Regimental Family News and Sport
This will be my last post of the fantastic adventure that has been the Marathon Des Sables.
I simply want to say that I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support that I have received from family, friends, and colleagues. The race was an unbelievable experience but the real achievement has been the £2700 that you have all raised towards Combat Stress and the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund. If you haven’t yet donated it isn’t too late.
Thank you again, you are all amazing and your support is what has made the race an unforgettable experience.
I will finish with a wise man’s words:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Roosevelt
VETERANS CHARITY COMMISSIONED TO CHRONICLE THE 160-YEAR HISTORY OF THE ROYAL MILITARY SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT KNELLER HALL IN SOUTH WEST LONDON
Veterans Urged to Come Forward and Tell Their Stories Following the MOD’s announcement that the Royal Military School of Music is to vacate its historic home at Kneller Hall in South West London, veterans’ charity The Legasee Educational Trust has been commissioned to chronicle over 160 years of military music tradition at the celebrated Grade II listed institution.
Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and teaming up with local schoolchildren from Chase Bridge School in Twickenham, the Legasee Educational Trust will explore the illustrious history of The RMSM at Kneller Hall and examine the importance of music to the military effort. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will feature the filmed oral accounts of 40 veterans and military personnel who trained or worked at the school as well as the recording of the numerous bugle calls that have been used for vital military communication over hundreds of years. School children from Chase Bridge School will contribute to the creation of educational lesson plans, which will sit alongside the filmed resources on the Legasee Educational Trust website for future generations to discover and learn from.
The activity will culminate in a spectacular public concert to be held at Kneller Hall in Summer 2019.
Legasee Trustee Martin Bisiker said: “From communication to celebration, music has been an integral part of warfare from the very outset. Focusing on the work of the Royal Military School of Music, our project will not only explore the history of the military bands who create such a stunning spectacle at state occasions but also focus on the often forgotten history and role of military musicians in wartime and the part they have played in post war conflict resolution.“
Esther Mann, Curator, Museum of Army Music said: “At a time when the Royal Military School of Music faces an uncertain future, we are delighted to be teaming up with the Legasee Educational Trust to record the institution’s extraordinary history for the students and historians of the future to enjoy.”
Stuart Hobley, Head of HLF London, said: “We’re delighted to support Legasee Educational Trust to explore and celebrate the 300 year old military music collection held by the Corps of Army Music at Kneller Hall. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the interpretation of this collection will be enhanced and a number of memories will be recorded, enabling the community to learn about an important part of the military history.”
Veterans who studied at the institution are being urged to get in touch and share their memories. If you know someone who studied or worked at Kneller Hall and has a story to tell, please contact the Legasee Educational Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you #RACF
My Father and our Family’s thanks to you for the kind donation of funds from yourselves SAFFA, and the Royal British legion to enable the purchase of his Electric chair.
It has made such a positive life change for him in his 89th year, as now he is not restricted to staff members being available to push him everywhere, making him feel more able and also less isolated in his room.
He is now making plans to get out and about come the spring. He will be 90yrs on Christmas eve this year so plans to be doing some wheelchair dancing!
Once again and I can’t say it enough, Thank You!
Remembering IRA bomb victims with memorial service at M62 Hartshead Moor Service Station
Member of the Regimental Family gathered to remember the victims of the IRA bombing in 1974. Both the Royal Artillery Association and the serving Regiment were in attendance to pay their respects.
Captain Tony Ryder is a former regular army officer, who at the end of his service became a member of The Full Time Army Reserve. Although retaining his original Royal Artillery capbadge (he can’t be convinced to do otherwise), Tony has been a member of 102 Battalion REME since 2013. On Thursday 14th December during our Permanent Staff Christmas function, Tony was awarded The Voluntary Reserve Service Medal for 10 years service with the Reserve. All in all Captain Ryder has completed 34 years military service!
100 Years old, truly 'Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner'
Thank you so very much for your great response to my father’s ‘100th’ birthday, I am very grateful and he was utterly thrilled to get a card from the Master Gunner an all ranks. How special. I send 2 of photos of him just so you can see how thrilled he was. The other one is of him during the war as a gunner. I am immensely touched by your kind actions. Forever grateful, and forgive me if I have been truly boring!!!!!
A couple of weeks ago I contacted you regarding my father, Arthur Stearn, who would be 100 on 15th January. Having served throughout WW2 in the Royal Artillery he was absolutely delighted to receive the card sent to him to help him celebrate his special day. I would like to thank you on his behalf for this gesture and attach a photograph of him with his card. It was no surprise when I visited him on his birthday to see him dressed in his blazer with his regimental badge and proudly wearing his RA tie as this is his preferred attire when he needs to look smart and he was ready for his party! I have also attached a photo which I took on last Remembrance Sunday before we took him out.
Canterbury Branch celebrate a Birthday
The Committee and their partners from Canterbury Branch had a lovely lunch with Capt Leslie Gosling and his wife Joan to celebrate his forthcoming 102nd Birthday on the 3rd December. We met at the Gate Inn, Westmarsh Nr Canterbury and had a very enjoyable few hours. We presented Leslie with a cake but could not fit all the candles on. It is a great honour for us to have Leslie as our President and we hope he remains so for a long time to come.
97 Bty Families day that the RACF/RAA helped to fund
The Menin Gate is a reflection of the special importance of Ypres in our hearts, and our attendance there 100 years after the battles demonstrates that the British public still feel the same.
The Royal Artillery Association Thirsk Branch
Thirsk RAA branch meeting and Dinner held in the Officers mess 4th Regt RA