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Opening of CESSAC Community Cafe, Colchester

On 31 October 2016, the CESSAC Community Cafe was formally opened in the Community Centre in Fallowfield Road, Colchester by Brigadier Colin Weir, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade. The building is the Community Centre for over 850 Service families, largely from his Brigade, the main units of which are: 7th Para RHA, 2 & 3 PARA, 13 Air Assault Support Regt RLC & 16 Close Support Medical Regt.

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DAB Digital Radio Launches in Aldershot Today

Ofcom has licenced a small number of trial stations for Small Scale Digital Audio Broadcasting (SSDAB) across the UK, and the Forces Station BFBS was one of those awarded a trial licence.

Part of the trial involves offering a number of services to listeners via the same DAB transmitter, so you can now tune in via DAB in the Aldershot area to BFBS Aldershot, BFBS Gurkha Radio (our Nepali language service), BFBS Beats, Radio Caroline, Angel Radio, the breeze, This Is Electric and Radio Woking.

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FiMT and DSC release “Sector Insight:  Armed Forces Charities in Scotland” report

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) today release the Sector Insight: Armed Forces Charities in Scotland report, calling for more transparency about the finances and functions of Armed Forces charities in Scotland and dispelling some public misconceptions.

The report – the first to focus specifically on armed forces charities registered in Scotland, which follows on from the Sector Insight, UK Armed Forces Charities report, published in November 2014 – will help to inform Scotland’s policy direction and those working within the charity sector. It delves into the finances, purposes and functions of over 300 armed forces charities, including those that operate on both sides of the border. The report focuses on how charities in Scotland are categorized, what provision they make for their beneficiaries, and offers an overview and analysis of these charities.

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New Management Team Heralds New Era at Finchale

A dedicated ex-serviceman is hailing a new era after taking the helm as the new Chief Executive Officer at Finchale this week.

Mel Pears MBE took over the reins as the new Chief Executive Officer of Finchale on 1st June, following David Etheridge’s retirement.

Former soldier Mel, formerly Director of Business Development and Veterans’ Services at Finchale, also takes over responsibility for the North East Veterans’ Network as part of his role.

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The Union Jack Club reopens following flood on 23rd June

The Union Jack Club is now back and fully trading having been closed due to flooding following the unprecedented rainfall on Thursday 23rd June in London. In its entire history, the Union Jack Club has never had its doors closed to Members and we are devastated that we had to take this step.

Our basement was under up to 4 feet of water, due to the fact that in the early hours of Thursday morning, London experienced a months’ worth of rain in just a couple of hours. Unfortunately, like many buildings of our nature, the electricity boxes, IT and boilers are located in the basement, alongside beer cellar and stores. As a result we lost all power as well as the boilers. The Fire Brigade and other services were outstanding as were all of you who pulled together as a team to help evacuate the Union Jack Club calmly and safely.

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Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) Announces Royal Patron

The Defence Medical Welfare Service is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, GVCO, is to become the charity’s first Royal Patron. By accepting the invitation of a Patronage, Her Royal Highness formalises her support for and interest in the welfare of the Armed Forces Community.

Her Royal Highness visited DMWS’s headquarters in May 2016 and met members of staff, service users and Trustees to hear about the charity’s work and the impact it has had on the lives of those it has helped over the last 73 years.

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