Charity Band Concert–Birmingham 26th November

17 Oct

Celebrating 100 years from the Somme 1916 to present day.  The concert will take place between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm on Saturday 26th November at Bramall Music Building, Birmingham University.

Presented by the ‘Friends’ of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum and featuring the AD Concert Band.

Tickets can be purchased by telephone – 0121 414 4414 or by email: or via the website – Bramallmusic- the

Cooking & Baking Residential Weekend

5 Oct

A weekend of cooking, baking and banter run by veterans for veterans.  Interested?   Read on………

“Have you ever wished you could spend a whole weekend learning how to cook and bake at a top UK cookery school in the company of other veterans?  Not tried cooking or baking before?  Want to develop your skills and impress others?  Are you intimidated by the idea of spending time on a cookery course with people who are not from a service background? Do you want to learn the basics from a top tutor while sharing a few jokes and reminiscences with yours truly?  Then the Bootneck Baker veterans only course is right up your civvy –street.

We have teamed up with Ashburton Cookery School to bring you a fun weekend veterans-only course situated at the edge of Dartmoor in the lovely county of Devon .The first of these courses is planned to start in the Spring of 2017.  Our aim is to use the medium of cookery & baking as a therapy for coping with life outside the service, in retirement , dealing with stress or bereavement or just being on your own again.  We want to help elevate individual esteem and encourage a feeling of self worth so you will come away from the course with a basic understanding of food hygiene, nutrition and cooking self reliance through a shared experience with ex-forces pals.  That’s a weekend of cooking, baking and banter run by a veteran for veterans.  No rank, no bull just cooking and baking.

The course is facilitated by a Falklands War veteran with a passion for all things food in an open kitchen environment with the overall aim to get attendees to create a tasty lunch and evening meal recipe which they eat together over a glass of wine/beer/water etc.  An element of social activity will be encouraged on the Saturday evening.  Each attendee will get to take away a box of their own baked goodies together with the course notes and tips, recipes and a certificate of attendance.  Plus through the dedicated Bootneck Baker blog you will get an ongoing link back to the course and be able to keep in touch with other course members, chat to other veterans , give feedback and exchange photographs, ideas and recipes.

There will be a fee payable to the venue (not to me as my time will be free) which is estimated to be in the region of £300.00.(there will be an additional charge for accommodation) You can either fund your own place on the course or seek sponsorship or financial support from veteran’s charities if you have limited means.

Email your expression of interest in the course direct to me at:

Armed Forces Community Drop-In, Woking

23 Sep

A new drop in centre for Veterans has opened in Woking Surrey.

Held on the 4th Thursday of every month between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm at Woking Football Club, Laithwaite Community Stadium, GU22 9AA.

Welcoming veterans, reservists and those working with veterans – feel free to drop in

15th September– Closing Date for Applications to march at Cenotaph

13 Sep

The RBL will not accept any further applications to march at the Cenotaph after 15th September.

Due to the security checks being put in place this year tickets will be issued to individual names and WILL NOT be transferable.

No late requests will be considered by them.

Reminder – Last chance to apply for Remembrance Parade tickets– closing date 31st Aug.

30 Aug

Just a quick reminder that Wednesday 31st August is the final day that you can apply for your ticket.

Any applications received after this date will unfortunately be declined.

To register, please telephone the office either today Tuesday 30th August or  tomorrow Wednesday 31st August between 9am and 2pm only. 

Office telephone number 01495 741592.

SAMA 82 Stand at Bournemouth Air Show

19 Aug

If you are in the Bournemouth area this weekend then why not call in and see the veterans at the SAMA 82 Stand in the Navy Tent under the cliffs between lampposts 21 – 23. 

Kevin, Tony and Debbie will be there Saturday and Sunday and look forward to seeing you.

The Not Forgotten Association Marching Contingent, Cenotaph 13th November

16 Aug

The NFA are looking for 4 SAMA 82 veterans to march with them at the Cenotaph this year and join them for lunch afterwards

If you are able to march with them please contact the SAMA office to register.