East | Abbie's update
February started off with a trip into the local Essex countryside with Essex Wildlife Trust. Five Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters spent the day sawing and burning overgrown cherry laurel and rebuilding wildlife sites under the watchful eye of Essex Wildlife Site Officers. The day was all about team work, volunteering and enjoying the countryside and fresh air. Band of Brother Steve has been to both of our volunteering events with Essex Wildlife Trust and said: “thanks for a fun filled day with a great bunch of people.”
Half term saw the Recovery Centre being turned into a kite making workshop for the local families. 23 Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters, plus children attended on a bright sunny day which meant we were able to fly the homemade kites outside. They were also treated to lunch at the centre. Band of Sister Zoe, who is new to the Centre and the Fellowships, said: “I Just wanted to say thank you for the kite making morning. Emily and Harrison absolutely loved it and had real fun. We flew the kites all the way home and had to fly them for an additional hour on the field!”
There will be another crafts morning in March for Band of Sisters and lots of Easter activities to look out for. Dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.
I am really keen to expand the Fellowship into the wider regions so please, if you have any local suggestions, do not hesitate to make contact on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midlands | Alan's update
February was a pretty busy month with free tickets to a couple of performances at The Rep in Birmingham. Thanks to those of you for your kind emails to say how much you enjoyed the play! It is always great to hear back from you post event. Remember it is your fellowship I am here to support and develop.
We also had an amputee football session with West Bromwich Albion, with one attendee Lee Bagley now getting involved regularly, a star in the making! In the same week we also had an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme briefing at Fisher House with 15 attending, some serious questions raised and the hope of many with potentially wrong decisions and tariffs benefiting from some pro-bono advice. I am already looking to run another of these sessions as it will potentially be life changing in some circumstances. Keep an eye on your inbox for the new date.
Lastly we had the half term tobogganing at The Snowdome in Tamworth with 34 coming along for some fun in the snow. Everyone seemed to have a blast and again something I will look to put on again.
Looking forward to the merry month of March, it’s my birthday, and events wise we have a briefing on two brilliant schemes being run by Wolverhampton University, one to convert military course sand qualifications to civilian equivalents (and degree points..) and the second for free courses business start ups and mentoring for partners and spouses.
We are also having a Sunday lunch get together in Stafford on Sunday 12 March and a couple of other events which I have yet to tie down. I am looking at a glass making/blowing course in Stourbridge and making the first attempts to identify a location for the second Midlands BoB/BoS Black Tie Ball! We are going to try and do it again as those who made it to the first one will hopefully testify it was so much fun and brilliant to have so many of you all together, having fun and looking mighty fine!
Garden Force is also to begin again post winter, BoB Midlands FC have fixtures to announce, a BoB/BoS focus group to confirm and lots of other funky stuff in the pipeline!
Till next month, keep smiling, have fun and look out for each other you brilliant bunch.Take me back to Bandstand