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The missional monk speaks at SASRA conference in BFG

Over the second weekend of May, 66 individuals from BFG travelled to Lübbeke to attend the first of two SASRA (The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association) conferences this year.

The group listened to guest speaker the Revd Carl GidneyThe guest speaker from Cardiff, the Revd Carl Gidney led the weekend.   Carl had recently returned from speaking tours of Sri Lanka and India.

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Quake response

The Nepalese community in Gütersloh has been fund-raising to provide urgent assistance for  their earth- quake  stricken  homeland The BFG community in Gütersloh has rallied to help those affected by two devastating earthquakes in Nepal, raising a whopping 17,000 euros for the Red Cross.

The four-strong team of keen fund-raisers who kick-started the array of events were LCpl Rabindra Rai of 6 Regiment RLC, Nepalese soldiers Pte Jiwan Gurung, 1 Regiment RLC, LCpl Jay P Jugjali, 29 Regiment RLC, and 26th Regiment Royal Artillery’s LCpl Pradeep Gurung.

With the full support of Westfalen Garrison and all the regiments, the Gütersloh Nepalese community, headed by LCpl Rai, organised collection points at the gates of Princess Royal Barracks and Mansergh Barracks. 

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Celebrate volunteers

Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which takes place on June 1-7 and celebrates the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and BFG.

Every year, more than 20 million people across the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week.

It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy.

Volunteers’ Week focuses on saying ‘thank you’ to the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, and to recognise the way that organisations celebrate the work of volunteers across the UK. 

For ideas to say thank you to that special volunteer, visit the website: www.volunteersweek.org

Happy tails

Tierheim volunteer Marjorie Reid with Benny, the 15-year-old shih-tzu boy she reunited with its ownerA devastated German family has finally been reuited with their dognapped pooch, all thanks to one British animal lover.

Marjorie Reid, who works with 3 Close Support Battalion REME Civilian Workshops (3 Civ Wksp Reme) in Bielefeld, is passionate about animals and for the last 10 years has been a volunteer at the Tierheim Eichenhof in Vlotho, a home for lost or stolen pets. 

Recently Marjorie went above and beyond the call of duty when she reunited a missing pedigree dog with his owner, who lives 200km away on the Dutch border.

During Marjorie’s shift, a Maltese shih-tzu came into the Tierheim; his name was Benny and he had been found running on one of the main roads near Vlotho.

Marjorie said: “As soon as I saw him, I knew I had to find the owner.”

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