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     BRANCH   MEETINGS.

Meetings held on the last Tuesday night, of every other Month   (EXCEPT DECEMBER!)   at,   Barbourne Ex-Services Club
The Moors
WORCESTER
WR1 3ED

If you served In the Worcestershire,  Sherwood Foresters,  Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters .

T.A etc , or attached to one of these , (Even a different regiment or unit and you have no branches in this area) why not come along ?  Please contact with your details through 'FEEDBACK' PAGE, or the 'GUESTBOOK' PAGE` & we  WILL  get back to you.

 

         W.F.R.A........A.G.M`s.

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 SATURDAY  5th OCTOBER 2024   TBC

W.F.R.A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

ALL WELCOME 11:00 hrs START

LICHFIELD SOCIAL CLUB, PURCELL AVENUE, LICHFIELD WS13 6TS  

 

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Dates of next Branch Meetings  and A.G.M.:- 

 2024 All on Tuesdays in Lounge

28th May Tuesday   19:45hrs 

30th July  Tuesday  19:45hrs

24th September Tuesday  19:45hrs

10th December Tuesday 19:45hrs

NOT ALL ON LAST TUESDAY OF EVERY OTHER MONTH

 

WORCESTERSHIRE WFRA AREA MEETING.

SATURDAY 11TH MAY 2024  11;15 FOR 11:30 START. AT BARBOURNE EX SERVICES CLUB THE MOORS WORCESTER WR1 3ED.


                                             

                  

Barbourne Ex Services Club

The Moors

Worcester

WR1 3ED

Saturday Veterans Breakfast Club at The CROWN 18  Street, Crown Passage, Worcester WR1 3LL . On the first Saturday of the Month at 10:00hrs onwards ( except 1st Saturday in June see details in events list below)

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              EVENTS AND PARADES.

 

ADDRESS FOR   Gheluvelt Park, BARBOURNE ROAD,  Worcester.  WR3 7AA

 

NEW VENUE FOR REUNION

THURSDAY 1st June 2023 Glorious 1st June Ceremony at Worcestershire Rgimental Stone Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. 10:30 for 10:45 start. Dress Blazer medals Beret.

 

Saturday 1st JUNE 2024. WFRA Reunion 

The WFRA Reunion 2024 will take place on Saturday 3 June at Worcester Rugby Football Club (WRFC), Offerton Lane, Hindlip, Worcester WR3 8TR.  This is our new location and the same as last year. Please do not go to Sixways. Details as follows:

The event opens at 1200 hours (we ask that you do not arrive earlier to allow set up of the event) and closes at 1700 hours.  The WRFC will remain open for anyone that wishes to remain afterwards.

Entrance is £2 (cash) per adult and all costs will go towards the cost of the event.  All veterans and serving members are asked to sign in and check their personal logs or complete a new one.  The logs are entirely voluntary but do allow RHQ to keep in touch with you and the museums to update their records.  There will be a raffle (cash) on the day and anyone who wishes to contribute (alcohol seems be the preferred prize) are asked to drop them off at RHQ Nottingham or bring them on the day.  The draw will take place after the Service and any prizes not collected will be kept by the Worcester Branch for future use. There will be food and drink outlets at the Club at normal rugby club prices and attendees are kindly asked not to bring their own picnics. In attendance will be 1 Mercian, RHQ including the IET and the Regimental Mascot, Hereford & Worcestershire Cadets, the Worcestershire Museum, a PRI stand, local clergy and SJA.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the Tenbury Town Band. There will be a Drumhead Service at 1500 hours at which time the refreshment outlets will close. Attendees are asked to give due respect to the service.  Following the Address, members who wish to march will be directed by CSM 1 Mercian to form up, to parade.

Complimentary transport is provided from Silver Street, Worcester WR1 2SG to the event, at 1200 hours. 1245 hours and 1315 hours.  There will be return transport at 1700 hours and 1800 hours.  The transport is available on a first come, first served basis although it is hoped that priority will be given to the older veteran community and branch members. There is plenty of car parking on site including Blue Badge Holder parking closer to the club.  If anyone anticipates difficulties with parking, they are asked to contact the Assistant Regimental Secretary. Please do not drink and drive. The event is a private event for association members and their families and anyone connected to the Mercian Regiment and its antecedents.  The police have been informed of the event and there are no known security risks but all attendees are asked to remain vigilant on the day.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET YOUR CASH as the WFRA do not have an electronic payment system.  All monies raised goes towards paying for your reunion . Any questions should be directed to the Assistant Regimental Secretary, Nottingham cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk

 

Monday 19th June 2023 Guildhall Worcester, Flag Raising , Armed Forces Week. 10:30 for 10:45hrs

 

THURSDAY 6TH JUNE 2024 

In the run up to the 6th June there will be A talk on 1st June 11:oohrs at the Guildhall By Col Retd. Stamford Cartwright Hussars Assoc. On landing by glider 6th June 1944. Display at Museum and Art Gallery.

Static displays in Guildhall.

Fish n Chips Quiz June 3rd as its national Fish n chip day.( on chip shops in Worcester etc , fish n chips not provided) 

Tables will be available all day at the Guildhall on Thursday 6th June. Set-up from 08:30 onwards. There will be nothing of value on table whilst we are at the ceremony in Cathedral Square. The stand for the Standards will be in Guildhall, After the ceremony the 3 branch standards can be in the stand behind the Worcester Branch table.

If anyone has anything relating to D-Day WW2 and would like it on display please feel free to bring it along. We will need some volunteers at some point so those manning the table can have a break. After the ceremony Chairman said he will be changing into Regt Polo shirt then change back to blazer later on.

 

At 09:00 there will be a gathering in Cathedral Square/Plaza for a D-Day Ceremony.

09:15 The Town Crier will read out the Proclamation.

Speeches

Raising of D-Day Flag.

Exhortation, Last Post, 1 Min silence, Reveille, Kohima Epitaph.

Wreaths will then be taken over the road to the memorial outside Cathedral, with Standard Bearers.

There will be Poems etc from schoolchildren

Back to Guildhall.

Standard Bearers ONLY to pick up Standards at Guildhall.Leave Guildhall 19:00 .

Procession to Fort Royal.

Those who will struggle with steep slopes/ steps advised to leave early for Fort Royal Park.

Bagpiper will play as procession ascends Fort Royal. 7pm to 9:10pm Music and a fish n chips van on site

Raise the flag

Choir and brass band

Snare drum alter with bag pipes leading drum head ceremony

Association speakers

Religious speakers

Mayor representative to read out tribute

Service of remembrance Drum Head Service

Last post. National Anthem

9:15pm light beacon

Song to sing once lit.  Potential for audience sing along.

A watch on weather week prior to event.

All Possible subject to change.

 

Parade Marshall, John Walters, A turn out as many as possible please as it is a chance for the branch to have a good presence within the City.

Rob McCarthy ;- These D-Day ceremonies will be attended by the Polish Association and Chinese Association, The Chinese had an important part in D-Day 44 and the war as they were heavily involved in the re supply of ships and other duties. The citizens of Worcester also had roles to play during WW2. The site of Fort Royal with its link to the Battle of Worcester is a fitting place to hold the ceremony for lighting of the beacon

 Link to google maps HERE.

 

  Saturday 8th June

Cathedral Square from 10:00hrs til 16:00hrs events and big screen showing interviews with D-Day WW2 Veterans, videos and photos, re enactors will be there with a gun. Worcester Branch will be based next to the RBL. Members welcome throughout the day, Bring a chair fluids and maybe a brolly for shade or rain. At 16:00 we will have Exhortation, Last Post, 1 Min Silence, Reveille, Kohima Epitaph to finish the day. There might be a fly past by the Red Arrows (not a a display). .

 

SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 2024 WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORCESTERS LANDING IN NORMANDY SERVICE AT WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENTAL STONE GHELUVELT PARK BARBOURNE ROAD WR3 7AA. DETAILS TO FOLLOW.  On Saturday the 22nd June 2024  Worcester Branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association will be holding a Commemoration Service at The Worcestershire Regimental Stone in Gheluvelt Park opposite the Memorial Archway gates. We are holding this event on this day as we will be joining the City Council and other organisations commemorating D-Day landings 6th June 1944. The Worcestershire Regiment had a delayed landing in Normandy due to storms and other logistical problems arriving there on the 22nd June 1944.

Parking will be opposite the Pump House, Waterworks Road, Worcester WR1 3EZ.  Or in side roads .

10:00am for 10:30 start. ceremony will last 45mins to 1 hour.

The Ceremony will start with the Standards being dipped in salute to the Lord Lieutenant.

A welcome and address by Lt Col (Retired) Mark Jackson OBE, on the run up to the Regiment landing and the fight through Normandy as part of the 43rd Wessex Division and on through Northern Europe.

Reverend Lindsay Coulthard of St Stephens will conduct the religious part of the ceremony with a reading by a member of Worcester Branch.

There will be wreath laying during the ceremony. (Not supplied).

Afterwards we are organising something at the barbourne Ex Services Club to be confirmed.

 

 

Sunday JULY 7th 2024. CRICH 100TH ANNIVERSARY RHQ Mercian are pleased to announce that the 2024 Pilgrimage is being planned for Sunday 7th July. 

 

15TH AUGUST 2024, VJ DAY.  BURMA STAR MEMORIAL Abbey Gate, The Almonry, Evesham WR11 4BQ 10:15 FOR 10:30 START.

STANDARDS, BERETS, BLAZERS, MEDALS.

 

MONDAY 26TH AUGUST 2024. ANNUAL SERVICE TO COMMEMORATE 1ST, 2ND & 7TH BTTS VERNON FRANCE, BURMA, MALAYA.  AT WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENTAL STONE GHELUVELT PARK. 10:30 FOR 10:50 START.  STANDARDS, BUGLE. DRESS:- BERETS BLAZERS MEDALS

 

SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2024.

Worcester Branch are organising a wreath laying service on Saturday 21st September 10:30hrs at the WFR Memorial Bench, Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. WR3 7AA. It is a commemoration service in memory of  those killed on active service and those that served on Operation Banner.

Standards welcome.
Dress: Beret, blazer. medals. If you do not have these please still come along and feel free to post on social media.

 

SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2024

Worcester Branch Dinner. the Berkeley at Spetchley £22 pp 12:00 for 12:30hrs.  menu. AVAILABLE SOON.

 

SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2024. POPPY LAUNCH GUILDHALL WORCESTER HIGH STREET. 10:30

 

SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER 2024. ANNUAL GHELUVELT SERVICE. STANDARD BEARERS REPORT 11:00HRS OTHERS 11:15 AFTERWARDS BUFFET AT BARBOURNE EX SERVICES.

 

This years Annual Gheluvelt Service is on Sunday the 27th October 2024

If you are not a Standard Bearer or helping set up, the timings are 11:15 for 11:30 start.

The Invites are out, we have the Lord Lieutenant for Worcestershire Beatrice Grant, The High Sheriff for Worcestershire Louise Hewett, MP Robin Walker. The request is in for a Mercian Officer who will read out the roll of Honour. Afterwards there will be a buffet at Barbourne Ex Services Club the Moors, Worcester. WR1 3ED.

A call will go out for volunteers for a couple of days before so that a tidy up of the memorial and area can be done.

 We have confirmation that Lt Ben Boxall 4 Mercian will be attending also Derby and Handlers.

BERET BLAZERS MEDALS

AFTERWARDS BUFFET,  AT BARBOURNE EX SERVICES. A RAFFLE WILL BE HELD PLEASE BRING ALONG ANY PRIZES YOU WANT TO DONATE.

 

Thursday 31ST OCTOBER, GHELUVELT DAY.

 

Friday 8th November       10:30hrs     TBC                                                      County Council Act of Remembrance Friday 10th November 2023.    The branch has received an invite to an Act of Rembrance.  On behalf of Councillor Kyle Daisley, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council we would be delighted to invite the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association to our Service at County Hall on Friday 10th November, for an Act of Remembrance.  The Service will start shortly before 11am in front of staff and councillors.  The Chairman and our Chaplain will conduct the Service which will include a two minute silence for reflection.  Light refreshments will follow to which you are warmly invited.

 We normally undertake this annual Service in front of our Roll of Honour Memorial plaque which is located outside the council chambers.  Due to significant building works going on at County Hall we are unable to replicate this year – however, we plan to conduct the Service outside the main entrance.

 We would be delighted if you or any of your members would like to attend, along with your Regimental Standard.

Dress, Berets, Blazers, Medals

 

 

Monday 11TH NOVEMBER, ARMISTICE DAY. MEET OUTSIDE CATHEDRAL NR 'BYGONES' NEAR S.A. MEMORIAL 10:20. BERET BLAZERS MEDALS

 

Sunday 10TH NOVEMBER, REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY. DETAILS TO FOLLOW

 

More details  on events to follow

Other Usefull Addresses

City Museum & Art Gallery, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT

Tel 01905 721982

Web
www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Museum Archives

Address: Dancox House, Pheasant Street, Worcester WR1 2EE

Phone: 01905 721982


 

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