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November 2009

Gemma Wins Gold Remembering Heroes Ride to the Wall

Community Magazine for Bassingbourn Barracks


Contents Community Update Military Life

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Education & Family


Health & Fitness


What’s on


A free copy is delivered to every household and office on Bassingbourn Barracks. A pdf is distributed to article contributors, and advertisers. To add your name to the mailing list email Typed or written copy should be left with the Welfare Office and addressed to the Editor. Pictures should be saved as jpeg images (300dpi), with captions identifying who is in the picture and what is happening. Text /copy should be saved in Microsoft word, imbedded pdf. and emailed to editor@ ATR Bassingbourn Welfare Centre Bassingbourn Barracks Royston Bassingbourn Hertfordshire SG8 5LX M: 07907791761 Articles are used at the Editor’s discretion. Anonymous articles and letters are not published but name and details will be withheld when requested. Next Deadline is: 16 November 2009

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has an abundance of features, is well edited and has been established through popular demand. Well written, well read and well reflected. G WOODCOCK Major R SIGNALS Area Recruiting Officer Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire “Thank you for last months beautiful spread about The Letchworth Centre. This was perfectly timed for our 25th anniversary on 12th September, when we had our celebration day.” Jaqui Derrick- Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living “As I used to be in publishing for some years I must say I am very impressed with your community publication.” Fay @ The Crafty Cupcake in Biggleswade

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Community Update


Welcome to the November Edition of the Bassingbourn Belle In mid- October you may have seen a story in a popular newspaper showing a drunken University student in Sheffield who relieved himself on tributes at a city centre war memorial. On the opposite page was the story of Sapper Weston from 33 Eng. Regiment, a soldier who has lost three limbs in Afghanistan. His positive outlook on the future and personal motivation to walk unaided is admirable. On more than one occasion he has been subject to mindless comments in response to his visible injuries. What did he do? He maintained his dignity and continued on his way. How many of us could uphold this same moral ground in a similar situation? I only wish I had an ounce of the same courage and commitment that men and women in the military show every day. I am also proud to be in a community that does so much to support the charities that will give assistance to Forces and their families. In the last few months Cpl Lee Mowbray has raised funds for BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association), who alongside providing financial assistance, also champions the improvement of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and better

countrywide access to prosthetic limbs. ‘The Soldiers’, who include our very own Minden Band member, Sgt. Richie Maddox, have agreed to donate a minimum of £10,000 from their record royalty for the sound recording Coming Home to the ABF (Army Benevolent Fund). Warner Music UK Ltd. will contribute 25 pence from each sale of the album to be divided equally between the Army Benevolent Fund, Help For Heroes, and The Royal British Legion. The Charity Boxing night on the 18th is a chance for everyone to take part in a fantastic evening and will assist Help 4 Heroes and the Army Benevolent Fund. This is one night you do not want to miss so book a babysitter

or organize the grandparents to come down. For only £10, you will get your evening entertainment, and a curry supper, as well as the chance to bid on some fantastic items. Most of us will know someone who is serving or has recently come back from a tour in Afghanistan. These are some of the ways we can help the soldiers and the families who have been affected. On Remembrance Sunday we will be remembering those who have given lives and limbs in War, and it would be impossible not to think about the soldiers who are on Operational Tour now. Respect to those past and present – ‘Lest We Forget’. Alex Payling, Editor

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Community Update

Community Team ready to assist you Welfare Officer

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Alex Payling, Editor

Alison Cole

Welfare Centre Bassingbourn Barracks Bassingbourn Hertfordshire 07907791761

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Contact Numbers Fire / Police/Emergency Services – Dial 999 RMP – 01223 204377/4306 NHS Direct – 0845 4647 Non Emergency – 08454 564 564 (always ask for an incident ref. number)

Other Important Numbers: 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron Air Cadets 01763 249156 After School Club Bassingbourn Michelle Wilson 07737046978 Andrew Lansley CBE MP S. Cambs.- Shadow Secretary State of Health: Tel: 01954 212 707, Army Learning Centre 01223 204214 AFF Rep – Suzanne Turner 07909628738 Bassingbourn Community Education 01763 246136 Bassingbourn Parish Church 01763 243350 Bassingbourn Surgery 0844 4994778 Barber Shop (Memphis Belle) 07960 116293 Bassingbourn Pre-school 07714 423222 Bassingbourn Primary School 01763 242460 BVC Sports Centre 01763 242344 Butlers Taxi 01763 212223

Brownies Shirley Wardrop 01462 742861 British Telecom: 0800 800150 Children’s Education Advisory Service 01980 618244 Community Centre 01223 204307 Dancing (Disco) Gail Henry 01363 720174 Drama Fiona Taylor 01223 208731 Dream Clean 07921139225 Defence Estates 0800 169 6322 Golf Club 01223204359 Goff Oil Distributors 01603410861 Guardroom 01223 204331 Guardroom (visitor booking in) 01223 204375 Gym 01223 204303/4286 Kicks-4-Kids Phil Snowden 01763 230 312 Library 01223204141 CLLR Linda Oliver (Cons.) 01767 650430 Linda. Little Dragons (Tae Kwon Do) Steve Sharma 07738701893 Market Hill Surgery, Royston 01763 248111 Market Hill Dental Surgery, Royston 01763 244298 McSplash 01763 263313 Medical Centre (camp) 01223 304298

Meeting House Kennels & Cattery 01763 281258 Melbourn Dynamos FC 01763 853167 Melbourn Sports Centre 01763 263313 Military Exchange 01763 242271 Modern Housing Solutions/ Repairs 0800 707 6000 National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 Priory Dental Centre, Royston 01763 246677 Red Shield 01223 204139 Relateline 0845 130 4010 Rosia Surgery, Royston 01763 243166 Royston Health Centre 01763 242981 Royston Leisure Centre 01763 255190 Royston Veterinary Centre 01763 242221 SnowSports Centre 08450 728293 Spar Shop (on Camp) 01763 241044 Stay Clean Window Cleaning 07523525531 Sunshine Pre school 01763 246844 Tae Kwan-Do 07738 70189 Toddler’s Group 01223 204124 UWO: 01223 204307 If there is a number you would like to see added here please let us know. info@bassingbournbelle.

Community Update


From the Welfare Officer often frequent!) . To comply with Unit Standing Orders all dog owners are to pick up after their dogs and place the waste in the bins provided or take home and dispose of. If you have observed any contravention of this, do your bit and remind people of their responsibilities and that a flagrant disregard could result in a dog licence being revoked. I would like to remind all readers that the ATR (B) welfare staff operates under a strict code of confidentiality. When you need to talk, confidentiality will be respected and you can rest assured that your problems will not be discussed without your approval. However, as you will appreciate, there are certain instances that may require us to divulge information. Even in these circumstances, wherever possible, your consent would be sought. These very exceptional circumstances are as follows: ■ If there is a risk of harm to you or to others ■ To prevent a serious criminal act ■ If there is, or is likely to be, a serious breach of national security ■ If there is a serious contravention of Military or Civil Law ■ If you are no longer able to carry out your duty

Great news – the Contact House will be back on line by the time you read this article. This is a vital welfare facility that has been sorely missed and is available to all. We have moved and the new address will be 71 Cardiff Place, a two bedroomed property. Bookings are now being taken by Sheila, the Welfare Clerk (01223 204307). Costs for rental are £30 for the first night, £25 for the second and £15 for any consecutive night after that. Get your bookings in as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. Heating – already this season we have experienced some difficulties with heating. Generally, prompt action has been taken by MHS and things seem to be ticking over. Please ensure we are doing our bit to get the problems reported and chased up in a timely manner. Any difficulties or lack of response/ action, contact the welfare office and we will chase up from this end. Let’s ensure we have a comfortable and warm winter! Recently there have been further complaints that dog owners are not removing the deposits left by their pets from around the estate (this includes the sports pitches where our Soldiers and Children

Thank you to all volunteers who have recently assisted in delivering the Bassingbourn Belle and other flyers, your support is greatly appreciated. If anybody has any ideas or suggestions (and some free time) to benefit the community, please contact Alison, the Community Development Worker or the Welfare Office and remember, we are always on the look out for volunteers.

Do you want the latest news and events? My name is Carla, and as Hive Information Officer I invite any queries about the local area that you may have, whether you have lived

here for a day, a month, or even a year. I will endeavor to provide you with any information you require to support you during your stay here. I can provide you with numerous brochures from local attractions, details of some available forces discounts, and information on local amenities. Not only can I help you to find out what is going on around this area, but I can also get more

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Community Update

Community Development Worker- Alison Cole Hi everybody, welcome back after the half term break. Thanks to everyone for your support in making the events successful. A particular thank you to Capt Groves and his staff in the Gym and to the Army Recruitment Team for their support in the team building event. Youth Club will re start week commencing 9th November and we will also be starting an after school club for ages 4-6, at 4-5pm in the community centre starting Thursday, 12th November. Activities will include Art, crafts and games. Please register with me or complete registration form at the first session (50p per session). Please remember that, now the clocks

have gone back, the evenings have drawn in and it is dark when your children are travelling to youth club and gymnasium sessions. I would like to reiterate PC Draper’s comments about cycle safety in the winter. Make sure your children are visible to motorists on camp. Looking to future events, in the New Year we hope to run a new “bikeability” course aimed at children on station over the age of 10. These sessions will be

running on a Saturday, the finer details are to be confirmed, but please register your interest with myself. Also in the shorter term we are aiming to have a Christmas shopping trip to Bury St Edmunds at the end of November – prospective date will be Saturday, 29 November. Have a look at the website for further info www. Book through me by the 16th November and receive a £5 meal voucher.

Youth Club Youth Club will re start week commencing 9th November. Pre Juniors starts Thursday 12th November ■ Pre- Juniors- after school club for ages 4-6, from 4-5 p.m. ■ Juniors on Tuesdays- for children aged

7 to end of Primary School, from 6:308p.m ■ Seniors on Wednesdays- for young people at Secondary School, from 6:30- 8p.m. All clubs are located in the Community Centre and are 50p per session

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Community Update

Note from PC Draper Greetings to all readers. November is a busy month what with Remembrance parades and the planning associated with the lead up to the festive season. As an early reminder, I will be carrying out random breath checks for those driving around camp. These will be carried out at any time of the day or evening, so please think very carefully and understand this message “don’t drink and drive”. To be safe, the rule of thumb would be do not drive at all when you have had a drink (1 or 2 is too much). Speeding around camp is still a significant problem and as a reminder persistent offenders will have cars banned from camp. Further checks will be carried out on an ad hoc basis.

Cyclists are reminded to wear bright fluorescent clothing and have front and rear lights as the nights draw in. This is a legal requirement and applies to all, including service dependants transiting back and forth to youth club etc. parental responsibility applies. Also remember that the camp one way system also applies to cyclists. In the interests of personal security, please remember to keep your doors locked when at work or off camp. Security is tighter on camp than most areas but obviously not guaranteed, due diligence required.

Visitors to Services Families Accommodation Changes to rules on visitors staying in your quarter mean that you are able to apply for them to stay longer than 28 days in any 93 day period with permission from Defence Estates. You must apply in writing, through your Unit Welfare Office, to your local Housing Information Centre (or local housing allocation office if serving abroad). You need to include the following information in your letter, Serving soldier’s name, Unit, Address of SFA, Full name and date of birth of your visitors, reason for visit and length of stay. For more details, refer to JSP 464, Part 1, Annex D to Chapter 1.

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Military Life

Ex Highland Dragon 09 – HQ Coy adventure training in Scotland Foreword By WO2 (QMSI) P Harrison APTC The Adventurous Training Exercise in Scotland was open to all Permanent Military Staff and was HQ Coy driven. Our aim was to build on interdepartmental and interpersonal links as well as placing individuals in situations well out of their comfort zone through a variety of arduous Adventure Training activities. The Exercise was broken down into 2 x 1 week waves of 32 Soldiers. The articles below are written by various soldiers and reflect there experience gained on this arduous and challenging Adventure Training Exercise.

Day 1 – Arrival and Open Boat Familiarisation By LCpl Dennis Heeley At 5:45 a.m. everyone, minus the chef, flew to Scotland from Stansted Airport, met on other end by Pete, our driver, who proceeded to get lost on route to the camp site. Scotland then welcomed us with rain. Following a brief, we

set up the cookhouse, but still no chef? The 2-man tents were constructed, which should instead read,” one large bloke or 2 small females” on the label. With the absent chef, and howling weather, the QMSI (Harry) made an excellent call, pub lunch. The first exercise following lunch was to gain confidence in the canoe and learn some techniques. Supplied with the two man canoes, only a few were scared to get their feet wet, and I earned the title of “first man in the water” thanks to the OC. Luckily, after that, everyone slowly followed suit! In fact, the OC deserves a recommendation for the best capsize, truly genius. On surviving the water it was now shower and kit prep time. With only two showers, and the two girls, Amanda and Suzie, you had a long wait. Only two hours later, and ear-ache from ‘singing’ which bore resemblance to screaming cats, I managed a shower! Finally the chef arrived, and was redeemed by cooking some good grub, BBQ

and salad. Life is good. Well, that’s what I thought, until at 0300 hrs the heavens opened, and the rain hammered it down. Morale was soon high again in the morning when I found out Lewie’s (Cpl Roberts) tent was waterlogged and ended up drenched and drying out in the pantec. This is a trip I will never forget.

DAY 2 – 20 Mile Open Boating By LCpl Amanda Bardell & Pte Limbu The plan was to open boat the 20 mile length of Loch Lomand in a day. Everyone awoke to a lovely Scottish morning, and with a bit of rain to start the day, our 2 instructors Andy Reeve and Dean Marshall (Competitive dad- this title will become more apparent) gave a safety brief and paired us off. I was grouped with ‘competitive dad’ who insisted that no-one would overtake us during the row, typical PTI! With the weather turning and the sun now out the real adventure began!! Loch Lomond is beautiful, unfortunately I didn’t get to see as much of it as

Military Life because ‘Competitive Dad’ worked me hard to ensure no-one passed us. The result? Ten miles smashed out in record time. Following a tea break, the final chapter of Loch Lomand open boat trek was now a RAFT RACE, with the losers buying the coffee. We were split into “Team Reeve” and “Team Marshall”, tasked to construct a raft, and sail the final 10 miles of Loch Lomand in the quickest time possible. The weather grew worse but now armed with a sail it worked to our advantage and the PTI’s “win at all costs” attitude was inherited by all! Unfortunately, ‘Competitive Dad’s’ team had an inferior sail, losing him valuable time. My team won the race by a comfortable margin leaving ‘Competitive Dad’ using all the tricks in the book to fake a number of injuries; a casualty and simulated CPR while crossing the finish line!!!! Unfortunately some people have no dignity in losing!!! Bring on the coffees.

DAY 3 – 30 Mile Mountain Bike Ride by Cpl Stone It was an early start today, 6a.m., and there were a lot of tired faces at breakfast. Knowing what was ahead I looked round the


bus to see many nervous faces, in particular Si (Cpl Hodge), I asked him if he needed a hug but he was to manly to except!!

Phase 1 – Invernanon to Tyndrum (12 miles) Dean conducted his safety brief, with the words “some of you will really get hurt today”, great. The first couple of miles were easy, and the ride really started as everyone gained confidence. Andy, Si and I were at the rear of the group to coach any stragglers and we turned it in to a little comp between the three of us who could stay on the bike the longest. This took our minds off the size of the hills initially but the game soon got boring as Si (Cpl Hodge) thought we said who could fall off the most!

Phase 2 – Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy (10 miles). Dean rewards us with, “Phase 2, is down hill”. By the end of this 10 mile trip adrenaline/morale was really high, with big grins from everyone.

Phase 3 – Bridge of Orchy to Kings House (12 miles) QMSI PT (Harry) gathered us round for a photo prior to our final chapter of this epic bike ride. The flies were out in force and eating away at our skin, lending to an ‘emotional’ experience. In the last few miles everyone was tired. It didn’t help that Dean kept saying “the finish is just around the corner” when it wasn’t, no-one saw the funny side after the 10th time. Overall, the 34 mile trip was really hard but rewarding. Everyone, no matter what ability, discovered something about themselves. Adventure Training is about testing you to the limit and placing yourself in a position only Operations can normally do.

10 Military Life DAY 4– Open Boating Down Rapids and Ice Climbing By Cpl Si Hodge After another early start, breakfast and the promise of a day to remember, we tackled the drive down to the white river. With Andy Reeve behind the wheel this seemed as daunting as the rafting! Thankfully we made it. Once the boats were offloaded we headed towards the river, which was a slow process as the boats had to be dragged 400m over marsh land, resulting in a few lost trainers. The first brief from Andy on “how to paddle down rapids” was one that some had difficulty paying attention to, and during the demonstration the QMSI and Cpl Dave Oakes were swept away by the powerful current, capsizing and swept down river. Once the group managed to stop laughing, we set off. My wing man, Cpl Eddie Stone, and I managed to navigate our way round the first cluster of rapids… BUT a rock jumped out of nowhere and capsized our boat. Of course it was intentional- Eddie said he wanted, “to see how cold the water was”. Well it was ***** freezing! Officers, Capt Hall and Capt. Rawlinson, were the only ones dry, I put it down to “playing it to safe”. With most of us wet, and the first 400m completed, I thought the rest should be easy.

Never assume anything. A further 1km was completed but the best was yet to come. The final stretch was considered dangerous, and the boats were banked to have a look at the rapids that lay ahead. This was supposed to be a strategy so we could spot the best line to the finish point. All I can say is that the view is different from inside the boat! Andy led the way followed closely by my boat, then the Q’s boat and the Officers boat. The order soon changed when Q’s boat came thrusting past us, in either a rush to finish or spurned on by the PTI mentality to win. Shortly after that the Q’s boat was under water, followed shortly by my boat. The Officers came through next, and were, I hate/have to say, very good and were the only ones who didn’t get wet!

Ice Climbing There were two groups of 6 for Ice Climbing on the largest wall in Europe. If you can picture this the ice climbing was like walking in a giant freezer (which exactly what it is).Most of my group had rock climbing experience, all we had to do was transfer these skills to ice climbing… ”Not as easy as it sounds” because when you add ice picks and

boots in the equation it becomes less coordinated. The wall consisted of various climbs ranging from easy to dam right impossible. We all tried most of the climbs and occasionally managed to get to the top. Despite the group really enjoying this newly found activity it was extremely demanding and very cold. Luckily, the ice climbing was pitched at the right duration and a hot cup of coffee after this challenging activity was welcomed. During this week I have been constantly out of my comfort zones and today was no exception. In fact, today was a great day, one that I will remember for a long time.

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Day 5 – Ben Nevis By Pte Mathurin This was the final Adventure and at 7am, we were on the road again, our aches and pains from the week still present. Two groups were formed, the “fast group” and “the old timers”. I was in the slow group not because of my ability, honest, but to encourage others… Right? The path of rock steps up Big Ben never seemed to end. The courage shown and the support given was “fantastic” however, the pain in our feet was beginning to take its toll. Individuals were out of their comfort

zones, a constant theme during the week, and each step was getting harder, and harder, as we moved closer to the summit. The higher we got the more peaceful it seemed, and while on a steep climb the ‘Q’ called the halfway point. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry! At this time there was a steam train in the far distance, its smoke bellowing out its engine and in the still silence with the surrounding view it was breath taking, moving, and made me light headed. Just when I thought I had seen it all, there before my eyes, was beauty beyond explanation, a lake of purity. Now

walking amongst the clouds, we knew we were very close the Summit. At the summit of the tallest mountain in the UK, the clouds dispersed, and I was speechless. The view is out of this world, beyond description, and a definite must see. This was an adventure of one’s self, and with each activity I found things out about myself I never knew existed. I loved every minute of it, the pain, yes the pain, the tears, the joy, and the relief. It was awesome, I am glad I was there, and I would do it all over again.

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Ride to the Wall 2009 By Major G P Jones Regtl 2IC Ride To The Wall (RTTW) is the name given to the annual motorcycle rally at the National Memorial. The rally is organised by a group of civilians so that motorcyclists across the UK can pay their respects to the Nation’s fallen whilst at the same time raising monies for the National Memorial and H4H. The first rally took place in 2008 and, although eight hundred riders were expected at the start point, over two thousand made the journey. As a result this year’s rally on Saturday 10 October 2009 was planned to start from Drayton Manor Theme Park where the expected 3500 bikes could be rallied before starting the escorted ride. A number of factors (broken motorcycles, duties and a WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess Dinner Night) meant that only Lt Tosh Suzuki and myself made it to the front of RHQ at 0700 hrs on a cold and misty autumn morning. Determined to take part regardless, we headed off in darkness, muffled against the cold, and longing for the first glimpses of sunlight. The forecast sun appeared halfway along the A14 and, thankfully, stayed for the rest of the day. With more bikes than cars on the A14 and M6 it soon became apparent that the popularity of the event would exceed expectations for a second year. On arrival at Drayton Manor we parked in a

huge field behind the 1500 bikes that had already arrived. Using sound principles of Mission Command I dispatched Tosh to find some hot ‘brews’ whilst I enjoyed the sunshine and the spectacle of an unending queue of motorcycles pouring into the rally point. The riders were a complete mixture of people from all parts of the UK. There were Harley Davidson ‘chapters’ from as far apart as the north of Scotland and Cornwall, veterans proudly sporting their medals on their leathers, donning their prized berets as soon as they removed their helmets, civilians from all walks of life, and serving personnel (including GOC 4 Division who was there to represent the serving military community). Irrespective of where they had come from, they had all made the journey for the same reason – to pay respect to those who had given their lives in service of their country. At 1100 hrs (exactly as planned) the huge column of riders (now confirmed as over 6000) set off on the ride to the National Memorial. We stood for at least 30 minutes watching the procession (which included GOC 4 Div on a Harley complete with 2-star plate) before it was our turn to move. The ride to the Memorial was taken at a sedate 40mph in keeping with the organisers’ instructions and gave us plenty of time to appreciate the crowds who lined every street,

bridge and junction to cheer the riders on. If anyone was ever in any doubt as to the affection with which the nation now holds its service personnel this was a morning to convince them otherwise. Our arrival at the National Memorial was as well organised as the rest of the day and allowed sufficient time for a quick burger and a quiet walk around the grounds. This was an opportunity for both Tosh and I to view the names of fallen comrades (including my Best Man) before we joined the ‘congregation’ for a short service of remembrance. The minute’s silence was impeccably observed and was concluded by a fly past by a Spitfire. The day over it just remained to ride back to Bassingbourn reflecting on a fantastic day. Next year’s RTTW is on Saturday 02 October 2010 – get the date in your diary now!

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Raising cash for BLESMA The Tour de Furness is a charity cycle event organized by the Rotary Club of Furness. Along with friends, Cpl Lee Mowbray, the Section Commander of Lennox Troop 28 Squadron, covered 50 miles of undulating road to raise money for the British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association (BLESMA). Cpl Mowbray, 32, saw his younger brother, Cpl Roy Mowbray, a Royal Engineer based in Hameln, deploy on his second Operational tour of Afghanistan in October. Millions of pounds are raised for Armed Forces charities every year but Lee said: “BLESMA deserve more recognition and support. People will hear about the soldiers that have been fatally wounded, but not necessarily those who have been injured. They may have a long process of adjustment, and BLESMA helps that process along.” Prior to the event, Cpl Mowbray had only ever cycled 15 miles, and his training for the event consisted of one day around 40 miles of the course on a full suspension bike loaned from MT,. He said the key was to build the power in his legs, which led to an easier ride on the half suspension bike. Cpl Mowbray is happy with his finish clocking in at 3:40hrs. He said: “We were passing people in their full race regalia, just enjoying ourselves and the view. I am definitely going to do it again next year and beat my time.” “The Regimental family, the Royal British Legion, and my friends have all donated money. I was hoping to achieve £200, but so far the total is at £400.” Anyone wanting to add to the total can contact Cpl Mowbray on 07935916200 until the end of November.

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Primi Roasted mediterranean vegetable soup with parmesan croutons Palazzo prawn, apple and celery salad with marie rose Stuffed flat mushroom with pancetta bacon, buffalo mozzarella and cranberry Smooth duck liver pate with melba toast

Secondi Roast Norfolk Turkey with sage and onion stuffing, chipolatas and chestnuts Roasted Pork Belly with Calvados and pan juices Marinated sword fish with lemon, thyme and garlic Roasted fig and goats cheese tartlet NB All main courses to be served with roasted potatoes and a selection of seasonal vegetables

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A Sqn 9/12L in UMM QASR Op TELIC 12

Remembrance Day As Remembrance Day approaches all serving soldiers take time to remember those whose footsteps we follow From a personal perspective I think of my Grandfather who served as a Trooper in the 12th Royal Lancers during the Second World War. My Grandfathers story is not exceptional in comparison to many of the stories that emanated from that period. However in comparison to modern times it is hard to comprehend the sheer scale of the conflict and the magnitude of the death and destruction. In November 1941 the 12th Royal Lancers arrived in North Africa as part of 7 Armoured Division and immediately became involved in the conduct of a pursuit of the enemy after the battle for the relief of Tobruck.

The Lancers provided the reconnaissance for the Division and excelled in the task. The following months were spent in pursuit of Rommels demoralised army and were in almost daily contact with the enemy. The game of attack and counter attack with the Germans continued until 1943 when they were finally defeated in the desert. At some point during late 1942 my grandfather was captured and spent the remainder of the war in a prisoner of war camp. Many were not so lucky as the casualties amongst the tank crews were high in the face of the Germans superior Armour and anti tank guns. Fast forward to 2008 and I deployed as a Troop Leader with A Squadron 9th 12th Royal Lancers on Op TELIC 12. While operations in Iraq were very different from what my Grandfather experienced in North Africa, there were also similarities. Many of the difficulties that

“My great-great grandfather William Williams (on the right) was a Royal Engineer, the picture was taken in the 1800’s around the time of Lord Kitchener. It seems pretty weird to be looking at this photo of my distant relative whilst sitting next to my Royal Engineer husband.” Donna Evans

my Grandfather encountered, mainly the constant battle against the heat and sand, were mirrored in Iraq. It is with enormous pride that I now serve in the same Regiment as my Grandfather and I always consider the sacrifice of Lancers in all the conflicts that adorn the Regiments battle honours. British soldiers have served our country for hundreds of years and many have made the ultimate sacrifice and for that we will always remember them. British soldiers have served our country for hundreds of years and many have made the ultimate sacrifice and for that we will always remember them. Capt T R Gooch

Left: A British trench near the Albert-Bapaume road at Ovillers-la-Boisselle, July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. The men are from A Company, 11th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment. After the war a final tally showed the Allied casualties of the Battle of the Somme was 419,654 British and 204,253 French killed, wounded, or taken prisoner; of the 623,907 total casualties, 146,431 were either killed or missing. July 1916- Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum catalogue number Q 3990 (1916-07)


At a WW1 memorial site, Pte Gurung, from Normandy Platoon, found his name sake, a Nepalese soldier who died on the Ypres battlefield.

Cpl Roger Sainsbury with a Gunner A. Sainsbury MM – he was killed shortly before the War ended and was awarded a Military Medal. He was 24.

Mark Watling, Bks Contractor “It has always been a part of my life. I served in Iraq, and Afghanistan and 2 family members have died in service, my Great Uncle who was in 2RTR and another uncle who was a Gunsmith.

Ms. Jarvis, Bks Security Guard “I am reminded of my Father’s Uncle, Sid, who was killed in the 1st Thousand Bomber Raid on Köln. We should never forget what the young men and women did and how everyone pulled together in society, something that seems to be missing today.”

Lakhvinder Ubhi, Contractor (Babcocks) “I think of all the Servicemen who died to protect this country. They are heroes.”

SSgt Mick Baker, 30 yrs service, in the MPGS “I am thankful for the freedom we have and for what people gave up. People should never forget that.”

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Remembrance Day in Britain

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November is the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars, past and present. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One. At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. Remembrance Day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War. A national ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The Queen lays the first wreath at the Cenotaph. People also leave small wooden crosses by the memorials in remembrance of a family member who died in war. Manchester Guardian, 12th November 1919, wrote about the first 2 minute silence in London on 11/11/1919. ‘The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect. The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition. Someone took off his hat, and with

Funding Appeal The Royal Hospital Chelsea, which is independent of Government, is Home for between 300 and 350 veteran soldiers, who have decided to surrender their military pension to the Treasury in order to receive accommodation, food, uniform clothing, professional care and medical attention, when they need it. The Royal Hospital continues to attract old soldiers, who enjoy as stress free a life as possible within this National institution. Operations around the world

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

a nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of ‘attention’.. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her look white and stern. Everyone stood very still. The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain. And the spirit of memory brooded over it all.’ Sadly today, and in the years after the Great Wars, the names of many young men and women are still being added to war memorials. However, with increased medic training for front line troops, medivac capabilities, improvements to battlefield hospitals and investment in specialist centres at Selly Oak Hospital and Headley Court, soldiers will have a greater chance of recovery and access to first class rehabilitation. So, on Remembrance Day, we remember these people as well as those from the two great wars. will continue to make huge demands on our soldiers, non-commissioned officers and warrant officers. When the time comes for them to seek help in the twilight years of their lives, we wish to be able to support them in a decent and sympathetic manner, respect their dignity and individuality and welcome them into a place, where their concerns and minor demands are understood. Above all, we strive to make them feel valued members of a society that owes them recognition and a huge debt for their loyal and courageous service to the Crown. To secure the funds for the changes

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; They sit no more at familiar tables of home; They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond England’s foam. But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, To the innermost heart of their own land they are known As the stars are known to the Night; As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain. and in the morning We will remember them. ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943)

necessary to ensure the future of the Royal Hospital, the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal was launched to raise the £35 million required to build and equip a new Infirmary (Care Home) and to modernise parts of the Pensioners’ living accommodation within the Christopher Wren designed Long Wards. View to continue reading more or to donate.

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Acts of Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2009 BASSINGBOURN There will be an Act of Remembrance Service presided over by Rev Dr Donald McFadyen starting at 09.45am at the Bassingbourn Cemetery with the Air Training Corps laying of Poppy crosses on the 44 WWII War Graves of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces. There will also be a British Legion Act of Remembrance at 10.45am Sunday 8th November at the High St War Memorial, Bassingbourn.

ROYSTON There will be a parade and civic ceremony occurring in Royston. The Squadron Band will lead the parade to the Royston war memorial, and take part in that ceremony. A trumpeter from 2484 will sound last post and reveille, and a cadet from 2484 will lay a wreath.

A cadet from 2484 will also act as standard-bearer for the Royston Branch Royal Air Forces Association. 10.15hrs 10.30hrs

Contingent assembles at Clark Road/Queens Road. Civic parade to Royston war memorial.

Meldreth and Melbourn There will be two civic ceremonies occurring in Meldreth and Melbourn. The first will take the format of a brief service of remembrance at Meldreth War Memorial. The squadron contingent will then assemble for the short parade and service of remembrance at Melbourn War Memorial followed by a church service. 09.15hrs

Assemble at Meldreth Station car park

New owners - Bill & Diane Pennell Welcome you to the

Three Tuns Hotel

• Public Bar now completely refurbished with leather seating & sofas, new sound system and ladies toilets • Lounge bar and restaurant with new a la carte menu - chained daily all fresh, locally sourced produce with new lower prices • Extensive wine list - wines sourced from around the world with excellent house wines at £3.20 a glass • New guest ale, Becks and Aspalls cider on draught • Function room available for parties of up to 40 people • 6 hotel rooms including 4 poster - all refurbished • Marquee available - fully fits the patio and seats 65 people for functions Forthcoming Functions: Thurs 19th & Fri 20th November - Beaujolais Nouveau launch. Set price French dinner includes FREE bottle of wine. Bookings now being taken. December - Festive set menus available for lunch & dinner bookings. Groups, parties and individuals all welcome. Bookings now being taken for: Xmas Eve - open until 2am. Come and see in Christmas Day with us! Xmas Day - open for business. Reserve a table now. Excellent fixed menu available. New Years Eve - black tie dinner in the restaurant and function room. Disco to see in the New Year in the public bar until 2am Forthcoming Events: Sat 31st Oct - Halloween Party. Tequilla Band playing and Pig Roast on the patio. Thurs 12th Nov - the return of the popular Gemma Samuels. Fri 27th Nov - Woodface duo gig (80s music). Sat 19th Dec - The Sharks gig. Start

Christmas Week with us!!

09.25hrs Contingent assemble at the Meldreth War Memorial. 09.45hrs Contingent makes its way to Melbourn in squadron minibus. 10.30hrs Parade assembly in Spar car park area. 10.45hrs Civic parade to war memorial. 10.50hrs Remembrance Service at the War Memorial. 11.10hrs Church parade.

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“Volunteer with Home-Start – and give the most precious gift – your time” Home-Start believes that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life to help them achieve their full potential. However, many parents, desperate to do the right things to give their children the best possible start in life, find they are fighting against the odds. Circumstances beyond their control mean they are faced with isolation, sickness, disability or mental health illness. They might be very young parents, have given birth to twins or triplets, be living with domestic violence or are facing the challenges of bringing up their children on their own. Or they might be very capable people who are struggling with the demands of new parenthood. Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire are now settled in their new home at Valley Farm in Meldreth, and over the last year has helped over 114 local families, with a total of 261 children, by providing support either through their Home visiting service or Family Support Groups. The majority of families are referred to Home-Start by their Health Visitor or other Healthcare Professional. However, over 30% of families refer themselves to the service, recognising that they need

support. Home visiting is where a trained Home-Start volunteer offers a family support, friendship and practical assistance in their home for 2-3 hours once a week, at a time that’s convenient to the family. The kind of help offered depends on what’s needed – perhaps a friendly face to chat to once a week, or taking the children to the park for a couple of hours whilst the parent catches up on paperwork, housework, has some exercise or even catches up on some sleep. The same volunteer visits the same family each week, so families have a regular friendly face coming in. As one mother put it: “I look forward to the weekly visits from my volunteer who gives me much needed breathing space, a listening ear and real friendship.” In addition, family groups take place once a week, on a Thursday at the Methodist Church Hall, Queens Road, Royston, and on a Friday at The Hub in Cambourne Families may be family group members, have a home visiting volunteer or combine the two. There are toys for the children to play with and a play leader organises

a programme of activities, for example, drawing, painting, singing, sandwich making or dressing up. Activities are arranged for the parents too, perhaps with an outside visitor coming in to speak on a topic such as Sun Safety, first aid and offering advice on parenting skills. Volunteers are on hand to help throughout the session, and families bring along a packed lunch so everyone can sit down and eat lunch together. Home-Start is desperate for volunteers for both the home visiting service and Family Groups. All volunteers are parents themselves, often with older children and are able to spare time and their company with a family. They’re not healthcare professionals or connected to the family in any way, so offer impartial confidential support. Home visiting volunteers receive preparation on how to work with a family, and once qualified are appropriately matched with a local family with the next course taking place in February/March 2010. Family support group volunteers are needed once a week between 12 noon and 3.00pm, so this fits in with school hours. For further details – Home-Start can be contacted on 01763 262262 or email

Local Area Activities for Under 5’s Baby & Toddlers Pray and Play – Royston Parish Church – 2nd & 4th Weds. Each month Baby Massage & Baby Yoga – Royston Complementary Health Centre – 01763 247440 or email Baby Rhyme Time – Royston Library – Fri. 1010:30, 11-11:30 Story Time– Royston Library –Fridays 2–2:30 Children’s Story Time – Bassingbourn – Community Book Café, The Limes, Thurs. 2– 2:30

1st Baby Group – Royston Health Centre– Every Mon. 2:15-3:45 0-5 mths; Annette 01763 257982 Home Start – Royston and South Cambs – Sarah Dixon 01763 262262 AWS Bassingbourn Barracks Community Centre – 1-3 pm on: Tuesday – Play, snack and story time; Thursday session – MESSY Play (please wear old clothes), snack and story time. Health Visitor every 2nd Wednesday of the month- 10.30 a.m. to Midday. ‘Minus 1 to 5’s’ – Bassingbourn Primary School, Tuesday, 2 pm to 2:45

‘Music Club’ – Littlington Village Church, Wednesday, 2pm to 3pm. £1.20 per family Story Time’ – The Limes (Bassingbourn Library) Thursday, 2pm to 3pm, Royston Library, Friday, 2pm Mums and Tots’ – Littlington Village Hall, Friday, 9am to 11am, £1.25 Rhyme Time’ – Royston Library, Friday, 11am to 11:45

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Beautylicious – Beauty Treatments I am a fully qualified beauty therapist with a wealth of experience and knowledge. As a women in my 40’s, I have visited many salons over the years and have had many treatments, because of this I feel I understand what women want when they have a beauty treatment. I never rush treatments and don’t work by time slots, an eyebrow shape can take 15 minutes or hour and it’s all the same price, I never finish unless I feel it is absolutely right and the client is happy. My aim is to provide quality treatments for all at affordable prices. Everybody needs a little luxury in their lives that won’t break the bank. I use OPI nail products, LCN gels for nail extensions, Guinot facial products, Sienna X fake tan. My newest treatment is Semi-Permanent Lashes using Hollywood Lashes. These lashes thicken and lengthen the lashes and can last up to 6 weeks, guaranteed to give you a glamorous look not just reserved for celebrities.

With the party season almost upon us why not compliment your little black dress with a gorgeous, natural looking spray tan. This can be done in the comfort of your own home so there’s no need to get dressed afterwards. And don’t neglect those feet and toes; no outfit is complete without a perfectly painted set of toes, with maybe a diamante or two. With winter settling in, central heating, wind and cold weather can play havoc with your skin and leave it feeling dry and parched. A facial designed to suit your skin type will have your skin back to its best and feeling replenished and revived.

Facial Pedicure Manicure Spraytan Nail Extensions Lashes

Evening and Weekend appointments are available So come on ladies, treat yourselves. Elizabeth Smith Tel: 01763 232894 or 07951 274831

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There will be FREE coffee and cake! How can anyone possibly resist! The Community Development Worker, AFF and Hive representatives will also be in attendance where ever possible.

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NEW FAMILIES MEET AND GREET Have you just arrived here at Bassingbourn Barracks? Or maybe you have been here for awhile but would like to meet new friends? Why not come and join us at The Red Shield, upstairs in the Memphis Bell, every Monday from 2pm starting on the 7th of September 2009.

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Job Board Pre-School Deputy Manager – Sunshine PreSchool Group – Oxford Close, Bassingbourn, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5LL We are looking for a committed, enthusiastic and friendly individual to work in a successful setting. ■ Pre-School 2 years–5 Years. ■ Monday–Fri 08:15am–3:15pm term time only ■ We require a minimum NVQ L3 qualification ■ Experience essential ■ Position will be subject to enhanced CRB disclosure check ■ References will be requested. For further information and an application form please contact Pre-School Manager Amanda Brown on 01763 246844 or Pre-School Chairman Andy Powney on 01223 204214. Email: or We are committed to safeguarding children Cleaner required to prepare the contact house for incoming guests. No experience necessary but good communication and effective liaison essential. £20 per preparation is the rate of pay (frequency is seasonal dependent). Please contact the UWO on 01223 204214 if you are interested.

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Do something amazing? We did! Air cadets and members of staff from 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron have spent two parade evenings at the Blood Donation Centre at Addenbrookes Hospital donating a pint of blood each to assist with their stock levels. An average of 1000 pints of blood are used in Cambridgeshire hospitals each week so the Cadets knew how important their donation was going to be for the National Blood Service. Ten Cadets and three staff members all rolled up their sleeves and donated successfully, with many of them being first time donors. Everyone was well looked after by the Donor Carers throughout and shared a joke or two for moral support. A well

earned drink and chocolate biscuits were enjoyed afterwards and all have said they will continue to donate in the future. Chris Whellams, a spokesperson for the National Blood Service, said they were delighted that the Cadets gave up their evening to assist with increasing blood stock levels. “It was great to see the Cadets making their first donation at the Cambridge Donor Centre and we hope they will continue to save lives by donating blood”. 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron is open to young men and women aged between 13 and 17 years old. We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays between 18:45 and 21:45 at Bassingbourn Barracks. For more

information please contact 01763 249156. Photo: Cadet Corporal Bradley Baker ready to donate at the second donor session

Football returns to place where rules where formed History and football came together in celebration at Parker’s Piece on Thursday 24th September. Year 9 students joined other students from Bassingbourn, Melbourn, Gamlingay, Coleridge and Parkside for an inspired day linked to football. Students spent the morning at St. John’s College Library and the Folk Museum finding out about the troubled history of football in the villages and the University: from the riotous, cross-village version of the game to letters home written in 1884 by student football enthusiast, Stephen Notcutt of Ipswich. After lunch, which was kindly provided by Parkside Community College, the students played in mixed school teams so as to strengthen the links between the different schools. The teams competed for victory on Parker’s Piece where the rules of football were first tried and tested. Cambridgeshire FA’s Young Leaders refereed the afternoon tournament, to rules of 1863, the year that ‘The Laws of the University Football Club’ were adopted by the newly founded London

Football Association (later the FA). Histon striker Craig Hammond, a former pupil at Melbourn, presented the winning team with certificates. Histon PR Manager Graham Eales has invited all participants to a Histon FC match on October 17th, at which the tournament winners will be celebrated on the pitch. A tournament is planned later in the year at which all teams from the schools will play against each other to win a signed football which was presented on the day by Jeremy Goss from Norwich

City Football Club. Jeremy attended in the morning and gave a very inspirational talk to some of the students. The event would not have been possible without unprecedented partnership between CABMAG Extended School, the Folk Museum, St. John’s College Library, Histon FC, the Cambridgeshire Football Association and Parkside Community College. Your Extended Schools Coordinator is Ann Jones. Contact her at

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British Open Tae Kwon Do Championships in Reading, 11 October 2009 By Cathy O’Connor It was another early start on a Sunday morning (what happened to lying in); we had to be in Reading by 0900 to supposedly start at 0930. Gemma seemed to be really calm about the whole thing but me on the other hand could feel the butterflies already starting and I knew I had hours to go before she would start her first spar. When we got to the huge leisure centre on the out skirts of Reading we realised that this competition was going to be huge. We saw contestants from Argentina, Italy, Spain as well as England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. I could see Gemma was starting to get a bit nervous as she was talking ten to the dozen to her friends, well they all were. First up was the patterns, Gemma was

in the second two and considering she has only just achieved her 2nd degree black belt and only knows one of her new patterns, she did really well. She came joint third out of 7 other girls, another bronze medal to add to her collection. We then had a bit of a wait until she was sparring so we watched all the other older contestants, thinking ‘Thank god you’re still a junior!’ The time had come for Gemma to do her stuff in the ring (sort of). There were 6 of them in her category, 4 of which were from her club. Her first opponent was from one of the other English clubs. The second was one her friends, this was hard for both of them, but Gemma won again but only after getting a bit of a winding. Yeah, Gemma had made it through to the final. She was up almost

Kicks 4 Kids When the thermometer reads at the lower end of the temperature scale, you may not feel quite so geared up to sitting on the sidelines while your child keeps warm on the football pitch. ATR Bassingbourn is fortunate that players and supporters at the Kicks for Kids football training will not have to endure numb toes this season. From October 9th all practice sessions will now take place in the gymnasium at 6:30pm every Friday, until the end of March.

straight away against a girl from Ireland. They had 2, two minute rounds to contend with, but Gemma came away winning her gold medal. To say that we are all proud is an understatement. She was brilliant and is looking forward to the selections for the World Championships in February. Well done Gemma. Gemma trains in Hitchin with the UTA club, but also trains in the Bassingbourn Gym on a Tuesday and Thursday evening with Mr Steve Sharma 4th Dan. This club is open to all Permanent Staff and their families and also to the civilians who work on camp. It is a very good way to keep fit and also build your confidence up. Why not come along one evening and have a go.

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ATR(B) Kids Climbing Club By Sgt Nic Humphries

Welcome to the Kids climbing club. This takes place in the gymnasium every Tuesday afternoon between 4pm-5pm. The age group for this activity is between 5yrs-14yrs old. This is a free club. Once again there was another good turn out of all ages, both girls and boys, which is very encouraging. It’s also excellent to see the new faces at the club and those that have been coming every week. Jamie Lee Currie, Stephanie and Mathew Barrow, Megan and Ethan Daniels as well as Tom Moody and Elliot Irvine, the two oldest, who help out every week. As an extreme sport, climbing can seem quite scary for the young, so to have the indoor wall on

camp is a real bonus. It’s good to start at an early age, as it reduces the chance of children having a fear of heights. As for some of us oldies, that fearlessness tends to changes as we know what could happen. The climbing club will hopefully, with the help of the instructors, help the kids gain confidence with themselves, with

BYFC needs you Bassingbourn Youth Football Club (BYFC) is a friendly local club for children from Bassingbourn and the surrounding villages. We are currently recruiting new players, both boys and girls into our teams from Under 7 (year 2) to Under 13 (year 8) and girls for our Under 11 girls team (years 5 & 6). Our Under 6 soccer club runs on Saturday mornings 9.30 to 10.30 during term time, at the Bassingbourn recreation ground. New recruits may turn up for training without prior arrangement. We just ask that players come with shin pads, boots, water bottle and clothed for all weather conditions. The focus of

the training is on fun and developing individual confidence and skills in using the ball. The club is an FA Charter Standard Club and all BYFC coaching staff are CRB checked. We are keen to promote the FA Respect campaign guidelines. Parents who have an interest in coaching are invited to become involved and are supported with appropriate approved coach training courses. For more details see our website www. or contact the Club Chairman, Tom Timms (01763 853148) email:

each other, and the equipment being used. They will gain strength, both mental and physical, be more agile. Techniques that will be learnt will include how to belay, tie knots, and how to abseil. They will take away a good knowledge of this sport and hopefully keep on climbing later on in life, but over all will have a good time. If you have questions or queries, please direct them to L/Sgt Nick Humphreys at the gym. Ext 4286/ 01223 204286

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Local Sporting Facilities Bassingbourn Sports Centre is the heart of the community in Bassingbourn. The new ÂŁ2.6m sports centre opened early April 2008. The centre features a Sports Hall, Studio and Synthetic Pitch. The Sports Hall hosts badminton,

cricket netball, table tennis, basketball, Volleyball, 5-a-side football and indoor hockey so there is plenty to do and many activities that can take place at the sports centre, with ample free car parking.








Buggy Fitness


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Spin Circuits


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The Studio will hold a variety of instructor-led fitness classes from Spinning- Legs, bums and Tums. There are after school sports courses throughout the week there is an excellent variety of classes



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Bassingbourn bring home the silverware! By Civilian Instructor Gemma Brown MCO 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron A team of 15 Cadets from 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron made a real splash at the recent Beds and Cambs Wing swimming competition, beating the 28 other Squadrons from across the Wing to win the overall trophy. There were many great individual performances on the evening with members of the team either winning or finishing in the top three of their events, resulting in the Squadron winning the overall competition with 72 points. The team beat their nearest rivals, runners-up 1406 (Spalding) Squadron, by a massive 26 points; in third place were 1003 (Leighton Buzzard) Squadron with 43 points. The overall success was achieved by all of the Cadets who swam putting in maximum event in their heats and finals to ensure that valuable points were gained. The Squadron’s charge to victory was led by Cadet Warrant Officer Samantha Pink (Team Captain) who won a gold and two silver medals in the Senior Girls category, swimming in the butterfly, freestyle and individual medley races. This resulted in the Squadron winning the Senior Girls category of the competition. The Junior Girls team also brought back the trophy to Bassingbourn, having won this category last year. A bronze medal was awarded to Cadet Evie Kyprianou for breast stroke, with Cadet Katherine Hanley winning gold in her freestyle race and Cadet Charlotte Johnson achieving two gold medals for butterfly and individual medley. In the Junior Boys category, silver was won by Cadet George Spence in the backstroke and Corporal Luke Webb took home gold in the freestyle. Success was also achieved by the Senior Boys Team with Sergeant Ben Johnson winning silver in the butterfly and individual medley and Sergeant Dale Webb charging home to win gold in the freestyle. Squadron Sports Officer, Officer Cadet Andrew Kyprianou said “The team spirit at

Photo 2: The Squadron Team poses with the Beds and Cambs Wing Swimming Trophy

2484 is fantastic, with two minibuses full of swimmers and supporters attending, there was no doubt out of the water that 2484 had arrived! In the water, te team pushed for personal bests on every swim, every heat was a final, and the cadets really dug deep to pull a great result out of the bag. They definitely gave their all for the Squadron and the results Cadet Charlotte Johnson receives the Junior speak for themselves”. Girls Trophy from Wing Commander Paul The Beds and Cambs Bower, Beds and Cambs Wing Commander. Wing Team, selected from the winners and runners-up of Wing in the Regional Competition”. the races at this competition, will now swim 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron is against the other Wings in Central and East open to young men and women aged Region in an effort to gain further success. between 13 and 17 years old. We meet Cadet Warrant Officer Samantha Pink on Mondays and Wednesdays between said “I’m extremely proud of our team 18:45 and 21:45 at Bassingbourn of cadets; they all showed such great dedication and determination throughout the Barracks. For more information please contact 01763 249156 or visit our website competition. The team performed well in all races and I look forward to representing the

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The Spinning Class? By SIO PT Steve Burton Imagine a whole bunch of exercise bikes lined up inside the Gymnasium. Riders are beside each other, spinning their pedals at a rapid pace. The lights are turned down, pumped up music fills the air and an instructor sits in front on a lead bike, calling out commands; “Climb out of the saddle”, “Big hill coming”. The riders rise as one, pedals spinning faster as they grimace with exertion, sweat dripping off their bodies. What you’re witnessing is a spinning class, a workout option available at ATR(B) Gymnasium. Spinning is a relatively recent phenomenon, where participants take part in a group workout on exercise bikes that typically lasts anywhere from 30-60 minutes. The classes are lead by instructors who normally guide participants through a series of phases, from warm-up to more challenging phases, to a period of peak effort followed by a cool down. In spinning classes, the intensity of the workout is influenced by a couple of things: cadence, or pedal rate resistance of the bike’s flywheel, which can be continually adjusted throughout the class to make pedalling easier or more

difficult by the rider’s body position, as they either pedal from a seated position or rise from the saddle. Ultimately participants determine their own levels of exertion, something that works better for some people than others. For instance, I personally find myself slacking from time to time in a spinning class if I don’t stay focused. I know that I do better when I’m being pushed or pushing others. But a good instructor can certainly encourage and motivate you to push yourself, and you’ll most likely find spinning to be a vigorous workout. Regardless of your fitness level, you’ll get a heart pounding yet low-impact workoutwhile maintaining the ability to go at your own pace. Spinning is a way to make your fitness goals a reality. Come and give it a go, whats stopping you? Times: Tues & Thu 1230 – 1330 Wed 1730 – 1830

Clay Pigeon Shoot Out By Cpl J. Messenger The PTIs of ATR(B) enjoyed a morning of competitive, inter-syndicate, clay pigeon shooting hosted by the HQ Company’s Sergeant Major. The conditions were ideal for the shoot although the excuses for many of the lads not posting good scores were imaginative! There were 6 traps in use sending clays in all directions. There was even a rabbit shoot in which the trap sent the clay bouncing along the ground in front of the cage. The toughest of the trap releases was the clay that came from behind at great speed and almost disappeared into the background. The

shoot was progressive from the easier single shots, working up toward the double clay targets where double points were awarded. Cpl McGinne and Cpl Collins were best shots overall, while Cpl Partride was lowest with just 1 clay out of 20! Remedial shooting has been issued to him! Syndicate 3 won the overall event.

Apart from being a fun couple of hours, everyone learnt a great deal about shooting of a completely different kind than what most of us are normally used to – beware the moving target!

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Looking ahead to the Judo Championship By Cpl Roger Sainsbury The ATR(B) Judo Club is becoming increasingly popular – we have 25 players who have diligently met up every Thursday and, after just 8 sessions, the progress made by each is evident. In October the class split into 2 – the first hour for the juniors followed by the seniors. This has enabled me to increase the age range amongst the juniors from 8 – 15 and can allow those juniors who feel they are ready to move up to the senior class to do so (or to train with both). We have 2 ladies training too – Kaylie Jones and Alex Payling; great training partners and an excellent addition to our club! The Club’s senior players are aiming their sights on the Army Novice (non-black belt) Judo Tournament in January as well as the Army Judo Championships – we hope to have Individual and Team entry to both; whilst our juniors are looking to both grade and participate in local competitions. Our

girls are enjoying judo for self-defence. So with this in mind, I am hoping for Club registration and membership of our players for 2010 with the British Judo Association which will allow us to grade, compete, and train at other clubs and for us to host players and coaches from around the country. Exposure to many different players in training is essential in developing our player’s competitive ability. Our junior judokas (players) – Tom Moody, Elliot Irvine, Paul Peacock, Kane Cover, Daniel Kartlim, Ross Curry, William and Harry Thomas, Luke and Curtis Patterson, Jack Heaton, Jordon Townson, Aiden Preston and Callum Kerr have all continued to impress with their aptitude for learning and applying throws in randori (competition simulation or fighting practise). They are gearing up to their first grading by learning the 9th Kyu (yellow belt) syllabus that includes Japanese words of command, breakfalls, the correct tying of the

belt, grips, throws, counter throws, defence, holds, escapes and general judo etiquette. Our senior players are hitting the training head on and with some vigour! Major Coker, who has the gift of being a right hander but who naturally throws left, is outstanding with his tai-otoshi (body drop throw) and o-goshi (hip throw) in randori. Cpl Payling,

Health & Fitness 27 despite his superb fitness, is realising quickly how exhausting judo training is, while Cpl Roberts, with his vast knowledge of Jeet Kune Do, tries to remember that leg locks are forbidden in judo! Our heavyweight, Cpl Gibson, is proving to be formidable and I look forward to seeing him compete next year. Sgt Thomas, a former Great Britain Karate champion and veteran of 2 European Karate Championships, and Lt Suzuki, with his love of armlocks, continue to prove their suitability as training partners. Their ne-waza (ground fighting) in particular has come on strongly – beware their competition! Cpls Hackett, Shanks, Watson and Partridge have also made appearances. A few of us also enjoy Monday evenings with Ollie Batts and his Mixed Martial Arts club. During the first hour he concentrates mostly on grappling; this extra session a week is excellent for broadening our players’ ne-waza technique and they look forward to implementing those techniques learnt in our ne-waza randori! I believe the skill of judo is not necessarily how much you know, but how effectively you can apply your techniques in randori or competition. My aim this month has been to get our

players to apply their tachi-waza (throws) in combination – the initial attack to break down the defence and to upset their opponent’s balance, followed swiftly by their big competition throw; always emphasising that the transition from standing to ground fighting must be one continuous action. These are tough skills to habit in randori, when it really counts, but we will endeavour to achieve it. On a personal note, I won the British Masters Championships in Dagenham, Essex and have been selected for the Wales Masters side for the Commonwealth Judo Champs in Singapore next year. The ATR(B) Judo Club begins with a junior session from 5 – 6pm, followed by the senior session from 6 – 7pm every Thursday. This is a FREE club with excellent facilities and judo suits available for our use. I encourage everyone to come along – judo is a sport that will equip you with the skills and physical conditioning to both defend yourself and channel your energy and it is an enjoyable hour of the week! With such facilities at our disposal, the question should not be who is going to let you, but who is going to stop you (or whatever that is in Japanese!).

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A time to remember By Padre MacKenzie Time to rememberâ&#x20AC;Ś Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the rhyme goes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about bringing a past event to mind, telling the story, being aware. Remembrance Day is also upon us and it too is about bringing to mind, telling the story, being aware. This time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about those who have died in the service of our Country, although the same could doubtless be argued for Guy Fawkes. For many of us here it means remembering people we actually knew. Remembering their families for whom the pain of loss is still all too real. We also remember those we have never met. People who died before we were born but whose sacrifice has resulted in us enjoying the measure of freedom we so often take for granted. Remembrance Day should also be about looking forward. Being determined to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of those we remember. If people have died to secure our way of life then surely we

ought at least to live that life responsibly. Remembrance is more than a day to get dressed up and stand still for a couple of minutes. True remembrance is about respecting others, acting justly, looking to the needs of those around us. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be in a war zone to demonstrate selfless commitment. The Bible says quite a bit about remembrance. In the Old Testament in the book of Ecclesiastes we are encouraged to remember our Creator in the days of our youth. In the New Testament Jesus tells his followers to eat a special meal of bread and wine in remembrance of him. The bread and wine act like pieces in a military model, representing his body and blood. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about bringing to mind, telling the story, being aware and determining to move forward in a good direction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction. This time next year it could be me being remembered â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or you. Now is the time to remember God: to bring him to mind, to learn his story, to be aware of what he has

All Saints Church and Chaplaincy Centre The Christian Church is open for prayer and reflection 24 hours a day. Sunday morning services are open to all families, permanent staff and soldiers under training. These services tend to be informal, child friendly services and are not church parades. They are lead by Padre Mackenzie, Padre Albert Jackson, offering Roman Catholic Mass. Both services begin at 9:30 There is also a Multi faith prayer room located in the MPGS building in the RHQ side of the Chaplaincy Centre. In addition, two Chaplains are there to welcome everyone that stops by, offering assistance if something is troubling you, to answer faith related questions, or just for a chat and a cup of

sacrificed for us. Remembering your Creator is about looking back to move forward in the right direction with God in command.

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coffee. For further details of church services and other faith gatherings, on or off camp, call 01223204320 or the duty mobile, 07748 148267(24hrs).



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Classical Boyband Blake to release new single ‘Unsung Hero’ – due November 9th Classical Boyband of the moment, Blake, today announce the single release of Unsung Hero. The song, written by legendary American songwriter Denise Rich (credits include Céline Dion, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin), is a soaring, epic and emotional number. Featuring the soaring vocals of Caroline Redman Lusher along with a gospel choir of 80, Blake’s distinctive four part harmonies are brought alive with its driving rhythm backed with a 65-piece orchestra. Stephen Bowman from Blake, who wrote Unsung Hero with Denise Rich in Cannes, says of the song “we wanted to find a new

face for modern heroes, something honest and inspiring; after a week writing at sea, we had our anthem for the unsung.” Denise Rich heard Blake’s music at the Cannes Film Festival and wanted to write a song they could perform at her prestigious Angel Ball in New York this month alongside Lady GaGa, Estelle and Rihanna. The rest, as they say, is history.

Unsung Hero is out November 9th Together – the album, is out now.

Healthy Living

14th November. Brazilian Carnival Percussion and Conga Drumming Workshops

There are places still available on November’s workshops at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living. For further information and bookings please call 01462 678804 or www.

Brazilian Carnival Percussion; you will learn the basics of carnival style percussion through work with instruments ranging from large bass drums to small handheld percussion. With plenty of handson experience, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of how carnival music rhythms – such as Samba Reggae are put together. Instruments are provided; all levels of experience welcome. Conga Drumming; no previous percussion experience is necessary for this introductory workshop. You will learn the hand shapes and movements required to produce a range of tones and study some Brazilian and Cuban rhythms with different parts for one, two and three drummers. Tutor; Ravin Jayasuriya.

14th November. Acupressure for First Aid and Common Ailments Workshop Acupressure – the application of pressure to acupuncture points – can relieve pain, reduce muscular tension, increase blood circulation and promote relaxation. You will learn how to use the method as a first aid tool for the relief of common minor health problems and emergencies. The day will cover contraindications and an introduction to Chinese meridian system. Liz Welch is a full-time practitioner of Oriental energetic development; a teacher of Shiatsu, T’ai Chi, Qigong and Meditation.

Win a pair of ticket to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Cambridge Corn Exchange! This Christmas, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be coming to the Corn Exchange from Tuesday 15 December to Sunday 3 January starring Craig Chalmers from BBC TV’s Any Dream Will Do as Joseph! For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show on Wednesday 16 December at 7.30pm, please answer the following question: What TV show did Craig Chalmers star in? Was it: a) X Factor b) Pop Idol c) Any Dream Will Do Please send your answer to the Editor at bassingbournbelle@hotmail. or submit your name to the Welfare Office by November 15th 2009. Open to members of the Bassingbourn Barracks Community.

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Calendar of Events Monday




Red Shield coffee and cake 2 pm (free) ATR (B) Football training 12.30–1.30pm Little Dragons Tai Kwan do 5.45–6.30pm Mixed Martial Arts Gym, 7–9pm (all ages, free)


Gym Induction 12.30–1.30pm Spinning Bks Gym, 12.30–1.30pm, free Tots Group 1–3pm (£1) Jr. Climbing Club 4–5pm Squash 5.30–7.30pm Badminton 7–9pm Tai-Kwon-Do at the GYM 6.30pm–8pm


Singing with Sue’, Bks Community Centre, 10.30 Child’s Gym Activities 4–5pm (3–7 yrs, free) Spinning Bks Gym, 5.30-6.30pm, free Ladies Step Aerobics 6–7pm (free) Tai-Kwon-Do 7–8pm Badminton 7–9pm


BBQ PM for all Infantry Permanent Staff at ATR Bassingbourn Gym Induction 12.30–1.30pm Spinning Bks Gym, 12.30–1.30pm, free Tots Group 1–3 pm (£1) Jnr Judo class Gym, 5–6pm Snr Judo Gym, 6–7pm Tai-Kwon-Do at the GYM 7–8pm

Red Shield coffee and cake 2pm (free) ATR (B) Football training 12.30–1.30pm Little Dragons Tai Kwan do, 5.45–6.30pm Mixed Martial Arts; Gym, 7–9pm (all ages, free)


ATR (B) Football training 12.30–1.30pm Gym Induction 1230–1.30 Spinning Bks Gym, 12.30–1.30pm, free Tots Group 1–3pm (£1) Jr. Climbing Club 4–5pm Squash 5.30–7.30pm Tai-Kwon-Do 6.30–8pm Badminton 7–9pm Bassingbourn WI, Bass Village Community Centre, 7.30pm Junior Youth Club 7 years +, 6.30–8pm


Baby Yoga Royston Complementary Health Centre, 10-11:15am., £60, 6 week programme. Singing with Sue’ Bks Community Centre, 10.30 Health Visitor Bks Community Centre, 10:30–12 Child’s Gym Activities 4-5pm ( 3-7 yrs, free) Spinning Bks Gym, 5.30-6.30pm, free Ladies Step Aerobics 6–7pm (free) Senior Youth Club 6.30–8pm Badminton 7–9pm


Gym Induction 12.30–1.30pm Spinning Bks Gym, 12.30–1.30pm, free Tots Group 1–3 pm (£1) Pre-juniors Youth Club 4–6 years, 4–5pm Jnr Judo class Gym, 5–6pm Snr Judo Gym, 6–7pm Tai-Kwon-Do at the GYM 7–8pm

Red Shield coffee and cake 2pm (free) ATR (B) Football training 12.30–1.30pm Little Dragons Tai Kwan do, 5.45–6.30pm Mixed Martial Arts; Gym, 7–9pm (all ages, free)


ATR (B) Football training 12.30–1.30pm Gym Induction 1230–1.30 Spinning Bks Gym, 12.30–1.30pm, free Tots Group 1–3pm (£1) Jr. Climbing Club 4–5pm Squash 5.30–7.30pm Tai-Kwon-Do 6.30–8pm Badminton 7–9pm Junior Youth Club 7 years +, 6.30–8pm


Singing with Sue’, Bks Community Centre, 10.30 Child’s Gym Activities 4-5pm ( 3-7 yrs.) (free) Spinning Bks Gym, 5.30-6.30pm, free Ladies Step Aerobics 6–7pm (free) Senior Youth Club 6.30–8pm Badminton 7–9pm


Gym Induction 12.30–1.30pm Spinning Bks Gym, 12.30–1.30pm, free Tots Group 1–3 pm (£1) Pre-juniors Youth Club 4–6 years, 4–5pm Jnr Judo class Gym, 5–6pm Snr Judo Gym, 6–7pm Tai-Kwon-Do at the GYM 7–8pm Bassingbourn Village College open evening, doors open 6.45pm


ATR (B) Football training 12.30–1.30pm Gym Induction 1230–1.30 Spinning Bks Gym, 12.30–1.30pm, free Tots Group 1–3pm (£1) Jr. Climbing Club 4–5pm Squash 5.30–7.30pm Tai-Kwon-Do 6.30–8pm Junior Youth Club 7 years +, 6.30–8pm


Singing with Sue’, Bks Community Centre, 10.30 Child’s Gym Activities 4–5pm (3–7 yrs, free) Spinning Bks Gym, 5.30-6.30pm, free Ladies Step Aerobics 6–7pm (free) Senior Youth Club 6.30–8pm Badminton 7–9pm


Gym Induction 12.30–1.30pm Spinning Bks Gym, 12.30–1.30pm, free Tots Group 1–3 pm (£1) Pre-juniors Youth Club 4–6 years, 4–5pm Jnr Judo class Gym, 5–6pm Snr Judo Gym, 6–7pm Tai-Kwon-Do at the GYM 7–8pm

Red Shield coffee and cake 2pm (free) ATR (B) Football training 12.30–1.30pm Little Dragons Tai Kwan do, 5.45–6.30pm Mixed Martial Arts; Gym, 7–9pm (all ages, free) Mini Farmers Market: & General Charter Market, Fresh, Local Produce at great prices






Red Shield coffee and cake 2pm (free) ATR (B) Football training 12.30–1.30pm Little Dragons Tai Kwan do, 5.45–6.30pm Mixed Martial Arts; Gym, 7–9pm (all ages, free)

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Farmers’ Market – Market Hill Square, Royston Treasure Trail @ Anglesey Abbey 11am – 5pm Kicks 4 Kids 5.30–6.30 Lazy Town Live @ the Corn Exchange Cambridge Bonfire Night Gates open at 5.30pm



Farmers’ Market Market Hill Square, Royston What a Wonderful World with Patrick Lynch from CBeebies (interactive show for 2–5 yr olds) 11:30am–2:30pm @ the Junction Cambridge

Kicks 4 Kids 5.30–6.30


Welcoming Wildlife to your Garden ideal for kids taking place @ Wandleury Country Park 10am – 2pm


Mini Rugby at Royston Rugby Club


Mini Farmers’ Market – Market Hill Square, Royston



Kicks 4 Kids 5.30–6.30 Haverhill Performing Arts Festival are holding a Childrens Music Festival 9:30am – 6pm, until the 22nd of Nov.


Kicks 4 Kids 5.30–6.30


A Lantern lit Christmas @ Anglesey Abbey includes a Lantern making workshop along with a Lantern Lit walk @ 5pm opens @ 10:30am – 8pm.



Christmas Market and Craft Fair @ Bottisham Village College 10am – 4pm

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6- Bassingbourn Belle- November 2009  
6- Bassingbourn Belle- November 2009  

November edition of the Bassingbourn Belle including RemembranceDay services, HQ adventure training, and local information.