On Saturday 26 July at the Worcestershire Golf Club, H4H Malvern Coordinators Team held a special dinner to commemorate the 100 Year Anniversary of the start of the First World War. The 69 guests attending included Sir Tony and Lady Pippa Baldry MP for North Oxfordshire and Lieutenant General Timothy Evans CBE DSO (commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps based in Gloucester) enjoyed a first-rate, slap up meal with drinks thrown in. General Evans declared that it ‘was a most instructive and entertaining evening.’
Guests were informed and entertained by three presentations on aspects of the First World War: Clevelode resident David Craig, a regular speaker at Malvern events, talked about the outbreak of the War in political and military terms whilst Patrick Kidwell from the Defence Academy spoke about the ups and downs of the British Army preparing the US Expeditionary Force for entry into the War in 1917. Lastly, but by no means least, Chantel Summerfield, from Malvern and in the final year of her PhD in Twentieth Century Conflict Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, gave a presentation on the use of tree carvings by WW1 veterans to represent their recollections of combat.
Above: Paddy Kidwell addressing the Dinner on the Subject of British training support to the American Expeditionary Force.
The Dinner raised an impressive amount for Help for Heroes. Metcalfe catering was hugely generous in providing excellent catering at very much reduced rates whilst Deep Secure and QinetiQ both provided sponsorship. The Worcestershire Golf Club Captain, Roger Brierly, has adopted Help for Heroes as its Charity of the Year and waived the usual fees for the venue hire. Severn Printing and Helen Kidwell Graphics contributed the printing and design of the tickets and programmes.
The H4H Malvern Coordinators Team looks forward to seeing you at its Malvern Hills Challenge on Saturday 13 September (see http://www.events4h4h.org.uk) and is planning another dinner next year to commemorate the 200 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – look out for details as tickets will go fast.