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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis

27 March 2020     WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 11 Issue 13
 

FUNERAL DETAILS
The funeral of Keith (Bopper) Arthur Footitt wil take place on Thursday 2 April at 10:00hrs at Babworth Crematorium, Straight Mile, Babworth Road, Retford DN22 8FJ

Standard Bearers, Bugler & Association Members and friends are welcome to attend.

Keith's family appreciate that due to the current Covid-19 situation and new Government Guidelines attendance may be limited.

 

001  RHQ MERCIAN – COVID-19 UPDATE

RHQ Mercian is following the current government measures and emails and office phone numbers may not be answered speedily.  However, if your request is urgent please send an email to one of the following with FOR RHQ NOTTINGHAM as the subject heading .
 
Mercian Regimental Communications Officer enquiries@mercianregiment.co.uk
           
or
 
The Regimental Secretary  Peter.Dennis102@mod.gov.uk

 

002  REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL CRICH. COVID-19 UPDATE
 
In order to reduced the transmission of Coronavirus, the tower and tea-room will remain closed until further notice.  The remainder of the site will remain open as usual and we look forward to welcoming you whilst asking that you follow the government advice on social distancing including observing the 2m distance from others, rule.

 

003  CORONAVIRUS - CHANGES TO VETERANS UK SERVICES
 
As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, and in line with Government public health advice, we are taking steps to minimise the risks to veterans and their families.

Please be reassured that all Armed Forces Pensions, War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme regular payments will continue to be made as usual into your nominated account. We are also maintaining urgent welfare support for veterans.

However, these precautions, including our staff working from home, mean that we have had to introduce changes to many of our services, as follows:

Veterans UK Helpline

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer a telephone service from the Veterans UK helpline and we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. Urgent enquiries, including requests for welfare support and for anyone experiencing payment problems, can be sent via email to Veterans-UK@mod.gov.uk . A reply or call back will be provided as quickly as we can but please be aware our reply times may be longer. Urgent emotional support is still available from the Samaritans by calling our helpline 0808 1914 2 18 and pressing option 1.

War Pension Scheme/Armed Forces Compensation Scheme ( AFCS ) Medical Examinations

With effect from 17 March, all planned medical examinations in relation to compensation scheme claims will be cancelled for a period of up to 3 months. All veterans with dates for medical examinations during this period will be contacted direct by the  DWP ’s Centre for Health and Disability Assessments ( CHDA ) to confirm cancellation. There is no need to contact the Veterans UK helpline at the moment.

Veterans Welfare Service/Defence Transition Services/Integrated Personal Commissioning For Client Visits

We have decided to suspend, except in the most exceptional circumstances, all face to face meetings with the clients of all our services with immediate effect as a protection for our clients and our staff. Please be rest assured that we will continue to provide advice, information and support via telephone and email and our staff will remain available to assist those in need at this difficult time. Please see the Veterans UK Helpline information above to request welfare support.

Guidance for Service Personnel with imminent discharge dates:

We appreciate that the Covid-19 measures put in place by the government are of a particular concern for those with imminent discharge dates and those in their resettlement and transition phase. The Ministry of Defence and the single services are working hard on temporary emergency policies to address the myriad of issues which the current situation has imposed on us all at this unprecedented time. Once these are published you will be informed through a variety of means (initially your chain of command).

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation ( DIO ), who manage the defence estate, are working on temporary policies concerning move out of Service Family Accommodation ( SFA ).

The MOD and the Career Transition Partnership have published advice on resettlement activities. Please read the Career Transition Partnership ( CTP ) response to COVID-19(PDF, 86.6KB, 2 pages) for MOD guidance and link to an FAQ on resettlement.

Service personnel should get in touch initially with their chain of command through their unit, as that is how the information will be disseminated initially and it will require chain of command involvement for any measures which may affect retention or discharge.

Ongoing support remains in place through the Career Transition Partnership for employment support /resettlement related activities. Please read the Career Transition Partnership FAQs and for those who are receiving wider transition support through Defence Transition Services ( DTS ).

Please see the Veterans UK Helpline information above to request welfare support.

Appeal Tribunal Hearings

With effect from 20 March, all appeal hearings in England, Scotland and Wales (against War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme decisions) are being cancelled until further notice. Tribunals usually involve the attendance of veterans and it would be wrong for these to proceed in the current circumstances. The HM Courts and Tribunals Service are contacting all those with appeals affected.

JPAC Enquiry Centre - Armed Forces Pensions and Medals

Please be aware of the reduced operating hours for the JPAC Enquiry Centre. Hours of opening will now be 1000 -1600 Monday-Friday. A call service is still available at the moment although this could be subject to change at short notice.

Armed Forces Pensions

Please be reassured that all Armed Forces Pensions payments will continue to be made as usual into your nominated account.

We are prioritising work to maintain current pensions in payment and to commence new pension payments due to those leaving the Armed Forces, Death In Service entitlements and Widows and Dependents pensions. However, this means that some services have been changed as follows:

Processing of Early Payment of Preserved Pension applications is being maintained although our timescales may be longer. Applications from individuals who are terminally ill are being prioritised.

Pensions on Divorce administration work is currently suspended - we will recommence this work as soon as the Government’s control measures are relaxed

Pension transfer work is currently suspended - we will recommence this work as soon as the Government’s control measures are relaxed

Pension forecast request work and Independent Dispute Resolution. Process casework has been suspended, although ill health forecasts are continuing to be issued.

We are continuing to review our processes and priorities and updates will follow when they become available.

Medals

Regrettably all enquiries and applications to the MOD Medal Office will be unanswered until full operational services can resume. If you are wanting to apply to obtain either a medal entitlement or a physical medal(s) for either yourself or a relative please follow the guidance on the medals GOV.UK page. We will then deal with your application as soon as we are able to return to normal working. We acknowledge that this may be frustrating, but your patience and understanding in such unprecedented circumstances is appreciated.


 004  WORCESTER BRANCH AGM 
 
The Branch AGM has been cancelled and rescheduled for Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 19:30hrs depending on the state of the Coronavirus situation.  We will update you of any changes as soon as they become known.  

 

005  WORCESTER AREA MEETING
 
The Worcester Area Meeting at Claines RBL Club Cornmeadow Lane Worcester on Saturday 16 May has now been cancelled.  We will update you of any changes as soon as they become known.  

 

006  CANCELLATION OF THE WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION 
 
Unfortunately, the WFR Regimental Reunion on 6 June 2020 has been cancelled.  The venue is now closed for all events and given the government advice on COVID-19 and reducing the transmission of Coronavirus by social distancing, RHQ will not be sourcing an alternative venue for 2020.  We hope that all of our association members appreciate this difficult decision.  We also ask that you pass this message onto your friends.
 
We will let you know about the Pilgrimage when a decision has been made.

 

007 VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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

13 March 2020      WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 11 Issue 11
 

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 24095821 Lance Corporal Keith (Bopper) Arthur Footitt who passed away on 25 February aged 71.
Keith enlisted in the Sherwood foresters in 1966 and also served with 1WFR with the Inf Display Team and also took part in athletic competitions.  Keith also served with 3WFR until being discharged in 1989.

Funeral details to follow.

 

001  WFRA BADAJOZ DINNER 

At a Meeting of the organising committee held on 10 March 2020 it was reluctantly agreed that this year’s Badajoz Dinner to be held at Welbeck Hall on Saturday 4 April 2020 would be cancelled owing to the current COVID-19 crisis and taking into consideration the age group of the majority of our members attending, many with underlying medical problems.  Refund of ticket costs will be forwarded soonest.

 

002  WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING
 
The next meeting of the Notts and Derbys Area is to be held on Saturday 14 March 2020 at St Barnabus, Pilsley Road Danesmoor, S45 9BU 

Refreshments will be available on arrival from 10:30hrs for 11:00hrs start.

If anyone has additional items for the Agenda please forward them to me and I will add them.

It would be appreciated if Branch Secretaries could confirm numbers of members attending to me.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

 

003 VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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

06 March 2020   WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 11 Issue 10
 

001  WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING
 
The next meeting of the Notts and Derbys Area is to be held on Saturday 14 March 2020 at St Barnabus, Pilsley Road Danesmoor, S45 9BU 

Refreshments will be available on arrival from 10:30hrs for 11:00hrs start.

If anyone has additional items for the Agenda please forward them to me and I will add them.

It would be appreciated if Branch Secretaries could confirm numbers of members attending to me.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

 

002 NOTTINGHAM CITY BRANCH
 
The next branch meeting will be held on Monday 9 March at 13:00hrs.
The Royal British Legion Rooms
Parliament Terrace
Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LF

 

003 THANK YOU
 
Sue Bell attended the WFR 50, social evening in Mablethorpe, and she would like to send her sincere thanks, to Jono Johnson, Chesterfield Committee,& ladies.  The Event was well organised,Food was delicious something for everyone, the Chesterfield Members & Guests made everyone feel welcome WELL DONE.
If you are in Mablethorpe visit the Blitz Cafe it's a must you could spend all day looking at the memorabilia

Thank you also to Nigel Fish and Worcester branch for all of their hard work organising the WFR 50 event in Worcester despite the bad weather and flooding the event still went ahead and was enjoyed by all who attended. 

004  WFRA BADAJOZ DINNER CALLING NOTICE

THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION CANCELLED

005  ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR
 
I have been contacted by a gentleman who told me that his brother in law was an ex WFR veteran and sadly had passed away last year.  His widow now has an electric wheelchair sitting doing nothing.  It has only been used three or four times (mileage in single figures), in excellent condition with an additional tethered remote to allow a carer to control it and it has been recently serviced.  She wishes to donate it to someone in genuine need either a Sherwood Forester, WFR or Mercian.

It is being stored in her house in Ripley and it can either be collected or possibly delivered within a reasonable distance.

This is being offered free of charge and not to be sold on for personal gain.

If anyone is interested or knows of someone who would be able to use it, please contact the editor. 

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

 

006  LOST CONTACT 

John Hunt is searching for members of his platoon who served in Wuppertal, BAOR in 1951 - 1952.

If anyone would like to contact John, please send your contact details to the editor.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

 

007  WORCESTER BRANCH ANNUAL DINNERWORCESTER BRANCH  CANCELLED
 

008 VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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

28 February 2020    WFRA NEWSLETTER      Volume 11 Issue 09
 

OBITUARY

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of 24357724 L/Cpl Michael Dennis Warner, who passed away on 10 February.  Michael served with 1WFR from 6 September 1974 to 10 April 1989 and served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Belize and Cyprus.
Michael's funeral is to be held on Friday 6 March 2020 at 09.40hrs

Markeaton Crematorium
Markeaton Ln,
Derby
DE22 4NH

The family would appreciate the attendance of Standard Bearers and Association members.  

 

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Doug Hudson will be on Friday 28 February at 12:00hrs at St Wilfrids Church, West Hallam Derbyshire DE7 6GR

No Standards but blazers and medals may be worn.  Please attend as friends, this was Doug's wishes.

 

FUNERAL DETAILS
 

The funeral of Raymond Leadbeater will be on Friday 06 March 2020 at 14:30 at Pentre Bychan Crematorium, Pentre-Bychan Rd, Rhostyllen, Wrexham LL14 4EP.

Family flowers only and donations will go to Ward 14, Glan Clwyd Hospital.

There will be proceedings afterwards at

The Masonic Hall 
High Street
Caergwrle 
LL12 9ET
Tel: 01978 762 185

Please let me know if you are attending so that I can give Sue (Ray’s daughter) an idea of numbers.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

 

001  WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING
 
The next meeting of the Notts and Derbys Area is to be held on Saturday 14 March 2020 at St Barnabus, Pilsley Road Danesmoor, S45 9BU 

Refreshments will be available on arrival from 10:30hrs for 11:00hrs start.

If anyone has additional items for the Agenda please forward them to me and I will add them.

It would be appreciated if Branch Secretaries could confirm numbers of members attending to me by no later than Friday 28 February 2020.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

 

002  ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR
 
I have been contacted by a gentleman who told me that his brother in law was an ex WFR veteran and sadly had passed away last year.  His widow now has an electric wheelchair sitting doing nothing.  It has only been used three or four times (mileage in single figures), in excellent condition with an additional tethered remote to allow a carer to control it and it has been recently serviced.  She wishes to donate it to someone in genuine need either a Sherwood Forester, WFR or Mercian.

It is being stored in her house in Ripley and it can either be collected or possibly delivered within a reasonable distance.

This is being offered free of charge and not to be sold on for personal gain.

If anyone is interested or knows of someone who would be able to use it, please contact the editor. 

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

 

003  WFRA VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY STAND 

On 9-10 May 2020 WFRA will be producing a small VE Day themed stand at the Nottinghamshire Show at the County Showground just outside Newark.  This will enable us the raise the profile of the Association at an event normally attended by 16 to 18,000 people.  The stand will comprise a display of WW2 weapons, equipment and clothing and will include display boards with pictures and text about members of our Regiment from Nottinghamshire’s rural and farming community who either died in WW2 or have left memories of VE day either at home or abroad.  The stand is being produced by John Cotterill and Gary Crosby; Secretary and Chairman respectively of the Long Eaton and Beeston branch of WFRA.  Dress will be blazers, regimental ties and medals

Branch Chairmen and Secretaries in the Notts/Derbys area are asked to contact John Cotterill on 07733 458 971 or john.cotterill@btinternet.com if they have, within their branches:

1. Any members willing to help man the stand on either the Saturday or the Sunday (free show passes will be provided)

2. Any WW2 related items of uniform or equipment – especially if Forester related - that they would be willing to “sign out”

3. Any wartime memories and photographs of Sherwood Foresters from one of the rural parts of Nottinghamshire

4. Any banners, signs, posters or “pop ups” with WFRA or Sherwood Forester badges , images or log

 

004  LOST CONTACT 

John Hunt is searching for members of his platoon who served in Wuppertal, BAOR in 1951 - 1952.

If anyone would like to contact John, please send your contact details to the editor.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

 

005  WORCESTER BRANCH ANNUAL DINNER  CANCELLED

WORCESTER BRANCH

WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL DINNER SATURDAY 21ST MARCH 2019

006  WFRA BADAJOZ DINNER CALLING NOTICE   CANCELLED

 

THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION BADAJOZ DINNER

SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2020

AT WELBECK HALL   CANCELLED

Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW
 

007 VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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

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

21 February 2020        WFRA NEWSLETTER    Volume 11 Issue 08

OBITUARY

I regret to announce the death of Private 24924412 Neil Athol Hardy on 19 February aged 61.  Neil was born in Kingston upon Hull on 31 December 1958.  He enlisted in 3WFR in Chesterfield and was discharged on 30 April 1993.
Neil's funeral is being held on Monday 24 February at 14:30hrs.

The Chesterfield and District Crematorium
Chesterfield Road
Brimington
Chesterfield
S43 1AU

OBITUARY

I regret to announce the death of 23251979 Cpl Hugh Tait at his home in South Africa on 1 February 2019 aged 83. Having been called up for national service in The Worcestershire Regt in 1955 he signed on for 3 years in order to join 1 Worc R on its tour in the West Indies.  After basic training at Norton Barracks he joined 1 Worc R in Iserlohn before sailing for Jamaica in early 1957.  He was an accomplished guitarist and formed a band which provided much entertainment on board ship and in Jamaica where he served in HQ Coy as Ration storeman.

After leaving the army and marrying he emigrated to South Africa and pursued a business career.

FUNERAL DETAILS

The funeral of Raymond Leadbeater will be on Friday 06 March 2020 at 14:30 at Pentre Bychan Crematorium, Pentre-Bychan Rd, Rhostyllen, Wrexham LL14 4EP.

Family flowers only and donations will go to Ward 14, Glan Clwyd Hospital.

There will be proceedings afterwards but details are yet to be finalised.

Please let me know if you are attending so that I can give Sue (Ray’s daughter) an idea of numbers.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

 

001  SHERWOOD FORESTERS IN NORWAY
 
I have been sent two interesting photos depicting captured Sherwood Foresters in Norway.
I have been informed that the first is definitely of the 8th Foresters HQ party after capture, probably sat down in the field by Rindheim farmhouse where the rock sangars are sited.  Lt Col Ford is in the centre in his trench coat, Maj Roberts, the bn 21/c, is on his right smoking a pipe and the adjutant, Captain Athorpe, is at the front wearing some form of uniform with brass buttons (greatcoat?).  

The second photo shows a larger group and the inscription on the reverse states it was taken at Faberg, a hamlet between Lillehammer and Tretten, where there was a battle on the 22cnd just under the Balgerkamp heights.  The mixed force of Leicesters and Foresters held it until mid afternoon when it was decided to retire as they were about to be surrounded as ski troops had by-passed their position.  C and B Coys Foresters were over run on the 22cnd as they did not receive the order to retire and half of each company were "missing" including both OCs.  Also a company of Leicesters were over run.  The remainder fell back to Tretten where the final battle took place on the next day, the 23rd.

I understand that the photo of the larger group was taken on the 22cnd at Faberg, not the 23rd at Tretten, and is a mixed group of Leicesters and Foresters as both TRFs are visible on helmets and sleeves.  The Leicesters wore a light TRF and the Foresters a darker one.

If anyone recognises any of the soldier in the photographs please let me know.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk

 002  WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING
 
The next meeting of the Notts and Derbys Area is to be held on Saturday 14 March 2020 at St Barnabus, Pilsley Road Danesmoor, S45 9BU 

Refreshments will be available on arrival from 10:30hrs for 11:00hrs start.

If anyone has additional items for the Agenda please forward them to me and I will add them.

It would be appreciated if Branch Secretaries could confirm numbers of members attending to me by no later than Friday 28 February 2020.

newsletter@stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk 

003  WFRA REUNION 2020 - CHANGE OF VENUE
 
It can now be confirmed that this year’s WFRA Reunion will still be held on Saturday 6 June but at a new location:
 
Worcester Rugby Football Club
Westons Fields
Offerton Lane
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8TR
 
This self-contained venue is very close to Sixways so there should be no impact on travel times or costs for those attending.  It is expected that all other details for the Reunion will remain the same as for previous years although it should be noted that following the official end of the event, at 1730 hours, the Rugby Club have kindly offered to stay open for those that wish to carry on using the facility.

 

004  WFRA VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY STAND 

On 9-10 May 2020 WFRA will be producing a small VE Day themed stand at the Nottinghamshire Show at the County Showground just outside Newark.  This will enable us the raise the profile of the Association at an event normally attended by 16 to 18,000 people.  The stand will comprise a display of WW2 weapons, equipment and clothing and will include display boards with pictures and text about members of our Regiment from Nottinghamshire’s rural and farming community who either died in WW2 or have left memories of VE day either at home or abroad.  The stand is being produced by John Cotterill and Gary Crosby; Secretary and Chairman respectively of the Long Eaton and Beeston branch of WFRA.  Dress will be blazers, regimental ties and medals

Branch Chairmen and Secretaries in the Notts/Derbys area are asked to contact John Cotterill on 07733 458 971 or john.cotterill@btinternet.com if they have, within their branches:

1. Any members willing to help man the stand on either the Saturday or the Sunday (free show passes will be provided)

2. Any WW2 related items of uniform or equipment – especially if Forester related - that they would be willing to “sign out”

3. Any wartime memories and photographs of Sherwood Foresters from one of the rural parts of Nottinghamshire

4. Any banners, signs, posters or “pop ups” with WFRA or Sherwood Forester badges , images or log

005  WFRA BADAJOZ DINNER CALLING NOTICE

 

THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION BADAJOZ DINNER CANCELLED

SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2020

AT WELBECK HALL Welbeck Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QW. 7.00 for 7.30 pm

006 VETERANS SUPPORT

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

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


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