Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we will now no longer be going ahead with the challenge in June.
For those of you that have donated and also entered the draw for the holiday cottage break, I will be contacting you individually by email to offer you a refund of your donations.
The challenge will take place, just not in June, I have been assured by Scott & Michelle that any entries into the draw so far, will be valid whenever we have the opportunity to complete the challenge.
I apologise on behalf of the Veteran’s Shed and hope that this has not inconvenienced any of our generous backers.
It has come to light that there are 12 local men from Old Colwyn, who were lost during WW1, and that their names do not appear on the local Cenotaph.
A local veteran & historian, Mr Diege Evans (RWF), when researching the names of the WW1 fallen in 2014 discovered that there were 35 missing from the Towns Cenotaph.
A further 12 local men have since been discovered It has also come to light that many families, at the time, couldn’t afford the sixpence fee to have their loved one’s names placed on the local memorial. Plans are now in motion to rectify this wrong in time for the 100 commemorations in November 2018.
Firstly, I must apologise for not updating for some time. There is a fair amount of upheaval going on at present as we move out of the workshop in Crest, Llandudno Junction and into our new, larger space at Crest, Colwyn Bay.
At this moment in time, this is used as a storage area and will take some effort to turn it into a fully functioning workshop. I will post pics and more info here as we make progress.
Any veteran wishing to join us, even if it’s just to come and have a look at what we get up to, please contact me (Steve) on 07714038698
Michelle and Scott of Pen y Bryn farm and Holiday cottages continue to put up with us as we endeavour to make some sort of headway into getting the farm projects off the ground.
You can read all about the latest goings on in Michelle’s blog HERE.
The Vet’s Shed is collecting items for shoe boxes to be sent to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards during their forthcoming tour of Afghanistan. Members of the Battalion are deploying from April 2018 for an 8-month tour. Item can be dropped off for the Vets shed at 22 Station road Colwyn Bay on Wednesday 28th March, you will also be able to obtain a list of items that can be sent, donations will be gratefully received and sent on to members of the Battalion. Remember no alcohol or any other products, that may offend the host Country.
ITEMS FOR BOXES
Below is a list of things that would be very much appreciated by our boys serving in Kabul.
Please respect the country that these items are being sent to by not donating things such as alcohol, pornography, religious items and any other items that may be deemed offensive.
soft toilet roll
anti-bacterial hand gel
sunscreen / after sun
packets pasta/rice – dried
boil in bag pouches
tea bags/coffee sachets
i-tunes top-up cards
Recently, the Veteran’s Shed has got itself involved with Pen-Y Bryn farm and holiday cottages near Abergele. Run by Scott and Michelle, and their son, Jay, this is a wonderful, Idyllic location that has great potential to become not only a fantastic community hub but also a must visit location for people holidaying in the area.
Michelle has just started a blog which you can READ HERE, outlining exactly what they envisage for the farm. This is truly an exciting project for us to be involved with as it gives us the opportunity to get stuck in, learning new skills and being socially active within the community. We feel very privileged to be a part of it all. and if you feel you have skills that can be brought to the table, you are more than welcome to come along and help out!
On another note, more relevant to the heading of this post, Pen-Y-Bryn farm is a mere thirty minutes from Llandudno and, with the NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY taking place just one hundred days from today on 30th of June, has some excellent farmhouse and cottage accommodation. I imagine that now the word is out, they will get snapped up pretty quickly so why not check out their WEBSITE and go and see what they have to offer?
As always, please feel free to add any comments at the bottom of this post.
The Government is rolling out a new service from midday today. A 24hr helpline specifically for veterans struggling with mental health issues.
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Military Mental Health Helpline 0800 323 4444
You can find out more here
A FORMER Welsh Guardsman from Ebbw Vale has called on veterans with hearing loss to get support from a new service run by charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru.
Steve Liversage, who served for 27 years in the Welsh Guards, lost his hearing due to exposure to gunfire and also led to tinnitus – a loud and persistent ringing in his ears.
He said: “People don’t realise how hard it can be to lose your hearing. It makes it very hard to have a conversation and it really knocks your confidence having to ask someone to repeat themselves over and over again. “This made me feel very lonely.”
The Aged Veterans Project, funded through the Ministry of Defence’s Aged Veterans Fund, has been launched to support veterans across Wales who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus.
The free service offers information and support in the community and in people’s homes; providing basic hearing checks, trials of equipment and support before and after hearing aids have been fitted.
Rebecca Woolley, director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, said: “Deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus can be incredibly isolating and can lead to mental health problems and depression.
“Research shows that retired soldiers are more than three times more likely to experience hearing loss than the general population, often due to repeated exposure to small arms fire, artillery, engines and explosives. This new service will help veterans across Wales get support.”
You can visit their website here
A report by Richard Pendlebury of the Daily Mail looks into the shocking amount of suicides committed by our serving soldiers and veterans. In my opinion, this is just the tip of the iceberg and it’s a sad fact that things will probably get a lot worse before they get better.
You can read the full article HERE
A handful of members at the shed recently undertook a six-hour intermediate first aid course which was done over two sessions.
You can see a few pics of the first session in the gallery.