Falklands 2007 Pilgrimage

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  1. If anyone on here served in 1982 & went down south, info is now up on the official site including an application form

    Falklands Pilgrimage
     
  2. I would have thought that the Falkland Islands are the last place anyone who fought there wants to go to again. But obviously not.
     
  3. Having been there myself I can fully understand why some people would wish to attend such a pilgrimage.

    I imagine for many, it is an opportunity to pay repects to fallen comrades, lay ghosts to rest and see how much it has changed since those now distant days.

    Also, next year is the 25th Anniversay and lets see if our wonderful Government have any plans up their sleeves as they promised a few years ago?
     
  4. I understand that the Guz city council are organising a service on the Hoe on Sun June 9th. I don't think it is set in stone yet though.

    IMD
     
  5. There are a lot of things in the process of being organised, On Nov 13th a press conference is being held on HMS Illustrious to give detils about the parade on Horseguards in June 2007.
    This is a list of thing so far...

    Saturday 24th February

    Warrant Officers & Senior Rates SNCO's Mess
    HMS SULTAN
    Gosport

    Charity 'RN Style' Horse Race Evening
    All proceeds in support of the FVF - £5.00 per person

    FVF - Les Heyhoe
    Tel. 023 9251 1582
    [email protected]

    Tel. 023 9235 7181 (Home)

    [email protected] (Home)

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    Saturday 10th March

    Southwick Park Golf Club
    Southwick
    Fareham

    General Knowledge Team Quiz - In support of the FVF.
    Maximum 6 to a team. Hot food included in team entry fee Prizes for Winners
    & Runners-Up. Falkland Veteran Teams welcome to participate.
    For further info. contact Gilly.

    'Gilly' Gilchrist MBE
    SPGC Captain 2007
    1 Cromwell Road
    Southsea Hants
    PO4 9PN

    Tel. 023 9234 7755 (Home)
    Tel. 023 9221 7556 (Work)

    Email: [email protected] o.uk

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    Friday 16th March

    HMS DRAKE
    Devonport
    Commemorative Dinner for all crews of Devonport based ships involved in the
    conflict.

    TBA

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    Friday 23rd March to Sunday 25th March

    The Royal Court Hotel
    Keresley
    Coventry.

    Safety Equipment and Survival Reunion Weekend

    All Veterans & partners welcome. See the website or contact the Secretary.

    Gordon Parkes - Secretary

    Tel:01483 823181

    [email protected] tlworld.com

    http://www.faasurvivalassociation.co.uk/

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    Sunday 25th March

    National Memorial Arboretum
    Alrewas
    Staffs.

    South Atlantic Medal Association (1982) - AGM, Lunch & Service

    Dedication of memorial bench and plaque - SAMA82 members are invited to
    attend - contact the Organiser for full details.

    John 'Joe' Erskine
    AGM & Reunion Organiser
    8 Grosvenor Court
    74 East Lodge Park
    Farlington Portsmouth
    Hants PO6 1BY

    Tel. 023 9279 1258

    [email protected] tlworld.com

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    Wednesday 28th March

    Gosport

    FVF Exercise of Freedom Rights - Commemoration of the Military Withdrawal
    from Royal Hospital Haslar.

    Veterans can be part of what will be of historical significance marking the
    closure of GB's last military hospital.
    This event will certainly attract national media attention. As a 'Freeman'
    please volunteer to be in the FVF's contingent to exercise your right to
    honour 250 years of military hospitals and be part of this unique march
    past.

    Smokey Cole or Les Heyhoe
    Tel. 023 9251 1582

    [email protected]

    [email protected]--------

    Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April

    Royal Fleet Club
    Plymouth

    HMS HERMES Reunion Dinner for all those who Served onboard - Falklands
    Veterans especially welcome.

    Richard Tipping
    Association Secretary
    Tel. 01752 787697

    richard.tipping @blueyonder.co. uk

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    Saturday 31st March until end 2007

    Royal Naval Museum
    Portsmouth

    A New Exhibition to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands
    conflict. One of the main themes of the exhibition will be stories from
    veterans of the war, so the RNM wants to let as many people who were
    involved in 1982 know about the exhibition. In the initial planning stages
    at the moment.

    Stephen Courtney
    Royal Naval Museum
    HM Naval Base (PP66)
    Portsmouth PO1 3NH

    Tel No* 023 9272 7578

    Email: stephen.courtne [email protected] eum.org

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    Friday 6th April
    T.B.C

    Wardroom
    HMS SULTAN
    Gosport
    T.B.C.

    'Task Force 25 Commemorative Dinner' to honour the crews & their families &
    ships that sailed from Portsmouth 5th April 1982 and in support of the FVF.

    FVF - Les Heyhoe
    Tel. 023 9251 1582
    [email protected]

    Tel. 023 9235 7181 (Home)

    [email protected]

    [email protected]--------

    Sunday 29th April

    Explosion!
    Museum of Naval Firepower
    Gosport

    'Remembering The Falklands'

    A special afternoon of reflection and remembrance in the Museum's Conference
    Hall. All Falklands Veterans, family and friends are invited to an informal
    get together to mark the 25th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. Free
    Tea, Coffee and a light buffet will be available in the Conference Hall.
    Although tickets for the event are FREE, advance booking is preferred with
    FREE Entry to the Museum for Veterans - Members of the Public also welcome.

    Marc Farrance
    Visitor Services Officer
    Explosion!
    Museum of Naval Firepower
    Priddy's Hard Gosport
    Hants PO12 4LE
    Tel. 023 9250 5603

    Email:[email protected] sion.org.uk

    http://www.explosion.org.uk/

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    Saturday 19th May

    Southwick Park Golf Club
    Southwick
    Fareham

    Entertainment Evening and Charity Auction - In conjunction with 'Clubline
    Promotions' in support of the FVF. Details to be announced February 2007.

    'Gilly' Gilchrist MBE
    SPGC Captain 2007
    1 Cromwell Road
    Southsea Hants
    PO4 9PN

    Tel. 023 9234 7755 (Home)
    Tel. 023 9221 7556 (Work)

    Email: [email protected] o.uk

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    Sunday 20th May

    The Kings Stone Drive Past / Salute

    Monument on the B2149 between Rolands Castle and Horndean

    Senior Falkland Veteran Officer Taking the Salute.
    Falkland Veterans and their families are invited to attend and to be part of
    the Drive Past organised by the 'Solent Overload Executive' and will be
    placed in various military vehicles - Especially welcome are those who
    served onboard HMS ARDENT as it was sunk 21st May 1982, as were HMS ANTELOPE
    (23 rd May) and HMS COVENTRY (25th May).
    All other Veterans welcome

    John Whiting
    'SOE' Secretary

    Tel. 023 9235 3635

    [email protected] lworld.com

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    Bank Holiday Weekend

    Saturday 26th to Monday 29th May

    Five Heads Road
    Horndean

    Off Junction 2 the A3M
    'Overlord 2007' - South's Premier Military Vehicle Spectacular
    The show offers the public the opportunity to see a wide range of historic
    and modern military vehicles estimated to be 100's to view.
    Organised by the 'Solent Overlord Executive' supporting the FVF and
    financial donors of 2005 and 2006

    http://www.solentoverlord.co.uk/
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    Friday 1st June

    Royal Sailors Home Club
    Portsmouth

    HMS FEARLESS (L10) - 25th Reunion
    All Ex-1982 crew and COMAW staff and 846 Naval Air Squadron members and
    families welcome to attend
    See website for purchase of CD in support of the FVF

    Ray Metcalfe
    23 Sedgewick Close
    Gosport Hants
    PO13 9RB

    Tel. 023 9252 8302
    [email protected] sco.net

    http://www.hmsfearless.com/

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    Saturday 2nd June

    Sports Fields
    HMS SULTAN
    Gosport

    "25th Commemorative Concert"

    Following the successes of the 15th & 20th concerts organised and arranged
    by the FVF's Chief Executive 'Smokey' Cole with Jim Davidson OBE and other
    celebrities attending this event is anticipated to be bigger and better in
    all respects!?

    Celebrity group(s) & attendees to be announced March 2007

    FVF Chief Executive
    Derek 'Smokey' Cole

    Tel. 023 9251 1582
    [email protected]

    Tel:07850 793776
    Email:smokeyL11 @aol.com

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    Sunday 3rd June

    Falkland Gardens
    Gosport

    "25th Commemorative Remembrance Sunday Service and March Past" Veterans &
    Families are invited to attend

    In conjunction with Gosport Borough Council (GBC) the FVF exercising its
    right to the 'Freedom of the Borough' to march through the town followed by
    'Up Spirits'


    Smokey Cole / Les Heyhoe

    Tel. 023 9251 1582
    [email protected]

    [email protected]--

    Sunday 10th June

    Portsmouth Cathedral

    HMS GLAMORGAN
    Service of Remembrance

    Alan Bradley
    5 Pennine Walk Fareham
    Hants PO14 IQQ
    Tel. 01329 311527

    [email protected] lworld.com

    http://www.hmsglamorgan.co.uk/

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    Thursday 14th June

    Pangbourne Chapel
    Reading
    Berkshire

    25th Remembrance Service at The Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel with
    HM QEII present.

    With a capacity of 600 only 100 tickets will be available so apply to
    receive tickets now & receive the newsletter in February 2007

    Mrs Angela Perry MInstF
    Wroxton Mill
    Shutford Road
    Wroxton
    Banbury
    Oxfordshire
    OX15 6EZ

    Tel. 01295 738 123

    http://www.falklands-chapel.org.uk/

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    Friday 15th June to Sunday 17th June

    RM Condor
    Abroath
    45 Commando Group (1982) 'Operation Corporate 25th Reunion'

    See the website or contact the Organiser for full details.

    Pat Chapman
    Reunion Organiser
    *Station Staff Officer BFESU BFPO 53
    Tel No: (00357) 25963948

    [email protected] .co.uk

    http://www.geocities.com/rm45cdo82/index.htm

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    Saturday 16th June

    Harlequins
    Twickenham
    Stoop Stadium
    Middlesex

    Falklands Rugby Task Force XV versus Penguins International RFC

    All proceeds in support of SAMA82 - see website for full information and
    details

    David Pearcy
    Chairman
    Falklands Task Force Rugby

    [email protected] nternet.com

    http://www.falklandstaskforcerugby.co.uk/

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    Saturday 16th June

    River Thames
    London

    SAMA82 (Wales) - Cruise on the SS Elizabethan - Hosting the Falklands
    Families Association.
    Tickets £10 on sale in January 2007 and are limited to 200 - 2pm to 6pm.

    Andy 'Curly' Jones
    SAMA82 (Wales Regional Secretary/Treasurer)

    Tel. 01874 625125 (Home)

    [email protected] ernet.com

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    Saturday 16th June

    Wellington Barracks
    London

    Evening BBQ hosted by the Sgt's Mess 1st Battalion Welsh Guards - Open to
    SAMA82 (Wales) members and their families only.

    Andy 'Curly' Jones
    SAMA82 (Wales Regional Secretary/Treasurer)

    Tel. 01874 625125 (Home)

    [email protected] ernet.com

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    Sunday 17th June

    Horse guards Parade
    London

    Drumhead Ceremony & Falklands Veterans March Past along the Mall for a Royal
    Salute with a 'Fly Past'

    http://www.falklands25.com/

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    Sunday 17th June

    St James's Park
    London

    Reception for Veterans & Families - Please note Limited Numbers.

    TBC

    023 92 511582

    email:[email protected] rg.uk

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    Thursday 28th June

    RAF Waddington
    Lincoln

    Drum Head Service, Wreath Laying Ceremony, March Past & Fly Past (am) -
    Access to Vulcan XM607 (3 Bombing Missions) Dress rehearsal Air Show pm for
    Sat. 30th June - All Veterans & their families welcome.

    Peter Cobbold
    RAF Regiment

    Email: [email protected] il.net

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    Friday 29th June

    Organised Visits

    Falklands Veterans & families are invited to visit:
    RAF Scampton, Lincoln Cathedral and RAF Coningsby.

    Peter Cobbold
    RAF Regiment

    Email: [email protected] il.net

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    Saturday 30th June

    RAF Waddington
    Lincoln

    Air Show - a.m. Memorial Service outside 'A' Hangar which will be turned
    into a 1982 Museum of equipment with the surrounding area of aircraft -
    Volunteers are sought to assist manning the exhibitions. Show entry cost per
    person approx. £13.00

    Peter Cobbold
    RAF Regiment

    Email: [email protected] il.net

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    Sunday 1st July

    London

    Start 9.35am: The British 10K London Run (approx 5 miles)
    Six Volunteers required to run / walk and obtain sponsorship in support of
    the FVF - Able to complete the course in 2 hours
    Aged 15 to 75 & in good health

    FVF - Les Heyhoe
    Tel. 023 9251 1582
    [email protected]

    Tel. 023 9235 7181 (Home)
    [email protected]

    [email protected]---

    Sunday 8th July

    Southsea Common
    Portsmouth

    Airborne Forces Day South
    'Pompey Para Spectacular'

    Pride of place as No.1 Platoon will be Falkland Veterans - irrespective if
    Para's or not.
    Volunteers required to be part of the platoon & march past.

    An action packed free fun day for the family with parachute jumps by various
    groups including the 'Red Devils'

    FVF - Les Heyhoe
    Tel. 023 9251 1582

    [email protected]

    Event Organiser
    Major Frank Smith

    http://www.pompeyparas.org/

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    Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd July

    Five Heads Road
    Horndean

    Junction 2 off the A3M

    'Classic Vehicles Show'

    Vintage & Classic vehicles, displays, collections etc.
    £4.00 Adults / £2 Children U16 (OAP's No Concession) - U2 Free

    Supporting the FVF - Financial donations made in 2005 & 2006

    Dave Kimber (Entry Details)
    Tel. 01243 553445

    [email protected] club.co.uk

    Dave Rudwick (Stall Details)
    Tel. 01403 820808


    http://www.doublellclub.co.uk/

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    Sunday 30th September

    Cardiff

    Drum Head Service and March Past for the erection and official opening of a
    new Welsh National Monument (1982) - Funded and co-organised by SAMA82
    (Wales) in conjunction with The National Assembly and Cardiff County
    Council.

    All veterans and families welcome to attend. Full details to be announced
    via the website.

    http://www.sama82.org/regions/wales/myweb/index.htm

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    Friday 9th November

    Thorngate Hall
    Gosport

    Remembrance Weekend - "The 255 Black Tie Dinner"

    A fundraising evening with entertainment in support of the FVF and to honour
    and remember the 255 Servicemen who were killed in 1982 - Details to be
    announced by April 2007.

    FVF - Les Heyhoe
    Tel. 023 9251 1582

    [email protected]

    Tel. 023 9235 7181 (Home)
    [email protected]
     
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  7. I was there from April 82 until Dec 82 (with a short break in between) and I'd go back to see it again. I must say, however that I'm hooked on the islands having been there before the 'conflict' as it was called at the time (it was still a war in my book!)
     
  8. Thanks for that info chockhead - brilliant job!
     
  9. Thanks also Chockhead. There was a Written Answer in today's Commons Hansard on this very topic, which promises to give MPs more information on 13.11.06, so RR readers are now better informed than they are! If they ever find out, they will not be happy little bunnies! :twisted:
     
  10. We are going up to London for the Falklands 25. Not sure what part we will be taking, but sure as eggs is eggs there will be Royalty on board.
    Look out for us by Greenwich next year. We will be the 20,000+ tonnes with the god awful Mizzen Mast. (worth a trip to see it if only to shake your head and say "what on earth is that")
     

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