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Elmpt HIVE closes after 25 years

Anita Pluckwell, Area Manager Westfalen Garrison, Brunssum and SHAPE, Capt Al Peacock, Elmpt HIVE Support Officer, Carolyn Gritt, HIVE Information Officer and Carol Faulkner, Director HIVE EuropeFriday, March 6 marked a sad day as Elmpt HIVE closed its doors for the final time.

The HIVE in Elmpt was one of the first offices to operate in BFG and served personnel stationed in what was then RAF Brüggen. 

Since then, the service delivery has evolved and developed considerably but the ethos of the organisation has remained consistent.

Then, as today and indeed for the future life of BFG the aim of the organisation is to ensure that accurate and up-to-date information is available to everyone connected with the Armed Forces for the duration of their overseas posting.  

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The Big Dig at Haig School

The Big DigHaig School has recently been given the use of an area of Mansergh Barracks for its Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning activities. 

It’s a wonderful space but it needed some improvements before the children could use it – hence The Big Dig project.

On a wet and miserable Friday last month, soldiers from 26 Regt RA and parents and children from the school met at the site to start work. And it was an incredible morning: paths and paved areas were cleared, six beds were dug ready for planting in warmer weather and a new firepit was created along with a woodshed and compost bins.

Rubbish bins were positioned and Year 5 started to lay out their full sized labyrinth, ready for its completion over the course of the term. The session ended with a barbecue for everyone who took part.

Thanks go to all those who contributed so much to creating a wonderful learning environment for our children.

Certificates of Service for QM staff

The proud recipients of Certificates of Service are Mathilde Ängefeld-Kühlewind, Elke Jacobs, Angelika Kühlewind, Wilhelm Houben and Manfred Menke, pictured with Lt Col Stuart WhittleyCertificates of Service for staff of the Quartermaster’s Department on Javelin Barracks in Elmpt were presented by Lt Col Stuart Whittley, Commanding Officer of 16th Signal Regiment and Commander Elmpt Station.

Lt Col Whittley took time out of his busy schedule to present the recipients with their well-deserved Certificates of Service, ranging from 12 to 45 years, adding up to a grand 149 years.

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