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  1. What Was National Service?

    What Was National Service?
    Tuesday, May 16th 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the last serviceman being demobilised from National Service. Since the Second World War, more than 2 million men served in our Armed Forces. On this anniversary let us remember the vallance and bravery displayed by the conscripts, and let us ask ourselves: What was National Service?... The British National Service, also...
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  2. King Charles III Official Coronation Emblem Released

    King Charles III Official Coronation Emblem Released
    This official emblem celebrates the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on 6th May 2023. The emblem is created with the flora of the four nations of the United Kingdom: the rose for England, the thistle for Scotland, the daffodil for Wales and the shamrock for Northern Ireland. These natural forms combine to describe St Edward’s Crown, used for...
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  3. HM Queen Elizabeth II May She Rest in Peace

    HM Queen Elizabeth II May She Rest in Peace
    Monarchist or not, a very sad day.This was posted on Surrey Gardeners forum by Tall Andy."Phillip came to me today,and said it was time to go.I looked at him and smiled,as i whispered that "I know"I then turned and looked behind me,and seen I was asleep.All my Family were around me,and I could hear them weep.I gently touched each shoulder,with...
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  4. RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore

    Rest in peace Sir Captain Tom, your duty is now done. The clouds will part once more and we will see the sun. Our spirits you have lifted and led us from the dark, A hero twice and a life well lived, you certainly left your mark. At ninety nine years of age you were our beacon of light, And...
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  5. JAMES BEAR Supporting the Armed Forces and Their Families

    This beautifully British-made collectable teddy bear has been specially created to raise vital funds for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Named after SSAFA's founder, James Gildea, this unique bear is made to a limited edition of only 1885pcs, the year the charity was founded. For every James Bear sold, up to £12.50 will be paid in support of the charity.

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  6. VE Day 75 Art Competition

    Given the current extraordinary circumstances, the national VE Day 75 celebrations, which were due to take place on the bank holiday weekend of 8-10 May, have been postponed. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has partnered with Fujitsu to find a way for its supporters to celebrate this special date in history with friends and family from the comfort of their own homes.
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  7. The Strength Of Versatility In The Face Of Conflict

    It is now 75 years since the end of the Second World War but it is apparent that once again through the nation's struggles, our spirit of unity and versatility may be key in overcoming the struggle against Covid 19.
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  8. We congratulate Merrythought with their 90th Birthday

    Merrythought Bear Since 1930, our friends Merrythought in the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, Shropshire, have been hand-making the finest and most quintessential English Teddy Bears in the country today. The fourth-generation family business, founded by Mr W.G Holmes, started as a diversification from his mohair mill in Yorkshire.
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  9. Nato Conference 2019

    This April was the 70th anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty and on Tuesday 3rd December London will be host to the next NATO Leaders Meeting.

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    victory & peace medal

    AWARD, in association with SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, is proud to announce the striking of the Commemorative World War II Victory & Peace Medal. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of victory and final settlement of peace in Europe, the Far East and Pacific war zones after much sacrifice and loss of life over a total six-year period of war. 

    To be worn with pride by all those heroes who served, their next of kin or direct descendants

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