Service to Commemorate 35th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict

3 Mar

Hundreds of veterans who served in the South Atlantic during the Falklands Conflict will gather, alongside families of those who served, at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 2 April. The commemorative service, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, is being organised by the South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 (SAMA 82). It will start at midday alongside the South Atlantic Medal Association Memorial, which features rocks from the islands, and is dedicated in remembrance to those of the South Atlantic Task Force who were killed during operations.

The service will be conducted by Reverend David Cooper and wreaths will be laid on the memorial. Reverend Cooper served with the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) during the conflict, where news broadcasts carried footage of the field burial service he conducted for the eighteen British soldiers that were killed in the Battle of Goose Green. In 2012 he also led the dedication service of the Falklands Memorial at the Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion.

The names of each of the 255 members of the South Atlantic Task Force who were killed in the mission to liberate the islands are carved on the national Armed Forces Memorial at the Arboretum. A commemorative stone at the South Atlantic Medal Association memorial carries a plaque bearing the names of the three civilians from the Falkland Islands killed in the conflict.

Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “We look forward to welcoming hundreds of veterans and their families to the Arboretum for this service on the anniversary of the start of this historic conflict. Our Falklands Memorial is tremendously important as so many of the men killed in the conflict have no grave. It serves as a restful space for contemplation for their families, comrades, and friends.”

Gordon Mather MM, Chairman of the South Atlantic Medal Association 1982, said: “255 people serving with the Armed Forces were killed during the fight to recapture the islands from Argentina, and 3 civilians also lost their lives. I hope that members of the public will join us to pay tribute to all those involved in the conflict, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.”


Andrew Baud, National Memorial Arboretum, 020 3397 3383 or


The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is the UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country.

The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion and has 30,000 maturing trees and 330 memorials. In October 2016, it opened a £15.7m Remembrance Centre, following a major fundraising campaign supported by numerous individuals and organisations, including Staffordshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Situated on land gifted by Tarmac, the Arboretum is also home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present time.

For more information on the Arboretum, log on to

SAMA 82 Newsletter – due to be delivered from 1st March 2017.

1 Mar

All members will start to receive their copy of the March 2017 (No.17) SAMA Newsletter, this week

They were scheduled to start arriving on doorsteps on 1st March.

Should you not receive a copy please let us know. 

We shall start work on the next edition due to be printed in September shortly, so should you wish to include an article, please can you send them to us at the office or direct to Dave Kidd at

no later then Mid-August. Thank You.

Armed Forces Rugby Festival 2017 – Saturday 25th March

28 Feb

Armed Forces Rugby Festival 2017 -  BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park Stadium, Cardiff

To commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict

1st Game –
Armed Forces Vets vs South Wales Police Vets
Kick off 16.30hrs (30 mins each way)

2nd Game
Royal Marines Association RFC vs Wales Legends
Kick off 18.00hrs (30 mins each way)

Gates Open 15.00hrs

Pre match entertainment: Band, Male Voice Choir & unarmed combat display teams

Tickets Prices:-
Adults £5.00
U16 £1.00
Family Tickets (2+2) £10.00

Limited Hospitality available, please contact for further details.

Pre Game Hospitality in both Gareth Edwards Suite and Sky Lounge.

State Pension Age

8 Feb

The Pensions Act 2014 requires the State Pension Age to be reviewed during each Parliament.  The reviews will consider changes in life expectancy and wider changes in society.  They will help to ensure that the State Pension remains sustainable for future generations.

The first of these reviews is currently under way and will conclude by May 2017.  The review is forward looking only and will not re-examine the existing timetable for State Pension Age increases up to April 2028.

To check your State Pension Age, go to www.

Pangbourne – Annual Service at the Falklands Chapel–11th June 2017

26 Jan

Pangbourne – Annual Service at the Falklands Chapel

The annual service will take place on Sunday 11th June.

If you would like to attend then please contact Angela Perry on

01295 738123 or email

Falklands 35th Anniversary Lapel Badge

26 Jan

There is a new Falklands 35th Anniversary Lapel Badge available to order through our online shop.

Falklands 35 Pin Badge.jpg

Cost:-  £2.50 each.

Service at the National Memorial Arboretum 2nd April

6 Jan

We will be holding a Service at the Falklands Memorial at the NMA on 2nd April to mark the 35th anniversary of the conflict.

Details were sent out in the September newsletter, but if you need any information then please contact us at the office.