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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

6 October 2017          WFRA NEWSLETTER           Volume 8 Issue 36

001   ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM

14 October 2017 - Executive Committee Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 0930 hours.
14 October 2017 - Annual General Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 1100 hours.

002   RE-DEDICATION OF WAR MEMORIAL AT HOLLOWAY, DERBYSHIRE ON SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2017

The Memorial Grounds, Church Street, Holloway, Derbyshire DE4 5NX were laid out in the early 1920s and dedicated to the men of the parish who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918. A two year HLF funded project has seen a restoration of the grounds including tree management, shrub and tree planting, repainting of the war memorial plaque, repairs to the memorial shelter roof, a new handrail and new signage.

On Sunday 8 October 2017 at 1400 hours there will be a re-dedication of the Memorial and the Duke of Devonshire will officially re-open the grounds.  All are invited to attend and Standard Bearers are welcomed.

003   SGT E A EGERTON SHERWOOD FORESTERS VC PAVING SLAB COMMEMORATION MONDAY 9 OCTOBER 2017

The City of Stoke-on-Trent will be holding a Remembrance Service and Unveiling of VC Paving Stones for Lance Sergeant John H Rhodes, VC, DCM and Bar Grenadier Guards and Sergeant Ernest Albert Egerton, VC The Sherwood Foresters on Monday 9 October 2017 at 1245 hours for 1300 hours at Stoke Minster, Glebe Street, Stoke, ST4 1LP followed by the unveiling at the cenotaph, Kingsway.  All are invited to attend and Standard Bearers are welcomed.

004   ABF EAST MIDLANDS EVENT - DE MONTFORT HALL, LEICESTER ON 12 OCTOBER 2017

 

 

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29 September 2017      WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 8 Issue 35

001   REGIMENTAL ALE LAUNCH

To celebrate 10 years of the formation of The Mercian Regiment and to raise awareness of the Regiment, a ‘Regimental Ale’ has been launched. It is a ‘light beer’ (5% alcohol by volume), and is being produced by Burton Bridge Brewery and comes in cases of 12, 50cl bottles at a cost of £18.70 plus VAT.  A copy of the label is attached for info.

 


Orders by individuals, groups or businesses can be placed with Burton Bridge Brewery at;
Email - sales@burtonbridgebrewery.co.uk
Website – www.burtonbridgebrewery.co.uk
Tel - 01283 510573
Fax – 01283 515594
Address; 24 Bridge Street, Burton on Trent, Staffs  DE14 1SY

 

002   VC CENTENARY COMMEMORATION SGT FRED GREAVES SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2017

On Sunday 1 October 2017 a paving stone is being laid to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Killamarsh-born Fred Greave's award of the VC for most conspicious bravery, iniative and leadership.  Members and Standard Bearers are invited to celebrate the life and achievements of Fred Greaves.  Further details can be found here

003   THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS OF 1916 - 7 OCTOBER 2017

The predominantly young working-class men of the 2/7th and 2/8th Battalions Sherwood Foresters suffered the worst casualties amongst the British army in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916.

In this specially devised production, students from Hall Park Academy in Eastwood recover the voices of the soldiers from Nottinghamshire. They use the words of those soldiers, their opponents, and Eastwood’s most celebrated son DH Lawrence who expressed his own strong views about both the Easter Rising and the First World War.

The Sherwood Foresters of 1916 on Saturday 7 October, 1930 hours for approximately 1 hour 33 minutes (no interval) at the Djanogly Theatre.  Entry is free, but advanced booking recommended.  Suitable for ages 12+

The production is part of a University of Nottingham School of English research project supported by AHRC Centre for Hidden Histories.  Further details and how to book can be found at www.lakesidearts.org.uk/theatre/event/3616/the-sherwood-foresters-of-1916.html

004   COMMEMORATION SERVICE 16th (CHATSWORTH RIFLES) BATTALION THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017

On Sunday 15 October 2017 a plaque in memory of the WW1 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Battalion Sherwood Foresters is to be unveiled by the Duke of Devonshire at the morning service at St Peter's Church, 1 Jap Lane, Edensor, Bakewell DE45 1PH starting at 1045 hours.  The Duke has very generously offered to provide refreshments after the Service and so that Chatsworth can have a reasonably accurate number of attendees, would those who wish to attend the Service and Cavendish Hall thereafter inform either Brigadier (Retd) C E W Wilkinson on cewilkinson@hotmail.com or the Assistant Regimental Secretary Nottingham on cindy.baines247@mod.uk by no later than 7 October 2017.

005   CENTENARY OF PTE FRED DANCOX VC - 21 OCTOBER 2017

The event to to mark the centenary of Pte Frederick George Dancox VC is to take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 in Worcester.  The parade will set off from the Cathedral at 1100 hours and finish at Dancox House where a plaque will be unveiled. 

As part of the unveiling of the Dancox VC plaque a Guard of 60-100 Mercians, with the Mercian Regiment Band, will be exerting the Right of Freedom and marching past the Guildhall where the Lord Lieutenant will take the salute. It has been suggested to the Regimental Adjutant that it would be very nice if WFRA marched with them and he agreed.  All members and Standard Bearers are encouraged to attend the parade.

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) are organising a dinner on the evening of Saturday 21 October 2017.  Those wishing to attend, or to obtain further details are requested to contact John or Pam at museummercian@btconnect.com

006   103rd ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF GHELUVELT - SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017 WORCESTER
  On Sunday 29 October 2017 the 103rd Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony is to take place at Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester. WR3 7AA.  Timings are:
Assemble 1100 hours, Wreath Bearers report 1115 hours, Regimental Marches played 1125 hours, Service commence 1130 hours

After the Service a hot buffet lunch is available at the RBL Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Claines WR3 7PL. Cost £6 per head. Tickets available from Branch Treasurer, Libby Massam, 24, Portland Street, Worcester WR1 2NL. Cheques in favour of WFRA Worcester Branch. Cut off date is Friday 20 October 2017.


 

 

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22 September 2017     WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 8 Issue 34

OBITUARIES

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Rosemary TOWNSEND wife of Col (Retd) John Townsend died on 18 September 2017.  The funeral service will be at the Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Church Lane, Rimpton, Somerset BA22 8AE at 1500 hours on Monday 2 October 2017.  Family flowers only but donations may be made to Marie Curie Cancer Care, c/o Harold Miles, Funeral Direstor, South Cadbury, Somerset BA22 7ES.  John's address for those wishing to write in condolence is: The Coign, High Street, Rimpton, Somerset BA22 8AD

001   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2017

The Foresters Lottery winners for August and September are:

August:
1st Prize of £30.00 -  Mr A Bradley of Nottingham
2nd Prize of £20.00 - Col N H Turner of Nottingham
3rd Prize of £10.00 - Mr D Chatterley of Wrexham

September:
1st Prize of £30.00 - Mrs J S Edwardes of Eastleigh
2nd Prize of £20.00 - Lt Col P G Gilby
3rd Prize of £10.00 - Lt Col J F Turner of Belper

Congratulations to all.

Want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? Then send us a cheque for a ticket which 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

002   ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AND AGM

14 October 2017 - Executive Committee Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 0930 hours.
14 October 2017 - Annual General Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 1100 hours.

003   WFRA WORCESTER BRANCH MEETING - 26 SEPTEMBER 2017

Tuesday  26 September- WFRA Worcester Branch Meeting, Barbourne Ex- Services Club, The Moors, Worcester. 2000 hours.

004   3 WFR (V) BRANCH AGM AND ALMA DINNER SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

3WFR (V) Branch will hold its annual Alma Dinner at The Stepping Stones Centre at Heanor, Derbys, on the evening of 30 September 2017. 1830 hours for 1900 hours.

005   VC CENTENARY COMMEMORATION SGT FRED GREAVES SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2017

On Sunday 1 October 2017 a paving stone is being laid to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Killamarsh-born Fred Greave's award of the VC for most conspicious bravery, iniative and leadership.  Members and Standard Bearers are invited to celebrate the life and achievements of Fred Greaves.  Further details can be found here

006    DEDICATION OF PRESERVED COLOURS CEREMONY - 8 OCTOBER 2017

Following the disbandment of the last Reserve Forces Unit, 575 Field Squadron (Sherwood Foresters), descended from the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) the Battalions Colours were “Laid Up” & gifted into the security of the Crooked Spire church during the Remembrance Sunday service in November 2015.
 
At that time the Trust undertook to restore the Colours before they settled into their final resting place within the Church.  That Restoration has now been completed.
 
The Chairman & Members of 575 Field Squadron (Sherwood Foresters) Trust request the pleasure of the company of:

Representatives of the Mercian Regiment   
at the Dedication of Preserved Colours Ceremony
at St Mary & All Saints Parish Church
on Sunday the 8th of October 2017 at 6.30pm
 
RSVP: Capt KJ Bazeley RE
kbazeley@btinternet.com

007   COMMEMORATION SERVICE 16th (CHATSWORTH RIFLES) BATTALION THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017

On Sunday 15 October 2017 a plaque in memory of the WW1 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Battalion Sherwood Foresters is to be unveiled by the Duke of Devonshire at the morning service at St Peter's Church, 1 Jap Lane, Edensor, Bakewell DE45 1PH starting at 1045 hours.  The Duke has very generously offered to provide refreshments after the Service and so that Chatsworth can have a reasonably accurate number of attendees, would those who wish to attend the Service and Cavendish Hall thereafter inform either Brigadier (Retd) C E W Wilkinson on cewilkinson@hotmail.com or the Assistant Regimental Secretary Nottingham on cindy.baines247@mod.uk by no later than 7 October 2017.

008   CENTENARY OF PTE FRED DANCOX VC - 21 OCTOBER 2017

The event to to mark the centenary of Pte Frederick George Dancox VC is to take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 in Worcester.  The parade will set off from the Cathedral at 1100 hours and finish at Dancox House where a plaque will be unveiled. 

As part of the unveiling of the Dancox VC plaque a Guard of 60-100 Mercians, with the Mercian Regiment Band, will be exerting the Right of Freedom and marching past the Guildhall where the Lord Lieutenant will take the salute. It has been suggested to the Regimental Adjutant that it would be very nice if WFRA marched with them and he agreed.  All members and Standard Bearers are encouraged to attend the parade.

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) are organising a dinner on the evening of Saturday 21 October 2017.  Those wishing to attend, or to obtain further details are requested to contact John or Pam at museummercian@btconnect.com

 

009   103rd ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF GHELUVELT - SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017 WORCESTER
 

On Sunday 29 October 2017 the 103rd Anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony is to take place at Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne Road, Worcester. WR3 7AA.  Timings are 1115 for 1130 hours.  All welcome.

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15 September 2017              WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 8 Issue 33

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24249372 Pte Graham WARD of Worcester died on 1 September 2017 aged 65.  Graham served 15 years with the TA at Kidderminster and was a staunch member of Worcester Branch.  His funeral is to take place at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA at 1000 hours on Friday 29 September 2017.  Standards and Association members welcome.  Mourners are welcomed to the reception afterwards at Claines RBL, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester WR3 7PL.  Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs Carol Ward, 16 Poplar Avenue Brickfields, Worcester WR4 9TN.

001   ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND AGM

23 September 2017 - Notts and Derbys Area Meeting at The Mallard Inn, Worksop at 1100 hours.
14 October 2017 - Executive Committee Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 0930 hours.
14 October 2017 - Annual General Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 1100 hours.

002  VC CENTENARY COMMEMORATION SGT FRED GREAVES SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2017

On Sunday 1 October 2017 a paving stone is being laid to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Killamarsh-born Fred Greave's award of the VC for most conspicious bravery, iniative and leadership.  Members and Standard Bearers are invited to celebrate the life and achievements of Fred Greaves.  Further details can be found here

003   COMMEMORATION SERVICE 16th (CHATSWORTH RIFLES) BATTALION THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017

On Sunday 15 October 2017 a plaque in memory of the WW1 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Battalion Sherwood Foresters is to be unveiled by the Duke of Devonshire at the morning service at St Peter's Church, 1 Jap Lane, Edensor, Bakewell DE45 1PH starting at 1045 hours.  The Duke has very generously offered to provide refreshments after the Service and so that Chatsworth can have a reasonably accurate number of attendees, would those who wish to attend the Service and Cavendish Hall thereafter inform either Brigadier (Retd) C E W Wilkinson on cewilkinson@hotmail.com or the Assistant Regimental Secretary Nottingham on cindy.baines247@mod.uk by no later than 7 October 2017.

Directions to Cavendish Hall, Edensor:
From M1, coming from South:  Exit J29 A617 to Chesterfield (5 miles). Then A619 (Bakewell direction) to Baslow (9 miles)  At Baslow continue on A619 towards Bakewell and after a short distance, where A619 turns right, continue ahead onto B6012  Hall is on the left after just over a mile, just before a cattle grid. 
From A6, coming from South:  Turn right at Rowsley onto B6012  Hall is on the right, after about 3 miles, soon after passing turning on right to Chatsworth House, and immediately after crossing a cattle grid. 
From Birmingham: A38 to A6 junction on North side of Derby, then as above (about 22 miles to Rowsley) Postcode:  DE45 1PJ

004   CENTENARY OF DANCOX VC - 21 OCTOBER 2017

The event to to mark the centenary of Dancox VC is to take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 in Worcester.  The parade will set off from the Cathedral at 1100 hours and finish at Dancox House where a plaque will be unveiled. 

As part of the unveiling of the Dancox VC plaque a Guard of 60-100 Mercians, with the Mercian Regiment Band, will be exerting the Right of Freedom and marching past the Guildhall where the Lord Lieutenant will take the salute. It has been suggested to the Regimental Adjutant that it would be very nice if WFRA marched with them and he agreed.  All members and Standard Bearers are encouraged to attend the parade.

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) are organising a dinner on the evening of Saturday 21 October 2017.  Those wishing to attend, or to obtain further details are requested to contact John or Pam at museummercian@btconnect.com

005    EVENING LECTURE BY LT COL (RETD) M JACKSON OBE 25 OCTOBER 2017

The Friends of the Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) present an Evening Lecture by Lt Col Mark Jackson OBE Former Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment
 
"A Personal View of his First and Last Tour of Northern Ireland with 1WFR in 1972 and 1994" to be held on  Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 1900 hours (Doors open at 1830 hours) in St Richard’s Hospice Foundation, Wildwood Drive, Worcester, WR5 2QT   Non-Members £5. Tel. 01905 721982 to book or email
admin-mercianregimentmuseum@btconnect.com

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8 September 2017         WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 8 Issue 32

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that Pte DERBY XXX1 died on 1 September 2017.

001   MEMORIAL BENCH DEDICATION - WORCESTER 16 SEPTEMBER 2017

At the request of the family of Mr & Mrs Bird, formerly 5255467 Cpl A G  Bird Sherwood Foresters & Cpl (nee) E Bosworth ATS. There will be a short dedication and unveiling service of a memorial bench at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA, near the Worcestershire Regimental Stone at 1115 hours for 1130 hours on Saturday 16 September 2017. Cpl A G  Bird was severely wounded at Monte Cassino and Cpl E Bosworth served at Norton Barracks. Standard Bearers and Association members welcome. There will be light refreshments afterwards and if you are intending to stay for this please advise Nigel Fish on nigelfish@ymail.com of numbers.

002   WYRE FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL SHOWCASE OF SERVICES FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Join Wyre Forest District Council for its Showcase of Services for Older People on Thursday 21 September at Kidderminster Town Hall, Vicar Street, Kidderminster DY10 1DB  0930 hours - 1330 hours. There is advice and information on healthy living, local services and activities, staying safe, money matters and lots more. Electric blanket testing will also be available during the event - please call Age UK on 01562 827788 to book a free appointment. Entry to the Showcase is free.

003   3 WFR (V) BRANCH AGM AND ALMA DINNER SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

3WFR (V) Branch will hold its annual Alma Dinner at The Stepping Stones Centre at Heanor, Derbys, on the evening of 30 September 2017. 1830 hours for 1900 hours.

004   COMMEMORATION SERVICE 16th (CHATSWORTH RIFLES) BATTALION THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017

The Duke of Devonshire is to unveil a plaque to commemorate the Chatsworth Rifles, the 16th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in WW1 on Sunday 15 October at the morning Matins Service at St Peter's Church Edensor at 1045 hours and all are welcome. Medals may be worn

005   CENTENARY OF DANCOX VC - 21 OCTOBER 2017

The event to to mark the centenary of Dancox VC is to take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 in Worcester.  The parade will set off from the Cathedral at 1100 hours and finish at Dancox House where a plaque will be unveiled. 

As part of the unveiling of the Dancox VC plaque a Guard of 60-100 Mercians, with the Mercian Regiment Band, will be exerting the Right of Freedom and marching past the Guildhall where the Lord Lieutenant will take the salute. It has been suggested to the Regimental Adjutant that it would be very nice if WFRA marched with them and he agreed.  All members and Standard Bearers are encouraged to attend the parade.

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) are organising a dinner on the evening of Saturday 21 October 2017.  Those wishing to attend, or to obtain further details are requested to contact John or Pam at museummercian@btconnect.com

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1 September 2017           WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 8 Issue 31

001   COMMEMORATION SERVICE 16th (CHATSWORTH RIFLES) BATTALION THE SHERWOOD FORESTERS SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017

The Duke of Devonshire is to unveil a plaque to commemorate the 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Battalion the Sherwood Foresters in WW1 on Sunday 15th October 2017 at the morning Matins Service at St Peter's Church Edensor at 1045 hours and all are welcome. Medals may be worn.

002   CENTENARY OF DANCOX VC - 21 OCTOBER 2017

The event to to mark the centenary of Dancox VC is to take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 in Worcester.  The parade will set off from the Cathedral at 1100 hours and finish at Dancox House where a plaque will be unveiled. 

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) are organising a dinner on the evening of Saturday 21 October 2017.  Those wishing to attend, or to obtain further details are requested to contact John or Pam at museummercian@btconnect.com

003   ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND AGM

23 September 2017 - Notts and Derbys Area Meeting at The Mallard Inn, Worksop at 1100 hours.
14 October 2017 - Executive Committee Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 0930 hours.
14 October 2017 - Annual General Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 1100 hours.

004   REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY CENOTAPH VETERANS PARADE 12 NOVEMBER 2017

Those members in the Notts & Derbys area wishing to represent the Regimental Family in the Cenotaph Veterans' Parade in Whitehall on Sunday 12 November 2017 are advised to contact Gary Crosby at garycrosby1375@live.com or by his page on Facebook. Gary submitted a bid for tickets on behalf of the Association to the RBL National Events Team for 30 marching tickets, he has received a confirmation email to say that we have been granted 25 tickets and that participant details have to be submitted by Friday 15th September 2017.   Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

005   VACANCY – ESTATES SURVEYOR, EAST MIDLANDS RFCA
 
A vacancy has arisen for a full-time Surveyor with East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, based at the Army Reserve Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2GG. As a member of a small team the Surveyor will provide professional support to the Head of Estates. The successful candidate will be expected to reside within reasonable travelling distance of Nottingham.  The Reserves Forces and Cadets Association based in Nottingham has responsibility for managing the Army Reserves and Cadet premises throughout the East Midlands and now seeks an experienced general estate surveyor to join a small team dedicated to this task.
 
The successful candidate will be engaged in all aspects of building and estates management and must be confident handling projects from inception to completion ensuring that Health and Safety are maintained. You will be a confident IT user with knowledge of common application software. A recognised construction, facilities management or maintenance qualification, competent in verbal and written communication, a solution focused attitude and a strong customer focus are essential. Proven experience of making sound and timely decisions and of managing time, resources and contractors effectively is vital.
 
The starting salary is £31,136 per annum. The successful candidate will be eligible to elect to join the Council of RFCA’s Pension Scheme. This is a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) Scheme.  The successful candidate will be on probation for a period of six months and final confirmation of the appointment is dependent upon the satisfactory completion of this probationary period.  The successful candidate following induction and training will work primarily in the Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire areas, but will be required to work throughout the East Midlands when needed. Application forms and a full job description can be obtained from the vacancies section on our website: www.eastmidlandsrfca.co.uk
 
The closing date for completed applications which must be accompanied by a current Curriculum Vitae is Friday 8 September 2017 with interviews scheduled for Friday 15 September 2017

 

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25 August 2017            WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 8 Issue 30

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 22820768 Private Brian Donald BREGGAZI of Allenton, Derbyshire died on 18 August 2017 aged 83.  Brian was called up for National Service in September 1952 and posted to 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters.  He served with it in UK and BAOR and completed his service in September 1955.  His funeral is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on Friday 1 September 2017 at 1320 hours.  Standards would be appreciated..

001   MEMORIAL SERVICE CAPT G R WALLACE MC AND BAR 27 AUGUST 2017
 

A Remembrance Service to commemorate Captain Geoffrey Robert Wallace MC and Bar, MID x3 who served in 1st/7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment will be held in Lindridge Parish Church (near Abberley and Tenbury) on Sunday 27 August 2017 on the centenary of his death, at 1700 hours.
 

There is a commemorative stone in Lindridge Churchyard and his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke. WFRA and MVRA Branch Members and Standards are very welcome. For further details please contact Martyn Carter on (mob) 0790 481 3979 or email  sweetpea.50@hotmail.com or on 01299 409072.

002   MERCIAN 10th ANNIVERSARY DINNER – 1 SEPTEMBER 2017
 
The Mercian Regiment will be holding a celebratory dinner in Lichfield Cathedral to mark the 10th Anniversary of its formation and all members of the Regiment and its antecedents are invited to attend. Full details can be found here.  Owing to the limited number of tickets, it is requested that anyone wishing to attend, complete the Ticket Request Form, and return it to the email address given at the earliest opportunity.

Date – Friday 1st September
Venue – Lichfield Cathedral
Dress – Black Tie with miniature medals for men and equivalent for ladies (yes, this is a function with partners if people wish to attend with their ‘other half’!)
Cost - £65 per ticket

Timings:
1830 – arrival, pre-dinner drinks reception
1930 – 4 course dinner, drums display and 4 Mercian Band (quartet) to provide incidental music during dinner
2230 – carriages

Contact – Phone 01543 434359, Email INFHQ-KINGS-MERC-GROUPMAILBOX@mod.uk

003   NORTHERN IRELAND LEGACY CASES – REQUESTS FOR WITNESS ASSISTANCE
 
Since 2006, the circumstances surrounding the deaths of those killed during the Troubles in Northern Ireland have been reviewed, sometimes several times. This has resulted in, among other things, a decision by the Northern Ireland Attorney General to hold a number of new inquests. It should be noted that these inquests are not confined to deaths involving the Armed Forces, but encompass those involving the RUC and others. Where they do involve or were witnessed by members of the Armed Forces, the Coroner is seeking assistance from those Servicemen and women who were serving in Northern Ireland at the time and who witnessed the events in order to hear their evidence. It is important to highlight that the purpose of an inquest is to establish the facts surrounding the death; it is not to apportion blame nor is it a trial.
 
The MOD has an obligation to support these inquests. As part of this, letters are being sent by the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Inquest Unit (DIU) to those who might have been witnesses and who it believes may be able to assist. If you receive a letter it will ask if you recall any details about an incident. It is recognised that this took place a long time ago and that receiving a letter out of the blue may well cause concern. However, any assistance you may be able to offer would be invaluable in helping to establish what happened and, critically, in providing the Coroner with further information adding to that put forward by other parties involved in the inquest process. The letter provides contact details in case you have information or want more advice.
 
For those concerned by this or in receipt of a letter, support is available. The DIU is a specialist team set up to manage the Ministry of Defence’s engagement with Coroners and to support those serving personnel and veterans involved in the inquest process. The Army and the Regiment are also ready to provide any additional support that is required, hence this general email. You should feel free to ring RHQ for our help, as a number already have. Of note, for confidentiality and data protection reasons, RHQs have not provided contact details of any Association members

004   REQUEST FOR HOSPITAL VISIT

22800796 Sgt Terence Henry MARKHAM of 1st Bn the Sherwood Foresters is currently in hospital in Basildon, Essex.  He would welcome anyone from the regimental family that is able to visit him on Osler Ward, Basildon University Hospital SS16 5NL

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18 August 2017             WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 8 Issue 29

001   MERCIAN 10th ANNIVERSARY DINNER – 1 SEPTEMBER 2017
 
The Mercian Regiment will be holding a celebratory dinner in Lichfield Cathedral to mark the 10th Anniversary of its formation and all members of the Regiment and its antecedents are invited to attend. Full details can be found here.  Owing to the limited number of tickets, it is requested that anyone wishing to attend, complete the Ticket Request Form, and return it to the email address given at the earliest opportunity.

Date – Friday 1st September
Venue – Lichfield Cathedral
Dress – Black Tie with miniature medals for men and equivalent for ladies (yes, this is a function with partners if people wish to attend with their ‘other half’!)
Cost - £65 per ticket

Timings:
1830 – arrival, pre-dinner drinks reception
1930 – 4 course dinner, drums display and 4 Mercian Band (quartet) to provide incidental music during dinner
2230 – carriages

Contact – Phone 01543 434359, Email INFHQ-KINGS-MERC-GROUPMAILBOX@mod.uk

002   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA SOCIAL EVENING - 25 AUGUST 2017


Worcester Branch in conjunction with Worcester City Royal British Legion and Worcester Veterans Breakfast Club have combined together to hold a Social Evening starting at 1900 hours on Friday 25 August 2017.   It is to be held at Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.  Entry is £2.50  and hot pork/beef rolls £2.00.  Music will be provided by a band called 'The Outcasts'  and there will be a raffle on the night with any monies being made to be  split between the three organisations and allotted to good causes.
 

"As it appens" Jethro the comedian from the South West Country has been asked if he can pop in and say hello as he is performing at the Swan Theatre next door, so there is the possibility of the chance to say hello to him.

003   CENTENARY OF DANCOX VC - 21 OCTOBER 2017

The event to to mark the centenary of Dancox VC is to take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 in Worcester.  The parade will set off from the Cathedral at 1100 hours and finish at Dancox House where a plaque will be unveiled. 

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) are organising a dinner on the evening of Saturday 21 October 2017.  Those wishing to attend, or to obtain further details are requested to contact John or Pam at museummercian@btconnect.com

 

004   2 MERCIAN UPDATE

2 MERCIAN have deployed two Companies (Coy) and a small HQ to Northern Iraq on Op SHADER for 6 months.  Based in Erbil, B (Malta) Coy will deliver infantry training to the Kurdish security forces; and based out of Taji and Besmaya, C (Kohima) Coy will deliver Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED), engineer and medical training to the Iraqi Security Forces.  In July, A (Grenadier) Coy deployed for 6 months, under the command of 32 Engineer Regiment, to South Sudan as part of the United Nations mission there.  Their task will mainly involve force protection, but they will also assist the engineers with construction activity.  Fire Support (Dragon) Coy will deploy to the Falklands from Aug to Nov 17, to be the Roulement Infantry Company. 

Everyone will be back in Chester by the end of January 2018, and will then focus on training up for a Battlegroup exercise in Kenya in May and June 2018, before preparing for the Arms Plot to Episkopi, Cyprus over the summer.  The arms plot to Cyprus is a unique opportunity that has come about as a result of the MERCIAN regiment now being part of the Kings Division alongside the Lancashire Regiment and Yorkshire Regiment.
 
2 MERCIAN will be conducting a home coming parade towards the end of February 2018, to celebrate the Regiment's 10th birthday as well as bid a fond farewell to Chester as they prepare to move to Cyprus.

 

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11 August 2017          WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 8 Issue 28

OBITUARIES

Penelope, widow of Lt Col St JC Brooke Johnson OBE Worcestershire Regiment died on 5 August 2017 aged 92. The funeral will take place at 1400 hours on Saturday 26 August at the Church of the Holy Cross, Owlpen, Dursley Glos GL11 5BZ.  Letters of condolence may be sent to her daughter, Mrs U Falconer, Nutterall Farm, Uley, Dursley, Glos Gl11 5BL

001   MERCIAN 10th ANNIVERSARY DINNER – 1 SEPTEMBER 2017
 
The Mercian Regiment will be holding a celebratory dinner in Lichfield Cathedral to mark the 10th Anniversary of its formation and all members of the Regiment and its antecedents are invited to attend. Full details can be found here.  Owing to the limited number of tickets, it is requested that anyone wishing to attend, complete the Ticket Request Form, and return it to the email address given at the earliest opportunity.

Date – Friday 1st September
Venue – Lichfield Cathedral
Dress – Black Tie with miniature medals for men and equivalent for ladies (yes, this is a function with partners if people wish to attend with their ‘other half’!)
Cost - £65 per ticket

Timings:
1830 – arrival, pre-dinner drinks reception
1930 – 4 course dinner, drums display and 4 Mercian Band (quartet) to provide incidental music during dinner
2230 – carriages

Contact – Phone 01543 434359, Email INFHQ-KINGS-MERC-GROUPMAILBOX@mod.uk

002   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA BURMA STAR SERVICE - 15 AUGUST 2017

WFRA Worcester Branch - Burma Star Service at Evesham on Tuesday 15 August 2017. Assemble outside Word of Mouth Cafe adjacent Almonry Gates at 1030 hours.  Service and wreath laying start at 1050 hours. Members and Standards welcome.   Refreshments after at Royal Oak pub, (almost opposite).

003   WORCESTER BRANCH WFRA SOCIAL EVENING - 25 AUGUST 2017


Worcester Branch in conjunction with Worcester City Royal British Legion and Worcester Veterans Breakfast Club have combined together to hold a Social Evening starting at 1900 hours on Friday 25 August 2017.   It is to be held at Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.  Entry is £2.50  and hot pork/beef rolls £2.00.  Music will be provided by a band called 'The Outcasts'  and there will be a raffle on the night with any monies being made to be  split between the three organisations and allotted to good causes.
 

"As it appens" Jethro the comedian from the South West Country has been asked if he can pop in and say hello as he is performing at the Swan Theatre next door, so there is the possibility of the chance to say hello to him.

004   ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND AGM

23 September 2017 - Notts and Derbys Area Meeting at The Mallard Inn, Worksop at 1100 hours.
14 October 2017 - Executive Committee Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 0930 hours.
14 October 2017 - Annual General Meeting at Lichfield Social Club, Lichfield at 1100 hours

 

 

 

 

 

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