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Cinelink film club in Bielefeld Station

He got the firm base project rolling – Lt Col (retd) Bob McKeegan-Brown opens Bielefeld Station’s community room, Bob’s Den, which is named in his honour, as eager children line up to see Zootopia at the Cinelink film club A row of small, smiling faces greeted Lt Col (retd) Bob McKeegan-Brown on June 5 when he officially opened Bielefeld Station’s multifunctional community room, which includes a film club on Sundays.

Dozens of children, accompanied by adults, arrived at Bob’s Den in Catterick Barracks to see a matinee screening of computer animation Zootopia, while in the evening, thriller Eye in the Sky entertained the grown-ups.

The new facility – further evidence of the Army’s firm base concept – is used by volunteer groups during the week, but every Sunday the Cinelink film club takes over the former band room near the NAAFI Express shop. And it is run completely by volunteers.

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Pilgrimage along the Western Front

Historian Sir Anthony SeldonAvid trekkers are being invited to join a leading historian walking the length of the 1916 Western Front starting on June 22.

Author Sir Anthony Seldon will lead a team of four and hopes that the Via Sacra Walk will become a permanent event. They are also encouraging the public to do a leg with them, joining famous people such as actors Elizabeth Hurley and Dominic West.

Inspired by a letter from a soldier in the First World War, Sir Anthony Seldon will lead the walk across the Western Front, as it was in 1916, from Switzerland to the English Channel – a total of 450 miles – a  frontline that once occupied the attention of the world. 

The walk will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the battles of the Somme and Verdun and is in homage to soldier Alexandar Douglas Gillespie and to the millions of soldiers who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918.

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Fixing music time machines

Markus Wiessing with a 1965 Seeburg Discothequès, which is up for sale for €2,000Nostalgic Markus Wiessing is a jukebox hero to collectors of 45rpm vinyl records.

The 54-year-old has a passion for the music of the 1950s and 1960s and spends his spare time restoring classic jukeboxes from those decades to their former glory.

But he has a penchant for the Seeburg brand, which he considers to be the “Rolls Royce of jukeboxes.”

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ASK the commander

Brig Ian Bell invites BFG community members to share their views via BFGnet online forum

"Having launched the new-look BFGnet last month (May), I hope that many of you will have had the opportunity to look around the site.

I wanted to draw your attention to one important new function listed under the Top Tasks on BFGnet.

As Commander of British Forces in Germany, I am committed to delivering essential services to the community, the rebasing of UK personnel to the UK and drawing down the estate.

Engaging with you, the community, is crucial. Successful communication needs to be a two-way activity and I want to hear your views.

That’s why I have launched an Ask the Commander online forum.  I want to provide you the opportunity to provide feedback on life in BFG, ask questions and suggest how we can do things better.

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