It’s been an exciting month here in the South West. Aside from the activities and events this month we have also had a lovely visit from Antony Cotton, H4H Ambassador and star of Coronation Street.
Antony spent some time in the Recovery Centre at our Wellbeing Wednesday meeting with our Band of Brothers and Sisters as well as other beneficiaries. He had a guided tour of the facilities as well as the Hero garden.
Last week we travelled to the beautiful Tyntesfield House in North Somerset where we enjoyed a day of Green Wood Working along with the Somerset Bodgers who very kindly guided us in the skill of wood turning. The product of our labour was a beautiful bench which is soon to have place of honour in the Hero garden, Plymouth.
Sue who is a Band of Sister and her daughter Debbie, who is a Band of Brother, had fun alongside other beneficiaries. Sue said “We had a great day and are looking forward to returning in December to make some reindeer and snowmen, just in time for Christmas!”
With the autumn months finally phasing out and the Icey mornings arriving Christmas is upon us! The past month has been a busy one in Wales. Although I have been away from work for a little while the fantastic Welsh team have been busy none the less!
There has been a wonderful event at Cardiff Castle where they rarely open the Underground cinema to the public with such a plethora of films to choose from for everyone to enjoy both young and old. Our BoB/BoS families were invited for a fun morning in the scenic Castle grounds then taken through the maze of wonderfully decorated hallways to share the magic that Disney brings! Our families watched Beauty and the Beast in preparation for all the upcoming Christmas festivities we have planned!
Also this month we attended a fun packed morning at St Fagan’s Welsh History museum where the children and big kids got to make some seriously weird and creepy crafts. Every one coloured, cut and glued their way into a fun frenzy with the dads having a little too much fun! It was really wonderful listening to the children’s creepy stories and everyone’s contagious laughter. Once we were all crafted and coloured out every one made their way down to the funfair for some home cooked welsh treats and a warm drink.
I would also like to say a massive thank you to Stephen Sheldon one of our talented Band of Brothers for taking some fantastic photos of our event!
“TIP” Never give the adults more sugar than the kids! It becomes quite chaotic! Brilliant but chaotic….
Later on in the month we were invited by the Welsh Rugby Team to attend their match against Argentina! Twenty six BoB/BoS were selected from our ballot to attend this electrifying event. We were all a little nervous at first as we all know Wales have not been playing to their full ability. With the fluctuating score between both teams throughout the whole match and everyone on the edge of their seats the tension in the stadium was phenomenal. Of course our boys won in the end 24 points to 20! It was awe-inspiring watching our Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters literally bouncing off their seats with fire in their eyes and pride all over their faces. “Our Heroes supporting their Heroes”
What's coming up?
- We have the Souths Christmas party on Saturday 10 December at the RBL in Cardiff from 2 – 2.30pm
- Coffee and a mince pie in Bridgend veterans club on Wednesday 14 December from 11am – 1pm
- Ffestiniog Christmas Steam Train on Saturday 17 December in North Wales from 2 – 4pm
- Wales Winter Wonderland with the dates and times to be confirmed shortly.
- There are also coffee mornings being held with Emily Griffith our new sports coordinator, Alison Griffiths and myself throughout December so please do keep an eye on your inboxes for all upcoming event information.
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