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  • Sunday Shopping - Bielefeld - April 12

    Enjoy a stroll around Bielefeld town centre and the chance to browse and buy on Shopping Sunday, April 12, 1pm – 6pm.

  • Unstinting devotion

    Jackie Bernal has received a Commander’s Commendation from Col David Kelly of Paderborn Garrison.

    Jackie Bernal receives her well deserved Commander’s Commendation from Col David Kelly for her services to William Wordsworth School in SennelagerJackie Bernal first joined the support staff of William Wordsworth School as a teaching assistant in September 2004 and quickly established herself as a key team member. 

    As well as being a positive and enthusiastic teaching assistant, she took on a wide range of other roles within school. At present this includes First Aid; resources clerk, keeping all items in school in a tidy and orderly fashion; swimming instructor; as an integral member of every residential visit and on hand for whatever else needs to be done.  

    She is a quiet and unassuming person whose ability to get the job done no matter what, is exceptional.

    She relates well to all who come into her presence and her demeanour and attitude to life in general makes her a great asset to the school.

  • Best and worst products report

    In tests, a bear’s eyes presented a choking hazard to childrenGermany submitted more reports of harmful consumer products to the European Union than any other country, but was also the biggest producer of dangerous items inside the EU, a new report shows.

    Reports on 296 of the 2,435 items identified as potentially harmful in 2014 under the European Commission’s (EC) Rapid Alert System came from Germany, the EC announced, making it the most safety-conscious nation in the EU.

    But a breakdown of the origins of dangerous products sold to consumers revealed that Germany was also the biggest producer inside the EU, churning out 75 different goods that were later withdrawn.

    That was almost double the amount produced by the next-biggest EU offender, Italy, which was the subject of 39 reports, followed by Britain at 38.

  • Germany to hold national memorial for crash victims

    Candles to remember crash victims from HalternGermany will hold a national memorial ceremony and service for victims of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, on April 17.

    The ceremony will be held at Köln Cathedral and is due to be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, a spokeswoman for the regional North Rhine-Westphalia government told AFP.

  • Take your (tooth)pick

    Ragna Reusch-Klinkenberg’s micro carvings have earned her international fameIt may not be a new skill, but it’s always amazing just what someone can do with a toothpick, a knife and a lot of patience.

    German artist Ragna Reusch-Klinkenberg from Ahausen in Lower Saxony is an expert at carving miniscule figures out of toothpicks and pencil tips that are so tiny you need a magnifying glass to see them properly.

  • King’s School welcomes Holocaust survivor

    Rudi Oppenheimer shows the Star of David that was sewn onto his clothesOn March 11, students from King’s School, Gütersloh Year 9 heard testimony from Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

    The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. 

    The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all-year-round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK.

  • Paderborn United raise €293.88 for Comic Relief

    PUFCPaderborn United Football Club committee members would like to say a HUGE thank you to the parents and children of the club who raised the fantastic sum of €293.88 for Comic Relief during their training sessions on March 12 and 17.

    The money was raised through the sale of cakes decorated with the club logo and other delicious toppings.

    A pat on the back to all of you and congratulations to Kelly Tucker for her great idea.

    If you are aged four years or over and would like to play football or volunteer at the club, please contact the Chairman, John Pluckwell on 05254 982 2338.

    We are particularly keen to hear from young people between the ages of 13 and 16 years.

  • DELTA and Dep/Self Funding Tests

    From April 10, 1 UK Division HQ will no longer accept non-publicly funded driver theory tests.

    The following dates will be applied for anyone wishing to conduct the test:

    April 10 – Last date 1 UK Div HQ will accept applications for non-publically funded tests.

    April 30 – Last day 1 UK Div HQ will facilitate dependent/self funded tests in Germany.

    The responsibility of handling the dependents/self funded tests in Germany will in due course be the responsibility of HQ BFG. 

    HQ BFG will reinstate the tests and they will forward all the relevant information in due course.

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  • Home-Start Family Fun Day - April 8


  • Beware the dodgy debt managers

    Simple Money Coach by John Vine

    It is a sad fact that wherever there are vulnerable people, there are also those who are willing and able to take advantage.

    It is sometimes difficult to relate the word vulnerable to the soldiers I have worked with over the years, but in terms of finance, they and their families are no different from the rest of society.

    The truth is that debt can become a major problem for far more people than you would normally imagine.

  • Mayday Full Senses

    Mayday PosterOnly at Mayday do you experience all the emotions and sensuous impressions you would expect from a live techno concert.

    Listening to techno on your smartphone or watching a techno concert on video from your couch can be compared to lying in front of a panoramic wallpaper of a beach in your swimming trunks?

    Full Senses, this year’s Mayday motto, is an invitation for the expected 25,000 spectators to not only listen to the music but to participate for 15 hours using all of their senses.

    The bass sounds will hit you as if they are being kicked by a buffalo; the six-point surround sound will make you feel like you are being hit by an entire herd of buffalos.

    Over 50 DJs and live acts playing many different styles of electronic music, on five dance floors covering 20,000 square metres, will be there to ensure that the appropriate sounds are played to create the fantastic atmosphere in which you can let all your senses have their freedom.

    Mayday Stage ShowAmong some of the performing young DJ generation is Danny Avila, who although not yet 20-years-old ranks as one of the true greats, along with his young colleagues Wildstylez, Oliver Schories and Faul.

    Paul van Dyk, Sven Väth and Chris Liebing who belong to the older generation of techno DJs have one important thing in common with the younger ones, when they are on stage they want to look into your eyes and see you throwing your arms up in the air, shouting and having a whale of a time – live!

    Mayday takes off at 6pm on April 30 in the Dortmund Westfalenhalle and runs until 9am on May Day bank holiday morning.

    • Ticket prices start at €58 prior to the event and €68 on the night.
    • More information is available at: www.mayday.deDancing the night away at Mayday
  • Beware the bogus caller

    Beware the bogus callerThe RMP are warning occupants of houses and flats in BFG not to become a victim of so-called distraction burglary.

    This is where criminals call at your house posing as officials or asking for your help with some matter. Generally targeting older people, they make up a story to get in to your home with the intention to steal.

    Although distraction burglary is not rife in Germany, Forces personnel and their families are being asked to remain vigilant following a few suspicious incidents.

    BFG Community Policeman Sgt Rob Gue, 114 Pro Coy, 1 Regt RMP, said: “We are experiencing an increased number of residents stating that they are having landlords with prospect tenants calling at SFAs unannounced and asking for entry to the house.

  • Muscle man looking for sponsor

    Callum at a bodybuilding event in ColchesterA well-toned lance corporal from Bergen-Hohne has muscled his way to the top in international bodybuilding contests.

    Callum Green, 24, has made huge sacrifices to achieve the body of an Adonis, including declining to go out partying with his comrades.

    The support troop crewman within the 9th/12th Royal Lancers has competed in the Hercules Olympia in Colchester, coming first in men’s classic bodybuilding category and qualifying to compete in Athens on June 14 where he will be represent England.

    But Callum desperately needs sponsorship to be able to travel to Greece, and he is hoping readers will be able to help him.

  • Painting the town tartan

    Kilts are us – Sebastian, left, and William McLeary, organisers of the Rock the Kilt music festivalYou don’t have to wear a kilt to rock out – but if you do sport one at Bünde’s first open air festival, you’ll be in good company.

    Scotsman and former British soldier William McLeary and his son Sebastian are the duo behind Rock the Kilt, a four-day event with an impressive line up of musical acts.

    It’s not exactly Glastonbury, but the Bünde festival taking place from April 30 to May 3 in the town centre promises a merry time for everyone – and on a paved surface.

    The featured bands include Dire Strats, Europe’s best Dire Straits cover band; Big Balls, a salute to AC/DC’s Bon Scott; folk rockers The Keltics; singer and ex-Army man Chris Blevins; rock pipe band Celtica; and Boss Time, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band.

  • Spiritual Spin Off

    Padre Stuart TurnerLast month an event of biblical proportions took place in Prince Royal Barracks as the CO of 1 Logistic Support Regiment RLC, Lt Col Lee Daley, led the chaplains of 102 Logistic Brigade in an epic spinning session.

    The brains behind the event, Padre Stuart Turner, came up with the idea to use the session as a positive springboard for the CO, who is about to lead 1 Logistic Support Regiment RLC on Op Herrick 20.

    Padre Turner said of the session: “I wanted to send the CO off to theatre with something to laugh about – and getting chaplains to do PT is usually a laughable event! I’ll admit we were praying for divine intervention or even a pastoral emergency to get us out of the session, but even the Chaplaincy Department’s prayers remain unanswered now and again!”

    LtCol Lee Daley CO 1LSRThroughout the session there were some classic tunes playing at the ecclesiastical heartstrings of the nostalgic chaplains, ending the spinning session the Hallelujah Chorus as the spinners were cooling down and stretching off. Lt Col Daley apologised for any pain he inflicted and asked for forgiveness.

    The brigade senior chaplain, Maj Richard Downes, was in attendance and thoroughly enjoyed the event.

    Gasping for breath he said: “At times it really hurt but I am sure it was worth it in the end. Maybe next time we could make it a Divisional Chaplaincy Department event!”

    The spinners after the event

  • Fighting Spirit

    Cfn Adams (Best Boxer) fighting Pte Williams for the Welterweight titleA fantastic night of boxing was held at Princess Royal Barracks in Gütersloh by predominantly novice boxers in front of superb support from the spectators at 6 Theatre Logistic Regiment’s annual Inter-Squadron Boxing Competition in March.

    Despite being focussed on future operational deployments, each of the squadrons put together an intense and arduous six-week training programme for the boxers, the majority of whom were young and inexperienced soldiers who had not boxed before.

    The coaches, led by SSgt Berry and Sgt Thompson, deserve great credit for managing to raise such interest in the sport across the regiment and for preparing the boxers for such a memorable night.

    Preliminary bouts were held during the week to confirm who would be fighting in the finals on the big night

  • May Concert Highlights

    Before the open air season gets underway, there are still many great acts to catch touring Germany. Here are a few to choose from:

    Peter Gabriel

    Peter GabrielFans of Peter Gabriel who missed the Back to Front Tour 2013 have a second chance to see the British artist live on stage on May 3 in Hannover.

    Last year Peter Gabriel, former lead singer of Genesis, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his first solo album with a tour called Back to Front.

    The tickets were sold out rapidly so the famous musician decided to return to Germany for additional concerts:

    • Hannover, TUI Arena, May 3, tickets from €91.50.
    • Berlin, Waldbühne, May 25, tickets prices start at €71.50.
  • Prescription for change

    Prescription charges will be introduced across British Forces Germany on May 5, bringing BFG into line with existing MoD policy.

    All charges and exemptions will be in accordance with NHS (England) guidelines. Prescription charges will also be introduced across the European Joint Support Unit community in due course.

    This aspect will be introduced in manageable phases, the first of which will be in respect of the communities based in Ramstein, Brunssum, SHAPE and Brussels. Current planning indicates that this will not be before June 1, 2014.

  • Padre walks the line

    Padre Andy Oliver,  26 Regt RA, Gütersloh, decided to walk the length of the UN Buffer Zone in Cyprus for charities on both sides of the lineA BFG padre walked the 180km-long UN Buffer Zone during his tour of Cyprus, raising cash for charities on both sides of the divided island.

    Capt Andy Oliver, who served for six months on peacekeeping mission Operation Tosca with 28 Engineer Regiment from Hameln, was accompanied on his trek of the ‘Green Line’ by nine willing volunteers.

    Dubbed the Padre and his Pacemakers, the team completed the gruelling challenge in four days, from February 1-4, during which they faced scorching temperatures and raised more than £1,300 for two worthy local causes.

  • Training For Twickenham

    Army U11 selection with coaches and support staffChildren from across BA(G) have been joining together for a number of youth rugby training sessions.

    The children, coaches and parents of Bielefeld Bulldogs, Gütersloh Giants and Paderborn Pirates met at Gütersloh a few weeks ago for the first joint training session of the year.

    Children aged 4-14 spent the day practising some of the skills they have learnt over the past few months. For many of the children this was the first time that they had played with members of the other clubs within BA(G).

  • Calling all budding artists

    Combat painting – soldiers find a spot to test and develop their artistic skillsThe Army Arts Society is looking for a few budding artists - serving, dependant or retired - who would be willing to take the lead in establishing garrison or station branches in BFG.

    The society was established after The Falklands War in 1982, with the aim of encouraging all ranks in the Army to maintain and develop their artistic ability.

    One of its key aims was art as therapy. The society aims to encourage and support artists and craftspeople whether serving, retired or dependant.

  • 2 shops for the price of 1

    The SSVC shop in Bielefeld is open 7 days a week. Customers use the same main entrance to the building as for the NAAFI THE last of a trio of new SSVC shops has opened in Westfalen Garrison, giving customers an expanded range of large and small domestic goods.

    And as in Gütersloh and Sennelager, the Bielefeld station shop is housed within the main NAAFI, which is located adjacent to Catterick Barracks and HQ BFG.

    It was last April that NAAFI announced it would be scaling down the non-food categories in its stores while providing space to SSVC, specialist retailers of high-value, audio-visual products and white goods who had their own shops across BFG.


  • Gütersloh duo set up Ghana veterans charity

    FHG co-founders Cpls Derrick Cobbinah, right, and Solomon AddeiTwo big-hearted corporals from Gütersloh are set to launch a charity aimed at improving the aftercare for injured Ghana armed forces veterans.

    Ghanaian nationals and friends Derrick Cobbinah and Solomon Addei, both serving with 6 Theatre Logistics Regiment, RLC (6 TLR), co-founded Forces Help Ghana (FHG) after being impressed with the wide support that UK charities give to wounded British soldiers and ex-Service personnel.

    Now the duo wants to see the same thing happen in their home country, and on Friday, April 11 they will be in Ghana to officially launch FHG, which is already registered as a charity.

  • Hannover in Summer

    Old Town HannoverWhy spend hours on the motorway on the way to a city break, when Hannover, a city of contrasts, set among idyllic little towns and villages, is only just around the corner.

    Take a gentle stroll and appreciate the beauty of the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, or for the more energetic, take a jog through the Eilenriede, Hannover’s extensive city forest. Or enjoy the Mediterranean flair on and around the Maschsee Lake.

    Hannover’s city centre is a shopaholic’s paradise with a large pedestrian precinct, the Ernst-August-Galerie shopping mall and a number of classy arcades.

  • Trick Shot Terrific

    Audience participation is an integral element of the showBy Clare Jackson

    Lightening speed passing and out of this world tricks, with a side helping of entertainment, was the order of the day as the world renowned Harlem Globetrotters came to Bielefeld as part of their You Write The Rules World Tour.

    As the lights went up at the Siedensticker Halle the crowd went wild for the current roster of incredibly talented basketball players, in town with one thing on their mind - to entertain the crowd.

    For the first time in eight years, the Harlem Globetrotters returned to Germany for 10 dates before moving onto London and the rest of the world.

  • Horses & Dreams Meets Brazil

    Horses and Dreams PosterHorses & Dreams has established itself as one of the most popular equestrian competitions.

    The success of Horses & Dreams lies in a combination of top international sport, an exciting range of experiences and an attractive entertainment programme.

    Twelve years ago, organizers Paul Schockemöhle and Ullrich Kasselmann decided to set themselves apart from the more usual monocultural sporting events, and founded Horses & Dreams. They have become trailblazers in equestrian sporting events.

  • Financial Security: What insurances can you afford to ignore?

    Simple Money Coach by John Vine

    Another question for you: just how good are you at predicting future events?

    I think most of us will admit that what we will eat for dinner tomorrow, and where we would like to go on holiday, is probably as far as it goes.

    Things as mundane as the weather and unforeseen accidents can present us with situations which would have been difficult, if not impossible, to predict.

  • Tough smoking ban in NRW takes force on May

    Tough new anti-smoking laws come into force in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Wednesday, May 1.

    It is a coup for the state's government which took over last year – but publicans say the rules are too strict.

    From tomorrow, pubs and restaurants in NRW will no longer be able to provide designated smoking areas. Until now, smoking has been allowed in smaller bars and in certain areas of restaurants.

  • Go Wilde in Paderborn this weekend


  • Appy news from BFPO

    BFPO is to release a smartphone tracking application that will enable Service families to follow letters and parcels they send through its system.

    Moreover, the BFPO Track and Trace app – which will be available from June 5 – will show the expected delivery times at each point along the mail pipeline.

    In other good news, especially for those deployed, BFPO is also refreshing its existing e-bluey smartphone app.


  • Bayern Munich president probed for tax evasion

    Media reports say Uli Hoeness may have hidden more than €10million from tax authoritiesBayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, the most powerful man in German club football, faces a steep fall from grace following weekend revelations that he is under investigation for tax evasion on a large Swiss bank account.

    The news, which broke on Saturday, has dominated German headlines since, because Hoeness isn’t just the most powerful man in German club football – he has also gained a reputation as a voice of reason on political issues and even as something of a moral authority, attacking corruption and tax evasion.

    The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday that Hoeness had failed to declare interest income on his assets held at Bank Vontobel in Zurich, but that the money he had deposited there had been properly taxed beforehand.

  • Germany commits troops for post-2014 mission

    Germany has 4,135 soldiers in Afghanistan in Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz and OP North; the government employs around 1,700 local Afghan workers, the majority of whom work for the BundeswehrGermany has offered to keep 600-800 troops in Afghanistan for two years from 2015, after the end of NATO combat operations there, to help train and advise the national army in its battle against the Taliban.

    The offer comes with several conditions, including a formal request from the Afghan government because “we want to be welcome” and a UN Security Council resolution, said Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière.

    It would also require a reasonable security situation and matching commitments by NATO allies in other parts of the country, he said, adding that he had informed major German parties of the plan that would require parliamentary approval.

  • Baby formula rationed as parents panic-buy

    Baby formula products are being rationed in Germany as milk scandals in China cause demand for foreign-made powder to spike all over the world – leading to panic-buying and hoarding.

    As stocks of baby milk formula diminish across Germany, some supermarkets are limiting sales to one or two packets per customer at a time, wrote  Die Welt last Thursday.

    German market leader Milupa has been badly hit by the sudden, unexpected rise in demand, spokesman Stefan Stohl told the paper. Since the end of last year demand is up 30 per cent for Milupa’s Aptamil milk powder alone.

    Milupa has apologised for the supply problems in a letter to parents on its website.

  • Robots form world’s heaviest metal band

    Fingers wows the crowds at the Frankfurt Music FairHave you ever wondered what Danny Carey would sound like if he had four arms? How about if Angus Young had 78 fingers? And imagine what Robert Trujillo would sound like if he was actually made of metal?

    Well, wonder no more.

    Compressorhead is the world’s heaviest metal band.

  • Petty criminals choose prison over €5 fine

    Pay up or lock up – not an option for many petty criminalsFare-dodgers, illegal parkers, shoplifters in Germany are regularly choosing to go to prison for a few days instead of paying small fines. Now one regional authority is planning more creative punishments to save state money.

    Pensioner Heinz Günther Küpper takes being presented with an arrest warrant in his stride, wrote Der Spiegel magazine on Monday. For him, it’s just the latest “invite” for a few nights’ interesting holiday behind bars.

    The 67-year-old has been in and out of Aachen prison seven times since 2008, each time for repeatedly refusing to pay parking fines – some as little as €5. But he doesn’t mind.

  • Germany News in Brief - April 25

    Spotty measles coverage

    KÖLN. Health officials are warning that Germany’s failure to have blanket vaccinations for measles is putting people unnecessarily at risk of catching the potentially dangerous disease. The Federal Centre for Health Information (BZgA) said this week that everyone born after 1970 should double check to see if they have been properly vaccinated. The World Health Organisation (WHO) wants to eradicate measles by 2015 in Europe, but Germany has not managed to have the required 95 per cent of its population vaccinated. Besides causing a rash of red spots, highly contagious measles can lead to serious bacterial infections, inflammation of the brain and, in some cases, death. Measles outbreaks in Germany have fluctuated dramatically in recent years, with only 166 recorded last year, but around 1,600 in 2011 and 780 in 2010.

  • White fleet provision

    Ryder Fleet Management Solutions will continue to provide white fleet vehicles to BFG and implement an online management information system beginning in JulyThe Ryder team are delighted to have been awarded the new project ROC contract for the provision of the white fleet in Germany, further extending the 25-year relationship with the MoD in Germany. 

    The new contract came into effect on April 1 and a detailed implementation plan has been agreed which will see a transition and replacement of the fleet between August and November.

    Ryder will also be implementing an upgrade to its existing management information system Ryder Fleet Care On Line (RFCOL).

    RFCOL will provide the ability to book vehicles from the fleet to maximise utilisation and to reduce external hires wherever possible. The new system will be implemented during a phased programme starting with a pilot operation in July.

    Working groups are meeting this month to complete the final details to the training and roll-out plans.

  • One-stop to success

    The new VLO one-stop shop in GüterslohIt’s been a successful opening day for the Gütersloh Local Vehicle Licensing Office (LVLO) one-stop shop on Princess Royal Barracks.

    With this being the third one-stop shop in BFG to open in the last few weeks, it’s been quite a low-key event. However, the general consensus is that this is a much needed and positive move by Base Admin.

    LBdr Scott Gray came in to deregister his car and said: “It’s a lot easier than the old system, and a lot quicker.

    “I dropped my paperwork in this morning and by this afternoon everything will be ready for collection. It used to take considerably longer, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

  • Royal Engineers welcomed home

    Returning soldiersSixty-four members of the Royal Engineers have returned home from Afghanistan to a welcome of around 200 friends and family.

    Members of 42 Field Squadron were presented with campaign medals in Hameln last week.

    Tributes were paid to two soldiers – Capt James Townley and Spr Richard Walker – who lost their lives during the seven-month deployment.

    In Helmand, 42 Fld Sqn’s main job was to decommission bases and carry out work to enable a British handover to Afghan forces.

    Some engineers are still returning to their Hameln base but this has been the squadron’s final Afghan mission.

    Government defence cuts mean that the unit will disband later this year.

  • Dempsey Fit Squad classes

    The Dempsey Fit Squad runs a variety of classes in Dempsey gymnasium (sat nav address: 28 Husarenstrasse, Paderborn, 33104).

  • Round the clock

    Paderborn RBL to the point with second 24-hour Darts Marathon

    Participants in the 24-hour darts marathonMembers of the Paderborn Royal British Legion and guests hit the bullseye recently when they lined up at the oche ready for a sponsored 24-hour darts marathon in aid of the Poppy Appeal.

    The decision to stage came about following the success of the first fund-raising darts marathon held in 2009.

    This year’s event, organised by Geoff Dibblee and Anita Lindsay (Branch members), started at 7pm on April 12 with the first dart being thrown by Jim Griffiths, Branch Chairman.

  • Marking the memories

    Rheindahlen Ladies Netball team 2012JHQ holds lots of fond memories for Rheindahlen Ladies Netball Club which has been running for over 30 years.

    Among the still devoted club members are two sisters who have been playing from the beginning.

    The club has competed at a high level in the local league, winning on a record number of occasions.


  • Welcome Wednesday Spring Sale


  • Cut the red tape

    GEMS award for best ideas

    THE MoD is set on beating beauracracy by introducing the Red Tape Challenge.

    Sponsored by the Permanent Secretary, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and Director Strategy, the campaign asks everyone in Defence for your ideas for reducing paper-shuffling and simplifying processes that slow down everyday working.

  • BFPO Notice: Packages

    BFPO are increasingly seeing instances of damaged tablet computers/iPads due to insufficient packaging.

    Senders are using Jiffy bags and or bubble wrap which is not adequate to protect the screens from damage within the postal system.

    From April 26, BFPO will not accept new claims for damaged screens where inadequate packing was used.

    Senders should, where possible use the manufacturers original packaging or as a minimum standard a rigid cardboard box and solid polystyrene foam blocks to cushion against impact and keep the item from moving inside the box.

  • CTP: Resettlement Transition Fair


  • Bielefeld: Shoe Fair


  • Four Seasons funds - new email

    The deadline for bids for the Four Seasons funds is April 30.

    Note: the Yahoo account that was being used by Four Seasons has been hacked and corrupted, therefore the Committee may not have received bids sent to that account.

    Paperwork should instead be sent c/o Dawn Arlow to Robert Browning School or emailed to:

  • Scooter Club Spring Rideout


  • Apassionata Friends Forever

    apasionataFor over 10 years, Apassionata has given more than five million viewers their fair share of astonishing moments, tears and laughter.

    The magical connection between people and horses is celebrated year after year; thanks to the beautiful horses, breathtaking riding, unique light effects and wonderful music.

    In the new show, the star, Daniel, takes the audience on an unforgettable journey to the most far-flung parts of the world and reveals the secrets which have been connecting people and horses for centuries; a wonderful experience for the senses!

  • Caught on Camera

    One of the image son display at the British in Westfalen-Lippe exhibition in Herfords RathausA GERMAN photographer who spent two years documenting the life of British soldiers based in Westfalen-Lippe now has his work on display in Herford’s Rathaus.

  • Born of occupation

    THE universities of Greifswald and Leipzig are conducting a study on people who were born during or after the Second World War to German mothers and foreign soldiers – and research candidates are being sought.

    Ever since there have been wars, children are being born, fathered by foreign soldiers and local women. It is the psychosocial consequences of being a ‘child born of occupation’ that are of interest to the German researchers.


  • Luna Park opens


  • The Rocket Man cometh

    Elton John - coming to Halle in JulyFlamboyant superstar Elton John is the most enduringly successful singer-songwriter of his generation.

    And the Rocket Man, who has had a long string of hits, will be performing with his band at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle on July 5.

    In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most succesful artists of all time. His single Candle in the Wind 1997 has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and is the best selling single in the history of the UK singles chart. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits.

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  • BFG Champs

    1LSR footballEVERYTHING was set for an excellent spectacle as 1LSR took on 5 RIFLES for title of Army football champions of Germany.

    That is until the venue, the Ludwig–Jahn Stadion in Herford which was to be the perfect setting – cancelled on nthe day of the final.

    Being ever flexible the organiser Capt Rich Habbershaw switched the venue to Princess Royal Barracks and the game went ahead, once 1LSR turned around and made the journey back to Gütersloh.

  • Dambusters' raid turns 70

    An artist’s impression of Op Chastise which took place on the evening of May 16, 1943Exactly 70 years ago, on May 16, 1943, the Möhne Dam was attacked by British bombers.

    It was an extremely warm Sunday, with many people taking advantage of the fine weather and coming from all surrounding areas to visit the Dam, which is located near Soest.

    And although this was the middle of the Second World War, no one gave a thought to the fact that an armada of Lancaster bombers would be coming from England with their deadly cargo of bouncing bombs, designed and built especially for the destruction of the dams.

    Not many people were disturbed when, shortly before midnight, the Möhnesee air-raid alarm sounded.

  • Horses and Dreams

    Horses and dreams flyerLast year it was Great Britain and this year the annual equestrian event in Hagen, just outside Osnabrück, will have Russia as its theme. Whatever nation stands in the forefront, the event will be a spectacular weekend for families and lovers of horses.

    Over 150 national and international exhibitors’ present their wares in the exhibition spread across the whole site. This includes the Russian village dedicated to the theme country. There is Russian cuisine, matryoshkas and all that is typical of the Russian culture and lifestyle. Displayed, and on offer to purchase, will be products crafted from amber, gold embroidery, carpets and skins, and lesser known products from the factories of the country.

    Away from the Russian village, which will be set up around the show jumping stadium, visitors will find items for the garden, the house, but also equestrian equipment and fashion – for both riders and those not so active in the sport.

  • Brains, brawn and bonding

    You are invited to put skills and stamina to the test at friendly International Mönchengladbach CompPARTICIPANTS are being sought for the challenging and fun International Mönchengladbach Military Competition (IMM), being staged this summer for the 30th time.

    Brains, strength and fitness are needed in equal measure by those who enter the
    popular one-day team event, which takes place on Saturday, June 29 and is open to all NATO troops.

    The 12 tasks include shooting, marching 17km, navigation, general military knowledge, first aid and firefighting, as well as a stamina-sapping assault course and inflatable boats race.

    Cups will be awarded for the first, second and third teams overall; the top non-German active and reserve team; the top mixed team; the top female team; and the top mixed NATO team, as well as other categories.

    Soldiers, policemen and members of rescue services from many nations compete for the coveted champion’s trophy.

  • Parents warn of 'silent killer'

    Tragic - Chirpy Charlie Burns, who died in 2011 from SUDEP aged 10THE parents of a 10-year-old boy who died suddenly in bed are on a mission to raise awareness of the “silent killer” that claimed their precious son.

    Charlie Burns, who was born in Osnabrück, was an apparently fit and healthy child until October 2011, when he suffered two seizures within days of each other and died.

    His devastated parents, Jan and Barrie, from Larkhill, then faced an agonising five-month wait until an inquest confirmed that he died from sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

    SUDEP claims 1,000 lives in the UK each year – more than AIDS and cot death combined – yet few people have ever heard of it.

    However, Jan and Barrie’s relentless campaigning to warn other parents about SUDEP has already saved four lives in their local area. 


  • Live Thick As A Brick

    Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson have shared global fame and success for decades. They belong to the big names of rock history and have released numerous unforgettable rock albums with sales exceeding 60million.

    Many rock evergreens stem from their pen; such as Locomotive Breath, Life’s a Long Song and Aqualung. They have set many musical milestones and invented the so called Art-Rock on their way.

    The unique sound created by Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson has transformed live music across the globe. Anderson is a legend in his own right; a world famous flutist, spectacularly playing live across the years perched on one leg.

  • Not so thrifty

    Carolyn Adkin, Hanna Hindmarsh, Alex Clarkson, Wendy McNaught, Eva Sinclair and Fliss Quick volunteers for the Thrift Shop and Bookery on PRBThe Thrift Shop and Bookery on PRB in Gütersloh have successfully raised and donated a large sum of cash to Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

    The second-hand shop, which takes donations of clothing, household items, entertainment and other well-loved items that are still in good condition, is also a consignment shop. 

  • The Techno-Classica Essen classic car show

    rueckblick343The popular Techno-Classica Essen classic car show returns this year, from April 10 to 14, with an oustanding array of cars on display to celebrate its silver anniversary. 

    A mecca for classic car fans, the world's largest show of the vintage, classic and young classic car sector, the Techno-Classica will have even more attractions, present more exhibitors and offer more information and collector's automobiles than in previous years. 


  • Celebrate adult learners week

    Adult learning-May 2013

  • Stay calm and buy this book

    Relationship expert and author Cat Williams with her book-webRelationship counsellor and Army wife Cat Williams took the advice of her clients and wrote a book sharing her insights and professional guidance.

    Stay Calm and Content: No Matter What Life Throws at You, published by Abbott Press, offers unique insights through real life, short stories.

    “This is not a typical self-help book,” says Cat, who was once based in Fallingbostel. “Self-help books are usually read by people who think they have a problem to solve. This book is for everyone.”

    Using straightforward, jargon-free language, Stay Calm and Content discusses many of the potentially difficult issues of life, most of which are likely to affect readers, or someone they know, at one time or another.

  • Colour and Culture

    Paderborn Garrison schoolchildren celebrate Commonwealth Day

    Paderborn schoolchildren were in for a fun day of colour and culture recently, learning about the home lands of soldiers in the garrison.

    Commonwealth soldiers from two Paderborn based units put on informative and fun presentations about their countries to schoolchildren in celebration of Commonwealth Day, on March 11.

  • Egg-stra! Egg-stra!

    Easter Bunny hops to top of the sales table over chocolate Santa

    The Easter Bunny has taken on Father Christmas and won, at least in chocolate form.

    SantaRecord numbers of German-made chocolate bunnies will hop their way into shops this year, millions more than the number of Santas made at Christmas.

    A record-breaking 190 million chocolate Easter bunnies have been produced in Germany in the run-up to Easter, said the German confectionery association (BDSI) on Friday. That’s around 50 million more edible bunnies than chocolate Santas made last Christmas and three million more bunnies than last year.


  • Hackers wanted

    Hackers wantedGermany’s intelligence service is taking the escalating cyber threat increasingly seriously and now hopes to entice a horde of hackers to defend against foreign IT attacks, it emerged on Sunday.

    Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) is planning to set up a new department exclusively dedicated to fending off the growing number of cyber attacks on government agencies and industry, wrote Der Spiegel magazine, citing government sources.

    The agency is now frantically searching for up to 130 new employees to man the cyber defence station. The BND had hoped to win over hackers and anti-virus experts with high salaries, but recruitment is proving difficult, and they are now scouring the country’s universities for suitable candidates.

  • Echo Awards bring glitz to Berlin

    Germany’s answer to the Grammys, the Echo Music Awards, took place in Berlin last Thursday.

    Best Rock Group, Best Album, Hit of the Year: Düsseldorf punk band Die Toten Hosen were the big winners of the year at the ECHO AwardsThe biggest winner was punk rockers Die Toten Hosen, who took home the three prizes, including Best German Rock/Pop group.

    Established in 1992, the nominations for the ECHO awards are derived from album sales and placement on the music charts. This year, 27 categories were awarded.

    Die Toten Hosen, one of Germany’s most internationally recognised groups, were nominated in seven categories. Early on they won Best German Rock/Pop Group.

    Best German Female Artist went to Afro-German singer Ivy Quainoo. In February 2012, she won the first season of the reality show, The Voice of Germany.

    The audience enjoyed performances by Die Toten Hosen, the former First Lady of France Carla Bruni, Katie Melua and Germany’s favourite British band Depeche Mode who won Best International Group in 2010.

    Cascada, which is set to represent Germany for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, also took to the stage.

    German violinist David Garrett, who also performed for the crowd, took home Best German Rock/Pop Artist.

    International stars were also in attendance including American singer-songwriter Lana del Rey and 2012 ECHO winner, jazz and pop singer, Michel Buble.

    Leading up to the night was not controversy-free though, as complaints from nominees saw organisers German Phono Academy removing rock band Frei.Wild from the nominations list for their reputed link with the far-right scene.

  • Catholic churches up for sale on ebay

    St Bernhard Church in BrandenburgA dramatic slump in the number of regular churchgoers is forcing the German Catholic Church to go to desperate lengths to save money. Now dioceses are resorting to selling barely-used churches on eBay.

    St Bernhard in Brandenburg, listed as a “church in popular residential area”, is the 25th church put up for sale by the Berlin diocese in the past 12 years. The church is suffering from dwindling attendance and is starting at just €120,000 on eBay classifieds.

    Although the ad says the building is open for any type of use, “be it event space, a doctor’s surgery, office space or meeting place”, church representatives said it would not go to just any buyer.

  • The real green house

    Green houseAn innovative new building in Hamburg is hoping to harvest heat from it algae-covered façade. For the first time, the concept of having micro organisms flourishing on house walls is a good thing.

    The Bio Intelligence Quotient (BIQ) house – the world’s first building to feature a bioreactor façade – has been designed to harness heat generated by the plants and use it to warm the building’s 15 apartments.

    The house is part of the International Building Exhibition 2013, a multi-million project funded by the Hamburg government to transform the former industrial area of Wilhelmsburg into a habitable, eco-friendly district.

  • Mum’s the word...

    A Munich woman who could not afford to bury her mother spent eight months sleeping next to her decomposing corpse, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Saturday.

    The gruesome find only came about because the 39-year-old woman’s deceased mother, a 70-year-old divorced pensioner, had died leaving outstanding debts.

    When a bailiff from the district court arrived at the flat to look for objects of value to settle the bill, the woman told him her mother was dead and her corpse was still in the flat.

  • Fantastic Festivals

    Green-Day-LiveOnce again top rock and pop artists are preparing to hit the European open air festival scene.

    There are a number of festivals in the BFG area with top class headlining acts. Many of the top performers move between festivals as they tour around Europe, giving you many chances to catch your favourites live.

  • Germany News in Brief - March 28

    Police helicopters collide in exercise

    BERLIN. Two helicopters clipped each other and crashed as they landed in a snowstorm near Berlin’s Olympic Stadium during a federal police exercise last Thursday, leaving one person dead and several injured, four of them seriously. A third helicopter involved in the drill was able to land safely. Details on how the accident happened are not yet clear but eyewitness Johannes Malinowski said on n-tv television that he saw three helicopters approaching and that the snow on the field was being kicked up by the aircraft, so “you couldn’t see a whole lot anymore”. The police were conducting a training exercise on dealing with football violence.


  • BFG Form NOVA: Taking cars to UK

    New procedures and documentation for returning vehicles to the United Kingdom.

    With effect from April 13, HM Revenue and Customs are introducing new procedures and documentation through the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for vehicles returning to the UK.

    The consequence for BFG personnel will not be great except that:

    Personnel should get their vehicles DVLA registered immediately on landing in the UK.

  • Qualifications for promotion

    Soldiers, do you have the right qualifications to get promoted?

    By April 1, 2014, soldiers must have these qualifications to be selected for promotion:

    Promotion to Cpl – Level 1 in Literacy and Numeracy, GCSE Grades D-G or equivalent qualifications.

    Promotion to Sgt, CSgt or WO – Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, GCSE Grades A-C or equivalent qualifications.

    Application for LE Commissioning – Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, GCSE Grades A-C or equivalent qualifications.

  • X-Factor increase

    As part of the Government’s Budget, on March 20, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) recommendation to increase X-Factor by 0.5 per cent will be implemented with effect from May 1, 2013.

    Service personnel should receive the increase in their May pay.

    The 2013 AFPRB report was published on March 14. The Government accepted the recommendations in full, except for the recommendation to increase X-Factor by 0.5 per cent where consideration was deferred.

    The extra costs of this recommendation will be met from within the Defence budget.

  • Combat Granny

    N-CombatGVeteran Reservist nurse and grandmother of five Maj Marie Semple, of 204 Field Hospital, is considering retirement from front line duties at the age of 55 upon finishing her third tour.

    The experienced sister of wards from Ballymena in Northern Ireland joined in 2003 at the age of 43 without telling her husband Ian, and was immediately mobilised to deploy to Iraq. When Maj Semple’s granddaughter saw her with a rifle for the first time she asked if ‘Granny is shooting bad people?’

    Marie went on to say: “I was managing a nursing home and I wanted a challenge but thought I was too old.” Since Iraq she has deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and again in 2013.

  • Mother’s Day surprise

    MothersDaySeven-year-old Arwen Thomas and six-year-old Morgan Thomas sent in the winning ‘mumism’ for the Mother’s Day competition held in Sixth Sense earlier this month.

    Arwen and Morgan’s mum, Esther Thomas, who is a teacher at Bishopspark School in Paderborn, exclaimed happily: “Wow, we’ve won!” after reading that she had scooped the surprise pamper hamper kindly sponsored from NAAFI.

  • Young and Gifted

    Ed SheeranRED haired with boyish good looks, barely 21 and already capable of great things. Ed Sheeran is touring Germany this summer and as well as appearing at a number of open air events, will be presenting his own shows.

    The lad from Suffolk who lives in London is the maker of the moving The A Team, and other sensational tracks such as: You Need Me, I Don’t Need You, Lego House and Drunk. Simple but gorgeous songs that stand midway between pop, folk and sometimes hip hop.

    Between 2005 and 2011 he independently released two albums and five EPs and performed live a multitude of times; 321 gigs in 2009 alone. He had read about an interview with James Morrison that the latter had performed 200 times in one year; he wanted to do better.

  • This Kitten makes purr-fect retro pin-up

    Jolly job: Kitten von Mew at a Second World War nostalgia eventIF YOU happen to find yourself in Stratford-upon-Avon and spot a young woman walking down the street in 1940s vintage clothing, with her red hair in victory rolls, it just might be Kitten von Mew.

    The 32-year-old works as a 1940s pin-up model, turning up at Second World War nostalgia events around the country, but loves the clothes of the bygone era so much that she wears them in everyday life too.

    “I quite simply feel I was born in the wrong time,” she says. “I love to walk around wearing vintage fashions. People once used to take great pride in their appearance and 1940s clothing was very structured and showed a woman’s figure off the best.”

    The pin-up beauty adds: “We are now a throw away society, but from the 1930s to 1950s, clothes were made to last.”

    Kitten, who also works as a creative writer for a gift company, has huge respect for the models, singers and actresses who entertained British troops during the last world war.

  • RE-ady to row

    Capt Nick Beighton in his pair's boatA Royal Engineer who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan is hoping to be selected to row for Team GB in the London 2012 Paralympics.

    Recovering in Headley Court from an improvised explosive device blast in Helmand, the London Paralympics must have been far from Capt Nick Beighton’s mind when it was mooted that he take part just 15 months ago.

    However, a classic rowers’ build made him a natural candidate for UK Sport’s talent identification programme.

  • It's A Gas

    Airman Andy MacMahon in his gas mask at the start of the London MarathonAIRMAN Andy MacMahon claimed yet another world record last weekend when he ran the fastest ever time for a marathon while wearing a gas mask.

    The LCpl’s respirator dash at the 32nd London Marathon now takes his tally to an impressive four world records, including running the fastest marathon in full military kit.

  • Lastminute.Run

    Cpl Chris Richards with his father Dr Doug Richards and fellow Gunner, Sgt Kev Butterworth A RAF Regiment gunner managed to rope his Dad in at the last minute when he ran the Rome Marathon in aid of the RAF Association.

    Initially Cpl Chris Richards, who is based at JHQ Rheindahlen, planned for himself and two other RAF Regiment Gunners - Sgt Kev Butterworth and FS Jon Tointon - to run the marathon, but due to an imminent deployment, Jon had to pull out and it left them down to two.


  • Firm Fighting Spirit

    3 MERCIAN Boxing Night Team's ShotIT WAS triumph for B Company at this year’s 3 MERCIAN Inter-Company Boxing finals, held in Fallingbostel recently.

    The final consisted of nine bouts of remarkably high standard boxing between the coys, covering all weight categories.


  • Just What the Doctor Ordered

    Shaking hands1 Medical Regiment receive Afghan operational medals.

    COMBAT medics from 1 Medical Regiment have been presented with their operational medals after returning from a demanding tour in Afghanistan.

    1 Med Regt deployed to Afghanistan on Op Herrick 15 for six months in support of 20th Armoured Brigade. Their focus was ensuring that all military units had sufficient medical cover and to provide support to the brigade’s main mission – to help prepare the Afghan forces to take over the security of their own country.

  • Bowled Over

    CakesSoldiers from 24 Regt RLC bake their way to raising funds for charity.

    The Collosal cake sale took place at Catterick Barracks in Bielefeld on Friday, March 30, in aid of Help for heroes and FAB.

    SSgt Lesley Bodycomb and Cpl Rachel Tovagone from 24 Reg RLC aimed to raise cash while happily eating cake!

    “Other charity events include challenging bike rides and huge runs, so we thought we would do something a bit easier and very enjoyable,” said SSgt Lesley Bodycomb.

  • Dedicated and Committed

    JWnewLt Col (Retd) John Walker has recently been commended for his dedication, professionalism and commitment to our community. The award was presented by Col Peter Gosney on behalf of Garrison Commander Brig Ewen McLay on March 22.

    Lt Col (Retd) John Walker  has held the appointment of Housing and Community Support Officer at Herford Station since 2004.

    During this time he has demonstrated an extraordinarily high commitment to duty and has consistently delivered an outstanding level of service to the community

  • Fighting the inferno

    Searching a building using respirators is one of the most demanding tasks for a firefighterGerman, Dutch and British firemen took part in a major exercise in Javelin Barracks in order to improve the cooperation between the nations.

    The horror scenario is luckily only an exercise: A car with two passengers crashes into a storehouse containing chemicals. The substances react, explode and flying sparks set a close by hangar on fire.

    The hangar itself is no longer in use but one of the rooms next to it is being refurbished and the workmen are inside and in the other room a youth group is holding a meeting.

  • Off to pastures new

    Ann Richardson, a stalwart with SSAFA Forces Help, is leaving after 13 years of serviceHealth Visitor Ann Richardson has retired, having completed 13 years of service with SSAFA Forces Help.

    Ann began working as a general nurse in 1970 in Portsmouth and undertook her Health Visitor training in Plymouth in 1988. In the late 90s she saw that SSAFA were recruiting for Osnabrück and as she spoke a little German and was looking for a change, decided to apply.

  • Sir John Mogg School Sports Relief walk

    Children from Sir John Mogg School during their sponsored walkThe children from Sir John Mogg School in Detmold – from the three-year-olds to 11-year-olds – dressed up in sports kit or something red to walk the extra mile to raise money for Sports Relief.

    Wearing their Sports Relief sweatbands they set off in the beautiful sunshine to walk around the airfield at the back of the school. Cakes were on sale at the end of the walk and a grand total of €446 was raised.

  • Celebrate the car in Bielefeld

    Vintage car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the annual La Strada event which is taking place on Bielefeld’s Altstadt on the weekend of May 4–6.

    The classic car show, now in its 14th year, is part of a celebration of the motor car, with dozens of new models on display around the city’s pedestrian areas.

    La Strada runs from 9am to 6pm on both days. Sample the great food on offer and enjoy the great music while walking among the gleaming visions on four wheels.

  • She ain't heavy, she's my sister

    Cpl Alan Cheshire of The Light Dragoons and his sister Rebecca Gwynne of the Royal Military Police, are currently conducting joint operations in Helmand provinceArmy siblings from Hereford are currently serving together in a specialist unit, the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

    Cpl Alan Cheshire, 24, of the Light Dragoons and his sister Rebecca (Becky) Gwynne, 22, of the Royal Military Police are currently conducting joint operations in Helmand province. Cpl Cheshire is deployed as a section commander while Cpl Gwynne is carrying out a number of duties in support of her brother’s operations. Becky said: “I’m gathering evidence, making sure evidence is handled properly, ensuring all females are searched and dealing with any detainees on the ground.”

    Becky has been deployed in Helmand for the last six months and has conducted numerous operations to disrupt the Afghan insurgency. As well as being a trained military policewoman, she also puts a female face to the mission, which reaps great results with the Afghan female population.

  • Berlin and Potsdam

    berlin-brandenburger-torThe capital exquisitely combines the old with the new. Poignant views of its past through the historic buildings and museums, while its modern outlook is shown through its galleries, restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

    Be sure to walk from the Brandenburg Gate to the Palace Bridge. Visit  the Museum Island, with its famous Egyptian collection or reminisce at the remnants of the wall and stroll through Checkpoint Charlie.

    Potsdam will amaze you with its magnificent palaces and beautiful gardens.
    Berlin is just three hours drive from Herford. More at:

  • Dimpled hearts

    Dimpled  Potty over ceramics – Julie in her shop Dimpled Heart in Barton-Upon-HumberA couple who recently lived in BFG are enjoying great success with their thriving bespoke children’s clothing and original pottery business.

    When Julie and Pete Shields left Germany, they were determined to put down roots after years on the move with the military, finally settling in Goxhill. The couple, who have two children, decided to open up a shop selling children’s pottery designed by Julie after discovering a market niche. They named their shop in Barton-Upon-Humber after Julie’s favourite shape – Dimpled Heart.

    The business started with children’s pottery – cups, bowls and plates – and has just branched out into decorative jugs and bowls designed to appeal to adults. The ceramics are designed by Julie, who also stocks items from other select makers. “It was always in my business plan to have some pottery, but when I went to look for some at the trade shows it was all Peter Rabbit, Winnie The Pooh and the like,” said Julie.

  • Chinese PM opens Hannover Trade Fair


    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao open the Hannover MesseGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao officially opened the Hannover Messe, the world’s biggest industry and trade fair, on Sunday evening.

    China is this year’s guest of honour at the gigantic annual week-long trade fair, which brings together 5,000 manufacturing and technology companies from 69 countries in the northern German city from April 23-27. As many as 500 companies are from China alone.

    The motto of this year’s Hannover Messe is Green Intelligence with the focus on environmentally sustainable innovations and technologies.

  • Jens wins by a whisker!

    Jens Müller from Pforzheim won the International German Beard Championships with his stunning trendy beardA record 163 bearded beauties from the US, France, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands took part in the International German Beard Championships, held in Baden-Württemberg last weekend.

    The jury judged competitors’ facial hair in 18 categories, including Kaiser empire moustache, freestyle whiskers, musketeer chin beard and natural beard with styled moustache.

    Highest scores were given to local man Jens Müller from Pforz-heim for his ‘trendy beard’ and Lutz Giese from Berlin for his Chinese chin beard. Both were awarded 49.5 points out of a possible 50.

  • Yummy mummy fitness classes are back

    Asha Abbott and Jo Rowell enjoying time outdoors with their children during the Yummy Mummy Buggy WorkoutThe popular Yummy Mummy Buggy Workout sessions have returned to Bergen-Hohne Garrison.

    The popular outdoor fitness  classes are a fantastic way to get out in the fresh air with your buggy while getting some exercise at the same time.

    Instructors, Tammi Lummes and Beth Grigg, are great motivators, encouraging and guiding participants through the sessions which you can take at your own pace.

  • Ex-soldier pens first novel

    41luaWztkcL. BO2204203200 PIsitb-sticker-arrow-clickTopRight35-76 AA300 SH20 AA278 PIkin4BottomRight-3422 AA300 SH20 OU02 A FORMER gunner has a written a heartbreaking story of love, adventure and bitter revenge.

    By Conscience Bound, Vince ‘Jack’ Frost’s first novel, is partly based on his experiences on the island of Malta as a child, when his father was posted there during the Aden (Yemen) crisis.

    “I had an extremely difficult childhood as an English child in post-war Malta around which the semi-fictional story is woven,” said Vince, who served in Dortmund with both 22 and 16 air defence regiment RA as a Rapier air defence gunner, from 1979 to 1995.

    The book, which is available as a digital download costing only £1.01, contains many references to his time in BAOR as a soldier and many readers will remember with fondness and relate to the references which cover the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and cold war soldiering in general.

    “By Conscience Bound sprints internationally and breathlessly through time and memory before inevitably hurtling to its spectacular and brutal climax”, says its author.

    The story starts in Malta in 1975. Sean Toothe, an emaciated kid, holds onto his dying mother's hand as she exhorts him to look after his five-year old brother after she's gone. The kid's 14 years old and with his mother gone, he's under the "care" of his brutal step-father.

  • Army snappers at work

    ARMY photographers have an important job in communicating and recording military activity. But they are very much soldiers first.

    The appetite of the media in reporting world events is stronger than it has ever been, with online newspapers, 24-hour TV and social media available at our fingertips. But without images these stories have much less impact and are arguably less credible.

    Take the death of former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi. It was the photos of his body, sent across the globe within minutes of his death, which confirmed his demise.

    This is why photography within the Armed Forces is of such paramount importance, it is to help communicate UK's Defence messages to the masses.


  • Holiday Shocker

    The Skelton's car following the crash in France with a crazed driverA BFG couple are lucky to be alive after their car was involved in a horrific motorway crash with an apparently suicidal driver at the start of their Easter break.

    LCpl Lee Skelton and his wife Naomi were travelling through northern France on their way to two wedding’s in England when they collided head-on with a car being driven on the wrong side of the road.

    Miraculously, they survived the impact, suffering whiplash, bruises and shock – but according to the French police, had the Skeltons been going 20kmph faster, the crash would have been fatal.

  • Born This Way

    Lady GaGa live on stage in GlasgowWITHIN a short space of time, a new artist catapulted to the top of the music world, and since then continues to be the brightest star shining at the summit of the entertainment business.

    With her electro-dance-pop anthems and flamboyant performances, Lady Gaga is the newly crowned queen of pop and she will be making two stops in Germany on her latest tour, which starts in Seoul, South Korea on April 27. Tickets will go like grease lightning so don’t hesitate.

    Born in New York’s east Side as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga burst onto the music scene in 2008 after she released her first album, The Fame.

  • Shining Examples

    Tpr Tyrone Conway receives his coin from Deputy Commander Paderborn Garrison, Col Johnny Sernberg, for his drive, enthusiasm and selfless committmentOn a recent visit to Dempsey Barracks, home of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, Col Johnny Sernberg took time to award a select number of individuals with a Commander’s Coin for their work on the Rear Operations Groups (ROG). The coin is awarded on behalf of Commander 20 Brigade in recognition of work over and above that expected of an individual, be they civilian or military.

    Tanya Cartwright, whose husband Cpl Glen Cartwright is deployed in Afghanistan with B Sqn QDG, was awarded a coin for her tireless commitment while working as the regimental typist.
    Tanya often works over her regulated hours without notice if the workload requires it. She also regularly helps out at QDG welfare events giving up her free time in doing so. Tanya said: “I never expected to receive anything for my extra work, I merely do what I believe to be the right thing and I hope what I do helps out.”

  • A warm welcome for the Singletons

    From left: Kat Scott welcomes back Cfn Kieron Bignell and Cfn Patrick TrainerMembers of 3 CS Bn REME returned from Afghanistan to a very warm welcome at Barker Barracks in Paderborn, even if they had no family awaiting them.

    Some of the families from the battalion look after the Singletons as if they are their own and attend all the homecomings to make sure everyone has someone pleased to see them return after the long tours.

  • Talent at Windsor

    Dancer Daniel Collins, Windsor School gold arts student, under going his award journey by organising a dancing competitionFor four talented Arts Awards students the journey to success is almost completed. But will they meet the criteria for Arts Award gold and silver?

    Beth Davies, Callum Kelly, Anja Samy will hopefully qualify as Arts Awards gold students and Daniel Collins will gain a silver success when their work is examined on April 21.

    All are students at Windsor School which is an Artsmark Gold school and carries Enquiry School Creative Partnerships Status.

  • Packing a Punch

    Hameln Station’s main gym played host to 28 Engineer Regiment’s Inter-Squadron boxing night with eight gripping bouts of talented boxing on display.

    With current regimental deployments to Canada, Kenya and Afghanistan, it was left to 42 Fd Sqn and 65 Fd Sp Sqn to form the red corner and 64 HQ and Sp Sqn joined REME Workshops to form the blue corner.

  • Sub-zero Challenge

    Combined Services Disabled Ski TeamThe recent 2012 Inter-Services Ski and Snowboard Championships (ISSSC) saw the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team (CSDST) put a difficult season behind them to deliver a confident performance.

    Both the more experienced and newer members of the team, who braved the sub-zero conditions in Meribel, France were able to make significant progress.


  • Armed Forces Day

    Royal Naval crew members of HMS Portland perform a field gun run for the pleasure of the 4,000-strong crowd at Leith Docks on Armed Forces Day 2011 This is the fourth year Armed Forces Day will take place. It’s an opportunity to boost public support and appreciation of all those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, veterans and cadets.

    The City of Plymouth, with its historic and distinguished links to the military, has been chosen to host the Armed Forces Day national event this year, this will be complemented by a variety of community-led events in towns and cities across the UK.

    In addition to Armed Forces Day, defence has a major part to play in the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

  • A lasting tribute

    Ian took part in three triathlons and he would have been proud to have the award named in his honourSSAFA Forces Help has announced a new award to celebrate the important role of fund-raisers within the charity.  

    The Ian Sloss Award is named in memory of a community fundraiser from Burton-on-Trent who died while taking part in a triathlon for SSAFA in 2010.

    Ian Sloss, a 64-year-old retired Air Commodore, collapsed during the swimming leg of the event held in London on August 7, 2010 and died in hospital two days later.  A normally fit man, it was the third triathlon Ian had taken part in.

  • Rags to riches

    Soldier Sam-taking the military community by stormA WILTSHIRE doll-maker has been swamped with orders after creating a toy soldier for her sister in Germany.

    Andria Thomas has been working overtime to keep up with demand since word spread in military circles of her handmade customised dolls dubbed Soldier Sam.

    She sparked the craze by sending the ‘Armyfied’ rag doll to Detmold, where her sister Jackie lives with ex-Service husband Harry.

    “Their son Kieran – my nephew – has just passed out of the Army Technical College in Winchester and so I created a soldier doll in his image as a present to the family,” said Andria, 46.

    “Suddenly, I got loads of her friends in Germany wanting their own of their husband or son. It’s really taken off and I am up most of the night doing them.”

  • Open Air in Belgium

    Rock-WerchterTHE Belgian festival Rock Werchter is a long standing annual and highly rated event in the open air season.

    The four day concert will be held this year over the period June 28 to July 1 in a small, centrally located village about 30km north east of Brussels.

    It is rated as one of the top four events of its kind in Europe and has secured multiple awards in the past decade.

  • Rock Classics


    Classic Rock at its best just around the corner from Rheindahlen. Four of the leading protagonists of the genre will perform in one open air event; Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers, Blue Öyster Cult, Roger Chapman and Bachman & Turner.

  • Pub night in JHQ

    Dancing the night away to music provided by Tony T’s Disco and Half CutA whopping €2,019.20 was raised at a Community Pub Night held recently at the Rheindahlen Rooms in JHQ.

    The SSAFA committee felt that there was a gap in the social calendar in Rheindahlen and decided that it was a great opportunity to do a bit of fund-raising and provide a good night’s entertainment for the community at the same time.

    The evening included a general knowledge quiz and darts and there was the chance to win some cash with the money tree and a raffle. A marvellous curry was laid on and there was entertainment from Tony T’s Disco and local band, Half Cut.  

  • N-Joy The Music

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    A highlight of this summer’s open air festival season is the N-Joy Star Show sponsored by a popular radio station. This year the event in June will be headlined by top international artists Pitbull and Taio Cruz, and a special guest yet to be announced. The show will also feature top German band Frida Gold.

    Few performers are able to bridge the gap between music genres with such skill as Pitbull. He combines rap, reggae, Latin pop, electro-disco and R&B into his music.