
3rd - 32  Nottingham Branch WFRA  £10     

 

If you want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win?   A ticket costs just £24 for the year, this is payable in advance either by cheque (made payable to The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) or preferably by bank Standing Order.  Those electing to pay by Standing Order are asked to complete a form and return it direct to the Curator.  

All profits go to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection).  The lists of winners will be published on the WFRA Newsletter and contacted by the museum.  The prize money can be collected from the Museum Office or will be sent by post.  All members and supporters of the Mercian Regiment are eligible to take part with the exception of anyone involved in the organisation and administration of the lottery including RHQ Nottingham staff and their families. Tickets can be purchased by any eligible individual over the age of 16.  Tickets may also be purchased by a collective i.e. an Association Branch.  There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual or a collective may hold.  Please annotate on the joining form how many tickets you wish to purchase. To be entered in the draw, please return the form which can be downloaded here, including it with a Standing Order Form or a cheque and send to: 

Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell
Nottingham
NG9 5HA

 

003  CRICH REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

The service will take place on Monday 11th November.  Meet at Crich by 10:30hrs and begin the walk up the hill as far as The Smith Dorian Wall and assemble around it  on the south side.  The service will be taken by Reverend Wendy Murphy, and will start at 10:45hrs to be at the right place in service for “Last Post” at 11:00hrs.

There will be a Bugler and a Piper.
During the 2 minutes silence poppies will be dropped from the Tower.
Standards are to be in position at side of the congregation.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

004  ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE - WORCESTER

Worcester Branch will be attending a short service at the cenotaph war memorial outside Worcester Cathedral on Monday 11th November 2019 10:30hrs for 10:45hrs.  All welcome.

 

005  WFR 50 EVENT - MABLETHORPE

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

006  WFR 50 EVENT - WORCESTER

Worcester Branch are organising a 50th Anniversary Reunion Evening to celebrate the formation of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters at the Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED on the evening of 28 February 2020.  Association members and all ex WFR members in Worcestershire and the West Midlands area are very welcome.

The evening will consist of, a march on of Branch Standards at 19:00hrs and a drumming display (TBC).  Pte Derby and handlers will be in Attendance. This will be followed by a welcome address and bar open at 19:30hrs.  The Mercian Museum (Worcestershire) will have a display stall and selling items of interest. (+ Regimental Ties)

Music will be from the 1970`s, 80`s, 90`s and 2000`s. Food will be provided.  This will be a ticketed event, subsidised by the WFR Association, at £10 per person. Maximum capacity in the Club is set at 200 people

Tickets £10 pp call 01905 356537, or send cheque (with names of people attending) to: MRS L MASSAM 24 Portland Street, Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to: WFRA WORCESTER BRANCH

Tickets will be on sale at beginning and end of Worcester Branch meetings on Tuesdays 10th December 2019 and 28 February 2020, at Barbourne Ex Service Club, The Moors. Worcester WR1 3ED 19:30hrs and after meeting approx 21:00hrs

Tickets will also be on sale at 10:30 hrs at the Annual Gheluvelt Service. At 11:00hrs the Interpretative Feature. Gheluvelt Park, Worcester WR3 7AA.

Dress code is (smart dress), Blazer Regimental tie, lounge suit or jacket with Regimental tie. 

Details on www.wfraworcester.com (page 5)

Further details to follow soon.
 007  NOTTINGHAM BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 18 November at 13.00hrs.

Royal British Legion Rooms
Parliament Terrace
Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6 LF. 

008  OPERATION VICTOR

At 11:00hrs on Monday 11 November volunteers are required to take part in visiting veterans in five Royal British Legion care homes.  They are spread over five counties and the help people with dementia and related issues.

The care homes are.
Dunkirk Memorial House in Taunton, Somerset
Galanos House in Southam, Warwickshire.
Lister House in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Maurice House in Broadstairs, Kent.
Halsey House, Cromer, Norfolk.

These are all specialist dementia care units and a visit will mean so much to the residents.
They want us all to remember those still with us as well as those who have passed away. 
To share some time and kindness with the ladies and gentlemen who have given so much, to give them a few hours to share their stores with us.
If you are able to spend some time with one of the veterans please contact cain@gbfitness.com

   

009  ETHIOPIA TREK

From 8-26 November 84 year old Forester John Green will be tackling a challenging trek through the highlands of Ethiopia.  The group of walkers will be led by Rebecca Stephens MBE the first English woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits.  John is raising money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  He will visit Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Falls and climbing mountains in the Simien range between 10-12000 feet.  The main challenge will be to reach the summit of Ras Dashen at 15000 feet is the highest in Ethiopia.  While in Addis Ababa John plans to visit CWGC cemetery to place a memorial cross at the grave of WO2 John Dodd (aged38) of the Worcestershire Regt who died in June 1944.  He hopes to take photographs and wonders whether through the Newsletter descendents or relatives of John Dodd can be traced.

If you would like to make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-green48

010 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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01 November 2019      WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 10 Issue 47

OBITUARY
 

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 24184623 WO2 Trevor Dennis KEMP.  In 1967 Trevor went to George Street Recruiting Office to join the Regular Army, unfortunately due to a childhood illness he did not pass the medical.  The Recruiting Sgt told him that if he really wanted to join the army he should try the TA.  On 12 April 1967 he went to the Old Post Office building at Canning Circus and Joined the 5th/8th Foresters.  Shortly after he joined they moved to Triumph Road Drill Hall where he spent three years before they were re-badged as the 1st Btn The Mercian Volunteers.  Trevor served with D Coy until 24 June 1989 when the 1st and 2nd Btn The Mercian Volunteers formed the 4th Btn WFR.  He served in Nottingham with D Coy 4 WFR and when they were disbanded Trevor moved to HQ Coy 3 WFR where he served until 12 August 1996.

Funeral details to follow.

001  WFR 50 EVENT - MABLETHORPE

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

002 WORCESTER WARRIORS

The Worcester Warriors will commemorate and celebrate the work of Britain’s armed forces at their next home Gallagher Premiership match against Exeter Chiefs at Sixways on Sunday November 3 (kick-off 3.00pm).

The Armed Forces Day will also include Warriors’ annual Remembrance Service when all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on active service will be honoured.  There will be plenty of activities for the family to enjoy throughout the day including a performance from the Military Wives Choir. There will also be 1,000 special edition Warriors poppy pins from the Royal British Legion on sale around the ground on matchday.
All seats for the Exeter match will be on sale at the special price of £20 for adults and £10 for juniors in all parts of the stadium. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Warriors Ticket Office on 01905 459 309. 

003  LONG EATON ON WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 4 November 19.30 hrs.

Beeston Royal British Legion Club
16 Hall Croft
Beeston 
Nottingham
NG9 1EL

All are welcome to attend.

004  ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE - WORCESTER

Worcester Branch will be attending a short service at the cenotaph war memorial outside Worcester Cathedral on Monday 11th November 2019 10:30 for 10:45 hrs.  All welcome.

 

005  WFR 50 EVENT - WORCESTER

Worcester Branch are organising a 50th Anniversary Reunion Evening to celebrate the formation of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters at the Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED on the evening of 28th February 2020.  Association members and all ex WFR members in Worcestershire and the West Midlands area are very welcome.

The evening will consist of, a march on of Branch Standards at 19:00hrs and a drumming display (TBC).  Pte Derby and handlers will be in Attendance. This will be followed by a welcome address and bar open at 19:30hrs.  The Mercian Museum (Worcestershire) will have a display stall and selling items of interest. (+ Regimental Ties)

Music will be from the 1970`s, 80`s, 90`s and 2000`s. Food will be provided.  This will be a ticketed event, subsidised by the WFR Association, at £10 per person. Maximum capacity in the Club is set at 200 people

Tickets £10 pp call 01905 356537, or send cheque (with names of people attending) to: MRS L MASSAM 24 Portland Street, Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to: WFRA WORCESTER BRANCH

Tickets will be on sale at beginning and end of Worcester Branch meetings on Tuesdays 10th December 2019 and 28th February 2020, at Barbourne Ex Service Club, The Moors. Worcester WR1 3ED 19:30hrs and after meeting approx 21:00hrs

Tickets will also be on sale at 10:30 hrs at the Annual Gheluvelt Service. At 11:00hrs the Interpretative Feature. Gheluvelt Park, Worcester WR3 7AA.

Dress code is (smart dress), Blazer Regimental tie, lounge suit or jacket with Regimental tie. 

Details on www.wfraworcester.com (page 5)

Further details to follow soon.
 006  OPERATION VICTOR

At 11:00hrs on Monday 11 November volunteers are required to take part in visiting veterans in five Royal British Legion care homes.  They are spread over five counties and the help people with dementia and related issues.

The care homes are.
Dunkirk Memorial House in Taunton, Somerset
Galanos House in Southam, Warwickshire.
Lister House in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Maurice House in Broadstairs, Kent.
Halsey House, Cromer, Norfolk.

These are all specialist dementia care units and a visit will mean so much to the residents.
They want us all to remember those still with us as well as those who have passed away. 
To share some time and kindness with the ladies and gentlemen who have given so much, to give them a few hours to share their stores with us.
If you are able to spend some time with one of the veterans please contact cain@gbfitness.com

007  ETHIOPIA TREK

From 8-26 November 84 year old Forester John Green will be tackling a challenging trek through the highlands of Ethiopia.  The group of walkers will be led by Rebecca Stephens MBE the first English woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits.  John is raising money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  He will visit Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Falls and climbing mountains in the Simien range between 10-12000 feet.  The main challenge will be to reach the summit of Ras Dashen at 15000 feet is the highest in Ethiopia.  While in Addis Ababa John plans to visit CWGC cemetery to place a memorial cross at the grave of WO2 John Dodd (aged38) of the Worcestershire Regt who died in June 1944.  He hopes to take photographs and wonders whether through the Newsletter descendents or relatives of John Dodd can be traced.

If you would like to make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-green48

008 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

............................................................................

25 October 2019        WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 10 Issue 45

OBITUARY

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of WO2 Glen Wilkinson.  Glen joined the ACC Regular Army in 1968, before joining 3WFR in 1975 - 76.  Glen was CSM with A Coy and E Coy before becoming WO2 RRTT.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 30 October at 10:15hrs.
Glen's family have requested Standard bearers.
It was Glen's wish for all men to wear pink ties.

Mansfield Crematorium, Derby Rd, Mansfield, NG18 5BJ

OBITUARY

I regret to report the death of 22319941 Pte Dennis Tideswell of Bucknall, Stoke on Trent on 11 October aged 88.  He was a NS man who served in Malaya in 1st Bn The Worcestershire Regiment and was a strong supporter of the Regimental Association and a regular attender at the Reunion.  Dennis was chairman of a committee of Malaya veterans who funded the installation of a plaque in Worcester Cathedral and organised a service there in 2000 to commemorate those members of the battalion who died during the tour in Malaya.  Their fundraising was so successful that they were able to hold another service in the Cathedral ten years later, install a bench at the National Arboretum and make a generous donation to the museum.
The funeral will be held at 10:00 hours on Tuesday 5 November at
St Mary’s Church Marychurch Lane  Bucknall ST2 9BJ

001  GLEN WILKINSON'S CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH

A charity football match will be taking place on Saturday 26 October.
Some team members will be wearing fancy dress. 
Fancy dress for supporters is optional.  
There will be a raffle with some excellent prizes.  All proceed to The British Lung Foundation.

Kick off is 13:00hrs John Fretwell Centre Sookholme Road Mansfield
NG19 8LL 

002  VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - WORCESTER

Volunteers are needed please for 10:30hrs Friday 25 October at the Interpretative Feature for a tidy up ready for the Sunday 27th Oct Gheluvelt Service. 
Please contact John Walters on  mjwalters55@sky.com

 

003  SAWLEY AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

On Monday 28 October, Tim Coltman will be presenting The Story of Two Crosses.  A talk about the life of his Great Grandfather William Coltman V.C. a man who never fired a shot or used a weapon during WW1, yet was decorated for exceptional bravery.

Time 19:50hrs    Tickets: £4.00 payable on the door

The Church Hall All Saints Church Tamworth Road Old Sawley NG10 3AB

For further information please contact Graham Grammer on 01332 850 321 or Pamela Mee - pamela.mee86@googlemail.com

www.sawleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk

004  ARMED FORCES CHAMPIONS - WORCESTER

Armed Forces Champions have been welcomed to the Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership today.  Five Councillors from across Worcestershire have been named as Armed Forces Champions, pledging to offer support and promote the needs of veterans in their area.
Armed Forces Champions have been appointed by District Councils across Worcestershire. The champions will work with the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership and will be able to provide a perspective on services like housing that might be accessed by the armed forces community.
Councillor Chris Mitchell, Councillor Nicky Gale, Councillor Richard Morris, Councillor Susie Griffiths and Councillor Martin Allen have all been appointed to work within their organisation to raise awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant.
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member with responsibility for communities at Worcestershire County Council said “I am delighted to welcome the new armed forces champions to the partnership.
“The role of armed forces champion provides valuable feedback from our district councils and allows us to get perspectives from across Worcestershire. It also allows us to spread the word of the Armed Forces Covenant across the county.
“I look forward to working with the champions and hearing more about the individual issues facing the district councils.”
The Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership is a group made up of charities and organisations that have contact with veterans in Worcestershire.

The Armed Forces Champions will join this group as representatives from the District Councils.

Please use the links below for more information.

https://www.worcester.gov.uk/armed-forces-community-covenant
http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/partnership/info/1/armed_forces_covenant

005  RBL POPPY LAUNCH - WORCESTER

The Poppy Launch at the Guild Hall, Main Street, Worcester is on Saturday the 26 October. It starts at 10:30hrs prompt. If you are attending please be there for 10:10hrs for 10:30hrs.  Standard bearers and members welcome.

006  WORCESTER WARRIORS

Warriors will commemorate and celebrate the work of Britain’s armed forces at their next home Gallagher Premiership match against Exeter Chiefs at Sixways on Sunday November 3 (kick-off 3.00pm).
The Armed Forces Day will also include Warriors’ annual Remembrance Service when all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on active service will be honoured.
There will be plenty of activities for the family to enjoy throughout the day including a performance from the Military Wives Choir. There will also be 1,000 special edition Warriors poppy pins from the Royal British Legion on sale around the ground on matchday.
All seats for the Exeter match will be on sale at the special price of £20 for adults and £10 for juniors in all parts of the stadium. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Warriors Ticket Office on 01905 459 309. 

007  GHELUVELT SERVICE
Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. will be holding their 105th Annual Battle of Gheluvelt Service at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA on Sunday 27th October 2019, followed by a buffet at The Royal British Legion Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL

Standard Bearers to report at 11:00 for briefing, others 11:15 for 11:30hrs start. If you wish to lay a wreath they are available from the RBL

If you would like to attend the buffet afterwards it is £5 per person, the cut off date for the buffet is 11 October.

Cheques can be sent to: Worcester Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam. 24 Portland Street. Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH.  Please include note: for Gheluvelt buffet and list of names of people attending.

008  WFR 50 EVENT - WORCESTER

Worcester Branch are organising a 50th Anniversary Reunion Evening to celebrate the formation of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters at the Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED on the evening of 28th February 2020.  Association members and all ex WFR members in Worcestershire and the West Midlands area are very welcome.

The evening will consist of, a march on of Branch Standards at 19:00hrs and a drumming display (TBC).  Pte Derby and handlers will be in Attendance. This will be followed by a welcome address and bar open at 19:30hrs.  The Mercian Museum (Worcestershire) will have a display stall and selling items of interest. (+ Regimental Ties)

Music will be from the 1970`s, 80`s, 90`s and 2000`s. Food will be provided.  This will be a ticketed event, subsidised by the WFR Association, at £10 per person. Maximum capacity in the Club is set at 200 people

Tickets £10 pp call 01905 356537, or send cheque (with names of people attending) to: MRS L MASSAM 24 Portland Street, Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to: WFRA WORCESTER BRANCH

Tickets will be on sale at beginning and end of Worcester Branch meetings on Tuesdays 10th December 2019 and 28th February 2020, at Barbourne Ex Service Club, The Moors. Worcester WR1 3ED 19:30hrs and after meeting approx 21:00hrs

Tickets will also be on sale at 10:30 hrs at the Annual Gheluvelt Service. At 11:00hrs the Interpretative Feature. Gheluvelt Park, Worcester WR3 7AA.

Dress code is (smart dress), Blazer Regimental tie, lounge suit or jacket with Regimental tie. 

Details on www.wfraworcester.com (page 5)

Further details to follow soon.


 009  WFR 50 EVENT - MABLETHORPE

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

 

010 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

.........................................................

18 October 2019    WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 10 Issue 44

OBITUARY

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Lt Col (Retd) Douglas ‘Dougie’ Bridges TD MBE died on 15 October 2019.  Dougie served in the Staffordshire Regiment TA and the Mercian Volunteers.  He was the was a staunch supporter of the Mercian Regiment, a Regimental Council Member and the Regimental lead for the Bn’s Corps of Drums. As Chair of the Mercian Regimental Association, he worked hard at bringing together the antecedent associations to safeguard their longevity.  Letters of condolence, to his wife Mary and family, can be sent via RHQ.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

OBITUARY

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of WO2 Glen Wilkinson.
A full obituary and funeral details will be published at a later date.

 

OBITUARY

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of 22319941 Private Dennis TIDESWELL who passed away recently.  Dennis enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in January 1950.  He was awarded the GSM and discharged in January 1952.

001  STANDARD BEARERS REQUIRED

We have been asked by the family of Pte Carl Stephen Arthur, if any WFRA Standard Bearers are able to attend his funeral. 

All other regimental family members are also welcome. 

002  RBL POPPY LAUNCH - WORCESTER

The Poppy Launch at the Guild Hall, Main Street, Worcester is on Saturday the 26 October. It starts at 10:30hrs prompt. If you are attending please be there for 10:10hrs for 10:30hrs.  Standard bearers and members welcome.

003  GHELUVELT SERVICE

Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. will be holding their 105th Annual Battle of Gheluvelt Service at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA on Sunday 27th October 2019, followed by a buffet at The Royal British Legion Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL

Standard Bearers to report at 11:00 for briefing, others 11:15 for 11:30hrs start. If you wish to lay a wreath they are available from the RBL

If you would like to attend the buffet afterwards it is £5 per person, the cut off date for the buffet is 11 October.

Cheques can be sent to: Worcester Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam. 24 Portland Street. Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH.  Please include note: for Gheluvelt buffet and list of names of people attending.

004 ARMY FILM & PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2019

The Army Photographic Competition 2019 is now open and it promises to be better than ever before with opportunities for professional, amateur, civilian, Navy and RAF to enter numerous category’s such as Operation Smart Phone, Cadet Life, amateur and professional portfolio, giving all the opportunity to capture British Army theme activity through film and photography.

Are you an amateur photographer with a love of all things Army? Operation Camera will give your photographs a chance to shine. Such was the quality of last year entries, we have decided to run it again.

The traditional categories are open to all Regular Army and Army Reserve personnel and cadets of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Army Cadet Force (ACF), University Officer Training Corps (Army) and Ministry of Defence civilians who work directly for the Army. Check online for categories and eligibility.

As soldiers first, Army photographers deploy into fields of operation with units to capture life on front lines and training areas around the world. They are the eyes of the Army and capture an unrivalled view of Army life right at the heart of the action.

Command Master Photographer WO1 Daniel Harmer, RLC, says: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s Army Film and Photographic Competition. This is an excellent opportunity for professional, amateur and keen enthusiast to demonstrate their video and photographic ability, whilst showing the day to day roles of the British Army”.

“Not only will individuals have the opportunity to be crowned winner, but there are lots of great prizes to be won.”

All entries can be submitted online, hi-res jpegs and MP4s will be accepted. Details on how to submit your entries can be found in the Entry Certificate.

Certificates confirming subject permission must be completed and submitted for each entry. Entry forms, rules and further details are available in ABN 020/19 along with terms and conditions and points of contact.  Please use the link below.

Closing date: 06/12/2019.

https://www.army.mod.uk/news-and-events/events/2019/army-film-and-photographic-competition/

005 FOREST FORCES EVENT
 

006 WFR 50 EVENT - WORCESTER

Worcester Branch are organising a 50th Anniversary Reunion Evening to celebrate the formation of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters at the Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED on the evening of 28th February 2020.  Association members and all ex WFR members in Worcestershire and the West Midlands area are very welcome.

The evening will consist of, a march on of Branch Standards at 19:00hrs and a drumming display (TBC).  Pte Derby and handlers will be in Attendance. This will be followed by a welcome address and bar open at 19:30hrs.  The Mercian Museum (Worcestershire) will have a display stall and selling items of interest. (+ Regimental Ties)

Music will be from the 1970`s, 80`s, 90`s and 2000`s. Food will be provided.  This will be a ticketed event, subsidised by the WFR Association, at £10 per person. Maximum capacity in the Club is set at 200 people

Tickets £10 pp call 01905 356537, or send cheque (with names of people attending) to: MRS L MASSAM 24 Portland Street, Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to: WFRA WORCESTER BRANCH

Tickets will be on sale at beginning and end of Worcester Branch meetings on Tuesdays 10th December 2019 and 28th February 2020, at Barbourne Ex Service Club, The Moors. Worcester WR1 3ED 19:30hrs and after meeting approx 21:00hrs

Tickets will also be on sale at 10:30 hrs at the Annual Gheluvelt Service. At 11:00hrs the Interpretative Feature. Gheluvelt Park, Worcester WR3 7AA.

Dress code is (smart dress), Blazer Regimental tie, lounge suit or jacket with Regimental tie. 

Details on www.wfraworcester.com (page 5)

Further details to follow soon.

007  WFR 50 EVENT - MABLETHORPE

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

008  LOST TOUCH

Cpl Edward Hawkins served with the Sherwood Foresters from 1960-1963 and was in Singapore, Malaya and NI.  Would like to get in touch with any of his comrades with whom he served.  Edward, who now lives in Stoke on Trent, is not on the internet but he is happy to be contacted on 01782 827 383.

009 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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04 October 2019   WFRA NEWSLETTER           Volume 10 Issue 42

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that inform you of the death of 22317138 Walter Pearce.  Walter was a National Service Soldier and did his basic training with the South Staffordshire Regiment at Whittington Barracks, and was then transferred to the First Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment and posted to Chester and subsequently on to Malaya, where he served with B company.  He appears on the Malaya medal Roll and was a awarded a General Service Medal with the Malaya Clasp.  Walter was discharged on 7 December 1951. 

001  WFR 50th ANNIVERSARY REUNION EVENING

Worcester Branch are organising a WFR 50 th Anniversary Reunion Evening at Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED for WFRA Branches, Association members and all ex WFR soldiers in Worcestershire and the West Midlands area on the evening of 28 th February 2020.
The evening will consist of, a march on of Branch Standards at 19:00hrs and a drumming display (TBC).  Hopefully Pte Derby and the Ram Major and Ram Orderly will be in attendance (TBC).  This will be followed by a welcome address and bar open at 19:30hrs.  Music will be from the 1970`s, 80`s, 90`s and 2000`s.  Food will be provided.  This will be a ticketed event at £10 per person.  There is a maximum limit of 200 people for this event.
Dress code is (smart dress), Blazer Regimental tie, lounge suit or jacket with Regimental tie.
Further details to follow soon.

 

002  LONG EATON ON WEST NOTTS BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 7 October 19.30 hrs.

Beeston Royal British Legion Club
16 Hall Croft
Beeston 
Nottingham
NG9 1EL     All are welcome to attend.

003   MANSFIELD BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Tuesday 8 October at 19.30hrs.

Debdale Sport and Recreational Club 
Mallard Court
Debdale Lane
Mansfield Woodhouse
NG19 7FE. 

004   NOTTINGHAM CITY BRANCH MEETING

The next meeting will be Monday 14 October at 13.00hrs.

Royal British Legion Rooms
Parliament Terrace
Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6 LF. 

005  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM

The Executive Committee Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 12th October 2019 11:00 for 11:30hrs.
Lichfield Social Club,
Purcell Ave,
Lichfield
WS13 6TS. 

Anyone who is attending the Association AGM at Lichfield and have not let the Association Secretary know if they intend to stay for the buffet please email  nigelfish@ymail.com it will be £3 payable on day.

 

006  REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL CRICH FACEBOOK PAGE

July 2019 saw the 96th Annual Pilgrimage to the Regimental Memorial in Crich.  The Pilgrimage saw sunshine and clouds, with an atmosphere of proud soldiers, Civic Dignitaries and many members of the public who came to remember those who have served to protect our country.

After this year's Pilgrimage, Regimental Headquarters decided to create a new Facebook page dedicated to the memorial. Serving personnel and members of the public are invited to head over to the new page for occasional updates on the day-to-day running of the memorial site.

The Crich memorial is a unique lanterne des mortes memorial, in the form of a lighthouse.  It stands on a hill above the village of Crich.  The memorial is dedicated to the thousands of soldiers from the Sherwood Foresters to the Mercians, who have died between the Great War to the present day.
 

007  MERCIAN REGIMENTAL QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

The latest edition of The Mercian Regimental Quarterly Newsletter has been issued.  Please click the link below for access.

https://us15.campaign-archive.com/?e=&u=94b8626793ec65191ae10a6a4&id=272e66a0d3

If there are any issues with the above link please let the me know.

008  WFR 50 EVENT

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

009  GHELUVELT SERVICE

Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. will be holding their 105th Annual Battle of Gheluvelt Service at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA on Sunday 27th October 2019, followed by a buffet at The Royal British Legion Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL

Standard Bearers to report at 11:00 for briefing, others 11:15 for 11:30hrs start. If you wish to lay a wreath they are available from the RBL

If you would like to attend the buffet afterwards it is £5 per person, the cut off date for the buffet is 11 October.

Cheques can be sent to: Worcester Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam. 24 Portland Street. Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH.  Please include note: for Gheluvelt buffet and list of names of people attending.

 

010 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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27 September 2019     WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 10 Issue 41

001  WFR 50 EVENT

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

002  REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE WORCESTER


All those wishing to march on and those that require a seat in Worcester Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday in Worcester who have not notified Worcester Branch Parade Marshal, John Walters, please do so ASAP he can be contacted on mjwalters55@sky.com or Facebook. 
 

003  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM

The Executive Committee Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 12th October 2019 11:00 for 11:30hrs.
Lichfield Social Club,
Purcell Ave,
Lichfield
WS13 6TS. 

004  CANADA CALLING

Ian Turnbull. 5261036. (Sgt ret’d) would like to contact any ex-members of the Band of the Worcestershire Regiment that served between 1946-1958 or any other regimental members that may now be living in Canada.

Ian can be contacted by email ijt@execulink.com 

25-1040, Riverside Drive,
London.
Ontario. 
Canada.
N6H 5N4.

 

005  GHELUVELT SERVICE

Worcester Branch W.F.R.A. will be holding their 105th Annual Battle of Gheluvelt Service at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA on Sunday 27th October 2019, followed by a buffet at The Royal British Legion Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL

Standard Bearers to report at 11:00 for briefing, others 11:15 for 11:30hrs start. If you wish to lay a wreath they are available from the RBL

If you would like to attend the buffet afterwards it is £5 per person, the cut off date for the buffet is 11 October.

Cheques can be sent to: Worcester Branch Treasurer, Mrs Libby Massam. 24 Portland Street. Worcester. WR1 2NL.

Please make cheques payable to W.F.R.A. WORCESTER BRANCH.  Please include note: for Gheluvelt buffet and list of names of people attending.

 

006  ASHFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL SILVER AWARD

Ashfield District Council is proud to have been awarded the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. 

The Council is one of just four local authorities across the East Midlands to have achieved the prestigious award for 2019.

The Silver award replaces the Bronze award we previously held. Recognising the Council’s hard work to support the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community.

In 2018, the Council set out a large programme of commemorative events to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, including planting poppy beds and installing Tommy silhouettes, poppy lights and gateway signs.

Last November, Chairman of the Council Cllr Anthony Brewer signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of Ashfield at a service held at Southwell Minster.

Cllr David Walters, ADC Armed Forces Champion said: “We are humbled to be receiving this prestigious award. It marks our fantastic work in not only showing how proud we are of those who have served for our country but also that we are a veteran friendly employer as an authority.

“We will continue to be proud of the Armed Forces and ensure that service personnel, families and veterans can access the help and support available.”

Commenting on the announcement of the 2019 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.” 

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said: “Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record breaking number of organisations recognised for their support.

“We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation.”

Information relating to the Armed Forces Covenant is available on the Ashfield District Council website.

https://www.ashfield.gov.uk/your-council/working-together/armed-forces-covenant/

The Council will be presented with the award by the Ministry of Defence in November this year and is already working towards achieving the Gold Award.

Ashfield District Council Armed Forces Champions:

Councillor David Walters: Cllr.D.Walters@ashfield.gov.uk

Assisted by Councillor Andy Gascoyne: Cllr.A.Gascoyne@ashfield.gov.uk

Lead Officer: Gillian Welch: g.welch@ashfield.gov.uk

007  ARMED FORCES SURVEY

Rutland County Council is keen to thank residents after more than 700 people responded to a recent survey conducted to understand all aspects of military life. 
People in Rutland, Harborough and South Kesteven with a connection to the British Armed Forces were asked to share their views and experiences as part of a wide-ranging survey looking at military life – the first of its kind ever to take place across the three local authority areas.
The survey was developed by Rutland County Council, Harborough District Council, South Kesteven District Council and Healthwatch Rutland as part of their shared commitment to support the UK’s national Armed Forces Covenant. It aims to gather information that can be used to help improve local services for individuals and families who are connected to the Forces and asks questions about type and length of service, physical health, mental health, employment and education.
Rutland County Council Armed Forces Champion Councillor Ian Razzell said “Recognising that personal engagement with and understanding of the service family is so important; we had an absolutely fantastic response to the Armed Forces Covenant survey and feel hugely privileged that so many across the military family shared their personal experiences and the challenges they face. The survey feedback is being analysed and the findings will be used to improve local services for individuals and families who are connected to the Forces. The survey report will be published in the autumn. It gives us plenty to think about as we develop support for our armed forces community and we hope that those who engaged with us will continue to do so as we seek to develop support services in the coming months and years.” We're on this journey together and only through sharing experience can we become better informed and prepared for the future.”
Councillor Dean Ward, South Kesteven District Council Armed Forces Champion said “It has been a privilege to reach out to all those within the services community living in South Kesteven. I am delighted that so many people from our military community have come forward to take part in this survey and want to thank them for doing so.  Those connected to the armed forces are a really important part of our district and this has been a golden opportunity to listen to their concerns. I am looking forward tremendously to hearing the survey findings when they are published in the autumn.”

Rutland has a dedicated 'Armed Forces Officer' whose role it is to support the Armed Forces Community.
If you are a serving member of the Armed Forces, a reservist, a veteran or a service family in Rutland, the Armed Forces Officer can help you with:

access to healthcare

education and school placements 

employment and training opportunities

access to housing and accommodation 

To contact the Armed Forces Officer, please email or call.
armedforces@rutland.gov.uk      01572 722 577

 

008 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

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20 September 2019   WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 40 Updated
 

GREETINGS ON ALMA DAY
 

During the quarter of a century that the 95th had been in existence, it had seen nothing of active service, but its turn was now to come, and when early in 1854 an expeditionary force proceeded to Turkey, the young 95th accompanied it, being attached to the 1st Brigade of the famous 2nd Division. While in Turkey the regiment suffered some loss from cholera, and when the army sailed for the Crimea it left one company behind at Scutari and a depot at Varna; consequently at its maiden battle, the Alma, the 95th numbered no more than 29 officers and about 740 of other ranks. Those who would know how the young 95th bore itself in its first battle will find the record in glowing words in the pages of Kinglake.

The regiment - in the centre of its brigade - moved directly upon the burning village of Bourliouk, and because, during the advance, divided into two portions, the one moving straight on, the other taking ground to its left. The river was passed near the bridge, some men being drowned in the crossing, but those who struggled through had but one idea - to get on, and assail the great redoubt frowning upon them from the further bank. Joining the 23rd Fusiliers, the 95th charged up to and into the work, and while the 23rd captured one of the only two guns the Russians had been unable to remove, Captain Heyland and a handful of men of the 95th, took the other - Heyland scratching "95" on the gun carriage with his sword, held in the one hand which the battle had left to him. Owing to the heavy casualties amongst the officers, the Queens Colour was finally carried by Private Keenan - an event traditionally celebrated by the Regiment handing over one of its Colours to the custody of a Private soldier on the anniversary of the Battle of Alma, 20 September where it is Trooped through the ranks of the Regiment in commemoration of Keenan's gallantry and the steadiness of the soldiers, at this, their first battle.

Of the losses of the 95th Regiment at the Alma, Lord Raglan said in his despatch that they were "immense," the regiment losing 62 per cent. Of its officers, and nearly 30 per cent. Of its non-commissioned officers and men. Six officers were killed and 12 wounded, four sergeants and 42 men were killed, 12 sergeants and 156 men were wounded, and 6 were missing - rolled seawards, doubtless, in the troubled water of Alma - wide-eyed, unrecovered corpses.

FUNERAL DETAILS

Terry (Tanky) Harrison has just informed me of the funeral details for his Father, Victor Harrison.

Date:         Friday 27 September 2019

Time:        15.45hrs

Location:   Bramcote Crematorium.

Association Standards and members welcome.

001  DERBY FORCES BREAKFAST

On Friday 27th September at 10:30hrs Derby County Veterans are meeting with the Forest Forces Veterans at Pride Park.

I have been advised by Derby County Community Trust that they are limited to 25 places.

If you are interested in going to this event please contact.
Derby County Community Trust 
Tel: 01332 416 140
Email: community@dcct.co.uk

002  REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE WORCESTER


All those wishing to march on and those that require a seat in Worcester Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday in Worcester who have not notified Worcester Branch Parade Marshal, John Walters, please do so ASAP he can be contacted on mjwalters55@sky.com or Facebook. 

003  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM

The Executive Committee Meeting and AGM will be held on Saturday 12th October 2019 11:00 for 11:30hrs.
Lichfield Social Club,
Purcell Ave,
Lichfield
WS13 6TS. 

004  WFR ALMA DINNER AND AGM

Saturday 21st September 1800 for 1830hrs.
Stepping Stones Community Hall
Ilkeston Road
Heanor
DE75 7AG

005  WFR 50 OR EVENT

Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120.  The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending.  Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial. 

You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.

If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on johntyjohn@msn.com or phone 07938 187821.

006  LOST TOUCH

Donald Topliss is trying to make contact with his friends, Cpl Barry Tennant and Pte Kevin O’Shea, both of whom he served with in Berlin, with 1 WFR.  They were both previously in The Worcestershire Regiment prior to amalgamation.  Anyone with any information is requested to contact Donald directly on 01623 407396 or via email ann.top@ntlworld.com

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Neil Hughes (ex R Irish) is looking for Pat Hallett who was with WFR.  They were together in 3 Platoon, Alamein Coy, Sandhurst in 1990.  A Platoon 30th commissioning anniversary is planned for next year.
Pat, or anyone who has any details regarding Pat, is asked to contact Neil direct by email: nonhughes@tiscali.co.uk or call 07958 945 138.
 

007  ARMED FORCES COVENANT

Rushcliffe and Charnwood Borough Councils have both been received Gold Awards for their support of the Armed Forces.  The Armed Forces Covenant Employer Scheme (ERS) Gold Award is the highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and veterans.  Both councils currently have the Silver Award and they are the first in the East Midlands to receive the Gold Award.  
Both councils are extremely proud of their achievement as it is a testament to their successful partnership and their work within the community to raise awareness of the issues affecting Armed Forces Personnel.  They will continue to support those with a military background and to explore other ways that they can assist hard to reach veterans and families with any support they may require.
The partnership was formed in 2017 and also involves Melton Borough Council.  The will be a formal presentation of the Gold Awards in London later in the year.

Victoria Coomber is the Armed Forces Community Covenant Development Officer for Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils.

For more information on what is available to Armed Forces personnel and veterans within Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe you can contact her on Tel: 01509 263151 or via email at Victoria.coomber@charnwood.gov.uk

008 WORCESTER BRANCH MEETING

The next Worcester Branch meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th September 19:30 for 20:00hrs at Barbourne Ex Services Club The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.
 

009 VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 12

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13 September 2019   WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 10 Issue 39
 

OBITUARY

It is with regret that we notify you that 14973325 Pte Victor Arthur HARRISON of Derby died on 10 September 2019 aged 94.  Victor served with 2/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters from 1943 to 1946.  He first enlisted into the Royal Navy when war broke out but then transferred to the Army, then on completion of training he was posted to the Sherwood Foresters.  After the War he served with the Royal Artillery TA at Kingsway, Derby. 

Letters of condolence can be sent to.
Terry "Tanky" Harrison
13 Dix Avenue, Smalley, Derbyshire. DE7 6ES

Funeral details will be notified when known.

001  GLEN WILKINSON

Stuart Gullen (Worksop branch Welfare Officer) has recently visited Glen Wilkinson, an ex-WO2 in 3WFR, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Glenn has asked that the following be passed on:-

Glen has accepted his fate and sorted out his Humanist funeral there will be military standards etc.  He has between 4 and 6 months left and he wants people to get in touch and visit him and talk with them.  He is having an open house day first Saturday in October to be confirmed 18:00hrs onwards. 
Everyone is welcome to call to say good-bye his phone no is 01623 467 858.

002  FRAMED BY A SMOKING GUN

Framed by a Smoking Gun charts the explosive life of Colonel B D Shaw

Generations of chemistry students were captivated by B D Shaw’s maverick and humorous approach to chemistry lecturing. It was easy to divert him from the mechanisms of chemical reactions to tales of Prisoner of War camps in World War II, though modesty kept him from bragging about his World War I Military Medal. He found fame on BBC Two’s Horizon and continued to demonstrate explosives worldwide to the age of 92.

Framed by a Smoking Gun draws on a wealth of primary sources including photographs, scripts, recorded interviews, and a treasure-trove of letters written from the POW camps to loved ones in his hometowns of Nottingham and Ilkeston.

B D Shaw’s story is a celebration of his joint passions for chemistry and rifle shooting, and of his devotion to explaining the science of explosives to the world.

Author Clare E Wilkes has a degree and Ph.D. from the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and spent six years as a journals editor with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Clare is currently working in the field of chemistry education and assessment and was lucky enough to be a steward at B D Shaw’s 100th birthday event, which was where she took an interest in his fascinating career. She says, “Having been fortunate enough to be a steward at B D Shaw’s 100th birthday event, I was fascinated to read his obituary in the Nottingham University alumni magazine and amazed at the remarkable and full life he had led.”

A chance meeting with Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff at the event encouraged Clare to write the book. She continues, “I loved the detective work involved in trawling archives and piecing information together, for example on B D’s movements in World War II, and in delving into his letters to find the interesting nuggets of information about his life in the POW camps.”

Clare lives near Cambridge.

The book is available from The Book Guild ISBN: 9781912575473 priced at £9.99 plus packaging and postage.

003  REQUEST FOR REGIMENTAL PLAQUES

St George’s Church in Berlin are trying to replace some Regimental Plaques that have been lost or damaged. 
They are looking in particular for a plaque for the Worcestershire Regiment (or even just the scroll that goes underneath the regimental badge) and a WFR one. 
If anyone has either of these plaques that they are willing to donate to the church, please contact the
Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham Foresters House, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5HA 

Email:  cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk

Telephone:  0115 9465415 x 5215

004  75th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION

Age UK Nottingham and Nottingham County Council are holding an event to commemorate the 75th anniversaries of some of the major battles of WW2.  
There will be an afternoon tea with entertainment and charity stalls.
Thursday 26th September 15:00hrs - 17:00hrs.
Ladybrook Community Centre
Ladybrook Lane
Mansfield
NG18 5JJ

Please RSVP by 20 September via telephone 01158 599 203 or email forcesfriends@ageuknotts.org.uk
If you need assistance with transport please mention this when you call and they will do their best to assist you.

 

005  LOST TOUCH

Donald Topliss is trying to make contact with his friends, Cpl Barry Tennant and Pte Kevin O’Shea, both of whom he served with in Berlin, with 1 WFR.  They were both previously in The Worcestershire Regiment prior to amalgamation.  Anyone with any information is requested to contact Donald directly on 01623 407396 or via email ann.top@ntlworld.com

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Neil Hughes (ex R Irish) is looking for Pat Hallett who was with WFR.  They were together in 3 Platoon, Alamein Coy, Sandhurst in 1990.  A Platoon 30th commissioning anniversary is planned for next year.
Pat, or anyone who has any details regarding Pat, is asked to contact Neil direct by email: nonhughes@tiscali.co.uk or call 07958 945 138.

 

006  LOVE YOUR GARDEN

The new series of the garden make over programme will see Alan Titchmarsh and his team renovate the garden of Jack Parrot, a Sherwood Forester veteran, who was awarded the Legion d'Honneur in 2018 for his role in Normandy during WW2.

The show will be aired on ITV on Tuesday 24 September at 20:00hrs.     

 

007  FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE

The Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony will be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London with entry by no later than 10:30hrs.  Anyone wishing to attend and pay their respects at the WFRA Plot of Remembrance are asked to contact Ms Clark, the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham.
cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk who will provide full details with the ticket. 
Please note that this is a ticketed event only and travel to London is at the individuals cost.

008  FOREST FORCES VISIT TO PRIDE PARK

On Friday 27th September at 10:30hrs veterans have been invited to Pride Park to meet the Derby veterans. 
There will be the opportunity have breakfast together, a tour of the stadium and lots of banter.  There are limited spaces for this event so unfortunately this will be on a first come first serve basis. 

Nottingham Forest are unable to provide transport so please ensure that you can make your own way there.

Please contact Nottingham Forest by return email if you would like to attend.  Those of you who are successful will receive an email or phone call of confirmation.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust
The City Ground
Nottingham
NG2 5FJ

Email:  community@nottinghamforest.co.uk

Telephone:  01159 824 444

009  VETERANS SUPPORT

The following are available to support veterans and their families who may be experiencing mental health difficulties;

Forcesline Tel: 0800 731 4880 (between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday)
Combat Stress (24 hours)
Veterans and their families; Tel: 0800 138 1619
Serving personnel and their families; Tel: 0800 323 4444
Samaritans (24 hours); Tel: 116 123

 


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