A quick update reference the P Company 10 miler on Saturday 20th November 2021.
1. Bacon butties etc outside the Traf from 0830 hrs, provided by Pegasus Pizzas.
2. Form up for the tab/photo at the Airborne statue 0930 hrs.
3. Airborne stew halfway round provided by Stace.
4. Service to remember The Fallen in the military cemetery after the tab.
5. There will be no AGM in Aldershot as we had planned, this will be in Brecon on Saturday 21st May 2022.
6. We will be issuing new membership cards to paid-up members in the Traf over the weekend.
7. All paid-up members will be issued 2 raffle tickets, this will entitle you to 2 free beers in the Traf on the Saturday. This is to make up for the 2 missed hog roasts in Brecon.
8. If anyone would like to bring any items to raffle to raise funds for the Club, please do so. More the merrier. We will hold a raffle in the Traf.
We look forward to seeing you all in November for a great weekend. Airborne 🤛🤛
Later this year four members of the AB Riders will be carrying out their Ride Of Respect around the UK. They will be visiting over 50 cemeteries during their tour, paying their respects to those who fell during The Falklands war.
Please see the attached itinerary.
If you would like to be sent a BAFC wreath and lay it at your local cemetery when the riders are visiting, please message our treasurer George Pullin and he will action for you.
Falklands Ride of Respect 2021
Day 1 – Saturday 31 July 2021
0910 Kitswell Road,
1030 Hollywood Avenue,
Pte Philip West 3 Para
1120 Whitley Bay,
Memorial Capt Christopher Dent 2 Para
1530 Mortonhall Cemetery,
DSgt Daniel Wight 2 Scots Gds
1645 Eastern Cemetery,
Cpl Scott Wilson 9 Para Sqn RE
Day 2 – Sunday 01 August 2021
1005 Kenoway Cemetery,
Capt David Wood 2 Para
Mne Paul Callan RM 45 Cdo
Cpl Peter Fitton RM 45 Cdo
Cpl Ian Spencer RM 45 Cdo
Cpl Laurence Watts RM 45 Cdo
1505 Laurencekirk Cemetery,
LSgt Clark Mitchell 2 Scots Gds
LCpl Peter McKay RM 45 Cdo
Day 3 – Monday 02 August 2021
1500 Spean Bridge Commando Memorial
The Commando Memorial
Members of Royal Marine Association in attendance
1800 Penny Fuir Cemetery,
Mne Gordon MacPherson RM 45 Cdo
Day 4 – Tuesday 03 August 2021
1215 North Dalnotter Cemetery,
Sgt John Simeon 2 Scots Gds
1315 Arklestone Road,
LCpl James (Doc) Murdoch 3 Para
1415 Cardonald Cemetery, Mosspark Blvd,
Gdsm Archibald Stirling 2 Scots Gds
1530 Sandymount Cemetery,
Gdsm Derek James Denholm 2 Scots Gds
1645 Wellhall Cemetery,
Cpl David Hardman MID 2 Para
1830 Knadgerhill Cemetery,
Gdsm James Boyle Curran Reynolds DCM 2 Scots Gds
Gdsm David Malcolmson 2 Scots Gds
Day 5 – Wednesday 04 August 2021
1445 Blaris Cemetery,
LCpl Tony Cork 2 Para
Service to be led by Rev Andrew Rawding (ex RM)
1630 Palace Barracks,
Palace Barracks Memorial Garden
Service to be led by Rev Andrew Rawding (ex RM)
Day 6 – Thursday 05 August 2021
0930 St Margarets Church
LCpl Anthony Burke 1 Welsh Guards
1115 Welsh Guards Memorial
Wrexham Town Hall
The Welsh Guards Memorial
Met by Welsh Guards Association (TBC)
1300 Rake Lane,
Cpl Stewart McLaughlin 3 Para
1430 Kirkdale Cemetery,
Gdsm Ronald Tanbini 2 Scots Gds
1600 Southern Cemetary, Sect Q, Grave 214
Pte Anthony Greenwood 3 Para
1700 Stockport Cemetery, Grave 76,
Pte Mark Fletcher MID 2 Para
Day 7 – Friday 06 August 2021
1430 Eckington War Memorial,
Eckington War Memorial
LCpl John Pashley
9 Para Sqn RE
MEM(M) Stephen Tonkin
1630 St Mary’s Cemetery,
Mne Michael (Blue) John Nowak RM 45 Cdo
1745 St Marys Church, Marston on Dove,
Spr Wayne Tarbard 4 Tp 9 Para Sqn RE
Day 8 – Saturday 07 August 2021
1000 National Arboretum
Burton on Trent
1400 St Peters Church War Memorial
2 St Peters Close,
Pte Mark Dodsworth 3 Para
1600 All Saints Churchyard, Sect A, Row 74, Grave No 1
Brixworth NN6 9DF
Pte Gerald Bull 3 Para
Day 9 – Sunday 08 August 2021
1100 Section 18, (Rear of church) St Michaels Church,
Pte Dave Parr 2 Para
1345 All Saints Church,
Pte Stephen Dixon 2 Para
1530 Holy Trinity Church,
139 Twydall Lane,
Cpl Andy McIllveney
4 Tp 9 Para Sqn RE
Day 10 – Monday 09 August 2021
1000 Durrington Cemetery,
LCpl Christopher Lovett MID
1145 The Yomper
The ‘Yomper’ RM Memorial
1210 Falklands Sea Forces Memorial,
18 Gun Battery,
The Falklands Sea Forces Memorial
THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THIS COUNTRY
AND FOR THE DEFENCE OF FREEDOM, IN
THE FALKLAND ISLANDS AND THE SOUTH ATLANTIC
1600 Tidworth Military Cemetery,
Maj Roger Nutbeem RAMC
LCpl Pete Higgs 3 Para
Day 11 – Tuesday 10 August 2021
1015 Aldershot Military Cemetery,
GU11 2DD The Airborne Forces Memorial
Lt Jim Barry RSigs
CSgt Gordon Findlay 2 Para
Cpl Steve Prior 2 Para
Cpl Paul Sullivan 2 Para
LCpl Gary Bingley MM 2 Para
LCpl Nigel Smith 2 Para
Pte Steve Illingsworth DCM 2 Para
Pte Tommy Mechan 2 Para
LCpl Badharparsad Limbu
1/7 Gurkha Rifles
Pte Neil Grose 3 Para
Pte Jason Burt 3 Para
Pte Jonathon Crow 3 Para
Pte Pete Hedicker 3 Para
Sgt Ian McKay VC 3 Para
LCpl David Scott 3 Para
Pte Ian Scrivens 3 Para
Pte Richard Absolon 3 Para
Cpl Stephen Hope 3 Para
Pte Craig Jones 3 Para
1215 Brookwood Military Cemetery,
Military section, Row F, 10
LCpl Christopher Thomas 1 WG
1330 St Peter’s Churchyard,
Frimley Green Rd,
Section 23 Plot Q1
LCpl Simon Cockton AAC
1530 Pangbourne College
The Falklands Memorial Chapel
Day 12 – Wednesday 11 August 2021
1015 St Michaels, Church,
Sgt Ian (Kiwi) Nicholas Hunt RM SBS
1130 St Nicholas Church,
LC Adrian K Wellstead
1315 Fleet Air Arm Museum
Day 13 – Thursday 12 August 2021
0915 Drake Cemetery
Sgt Roger Enefer RM
1030 Weston Mill Cemetery
Cpl Mick Melia
59 Cdo Sqn RE
1145 Buckland Monochorum Cemetery,
Cpl Jeremy Smith RM 42 Cdo
1630 Church St, Beckington,
Row D, Grave No 4
Cpl Keith McCarthy 3 Para
Day 14 – Friday 13 August 2021
The Welsh National Falklands Memorial
1215 SAMA Office,
1430 Yew Tree Brake Cemetery,
Sect J, Row J, Grave J. Spr Christopher Alan Jones 59 Cdo Sqn RE
1545 Walford Road Cemetery,
Ross on Wye
Pte Timothy Jenkins 3 Para
Day 15 – Saturday 14 August 2021
1100 St Martins Church,
The SAS Memorial & SAS Falklands Graves
SAS Association in attendance
Day 16 – Sunday 15 August 2021
1700 All Saints Church,
Sir Rex Hunt CMG
A team of committee members, along with a friend to the BAFC, are currently working on an issue with incompatibility between the current version of the website and the BAFC forum which is having technical issues. Our current advice should you receive a 403 error warning , or some random blocks of code and texts are to just keep a basic text-only post for the time being until the issue is rectified. It’s not a quick fix and we ask that you are patient and trust that things are in hand.
We are ‘on it’
The Committee made a decision to liaise with Tommy Simpson and enquire about the Club having our own bench placed in Aldershot Military Cemetery.
As a result of our enquiries I authorised the purchase and we now have our own Club bench in the cemetery and this will have plaques to commemorate the Fallen placed on it through Tommy and Stace and the Memorial Fund.
Many thanks to Tommy for arranging this.
This is all part of the Club ethos and I’m sure you’ll all support this purchase.
Have you renewed your membership?
We can only fund projects like this and the assistance we give to our airborne brothers in need through the membership fees, donations and fundraising which, owing to COVID, you will appreciate has been severely curtailed over the past year or so.
If you want to renew your membership, you can renew (£10/yr) by making a payment to;
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This entitles you to a vote at the AGM and on any polls we may conduct. You will also be entitled to Fandance accommodation at Dering Lines (if available).
Please join us for our annual ramble over some of the places we used during our P Coy selection.
You’ll be pleased to know that we don’t run and tab anymore it’s just a leisurely walk with a break for some free hot food and drink provided by the BAFC and our good friends at The Traf. You don’t have to be a member to join in and you don’t have to take part in the walk – just turn up.
The walk starts from the Traf in Short Street, Aldershot at 1000hrs with a break halfway and ends at the Garrison Cemetery at approx 1300. Here we have a short ceremony to remember our friends no longer with us and then disperse back to either our accommodation or The Traf.
Please make sure that you check the weather for the weekend and that you begin the walk well prepared.
Most people make a weekend of it so book your accommodation now to avoid disappointment.
We look forward to seeing you.
AD UNUM OMNES
CANCELLED – PLEASE SEE COVID UPDATE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
The next Fandance will be held in 2022, details are posted here: https://www.bafc.org.uk/fandance/
The club AGM is also held on this day, all members are entitled to vote. If you would like to raise a matter at the AGM please contact the Chairman in advance in order to discuss the issue. This means that a place for your point and time allocation will be assigned to the business you wish to raise.
See you all there.