Welcome to the latest newsletter from Wenches In Trenches – Roses of No Mans land
It is really good to see so many interested in what we are up to here at Roses Of No Mans Land. We have been very busy since our last newsletter. We have been working hard on preparing things for this years sponsored walk in France and spreading the word about Wenches In Trenches – Roses of No Mans Land.
Since the last newsletter we have made a few donations to some worthwhile causes. A couple of which were £1000 to Talbot House, Ypres, Belgium. This was to help with the refurbishment of the Nurse McVeigh room. Once the room is finished we will have some pictures to share.
We also donated £200 to Blue Apple Heroes in Warrington. This was to help towards the cost of a weekend respite break for some of their Veterans who suffer with PTSD. Blue Apple took a group of them up to Scotland over the Bonfire weekend to have a quiet retreat away from all the noise of the fireworks. The fireworks create a terrible trigger for some veterans with PTSD.
A TRENCH IN A CHURCH
Paul Church in Penzance asked for the help from Wenches to build a trench inside the church as part of their Remembrance events. Once complete school children visited the trench and were given a taste of life in the trenches. Sue R and Sue Mc were there in uniform to speak to the children about what it might have been like in the trenches.
REMBERANCE NOVEMBER 2014
In November last year Head Wench Sue R and wench Sue Mc travelled across to La Boiselle in France to take part in the Sing For Your Supper evening. Hosted by the Somme branch of The Royal British Legion. A fantastic night of music and food on the eve of Remembrance day.
The next day both took part in the Remembrance service at Lochnagar Crater, laying a wreath on behalf of the Wenches In Trenches – Roses of No Mans Land.
HOUSE OF COMMONS VISIT
In March of this year we were very honoured to be asked to attend an event at The House Of Commons for The National Nursing Memorial Appeal. The evening was hosted by the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP. Head Wench Sue R and Wench Beverley travelled to London to represent us all.
Among the guest speakers was Baroness Shirley Williams, whose mother Vera Britain was a VAD in WW1… a truly inspirational woman!
In April we were pleased to announce that we had welcomed on board our first Patron. Falklands Veteran Simon Weston MBE, swiftly followed by our second patron writer Sarah Phelps. Simons mother was a nurse so he has an interest in what we do. Sarah wrote the fantastic drama The Crimson Field, a tale of some of the VADs from WW1. We are extremely honoured to welcome both to our team
PAINTING FOR US
We were approached by a lovely lady called Helen Chester, an artist from Wiltshire. She offered to paint us a picture that we could then sell to raise funds. Obviously we jumped at the chance to have a painting by Helen, who specialises in military themed art. We were very pleased with the picture that Helen has donated. We just need to sell it now. so if you are interested in owning this fabulous work of art then please get in touch. This original framed painting is available for £300 +p&p
UPDATE ON MEMORIAL BENCH
In May Head Wench Sue R and Second in command Suzanna travelled to France for some meetings with the team from Lochnagar Crater. The purpose of the trip was to check on the progress of the memorial bench and finalise details for the sponsored walk in September.
They had hoped to see the memorial bench being set up onsite ready for the blessing ceremony on 1st July, but the builder had not quite finished . So we will have to wait until July to see the bench along with everyone else. The bench has been handmade by Yorkshire carpenter Vinnie Felstead, a friend of Lochnagar. We are extremely grateful to Vinnie for his time and skill in making this amazing memorial.
At the end of June a few wenches including Sue R and Suzanna will make the journey again to take part in the dawn service at Lochnagar on 1st July. The bench will be finished and all set up for this and the Padre from Lochnagar will bless the bench. The ladies will be in full uniform for this event. It will be an amazing experience and we are so proud to finally have our first memorial bench in place.
A lot of progress was also made with the preparations for the sponsored walk this year. this is going to be a brilliant event.
Our transition to full charity status is well underway. We will keep you informed as things progress. Unfortunately this is not a quick process.
That is all from us at Roses of No Mans Land for now. We will keep you all updated via our website so please keep an eye out for more news. We hope you all have a fabulous summer and we will have a new newsletter for you at the end of the year.
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