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Britain’s oldest Bomber Command pilot celebrates his 100th Birthday at Princess Marina House

On Tuesday 17 January, Bomber Command veteran, Bill Lucas, marked his 100th Birthday at the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Princess Marina House.

More than 65 guests joined Bill and his wife Sheena to mark the momentous occasion, with a special appearance from XV Squadron, one of Bill’s former Squadrons. Pilot Joe Rigg and Navigator Mark Swinton travelled down from RAF Lossiemouth and presented the centenarian with a commemorative print. During his RAF career, Bill completed more than 80 missions including the 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne in 1942 and was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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Jeremy Vine and Angela Rippon to host 2017 Soldiering On Awards

The Soldiering On Awards is delighted to announce that BBC radio presenter Jeremy Vine and television journalist Angela Rippon OBE will host the 2017 Soldiering On Awards.

“This will be Jeremy’s second time and Angela’s first time to host the awards night,” said Chairman Wing Commander Tal Lambert MBE.

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Tesco armed forces recruitment event – limited places available

The Officers’ Association (OA) is working with Tesco as part of their recruitment drive aimed at former military personnel.

The UK’s biggest grocery retailer, Tesco, has launched a recruitment drive aimed at former military personnel, supported by the OA and Tesco’s own Armed Forces Network.

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Epic South Pole trek aims to raise £25,000 for Charity

Businessmen Ian Langley, Graeme Shankland and Roger Wood are hoping to raise £25,000 for charity in January by embarking on an epic 150 kilometre trek to the South Pole.

Facing temperatures of up to minus 40 degrees Celsius, the intrepid trio will be spending almost two weeks hauling their equipment sleds across the desolate Antarctic ice, enduring twenty-four hours of daylight at an altitude of 10,000 feet.

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New Mortgages Deal

Armed Forces personnel redeployed within the UK will now be able to rent out their homes without facing higher costs or having to change their mortgage.

This commitment from the majority of the UK’s high street banks and building societies is an extension to the offer made back in January 2016, which allowed service personnel posted overseas to rent out their homes at no extra cost.

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Service Pupil Premium- Guide

The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium in April 2011 in recognition of the specific and unique challenges children from Service families face.

The Ministry of Defence has now produced a booklet showing a selection of effective, creative and innovative ways in which both primary and secondary schools have used the available funding to support Service children.

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