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Patron: HRH The Princess Royal

President: Brig P Dennis

16 AUGUST 2019       WFRA NEWSLETTER       Volume 10 Issue 35



Nottingham Forest Community Trust and Nottingham Forest Football Club are committed to supporting our Armed Forces community.  They currently hold the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award, recognising the outstanding transferable skills that ex-service personnel can bring to organisations like ourselves.  However, they want to do more for Veterans in our community so they are looking to develop a range of activities through the ‘Forest Forces’ programme to engage and support our Veterans.

Diary Dates

22 August – 13:00-15:00 – Special visit from the Young Trickies Youth Board.

27 September – 10:30 start – Visit to Pride Park (Derby Away).

18 October – 09:30-11:00 – Welcome the Derby Veterans.

9 November – 12:30pm – Remembrance Event.

20 December – 09:30-11:00am – Christmas Party.

Young Trickies Youth Board

The next Forest Forces event at The City Ground.  Please note this will be 14:00 until 16:00 and the venue will be slightly different than usual.  This month it will be in The Players Lounge.  This is situated on the other side of the stadium off Pavilion Road (Trent Bridge).  Car parking is still available through the main gates and security will be notified of your arrival, one of the team will be there to meet you and direct you to the correct venue.

On behalf of The Club and Nicholas Randall QC, they have created a Youth Board called ‘Young Trickies’ who will advise The Chairman on different topics throughout the season.  This month they are meeting to discuss ‘match day experience’ which will range from the initial buying of a ticket, walking through the gates, during and after the match.  At Thursdays event they are inviting you to be part of that discussion, allowing you the opportunity to put forward your ideas on how the match day experience at The City Ground can be improved upon.  They are really looking to understand the needs of the different generations of fans and see this as a great opportunity to get some great ideas for improvements.

Breakfast / Coffee Mornings

They will be hosting regular coffee / breakfast mornings at The City Ground for Veterans to get together and discuss ways in which they can offer support.  To keep up to date with the opportunities they have available for Veteran’s over 50, simply email your full name, age, telephone number, and Military Rank, to community@nottinghamforest.co.uk.  If you have any questions or enquiries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Walking Football

In partnership with Walking Football Nottingham, they host weekly walking football training sessions at The Forest Sports Zone for over 50’s. If you would like more information, or to get involved please contact Elvis Ricci at info@walkingfootballnottingham.com / 0844 879 4783.

1st - 41 Col C N Cullen £30.
2nd - 77 H S Blagg £20.
3rd - 9 Col N Turner £10.

1st - 4 Mr W J Edwardes £30.
2nd - 49 Brigadier S Banton £20.
3rd - 57 Mr R Spyby £10.

1st - 55 Mr G Bowser £30.       
2nd - 1 Lt Col J F Turner £20.       
3rd - 4 Mr W J Edwardes £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)
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks


The Field of Remembrance Opening Ceremony will be held on Thursday 7 November 2019 at Westminster Abbey, London with entry by no later than 10:30hrs.  Anyone wishing to attend and pay their respects at the WFRA Plot of Remembrance are asked to contact Ms Clark, the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ Nottingham.
cindy.baines247@mod.gov.uk who will provide full details with the ticket. 
Please note that this is a ticketed event only and travel to London is at the individuals cost.


The event will take place on Saturday 24th August from 10:00hrs, with activities starting at 11:00hrs until 17:00hrs. 
The 'Salute to the Village' is part of a series of celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary, which started with the visit by HRH Princess Royal on the 18th July.  Our Royal Visit was a truly spectacular event, and the 'Salute to the Village Event' will be equally amazing; a full Military Showcase Event, the likes of which this city has never seen before, it will include a number of military displays, military marches, music and a Battle of Britain Commemorative fly past by a WW2 Dakota.

The War Memorial Village in Shelton Lock Derby celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2019. It is believed to be the last remaining original village, and back in 1949 when it first opened, HRH Princess Elizabeth accompanied by HRH Prince Philip laid the foundation stone for a property on Edinburgh Crescent.  In 2000, HRH Princess Ann attended to open the newly built Millennium Bungalows, a development of five fully adapted properties with a secured communal rear garden.  Since opening in 1949, the War Memorial Village has been managed, maintained and developed by a Committee consisting entirely of retired ex services personnel, who have now embarked on an ambitious Master Plan working with the local authority to replace all the original properties with new purpose built accessible homes over the next 20 years.

At the Laying of the Foundation stone, H.R.H. the Princess Elizabeth said, "the people of Derby have shown wisdom and imagination in deciding to build" the village. The council believed that, to 'wisdom and imagination' may be added the determination to see the village completed; 70 years later the same wisdom, imagination and determination remains strong in providing good quality affordable and accessible homes exclusively for injured & disabled ex services personnel and their families.

In doing so, the Committee continually strive to not only respond to the ever changing physical needs of ex-services personnel, e.g. in the design and specification of new homes; but also the increasing need to support those with PTSD and mental health complexities. To achieve this the Village provides additional services and activities that create a peer support network for all its residents; providing safety and security, and the opportunity to resettle into society successfully on leaving the services.

For more information please visit the website https://www.warmemorialvillagederby.co.uk/


1200 – 1220  The Band & Regimental Mascot Assemble @ The Victory Club, Chellaston Road.
1220 – 1300 The March to the War Memorial Village Derby commences.
1300 – 1310  The War Memorial Village Derby - Chairman's Opening Speech @ Walton Ave.
1310 – 1320  The Master of Ceremonies @ Walton Ave. 
1320 – 1345  Band Performance (Seated) @ Walton Ave.
1345 – 1415  Battle Of Britain Commemorative Flyover — VVW2 Dakota ( *approximate timing, subject to technical and weather conditions).
1345 – 1415  Sophie Allen Singer
1350 – 1400  126 Squadron (RAF.) @ Memorial Square.
1415 – 1430  Staffordshire Drummers @ Memorial Square.
1435 – 1450  Mercian Cadet Display @ Memorial Square. 
1500 – 1530  Band Performance (Seated) @ Walton Ave.
1530 – 1600   Sophie Allen — Singer.
1540 – 1545  126 Squadron (R.A.F.) @ Memorial Square.
1550 – 1600  The Band & Regimental Mascot form up and march to Memorial Square, followed by VIP's & Visitors.
1600 – 1610  Veterans Standards form up @ Memorial Square.
1620 – 1700 Drumhead Service @ Memorial Square.

The laying of the drums for the altar.
The laying of the WMVD flag on the alter by the Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby.
The placing of the War Memorial Cross on the altar by Mr Ross McCristal, Trustee and overview of a Drum Head Service.Opening Service, by Revd Norma Bracewell, Village Chaplain & Trustee
Service conducted, by Bishop of Derby & Village Chaplain.
Act of Homage, by Veteran & Sea Cadet.
Last Post. 
1 Minute Silence.
Reveille, by Staffordshire Corps of Drums.
Laying of Wreath by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr Willy Tucker & Chairman of War Memorial Village Derby Mr Harvey Jennings.
Close of Service, Bishop of Derby & Village Chaplain.
Regimental Band & Staffordshire Corps of Drums — SUNSET and RETREAT.
Lowering of the Service Flags, by Service Cadets.
The National Anthem.
The conclusion of the National Anthem signals the end of the 'Salute to the Village' Event..
In addition other demonstrations and displays are as follows.
RAF Display Team.
RAF Cadets.
Staffordshire Corps of Drums.
Regt Mascot Mercian Regiment.
Infantry Regimental Display.
ABF Soldiers Charity, of which HRH Queen Elizabeth Il is Patron.
St Johns Ambulance.
Marine / Sea Cadets.
Mercian County Army Cadet Band v Mercian Regt Museum Guard of Honour Marine Sea Cadets.
202 Field Ambulance display.
2nd Batt Mercian Regiment Display.
Veterans & Armed Forces Breakfast Club.
A Drum Head Service.



On the 5 March 1770 a detachment from the 29th Worcestershire Regiment was guarding the Custom House in Boston, Massachusetts, when a mob approximately 300 strong armed with stones and cudgels attacked the sentry who called out the guard. In the chaotic scenes that ensued some shots were fired and five people were killed. This event became a key event in the demands for American Independence particularly due to the inaccurate engraving by Paul Revere, a passionate advocate of Independence, copied above.

Eight soldiers, one officer, and four civilians were arrested and charged with murder. Six of the soldiers were acquitted; the other two were convicted of manslaughter

and given reduced sentences after an excellent defence by John Adams who was to become the second President of the United States of America.

Boston “Massacre” 250th Anniversary Tour 2-11 March 2020

It is intended to undertake a tour of the 29th Regiment’s history in America between 1746-1814 that will include attending, and taking part, in the 250th Anniversary commemorations in Boston.

The tour will be led by Major John Cotterill MBE, a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and former officer in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, the successors to the 29th Worcestershire Regiment. He will be assisted by David Pearson, who also served in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and now lives in New England. David has already been in contact with the Bostonian Society and the British Consulate in Boston.

The suggested outline programme is:

2-4 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1746-1750 and 1765-1770 including

Louisberg and the Collieries of the Tablehead

5-7 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment sites of interest and attend 1770 Boston

Massacre commemorations in Boston

8-11 March 2020:

Visit 29th Regiment battlefields 1776-1787 and 1814 including

Ticonderoga , Bemis Heights (Saratoga) and Penobscot, Maine

This programme will be subject to confirmation after John’s detailed recces.  It is hoped to complete a detailed itinerary that includes initial costings of flights, transport and

accommodation by Mid-August 2019 in order to advertise the tour and to start reserving places.

The tour cost and numbers attending are "chicken and egg" but, at this stage, we need an initial rough planning figure. It is expected that the tour will cost between £2,000 – 3,000 per head.


The Mercian Museum, Worcester have signed up to the Worcester Community Lottery.
Those who choose to support the museum when they purchase a ticket will give 50% of their ticket value to the museum and another 10% to other local causes.
For more information please click on the link below. 




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

Mark Dack
for Executive Committee

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