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THE WORCESTERSHIRE AND SHERWOOD FORESTERS REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

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President: Brig P Dennis

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27 May 2022      WFRA NEWSLETTER         Volume 13 Issue 22

001 DEFENCE COMMITTEE VETERANS AFFAIRS SURVEY

The Defence Committee wants to hear from veterans and the families of veterans as ahead of the Committee’s evidence session on the Work of the Office for Veterans Affairs.

The Committee has today launched an online survey to seek the views of veterans and their families to inform the Committee’s questions ahead of an evidence hearing on Wednesday 15 June with Leo Docherty, Veterans Minister, and Jessie Owen, Director, Office for Veterans Affairs.

The survey is open until Wednesday 8 June.

Chair of the Defence Committee, Tobias Ellwood MP, said:

“The welfare of our Armed Forces is at the top of the Defence Committee’s agenda, and we will continue to explore the range of issues facing our service personnel and our veterans. At our evidence sessions with the Veterans Minister and the Office for Veteran Affairs we have the opportunity to raise questions directly relating to issues of most concern to our veterans. We’re keen to hear from veterans and their families and hope they will take the opportunity to complete our online survey ahead of the evidence session in June.

We want to help veterans’ voices be heard on issues that concern them, whether it’s mental or physical health, transition to civilian life and support in finding a job, or the complaints system. This is a chance to tell Parliament what you think.”
 

002 JUBILEE BEACON LIGHTING AT CRICH. 2 JULY

The beacon at Crich will be lit on Thursday 2nd July at 2145 hours, in line with beacon lighting across the country, to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee. The site will open at 2030 hours and the tea-room will be open.  Everyone is welcome to visit the site in marking this historic occasion.
 

003 MEDALS FOUND

A set of medals have been found in a pile of rubbish from an eviction and eventual house clearance from one of three tower blocks Coniston house, Windermere House and Derwent House on Hurcott Road in Kidderminster.  We can tell from one of the medals that they were issued to 25075796 Pte J Aldridge WFR. It is requested that John, or anyone that knows him, gets in touch with RHQ so that we can reunite him with his medals.        Cindy.clark247@mod.gov.uk
 

004 RAF COSFORD VISIT

Explore the fascinating story of the RAF and of the thousands of ordinary Servicemen and women who have served in it and whose invaluable contribution has shaped the world that we live in today.

Coach departs Croft Road, Worcester at 9.30am, a further pick up is possible at Tesco, Warndon Villages. The coach departs RAF Cosford at 3.30pm.

Friends £16 Non Friends £18 – price is for a minimum of 25 people going on the trip

Currently I have 10 people booked to go on the trip so it would be great if a few more people came along so I do not have to cancel this trip. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to join this trip as I do need to notify both RAF Cosford and the coach company by the 1st week of June.

If you are interested please contact by email:-   friendsoftheworcesters@gmail.com

 

005 VETERANS FOR SWANSDOWN SCHOOL

The event takes place on Monday 27th June between 9 - 2 at Swansdown School (all girls school) with a 10am start for the actual event. There is tea and coffee on arrival and a buffet lunch later. They are looking for veterans who would either be happy to take part in a short parade within the school grounds or are happy to chat with/take questions from small groups of girls. There is free parking at the school. There are also going to be small 'workstations' for the girls to go round in small groups, the theme being military in some way.

The contact is Doug Smith: douglas.smith216@btinternet.com  01562 777 828.

 

006 ANNUAL WFR BAND REUNION

Over the past Ten years or more I have been organising the Reunions. Recently we have incorporated members of the Sherwood Foresters Band and have had a few from the Sherwood Foresters Band have joined us already.

Today I would like to invite other Sherwood Foresters Band Members to join us and meet up with "Old Friends"

Other WFR Band Members who have not yet attended a Reunion are also welcome.

This year the Reunion is taking place on Saturday 22nd October 2022. The Venue is the "Coopers Brooke" in Daybrook, Nottingham. There is a Premier Inn right next door.

We tend to meet up in the Bar from 14.00hrs to "Catch up and Chat" as well Lubricating our Vocal chords. Because I'm sure there will be a lot of catching up to do.

We have a Three course Sit down Dinner at 19.00hrs. A full Menu Selection can be sent to anyone wishing to attend. Payment in advance for the meal. is required. Each member may have a guest of their choice to join them for the meal.

It is important to Book and Pay for your  meal in advance so we know exactly how many people we can Cater for.

Plus Seating Arrangements are massively important. We usually have around 30 people attend. But the Venue will only allow upto 50.

The Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Band Members. But should you wish to participate in the evenings Entertainment then please let Ken Bradshaw know. He will allocate a spot on the program for you. But if you just wish to attend and enjoy the Event, then that is OK!

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Ken Bradshaw by email at " ken.bradshaw18@ntlworld.com."

007 VETERANS BIG BREAKFAST – 2 JUNE 2022

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Nottingham County Council will be hosting a Veteran’s Big Breakfast event which is open to all veterans, the military community and their families.

Details are as follows

Thursday 2 June 200 at Thorseby Court Yard (not Thoresby Hall).  It is a Picnic Style, bring your own chairs and blankets etc…

Set up before 08:15

Breakfast: 08:30 – 0945 (sausage and bacon rolls – veggie options, teas and coffee) Free.

Pipes and Drums: 09:15 – 09:45

Live screening: 10:00 – 12:00

Daisy Belles: 12:15 – 12:45 & 13:15 – 13:45

Information stands open: 08:30 – 14:30

Dress:

civilian wear: casual

military wear:  (cadets) MTP

Car parking is available :

Free – event field, clearly signposted

Pay – Thorseby Court Yard £3 all day.

If any further details are required, please contact the organiser direct: Neil Bettison on 0115 977 2051 or 07834 928 499 or                                            neil.bettison@nottscc.gov.uk
 

008 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


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