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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION


Patron: HRH The Princess Royal
President: Brig P Dennis
 Chairman: Lt Col P G Gilby

16 April 2015       NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 14.

001   OBITUARIES

A memorial service for Maj (Retd) Robert SULLIVAN-TAILYOUR who died on 24 February 2015 will be held in

the church at Sutton Veny, Warminster, Wiltshire on 23 April 2015 at 1430hrs.

Sylvia's contact address is The Curates Egg, Dymocks Lane, Sutton Veny, Warminster, BA12 7AX if people

want to write to her.  
 

002   DEDICATION OF TREE AND PLAQUE - ALREWAS 10 MAY 2015

A Dedication of Tree and a Plaque for the Sherwood Foresters Malayan Veterans is to take place on Sunday

10 May 2015 at Alrewas National Memorial Arboretum. Meeting at café 1030 am. Dedication 1130 am. Short

tour of site guided by John Cotterill. Venue for lunch to be confirmed. Please note this event also incorporates

this year’s reunion. Attendance returns to Sue Bell at 1 Norbett Close, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5GL 07742

138125

003   WFR REGIMENTAL REUNION - WORCESTER 6 JUNE 2015

The 2015 Regimental Reunion is to be held at Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways, Worcester, from 1230

– 1800 hrs on Sat 6 Jun 14.  It will consist of a Reunion, a March Past and a Drumhead Service. The

Club is some 500 metres from Junction 6 of M5 on the Droitwich road.  At the request of the Executive

Committee WFRA, the Reunion is being organised by Worcester Branch WFRA and A/Sec WFRA to whom all

enquiries should be directed as follows:  E-mail: rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk Home Telephone: 01684

592509 Mobile Telephone: 07713 742777 ).

004   LAYING OF COMMEMORATIVE PAVING STONE FOR JAMES UPTON VC IN LINCOLN ON 4 JUNE

Lincolnshire Council are hosting a ceremony for the unveiling of a James Upton paving stone which will take

place on Thursday 4 June 2015 at 1100 hours outside the Drill Hall in Lincoln.
 

Cpl James Upton of 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters won his VC near Rouges Bancs on 9 May

1915 for bringing in many wounded and for tending to their wounds when not actually carrying in, he was all

the while exposed to enemy fire.  London Gazette 29 June 1915.
 

Following the ceremony, there will be a small VC-related display in the cafe area of the Drill Hall and

teas/coffees will be available. A larger VC/gallantry-themed exhibition in the Lecture Room at Lincolnshire

Archives will open immediately after the ceremony.

Association Members and their families are invited to attend and Standards are welcomed. Should anyone

wish to attend, they are asked to contact the co-ordinator, Adrian Wilkinson, Adrian.Wilkinson@lincolnshire.gov.uk

005   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER - 4 JULY 2015

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £18 per person attending and  with the uptake in

bookings following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier rather than wait to the last

minute, as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.  Bids for attendance this year have already exceeded

that of last year (now at 80+).   A new very good menu choice is available and special rates for anyone wishing

to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for both double and

single rooms. Full details can be found here

   If you normally attend the Pilgrimage on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into the

Novotel 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.  

006   NEW BOOK - JAZZ MUSIC BY DAVID SNEATH

Col (Retd) David Sneath has recently published a novel on Amazon called Jazz Music. At the height of the

Second World War ordinary men from all walks of life are being called up to action and adventure, to serve

their country and fight against the threat of the Nazi war machine. Among the most noted war heroes of the

time are those who risk it all to fly their payloads into the heart of Germany and back: the boys of RAF

bomber command. In 1943, aware that men's lives can be changed - or ended - in the blink of an eye, the

twenty-four hours before an operation are fraught with uncertainty and a fierce desire to live.

This is the story of seven men, the bomber crew of a battle-scarred Lancaster christened 'Robin's Hoods, and

at heart it is the story of how the conflict altered the paths of those who otherwise would have been

destined never to meet. In the run up to the night time operation over Germany watch the individual threads of

these mens lives come together, from the quiet Pilot Officer Robin Mansfield to the brash and assured Flight

Sergeant Mike Retford, to Sergeant Bill Ford the bomb aimer, whose confusion about his sexuality has

haunted him all his life. Only as an RAF bomber crew could these war heroes come together and the

reflections on their lives and families before the mission show just how far apart, and just how similar they

really are. See where the action and adventure of the Second World War takes this motley band of ordinary

men and pits them against a relentless enemy, as well as the looming terror of their own fears.

The story covers a fictional operation out of RAF Syerston to bomb a German city in October 1943 and

the reader has an insight into their early lives and with it some local history. Interested personnel should

search the book in Amazon under "Jazz Music David Sneath"

007   SSAFA DERBYSHIRE FUNDRAISER
SSAFA Derbyshire are holding a fundraising dinner on 19 June 2015 at 1900 hours for 1930 hours to be

held at Hardley Lodge Golf Club.  The cost is £28.00 for a three course meal.  Further details can be obtained

from Col (Retd) Mike Cheetham on 01773 828116




A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Executive Committee

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United Kingdom
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9 April 2015                        NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 13

001   OBITUARIES

Nil Reported

002   BOOK LAUNCH AT NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 15 APRIL 2015

A book launch has been arranged, which will be taking place in our museum at Nottingham Castle on

Wednesday 15th April 2015. The launch will commence at 12 mid day and continue for a couple of hours or so.

Refreshments will be available.

The book is titled “1914 First Blood” and the author is Colonel (Rtd) John Hughes-Wilson who served for many

years as a Sherwood Forester, prior to moving to the Intelligence Corps. The book which is the first of a

series all about a young infantry lieutenant T. O. M. Gunn, a Sherwood Forester in the Great War, and the

series over the next four years, will follow his exploits through the war year by year. The setting for the book

fits extremely well with the movements of the Foresters and although the book is fiction it has a

definite ring of truth as to places, movements, actions etc. It is excellent and well worth reading.  The book is

strongly recommend and we look forward to the full series.

You are cordially invited to attend the launch, the press will be in attendance as will hopefully the “East Midland

Today TV team”. If any Sherwood Forester – WFR or Mercian Officers and men wish to attend,  they would

all be welcome at the Castle on the day.  You are reminded that you may gain free access to the Castle

on production of a WFR Association Membership Card or current ID Card for serving personnel.

003   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - APRIL

The prize winners for the April Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00    Mr C Housley of Long Eaton, Derbyshire
2nd Prize £20.00   Mr A Bradley of Arnold, Nottingham
3rd Prize £10.00   Mr P Twells of Stapleford, Nottingham

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

004   THE MERCIAN REGIMENT CHARITY GOLF MATCH - 2 SEPTEMBER 2015

The Mercian Regiment Charity Golf Match is to be held on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at Rufford Park Golf

and Country Club. The entry cost for a team of four is £140.00. The format of the day will be: 18 Hole

stableford for Individual, pairs and 4 man team prizes. Longest drive and nearest the pin prize. Further details

may be obtained from Lt Col (Retd) Keith Seddon MBE BEM at klseddon@sky.com.  An entry form can be

downloaded here.




A H L McDOUGALL
for Executive Committee

Copyright © 2015 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved.
 

You are receiving this email because you were subscribers to the Regimental Association E Newsletter.

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The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL
United Kingdom
Add us to your address book

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

2 April 2015              NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 12

001   OBITUARIES
 
 It is with sadness we inform you that 22593240 Pte Lawrence William Reginald GARDNER

of Malvern passed away at Worcester Royal Hospital on the 19th of March 2015.  Lawrence was called up for

National Service on 20 September 1951 and after basic training at Lichfield joined the 1st Battalion The

Worcestershire Regiment in Malaya.  He was discharged on 17 September 1953.  He later worked as

a carpet fitter in Malvern and was an active member of the Regimental Association. The funeral will be held on

9 April 2015 at 1015 hours at  Lansdowne Methodist Church,  Lansdowne Crescent,  Malvern,  Worcs WR14

2AP.  Standard Bearers and Association Members Welcome.  Letters of condolence can be written to

Lawrence`s wife Mrs Margaret Gardner. 144 Brook Farm Drive, Malvern. Worcs. WR14 3SJ.
.................................
It is with regret we inform you that 4987582 Sgt Harry COLLINS of Leicester died on 20 March 2015 aged 91.  

Harry enlisted into 2nd/5th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in June 1942 before transferring to the

Northamptonshire Regiment in November 1942.  He subsequently transferred back to the 2nd/5th Battalion

The Sherwood Foresters in July 1943 joining them at Salerno in September of that year where he served

with D Coy at the Crossing of The Volturno before joining the Mortars Pl.  He took ill and was hospitalised

in Palestine where on release from hospital was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters where he

remained until being discharged to the Reserve in July 1947.  After leaving the Army he was employed as a

Sheet Metal Worker until he retired.  His funeral took place on 2 April 2015 at Gilrose Cemetery, Groby Road,

Leicester LE3 9QG at 1045 hours.  Donations in memory to British Heart Foundation. Letters of

condolence may be forwarded to his son, Mr M Collins, 13 Gladstone Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester LE18 1AE

002   SSAFA DERBYSHIRE FUNDRAISER
SSAFA Derbyshire are holding a fundraising dinner on 19 June 2015 at 1900 hours for 1930 hours to be

held at Hardley Lodge Golf Club.  The cost is £28.00 for a three course meal.  Further details can be obtained

from Col (Retd) Mike Cheetham on 01773 828116
 

003   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2015

The WFRA Badajoz Day parade at Nottingham Castle will take place on Monday 6 April 2015. The

programme is as follows:

1. Gates open 1000 hours (all members of WFRA will get free access when they show regimental tie or green card).

2. Parade forms up at bottom of hill at 1050 hours to march off at 1055 hours

3. Major Gary Cotterill is to raise the jacket after the citation is read. As the red coatee is raised the last post

will be played followed by the two minutes silence and reveille. The parade will then march past the flagpole

where Major G Cotterill will take the salute.

4. On parade will be Pte Derby XXX and Standards from Nottingham (possibly also Area Standard ) After

the parade, members are requested to meet at the Castle coffee shop, next to our Gallery.



A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Executive

Copyright © 2015 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved.
 

You are receiving this email because you were subscribers to the Regimental Association E Newsletter.

Our mailing address is:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL
United Kingdom
Add us to your address book

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

26 March 2015                    NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 11

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24233683 LCpl Colin BUNTING of Allenton, Derby died on 14 March

2015 aged 59.  Colin joined 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in

April 1971 and served until December 1985.  His funeral is to take place on Thursday 2 April 2015 at

Mark Eaton Crematorium at 1420 hours.  Standards welcome.
........................
It is with sadness that we inform you that 23674236 Pte Gerald READY died on 23 March 2015.  Gerald

enlisted into 1st Battalion The Sherwood Foresters in August 1958 and served until June 1964.

002    MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - CHARITY FUNDRAISER 

Col (Retd) David Sneath has opened a fund raising page to raise money for the museum by doing the Way

of the Roses bike ride from 13-16 April. The link for those wishing to donate

is www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidSneath

003   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2015

The WFRA Badajoz Day parade at Nottingham Castle will take place on Monday 6 April 2015. The

programme is as follows:

1. Gates open 1000 hours (all members of WFRA will get free access when they show regimental tie or green card).

2. Parade forms up at bottom of hill at 1050 hours to march off at 1055 hours

3. Major Gary Cotterill is to raise the jacket after the citation is read. As the red coatee is raised the last post

will be played followed by the two minutes silence and reveille. The parade will then march past the flagpole

where Major G Cotterill will take the salute.

4. On parade will be Pte Derby XXX and Standards from Nottingham (possibly also Area Standard ) After

the parade, members are requested to meet at the Castle coffee shop, next to our Gallery.

004   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets cost £18 per person attending and  with the uptake in

bookings following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier rather than wait to the last

minute, as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.   A new very good menu choice is available and special

rates for anyone wishing to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast for

both double and single rooms.

Bids for attendance this year have already exceeded that of last year.  If you normally attend the Pilgrimage

on the Sunday, why not make a weekend of it and book into the Novotel on Saturday, have a good Dinner

and get-together with Regimental friends, then enjoying a leisurely breakfast before proceeding to

Crich.  You will be made very welcome.  

Branches may wish to consider subsidising their Standard Bearers to attend the dinner with Branch

Standards to enhance the display.

005  MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - SOCIAL MEDIA

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) now has its own Facebook and Twitter pages.  Like us

and follow us on the links below.
 
                                    MuseumMercianRe.WFR @museumercianWFR

  Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) tells the story of the 
  Sherwood Foresters, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and 2 Mercian
                     Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MuseumWFR?fref=ts

A H L McDOUGALL
for Association Executive

 

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5 March 2015                                     NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 09

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that Sgt Colin (Lofty) BRENTNALL of Derby died on 1 March 2015.  Lofty enlisted into the 1st

Battalion Sherwood Foresters in 1947 and served 22 years in the Band until leaving in 1969.  His funeral is to take place at

Markeaton Crematorium, Derby on 23 March 2015 at 1420 hours.  Standards welcome.     

002   NEW BOOK - JAZZ MUSIC BY DAVID SNEATH

Col (Retd) David Sneath has recently published a novel on Amazon called Jazz Music. At the height of the Second World

War ordinary men from all walks of life are being called up to action and adventure, to serve their country and fight against

the threat of the Nazi war machine. Among the most noted war heroes of the time are those who risk it all to fly their payloads

into the heart of Germany and back: the boys of RAF bomber command. In 1943, aware that men's lives can be changed - or

ended - in the blink of an eye, the twenty-four hours before an operation are fraught with uncertainty and a fierce desire to live.

This is the story of seven men, the bomber crew of a battle-scarred Lancaster christened 'Robin's Hoods, and at heart it is

the story of how the conflict altered the paths of those who otherwise would have been destined never to meet. In the run

up to the night time operation over Germany watch the individual threads of these mens lives come together, from the

quiet Pilot Officer Robin Mansfield to the brash and assured Flight Sergeant Mike Retford, to Sergeant Bill Ford the bomb

aimer, whose confusion about his sexuality has haunted him all his life. Only as an RAF bomber crew could these war heroes

come together and the reflections on their lives and families before the mission show just how far apart, and just how similar

they really are. See where the action and adventure of the Second World War takes this motley band of ordinary men and

pits them against a relentless enemy, as well as the looming terror of their own fears.

The story covers a fictional operation out of RAF Syerston to bomb a German city in October 1943 and the reader has an

insight into their early lives and with it some local history. Interested personnel should search the book in Amazon under "Jazz Music David Sneath"

003   MUSEUM OF THE MERCIAN REGIMENT (WFR COLLECTION) - CHARITY FUNDRAISER 

Col (Retd) David Sneath has opened a fund raising page to raise money for the museum by doing the Way of the Roses bike ride

from 13-16 April. The link for those wishing to donate is www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidSneath

004   POPPY PLANTING EVENT - NEWARK 10 MARCH 2015

Clay poppy heads were made during last autumn in schools, at children's centres, care homes, and by visitors to Newark Parish

church and Newark Library - each poppy representing one of the men from Newark who died in the First World War.  They were

then displayed in Newark Library and in the parish church at the Remembrance Day service.

Each clay poppy head is infused with poppy seeds, and these can be planted to provide a living tribute to those who fell in the

First World War in the church grounds, close to the war memorial, located on Appletongate following the opening of the

ceremony on Tuesday 10th March, 10am at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church Newark which is the 100th anniversary to the day

when the 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters moved into the front line for its first taste of action in the First Battle of Neuve

Chapelle (10-13 March 1915).

Along with schoolchildren and other local people who made poppies last autumn, also expected on the day will be

representatives of the Royal British Legion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Association (Newark Branch) and local

councillors. The vicar of Newark, the Rev Stephen Morris, will also say a few words and a prayer.

Please note that there is no parking in this area, the closest car parks are situated at London Road (NG24 1UW) or Appletongate

(NG24 1JR), both of which are pay and display.


A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

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26 February 2015       NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 08
01 Obituaries

It is with sadness we inform you that 412078 Maj Robert Basil SULLIVAN-TAILYOUR of Sutton Veny,

Warminster died on 24 February 2015 aged 84.  Robert attended Eaton Hall OCS and Mons OCS in 1948 before

being commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters in 1950.  He joined the 1st Battalion in BAOR and in 1952

was appointed Pl Comd of Anti Tank Platoon in Egypt before being posted to the Depot in 1953.  He went on

to serve with the Kings African Rifles as OC HQ Coy in East Africa in 1955.  He then became an instructor at

Mons OCS before returning to the 1st Battalion in Malaya in 1960.  Between 1963 - 1966 he was a

student at the German Staff College before returning to the 1st Battalion as a Coy Comd.  In 1968 he was

posted to HQ BAOR as GSO 2 before being appointed 2IC 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood

Foresters Regiment in 1970.  Robert then had various Staff Appointments before leaving the Army in 1978.

 There will be a private family funeral and a Service is to be held in Sutton Veny in April, details of which will

be notified when known.

       ........................

Ex Pte Bradley PAUL who joined the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment and deployed to Afghanistan in

October 2012 where as the front man of his patrol, every day he carried the weight of responsibility for the

lives of his comrades on his shoulders every time he stepped out the gate. Unfortunately on 9 November

2012 Pte Paul he was struck by an IED and sustained life changing injuries. However, through strength of

character and with the love of those around him, he made a good recovery. Sadly, he passed away on

Tuesday 17 February 2015.  As Pte Paul is no longer a serving soldier, his funeral costs will be paid for

through non public funds only.  His family have set up a Go Fund Me web page at

 http://www.gofundme.com/bradpaul  Any funds remaining after the funeral will be given to Combat

Stress and put in a Trust for his younger brotheer as an equal split.

002   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier, rather than wait to the

last minute as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.   A new very good menu choice is available and

special rates for anyone wishing to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast

for both double and single rooms. Full details can be found here

It is hoped that both the Colonel of the Regiment and the President of the Association will be in attendance

this year and it has been suggested that Branches may wish to subsidise their Standard Bearers to attend the

dinner with Branch Standards to ensure as many Standards as possible are displayed.

003    WFRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - 3  MARCH 2015

The WFRA  Executive Committee Meeting will take place at RHQ Mercian, Heath Avenue, Whittington

Barracks, Lichfield WS14 9TJ on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at 1000 hours. 

004   WFRA NOTTS & DERBY AREA MEETING - 11 MARCH 2015

The WFRA Notts and Derby Area Meeting is to take place at Foresters House on Wednesday 11 March 2015

at 1030 hours.  Branches who wish to be represented are requested to provide details of those attending and

any points for the agenda to the Secretary at rsprophet@tiscali.co.uk  by no later than 5 March 2015.

005   BADAJOZ DAY PARADE - NOTTINGHAM CASTLE 6 APRIL 2015

The WFRA Badajoz Day parade at Nottingham Castle will take place on Monday 6 April 2015. The programme is as follows:

1. Gates open 1000 hours (all members of WFRA will get free access when they show regimental tie or green

card).

2. Parade forms up at bottom of hill at 1050 hours to march off at 1055 hours

3. Major Gary Cotterill is to raise the jacket after the citation is read. As the red coatee is raised the last post

will be played followed by the two minutes silence and reveille. The parade will then march past the flagpole

where Major G Cotterill will take the salute.

4. On parade will be Pte Derby XXX and Standards from Nottingham (possibly also Area Standard ) After

the parade, members are requested to meet at the Castle coffee shop, next to our Gallery.




A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

Copyright © 2015 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved.
 

You are receiving this email because you were subscribers to the Regimental Association E Newsletter.

Our mailing address is:
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association
83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL
United Kingdom
Add us to your address book

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

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

19  February 2015                  NEWSLETTER                                              Vol 6 Issue 07

001  OBITUARIES

Nil Reported
 

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE - MANSFIELD 20 FEBRUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom rights and marching through Mansfield on Friday 20

February 2015.  Step off is at 1300 hours from the top of Westgate and the Parade will follow the route of

Westgate down to the Town Hall, around the Market Square and back up into Westgate.

The saluting dais will be in front of the Town Hall and Standard Bearers are requested to be in position by

1255 hours.  Those Standard Bearers wishing to attend the Reception are to follow the civic dignitaries, after

the parade has passed, to the Council Offices.

All members, their families and friends are encouraged to attend and seating has been arranged near to the

dais for Veterans and their families.

Throughout the day 2 and 4 MERCIAN will be actively recruiting throughout Mansfield.

003   VIRGIN MONEY GIVING - MUSEUM DONATIONS

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) Registered Charity number 1001226 has a page on

Virgin Money Giving where personnel may donate to the upkeep of the Museum.

So, if you are intending to jump out of a plane (with or without a parachute), do sponsored cycling, running etc

or just wish to donate then visit  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1009531 

004   WFRA ANNUAL CRICH DINNER - 4 JULY 2015 

The Annual dinner this year takes place on Saturday 4 July 2015 at the Novotel Hotel situated by Junction 25 on the M1 .

The dinner has been brought back to its traditional format and will be much more regimentally orientated

whilst at the same time slightly less formal.  Pte DERBY XXX will be in attendance and Branch Standards will be displayed.

Booking/ticket arrangements will be notified shortly, as will details of discounted accommodation. This provides

an ideal opportunity to attend the Dinner before proceeding to the Pilgrimage on Sunday morning.

005   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER 7 MARCH 2015

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 1930 hours for 2000

hours at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton at a cost of £15.00 per person attending.  Menus and

further details may be obtained from Phil Twells on philip.twells@icloud.com 

006  LAYING UP OF 3 MERCIAN COLOURS - LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL - 12 MAY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be Laying Up the Colours of 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment in Lichfield

Cathedral on Tuesday 12th May 2015.
 
Outline of Events
There will be a parade through Lichfield City Centre which will be followed by a service in Lichfield Cathedral

that starts at 1400 hrs. The congregation will be admitted from 1320 hrs and all visitors will be seated by 1345 hrs.  
 
Afterwards there will be a civic reception for invited guests. The remainder of the regiment will socialise

where they wish to.
 
Taking Part
The parade will consist of officers, NCOs and soldiers from 1 and 2 MERCIAN.  Branch Standards of the

Regimental Associations are invited to line the entrance of the Cathedral. The Regimental Associations will be

asked to line the route at critical points.  Pte Derby XXX will be present as will Cpl Watchman V 
 
Attendance
As this is a Mercian wide event, anyone with a regimental connection is welcome. This includes:-
 
Serving members of the Mercian Regiment
Members of the regimental associations
Friends of the Regiment
Wives and families are welcome
 
Details
Details of the parade, entry to the cathedral and the service will be published as soon as they are known. 


A H L McDOUGALL
for WFRA Executive

Copyright © 2015 The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, All rights reserved.
 

You are receiving this email because you were subscribers to the Regimental Association E Newsletter.

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83 Draycott Road
Old Sawley
Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 3BL
United Kingdom
Add us to your address book

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12 February 2015              NEWSLETTER                       February 12th 2015                  Vol 6 Issue 06

001  OBITUARIES

Nil reported

002.  MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR - 16 FEBRUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through Bromsgrove on Monday

16 February 2015.

The Saluting Dias will be in front of Timpson's and by the Houseman Statue and Standard Bearers are

requested to be in position by no later than 1255 hours. Once the parade has passed, Standards are to follow

the Civic Dignitaries to the Council Offices should they wish to join the Reception.

Step off is at 1300 hours from The Dolphin Leisure Centre and will take in the following route;
High Street
A448/Market Street
Church Street
High Street

All members and their family and friends are encouraged to attend to support the Regiment.

Throughout the day the Regiment will be actively recruiting throughout the town.

003  THE FORESTERS LOTTERY DRAW - FEBRUARY

The prize winners for the February Draw are as follows;

1st Prize £30.00  Mr J W Carlin of Gedling, Nottingham
2nd Prize £20.00  Mr H S Blagg of Car Colston, Nottinghamshire
3rd Prize £10.00   Maj D Hallam 1 MERCIAN

Winners cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

004    THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier, rather than wait to the

last minute as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.   A new very good menu choice is available and

special rates for anyone wishing to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast

for both double and single rooms. Full details can be found here

It is hoped that both the Colonel of the Regiment and the President of the Association will be in attendance

this year and it has been suggested that Branches may wish to subsidise their Standard Bearers to attend the

dinner with Branch Standards to enhance the display.

005   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER 7 MARCH 2015

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 1930 hours for 2000

hours at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton at a cost of £15.00 per person attending.  Menus and

further details may be obtained from Phil Twells on philip.twells@icloud.com 


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29  January 2015       NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 05

001   OBITUARIES

The funeral of  Sgt W Shillam who died on 14 January 2015 is to take place on Saturday 31 January 2015 at

1230 hours at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3GJ.  Following the

committal a wake is to be held the Wellington Inn, Eastwood NG16 3GG. Letters and cards of condolence

can be forwarded to Wayne's partner, Zoe Wade, 7 Baldwin Street, Newthorpe, Notts NG16 2DS.  The

family would appreciate Standards in attendance and those Standard Bearers who are able to attend are

requested to contact John Lancaster on 01773 764908 to discuss details.

 

002   THE 96TH ASSOCIATION CRICH DINNER

The dinner this year will be held on the 4th July 2015 at the Novotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

NG10 4EP (on the Junction 25 off the M1)  Tickets will cost £18 per person attending and  with the expected

uptake in numbers following last years success you are advised to book and pay earlier, rather than wait to the

last minute as we do have a maximum capacity of 150.   A new very good menu choice is available and

special rates for anyone wishing to stay overnight have been negotiated with the Novotel for Bed and Breakfast

for both double and single rooms. Full details can be found here
 

004   HELP REQUESTED

Recently 24325047 LCpl Brian Spencer Recce Pl 1 WFR lost (as a result of flooding) his personal copy of Firm &

Forester Volume 5 Issue 1 dated April 1978 which included a photograph and article on him winning the

Eastern District Individual Boxing Tournament at light welter-weight v LCpl Ashworth HQ Coy.  If any member

has a spare copy that they may wish to donate to LCpl Spencer he can be contacted

on arty.brian@hotmail.com   If any member has any photographs of his bout, he would very much

appreciate a copy of such photographs




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22  January 2015          NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 04

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 24193999 Sgt Wayne SHILLAM  of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire died

on 14 January 2015.  Wayne enlisted in 1972 with the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood

Foresters Regiment and left the Army in 1992. He served in NI where he suffered minor injuries in a bomb

blast and he also served in Belize where he was in HQ Coy MT Pl. Funeral details will be promulgated when

known.

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR - 27 JANUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through the City of Nottingham

on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

The Saluting Dias will be opposite Debenhams, on Long Row and Standard Bearers are requested to be in

position by no later than 1255 hours. Once the parade has passed, Standards are to follow the Civic

Dignitaries to the Old MARKET  Square.

Step off is at 1300 hours from St Mary's Church on High Pavement and will take in the following route;
High Pavement
Low Pavement
Albert Street
Wheeler Gate
Angel Row
Long Row
Old MARKET  Square - the Lord Mayor and CoR will give their address here following which the Parade will

reverse the route.

All members and their family and friends are encouraged to attend to support the Battalion.

Throughout the day the Regiment will be actively recruiting throughout the city.

003  WFRA ANNUAL CRICH DINNER - 4 JULY 2015 

The Annual dinner this year takes place on Saturday 4 July 2015 at the Novotel Hotel situated by Junction 25

on the M1 .

The dinner has been brought back to its traditional format and will be much more regimentally orientated

whilst at the same time slightly less formal.  Pte DERBY XXX will be in attendance and Branch Standards will be

displayed.

Booking/ticket arrangements will be notified shortly, as will details of DISCOUNTED  accommodation. This provides

an ideal opportunity to attend the Dinner before proceeding to the Pilgrimage on Sunday morning.



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15  January 2015             NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 03

001    OBITUARIES

It is with regret we inform you that 24503152 Michael A HARRISON of Long Eaton, Derbyshire died on 13

January 2015 aged 53.  Mick enlisted into the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters

Regiment on 11 September 1978 and left on 31 January 1986.   He served in the Corps of Drums.  

Funeral details will be promulgated once known.
 

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It is with sadness we inform you that Major S G Goodman of Lyonshall, Herefordshire died on 9 January

aged 101. He enlisted in The Worcestershire Regt in 1933, served in Plymouth with 1 Worc R and China and

India with 2 Worc R rising to be RQMS by 1942. From 1944-52 he served in RQMS appointments in Norway,

UK and with 1 Para in Germany before being commissioned in 1953. He then served as QM of the

GOLD  Coast Regt, from 1958 with 1 Worc R in Jamaica and spent his last 7 years service as QM 7 Worc R. His

funeral will take place at Hereford Crematorium at 1215 hours on 24 January which would have been his 102nd

birthday. Standards welcome.

002   MERCIAN REGIMENT FREEDOM PARADE AND KAPE TOUR - 27 JANUARY 2015

The Mercian Regiment will be exercising its Freedom Rights and marching through the City of Nottingham

on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

The Saluting Dias will be opposite Debenhams, on Long Row and Standard Bearers are requested to be in

position by no later than 1255 hours. Once the parade has passed, Standards are to follow the Civic

Dignitaries to the Old MARKET  Square.

Step off is at 1300 hours from St Mary's Church on High Pavement and will take in the following route;

 

High Pavement
Low Pavement
Albert Street
Wheeler Gate
Angel Row
Long Row

 

Old MARKET  Square - the Lord Mayor and CoR will give their address here following which the Parade will reverse the route.

All members and their family and friends are encouraged to attend to support the Battalion.

Throughout the day the Regiment will be actively recruiting throughout the city.

003   BATTLEFIELD TOURS - 2015

Whether you want to stand in the footsteps of your family , your regiment , your corps , men from your

county, school or sports club - that is what you will do with Cotterill Battlefield Tours. No generic set piece

talks trotted out on tour after tour irrespective of audience but original research carried out specifically for

your tour and overlaid on the ground in a way that will make sense to everyone present and enhance your

understanding of an action and appreciation of the men that fought there.  Further details can be found at

 www.cotterillbattlefields.co.uk

004   LONG EATON BRANCH WFRA ANNUAL DINNER 7 MARCH 2015

Long Eaton Branch WFRA Annual Dinner is to be held on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 1930 hours for 2000

hours at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton at a cost of £15.00 per person attending.  Menus and

further details may be obtained from Phil Twells on philip.twells@icloud.com 

005   LOST CONTACT

Tony Caplin REME who served with The Sherwood Foresters and 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and

Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Warminster up until they went to Berlin about 1972 (Tony left Warminster

to go to NI) is trying to contact Tony and Cynthia BARNSLEY. They were good friends especially the

wives. His wife June would like to see Cynthia and her son again. If anyone can help to put them in touch his

Telephone No is 01512018633 and his email is tonyc78@ntlworld.com




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8  January 2015                        NEWSLETTER                                               Vol 6 Issue 02

001   OBITUARIES

It is with regret that we inform you that 22392976 CSgt G Pool of Manton, Worksop died on 25 December 2014

AGED  86.  CSgt Pool joined 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in

1973 and left the Army in 1979. His funeral is to take place on Monday 12 January 2015 at 1400 hours at

Ollerton Crematorium following which there will be a gathering of mourners at THE STATION HOTEL , Carlton Road,

Worksop from 1500 hours onwards.

002   THE FORESTERS LOTTERY  DRAW - JANUARY

The PRIZE WINNERS  for the January Draw are as follows;

1st PRIZE  £30.00  Lt Col (Retd) J C Cursham of East Leake, Loughborough
2nd PRIZE  £20.00  Col C N Cullen OBE of Duffield, Derbyshire
3rd PRIZE  £10.00   Mrs H Bates of Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamsgire

WINNERS  cheques will be forwarded direct to recipients.

003   VIRGIN MONEY GIVING - MUSEUM DONATIONS

The Museum of The Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection) REGISTERED  Charity number 1001226 now has a page on

Virgin Money Giving where personnel may donate to the upkeep of the Museum.

So, if you are intending to jump out of a plane (with or without a parachute), do sponsored cycling, running etc or

just wish to donate then visit  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1009531 



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