RIFT is honoured to work closely with ABF The Soldiers' Charity, bringing much-needed support to Armed Forces personnel and their families in times of hardship or bereavement. Here's a quick round-up of some of this month's ABF news and events:

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall hosts 75th Anniversary Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace

On the 23rd of October, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity was honoured to have its 75th Anniversary Royal Reception hosted at Buckingham Palace by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. With 140 guests in attendance, the Duchess gave a tremendous speech about the origins and significance of the charity, touching on her own family’s military history. In closing, she said:

“Just as the Nation owed a debt to all those who served in the Second World War, so we continue to owe a debt to those who serve our country today.  I am therefore particularly delighted to see several of the charity’s beneficiaries here this evening, and I look forward to meeting them shortly.  Of course, none of your work would be possible without The Soldiers’ Charity’s enthusiastic supporters, staff and volunteers, so I should like to thank and congratulate you all for everything you do to ensure the soldier is still what it’s all about.”

Michaelmas Fair at Powderham Castle: 4th of November

There’s no point denying it, we’re heading full-speed down the road to Christmas – and there’s no better way to get things moving than with a visit to stunning Powderham Castle’s Michaelmas Fair. This is the fair’s 20th anniversary, and they’re celebrating in style with all the gifts, food and entertainment you could wish for. This year’s attractions include a frame loom weaving workshop from Elka Textiles and free valuations from the fair’s sponsors, Hamption & Littlewood auctioneers.

Early bird tickets are £3.50 and can be bought here or for £5 on the door. If you want to book a place in a frame loom workshop, you can get set up here or call ABF The Soldiers’ Charity South West office on 01392 496412.

When:

14th November 2019 10.00 – 15.00

Where:

Powderham Castle
Kenton, Devon EX6 8JQ
United Kingdom

The Frontline Walk takes 141 participants through key WWI and WWII locations

The Frontline Walk events are always popular, and this year marked the first opportunity for participants to choose between two historically significant routes for the 100km trek. In the first week, ambassador Andy Reid MBE led 100 walkers across the beaches of Normandy in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord. Stars of the event included the Rugby Relics team, already Frontline Walk veterans, who have raised an amazing £53,000 for the charity to date, with plans to boost that figure to £100,000 over their next two events. Week two saw 41 trekkers walking the Somme and Passchendaele route, guided by ambassador Brenda Hale OBE. These really are fantastic events, so watch this space for details on how to participate in future walks.

A Presentation and Lunch by Professor Martin Parson PhD: 24th of November

Martin Parson works for the History Department of the University of Reading and Poland’s University of Lodz, and is the former director of the Research Centre for Evacuee and War Child Studies. His BA module, “War Children of the 20th Century” is the only one of its kind in the UK, and his extensive research has included access to the Northern Ireland Record Office’s closed files. Here’s the programme for his upcoming appearance in Hermitage, Thatcham.

1015-1050: Coffee in Officers’ Mess.
1100-1200: Presentation in the Station Conference Room.
1200-1245: Complimentary Drinks in the Officers’ Mess.
1245-1430: Lunch including wine in the Officers’ Mess.
By 1500: Guests depart.

Tickets are £35 each including lunch. You can grab yourself a place via booking form or by emailing peter.walker@zen.co.uk.

Those are our top picks for current and upcoming ABF events and updates. Visit https://www.soldierscharity.org for more information, and be sure to check out their online shop. Once you're done there, come back and watch this space for more from the charity next month.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall hosts 75th Anniversary Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace

On the 23rd of October, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity was honoured to have its 75th Anniversary Royal Reception hosted at Buckingham Palace by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. With 140 guests in attendance, the Duchess gave a tremendous speech about the origins and significance of the charity, touching on her own family’s military history. In closing, she said:

“Just as the Nation owed a debt to all those who served in the Second World War, so we continue to owe a debt to those who serve our country today.  I am therefore particularly delighted to see several of the charity’s beneficiaries here this evening, and I look forward to meeting them shortly.  Of course, none of your work would be possible without The Soldiers’ Charity’s enthusiastic supporters, staff and volunteers, so I should like to thank and congratulate you all for everything you do to ensure the soldier is still what it’s all about.”

Michaelmas Fair at Powderham Castle: 4th of November

There’s no point denying it, we’re heading full-speed down the road to Christmas – and there’s no better way to get things moving than with a visit to stunning Powderham Castle’s Michaelmas Fair. This is the fair’s 20th anniversary, and they’re celebrating in style with all the gifts, food and entertainment you could wish for. This year’s attractions include a frame loom weaving workshop from Elka Textiles and free valuations from the fair’s sponsors, Hamption & Littlewood auctioneers.

Early bird tickets are £3.50 and can be bought here or for £5 on the door. If you want to book a place in a frame loom workshop, you can get set up here or call ABF The Soldiers’ Charity South West office on 01392 496412.

When:

14th November 2019 10.00 – 15.00

Where:

Powderham Castle
Kenton, Devon EX6 8JQ
United Kingdom

The Frontline Walk takes 141 participants through key WWI and WWII locations

The Frontline Walk events are always popular, and this year marked the first opportunity for participants to choose between two historically significant routes for the 100km trek. In the first week, ambassador Andy Reid MBE led 100 walkers across the beaches of Normandy in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord. Stars of the event included the Rugby Relics team, already Frontline Walk veterans, who have raised an amazing £53,000 for the charity to date, with plans to boost that figure to £100,000 over their next two events. Week two saw 41 trekkers walking the Somme and Passchendaele route, guided by ambassador Brenda Hale OBE. These really are fantastic events, so watch this space for details on how to participate in future walks.

A Presentation and Lunch by Professor Martin Parson PhD: 24th of November

Martin Parson works for the History Department of the University of Reading and Poland’s University of Lodz, and is the former director of the Research Centre for Evacuee and War Child Studies. His BA module, “War Children of the 20th Century” is the only one of its kind in the UK, and his extensive research has included access to the Northern Ireland Record Office’s closed files. Here’s the programme for his upcoming appearance in Hermitage, Thatcham.

1015-1050: Coffee in Officers’ Mess.
1100-1200: Presentation in the Station Conference Room.
1200-1245: Complimentary Drinks in the Officers’ Mess.
1245-1430: Lunch including wine in the Officers’ Mess.
By 1500: Guests depart.

Tickets are £35 each including lunch. You can grab yourself a place via booking form or by emailing peter.walker@zen.co.uk.

Those are our top picks for current and upcoming ABF events and updates. Visit https://www.soldierscharity.org for more information, and be sure to check out their online shop. Once you're done there, come back and watch this space for more from the charity next month.

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