Newsletters

2017 Newsletter

Featuring: The Chairman’s Letter; Thank You; Window Restoration Fund Appeal; 35th Anniversary Annual Service news; A Special Place For Us And Ours by Major General Julian Thompson; Friends of the Chapel; Annual Service 2016 Photo Spread; 35th Anniversary Reunion of 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron RM news; Facebook Group news; Return To The South Atlantic For A Holiday Of A Lifetime by Rear Admiral Jeremy Sanders; Prayer For The Year by Reverend Neil Jeffers; The Queen’s Birthday Parade Trooping The Colour book review by Robin Brodhurst; 100 Years Of Floral Tributes; Falklands Charity Looks For Support.

Please click here to download the 2017 newsletter [pdf 3.63 MBytes].

2016 Newsletter

Featuring: The Chairman’s Letter; Families gather to say goodbye; SAMA comes to the Chapel; Anthony Hudson – A man of vision; Prayer for the Year; Annual Service 2015 report and photo spread; Memories of ’82 – Sandy’s Story; Captain Martin Reed journeys down memory lane; Friends for fifty years; Book review: Among Friends, the Scots Guards 1956-1993; Tan Strong – A floral masterclass of delight; A Hero, poem by Irene Kinsella.

Please click here to download the 2016 newsletter [pdf 3.09 MBytes].

2015 Newsletter

Featuring: The Chairman’s Letter; New FI Governor visits Chapel; Pangbourne students expedition to the Falkland Islands; Lord West becomes President of the Falklands Chapel; Annual Service 2014 report and photos; The Falkland Families Association to close; Bob’s done it again!; Caring for your Chapel; SAMA Garden of Remembrance; Prayer for the Year; Book review: Bearskins, Bayonets and Body Armour, The Welsh Guards, 1915 – 2015; Annual Service 2015.

Please click here to download the 2015 newsletter [pdf 3.09 MBytes].

2014 Newsletter

Featuring: The Chairman’s Letter; Annual Service 2013 report and photos; We Shall Remember Them, Admiral Sir John ‘Sandy’ Woodward, Captain Mike Barrow, Baroness Thatcher; HMS Hermes Memorial Stone is laid; HMS Glamorgan Memorial Bench is unveiled; 2013 Elizabeth Cross presentations; Annual Service 2014 announcement; Intrepid Bob’s canoe race challenge; A truly international Christening; NMA launch Paving Appeal; Thank you for supporting the Chapel; Prayer for the Year;

Please click here to download the 2014 newsletter [pdf 1.56 MBytes].

2013 Newsletter

Featuring: The Chairman’s Letter; SAMA(82) remembers the fallen with an inspiring service at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, complete with a song from Kathryn Nutbeem and a Vulcan flypast; Ray Poole reflects on a family’s perspective on the loss of his son, Gareth; a plethora of Elizabeth Cross presentations with photos; a prayer for the year by the Reverend Neil Jeffers; a report from the 30th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance with photos; an announcement about the 2013 Annual Service; a report of an Autumn Service to present Elizabeth Cross’s to HMS Ardent relatives.

Plus: Anchorites donate £5000 to Chapel Fund; report from a Flower Guild event with photos; report from a Wives’ Fellowship Day at the Chapel with photos; a book review by Robin Brodhurst; and, sadly, an Obituary of Sir Rex Hunt.

Please click here to download the 2013 newsletter [pdf 2020 KBytes].

2012 Newsletter

Featuring: the Chairman’s letter; the SAMA82 Falklands War Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas; HMS Glamorgan Falklands Association; Floral Art demonstration; Presentation of Elizabeth Crosses to three more families; Prayer for the Year, by Reverend Neil Jeffers; Last call for annual service 2012; Photo report on the 2011 Annual Day of Remembrance and Thanksgiving; Honour the Fallen – perspectives from:

  • Sara Jones, CBE – President of the Falkland Families Association and Trustee of the Chapel Trust
  • Sukey Cameron, MBE – Representative, Falkland Islands Government
  • Commodore Andrew Cameron – Combat Stress
  • Ann Townsend – Mother of Neil Grose 3 Para
  • Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE TD DL – Chief Executive, The Not Forgotten Association
  • Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely KCB MC – National President, The Royal British Legion
  • Mike Bowles – Veteran and Chairman of SAMA 82
  • Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN – Seafarers UK
  • Dr Hugh Milroy – Chief Executive of Veterans Aid

Plus; Book review by Robin Brodhurst, Head of History, Pangbourne College; Craig Island in memory of Private Craig Jones; Refurbishment of the Chapel Forecourt; and, £3000 raised by the Falklands Shield Golf Tournament.

Please click here to download the 2012 newsletter [pdf 800 KBytes].

2011 Newsletter

Featuring: the Chairman’s letter, a full report on the 2010 annual service, and on the presentation of eighteen Elizabeth Crosses, a prayer for the year by Rev Brian Cunningham, a report on the Flower Arranging Masterclass in June, a visit by a group of 50 Falklands veterans from Patriots UK lead by Denzil Connick, plus: the best letter of the year, the new Falklands Governor visits the Chapel, SAMA(82) plan a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, nineteen seats sponsored “In Memoriam”, Freemasons hold a service, Nicci Pugh’s book White Ship Red Crosses reviewed by Robin Brodhurst, and arrangements for 2011 annual service.

Please click here to download the 2011 newsletter [pdf 7.4 MBytes].

2010 Newsletter

The bumper 2010 edition of the newsletter features: a letter from the Chairman, a full photo spread and report of the 2009 annual service, information about the 10th anniversary service, news and pictures of the Memorial Room refurbishment, a floral art masterclass, the Harley Riders Club visit to the Chapel, the Isle of Wight Suez Veterans Association visit to the Chapel, the tenth anniversary story of the Chapel by Anthony Hudson, news of the Falklands Shield Golf Tournament, and, comments from visitors about the importance of the Chapel.

Please click here to download the 2010 newsletter [pdf 1.9 MBytes].

2009 Newsletter

The 2009 edition of the newsletter features a full report with photos of the 2008 Annual Service, a report of the Schools Concert event which raised £5000, a report with photos of the 2008 Flower Festival, and an appeal from Mrs Sara Jones CBE to remember the Chapel Trust in your Will with a Legacy, as well as many other news items and a review of Sir Hew Pike’s book, “From The Front Line”.

Please click here to download the 2009 newsletter [pdf 5.3 MBytes].

2008 Newsletter

The 2008 edition of the newsletter is still available for downloading and features a full report on the 25th Anniversary Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving, illustrated by many photographs, as well as a report on the Flower Festival, fundraising efforts and a page of book reviews.

For your copy, please click here to download the 2008 newsletter [pdf 3.6 MBytes].

25th Anniversary Appeal

Throughout 2007 – the 25th Anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands – the Chapel Trustees mounted an appeal to raise funds to keep the Chapel in good condition for the thousands of visitors it receives each year. The appeal exceeded all expectations, and the Chapel Trust has received a healthy injection of funds.

Fundraising events included a dinner on board HMS Victory by courtesy of the Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Adrian Johns, donations from the sale of Internet Stamps Covers organised by Tony Buckingham of Buckingham Stamps, a sale of sculptures created by Mark Coreth (who created the three bronze albatrosses which ‘fly’ outside the Chapel), a Falklands Shield Golf Tournament on a private golf course in Oxfordshire, a ‘team of two’ runners in the 10K London Run, and contributions from many of the City Livery Companies, Services Charities, & Charitable Trusts.

In addition, hundreds of individuals generously supported the Appeal and the Trustees would like to thank all those who have helped the Chapel so generously over the past year.

10K London Run Appeal 

Our thanks to 10K London Runners Chris Cash and Spencer & Eloise Grout who ran for the Chapel on and raised just over £1000. After 3 years of 10K’ing runners have raised over £5,000 collectively for the Memorial Chapel.

Sandy Dawson receives her Elizabeth Cross from the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley.

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President of the Chapel Trust, Lord West of Spithead

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Bob Norbury on his way to raising a further £6000
for the Chapel in 2014

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Falkland Islands Defence Force members Zoran Zuvic and Samantha Brownlee with the Hon. Mrs Mary Bayliss JP

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The Elizabeth Cross

HMS Glamorgan memorial, Falkland Islands

Golfers! It’s time to practice your swing!

Piper Keith Burton, RM, plays during lunch at the 2008 Annual Service.

Tony Buckingham of Internet Stamps who has now raised £30,000 for the Chapel seen here with Mrs Sara Jones CBE (widow of Colonel ‘H’ Jones VC OBE, and Chapel Trustee) and The Rt. Hon. Michael Howard at the opening of Tony’s new offices in Kent.

R-L Chris Cash & Paul Hailwood celebrating completion of the 10K London Run with Rear Admiral Jeremy Sanders in July 2007