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President: Brig P Dennis
08 November 2019 WFRA NEWSLETTER Volume 10 Issue 48
001 REMEMBRANCE SERVICES
Nottingham - Sunday - 10 November
The annual Service of Remembrance and Parade at the County War Memorial on the Victoria Embankment. The service will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, Lord Mayor, Chairman of the County Council, the Bishops of Southwell & Nottingham and of Nottingham (RC) as well as representatives of the three Armed Forces, Cadets, Veterans, the Police (Chief Constable), Fire & Rescue Service, etc. After the service dignitaries will attend a Reception in the Council House hosted by the City during which there will be a march past by the South Notts Hussars who will have had their Service in St Mary's in the Lace Market.
The event starts at 10.45hrs.
Worcester - Sunday - 10 November
Remembrance Service at Worcester Cathedral and Cathedral Square.
8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA. Starts 10.00hrs.
Derby - Sunday 10 November
Remembrance Sunday, 10 November will take place at 09:45hrs. There will be a procession and Civic Remembrance Service on the Market Place.
Bromsgrove - Sunday 10th November
Worcester Branch member Athol Deakin will lay a wreath in memory of the Worcestershire Regiment.
The parade begins at the Strand end of High St. Form up is at 10:15hrs. The parade will march down High St and Church St, crossing Market Street to gather at the memorial on Crown Close where there will be a service of Remembrance and laying of wreaths.
A further service of Remembrance takes place in St Johns Church after the outdoor service.
Mansfield - Sunday 10 November
The parade starts with a wreath laying ceremony at the Civic Centre war memorial at 10:hrs.
The route for this year's parade will be slightly different. It will meet at the Civic Centre and then head along Rosemary Street to the magistrates court before turning left along Westfield Lane to the feather statue and then on to Westgate and into the town centre. This is for safety reasons and to avoid closing a large number of roads and side streets along Chesterfield Road South.
After the church service, there will be a military salute in the Market Place in front of the knitted poppy display on the Old Town Hall at about 12:00hrs before the parade returns to the Civic Centre.
Worksop - Sunday 10 November
The parade will form on the Old Market Square in front of Worksop Town Hall at 10:00hrs. It will then be inspected by the Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Mrs Veronica Pickering and Cllr Merryweather accompanied by music from The Worksop Miners’ Welfare Band.
The parade will march off from the Market Square to the war memorial via Potter Street and Watson Road at 10:40hrs
A short wreath laying service and Act of Remembrance will take place at the war memorial at 10:50hrs, followed by The Last Post played by the Worksop Salvation Army Band with a two minute silence at 11:00hrs.
Following the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial, the parade will then head to the Priory Church for a further service where the standards will be presented.
002 FORESTERS LOTTERY RESULTS
1st - 71 Mrs J Leverton £30
2nd - 12 Brig C Ewilkinson £20
3rd - 27 Mr A Bradley £10
1st - 40 Mr D F Edmunds £30
2nd - 48 Brigadier S Banton £20
3rd - 77 Mr H Blagg £10
1st - 8 Col N Turner £30
2nd - 7 Mrs C Sneath £20
3rd - 1 Lt Col J F Turner £10
1st - 59 Mrs H A Bates £30
2nd - 14 Mr G Carran £20
3rd - 32 Nottingham Branch WFRA £10
If you want to join for a chance to support one of the museums and win? A ticket 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)
003 CRICH REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
The service will take place on Monday 11th November. Meet at Crich by 10:30hrs and begin the walk up the hill as far as The Smith Dorian Wall and assemble around it on the south side. The service will be taken by Reverend Wendy Murphy, and will start at 10:45hrs to be at the right place in service for “Last Post” at 11:00hrs.
There will be a Bugler and a Piper.
During the 2 minutes silence poppies will be dropped from the Tower.
Standards are to be in position at side of the congregation.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
004 ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE - WORCESTER
Worcester Branch will be attending a short service at the cenotaph war memorial outside Worcester Cathedral on Monday 11th November 2019 10:30hrs for 10:45hrs. All welcome.
005 WFR 50 EVENT - MABLETHORPE
Chesterfield Branch are organising a WFR 50 social event on 29 February 2020 at the Eagle Hotel, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe.
This will be a ticket only event and tickets would be issued on a first come first served basis and attendance will be capped at 120. The nominal costs of the tickets are £10 per person attending. Any monies left over after the event will be split between BLESMA and the Crich Memorial.
You will need to organise your own overnight accommodation.
If anyone would like to attend or donate a raffle prize please contact John Johnson on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07938 187821.
006 WFR 50 EVENT - WORCESTER
Worcester Branch are organising a 50th Anniversary Reunion Evening to celebrate the formation of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters at the Barbourne Ex Services Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED on the evening of 28 February 2020. Association members and all ex WFR members in Worcestershire and the West Midlands area are very welcome.
The evening will consist of, a march on of Branch Standards at 19:00hrs and a drumming display (TBC). Pte Derby and handlers will be in Attendance. This will be followed by a welcome address and bar open at 19:30hrs. The Mercian Museum (Worcestershire) will have a display stall and selling items of interest. (+ Regimental Ties)
Music will be from the 1970`s, 80`s, 90`s and 2000`s. Food will be provided. This will be a ticketed event, subsidised by the WFR Association, at £10 per person. Maximum capacity in the Club is set at 200 people
Tickets £10 pp call 01905 356537, or send cheque (with names of people attending) to: MRS L MASSAM 24 Portland Street, Worcester. WR1 2NL.
Please make cheques payable to: WFRA WORCESTER BRANCH
Tickets will be on sale at beginning and end of Worcester Branch meetings on Tuesdays 10th December 2019 and 28 February 2020, at Barbourne Ex Service Club, The Moors. Worcester WR1 3ED 19:30hrs and after meeting approx 21:00hrs
Tickets will also be on sale at 10:30 hrs at the Annual Gheluvelt Service. At 11:00hrs the Interpretative Feature. Gheluvelt Park, Worcester WR3 7AA.
Dress code is (smart dress), Blazer Regimental tie, lounge suit or jacket with Regimental tie.
Details on www.wfraworcester.com (page 5)
Further details to follow soon.
007 NOTTINGHAM BRANCH MEETING
The next meeting will be Monday 18 November at 13.00hrs.
Royal British Legion Rooms
Upper Parliament Street
NG1 6 LF.
008 OPERATION VICTOR
At 11:00hrs on Monday 11 November volunteers are required to take part in visiting veterans in five Royal British Legion care homes. They are spread over five counties and the help people with dementia and related issues.
The care homes are.
Dunkirk Memorial House in Taunton, Somerset
Galanos House in Southam, Warwickshire.
Lister House in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Maurice House in Broadstairs, Kent.
Halsey House, Cromer, Norfolk.
These are all specialist dementia care units and a visit will mean so much to the residents.
They want us all to remember those still with us as well as those who have passed away.
To share some time and kindness with the ladies and gentlemen who have given so much, to give them a few hours to share their stores with us.
If you are able to spend some time with one of the veterans please contact email@example.com
009 ETHIOPIA TREK
From 8-26 November 84 year old Forester John Green will be tackling a challenging trek through the highlands of Ethiopia. The group of walkers will be led by Rebecca Stephens MBE the first English woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits. John is raising money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. He will visit Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Falls and climbing mountains in the Simien range between 10-12000 feet. The main challenge will be to reach the summit of Ras Dashen at 15000 feet is the highest in Ethiopia. While in Addis Ababa John plans to visit CWGC cemetery to place a memorial cross at the grave of WO2 John Dodd (aged38) of the Worcestershire Regt who died in June 1944. He hopes to take photographs and wonders whether through the Newsletter descendents or relatives of John Dodd can be traced.
If you would like to make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-green48
010 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
for Executive Committee
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