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President: Brig P Dennis
21 April 2017 NEWSLETTER Volume 8 Issue 14
It is with regret that we notify you that 24373416 CSgt Jeffrey NEWALL of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire died on 13 April 2017 aged 59. Jeff joined the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters in 1975 where after training he joined the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland serving in B Coy. In 1980 after completing Junior Brecon he was promoted to Cpl, still with B Coy as a Section Commander and in 1984 became the Bn Weapon Training Instructor. He left the Army in March 1989 but re-enlisted in April 1991 and re-joined the Bn in Cyprus, returning to the Training Wing. In 1992 he was promoted to Sgt and moved to Milan Pl. He was posted to Depot in 1995 as Provost Sgt and returned to the Bn in Tidworth in 1997 as QM’s Ration Sgt. Jeff was promoted to CSgt in 1998 acting as Rear Party CSM whilst the 1st Bn was deployed in Bosnia. He was discharged from the Army in July 1999. Funeral details to follow once known.
The death is announced, at the age of 95, of Mrs Helen (Pat) Thomas; wife of Major Basil Thomas (STAFFORDS), Unit Families Officer, 1 Worcesters Bulford 1968 then 1WFR, Warminster, Berlin and Ballykelly, 1970-1975. Pat Thomas, a VAD nurse, married Maj Basil Thomas, then serving with 16 Para, following the 2nd Chindit Operation, in Quetta, India in 1946. She accompanied him on postings to Austria, UK, Egypt, Cyprus, Germany and Jamaica before joining 1 Worcesters in Bulford. On retirement Maj Thomas became Housing Commandant at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield and Pat worked for various charities. Further details can be obtained from Col. SCH Ashworth on; email@example.com or Tel: 01543 251283.
The funeral of 24003345 Pte John Walters, who died on 27 March 2017 is to take place on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 1240 hours at Wilford Hill Crematorium. This will be followed by a wake in the Broad Oak pub in Strelley Village. All, including Standard Bearers are welcome. Flowers or donations to Hayward Hospice.
002 LAYING OF COMMEMORATIVE PAVING STONE FOR ALBERT BALL VC IN NOTTINGHAM ON 9 MAY 2017
Nottingham Council in partnership with East Midlands UOTC will be hosting a ceremony for the unveiling of Albert Ball’s VC paving stone. This will take place on Tuesday 9 May commencing at 1030 hours at the Memorial Gardens alongside the Embankment. All Association Members and their families are invited to attend and Standards are welcome. All are asked to be at the area for 1015 hours.
003 ARMED FORCES DAY – FLY A FLAG FOR OUR ARMED FORCES IN ARNOLD ON 21 JUNE
Gedling Borough Council will be raising the Armed Forces flag in front of its Civic Centre in Arnold, on Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 1030 hours. There will be a small parade and refreshments afterwards. All association members and Standard Bearers are invited. To assist the council in its organisation of the event, anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Lorna Mellors firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 9013673
004 98th ANNUAL REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION DINNER - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017
The 98th Annual Regimental Association Dinner (The Crich Supper) is to be held at Welbeck Hall, Welbeck Road, Nottingham NG2 7QW on Saturday 1 July 2017 at 1930 hours for 2000 hours. Dress: Jacket, Tie and Medals. Tickets are now available at £20.00 per person for a four course meal with wine and tea or coffee. The Calling Notice, Menu choices and accommodation details can be found at http://www.stand-firm-strike-hard.org.uk/pdf/upload/Crich_Calling_Notice_2017.pdf
14 April 2017 NEWSLETTER Volume 8 Issue 13
002 MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM CAPT ROBIN HITCHCOCK
Following my heart attack on 4 April I would like to thank you for all your comments and wishes for my speedy recovery, which were numerous, also your signals, telephone calls , visits,etc. I was overwhelmed,and extremely grateful to receive them, as they were entirely unexpected. It turned out to be a very humbling experience for me, reinforcing my opinion that I was extremely lucky and proud to have been able to serve as a Sherwood Forester (thanks to Bill and Jilly Hutch for that) and thus meet such a collection of genuinely decent,kind people. As my recovery would appear to be going to take longer than thought, I have taken the opportunity to use the Newsletter, because it would take me such a long time to reply to you all. Getting behind causes me stress: and that is what I have been told to avoid. Thank you All again, Soldiering On, Robin Hitchcock.
003 CANCELLATION OF ASSOCIATIONS CURRY NIGHT 21 APR 2017
The Association’s curry night, which was due to be held on Friday 21 April in Ellesmere Port has been cancelled. Those who have purchased tickets will have their monies reimbursed shortly by the organisers.
004 MVRA 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE – 22 APRIL 2017
To commemorate the formation of the Mercian Volunteers on 1 April 1967, the MVRA will be parading through Kidderminster on Saturday 22 April 2017 with step-off at noon. All members are welcome to attend and support this parade. Anyone wishing to partake in the parade and join in the entertainment afterwards is requested to contact WO2 Bird on 01562 632154
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