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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

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  9 June 2017           NEWSLETTER          Volume 8 Issue 20

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of the late Lt Col Edward Vines TD will be held at St Mary's Church, Linton, Ross on Wye HR9 7RX at 1200 hours on Monday 19th June 2017 and afterwards in the Village Hall. It would be appreciated if those wishing to attend could e-mail Maj Bob Prophet on rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk so that the family can estimate the numbers attending. For those wishing to write in condolence the address for his widow Jane is Burton Farm, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7RR

002   PAUL SANDFORD MEMORIAL SERVICE 10 JUNE 2017

On 6 June 2007 LCpl Paul Sandford was KIA in the Upper Gereshk Valley, Afghanistan. On this 10th anniversary, his comrades of B Coy will be holding a church memorial service to remember their fallen comrade who made the ultimate sacrifice.All within the Mercian regimental family are invited and Association Members and Standard Bearers would be more than welcome. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 10 June in St Mary's Church, Hucknall at 1400 hours. All are also invited to join the B Coy lads for a drink either before at the Pilgrim Oak in Hucknall from 1200 hours or afterwards for food and drink in the Yew Tree also in Hucknall.

003   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - MAY 2017

1st Prize - £30.00  Mr A Taylor of Hereford
2nd Prize - £20.00 Mr G Carran of Derby
3rd Prize - Mr D F Edmunds of Chesterfield

Congratulations to all.

Want to join for a chance to win and help support the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)? Then contact the curator for more details via email at curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk or phone Foresters House on 0115 9465415 extension 5219.

004   VC MEMORIAL STONE DEDICATION FOR CAPT ALBERT BALL VC DSO** MC THURSDAY 15 JUNE 17

The dedication of the VC Memorial Stone for Capt Albert Ball VC will take place on Thursday 15 June at the War Memorial Gardens, Victoria Embankment, Nottingham at 1030 hours.  All Standard Bearers, Association Members and their families are welcome to attend. Standard Bearers are requested to arrive by 1000 hours for a briefing and rehearsal.  All others are asked to be at the location by 1020 hours.

005   WEEPING WINDOW - DERBY SILK MILL 9 JUNE TO 23 JULY 2017

The Silk Mill is pleased to announce that they will present Weeping Window at the Silk Mill, in Derby between 9 Jun and 23 Jul as part of 14-18 NOW tour.  The presentation by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary will give visitors the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculpture.

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below. The sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, marking the centenary of the outbreak of war, is now brought to audiences in Derby as part of the Poppies tour.

During the First World War, Derby Silk Mill was divided into two businesses one grinding corn and the other making medical supplies, both integral to the British war effort and scarce by 1916. Derby as a whole played a vital part in production during the course of the First World War with Rolls-Royce developing the Eagle Engine at the request of the government to power allied aircraft. As Derby Silk Mill: Museum of Making, the museum now holds a great number of industrial and social history objects which help to tell the stories of Derby’s companies and its communities.

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1 June 2017                  NEWSLETTER               Volume 8 Issue 19

GREETINGS ON THE GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE
Details of the Battle Honour can be found here

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we notify you that 4986192 Sgt Walter Ernest BULL of Derby died on 16 May 2017 aged 96. Walter enlisted in 1940 and after recruit training at ITC Lincoln was posted to 14th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in North Africa. He took part in the the Battle for El Alamein before moving with the Battalion to Egypt, then Iraq where it became part of Paiforce seeing service in Lebanon and Iran before moving to Tunisia and then the Anzio Beachhead. After the breakout from the beachhead and the fall of Rome, Walter then moved with the Battalion to the East coast of Italy where it was again involved in heavy fighting on the Gothic Line. After the Battle for San Savino the Battalion was reduced to cadre strength and Walter was posted to 6th Battalion the Lincolnshire Regiment and remained with it until demob in January 1947. His funeral is to take place at Markeaton Crematorium on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 1400 hours. Family flowers only but donations to the Alzheimers Society may be made at the Service. Association Members and Standards would be welcome.

002   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION

This year’s WFR Regimental Reunion will be held on Saturday 3 June at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Entrance cost is £2 per adult

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

1200 hours   Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands
1200/1245/1315 hours     Coach from Silver Street to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis)
1330 hours    Tenbury Town Band plays
1440 hours    Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM
1445 hours    Bar closes until after the parade
1450 hours    Parade forms up
1500 hours    Drumhead Service, Address and March Past
1530 hours    Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past)
1600 hours    Raffle Draw
1700 hours    Coach to City
1730 hours    Reunion Ends
1800 hours    Coach to City

 

003   98th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017

The 98th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 1 July 2017 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Calling_Notice_2017.pdf

If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into accommodation on Saturday, have a good Dinner and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a leisurely breakfast before proceeding to the Annual Pilgrimage at Crich. You will be made very welcome.

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26 May 2017                  NEWSLETTER   Volume 8 Issue 18

001   OBITUARIES

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Lt Col Edward Robert VINES TD of Ross on Wye died on 24 May 2017 aged 82.  Ted was called up for national service in September 1953, was commissioned in May 1954 and served in 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in Bulford and Iserlohn. In September 1955 he joined 7th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment until it was disbanded in 1967, later joining Mercian and LI Volunteers. In 1975 he transferred to 2 Mercian on its formation which he commanded 1976-8.  During his tour in command HM The Queen presented Colours to the Battalion in Birmingham. He was an exceptionally diligent CO despite the distance between his farm near Ross and his Battalion HQ in Shirley and he showed the same dedication to the many regimental duties he undertook after leaving the Army. Funeral details to be confirmed.

It is with regret that we inform you that 4986812 Pte Walter FARRAND of Retford, Nottinghamshire died on 16 May 2017 aged 93.  Walter enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 15 January 1942 and after training at Great Yarmouth was posted to North Africa and then Italy where he was taken PoW by the Germans.  He was sent to Stalag 2A at Moosburg in Bavaria and given PoW Number 142060.  Walter was repatriated in 1945 and transferred to the Pioneer Corps in January 1946 for demobilisation.  Walter's funeral will take place on 6 June 2017 at 1030 hours at St Swithuns Church, 1 Chapelgate, Retford DN22 6PL followed by buffet and drinks at Dominie Cross 38 Grove St, Retford DN22 6JR  Everyone is welcome to attend to give 'Mr Retford'  the send off he deserves.  Walters wishes were for all to wear bright colours with one item of white on them.

It is with sadness that we inform you that 25064135 Pte Jonathon Geoffrey MATHER of Chellaston, Derby died on 14 May 2017 aged 38.  Jonathon enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in May 1997 and served with it in UK, Northern Ireland and  Bosnia in the former Republic of Yugoslavia before leaving the Army in October 2001.  His funeral is to take place at Mark Eaton Crematorium on 31 May 2017 at 1400 hours.  Association Standards and Members would be welcomed by the family.

002   GLORIOUS 1ST OF JUNE WREATH LAYING CEREMONY

Worcester Branch are holding a wreath laying ceremony on Thursday 1 June 2017 at 1100 hours at the Regimental Stone and Interpretative Feature within Gheluvelt Park, Worcester in remembrance of the Battle honour "Glorious First of June".  All welcome.

 

003   JOURNEY DOWN MEMORY LANE - FUNDRAISING EVENT 23 SEPTEMBER 2017
 
Join the Woofer charity event featuring Mr Rock' n' Roll Tony Doyle & the lovely Lorna on Saturday 23 September 2017 at The Victory Club Allenton from 7 – late.

In aid of the Crich Tower Memorial and the Army Benevolent Fund Including Buffet & Grand Draw. Tickets £5.00 available from Derby Branch Mick Doyle & Gordon Carran 07853248450 //0796886196

Further details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/index.php/news

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19 May 2017          NEWSLETTER         Volume 8 Issue 17

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24065555 Cpl Thomas James William McCOLLUM of Telford died on 13 May 2017 aged 71.  He enlisted into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1965 and served with it in Gibraltar, Tobruk and UN Cyprus.  On amlgamation in 1970 he remained with 1st Battalion The Worcstershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and served on several tours in NI, Berlin and BAOR with it before discharge after 22 years service in 1987.  His funeral is to take place on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 1100 hours at Telford Crematorium, Woodhouse Lane, Red Hill, Telford TF2 9NJ.  Family and close friends flowers only - donations to the British Lung Foundation can be made on the day.  The Wake is being held at the Barley Mow, 16 Court Street, Madeley, Telford TF7 5EB.  Association Members and Standards welcome.

 

002   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION

This year’s WFR Regimental Reunion will be held on Saturday 3 June at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Entrance cost is £2 per adult

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

1200 hours   Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands
1200/1245/1315 hours     Coach from Silver Street to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis)
1330 hours    Tenbury Town Band plays
1440 hours    Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM
1445 hours    Bar closes until after the parade
1450 hours    Parade forms up
1500 hours    Drumhead Service, Address and March Past
1530 hours    Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past)
1600 hours    Raffle Draw
1700 hours    Coach to City
1730 hours    Reunion Ends
1800 hours    Coach to City

DISPLAY STANDS

If anyone wishes to display anything at the reunion they are asked to contact the Asst Regimental Secretary on INFHQ-KINGS-MERC-Notts-ASec@mod.uk or call 0115 9465415 ext 5215

RAFFLE PRIZES

If a branch or individual wishes to donate a raffle prize (a bottle of alcohol is always appreciated) for the reunion they are asked to either take it to the Reunion or to RHQ Nottingham beforehand.  All monies raised from the raffle go directly to the cost of funding the reunion.

003   VC MEMORIAL STONE DEDICATION FOR CAPT ALBERT BALL VC DSO** MC THURSDAY 15 JUNE 17

The dedication of the VC Memorial Stone for Capt Albert Ball VC will take place on Thursday 15 June at the War Memorial Gardens, Victoria Embankment, Nottingham at 1030 hours.  All Standard Bearers, Association Members and their families are welcome to attend. Standard Bearers are reqested to arrive by 1000 hours for a briefing and rehearsal.  All others are asked to be at the location by 1020 hours.

004   98th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017

The 98th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 1 July 2017 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Calling_Notice_2017.pdf

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5 May 2017                 NEWSLETTER          Volume 8 Issue 16

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that Worcester Branch member 23000153 Cpl Michael John LAYLAND died on 19 April 2017 aged 81 years. Mike enlisted as a National Serviceman into The Worcestershire Regiment at Norton Barracks, Worcester in 1953. He undertook a PT instructors course at Oswestry, where in July 1954, as a L/Cpl he won the Inter-Section Flag Competition. He went on to serve at Iserlohn, Germany before returning to Norton Barracks as a PTI Instructor. During his service Mike was a member of a shooting team. In Public life, Mike became very well known in Worcester and beyond, working tirelessly for many charities and organisations. In 1966 Mike became a Labour Councillor and later, City Chamberlain.  In 1973/74 he was the last High Sheriff of Worcester. He became Mayor of Worcester in 1981 and again in 2010.  In 2014 Mike was appointed an Honorary Freeman of the City of Worcester. The funeral service will be held at 1430 hours on Friday 19 May 2017 at Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA . Family flowers only with donations to The Injured Jockeys Club. Standards welcome, with Worcester Branch Members to form a Guard of Honour outside the Cathedral. The service will be followed by a private cremation for family and close friends only. Mourners are invited to the upstairs Assembly Room, The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY.  Letters of condolence can be sent to, June Layland 75 Shap Drive, Warndon, Worcester WR4 9NR

002    POSTPONEMENT OF LAYING OF COMMEMORATIVE PAVING STONE FOR ALBERT BALL VC IN NOTTINGHAM ON 9 MAY 2017

This event has now been postponed. As soon as a new date has been announced, RHQ will inform you.

003    STREET NAMING; ELEY WAY, CHAPEL EN LE FRITH ON SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2017

The Council of Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire are unveiling a street naming in honour of 4977545 Sgt Derek Lewis Eley BEM a 14th Bn Sherwood Foresters WWII veteran. He enlisted into 2/5th Bn and later transferred to 1/5th.  Served in B.E.F. in France and evacuated  in June 1940.  Later transferred to 14th Battalion and served in North Africa (El Alamein). Derek, who is in his 100th year is also the President of the local RBL, having been a member of the branch since 1945.

The street naming is for a street in a new estate and Eley Way will bear the cap badge of the Sherwood Foresters.  All Standard Bearers, WFRA members and their families are invited to attend this event which begins at 0945 hours and includes refreshments afterwards. There is no allocated postcode yet however Long Lane, Chapel en le Frith SK23 0TA, will take you to opposite where the new estate is being built.

004   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION

This year’s WFR Regimental Reunion will be held on Saturday 3 June at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Entrance cost is £2 per adult

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

1200 hours   Reunion opens along with the bar, food points, and display stands
1200/1245/1315 hours     Coach from Silver Street to Reunion (1st come, 1st served basis)
1330 hours    Tenbury Town Band plays
1440 hours    Parade Officer and Standard Bearers briefing with Parade CSM
1445 hours    Bar closes until after the parade
1450 hours    Parade forms up
1500 hours    Drumhead Service, Address and March Past
1530 hours    Bar re-opens (bar will open after the March Past)
1600 hours    Raffle Draw
1700 hours    Coach to City
1730 hours    Reunion Ends
1800 hours    Coach to City

DISPLAY STANDS

If anyone wishes to display anything at the reunion they are asked to contact the Asst Regimental Secretary on INFHQ-KINGS-MERC-Notts-ASec@mod.uk or call 0115 9465415 ext 5215

RAFFLE PRIZES

If a branch or individual wishes to donate a raffle prize (a bottle of alcohol is always appreciated) for the reunion they are asked to either take it to the Reunion or to RHQ Nottingham beforehand.  All monies raised from the raffle go directly to the cost of funding the reunion.

005   WFRA CHESTERFIELD BRANCH SPONSORED WALK 26 AUGUST 2017

The Holmebrooke Valley Park (Chesterfield) has been cleared for a WFRA Family sponsored walk, in aid of The Limbless Veterans and The Army Benenolent Fund on Saturday 26th August. If any one wants to take part for these worthy causes, then please contact the Branch Chairman here so that he can get the sponsor forms out to you. There are different length walks for families with kids etc. The park is open with great children play areas, ample parking, plenty of picnic areas, toilets and café.

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28 April 2017            NEWSLETTER      Volume 8 Issue 15

001   OBITUARIES

Lt Col Arthur Richard WOOD of North Cadbury, Somerset died on 22 April 2017 aged 74. He was commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1962 and served in 1 Worc R in BAOR, Gibraltar and Tobruk, with IJLB, and as a company commander in The Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces during the Dhofar campaign. He returned to 1 WFR in Berlin, served with 1 Staffords in NI and Belize and with 1 WFR, 1 RRW and HQ UDR in NI. He also served on the staff in BAOR and the Falklands and as Trg Major with 1 MERCIAN Volunteers. On promotion he commanded the Warminster Support Unit and on retiring in 1993 remained in Warminster as a RO. Funeral at St Michael's Church, North Cadbury, Somerset BA22 7 DR at 1430 hours on Friday 5 May 2017.  For those wishing to write in condolence to his widow Pamela, the address is Telston House, Cary Road, North Cadbury, Somerset BA22 7DE.

The funeral of 24373416 CSgt Jeff Newall 1 WFR who died on 13 April 2017 is to take place at Mansfield Crematorium at 1230 hours on Monday 8 May 2017. The family would appreciate Association members and Standards attending. A celebration of Jeff's life is to be held at Mansfield Town Football Club after the Service.  Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Steve Cheeseman on 07977038458 or stevencheeseman62@gmail.com

 

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS

From Johno Johnstone, Chair Chesterfield Branch;

I would like to thank all those who attended Martin Robinson's (Robbo) Stone and Bench dedication at Sutton on Sea on Sunday 23 April 2017.   A very big thank you to Colin and Margaret Banfield for getting everything sorted.  I would like to mention a few others who have, over the years, attended and without whom it would not happen. Firstly Robbos family (John and Christine) for their permission to do it. The two buglers, Ken and Mick, who have blown for us over many years, Pete, Chesterfield Branch Standard bearer, The members of Mablethorpe Royal British Legion who have attended with their standard over many years. This year there were 5 Standards including the Association Standard. Thanks to Phil Twells who had to leave early to go on nights. The many clergy who have done the service over the years and the present one Father Peter Liley who is always willing to do what ever we ask.
Finally to all who travelled great distances to attend (Worcester, West Midlands and East Midlands).   A Big thank you to ALL.  The family were impressed and overwhelmed by the number that attended and the cammaraderie that exists between us. I was informed by a family member that Martin had told them that the best thing he ever did was join us. 
So once again WOOFER Family thank you. FIRM.

003   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL

The Museum apologises for the delay but the Lottery results are as follows;

FEBRUARY
1st Prize - £30.00: Lt Col J C Cursham of East Leake
2nd Prize - £20.00: Nottingham City Branch WFRA
3rd Prize - £10.00: Mr M D Chatterley of Wrexham

MARCH
1st Prize - £30.00: Mr J W Carlin of Gedling, Nottingham
2nd Prize - £20.00: Brig S J Banton
3rd Prize - £10.00: Lt Col P G Gilby

APRIL
1st Prize - £30.00: Mr R Spybey of Arnold, Nottingham
2nd Prize - £20.00: Maj D Hallam
3rd Prize - £10.00: Brig C E Wilkinson of Bakewell

Congratulations to all.

004   THE FORCES PENSION SOCIETY

The Forces Pension Society has become more and more effective and very user friendly. If you are not a member and do not benefit from their regular newsletters and annual magazine perhaps a look at the newsletter here might encourage you to think about joining or for more details visit https://forcespensionsociety.org/.

005     VETERANS CLINIC – THE ROBERT JONES AND AGNES HUNT ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL (RJAH)
 
I thought maybe one or more of our Association members might be interested to know about and to hear about my experience regarding The Veterans Clinic.

For nearly two years I have suffered with severe Arthritis in my right knee, in October 2016 I had xrays at Malvern hospital, In January this year I had an appointment with surgeon Mr Nadim Aslam at Malvern hospital, He studied the xrays, agreed that the knee was bad, but warned me that the waiting list in Worcestershire for a Knee replacement would be "at least a year". I considered going to Spire South Bank and spending £12,000 having the replacement done privately.

In February, at "Bomber" Knowles funeral, when Col John Lowles saw me walking with a stick, he ask me what the trouble was, I explained and told him I was considering South Bank and he told me about the Veterans Clinic at Oswestry. A week or so later I search the internet and found the details. I phoned 01691 404344 and left a message for secretary Rebecca Jones, she phoned back on Feb 22nd and suggested I should ask my GP to send a referral letter, which he did. On April 13th I had my first appointment with Col Carl Meyers, within 5 minutes of booking in at reception I was taken to xray where 7 pictures were taken.  About 3/4 of an hour later I met Col Meyers,(who was in full uniform), we spent more than 1/2 hour talking about my knee and what he was going to do during the operation.  I now have a date, 5th May for the pre-operative assessment and a date, 21st June for the operation.

I cannot speak too highly about the way I have been treated so far by the staff at Oswestry, also if one considers that from my first contact with the Veterans clinic in mid-February, to the operation in late June (four month), not only is that better than waiting another year to have the op. in Worcester or Redditch, but I have also saved £12,000 pounds.

Col Meyers is eager to keep the Veterans Clinic going which is why he asked me to tell anyone that has served in the military and who requires Knee or Hip surgery to get in contact.

If any member is interested and would like to talk further they can phone me on 01684 562102 or visit
http://www.rjah.nhs.uk/Our-Services/Orthopaedic-Surgery/Veterans-Clinic.aspx

Very best regards,  Fred Orme 

 

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21 April 2017                  NEWSLETTER      Volume 8 Issue 14

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we notify you that 24373416 CSgt Jeffrey NEWALL of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire died on 13 April 2017 aged 59. Jeff joined the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters in 1975 where after training he joined the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland serving in B Coy.  In 1980 after completing Junior Brecon he was promoted to Cpl, still with B Coy as a Section Commander and in 1984 became the Bn Weapon Training Instructor. He left the Army in March 1989 but re-enlisted in April 1991 and re-joined the Bn in Cyprus, returning to the Training Wing.  In 1992 he was promoted to Sgt and moved to Milan Pl.  He was posted to Depot in 1995 as Provost Sgt and returned to the Bn in Tidworth in 1997 as QM’s Ration Sgt. Jeff was promoted to CSgt in 1998 acting as Rear Party CSM whilst the 1st Bn was deployed in Bosnia.  He was discharged from the Army in July 1999. Funeral details to follow once known.

The death is announced, at the age of 95, of Mrs Helen (Pat) Thomas; wife of Major Basil Thomas (STAFFORDS), Unit Families Officer, 1 Worcesters Bulford 1968 then 1WFR, Warminster, Berlin and Ballykelly, 1970-1975. Pat Thomas, a VAD nurse, married Maj Basil Thomas, then serving with 16 Para, following the 2nd Chindit Operation, in Quetta, India in 1946. She accompanied him on postings to Austria, UK, Egypt, Cyprus, Germany and Jamaica before joining 1 Worcesters in Bulford. On retirement Maj Thomas became Housing Commandant at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield and Pat worked for various charities.  Further details can be obtained from Col. SCH Ashworth on; ashworthstephen@aol.com or Tel: 01543 251283.

The funeral of 24003345 Pte John Walters, who died on 27 March 2017 is to take place on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 1240 hours at Wilford Hill Crematorium.  This will be followed by a wake in the Broad Oak pub in Strelley Village.  All, including Standard Bearers are welcome.   Flowers or donations to Hayward Hospice.

002   LAYING OF COMMEMORATIVE PAVING STONE FOR ALBERT BALL VC IN NOTTINGHAM ON 9 MAY 2017

Nottingham Council in partnership with East Midlands UOTC will be hosting a ceremony for the unveiling of Albert Ball’s VC paving stone.  This will take place on Tuesday 9 May commencing at 1030 hours at the Memorial Gardens alongside the Embankment. All Association Members and their families are invited to attend and Standards are welcome.  All are asked to be at the area for 1015 hours.

003   ARMED FORCES DAY – FLY A FLAG FOR OUR ARMED FORCES IN ARNOLD ON 21 JUNE

Gedling Borough Council will be raising the Armed Forces flag in front of its Civic Centre in Arnold, on Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 1030 hours. There will be a small parade and refreshments afterwards.  All association members and Standard Bearers are invited. To assist the council in its organisation of the event, anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Lorna Mellors civic@gedling.gov.uk or call 0115 9013673

004   98th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017

The 98th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 1 July 2017 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Calling_Notice_2017.pdf

 

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14 April 2017         NEWSLETTER           Volume 8 Issue 13

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM CAPT ROBIN HITCHCOCK

Following my heart attack on 4 April I would like to thank you for all your comments and wishes for my speedy recovery, which were numerous, also your signals, telephone calls , visits,etc. I was overwhelmed,and extremely grateful to receive them, as they were entirely unexpected.  It turned out to be a very humbling experience for me, reinforcing my opinion that I was extremely lucky and proud to have been able to serve as a Sherwood Forester (thanks to Bill and Jilly Hutch for that) and thus meet such a collection of genuinely decent,kind people.  As my recovery would appear to be going to take longer than thought, I have taken the opportunity to use the Newsletter, because it would take me such a long time to reply to you all. Getting behind causes me stress: and that is what I have been told to avoid. Thank you All again, Soldiering On, Robin Hitchcock.

003  CANCELLATION OF ASSOCIATIONS CURRY NIGHT 21 APR 2017

The Association’s curry night, which was due to be held on Friday 21 April in Ellesmere Port has been cancelled. Those who have purchased tickets will have their monies reimbursed shortly by the organisers.

004   MVRA 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE – 22 APRIL 2017

To commemorate the formation of the Mercian Volunteers on 1 April 1967, the MVRA will be parading through Kidderminster on Saturday 22 April 2017 with step-off at noon. All members are welcome to attend and support this parade. Anyone wishing to partake in the parade and join in the entertainment afterwards is requested to contact WO2 Bird on 01562 632154

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7 April 2017            NEWSLETTER   Volume 8 Issue 12

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24866936 Cpl Timothy John LUNDY of Worcester died on 16 March 2017 aged 44 years. Timothy joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in January 1990. Whilst with B Company 1 WFR he served two tours in Northern Ireland and saw service in Jordan, Yugoslavia, Cyprus and Bosnia. In 1997 Timothy transferred to the Royal Military Police, being discharged on 28th September in Bulford with Exemplary conduct. In civilian life Timothy was employed in protective security in Baghdad, Iraq protecting the British Embassy Diplomats and staff. After this he joined Wiltshire Constabulary then the Metropolitan Police achieving 3 Commendations and Advanced level two driving qualification. The Funeral will be held at 1215 hours on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8HA.  Family flowers only, a collection will be held in aid of SSAFFA Worcester / RBL.   Standards and Members welcome.   After the service mourners are invited to the Retreat at Norton, Worcester WR5 2PT. Letters of condolence may be sent to Timothy`s Sister, Karen Hunt. 55 Mandalay Drive, Norton. Worcestershire. WR5 2PL.

002     98th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017

The 98th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 1 July 2017 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Calling_Notice_2017.pdf

003   MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF DAY - FRIDAY 25 AUGUST 2017

The entry form for the 2017 Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Day on Friday 25 August 2017 can be found here. Once again it is being held at the Rufford Park Golf and Country Club, Rufford Lane, Rufford, Notts NG22 9 DG. 

Your outstanding support for this event in previous years has been amazing and all monies raised previously have been distributed within the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund to all injured soldiers, their families and the other needs supported by the fund. It is hoped that once again you can support this wothwhile event and it is requested that you pass the entry form around your golfing friends and Golf Societies.

004   WORKSOP BRANCH - GAMES NIGHT

Worksop branch are having a games night on 7 October 2017 at 2000 hours in the Station Hotel, Carlton Rd, Worksop S80 1PS.    Anyone wishing to attend please contact Mark Butcher via wfraworksop@sky.com

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31 March 2017                  NEWSLETTER             Volume 8 Issue 11

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we notify you that 24003345 Pte John William WALTERS of Bilborough, Nottingham died on 27 March 2017 aged 68.  John enlisted into 1st Battallion The Sherwood Foresters in 1966 and was in Drums Pl with which he served in UK, BAOR and Berlin. He continued with Drums Pl after amalgamation in 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment.  John was also a Battalion Boxer.  He left the Regiment on 14 June 1973.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

The funeral of 500939 Maj Ken NOAKES who died on 8 March 2017 is to take place at Streetly Crematorium, Little Hardwick Road, Aldridge, Walsall WS9 0SG on Monday 10 April 2017 at 1500 hours and after at Longhorn Pub, Sutton Road, Walsall WS5 3AR.  Standards welcome.  No floral tributes required but there will be a collection box at the Crematorium for donations to St Giles Hospice, Walsall.

 

002   CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESSES - RHQ MERCIAN FROM 31 MARCH 2017

With effect 31 March 2017 the email contact for RHQ MERCIAN will change as follows:

infhq-kings-merc-regtadjt@mod.uk
infhq-kings-merc-cheshire-regseca@mod.uk
infhq-kings-merc-notts-asec@mod.uk

emails sent beginning infhq-pow-merc- will not be delivered.

003  BADAJOZ DAY: NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2017

The Badajoz Day parade and Raising of Coatee will take place at the Castle Green on Thursday 6 April 2017 at 1100 hours.  The parade will step off at 1050 hours from the area of the Gatehouse.

004   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - ALBERT BALL VC WALKING TOUR OF LENTON

As part of the Museum's Albert Ball VC Exhibition in Nottingham Castle they are organising "Walking Tours of Lenton" depicting the life of Albert Ball. The tours will cover the locations that were a part of Captain Ball’s life in Lenton including; where he was born, grew up and is remembered.

The tours are being given by our expert on all things Captain Ball VC, volunteer Richard Clay who shall be guiding the tours on Friday 7 April, Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May. Those wishing to go on the tour are asked to gather at 1300 hours at the Albert Ball Statue in the grounds of Nottingham Castle. The tours cost £5.00, with all proceeds going towards the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) registered charity number 1001226.  Booking is essential. Please note normal entry charges apply to the Castle.

The tour shall visit the places that were a part of Captain Ball’s life, with some areas that are normally closed to the public, opening especially for the tours. Areas covered in the walks are the house where Captain Ball was born, where he lived at Sedgley House, the Church and war memorial where Albert is remembered and finally the tour shall finish of at the Albert Ball exhibition in the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) Gallery. Please note the tour lasts for about two hours and there is a lot of walking involved.

To book please email curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk Or telephone 0115 9465415 extension 5219. Payment can be taken via cheque, made out to the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection). Alternatively payment can be taken via PayPal using the address accounts@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

005 ESCAPE FROM STALAG XXA - THE SEARCH FOR A HERO: TUESDAY 23 MAY 2017

Sponsored by the Newark Branches of the RAF Association and Royal British Legion:

LATE SPRING TALK Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 1900 hours at the RAFA Club, Newark (behind the Odeon Cinema, London Road Car Park)

ESCAPE FROM STALAG XXA – THE SEARCH FOR A HERO by Steve Foster A son’s mission to honour his father uncovered one of the most dramatic and touching stories of the second world war.

Everyone is most welcome – Contribution £2.00 at the door, with proceeds to both sponsoring organisations. Bar available from 6.30pm – no pre booking.

006   EVENT CANCELLATION – MERCIAN REGIMENT OFFICERS DINNER NIGHT 21 APRIL 2017

The decision has been taken to cancel this year’s Mercian Officers dinner night that was to take place on 21 April 2017 at RMAS. For those that have already paid for a ticket, refunds should be co-ordinated directly through the Sandhurst Trust, please email membership@sandhursttrust.org or call 01276 412000 to arrange this refund.

This year’s opportunity for the officers to gather will now switch to a dinner to be held on 1 September 2017.  RHQ has planned a dinner to be held in Lichfield Cathedral to mark the Regiment's 10th Birthday and this event will be open to a slightly wider audience but will still be a great opportunity to gather as an Officers mess. Once a ticket price has been confirmed further detail will be promulgated.

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24 March 2017       NEWSLETTER            Volume 8 Issue 10

001   OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002   MESSAGE OF THANKS

Libby Massam and family would like to send their heartfelt thanks to all who sent their lovely messages of condolences for Harry, they were very touching. The support and attendance at Harry's funeral was beyond what was expected with many of the attendees traveling from afar, we are very grateful. We would like to give a special thank you to the coffin bearers and standard bearers, Harry would have been so proud, it was a fitting send off for someone who gave so much to the Regimental Association.  Thank you again from all of Harry's family.

 

003   WORCESTER BRANCH EVENTS 2017 AT GHELUVELT PARK

Thu 1 Jun        Wreath laying ceremony 'The Glorious First' – 29th Regiment of Foot 1794

Sat 26 Aug      Wreath laying ceremony remembering 1st Bn Vernon, France 1945
                        7th Bn Kohima, Burma 1944- 45
                        1st Bn Malaya 1950 - 1953

Mon 9 Oct       Wreath laying ceremony in respect of Pte Frederick Dancox VC

Sun 29 Oct      103rd Anniversary Battle of Gheluvelt

Sat 11 Nov        Wreath laying ceremony for Armistice Day

Timings:
Wreath laying ceremonies:
1100 hours except:
9 October – awaiting details from City Council and Regimental Museum.
29 Oct – 1130 hours
11 Nov - approx 1200 hours, after service at Cathedral

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17 March 2017         NEWSLETTER            Volume 8 Issue 9

001   OBITUARIES

It is with sadness that we inform you that 500939 Maj Kenneth William NOAKES died on 8 March 2017 aged 84. Ken enlisted in the ranks as a national service soldier in 1951 and served with the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.  On leaving the regulars in 1953 he joined 5/6th Staffordshire Regiment TA later rebadging to Mercian Volunteers.  In 1971 Ken was instrumental in forming the Light Infantry Mercian Volunteers at Whittemere Street Walsall, which in turn became the newly formed 2 Mercian Volunteers where Ken was RQMS.  He was commissioned to Lt with 2 Mercian Volunteers and went on to become Captain (QM).  When the Mercian Volunteers reverted back to county Regiments, Ken transferred to 4 WFR attaining the rank of Maj (QM) serving at Hazlucks Green, Shirley and North Moons Moat at Redditch. 

It is with regret that we inform you that 232494672 Pte Bryan FLOWER of Stapleford, Nottingham died on 15 March 2017 aged 79.  Bryan was called up for National Service in 1956 and served with the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in Germany, Malaya and Singapore.  He left the Regiment in 1959. 

It is with regret that we inform you that 14714234 Pte Roland WINTERTON of Leicester died on 4 March 2017 aged 92.  Roland transferred into the Sherwood Foresters from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1945 and was discharged in 1947.  His funeral is to take place on Monday 27 March 2017 at 1145 hours at Loughborough Crematorium, Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AF with the wake being held at Charnwod Lodge, 136 Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AQ.  Family flowers only.  The family would appreciate the presence of any Association members and Standards.

The funeral of 24336423 Pte Stephen Michael Waner who died on 28 February 2017 is to be held at Glynn Valley Crematorium, Turfdown Road, Fletchersbridge, Bodmin PL30 4AP on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 1330 hours.  The family would appreciate the presence of Association members .

 

002   SHERWOOD FORESTERS MALAY VETERANS AGM 13 MAY 2017

The Sherwood Foresters Malay Vets AGM is to take place at The United Services Club, Newdigate House, 62 Castle Gate, Nottingham NG1 6AF on Saturday 13 May 2017 at 2000 hours.

003   98th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017

The 98th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 1 July 2017 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours.  Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals.  Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee.  The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Calling_Notice_2017.pdf

004   WORCESTER BRANCH EVENTS 2017 AT GHELUVELT PARK

Thu 1 Jun        Wreath laying ceremony 'The Glorious First' – 29th Regiment of Foot 1794

Sat 26 Aug      Wreath laying ceremony remembering 1st Bn Vernon, France 1945
                        7th Bn Kohima, Burma 1944- 45
                        1st Bn Malaya 1950 - 1953

Mon 9 Oct       Wreath laying ceremony in respect of Pte Frederick Dancox VC

Sun 29 Oct      103rd Anniversary Battle of Gheluvelt

Sat 11 Nov        Wreath laying ceremony for Armistice Day

Timings:
Wreath laying ceremonies 1100 hours except 9 October – awaiting details from City Council and Regimental Museum.

29 Oct – 1130 hours at Cathedral.

11 Nov - approx 1200 hours, after service at Cathedral

005  THE WIPERS TIMES: 21 MARCH TO 13 MAY 2017

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. Following a sell-out tour, The Wipers Times transfers to the West End.
Trademark Touring Limited in association with The Watermill Theatre present…

THE WIPERS TIMES
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers of the 12th (Pioneer) Battalion Sherwood Foresters discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.
Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
 
To book please visit https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/the-wipers-times/


 

006   CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESSES - RHQ MERCIAN FROM 31 MARCH 2017

With effect 31 March 2017 the email contact for RHQ MERCIAN will change as follows:

infhq-kings-merc-regtadjt@mod.uk
infhq-kings-merc-cheshire-regseca@mod.uk
infhq-kings-merc-notts-asec@mod.uk

emails sent beginning infhq-pow-merc- will not be delivered.

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  3 March 2017                         NEWSLETTER       Volume 8 Issue 8

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24336423 Pte Stephen Michael WANER of Looe, Cornwall died on 28 February 2017 aged 60.  Steve enlisted into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in October 1974 and served in it with HQ Coy Drums Pl.  He left the Regiment in October 1986.  Funeral details will be promulgated when known.

The funeral of 23725551 LCpl Harold James Massam who died on 21 February 2017 is to be held at 1515 hours on Monday 20 March 2017 at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester WR3 8EB.  Family flowers only.  Donations in Memory of Harry Massam, payable to St Richards Hospice, Worcester.   Standards and members welcome.   All are invited afterwards to Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.   Extra car parking ( paying ) available behind Swan Theatre.   For Catering purposes those wishing to attend the Ex Services Club afterwards please contact 01684 576013 (answering service available) or email nigelfish@ymail.com

002.  'THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER'  BOOK LAUNCH 24 MARCH 2017
 

 
The Trustees of the Museum of the Mercian Regiment
(Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection)
cordially invite
Members of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
to the launch of
‘The Christian Soldier’ by Charles Beresford being the life of
Lt Col the Revd Bernard William Vann VC, MC & Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme
and
an Invitation to  support the Durham University’s Vann Fellowship
 
Friday 24th March 2017 at 11.00am
at the Museum of the Mercian Regiment 
(WFR Collection) Gallery in Nottingham Castle
 
RSVP by 15th March to the Assistant Curator, RHQ Mercian, Foresters House, Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5HA or email curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk. 
Telephone number 0115 9465415 extension 5219

PROGRAMME

 

1045 hours   Arrive at Nottingham Castle. Several local Car Parks are well signed posted. Any disabled visitors should apply to the Curator for a parking space within the Castle ground, please note these are given out on a first come first served basis. The Castle Café is open for a wide range of refreshments during the day. Signed copies of the book will be on sale at the conclusion of proceedings.

1100 hours:
1. Introduction of the personalities and the event by Brigadier Edward Wilkinson, a Museum Trustee and former Sherwood Forester.

2. The Book - the journey from inspiration to publication by the Author Charles Beresford.

3. The Vann Fellowship, a Living Memorial to Christians in the Military by Professor Michael Snape the inaugural Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies at Durham University.

4. Conclusion at approximately 1230 hours with Michael Vann reading Matthew Ch.8:5-10,13 (Psalm 91) from his grandfather’s bible.

Any queries to the Curator Jennifer Brookman at curator@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk or telephone on 0115 946 5415 extension 5219

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