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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

24 November 2017           WFRA NEWSLETTER   Volume 8 Issue 41

OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 22625992 Pte Albert William CAMDEN died on 15 November 2017 at Hereford Hospital.  Albert enlisted as a National Serviceman on 3 January 1952 into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment. He served in 'C'  Company and was posted to Malaya during the 'Emergency'. Albert was discharged on 20 December 1953.  In civilian life Albert worked for British Gas and later took up work as a landscape gardener. He also had a keen interest in antiques and was very proud of the horses he kept.  He will be remembered for hosting events at his home on Crumpton Hill where he would set up a large basher and put Malayan place names out on the local roads to hold a reunion, providing food and drink for those that had served in Malaya and friends from Worcester Branch.  Albert`s Funeral will be held on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 1430 hours at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Astwood Road, Worcester. WR3 8HA. Standards, Bugle and Association members welcome. After the service members are invited back to the Fox Inn, Court Lane, Bransford. Worc`s WR6 5JL.  Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs D Davis. Hendre Lion, Orcop. Hereford. HR2 8ET.

It is with regret that we inform you that Eric TIPPING formerly of The Worcestershire Regiment passed away in his sleep on  Thursday 23 November 2017 following a struggle against cancer.  Further details will be published when known, but the proposed date of the Funeral is Friday 15 December 2017. Time and venue to be confirmed

001  CROWDFUNDING FOR A WAR MEMORIAL IN WESTHOUSES, DERBYSHIRE

The village of Westhouses, near Alfreton in Derbyshire is fundraising to create a War Memorial in the village in time for the next year’s centenary of the end of the Great War.  During the conflict, the village lost fourteen men, most of whom served in the Sherwood Foresters.  If anyone wishes to consider being a donor to this project they can visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westhouses-war-memorial

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  17 November 2017       WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 8 Issue 40

001 LAYING UP OF COLOURS 3rd BATTALION MERCIAN REGIMENT (STAFFORDS) ON SATURDAY 13th JANUARY 2018

The Colours of the 3rd Bn (Staffords), The Mercian Regiment will be laid up in Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 13 January 2018 and full details are in the letter below.  This is a ticketed event and anyone wishing to attend the service is asked to let the following know:

Military personnel :        Andrew.Manktelow492@mod.uk
Veterans:                     Helen.Rayson303@mod.uk

The closing date to request tickets is Monday 18 December

From:  Lt Col (Retd) Paul Woolnough PG Dip CMgr FCMI MCGI IEng MSOE MIRTE
 
Regimental Secretary
The Mercian Regiment
Heath Avenue
Whittington Barracks
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS14 9TJ
 
Mil:  94422 4358       Mil Fax:   94422 4358
Civ: 01543 434351   Civ Fax:  01543 434359
Email:  paul.woolnough100@mod.uk

 
LAYING UP OF COLOURS 3rd BATTALION MERCIAN REGIMENT (STAFFORDS)
SATURDAY 13th JANUARY 2018

1.  On Saturday 13th January 2018 the Colours of the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) will be officially Laid Up in Lichfield Cathedral, it is hoped that many serving personnel and veterans can attend this key Regimental event.  
2.  Dress.  Serving Officers and Soldiers; Service Dress with Medals.  Veterans are requested to wear their Regimental Tie and appropriate attire for the occasion.  
3.  Timings.  

SerTimingsActivityMisc

112:45PMParade forms up2 Guards from 1, 2 and 4 Mercian and Regimental Association Veterans outside Cathedral on The Close

21PMParade steps offA ‘rectangular’ route which passes the ‘Guildhall’ where VVIP’s will take the salute

31:30PMGuests move into Cathedral 

41:50PMAll Guests to be seated 

52PMService starts 

63PMService ends 

73:15PMGuests disperseThe Kings Head has been ‘warned off’ to cater for a ‘large group’ of serving & veteran personnel

 
4.  Veterans wishing to take part in the March Past are requested to indicate this on the return below.  

5.  On arrival, guests are required to make their way to the Cathedral main entrance, please bring your ticket and present it to the RHQ staff who will direct you to your seating area.  

6.  All guests are requested to vacate the Cathedral quickly and quietly on completion of the Service, however the Kings Head Pub which is run by the Staffordshire Regimental Association is a short 10 minute walk away on Bird Street should you wish to meet up with friends.  

7.  Car Parking.  There are a number of Car Parks within a 10-15  minute walk to the Cathedral,  a selection are below but please check costs and any restrictions on arrival:  

The closest Car Park to the Cathedral is Bird Street car park, SATNAV postcode WS13 6AB.  Charges are £1 per Hour but are free after 6:30PM until 7:30AM the following morning.  

Sandford Street Car Park is a long stay car park SATNAV postcode WS13 6TU.  Charges are £2.10 for 4 Hours but are free after 6:30PM until 7:30AM the following morning.  

The Friary Car Park, Friary Street SATNAV postcode WS13 6QE is a 10 minute walk from the Cathedral and is £2.10 for 2 Hours. Note you will be required to pay extra for time parked, but the site is monitored by CCTV.

  8.  Accommodation.  There are several hotels which can be booked if individuals wish to stay prior to, or after, the event.  For best prices it is recommended to use one of the comparison web sites.  Some suggested hotel accommodation:  

The George Hotel, 12-14 Bird Street Lichfield, WS13 6PR, telephone, 0844 387 6205. This is directly opposite the Kings Head Pub and is a 10 minute walk from the Cathedral.  

The Premier Inn Lichfield, Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield, WS13 6QZ, telephone 0871 527 9440.  

The Cathedral Hotel 62 Beacon Street, Lichfield, WS13 7AR, telephone 01543 414500. This is the nearest Hotel to the Cathedral (about a 5 minute walk).

 
9.  Administration.  Please pass this information forward to any Mercian personnel serving outside the Battalion who would be interested in attending, wives, partners and children are also very welcome to attend the Cathedral service.  Serving personnel returns (requesting tickets) should be sent to Andy Manktelow, RHQ Chester at:  Andrew.Manktelow492@mod.uk
 
10.  It is requested that the large veteran community pass on this information to their friends who have served and who might wish to attend.  Veteran returns (requesting tickets) should be sent to Mrs Helen Rayson at RHQ Lichfield at: Helen.Rayson303@mod.uk
 
11.  It is RHQs intention to reserve sections of seating for serving personnel and veterans. There will also be ‘blocks’ of un-allocated seating in the Cathedral for the general public or those without reserved tickets.
 
12.  Should you have any concerns or queries please contact the Main Office at RHQ Mercian during normal working hours (8AM to 4PM) on 01543 434351.
 
13.  We do look forward to seeing you at the Laying Up of Colours of the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) at Lichfield Cathedral, and request you to fill in the return below if you wish to attend.  Please note the cut-off date for ticket returns is Monday 18th December 2017.
 
 Paul Woolnough
Lt Col (Retd) Paul Woolnough
Regimental Secretary
 
 LAYING UP OF COLOURS TICKET REQUEST FORM FOR SERVING PERSONNEL
 
I wish to attend the Laying Up of Colours of the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) on Saturday 13th January 2018 at Lichfield Cathedral,  and request ____ tickets.
 
From:              No__________________ Rank___________  Name___________________
 
Postal Address:   __________________________________________
    
                             __________________________________________
 
                             __________________________________________
 
E-Mail:                 ___________________________________________
 
 
Names of other personnel attending:

 

______________________________________

 

______________________________________

 

______________________________________

 

______________________________________

 
Please send returns to Mr Andy J Manktelow at RHQ Mercian via email or post:
Andrew.Manktelow492@mod.uk
 
Sqn Ldr (Retd) A J Manktelow
Regimental Headquarters (Chester)
The Mercian Regiment
The Castle
Chester
CH1 2DN
 
 
 LAYING UP OF COLOURS TICKET REQUEST FORM FOR VETERANS
 
I wish to attend the Laying Up of Colours of the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) on Saturday 13th January 2018 at Lichfield Cathedral, and request ____ tickets.
 
Name:                  ________________________                               _____
 
Postal Address:   __________________________________________
    
                             __________________________________________
 
                             __________________________________________
 
E-Mail:                 ___________________________________________
 
 
Names of other personnel attending:
 
1.         ______________________________________
 
2.         ______________________________________
 
3.         ______________________________________
 
4.         ______________________________________
 
Please send to Mrs Helen Rayson at RHQ Mercian via email or post: Helen.Rayson303@mod.uk
 
Mrs Helen Rayson MBE
Regimental Headquarters
The Mercian Regiment
Heath Avenue
Whittington Barracks
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS14 9TJ

 

002   LOST CONTACT 

Tim Foster  Telephone No: 07775388928  Email: timfoster65@yahoo.com
is looking for friends he served with in D Coy (Fire Support) Netheravon or from anyone that served with him in 1 WFR from 1981 to 1986, either at JLB Shorncliffe, in Germany at Hemer or in Warminster.  You can get in touch either by text, email or on Facebook.

5261036 Sgt Ian Turnbull who served in the Band of 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment as a percussionist from 1946 - 1957 is looking to contact anyone who served with him in Germany, Malaya or Jamaica.  He can be contacted on ijt@execulink.com

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10 November 2017        WFRA NEWSLETTER     Volume 8 Issue 39


LEST WE FORGET
(C) Lofty Banfield

 

001   ARMISTICE DAY PARADES

Crich Memorial:  A Remembrance Service organised by Chesterfield Branch will be held at Crich Memorial Tower on Saturday 11 November 2017. Service starts at 1045 hours.  All welcome to come and take part in this act of Remembrance.

Worcester:  Armistice Day Service, conducted by Cannon Paul Tongue, outside Cathedral on Saturday 11 November 2017. Assemble in College Yard (BYGONES) at 1030 hours. A wreath will be laid at the South African War Memorial in memory of the 2nd Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment. Members and Standards requested, at end of this Service, to move to Gheluvelt Park for a short wreath laying ceremony at the Regimental Stone.

Derby:  At 1100 hours on Saturday 11 November 2017 there will be a service of Remembrance at Soldiers Corner, Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby, attended by members of the Derby Branch WFRA and other Associations from the Derby area.  After the service a Coffee Morning organised by Derby Submariners is being held in The Jubilee Club 155 Chaddesden Park Lane, Derby DE21 6LJ.

 

002   REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY PARADE - WORCESTER

Worcester Branch Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 12 November 2017. Standards and Marchers to assemble at Queen Street Car Park at 0845 hours for march to Cathedral.

On return after the Service, on' Parade Dismiss,' members are invited to Barbourne Ex-Services Club, The Moors, for a free Buffet.

003   REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Keith McMahon is searching for anyone who knew his father 24065951 Pte Michael Joseph McMAHON who served prior to the amalgamation with 1Worc R then with 1 WFR. He left the Regiment in 1971.

He is looking for anyone that new his dad as he knows very little about his army life as he passed away in 1976 in a car accident in Nottinghamshire. He would like to hear from people who knew his dad as he died so young and they have hardly any information regarding his army career, they also have a photo where he was stood with three other men while in the army. He was based in Gibraltar in 1965 went to Tobruk in 1966 and Cyprus in 1969 Malta in 1970.  He does hope that someone remembers his dad and has some information on him.  He can be contacted on  marsman74@msn.com

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27 October 2017       WFRA NEWSLETTER           Volume 8 Issue 38

OBITUARIES

It is with great sadness that we inform you that 23492601 Private Roy CADWALLADAR (known as Caddy) died on 12 October 2017 aged 79. Caddy joined the Worcestershire Regiment as a National Serviceman in October 1956 and served with it in Jamaica and then for the last two years of his service, at Norton Depot as batman to Major J D Reyolds before leaving the Army in 1959. His funeral is to be held on Monday 6 November 2017 at 1300 hours at Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport DY13 ODE. Letters of Condolence may be forwarded to Mrs Margaret Cadwallader, 126A France Road, Kidderminster, DY11 5BE. No Association presence required.

001   FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS - OCTOBER 2017

The Foresters Lottery winners for October are:

1st Prize of £30.00 -  Long Eaton Branch WFRA
2nd Prize of £20.00 - Brig S J Banton of Middle Wallop
3rd Prize of £10.00 - Mr D F Edmunds of Chesterfield

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   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.

003  FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE 2017

There are still some tickets available for the opening ceremony for the Field of Remembrance which will be held on Thursday 9 November 2017. This is a ticketed event and those wishing to attend will have to be at Westminster Abbey between 0845 and 1030 hours and be in possession of two forms of ID, one of which must include a photograph. 

Further details will be supplied with the tickets. These tickets are available for anyone who served in the Mercian Regiment and its antecedents and their family members. Anyone wishing to attend is to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary ASAP with the following details:
Name

Address

Telephone Number

Email address.

Returns to cindy.baines247@mod.uk

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13 October 2017   WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 8 Issue 37

OBITUARIES

It is with sadness we inform you that 24471862 LCpl Martyn Frank EVERARD of Whitchurch, Shropshire died on 7 October 2017 aged 57. Martyn joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1978 and served until 1990.  He saw service in Colchester, Belize, Germany, Brecon (Wales), Cambridge and Omagh (Northern Ireland). He was a strong member of the Assault Pioneer Platoon and at the end of his career served in the MT Platoon.  He had the distinction of having a Cartoon Character ”Everard Edbutt” named after him in an Adult comic book. Funeral details to be notified when known.  For those wishing to write in condolence his wife Sue can be contacted at: Mrs Sue Everard, 54 Beech Avenue, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1UE.

FUNERAL OF 24471862 LCpl M F EVERARD

The funeral for 24471862 LCpl Martyn Frank Everard who died on 7 October 2017 is to be held on Friday 20 October 2017 at 1030 hours at St Alkmunds Church, Church Street, Whitchurch SY13 1LB.  He will then be buried at Tilstock Cemetry SY13 3JL. The wake will be held at the Raven Pub SY13 2AF which is 1 mile from the burial site.  All former members of 1WFR who knew him are welcome. If any standards can make the journey please contact Jessie James on 07949549744

 

001   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.  All members and Standard Bearers are encouraged to attend and take part in 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

002   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.

003   NOTTINGHAM UNITED SERVICES CLUB - 2018 NORMANDY BATTLEFIELD TOUR: MONDAY 14 TO FRIDAY 18 MAY 2018

This is a unique opportunity for those living in the East Midlands as the whole tour will take place in a comfortable executive coach that will pick up and drop off in Castle Gate , Nottingham. If you have always meant to tour the D Day beaches and Drop zones in Normandy , this is your chance.

The Nottingham Club’s 2018 Battlefield Tour will look at the amphibious and airborne landings of Operation OVERLORD on 6 June 1944.  The tour will be guided throughout by John Cotterill of the Guild of the Battlefield Guides. The beaches and fields of Normandy:  the land of cider, camembert, crepes and calvados, are particularly scenic in May.

The Group will be accommodated throughout in the Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel in Caen on a bed and breakfast basis. All travel will be in a comfortable executive coach with DVD player and coffee making facilities.

Pick up will be on the morning of Monday 14 May from the Club, Castle Gate, Nottinghm at 0900 hrs.  The Group will cross on Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen 1445-2130 hrs.  On 15 May the Group will visit Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery, SWORD Beach, Ouistreham and Hillman Bunker. On 16 May they will visit GOLD Beach, the MULBERRY Harbour museum in Arromanches, the Longues sur Mer Battery, the Colleville US War Cemetery and OMAHA Beach.  On 17 May they will visit the Bayeux CWGC Cemetery for an Act of Remembrance, the Bayeux Normandy Museum, the Bayeux Tapestry and a calvados distillery.  On 18 May the Group will cross on Brittany Ferries from Caen to Portsmouth 0830 – 1315 hrs. Drop off will be at the Club, Castle Gate, Nottingham at about 1800 hrs.

The price of this tour is £750 per person for those sharing a twin or double room and £899 per person for those requiring their own room. There are only 20 places available on this tour. To secure a place (or places) on this thought-provoking battlefield tour please pay a 50% deposit by cheque or bank transfer and send your details (full name, date of birth, passport number, passport expiry date) to John Cotterill on or before Thurs 26 October 2017. Balance will be payable on or before Fri 16 March 2018.  Cheques made payable to Cotterill Battlefields and sent to 1 Norbett Close, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5GL. Bank transfers to “Cotterill Battlefields”, Sort Code 51-70-06, Account Number 76711579.  Queries or bookings please to John Cotterill on 07733 458971 or john.cotterill@btinternet.com

004   HOMELESS CHARITIES SUPPORT

In support of the following charities;  Emmanuel House, The Friary, Football in the Community and Trent Bridge Trust in support of the homeless, Col David Sneath successfully completed a sleep-out with about 100 others on the touchline at Notts County Football Club on 6 October 2017.  The Charities have raised about £70,000 so far and if you are interested in supporting David you can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-sneath

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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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