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  • Two-headed rattlesnake adds bite to Rostock Zoo

    The non venomous rattlesnake can live for up to 20 years and enjoys a diet of mice and ratsVisitors to Rostock Zoo are in for a rare treat – they can now view the spectacle of a snake with two heads.

    The rattlesnake was put on show in an enclosure in the zoo’s monkey house on Wednesday, although It was born in June 2015 and is already 65cm long and around 65 grams in weight.

    “The snake eats independently and catches food with both heads, but only eats with
    one,” curator Antje Zimmermann said.

    As well as two heads, the snake also has two air and food passages which join further inside its body. In every other respect the animal only has one organ.

    “This is a biological rarity which is very occasionally seen,” Zimmerman said.

    The reason for the phenomenon is that the fertilized egg only splits partially.

    She added: “Depending on where the process stops, the result can be two heads, as with our snake.”

  • Safer trip

    The Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn private train operator has caused a storm of controversy with its offer for solo-travelling women and single mums to sit together. 

    The offer is just for the line travelling between Leipzig and Chemnitz in eastern Germany and is optional rather than mandatory, according to German media.

    Each train along this line will have two optional seating areas for women and travelling mothers.

    Media groups speculated that the new offer is a response to the mass reports of sexual assaults against women in Köln and elsewhere, but the company insists that the section for female travellers is simply in line with what other rail operators have already offered for some time.

  • Extra defence spending won’t be enough

    A planned €10.2 billion increase in defence spending agreed by ministers on March 23 won’t be enough to modernise the German army, soldiers have warned.

    “This is about nothing less than maintaining Germany’s ability to act on its security policy,” André Wüstner, head of the Bundeswehrverband (army union) said last Thursday.

    Wüstner says that the army needs at least €18.5 billion over the coming four years, almost double what the cabinet agreed on Wednesday.

  • Germany News in Brief - March 31, 2016

    Driver dies in fiery crash on A2

    BIELEFELD – The driver of a UK-registered Ford Transit died on March 24 after a two-vehicle crash on the A2 near Bielefeld.

    According to the German police, the incident happened between Bielefeld and Gütersloh at about 5am.

    The Ford was travelling in the direction of Dortmund when it was in collision with a truck towing a trailer. The van caught fire in the accident and its driver suffered fatal injuries.

    The passenger in the van was injured but was able to escape from the burning vehicle, and was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance. According to Bild newspaper, both driver and passenger were Polish. 

    The truck driver, aged 27, was taken to a Gütersloh hospital suffering from shock.

    Police estimated the damage at €72,000.

  • First F&C coffee morning a success

    The Army Families Federation (AFF) worldwide receive a high number of Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) enquiries on a monthly basis; this is due to the complexity and often uncertainty regarding visa and immigration issues.

    In order to alleviate some worries that F&C families based in Cyprus were having, the AFF team ran a Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) coffee morning, which was very well received by both the families and the chain of command. 

    A wealth of information regarding visa and immigration issues was available to visitors to the first Foreign & Commonwealth Families coffee morning in Paderborn Station organised by the AFFHaving identified that many Paderborn Station F&C families were not attending the same regular coffee mornings as the AFF coordinators, the regional manager for AFF Germany, Katy Brookfield, wanted to use the same idea as a way of accessing those families that her team do not see when they are out and about. 

    On March 10, in the Arndtstrasse Community Centre, the first F&C coffee morning was held and offered families a variety of information and one-to-one advice from representatives of AWS, LSU, HIVE and more.

  • BFG's Got Talent – Auditions

    BFG Talent Auditions

  • Running for Duchennes

    Running For Duchennes

  • Speeding in camp

    Speed checks introduced on Normandy Barracks 

    Drivers must comply with speed limits on Normandy BarracksThe speed limit on Normandy Barracks is 30 kph unless otherwise indicated at entry and exit points.

    The RMP and Provost staff have been granted permission by the Stn Comd HQ Pad Stn to conduct speed checks inside the perimeter of the Normandy Barracks enclave.

    Punitive action will be taken against offenders and this applies to all who enter the Normandy Barracks enclave if found to be driving at speeds in excess of 30kph.

    The Stn Comd HQ Pad Stn retains the right to ban any vehicle from camp at any time.

  • The gold standard

    The Australian Pink Floyd Show coming to Bielefeld on April 15Pink Floyd may be no more, but for fans of the British prog rock band there’s always the next best thing – The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS).

    The renowned tribute act will be paying another visit to Bielefeld  – on April 15 at the Seidensticker Halle.

    Having sold more than four million tickets in concerts performed in 35 countries, TAPFS is rightfully hailed as one of the most in demand touring entities currently operating.

    You know that the Aussie musicians are good when they are asked to perform for the original members of Pink Floyd. 

  • Pay attention!

    Changes to financial terms and conditions of Service affecting BFG personnel effective from April 1, 2016

    Terms and CondititionsAs you will be aware from previous announcements, there are a number of changes which come into force on April 1, 2016 and which you will see reflected in your end of April pay statement.

  • 20,000 join Easter marches

    A spokesman for the central Easter Marches office in Frankfurt said that nationwide there were about 80 different related demonstrations and gatherings to promote peaceful resolution to conflict. Pictured: the march in Berlin on SundayThousands of pacifists took to the streets across Germany over the Easter weekend to demonstrate against war and for a more welcoming refugee policy.

    The rallies were first held during the Cold War to protest the buildup of atomic weapons.

    Around 60 anti-war Easter marches and vigils were reported from all over Germany, although 80 were planned according to the ‘Friedenskooperative’ (Peace Cooperative) network.

  • Hundreds gather to mark Germanwings crash anniversary

    Some 600 people gathered in a tiny village in the French Alps on Thursday to mark one year since their loved ones died when a Germanwings co-pilot deliberately crashed his plane into the mountainside.

    The private ceremony in the village of Le Vernet began with the reading of the names of the 149 victims in front of a headstone erected in their memory, followed by a minute of silence at 0941 GMT, the exact time of the crash.

    A wreath was then laid at the local cemetery where the remains of the victims were buried.

  • Library Book Bingo winners

    Congratulations go to the Sennelager Library Book Bingo winners who successfully read nine books between January and March.

    They are: Leo Robertson, who receives an  Amazon Fire Tablet, Mrs Chamberlain who wins four Movie Park tickets and Hattie Langley who has won two tickets to the Kaleidoscope. 

    Sennelager Library will be in touch with the winners to arrange collection of their prizes.

  • Dog registration

    As of April 1, dog registration in Paderborn Station will be conducted at HQ Paderborn Station in the LVLO building.

  • National Insurance contribution rise

    National Insurance contributions will increase for all Service personnel who are members of an Armed Forces Pension Scheme on April 6. 

    The increase reflects a harmonising of rates so that everyone can benefit from the new higher single-tier state pension which is payable upon reaching state pension age. 

    Indicative figures showing how individuals might be affected are contained within 2016DIN01-005.

  • Travel advice consultation launched

    Travellers are being asked to give their views on how the travel advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is presented.

    The consultation, which was launched in mid-March, and will inform a review of the travel advice service, used by millions to check safety and security when they go abroad.

    The service, on GOV.UK, provides objective, accurate and up-to-date information on crime, health, threats from terrorism and local laws and customs in each country, as well as details on practical issues, like visa requirements and local currency.

  • Threat Awareness Notice 007/16

    Demonstrations in and around Bielefeld main railway station – Saturday, April 2 

    There is to be a demonstration by Biegida (a right-wing anti-foreigner and refugee grouping) against the refugee issue in Germany.

    At the same time there will be a counter demonstration by Bundnis Gegen Rechts (Alliance against the right-wing).

    Both demonstrations will take place in the general area of the main railway station Bielefeld from 3pm to approximately 5pm on Saturday, April 2.

  • Travel to and through Belgium

    The counter terrorist threat level in Belgium remains at CRITICAL. Restrictions on travel have all now been lifted.

    If staff need to attend meetings in Belgium then they can travel, but they should try and avoid crowded places and keep updated with latest the FCO travel advice.

    All personnel travelling to or through Belgium should still factor in possible additional travel time due to increased security controls.

    FCO Travel Advice can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium.

    It remains that all MoD Official Travel to Belgium must be done with EJSU or Embassy permission. EJSU-J2-Mailbox@mod.uk is the point of contact.

    Personnel are reminded to continue to be vigilant, travel with caution and report any suspicions to local police or security personnel.

  • In the event of an emergency

    Do you know what to do if you have an emergency at home? 

    You probably think you will know the number to call and what to say, but in times of great stress you never know how you will respond.

    It may be a good idea to put the emergency call information (below) next to the telephone where you can refer to it if necessary.

    If you complete the address details and telephone number today, it will make it easier for you to pass on all the required information to the dispatcher/emergency call handler, should the need arise.

    Do it now – it’s better to be prepared.

    Emergency numberAlways call 112 if someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk.

  • 6 Regt’s final bout

    Volunteers from across 6 Regiment RLC threw themselves into the arduous seven week training programme under their respective coaches for the regiment’s annual boxing night at the Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh.

    64 Squadron receiving the winner’s trophyThe nominated coaches from each squadron worked very hard with the boxers, many of whom were beginners, to undertake the three training sessions a day.

  • Viking Victory

    In their second international of the season, the British Army Germany rugby team were unable to beat their Danish opponents, losing 24-5.

    BAG break through the Danish defenceDespite only discovering the sport in 1949 and having a pool of only 2,500 people who play the sport in their country, Denmark produced a strong performance against their BA(G) opponents.

  • German triple agent sentenced

    A Munich court has sentenced an ex-agent of the BND intelligence agency to eight years in prison for delivering information to the CIA and Russian diplomats. The defendant claims he was motivated by “lust for adventure.”

    The former BND employee Markus Reichel was charged with selling more than 200 confidential documents to the CIA between 2008 and 2012, and receiving at least €80,000 in return. Most notably, the 32-year-old stole a file listing thousands of German agents abroad, including both their cover names and their real identities.

    He also contacted the Russian consulate in Munich in the summer of 2014, and delivered three BND-documents to them. Agents from Germany’s domestic intelligence service intercepted the correspondence and set a trap.

    Reichel was arrested in July 2014 in the wake of the NSA scandal sparked by revelations that US agencies spy on the top German politicians.

    During the trial he apologised for his actions and said he was motivated by boredom and frustration. “At the BND, I had the impression that no one trusted me with anything, but the CIA was different, you had the opportunity to prove yourself.”

  • Triple agent sentenced

    A Munich court has sentenced an ex-agent of the BND intelligence agency to eight years in prison for delivering information to the CIA and Russian diplomats. The defendant claims he was motivated by “lust for adventure.”

    The former BND employee Markus Reichel was charged with selling more than 200 confidential documents to the CIA between 2008 and 2012, and receiving at least €80,000 in return. Most notably, the 32-year-old stole a file listing thousands of German agents abroad, including both their cover names and their real identities.

    He also contacted the Russian consulate in Munich in the summer of 2014, and delivered three BND-documents to them. Agents from Germany’s domestic intelligence service intercepted the correspondence and set a trap.

    Reichel was arrested in July 2014 in the wake of the NSA scandal sparked by revelations that US agencies spy on the top German politicians.

    During the trial he apologised for his actions and said he was motivated by boredom and frustration. “At the BND, I had the impression that no one trusted me with anything, but the CIA was different, you had the opportunity to prove yourself.”

  • Hard-hitting images to warn off smokers

    Shocking images become obligatory on cigarette packets from MayGermany will implement an EU regulation that makes graphic images on cigarette packs obligatory. 

    In Germany, 120,000 people die of smoking-related causes every year, according to Marlene Mortler, the government’s drug commissioner. 

    That’s why the European Union came up with a law in 2014 saying that two-thirds of a cigarette packet must be covered by “health-relevant warnings” in the form of text and pictures.

    Politicians are now putting  their faith in gruesome images to put people off buying cigarettes and have voted to put the EU regulation into practice. 

  • German soldier cleared of sexual assault

    A 25-year-old senior NCO in the German army has been cleared of sexual assault after trying to kiss a teenage soldier in his car. 

    The defendant wanted to be more than just friends with the complainant, but she wasn’t interested in a romance, a court in Detmold heard last week.

    He had also been accused of degrading treatment of a subordinate stemming from the minor incident, which took place in barracks in Augustdorf.

    Neither the defendant nor the complainant from the Bundes-
    wehr has been identified in the German press.

    The senior NCO had got along well with the 18-year-old private, who was from another company and with whom he carpooled.

  • Germany News in Brief - March 24, 2016

    Edeka bid to buy Kaiser’s approved

    BONN – Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who is leader of the Social Democrats, has approved a deal for Edeka, the country’s biggest supermarket group, to buy grocery chain Kaiser’s, on condition that jobs are not lost.

    Germany’s federal cartel office stopped the planned deal between the unlisted retailers last year, saying the takeover would limit competition in cities such as Berlin and Munich and would could lead to price increases in Europe’s biggest economy.

    Kaiser’s owner, Tengelmann, had warned that if the deal failed it could mean the closure of the supermarket chain and the loss of 16,000 jobs.

    Rival supermarket chain Rewe, which had also sought to buy Kaiser’s from Tengelmann, said it would fight the deal by filing a complaint with a German court.

  • Sexual Health clinics

    To make it more convenient for you to access sexual health care, services are now being provided by medical centres from March 14. The department currently located in Bielefeld closed on March 18.

  • Weeks left to chip your dog

    It will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks to be fitted with a microchip from April 6From April 6 it will be compulsory for owners in the UK to ensure their dog is microchipped.

    Every year more than 102,000 dogs are picked up from UK streets having strayed or been stolen, but thanks to new microchipping laws coming into effect on April 6 they’ll soon stand a much greater chance of being returned home safe and sound.

    Already 83 per cent of responsible dog owners have had their four-legged friend painlessly implanted with a microchip and their details updated on a national database.

    This means should one of the UK’s 8.5 million dogs take itself for ‘walkies’ rescuers can quickly find out where it has come from and reunite it with their owner.

  • Prescription charges – April 1, 2016

    Prescription charges

  • RBL Darts Match - April 8

    Darts match

  • Clever Tots

    Clever Tots

  • Paderborn united in music

    Hundreds of guests enjoyed the varied programme of music by the Weser-Lippe reservists marching bandThe guests of the charity concert in the Bonifatiuskirche in Paderborn sent a sign of solidarity to soldiers on deployment.

    With their music the Reservistenmusikzug Weser-Lippe (reservists marching band) under the leadership of conductor Gregor Hüllmann (Hauptgefreiter der Reserve) and the soloists conquered the hearts of the audience.

    By the end of the evening, €3,000 had been collected in donations.

  • A cracking good time this Easter

    Fill your Easter with fun-packed German traditions - from Easter egg hunts to bonfires, Germany has a lot on offer this EasterThis year, if you’re celebrating the Easter weekend in Germany make sure you memorise these two words: Frohe Ostern (FRO-huh OS-tern) – Happy Easter!

  • Former foreign minister dies after long battle with cancer

    Guido WesterwelleFormer German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, one of the country’s most prominent openly gay politicians, died on Friday (March 18), aged 54, after a long battle with leukaemia, his charity foundation said.

    The former head of the liberal, pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) was diagnosed with the disease in June 2014, six months after he left his post as Germany’s top diplomat.

    Westerwelle, a trained lawyer and gifted parliamentary debater, had been a fixture in German politics for decades, initially in opposition.

  • Uta this world

    The youngest Uta at this year’s fest pictured with her grandma, Uta!Since 2008 Naumburg in Saxony-Anhalt has celebrated a special biennial ‘name day’ to honour the principal founder of the city’s cathedral, Uta von Ballenstedt (1000-1046). And this year was no exception.

    On March 18, 128 Utas from around Germany – and one who travelled from as far as Moscow – met for a weekend of cultural, historical and creative events in honour of the city’s most famous daughter. 

    The programme for the sixth Uta-Meet included workshops, tours and concerts. A highlight of the weekend was the group photograph taken in the ancient setting of the cathedral. 

  • Zika virus: updated travel advice for pregnant women

    Pregnant women are being advised to postpone non-essential travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission.

    Public Health England (PHE) and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have been carefully monitoring the evolving Zika virus outbreak in South and Central America and the Caribbean and are now issuing updated travel advice for pregnant women and advice on preventing sexual transmission.

  • Easter hours

    Easter hours

  • 5 RIFLES Rebasing Brief

    5 RIFLES Rebasing Brief

  • Tick all the right boxes

    how to remove ticksTick Bite Prevention Week is a public health and awareness campaign in the UK and Ireland for informing the public about the different ways to prevent tick bites. 

    This information is essential for anyone living in Germany as there is also an ever increasing issue with tick-borne diseases. 

  • The final stretch

    In the culmination of six league races, the BA(G) cross country league champions were crowned, with 5th Battallion The Rifles taking the title.

    And they're offThe Paderborn-based Regiment edged rivals 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and 6 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps into second and third place respectively.

    In the race for female team champions, 1 Armoured Medical Regiment, 6 Regt RLC and 35 Engineer Regiment were all on equal points which made for a great final race. 7kms later and it was 6 Regt RLC who took the top spot ahead of 35 Engr Regt and 1 AMR.

  • Family Nurturing Programme - April 13-June 22

    Family Nurturing Programme

  • Soldiers wanted!

    Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has tried to make the Bundeswehr a more attractive employerGermany’s defence ministry has for months been investigating whether it has enough armed forces personnel for its growing deployments. The answer seems to be no, according to media reports.

    German media research network (RND) reported on Saturday that the defence ministry, headed by Ursula von der Leyen, wanted to expand the country’s armed forces by thousands of soldiers and civilian staff. The RND is a network which conducts research for more than 30 German daily newspapers.

    The reports outlined an initial planned increase of 7,000 troops and 3,000 civilian positions. In a second step, 15,000 additional personnel were planned.

  • Bear necessity

    Germany’s last travelling circus bear seized by police

    Ben, Germany’s last circus bear, was rescued from captivity by animal activists and police on MondayThere were dramatic scenes in eastern Bavaria on Monday, as the circus which owns Germany’s last travelling bear tried to hide the animal from police – to no avail.

    When law enforcement officers arrived at the scene, fights had already broken out between animal rights activists and employees of the travelling circus. 

    The dispute was over Ben, a 22-year-old brown bear, who according to animal protection group Four Paws is the last travelling circus bear in the country. 

    The bear’s owner tried to escape with the animal, driving through a fence, with the bear trapped in a trailer behind.

    But police were able to secure the cage and took Ben out in the presence of a veterinarian. They did not want to say what would happen with the animal now.

  • Iraqi saves injured from burning plane

    The crash site near the Landwehr barracks in OsnabrückWhen a private jet crashed shortly after take-off last Thursday (March 10), an Iraqi veterinarian living in a nearby refugee shelter ran to the rescue.

    The propeller plane got into trouble shortly after take-off from the Atterheide airport in Osnabrück, the Neue Osnabrücke Zeitung (NOZ) reports. One of the two engines had malfunctioned, leading the pilot to scramble to find a flat area to land on.

    He spotted a former army barracks and took the plane down as smoothly as he could, trying to ensure a controlled crash-landing.

    But the aircraft was completely destroyed on impact, leaving two of the four people on board lightly injured and the other two so seriously wounded they couldn’t leave the stricken aircraft.

  • Pilot takes detour to draw sign in the sky

    The route map as it appeared on Flightradar24A pilot veered off course from his scheduled route in north-west Germany to steer his plane in a bizarre sequences of curves. But the end result made sense out of the apparent chaos.

    The pilot, a flight teacher in Stade, Lower Saxony set off on what should have been a simple journey from his local airfield in Stade, Lower Saxony, Spiegel reported.

    He was heading for Helgoland, a tiny island around 50 km off the North Sea coast and some 200 km from Stade.

    But the journey was to involve a much longer trip than what was on the flight plan.

  • Better late than never

    Düsseldorf celebrates carnival 5 weeks late 

    A carnival float with caricatures mocking the minister president of Bavaria Horst Seehofer and Chancellor Angela Merkel: the words read ‘crucify her’ and ‘human politics for migrants’Thousands of revellers have taken part in a postponed Rose Monday parade in Düsseldorf. The annual carnival event was called off last month due to stormy weather.

    Partygoers clad in bright costumes filled the city centre on Sunday (March 13) as the Rose Monday parade kicked off beneath a clear, sunny sky. Organisers said they expected around half a million people to attend, but the German Press Agency said numbers appeared to be significantly lower.

    Around 10,000 people were set to take part in the procession itself, while more than 1,000 police officers were deployed along the 5km route.

    Düsseldorf’s event, originally scheduled for February 8, was cancelled at the last minute amid severe weather warnings.

  • Germany News in Brief - March 17, 2016

    Victims of GDR doping to get aid

    BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government took a step forward last week towards atoning for East Germany’s murky past by approving €10.5 million of aid for victims of the Communist state’s doping programme.

    Hundreds of former sportsmen and women in Germany suffer from ailments as a direct result of taking performance-enhancing substances, often under duress, to win sporting glory for the now defunct German Democratic Republic from 1965 to 1989.

    Since German reunification in 1990, successive governments have tried to deal with the 1,000 known cases of people whose health has been damaged after being forced to take part in the GDR’s doping programme, which was known as State Plan 14.25.

    Each of the victims stands to receive €10,500 in aid.

  • Rebasing from Germany in 2016?

    Moving doesn’t have to be hard – the rebasing team is here to help! 

    Having successfully rebased personnel from Hohne, Fallingbostel, Herford, Gütersloh and Elmpt in 2015 and around 74 per cent of BFG personnel since 2005, the process for rebasing our personnel to the UK is now well established.

    While many have experience of moving from Germany to the UK either as individuals or as part of unit moves, the 2016 moves are on a larger scale and will involve moving around 2,500 personnel over the critical summer leave period between the end of June and the beginning of October.

    In addition to your Unit Welfare Officer, there are dedicated teams in Germany in HQ BFG and in the UK in the Army Basing Team and Regional Command who are working to ensure your smooth return. 

  • Decommissioned Firearms

    Do you have a deactivated firearm or offensive weapon that you are taking into the UK? 

    All deactivated firearms must be correctly certified if they are to be legally imported into the UK as failure to obtain correct certification could leave the owner liable for a heavy fine or six months imprisonment.

    On April 8, new EU Regulations will require all owners of deactivated firearms to be in possession of a deactivation certificate.

    This certification must be issued by a verifying entity and the weapon permanently marked to show the deactivated status.

    Depending on the type of weapon and work undertaken to deactivate it, when importing to the UK, there may still be a requirement by the authorised centres in the UK to carry out their own work on the weapon to fully render it deactivated in accordance with UK legislation. 

  • Army Legal Assistance - Here to help

    ALA

  • Family fun with Home-Start

    Concentrating on the perfect design at the arts and crafts activity day over the February half-term holiday, organised by Home-StartHome-Start is a national family charity that helps families with young children, offering support and friendship to parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

    During the half-term breaks, Home-Start runs schemes across BFG and organises events to help parents bond and spend valuable time with their families. 

    This gives parents the opportunity to speak with each other, which is valuable particularly during times when loved ones are away.

    Last month, the Paderborn and Sennelager schemes ran their activities simultaneously in order to provide each other with some support while new staff settled into their roles. 

  • Ride for Fiji - Show your support!

    Ride for Fiji

  • Support for Spouses - July 5-7

    LifeWorks Families

  • Former school head reports in

    Dr Mark Whalley, former head teacher of John Buchan SchoolIt has certainly been a hectic year for Dr Mark Whalley, the former head teacher of John Buchan School. 

    It is just a year ago that John Buchan School went through Ofsted and were graded as a good school.

    Dr Whalley said: “I’m extremely proud of the work we did at John Buchan. The staff are incredibly hard-working and have a profound understanding of the needs of the children and how to meet them.

    “The children enjoyed their learning and I know that they developed a real understanding of the importance of values in their lives at school and at home.”

    At the end of the autumn term Dr Whalley left Sennelager to return to the post of headmaster of Rookwood School in Andover.

  • WRVS – Meet the staff

    WRVS

  • Bielefeld Street Food Market – March 18

    Bielefeld Street Food Market takes place on FridayThe Bielefeld Street Food Market takes place on Friday, March 18, 4pm–11pm, at the Ringlokschuppen, Stadtheider Strasse 11, 33609 Bielefeld

    International food and wine-tasting in the Ringlokschuppen in Bielefeld.

    Entrance costs €3; children under 12 get in free. Dogs not permitted.

  • State elections: Success for right-wing AfD, losses for Merkel’s CDU

    Supporters of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) celebrate the exit poll news in Saxony-Anhalt state electionsChancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats suffered a major defeat in two of three states in regional polls on Sunday (March 13), while the populist AfD captured seats in all three amid a stunning surge of support.

    Exit polls published as voting closed showed the CDU scoring a historic low of 27.5 per cent in stronghold Baden-Württemberg, behind the Greens.

    The anti-migrant AfD meanwhile obtained double-digit scores in all three, collecting as much as 23 per cent of the vote in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.

    The elections are the biggest since a record influx of refugees to Germany, and were largely billed as a referendum on Merkel’s decision to
    open the country’s doors to people fleeing war.

  • Explosion under car killed convicted Berlin drug dealer

    The site of the explosionPolice say that an explosive device placed under the car killed a Berlin man as he was driving in the west of the city on Tuesday morning.

    The blast occurred during rush-hour traffic on Bismarckstrasse, within sight of the Victory Column monument.

    Eyewitnesses said that the driver managed to escape from the car but then collapsed due to his severe injuries.

    Attempts on the part of emergency services to resuscitate him proved futile and he was announced dead shortly after the blast.

    No one else was injured in the incident.

  • Urgent warning: defective hearing aid batteries

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is asking people who have bought ZeniPower mercury-free hearing aid batteries to check the best before date on the packs. 

    Due to a manufacturing fault, there is a low risk of the batteries exploding during use or if depleted. 

    This is a precautionary measure as no adverse incidents that resulted in an injury have been reported to MHRA through its safety monitoring system, the Yellow Card Scheme.

    The affected batteries have best before dates of 08.2018 and 09.2018. All other batches ZeniPower mercury-free hearing aid batteries are not affected. If in doubt, do not use the batteries.

  • Easter Church Services

    Our Lady of Lourdes, Normandy Barracks – Holy Thursday, March 24, 7pm; Good Friday, March 25, 3pm; Holy Saturday, March 26, 7pm; Easter Sunday, March 27, 11am

    St Peter’s Church, Barker Barracks – Good Friday, March 25, 11am; Easter Sunday, March 27, 11am

    St Christopher’s Church, Dempsey Barracks – Holy Thursday, March 24, 7pm; Easter Sunday, March 27, 9am

    St Barbara’s Church RC, Mansergh Barracks – Holy Thursday, March 24, 7pm Mass; Good Friday, March 25, 3pm Reading of the Passion; Easter Sunday, March 27, 9am Easter Sunday Mass

    St Barbara’s Church, Mansergh Barracks – Easter Sunday, March 27, 11am Easter Sunday Celebration

    St Maximillian Kolbe Church RC, Catterick Barracks – Holy Thursday, March 24, 5pm; Good Friday, March 25, 5pm Joint Service; Holy Saturday, 5pm; Easter Sunday, March 27, Nil

    St Maximillian Kolbe Church, Catterick Barracks – Holy Thursday, March 24, 7pm Eucharist; Good Friday, March 25, 5pm Joint Service; Easter Sunday, March 27, 9am (Easter Egg Hunt after service)

  • Public sector workers pay rise

    The Government has set out the pay awards for over a million public sector workers in line with the policy of an average one per cent pay rise in 2016-17.

    In reaching their recommendations the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB), in line with their terms of reference, has taken into account the Government’s economic evidence, including its public sector pay policy and MoD affordability constraints, while also considering recruitment and retention, motivation and pay comparability.

    Recruitment and Retention Payment (RRP) rate changes will take effect from  April 1, 2016 and be included with April’s pay.

    All categories of RRP will increase by one per cent except where detailed below:

    – RRP (Mountain Leaders) rates will be held at current 2015/16 levels.

    – RRP (Parachute Jumping Instructor) rates will be held at current 2015/16 levels.

  • Sport Relief Bake Off - Catterick Bks, Bielefeld, March 18

    Sport Relief Bake Off

  • Sport Relief Bake Off – Bielefeld, March 18

    Sport Relief Bake Off

  • AWS March Madness - March 31

    AWS March Madness

  • Bluebell's Cafe

    Bluebell's Cafe

  • Shops and Services hours – Easter

    The Paderborn PRI shop will be close for Easter on March 25 and reopen on March 29.

    The Sennelager One Stop Outlet will be closed from March 24 until March 28.

  • Easter Egg Raffle - April 4-8

    Easter Egg Raffle

  • Paderborn Dependants Representative

    Lisa Horder

  • SSAFA - Great British Summer Fete - June 4

     

    SSAFA Summer Fete Stallholders

    SSAFASummerFete

  • Military Wives Choir – Meets Mondays

    MWC

  • Cheerleading Camp - April 6-9

    Cheerleading Camp

  • Fish to swim by Herford - and a chance to win tickets

    FishFormer Marillion frontman Fish will be playing the band's Misplaced Childhood album in full for the very last time on his European tour, which includes a stop in Herford on April 17.

    Scottish singer-songwriter Fish, whose real name is Derek Dick, achieved prominence as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988.

    In his solo career he has explored contemporary pop and traditional folk.

  • Ready for action

    serengeti parkEurope's biggest safari park is set to open for the 2016 season, which runs from March 19 to October 30

    At the heart of Lower Saxony, on the edge of the Lüneburg Heath, Serengeti Park is acknowledged as a zoological garden and offers a natural home to more than 1,500 free roaming wild animals.

    The park, located at Hodenhagen, just north of Hannover, is an experience in between a national park and a zoo. The leisure park with its many rides and brea­thta­king show programmes offers you an action-packed adventure.

  • New pads for posties

    The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has started work on brand new single living accommodation at Duke of Gloucester Barracks in South Cerney for the arrival of two Army squadrons returning from Germany.

    The £8 million project will provide 90 new bedrooms at the barracks for junior ranks and senior non-commissioned officers.

    The works are being carried out by property group Lendlease on behalf of the DIO and are due to be completed in July this year.

  • RBL Car Boot Sale - April 24

    RBLCarbootsale

  • One Stop outlet closure

    The Barker One Stop outlet will closed from Monday, March 28 until Friday, April 8. The office will reopen on Monday, April 11.

    The Sennelager outlet will be open during this period.

  • Bielefeld’s battle lost

    In an attempt to make it to the final of the Army Minor Units competition, Bielefeld Station had a difficult task against a well-trained and prepared 47th Regiment Royal Artillery side.

    Captains meet the referee for the tossIt was clear from the start that Bielefeld had a tough 90 minutes ahead of them but were sure not to make it easy for the Larkhill-based regiment.

  • REME shines on Diamond Slope

    The team of 23 from 3 Armd CS Bn REME who took part in Ex Diamond Slope in WurmbergA testing week was in store for 23 members of 3 Armd CS Bn REME when they departed for a week of ski touring in the Harz mountains.  

    The group who joined Exercise Diamond Slope in January had a mixture of abilities, from those who had never been on a set of skis to the individual who had completed a two-month trek across the Antarctic.  

    All were equally excited though, with the week ahead offering the perfect opportunity to shake off the post Christmas, back-to-work blues.  

  • Pupils’ prize-winning pooper-scooper robot

    Inventors of the robot: Noah Stürmer, Moesha Miller and Benjamin BrändleinAnyone who strolls through town will have experienced disgust when confronted by dog poo – worse if it’s spotted too late.

    It’s a problem that has split local communities and politicians seem helpless to do anything about it. Now, three nine-year-olds from Bavaria reckon they have found the answer – the Schweini-Robo pooper scooper.

    Despite many local councils demanding that owners “bag it and bin it”, and imposing fines of up to €35 on dog owners who don’t comply, such policies have so far from proved less than effective – Nürnberg claims to sweep up five tonnes of dog faeces a day.

    Now a pair of primary school pupils in Bavarian have taken it upon themselves to defuse the poisonous atmosphere and have invented a robot that sniffs out the faeces and removes them.

  • Car giant BMW turns 100

    One of Germany’s greatest car companies turned 100 on Monday (March 7).

    BMW’s first-ever car, the Dixi 3/15, was rolled out in 1928From humble beginnings building aeroplance engines and motorcycles, the Bavarian Engine Manufacturer (BMW) grew to become one of the largest companies in Germany, with 116,000 employees and an annual turnover of €80 billion.

    In 1928 the compact car Dixi 3/15, with a mighty 15 horsepower engine, was the first BMW automobile to grace German roads.

    Then came the Second World War and with it one of the darkest chapters of BMW’s history. Especially in the final years of the war, most of the company’s output went to the Luftwaffe (German air force). Car and motorcycle production were cut down to a minimum.  

  • Mossad in the morass

    Northern town sends Israel bill for pulling spies out of mud 

    The mayor of Quarnbek, Klaus LangerThe small town of Quarnbek in northern Germany has sent the Israeli government a bill for €1,263 after it helped pull two secret service agents out of a field where they were stuck in the mud. 

    The two Mossad men have attracted more attention than the agency is used to, and their actions have left the town mayor furious.

    “If they’d gone back to their embassy and sorted things out none of this publicity would have been necessary,” mayor Klaus Langer said.

    On orders from the Israeli government the undercover duo were reportedly watching from afar as a new submarine built in Kiel made its maiden voyage down the canal connecting the Baltic to the North Sea last December.

  • Police call for ‘anti-spit hoods’ for dribbling detainees

    Controversial: the ‘spit protection hood’ used by Bremen policeOfficials in south-west Germany want their police protected from the dangerous dribble of saliva-spewing offenders after a rise in so-called “spit attacks”.

    Interior Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate Roger Lewentz has called for ‘spit protection hoods’ to be placed on detainees by police after the number of spit attacks has grown in recent years.

    Officials say there is concern for the health and safety of their police force over the dangerous dribble of offenders who may have infectious diseases.

  • Germany News in Brief - March 10, 2016

    Priest quits after death threats

    ZORNEDING – Congolese priest Olivier Ndjimbi-Tshiende quit his post at a Catholic church in Bavaria on Sunday after receiving death threats and being racially insulted by a local politician.

    The 66-year-old made the announcement during Sunday’s morning mass at the Catholic St Martin’s ministry in the Upper-Bavarian town of Zorneding, where he had been shepherd to the congregation since 2012.

    Police are now looking for the people who sent the letters, who are being investigated on three charges including incitement of racial hatred.

  • One to flag up

    Looking for bunting makers, from left: Beth Cameron, Camilla Mortimer, Rachel Ormiston, Katy O’Sullivan and Vic and Florence Porter. Anyone who wants to contribute to achieving the goal of half a mile of bunting for the SSAFA Summer Fête is welcome to join inPreparation for the June SSAFA Summer Fête is in full swing already. Some of the charities’ supporters attended a Bunting Party held by Jo Cates on February 11. 

    With the SSAFA committee hoping to have a half mile of bunting by the day of the fête – June 4 – they are encouraging anyone with a spare bit of fabric and either glue gun or needle and thread to ‘get bunting’.

  • Afghan family reunited

    Refugee boy found a year after family thought he had drowned 

    Ten-year-old Mahdi reunited with his mother at Hannover airport on MondayA 10-year-old boy had an emotional reunion on Monday (March 7) with his family, who thought he had drowned in their voyage from Turkey to Greece a year earlier.

    Mahdi Rabani was last seen by his parents and siblings on their journey from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos one year ago.

    The family had been waiting to board boats destined for Lesbos along with dozens of other refugees when Mahdi was lost in the crowd. The family watched as other boats sank during the crossing and feared the worse.

    They returned to Turkey and anxiously searched for him, but did not succeed, eventually heading to Germany. They were sure he was dead.

  • Medical Centres – Easter 2016

    BFG medical centres will be closed on Good Friday, March 25 and Easter Monday, March 28 only.

    If you require GP assistance or medical advice during the closure, please call the 24/7 Telephone Assessment Service (TAS) on 0521 305 3961

    The TAS is manned at all times by call handlers and qualified and experienced English speaking nurses. They will advise you on the most appropriate care.

    For all the information you need about BFG healthcare go to: http://www.patient-wise.de and www/facebook/com/gstgermany

  • What to keep in your medicine cabinet

    With Easter fast approaching, we at SSAFA GSST thought we would take this opportunity to remind you of the suggested self medication and dressings that it is advisable to keep at home.

    All items mentioned are relatively cheap and worth stocking up on in readiness for any minor illnesses that may occur.

    We recommend that at least twice a year you should have a medicine cabinet makeover.

  • King’s School Consultation Evening - March 16

    A Parents’ Evening and 14+ Options Presentation will be held in King’s School Main School Hall from 6pm to 8.30pm next Wednesday, March 16.

    This is an important evening offering a chance to discuss your child’s progress with staff and to understand the options available to your child in years 10 & 11.

    A copy of the Options Booklet has been sent out to all parents and you are strongly advised to look closely at this with your son/daughter before the options evening. 

    The evening will begin with a 30-minute Options Presentation explaining the decision making process and the differences between GCSE and the vocational courses available to your son/daughter in September. 

    The presentation will be followed by requested appointments with teachers.

    Parking is available on the school playground; light refreshments will be provided. 

    For further information please contact King’s School Reception on 05241 84 2210.

  • Big Adoption Day - March 16

    Interested in adopting?

    Find out more at SSAFA’s ‘Big Adoption Day’ 

    SSAFA runs the only national adoption agency catering exclusively for serving personnelForces families who are thinking about adoption can talk to SSAFA’s expert team and meet serving adopters at RAF Waddington on Wednesday, March 16.

    SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, runs the only national adoption agency catering exclusively for serving personnel and 18 children have been placed with SSAFA adopters in the last year. 

    The event at RAF Waddington, in Lincolnshire, is part of the national Big Adoption Day on March 16 which aims to answer any questions that prospective adopters might have about the process.

  • 35 Engr Regt Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch - March 20

    EasterEggHunt

  • Fashion Day - April 1

    Fashion Day

  • F&C Coffee Morning - March 10

    CoffeeMorning

  • Mad Hatter's Tea Party - March 29/30

    MadHattersTeaParty

  • Fiji/Winston Appeal Collection Base

    The collection base for Winston Appeal donations is on the ground floor of the old education centre located on Alanbrooke Barracks, Paderborn.

    The organisers are collecting clothing, bedding, shoes, books, toys, and household items. They are also trying to raise funds for a huge container to send back all the items that they have collected back to Fiji. 

    The collection base is open daily from 7.30am to 7.30pm.

    Anything you can donate to help towards the Fiji Winston Appeal is greatly appreciated.

  • Football, fun and friendship at Paderborn United

    Aged between 14 and 16 and love football?
    We want to hear from you!

    Paderborn Bs at ArsenalPaderborn United are looking for young people to join their newly formed U16s male team. If you live in Westfalen Garrison and want to play football then get in touch.

    We train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7pm at our clubhouse on the Bad Lippspringe sports fields and play matches at the weekend in the German Kreis Paderborn league.

    In a friendly environment with the support of FA qualified football coaches we can offer you the opportunity to develop and enhance your football skills and increase your general fitness levels.

  • Moulding young minds

    How to succeed in exams: All the things you need to know to help your child through testing timesSome people read textbooks when revising for exams while others plaster their homes with Post-it notes covered in facts. 

    There are certainly many ways to review work, but there is no magic formula guaranteeing exam success – we all learn differently.

    However, experts agree that only hard work, planning and starting early, preferably at the end of February or beginning of March, will maximise most people’s chances.

  • A powerful showcase

    CeBIT site mapThe digitisation wave is sweeping across every segment of business and society. CeBIT 2016 reflects this megatrend, which is fundamentally changing the way we live and work.

    The event, which takes place in Hannover’s exhibition centre (Hannover Congress Centrum) from March 14-18, presents the latest IT trends, talks by high-calibre speakers and forward-looking panel discussions as well as showcasing product innovations from all over the world.

  • Oh Blast!

    Live firing exercise proves a huge success   as QRH soldiers hone  their skills in their Challenger 2 tanks.Soldiers from Sennelager-based The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish) took to their Challenger 2 tanks for a gruelling live firing exercise on the harsh terrain of the Bergen-Hohne Training Area.

    In challenging weather conditions Exercise Bergen-Hohne – which began three weeks ago – saw the Athlone Barracks-based regiment put through their paces, giving them valuable time on their vehicles before they depart for BATUS, Canada and Exercise Prairie Storm.

  • Closer to the action

    A sergeant checks the end of the canon during Exercise Mansergh Sabre at Otterburn Training area. Photos by: Cpl Timothy Jones, Army Media and Comms, West MidlandsSoldiers from 26th Regiment Royal Artillery (26 Regt RA) recently deployed to the frozen landscape of the Northumberland hills for an impressive display of their firepower.

    Around 350 soldiers from the regiment, based in Mansergh Barracks, Gütersloh, have been taking part in Exercise Mansergh Sabre at the Army’s Otterburn Training area, the second largest firing range in the UK after Salisbury Plain.

  • Royal visit for the Queen’s Dragoon Guards

    The Prince of Wales speaks to families during his visit to 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards at Robertson Barracks, Swanton Morley, NorfolkThe Prince of Wales visited 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) in their new home in Norfolk last week – his first visit since the regiment moved to the UK from BFG last year.

    The regiment, also known as the Welsh Cavalry, re-located to Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley from the Paderborn area last summer.

    Visiting in his capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, Prince Charles was received by the Commanding Officer 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guard's, Lt Col Daniel Duff.

  • Bump, set and spike

    Newly introduced to the British Army Germany community, Volleyball has been added into the sporting calendar with a newly formed league.

    3 Armd CS Bn REME jump to defend against 1 PWRR’s attackComprised of not only soldiers from BA(G) but also dependants, the league sees teams battle it out to be BA(G)’s Volleyball league champions.

  • 5 RIFLES race to cross country league victory

    More than 60 BA(G) runners took to the muddy fields of Paderborn for the fifth and penultimate BA(G) cross country league race.

    In the overall male results, 5 RIFLES put in an impressive performance, taking six of the top seven positions.

  • Prague: Czech it out!

    View over Prague at dawnVISIT Prague, a gem of a city and get to know it in person. Last summer, three Sixth Sense staff members made trips to this beautiful city and have combined their experiences to come up with some recommendations.

    PRAGUE should be a destination on the to-visit list of everyone in BFG.

    Arriving in the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic in the evening, my husband and I woke the next morning to a view of mellow red roofs punctuated by spires, domes and towers.

     

  • Cancer-linked herbicide found in German beers

    The Beer Purity Law calls for beer to be brewed only from malt, water and hopsFourteen different beers sold in Germany contain traces of a herbicide believed to be carcinogenic, a new study reveals.

    Small amounts of glyphosate – a substance most commonly used for weed killing and supposedly carcinogenic – were found in fourteen of the most popular brews in Germany, a new study conducted by the Environmental Institute in Munich has shown. 

    The highest amount of the herbicide – 29.74 micrograms – was detected in a litre of Hasseröder, while a litre of Bavarian Augustiner contained 0.46 micrograms, making it “the safest” of the brews tested.

    Well-known Beck’s Pils had 5 micrograms per litre while Paulaner Weissbier and Erdinger Weissbier had 0.66 and 2.92 micrograms, respectively.

  • Parliament approves tougher asylum rules

    The German parliament has voted to tighten asylum rulesThe German parliament has approved new measures to tighten asylum rules in an effort to stem an unprecedented influx of migrants.

    The package, which includes measures such as restricting family reunions for some migrants, was approved by a large majority of 429 votes to 147 against.

    The new rules also lower the hurdles for the expulsion of convicted foreigners – a key measure proposed after the New Year rampage in Köln, where hundreds of women reported being sexually assaulted and robbed in a crowd of mostly migrant men.

  • “Hash-tag” Breaking Brandenburg

    Suspected: farmer Rien V photographed by the Märkische Allgemeine newspaper for a report about the cost of oil; a raid last week turned up a massive stash of narcoticsWhen police in the state of Brandenburg swooped on a remote farm last week they were only on the hunt for large quantities of heating oil, which they suspected the farmer was illegally using to fuel his farm vehicles, Bild reported.

    The 60-year-old Dutchman had ordered an unusually large amount  of oil after complaining publicly in a local newspaper about the price of diesel.

    At first the search of the farm in Bad Belzig revealed nothing, then officers found a wooden door in the cellar of one of the barns which was bolted shut with a hefty padlock.

    Once inside they were astonished to find a drug stash so large it outweighed all the narcotics seized in the state in 2014 put together.

  • Mummified sailor found in ‘ghost ship’

    Manfred Bajorat was found in a boat drifting off the coast of the PhilippinesA sailor’s mummified body has been found still slumped at a desk, on a ship which could have drifted for years without a living crew.

    Fishermen in the Philippines found the ‘ghost ship’ on February 25, in seas off the southern island of Mindanao.

    When they opened the door of the cabin they found the man mummified in the spot where he died.

  • Germany News in Brief - March 3, 2016

    Blankenhagen School closure

    GÜTERSLOH – Mayor Henning Schulz has informed Gütersloh council’s main committee, that Blankenhagen School will close in the autumn and be handed back to BImA on October 4.

    The city council has to formally decide whether to exercise their right of first refusal on the property; the plan is to establish a nursery in Blankenhagen School.

  • Legion’s legacy

    Worthy winners: first placed 1 PWRR raised a massive €1,165 for the Poppy Appeal at the 2015 fun run eventCelebrating 30 years of The Royal British Legion Paderborn Branch

    he Paderborn Branch of The Royal British Legion was formed, in 1986, in the old Superintendents’ Mess in Crocker Barracks, Sennelager. 

    Jim Griffiths called a meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a Royal British Legion (RBL) branch. The meeting was attended by 28 ex-Servicemen who voted for a branch to be formed. 

    In the beginning the branch was known as The Royal British Legion Sennelager Branch, but was later changed to Paderborn Branch. A committee was formed with Jim Griffiths elected as chairman, a position he held for 28 years until his retirement from the post on October 20, 2013. The position of chairman was then handed to Robert Millar.

    To commemorate 30 years of the Branch, vice president and Poppy Appeal organiser Jim Griffiths expressed his gratitude for all the efforts that have been made over the years.

  • Skittles challenge-March 9

    NO SMOKING DAY – 9th March

    Instead of smoking on March 9 - why not try

    BIG CIG V LITTLE CIGs SKITTLES CHALLENGE 

    At the Bielefeld Station gym (Catterick Barracks)

    from 10am – 12 noon

    Health check, quitters motivational surprise gift

    and free drink

    ALL WELCOME

  • NRW’s new cop cars too ‘cosy’?

    NRW police patrol carsNorth Rhine-Westphalia’s police force have just taken delivery of their new patrol cars – the fast and fully kitted-out BMW 3 Series. 

    The 318d Touring vehicles will replace the Volkswagen Passat formerly used by the force. There’s just one snag: they’re too cramped. Officers say the front seats are too narrow if they’re  wearing gun holsters and that the vehicle is too low to allow quick and easy access. 

    They also say the rear seats are too small for passengers/suspects and the boot is not big enough to hold equipment. 

    The new leased fleet has cost the state €21million.

  • Bomb hoax suspect ‘part of BFG’

    A man described as belonging to the BFG community has been accused of making a false bomb threat that disrupted a large Christmas party in Paderborn, according to the German press.

    On December 19 last year, the Paderhalle concert hall in the city centre had to be evacuated following an anonymous phone call at about 22.50pm warning of a bomb set to go off around midnight.

    Some 1,200 punters were unable to enjoy the Christmas Warm Up Party to its conclusion.

  • Going the distance

    John Buchan School fund-raiser for Fiji – March 11

    Tropical cyclone Winston – the most devastating storm on record in the southern hemisphere – recently reached the shores of Fiji, destroying homes and livelihoods, and cutting many Fijians off from utilities, telecommunications and essential medical services. 

    In response to this disaster that affects many families in our school and our community we have decided to run a fund-raising day on Friday, March 11.

    Our main idea for the day is to bike, run and row a distance of 16,103 km – the distance from John Buchan School to Fiji.

  • Pirate film with live music!

    Watch the popular pirate action film with live music in KölnA ONE-of-a-kind screening-concert of Pirates of the Caribbean is taking place in Köln this Saturday, April 4.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, the third film in the popular franchise, will feature a live soundtrack performed by the Köln Philharmonie and Choir under the banner, Disney in Concert.

    Hans Zimmer composed the original soundtrack to the film, which stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly.

    The film will be in the original language and performances will be at 2.30pm and 8pm on April 4.

    For more more information, call 0221-2801 / 0221-280280 or visit www.bb-promotion.com

    Photo courtesy of Disney
  • Princess Royal walks in grandparents’ footsteps

    The Princess Royal met Servicemen and women and civilians at RAF High WycombeThe Princess Royal has repeated the visit made by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to RAF High Wycombe in 1944, including a tour of the office of ‘Bomber’ Harris which remains in its original condition.

    Princess Anne, commemorating the visit more than 70 years earlier, met members of the local community and charity workers, as well as Servicemen and women and civilians who work at the air force station.

     

  • Gold for SCE schools

    Artwork by Starfish Class, Robert Browning School, inspected as part of the Artsmark Gold validationTwo Service Children’s Education schools were recently successful in gaining Artsmark Gold Awards for the delivery and provision of the arts in their schools.

    Artsmark co-ordinators John Turner, of John Buchan Middle School, and Mary Ferguson, of Robert Browning First School, worked alongside their associate adviser, Joy Harris, to achieve the award for their inspiring and creative approach to the arts in their schools.

  • Plans for new elite anti-terror unit

    Troops from the elite GSG 9 counter-terror unitGermany’s interior ministry is planning to beef up its terror response capacity by setting up an new elite unit to be deployed in emergency situations, on top of Germany’s existing GSG 9.

    The government is taking the step as a response to the recent terror attacks in France and Denmark, believing that Germany’s current reaction capacity is too limited, reports Der Spiegel.

    Germany needs “a robust unit that can confront such situations,” said the Christian Democrat (CDU) specialist for the interior, Armin Schuster.

    Schuster said he saw it as “the duty of the federal government to be able to provide the German states with such a unit when necessary.”

  • Germany News in Brief - March 26, 2015

    Uber online taxi service banned

    FRANKFURT – A German court has ruled against US taxi app company Uber, issuing a nationwide ban on its ride-sharing service uberPOP.

    The firm, which operates in 250 cities worldwide, has drawn criticism in many countries from regulators and established taxi operators.

    A Frankfurt regional court found in favour of industry group Taxi Deutschland and issued an injunction that bans the uberPOP service, with each breach to face a €250,000 fine.

    Judge Joachim Nickel confirmed an earlier ruling last year that Uber was in breach of a German law that says only certified professional drivers may transport passengers for money.

    The uberPOP application puts non-professional drivers with their own cars in touch with passengers via their mobile phones or a website, for rides at budget rates.

  • Easter Church Services 2015

    Easter Church Services in BFG

  • Bullying and Harassment Policy

    Revised guidance on dealing with Bullying & Harassment in BFG including mandatory training for all staff

    Following the review of BFG policy, a new standing instruction (SI BFG 6113) has been published which provides clear guidance to all military or civilian staff employed in Germany and elsewhere in North-West Europe within the command of HQ BFG and HQ 1 (UK) Div on the process to be followed and the assistance available.

    Line managers are to ensure that all staff are aware of this revised guidance and have completed the mandatory equality and diversity training specified.

    Users on dii can view a copy of the document at this link: http://cui1-uk.diif.r.mil.uk/r/677/BusinessArea/iHub/WiP/SI%20BFG%206113_27.doc

  • The bee-all and end-all

    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.  

  • Home-Start Family Day

    To celebrate Family Week (May 25–29), Home-Start are organising a Station Families Day to Hollywood Safari Park, Stukenbrock, on Wednesday, May 27.

    The cost per family is €15 (payable in advance and non-refundable). Book by May 15.

    For more information call your local Home-Start Scheme – Paderborn, tel: 05251 528609 or Sennelager, tel: 05254 9304723. Office opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–1pm.

  • Coalition agrees final road toll changes

    The toll each driver will pay will be determined by the size of their vehicle and its impact on the environmentGermany’s ruling coalition agreed final changes to its planned road toll on Monday night, leaving the path clear for it to be voted through by MPs tomorrow, March 27.

    The Passauer Neue Presse reports that ministers thrashed out an agreement on the price of short-term permit stickers for foreign road users, which has been a key battleground in the negotiations.

    Ten-day passes will now cost from €5 to €15, instead of the flat rate of €10 which was previously proposed. Two-month passes will now be staggered between €16 and €30.

    The price each driver pays will be determined by the size of their vehicle and its environmental impact.

  • Community Clean-Up - March 28

    Do your bit for the community and join in the annual Marienfeld (litter) clean-up. From 9am at the Volksbank Marienfeld, Gütersloh.

  • Germany mourns for 4U9525 victims

    Germany mournsFlags flew at half mast across Germany on Wednesday in memory of the people killed in Tuesday's crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525.

    At Düsseldorf airport, people had set up a small memorial with candles and notes to the victims of the crash: Flags elsewhere around Germany followed suit, including those at the Bundestag (German parliament), at airports across the country, and in the town of Haltern in North Rhine-Westphalia, which lost 16 school pupils in the crash.
    The state of North Rhine-Westphalia will hold a minute of silence today, Thursday, at 10.53am, the time of the crash on Tuesday, March 24. 
  • Rioting in Frankfurt at opening of new ECB

    Police cars were set on fire by anti-capitalist protesters in Frankfurt last weekThere were riots in Frankfurt last Wednesday as protests at the official opening ceremony of the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters turned violent.

    Police used water cannon and tear gas against protesters who threw stones and fireworks, broke windows and set cars on fire.

    More than 100 people were reported injured, including 88 police officers and two firefighters.

  • Paderborn Pirates Car Wash

    Car Wash

  • Happy families

    The Parent Survival Course comes strongly recommended by those who have already attended earlier programmesThe Incredible Years parenting programme provides parents with skills to understand and manage their children’s development and behaviour. 

    Starting on April 13, Incredible Years will be running a Parent Survival Course in Sennelager for parents with children aged between five and 10 years.

    The course will cover play based activities which will increase children’s confidence and self-esteem, develop their thinking skills, improve their behaviour while having fun.

    The structured 13-week programme will take place on Monday mornings from 9.30am until noon, at the AWS building on Normandy Barracks.

    If you are interested in attending the course or would like more information, call Sally Thompson on 05254 9824332.

  • RMP battle for BLESMA – Starts today!

    110 Pro Coy 1RMP Provost Triangle Cycle

    A group of eight individuals from 110 Pro Coy, 1RMP are cycling the distance of 245km in two days in aid of the charity BLESMA. 

    They will begin their journey on Campbell Barracks, Hohne at 8am today, March 26, and finish at Normandy Barracks, Sennelager at 4pm tomorrow, March 27.

    The eight will be stopping at a number of the stations along the way, including:

    Campbell Barracks, Hohne

    Wentworth Barracks, Herford

    Rochdale Barracks, Bielefeld

    Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh

    The challenge is to help raise £10,000 for BLESMA and the Central Benevolent Fund, before they tackle the main event cycling from Gold Beach in Normandy in France to Normandy Barracks in a few months time.

    All donations will be gratefully received via the justgiving web page: www.justgiving.com/n-2-n

  • He's guard talent

    Author Phill Syron-Jones,  holding his first published novel, Rise of a Phoenix and behind, his most recently published book, Operation: UnityBFG watchman and amateur crime author Phill Syron-Jones dreams up cunning plot twists while guarding Army camps in Fallingbostel.

    The 44-year-old Gulf War veteran now has two published books under his belt and has just completed writing his third thriller.

    He said: “I love to write because I have so many stories in my imagination and I just want to share them.

    “The best part is seeing the faces of those who have read my work and the smiles my books bring. 

    “Sure, a big pay day would be great but for the time being someone coming up to me or posting on the web saying how much they enjoyed my book is worth a lot.” 

     

  • Germany News in Brief - March 19, 2015

    Greece demands war compensation

    BERLIN – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that Germany owes his country war compensation worth hundreds of billions of euros.

    Tsipras said that a reparations’ agreement from 1960 did not cover some of the Greeks' central demands, including payments for destroyed infrastructure and war crimes, and the repayment of a loan which was forcibly levied by the Nazis in 1942.

    Tsipras’ Government is also considering the seizure of German assets in Greece.

    In a response to a parliamentary question by Die Linke (the Left Party) last year, the government issued a statement saying that reparation demands had lost their "validity" and that reparation payments more than 65 years after a military conflict had ended would be without precedent.

  • A Dewi Sant!

    QDG celebrate last St David’s Day in Germany

    Fearless QDG contestants put on a brave face in the traditional leek-eating competition to mark St David’s Day at their barracks in Sennelager1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, known  The Welsh Cavalry, celebrated their final St David’s Day in Dempsey Barracks, Sennelager last week.

    Events took place on the Friday before the actual day to allow the whole regiment to get involved in the activities.

  • Number of foreigners in Germany hits record high

    A government report shows that over half a million foreigners came to Germany in 2014, pushing the total up to 8.2 million – the highest number since records began.

    The report, published on Monday by the Federal Office for Statistics (Destatis), shows that the number of new foreigners living in Germany rose 6.8 per cent compared with 2013.

    In total 519,300 new foreign residents were registered in Germany in 2014.

  • Hamburg chosen for 2024 Olympic bid

    A special group of the German Olympic Committee announced on Monday that they had chosen Hamburg over Berlin to apply for the 2024 Olympic bid. Berlin officials offered congratulations.

    The decision follows months of campaigning and hundreds of thousands of euros spent.

    The special group of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) announced that they had chosen Hamburg because the city “offers a fascinating and compact Olympic concept and the development of a north German and north European metropolitan region can be promoted,” said DOSB president Alfons Hörmann at the press conference.

  • Nazis bombed own cities for target practice

    Documents which will go on sale in London this week show how the Nazis tested V2 rockets, including firing them at their own cities.

    The owner of the documents, a private collector, claims that they have never been seen before and that they are the first evidence to show that the Nazis killed their own citizens as a means of testing their weaponry.

    Now they are being auctioned in the UK to the highest bidder by UK-based Chiswick Auctions.

  • Merkel shuns Moscow’s WW2 commemoration

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided not to attend a memorial day on May 9 in Moscow marking 70 years since the defeat of Nazism.

    Die Zeit reports that Angela Merkel made the decision in consideration of the current conflict in Ukraine.

    Merkel received the invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin last summer, but left it unanswered up until last week.

  • Enhancements to the Overseas Allowance Package – April 1, 2015

    A number of enhancements are to be made to allowance entitlements and advances of pay for Service Personnel (SP) assigned overseas. The enhancements will take effect from April 1.

    WHAT HAS CHANGED?

    Disturbance Expense (DE)

    Entitlement – The aim of DE is to contribute towards necessary, additional expenses that may arise when SP are ordered to make a qualifying move on assignment. The measure introduces enhanced rates of DE for SP permanently assigned overseas who have an Assignment Order with a Report for Duty date of April 1, 2015 or later. UK rates of DE are unchanged. The new DE rates for permanent overseas assignments are:

    Rate of DE Effective April 1, 2015

    Overseas Assignments to SLA/SSSA £280

    Overseas Assignments to SFA/SSFA/Private £1,420

  • Lecture by Ryan Shorthouse

    Ryan ShorthouseThe British-German Society Gütersloh invites you to a lecture with Ryan Shorthouse, director and chief executive of the independent think-tank Bright Blue, at the Türmer Restaurant, Königstrasse 35, 3333 Gütersloh.

    The lecture will focus on what reforms are necessary in the educational system to improve the skills of its workforce and prepare children and young adults to compete in an increasingly globalised and knowledge-based economy.

    The lecture is on March 26 at 8pm. Admission is free.

  • On your marks, get set...

    ... for the PRB Ladies Beginners Running Club

    The PRB Ladies Beginners Running Club is starting on April 13 – come along to the  Princess Royal Barracks gym at 5.30pm.

    The training is aimed at wives and dependants and will be extremely progressive – any level of ability is welcome.

    Session 1 will cover teaching of running techniques and a short jog, and will build up weekly.

    Contact Cpl Leonard at 29 Regt Welfare to sign-up.

  • 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.

  • Do you want to be involved in how your medical centre runs?

    We at your medical centre want to know what you think about the service and what you feel we can do to improve it. One of the best ways to do this is for us to discuss issues and ideas together in an open and constructive environment.

    Come along to the Patient Participation Group at the Arndt Strasse Community Café on Wednesday, April 29, at 10.30am.

  • Parent Survival Course - April 13

    The Incredible Years 13-week Parent Survival Course starts on Monday, April 13.

    If you have a child aged between three and six years this guide to understanding and managing children’s behaviour is perfect for you.

    Find out more at the Information Session on March 23, 9.30am, in the AWS building, Normandy Barracks.

    Call Sally Thompson on 05254 982 4332 to sign up for the course.

  • ARAL fuel card

    Please note: the technical problem that ARAL experienced with the BFG fuel card yesterday has been resolved.

  • Urgent Notice - Aral Fuel Card BFG

    Aral Fuel Stations have been experiencing a technical problem with the software that processes Fuel card payments this morning.
    Aral is investigating the issue and will notify HQ BFG when it has been fixed.
    If you have purchased fuel this morning, you may be eligible to recover any tax that has been paid through the normal process which is outlined on the Aral Fuel Card pages on bfgnet: http://bfgnet.de/advice/bfg-fuelcard.html
  • AWS Easter activities

    A variety of activities have been planned for young people over the Easter holidays. 

    The closing date for booking places is noon on March 20.

    March 30 – Springolino, Herford. 1pm–6pm. €5. Ages 8–16 years.

    March 31 – Swimming & Climbing, Willingen. 8am–5pm. €10. Ages 8–11 years.

    April 1 – Heide Park, Soltau. 8am–6pm. €10. Ages 11–16 years.

    April 2 – Bielefeld and Herford Easter Crafts Session, Bielefeld Youth Club. 10am–2pm. €5. Age 8 years and over.

    April 2 – Gütersloh Easter Crafts Session. Gütersloh Youth Club. 10am–2pm. €5. Age 8 years and over.

    For information about condiitions, transport and payment contact the AWS Office on 05241 84 2626 or the AWS Main Office on 05241 84 3321.

  • PEC Spring Show One Day Event

    SpringShow

  • Paderborn United recruiting drive

    Paderborn United is looking for new talent

    PUFCPaderborn United football club currently has eight youth teams and one male adult team playing in the local German league, but we are keen to recruit more young people aged 13 and over and to explore the option of a ladies team if there is enough interest.

    Call the chairman, John Pluckwell, to find out more on 05254 9822338.

  • Your opinion counts

    The Garrison Information Office wants to know what you think about Punchlines magazine.

    Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BKZZPD3

    If you don’t have access to the Internet, pick up a hard copy of the survey from the HIVE and return it by Friday, April 13.

    Post it to: Punchlines Survey, Garrison Information Office, HQ Westfalen Garrison, Antwerp Barracks, BFPO 16. Or fax: 05254 9824436.

  • Family Day Trip

    FamilyDay

  • Senior Citizens Coffee Morning

    CoffeeMorning

  • Wild about the Murphys

    Middi, John and Simon, The Wild MurphysTHEY have been dubbed the best Irish band to never have come from Ireland – and now The Wild Murphys are itching to entertain Service personnel in Germany.

    The professional band, which features a former Serviceman, are currently touring the UK but would love the opportunity to create a great atmospheric Irish night for BFG troops. 

  • Unmissable performance

    Playwright Neil Walker who stars  as Andy in the playA thought-provoking play that explores society’s relationship with the military will be performed FREE for BFG audiences next week.

  • Lady in Red singer on tour

    Chris deBurgh, coming to Lemgo and other towns near BFG soonIn support of his brand new studio album, The Hands of Man, singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh will bring his European tour to Lemgo on May 2 for a night of his best-loved hits and live cuts from his new record.

    It’s been 40 years since de Burgh published his first album, and much has changed in the music business during those four decades. The Irishman, whose music is particularly popular in Germany, has stayed true to form on his latest release with a collection of songs with authentic emotions.

    With sales approaching 50 million worldwide, de Burgh’s extensive repertoire of songs has taken his audience on travels through continents, cultures and centuries.

  • Imagine Dragons fire up fans

    Fans came from across the region and as far as Amsterdam to experience at close hand the band from Las Vegas as they gave a free concert in Gütersloh last WednesdayImagine Dragons took to the stage outside Gütersloh’s Rathaus on March 4 to perform their largest live acoustic concert to date, much to the delight of the 6,000 awaiting fans. 

    Fans waited in the rain showers from 1pm to have a chance to get up close to frontman Dan Reynolds when he took to the stage at 5.30pm. 

    The free concert was intended as a big thank you to the town for their efforts in raising money for Aktion Lichtblicke, a local German charity.

  • Germany’s surprise Eurovision entry

    Show host Barbara Schöneberger was stunned as Andreas Kümmert announced his decision not to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest this yearGermany has decided on its entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, but only after a complicated selection show involving a three stage national televote.

    Singer Ann Sophie will be flying the flag for Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on May 23, but only because the winner of the public vote gave up his place live on air.

    Andreas Kümmert had just been chosen by the public as Germany’s best hope to represent the nation, but while still on stage he made a shocking announcement to the presenter Barbara Schöneberger.

    “I am not in the position to accept the public vote. I give my title up to Ann Sophie”, he muttered to the presenter. 

  • Paws for relief as hospital welcomes dogs

    A recent study shows that dogs do not pose a health risk in hospitalsHospital wards are normally off-limits for dogs – rules on hygiene forbid them from visiting sick owners. But one hospital in Lower Saxony is encouraging a different attitude.

    Patients in the palliative care unit at the University Hospital in Göttingen are now allowed to take their dogs with them as a means of respite and to provide emotional support.

    The long term benefits of having a pet have been reported on for some time. According to the Bremen-based Research Centre for Pets in Society, short-term effects are also pronounced.

  • Germany News in Brief - March 12, 2015

    Germany seeks to boost Saudi ties

    BERLIN. Saudi Arabia and Germany are seeking to develop their economic ties, the official SPA news agency reported after talks in Riyadh between officials from the two countries.

    “The amount of trade and joint investments does not reflect the economic potential of both countries’ economies,” said Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf, following the meeting late last Saturday.

    German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said his country was ready to boost its role in diversifying the Saudi economy, especially in infrastructure, transport and the petrochemicals sectors, SPA reported.

    After Riyadh, Gabriel’s delegation will visit the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    RHPS

  • Hitting the right note

    Normandy Welfare Centre plays host to many activities and events and one of its big hits is Musical Movers.

    This is a very popular group where babies, toddlers and their parents sing songs, listen to stories and partake in other activities, such as craft and messy play. 

    One of the parents who attends Musical Movers said: “The children love the group and it gives them a chance to meet other children. We normally come a couple of times a month.”

  • PCDL Easter Craft Workshop

    Make your own Easter Bunny at the craft workshop on Saturday, March 28, 10am – 1pm, at Bridges, Barker Barracks.

    The course fee is €6 (free for serving personnel). The tutor will ask for a small contribution on the day for homemade refreshments.

    To book call the PCDL coordinator on 05251 101455 or Mil 3455.

  • Wives say farewell to Katie

    The Queen’s Dragoon Guards held their coffee morning on Dempsey Barracks in the Dragon’s Den, on Wednesday, March 4.

    The event is very popular as it gives everyone a chance to catch up for a chat, a coffee and a slice of cake, and the children have an opportunity to make use of the facilities and let off some steam.

    This particular coffee morning however was a sad one as the wives and partners of QDG bade a fond farewell to Katie Davies, wife of the commanding officer, who has supported the unit for the past two years.

  • Haig’s got talent

    The much anticipated final of Haig’s Got Talent took place on February 11.

    After each Key Stage Two class had voted for its favourite act, parents and pupils were entertained by a variety of finalists including instrumentalists, singers, a dancer, a magician and a comedian.

    Padre Clare Callanan and music teacher Dave Reeves had the unenviable job of selecting a winner.

    After much deliberation they chose Adi Vasu for her spine-tingling performance of Run by Leona Lewis.

    Well done to all who took part, proving that Haig School in Gütersloh really does have talent.

  • FA Cup families day with the RBL

    Make a note in your diary of the FA Cup families day on May 30 at the Gütersloh Branch of the The Royal British Legion.

    The branch is being lent exact replicas of the FA Cup, the European Cup, the World Cup and the Football League Cup so children can have their photograph taken holding the trophies.

    The highlight will be the screening of the cup final in HD.

    Watch this space for further details of the event nearer the time.

  • Busy Bees and Tiny Beats have moved

    Busy Bees Tiny Beats

  • What's On in Elmpt - March/April 2015

    Last Ever Station Breakfast Morning

    Wednesday, March 25 – JB’s, 9.30–11am.

    This will be the last Station breakfast. Adults €2.50, children €1.50. Contact Hayley McCaig for further info/tickets.

  • HIVE has relocated

    Rachael Scarborough, Jeanette Hills and Anita Pluckwell look forward to seeing you at their new office on Catterick BarracksBielefeld HIVE has relocated to the ground floor of the Amenities Centre on Catterick Barracks.

    It is conveniently placed in the same corridor as Monty’s Cafe, Haaruber Hairdressers, the Library, O.Girke, Ergo Insurance and the post office.  

    From Monday to Thursday, 9am – 2pm (until 1pm on Fridays), Jeanette Hills and Rachael Scarborough can provide information regarding many aspects of your life in Germany. 

  • Reporting and Recording Suspicious Activity

    How many times have you noticed suspicious activity or something that looks out of place and not reported it?

    Ever felt a bit silly when reporting a suspicious vehicle and did not note the registration plate or note the number of occupants? Ever let something suspicious go unreported as someone else is bound to see it and report it?

    If the situation warrants your attention because it looks out of place or makes the hairs go up on your neck or gives you an uncomfortable feeling, take note and report it.

    All members of the BFG community share the responsibility to report suspicious incidents or activity.

  • AWS Easter activities

    THE AWS have come up with yet another fantastic fun-filled package of events over the Easter holidays.

    All activities need to be booked by Friday, March 20.

    March 30/31 – AWS Multi Sports Camp. 9am–3pm. For ages 8–14 years.

    April 1 – Junior Easter Activity Day. 9am–3pm. For ages 8–14 years.

    April 2 – Family Day Out to Springolinos.

    April 3 – AWS Senior Easter Activity Day. 11am – 4pm. For ages 13+.

    April 7 – Family Day Out at H20.

    April 8–10 – AWS Möhnesee Senior Residential Trip, for ages 13+.

    For further details please contact the AWS on 05254 8045549 (9am–noon) or the AWS main office on 05254 9824340. You can also visit the Facebook page – AWS Paderborn Youthzone.

  • Paderborn MWC needs you

    Paderborn Military Wives Choir are keen to welcome new members.

    There are no auditions, just come along, sing and have fun.

    The choir meets every Thursday, from 7pm to 8.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Barker Barracks.

    For more information or to see what they are up to visit the Facebook ‘Fans of Paderborn Military Wives Choir’ or email: Paderborn@militarywiveschoirs.org

  • Service Community Official Guide 2015

    PaderbornGuide2015

  • Wanted: DVDs and books

    The Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) in Gütersloh are looking for donations of books or DVDs in good condition – can you help?

    If so, please drop off your donations at the WRVS above the NAAFI shop on Mansergh Barracks.

    Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 1.30pm and 6pm – 9.30pm. 

    If you have any queries, call Lorna at the WRVS on 05241 842329.

  • King's School presents...

    KingsSchoolQueenMusical

  • Officers’ Association Career Consultations

    Divisional Conference Centre Herford – March 17/18

    THE OA would like to give officers the opportunity to discuss their aspirations and options upon leaving the Services, in an informal consultation with our dedicated and experienced Career Consultants.

    Interviews will take place on a one-to-one basis and be completely confidential.

    This service is also open to a limited number of officers’ spouses*.

  • CTP Industry Awareness Event/Transition Fair - April 28, 2015

    CTP

  • Tech a good look


    cebit logoDozens of international speakers will feature at this year’s CeBIT, which runs from March 16 to 20 at Hannover’s Exhibition Centre, with Angela Merkel taking part in the opening ceremony.

    With 3,500 exhibitors from 70 nations, CeBIT is the world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments.

  • Germany News in Brief - March 5, 2015

    Archdiocese reveals fortune

    KÖLN. The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Köln has published its financial accounts for the first time, showing the full extent of its wealth. Documents posted on its website show that Köln had assets of €3.35bn at the end of 2013.

    Around €2.4bn was invested in stocks, funds and company holdings. A further €646m was held in tangible assets, mostly property. Cash reserves and outstanding loans amounted to about €287m.

    In 2013, the archdiocese received €573m from church taxes paid by the two million Catholics living in the region around the city. After adding other income and subtracting expenses such as salaries, it generated a surplus of €59m.

  • Gütersloh PRI Shop closure

    The Gütersloh PRI Shop will close in 2016 (the month will be confirmed nearer the time).

    Downscaling of stock lines will commence following the annual audit in September.

    We will, however, continue to keep all your favourite stock items fully stocked until after that date.

  • Farewell visit of GOC FTC

    GOC6 Regiment RLC recently welcomed Major General Tim Radford, General Officer Commanding Force Troops Command for his final visit to Princess Royal Barracks prior to the unit’s re-subordination to 1 (UK) Division later in the month. 

    His programme was part of a wider tour to 102 Logistic Brigade and also included the presentation of Op Herrick medals to three junior officers, a regimental capability demonstration on the airfield and a brigade dinner night.

  • Anchors aweigh!

    Hamburg Harbour birthday: May 8–10

    For three days in May every year, the city of Hamburg celebrates the birthday of its harbour with the world’s greatest port festival, attracting more than one million visitors from Germany and abroadThe Gorch Fock and the Queen Elizabeth will be the stars among what organisers say will include 300 participating vessels and welcome around one million visitors from around the world to the Hamburg Harbour.

    This year’s celebration – running from May 8-10 – again offers a jam-packed programme, which has now been officially released.

    The spectacle kicks off with a welcome parade featuring more than 300 ships – from wooden dragon boats to barges and tall yachts to cruise ships. And they will all be led by the Gorch Fock, the training vessel of the German navy.

  • Court lets child porn MP off with fine

     Sebastian Edathy, former rising star of German politics, resigned after pictures of naked children were found on his official laptopA court in Verden has fined former MP Sebastian Edathy €5,000 after he admitted on Monday to downloading child pornography images and videos onto his official parliamentary laptop.

    “I’ve now realised that I made a mistake, and it took me too long to realise it,” Edathy said in a statement read out by his lawyer. “The accusations are true.”

    The disgraced Social Democratic Party (SPD) representative and former ministerial hopeful had until now maintained in public that what he did was “wrong, but legal.”

  • DVLA registration plate retention

    There is good news for anyone importing a car into BFG from March 2.

    From that date you will no longer be required to change your registration plates when you register with BFG. 

    After extensive negotiation between BFG VLO and the DVLA, it has finally been agreed that BFG personnel can now keep the DVLA registration plates on their vehicle and the VLO will now register you using this number.

    It means that you are no longer required to swap your plates over upon BFG registration. It also means that the price of registering a vehicle with BFG will drop by up to €18 for those who no longer require BFG plates. 

  • FREE theatre play comes to BFG

    Book your free seat nowPublic performances of Do We Do the Right Thing? will take place in the Mansergh Hall, Mansergh Barracks (Verler Strasse 127, 33334 Gütersloh) on:

    Monday, March 16: 1pm - 2.30pm

    Tuesday, March 17: 1pm - 2.30pm and 7.30pm - 9pm

    Wednesday, March 18: 12.45pm -  2.15pm and 7pm - 8.30pm

    Thursday, March 19: 2pm - 3.30pm and 7.30pm - 9pm

    All performances will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A discussion. Admission is FREE, but seats must be reserved in advance via the ticket booking website: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/15751589428/ 

    All visitors will require personal ID. People who do not have a BFG car pass will be required to book in at the guardroom. Please allow sufficient time to do so before the start of the performance. Follow signs to Mansergh Hall and park in the allocated parking area.

  • Shimmy to fitness with B Burlesque

    B Burlesque fitness classes are held every Wednesday, from 6pm to 7pm, in the Bishopspark School main hall in Paderborn.

    B Burlesque fitness combines burlesque dance moves with cardio fitness. Burn calories, unleash your sassy inner self and shimmy your cares away.

    Wear comfortable clothes, trainers and don’t forget your boa/scarf and water.

  • Easter Sunday Lunch & Egg Hunt

    Easter

  • What’s on in Elmpt Mar 2015

    Coffee Morning – Monday, March 9. Village Green, 9.30am. Rolls and cakes available for purchase. AFF will be attending to answer any questions you may have.

    Trip to Kinderstad – Saturday, March 14. Station trip to Kinderstad, Heerlen, The Netherlands, from 10am.

    Pipers Concert – Saturday, March 14. Brachter Bürgersaal, Bracht. Doors open 6pm, concert begins at 7pm. For further information go to: www.piperscorner.com

    Children’s Bingo – Wednesday, March 18. Village Green, 5.30pm.

    Thrift Shop – Opening hours: Wednesdays, 10am–2pm; Fridays, 10am–noon. 

    For all up-to-date information contact Elmpt HIVE on Elmpt Mil (68) 3183 or 02163 97 3183. Email: elmpt@hive-europe.co.uk

  • What's on in the Gütersloh area – March-July 2015

    March 6–8 & March 14/15, 2pm–10pm: Brackwede Spring Fair. Fairground rides, bungee jumping, pony rides and stalls. Firework display on March 6 at 9pm. Reduced prices for rides on March 14. Festplatz Gleisdreieck, Bielefeld-Brackwede.

    March 8, 11am–5pm: Fleamarket (Stadtflohmarkt), Radrennbahn, Heeper Str, Bielefeld.

    March 14, 8pm: Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Will Salden. Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Lampingstr 16, Bielefeld.

  • What’s on in Elmpt Mar 2015

    Coffee morning – Monday, March 9. Village Green, 9.30am. Rolls and cakes available for purchase. AFF will be attending for any questions you may have.

    Trip to Kinderstad – Saturday, March 14. Station trip to Kinderstad, Heerlen, The Netherlands, from 10am.  

    Children’s bingo – Wednesday, March 18. Village Green, 5.30pm.

    For all up-to-date information contact Elmpt HIVE on Mil (68) 3183 or 02163 97 3183. Email: elmpt@hive-europe.co.uk

  • Rock the Beach – Bielefeld

    RocktheBeach

  • Easter Bazaar

    EasterBazaar

  • Imagine Dragons Live in Gütersloh - TODAY!

    imagine dragonsUS Indie-Rock band Imagine Dragons will be performing live at the Rathaus (town hall) in Gütersloh today, March 4, from 5pm.

    Soundcheck starts 3pm - half hour set from 5pm.

    Entrance free but donations to Lichtblicke charity welcome.

    Berliner Strasse and Strengerstrasse around the area will be sealed off during the concert.

  • At home on the ranges

    The Highlanders (4 SCOTS) with their Heavy Machine Guns. The Battalion is re-roling to provide a Protected Mobiity role to the Brigade and has also been firing from Mastiff, Husky and Jackals - familiar to most troops as vehicles procured specifically for Afghanistan and now being brought into core British Army equipmentTroops serving with 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade have been making the most of the extensive facilities at Bergen Hohne during a 3-week package at the NATO range complex.

  • Weapons for mass destruction

    Pepper and CS sprays are illegal in the UK and can be handed in during March's weapons amnesty in BFGA month-long weapons amnesty will take effect across BFG starting on March 1.

    The Royal Military Police have announced a BFG-wide reprieve from prosecution
    for the surrender of illegal weapons during the amnesty period, which runs from March 1 to 31.

    The crime prevention (CP) initiative is being led by 110 Provost Company, with drop-off points at local police stations in Sennelager, Hohne, Gütersloh and Herford for all theatre-based personnel who are subject to the Service Discipline Acts.

    Previous weapons amnesties have been successful, with dozens of weapons being handed in which were then safely destroyed.

    Lt Jodie Thomas, Ops Oficer, 110 Pro Coy 1 RMP, said: “With the ongoing drawdown of BFG this planned event is designed to highlight the potential repercussions of possessing offensive weapons, whether knowingly or otherwise.”