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  • Army Inter-Corps champions crowned

    For two of the biggest sports of the British Army, the inter-corps champions were recently decided.

    The Royal Logistics Corps were crowned this year’s Football Inter-Corps ChampionsCorps teams for both rugby and football produced outstanding performances but after some great play, the Royal Artillery (RA) were crowned rugby inter-corps champions and The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) inter-corps champions for football.

  • Germany to build air base in Turkey for Daesh campaign

    The German military are planning for a long-term military operation against terror group Daesh, with plans for a €65 million air base in southern Turkey, Spiegel reports.

    The air base will be built at the site in Incirlik where the Bundeswehr is currently flying reconnaissance and refuelling missions into Syria, according to a planning paper from the Defence Ministry seen by Spiegel magazine.

    The new extension to the Turkish base will include an air controller centre for the German aircraft, accommodation for soldiers and a fully equipped combat headquarters.

    Germany is also reportedly in discussions with Ankara about a treaty for stationing German soldiers on Turkish soil for long-term deployments.

  • Oldest message in bottle bobs up, nets finder shilling reward

    The Winklers with the shilling reward and the letter found in a bottle off the German coastA message in a bottle which washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea has been confirmed as the world’s oldest.

    A message in a bottle which washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea has been confirmed as the world’s oldest.

    The bottle was released into the North Sea in 1906 and found by a woman on a beach on the north German island of Amrum last year.

  • German swims from Europe to Africa in under 3 hours

    21-year-old Nathalie Pohl has set a new world record for swimming from Europe to MoroccoA young woman has swum from Europe to Africa in a little under three hours, setting a new world record in the process.

    The temperatures were a chilly 14° C in the Mediterranean last Sunday. But that didn’t stop Nathalie Pohl, a 21-year-old from Marburg, crossing the straits of Gibraltar in two hours and 53 minutes, Bild reports.

    The young athlete had to swim 15km from Tarifa in Spain to Point Cires in Morocco to achieve her goal.

  • Germany News in Brief - April 28, 2016

    2 arrests for blast at Sikh wedding

    ESSEN – German police have arrested two teenagers with Islamist backgrounds over an explosion that wounded three people at a Sikh temple, labelling it a “terrorist attack”.

    The blast that hit an Indian wedding party at the entrance to the temple in Essen on April 16 injured three men, one of them seriously.

    Police arrested two 16-year-olds with known links to regional Islamists over the attack, said city police chief Frank Richter.

    “We have to presume it was a terrorist act – religiously motivated terror by the Islamist scene,” Richter said in a statement, without linking the youths to a particular militant group.

    One of the teenagers had turned himself in to police, and the other had been arrested at his family home.

  • Calling all QRH families!

    With effect from Sunday, May 8, and every second Sunday thereafter until September, UWO would like to invite you to a Families Sunday Event as follows:

    12.30pm: Meet at the Happy Hussars

    1pm–2pm: 3-Course JB’s Lunch

    2pm: Return to Happy Hussars

    2.15–3pm: Children’s Entertainment

    3pm–4pm: General play and bouncy castle.

    The cost of these days are €4.50 per adult and €2 per child. Numbers required by the Monday prior to the event.

  • Teapot Tuesday - May 10

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  • JustGiving - The Great North Run

    Great North Run

  • 1 AMR Coffee Morning/Afternoons

    Now in The Hunger Surgery

    First Tuesday of the month, 10am–11.30am

    Third Tuesday of the month, 3pm–4.30pm

    Come along for a free coffee, tea and biscuits and meet the families of 1 AMR, the Welfare team and other BFG welfare agencies (on occasion).

  • Station 0–5s Roadshow – May 12

    All are welcome to attend the Paderborn Station 0–5s Roadshow on Thursday, May 12 at the Paderborn Community Hub (NAAFI Max).

    Come along and speak face to face with the agencies that support you babies and toddlers, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

  • Statcyc 4 Life 2016

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  • Protect your goods

    Safe sex reminder as antibiotic resistant gonorrhoea investigations continue 

    Public Health England (PHE) is issuing a reminder to the public to practise safe sex by using a condom with new or casual partners.

    The call comes as an increase in antibiotic resistant cases of gonorrhoea continues, a further sign of the very real threat of antibiotic resistance to our ability to treat infections.

    PHE continues to monitor and investigate gonorrhoea cases that are highly resistant to the antibiotic ‘azithromycin’. Cases first emerged in the north of England in November 2014.

    Microbiologists and sexual health doctors in England are being notified that since September 2015 further cases have been confirmed in the West Midlands and in the South of England. This takes the total number of cases confirmed in England, between November 2014 and April 2016, to 34.

  • Two become one

    Amalgamation of Robert Browning
    and William Wordsworth Schools

    Robert Browning School, on Normandy Barracks, was originally a military hospital and celebrated its golden jubilee as a school in July 1997It has been agreed by SCE and Comds BFG and 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade that Robert Browning and William Wordsworth Schools will amalgamate with effect from the beginning of school year 2016/17.

    The two schools are already led by a single executive headteacher, have a joint School Governance Committee and a common budget.

    Amalgamation is the logical next step, providing benefits for pupils and parents resulting from the greater organisational flexibility of working as a single school.

    Consultation with parents, staff and other stakeholders took place last term, with responses clearly in favour of the amalgamation.

  • Five years of friendship

    Paderborn marksmen’s club and 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade celebrate partnership anniversary 

    Music for the friendship parade in Paderborn was provided by The Band of The King’s DivisionThree hundred officers and soldiers from 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade and affiliated units recently paraded through the streets of Paderborn city centre together with the Paderborner-Bürger Schützenverein (PBSV).

    The parade was used to mark the fifth anniversary of the two organisations coming together in an official partnership of friendship and camaraderie which was signed in 2011 by the then brigadier and now Gen Patrick Sanders and Herr Elmar Kloke, PBSV. 

    Members of Headquarters 20th Armd Inf Bde, 5 RIFLES, The QRH, 1 Armd Med Regt, 35 Engr Regiment, and 1 PWRR formed up with their respective allied Kompanies, namely Heide, Konigsträßer, Kamper, Maspern and Western outside the beautiful Paderborn cathedral, an impressive sight with more than 600 personnel on parade.

    The parade stepped off with alternate British and German detachments under the leadership and command of Maj Alan Somerville who organised and coordinated the British contribution to the event.

  • Traffic lights for smartphone addicts

    In a bid to keep phone addicts safe, Augsburg has embedded lights into the road at a pedestrian crossing so texters needn’t raise their heads to tell when it’s safe to crossBeing distracted by your phone while crossing the road could cost you your life, with ‘texting zombies’ four times more likely not to spot oncoming traffic.

    The phenomenon has even been given its own German name, “smombie” – a combination of smartphone and zombie – which was voted Youth Word of the Year in 2015.

    In March, a 15-year-old girl in München was run over by a tram while looking at her smartphone while wearing headphones. She was dragged along by the train and died, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

    In Augsburg, meanwhile, on two recent occasions pedestrians have been hit by the quiet electric street trains while looking at their phones, but both luckily came away with only light injuries.

    Now Augsburg has decided it’s time to act, and has installed ground level traffic lights to warn people who are looking down at their screens that a tram is approaching.

  • Pensioner’s dreams dashed

    Erwin D with his lottery ticketSpare a thought for Bavarian pensioner, Erwin D, who NEARLY won €8.9million on the lottery last week.

    After spending the afternoon with friends, one of whom said Erwin should play the lottery as it was his lucky day, the 70-year-old went to his local Lotto shop and handed in his ticket.

    That evening he sat glued to the television and watched with increasing disbelief as all his six numbers were drawn – 2, 13, 17, 35, 36, 49 and the bonus number 7.

    In just a few minutes Erwin was a multimillionaire.

  • Job opportunities

    Looking for an interesting and varied job?

    Check out two opportunities now open for applications: Garrison Information Officer (GIO) and Assistant Garrison Information Officer (AGIO).

    For details visit:

    bfgnet.de/paderborn-area/paderborn/062-16-garrison-information-officer.html

    bfgnet.de/paderborn-area/paderborn/061-16-assistant-garrison-information-officer.html

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  • Pancakes and PJs Party – May 7

    Pancakes & PJs Party

  • QRH Ladies Pamper Night

    Pamper Night is fast approaching on April 29 at the Sergeants’ Mess, 7pm–11pm.

    There will be beauticians, crystal healing, Reiki Mediumship, Tarot card readings and hypnosis available for help with phobias, anxiety, depression and confidence.

    Please note that all treatments are cash on the night and there is no food at this event.

  • SSAFA Knitting Group

    SSAFA is looking for a knitting group to help us with a new, top secret fund-raising initiative. We need any interested knitters to respond by the first week in May.

    Find out more by contacting Sarah Brody on 0044 2074 639320 or 0044 7500 916501.

  • Barker's Bingo – May 6

    Barker’s Bingo at the Tigers Den

    There will be an evening of bingo fun at the Tigers Den, Barkers Barracks in Paderborn on Friday, May 6.

    Door open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm.

    Anyone aged over 18 years is welcome to come along.

    Call Sgt Nige Thompson on 0176 47071012 for more information.

  • Paderborn United Cake Sale and Beat the Goalie

    Pad Utd Cake Sale & Beat the Goalie event for charity

  • Medical centres May closures

    BFG medical centres will be closed on the following days in May due to German bank holidays:

    Thursday, May 5

    Monday, May 16

    Thursday, May 26

    In the event of an emergency contact 112.

    If you require medical advice during these bank holidays, please contact the 24/7 Telephone Assessment Service (TAS) on 0521 305 3961.

    For all the information you need about BFG healthcare please visit www.patient-wise.de.

  • Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Westfalen

    From May 9, 2016 the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Westfalen will be based at John Farmer Building, Normandy Barracks, Sennelager, BFPO 16.

    For appointments at any DCMH location (Bielefeld, Gütersloh or Sennelager) with effect from May 9 call our new central number: Mil 79 4551 or Civ 05254 982 4551.

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

  • Seasonal allergy prescriptions

    If you were prescribed hay fever medication last year you will be able to obtain a repeat prescription with a simple telephone request.

    You would not normally be required to see your GP, however, the pharmacy technician in the dispensary will be able to advise you. Please contact your medical centre dispensary.

    Barker Barracks – Tel: Mil 79 3026 or Civ: 05251 101026

    Bielefeld – Tel: Mil 81 3868 or Civ: 0521 9254 3868

    Gütersloh – Tel: Mil 73 3240 or Civ: 05241 84 3240

    Sennelager – Tel: Mil 79 2414 or Civ: 05254 982 2414

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

  • Strikes to ground dozens of flights on April 27

    Six German airports will face strikes on Wednesday (April 27), with Europe's largest airline Lufthansa warning that many of its flights will be cancelled.

    The strikes are set to hit Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Köln-Bonn, Dortmund and Hannover airports as service workers' union Verdi enters a battle with the government over pay rises for the public sector.

    Verdi says that workers deserve a pay raise of six per cent, and many German states have seen walkouts at kindergartens, hospitals, town halls and local transport as well.

  • Bus and Tram strike in Bielefeld – April 26

    MoBiel, the local transport operator in Bielefeld, has announced a one-day strike in the city on Tuesday, April 26.

    MoBiel buses and trams will NOT be running from 4am on Tuesday to 2am on Wednesday.

    For details about which services will operate, ie those run by affiliated provides, visit: http://goo.gl/B2oVBN (in German).

  • Auf Wiedersehen Pet

    Robin Joll in his barn converted into boarding kennels.  Behind him is his famous doggie hall of fame.

    Kennel owner and former SSVC employee Robin Joll takes a snapshot of every one of his four-legged guests to hang in the Pets Holiday Home hall of fame.

    It’s a gesture that epitomises the personal service the 55-year-old provides for the BFG community and beyond.

    Robin sees himself as a “pet-sitter” and prefers to call his business a “doggie daycare” rather than boarding kennels.

    “It’s a kindergarten for dogs, because many are left here for the day by customers who work long shifts and don’t want their pets to be alone,” says Robin, whose Pets Holiday Home is located in rural Delbrück-Bentfeld, near Paderborn. “I call them permanent dog boarders.”

  • Engineers charge to league victory

    During an action-packed 90 minutes, 35 Engineer Regiment beat 6 Regiment RLC 2-1, to take the Army Football League (Germany) title.

    35 Engr Regt go in to tackleFrom the start both sides, 35 Engr Regt in red and 6 Regt in green, produced an impressive standard of football.

  • Twickenham awaits for BA(G) youth

    Children of the BA(G) Youth Rugby Team are preparing for an experience of a life time: a tag rugby game at Twickenham during half-time of the Army Navy game in front of 80,000 people on April 30.

    One player dodges round to defend his tagSome 24 children from the three BA(G) rugby teams: Paderborn Pirates, Bielefeld Bulldogs and Gütersloh Giants have been selected to play at Twickenham, the home of English rugby, something rugby fans could only dream of.

  • The First to Step Forward

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    BIG hearted, Marion Ritchie is a lynchpin in the BFG community.  Her warm nature and 

    kindness shines through as she carries out many roles to support the military, including St John Ambulance volunteer, manager of PRB cinema, Health and Safety Representative and supporting the Royal British Legion (RBL).  

    As Marion approaches retirement, she reflects on her time within BFG as one of the leading members of St John Ambulance. 

  • Corps, didn’t they do well!

    One of their most successful ski and snowboard seasons to date has been enjoyed by 6 Regt RLC.

    6 Regiment RLC with this season trophy haulIn all three categories: Alpine, Nordic and snowboard, the soldiers’ training and preparation paid off as they finished combined champions at the RLC and Divisional Championships and finishing second at the Army Championship.

    For both the Nordic and Alpine skiers the season started in early October with Exercise Ski Skills; a pre-season training programme in Hinterlux, Austria. The training then moved on to Norway for Exercise Knees Bend, a further four-week training programme before competition began at Exercise Pipedown in Les Contamines, France.

  • Here come the girls

    A once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic adventure beckons for a group of female soldiers currently training for a place on Exercise Ice Maiden - an expedition of six female British soldiers attempting to cross the Antarctic under their own steam in October 2017.

    The Ice Maidens with women from the Norwegian army.As hopefuls for the first all-female British military team ever to attempt this feat, the soldiers will potentially trek 1,700km in temperatures as low as -80 degrees Celsius and battle wind speeds of more than 60mph during the 75-day trek from Leverett Glacier to the South Pole to Hercules Inlet.

    Exercise Ice Bambi in Norway sees the 22 regular and Reservist troops undertake eight arduous days of the Royal Marines’ Arctic Survival Course and learn basic ski touring with the Norwegian Army in one of the most challenging environments in the world.

  • Marksmen on target

    Visitors from local marksmen’s club take aim on Ex Maspern Bugle 

    Members of the Maspern-Kompanie visit the Warrant Officers and Serjeants’ Mess 5 RIFLES for drinks and awardsMembers of the Paderborn Maspern-Kompanie sport shooting club were invited by B Company 5th Battalion The Rifles to participate in Ex Maspern Bugle on March 17.

    The 13 visitors from the club were given the chance to fire infantry weapons, compete in marksmanship, witness the capabilities of 102 Squadron 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, and gain an insight into the training conducted by 5 RIFLES.

    The Maspern are part of the Paderborn Schützenverein who can trace their history back to medieval times when Paderborn was a walled city with five gates.  

  • Going to g reat measures

    Collecting on a grand scale: Günter Uhlig in his cellar museum of folding rulesFolding rules – sometimes call zig-zag or jointed rules – are his great passion: the 76-year-old Günter Uhlig has been collecting the measuring instruments for four decades and now has a staggering 36,400 examples of the tool commonly used by builders.

    In fact, his collection is now so vast that he has converted the cellar in his house in Wiedensahl, Lower Saxony, into a museum.

    In the underground corridor and adjoining four rooms, the yardsticks hang by the thousands from the ceiling, lie on tables and are stacked up the walls on specially designed shelves.

    There are so many that, according to Günter, laid end to end they would measure 60km, the distance from his house to the state capital Hannover.

  • First Syrian refugees arrive under disputed Turkey deal

    The first Syrian refugees arrived at Hannover airport on MondayThe first Syrians arrived in Germany from Istanbul on Monday under a controversial EU-Turkey migrant exchange pact, an official from the German federal refugee office told AFP.

    The arrivals of mostly women and children flew into Hannover and were taken to a refugee shelter in Göttingen 140 km away.

    Under the scheme agreed with the EU last month, one Syrian refugee will be settled in Europe legally in return for every migrant taken back by Turkey from EU member Greece, which has faced the biggest influx in recent months.

  • Residents worry about new occupants of former British school

    The former Sir John Mogg School in Detmold will soon be used to house 85 refugees – local residents are concernedA former British primary school in Detmold will soon be home to some 85 refugees – but those living nearby have raised concerns.

    Sir John Mogg School, which has stood empty for more than a year, will come to life again as the town tries to house the new inhabitants.

    “We are just 250 people on this estate,” a local resident told Lippische Zeitung in an email, pointing out the ratio of refugees to residents would be 1:3 compared to 1:10 in other areas of the town.

    He was concerned that the town had no security plan in spite of there being many young families living in the area, and suggested that newly built homes would depreciate in value.

  • Burglaries hit 15-year high

    More than 160,000 burglaries were reported in Germany in 2015Latest police figures show that more than 160,000 burglaries were reported in Germany in 2015 – an increase of nearly 10 per cent from 2014, and a 15-year high.

    Last year’s rise in break-ins was particularly high in the state of Hamburg, where there were 5,200 reported cases. Some 3,700 attempted burglaries were also registered. According to Hamburg police, the total damaged caused amounted to €20.2 million.

  • Germany News in Brief - April 7, 2016

    Germans feature in Panama Papers

    MÜNCHEN – German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) on Tuesday itemised corporations (including 28 banks) and individuals implicated by 100 media groups in a global leak of Panama law office documents, saying Germans invested a “hell of a lot of money” in offshore firms.

    The Panama-based legal consultancy, Mossack Fonseca, had hit back overnight following the revelations on Monday, saying it had set up offshore firms for clients for a “variety of legitimate reasons” and had never been charged for criminal wrongdoing.

    Justice minister Heiko Maas told the SZ that he wanted tighter German laws against money-laundering, including a “transparency register,” designed to deter tax evasion and funding of terror groups.

    The SZ said most Germans identified in the leak were not especially prominent but ranged from nobility, society ladies, community service award recipients, senior managers and property traders to brothel operators.

  • Unlawful downloading and file-sharing advice - April 7

    The following article is aimed at assisting members of the British Forces community who have received letters from German law firms specialising in claims against unlawful downloading or file sharing of music or films.

    Downloading without payment is unlawfulIt is not meant to be legal advice, but simply to suggest pragmatic ways of approaching the problem.

    Anybody who encounters a problem in this area should seek their own legal advice. 

    While most people have at some point or other downloaded music or films from an Internet website, very few net surfers seem to be aware that downloading without payment is unlawful. In simple terms it is considered to be theft.

    Legally it is known as a breach of German copyright law (‘Urheberrechtsgesetz’), which is both a criminal and a civil offence.

  • Former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher dies, aged 89

    As foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher was instrumental in overseeing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of GermanyHans-Dietrich Genscher, Germany’s popular, long serving foreign minister and vice-chancellor has died at his home near Bonn, on March 31 surrounded by family. The cause was given as heart failure.

    He is known as one of the key architects of Germany’s reunification of east and west in 1990.

    Genscher rose through the Liberal party ranks, becoming a member of the Bundestag and was named interior minister by Chancellor Willy Brandt in 1969. Five years later he became foreign minister, a post he held until 1992, serving under chancellors Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl.

    He was leader of the Free Democrat Party (FDP) from 1974 to 1985. He stands out in Germany as one of the most popular political leaders and most influential figures among the liberals.

  • Honest Köln woman gives back €48,000 found on street

    Found in the street: €48,000It’s not every day you come across a bag stuffed with enough banknotes to put a deposit down on a house. But that didn’t stop a Köln woman doing her civic duty.

    The 32-year-old woman found the money in a parking space in the Chorweiler district of the city last week, police reported.

    To her surprise the bag was full of banknotes – €48,000 worth. And there was no-one in the vicinity to whom it might have belonged.

  • Changes in LOA and FFR

    All BFG personnel are advised that from April 1, 2016, the Forces Fixed Rate (FFR) has decreased from €1.38 to €1.29 per pound sterling.

    Military personnel are advised that from April 1 the rate of Local Overseas Allowance (LOA) has changed.

    The daily rates for accompanied personnel have increased by 78 per cent on average, while single / unaccompanied rates have increased by 210 per cent on average.  

    The Forces Fixed Rate (FFR), the exchange rate that the MoD uses to pay us, decreased from €1.38 to €1.29 per pound sterling.

    That means you will receive fewer euros per pound sterling, and therefore, the allowance you receive to offset the costs of living overseas was increased.  

  • The new edition of Punchlines is out now!

    PunchlinesAprilMay2016In the April/May edition of Punchlines read about the fund-raising for Fiji that has taken place across the garrison.

    There is plenty to look forward to as the warmer weather comes, including the SSAFA Summer Fête. 

    View online here

  • Watt a bike Race

    The BA(G) wattbike series continued last week, with cyclists participating in their third race.

    All the cyclists felt the burn upon reaching the finishIn the penultimate race of the season, cyclists tested themselves in a bid to get every possible point to edge themselves further up the table.

  • Volleying for victory

    Despite being only at the halfway stage, it was all to play for during the second round of the BA(G) volleyball league.

    1 Armoured Medical Regiment look to score a pointOnly two teams can go forward and represent BA(G) in the Army volleyball finals next month and as the BA(G) league finishes in early May, it was the top two teams at the half way stage who would make the finals in the UK.

    With the possibilty of making the Army championships, all seven teams taking part played their best volleyball of the league so far.

  • German president thanks British troops

    Germany commemorates Bergen-Belsen liberation

     The ceremony on Sunday, April 26, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Bergen, attended by German president Joachim Gauck, president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder and 90 Holocaust survivorsGerman President Joachim Gauck paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of prisoners held at the Bergen-Belsen POW-turned-concentration camp, which was liberated by British Forces 70 years ago.

    “We must look to the past to put an end to injustice,” said Gauck, speaking at the site of the Nazi internment camp where over 70,000 people were murdered between 1941 and 1945.

    In his key-note address at the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, the president implored those present to do justice to what he called modern Germany’s moral duty.

    “We commit ourselves to the obligation of never denying these crimes, or relativising them, and of preserving the memories of the victims.”

    Present for the ceremony were some 90 survivors of the Bergen-Belsen camp.

    “The British soldiers were the ambassadors of a democratic culture that wasn’t bent on avenging the crimes of its enemy, and this helped Germany restore its obligation anew to justice and the dignity of the human being,” Gauck said, before professing his “deep need” to thank Great Britain for liberating Bergen-Belsen.

  • Half-term holiday highlights

    The Army Welfare Service has organised a great line-up of events for families and children to enjoy over the half-term break.

    For more information on the activities, call AWS on 05254 9824340, email: paderborn.youthzone@gmail.com or get in touch via the Facebook page: AWS Paderborn Youthzone.

    Sign up deadline is Wednesday, May 20.

  • Curry Lunch fund-raiser - Barker Barracks

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  • ‘Trekker Willi’ heads to Norway

    Trekker WilliSpring is in the air and Trekker Willi, Germany’s answer to Jack Kerouac, is hitting the road again aboard his trusty tractor Robert.

    Winfried Langner, aka Trekker Willi, first shot to fame in Germany two years ago when he drove his vintage tractor from his home in Lower Saxony to Majorca in memory of his wife Anna, who had recently died.

    Now the 79-year-old is about to set off on a new adventure, and this time he’s heading north – to the very top of Norway.

    It was unclear why he had chosen Norway, but it seems that he has a lot to learn about the place.

    He happily admits that he knows “absolutely nothing” about the country and doesn’t speak a word of the language either.

    The round trip is a cool 7,600 km, and since Robert’s top speed is a rather sluggish 18 km/h, he reckons it will take him around five months to complete the trip to the northernmost point in Europe and back again.

  • Fund-raiser: Saving Pound Dogs Cyprus


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  • B# Sharps Live - May 2

    Popular covers band B# Sharps will be performing in the Auld Triangle pub in Paderborn town centre on May 2, starting at 9pm.

    Headed by SCE teacher Steve Jessop on lead guitar, the group has been performing in Paderborn and other British garrison towns for more than 10 years.

    Steve says: “We’re a fun loving, entertaining band who creates upbeat music from across the decades and the genres of soul, pop, rock, new wave – so come along for a good night out.”

    Any PECs and PMCs looking for a live band for up coming mess functions should check out this top Anglo-German band.

  • Questions about resettlement?

    If you have any questions regarding resettlement and personal development, come along to a meeting with Clive Knaggs, the IERO from 51 AEC.

    Clive will be in Catterick Barracks, Bielefeld on Friday, May 8, from 9am to 12.30pm to offer a drop-in service for questions and queries on resettlement, personal development, learning credits and the Army Skills Offer.

    To make an appointment, call Gütersloh Mil (73) 2062, or drop in on the day at Catterick Barracks, building 8, room 24/first floor near the eLC.

  • Buried with honour

    Reinterment ceremony at Commonwealth War Graves Commission Prowse Point Military Cemetery near Ypres, in BelgiumMore than 100 years after they were killed in action in October 1914, six British soldiers have been reinterred. 

    The soldiers were burried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Prowse Point Military Cemetery near Ypres, in Belgium.

  • Gütersloh wine fair

    Gütersloh Wine Fair

    WineFairKolbeplatz, town centre

    May 22–25

    Timings: Friday 6pm–11pm,
    Saturday/Sunday, noon–11pm,
    Monday, noon – 8pm

    Take the opportunity to sample wines from five regions in Germany and meet the growers. There will also be a full programme of entertainment.

  • 1 MWD Regt Families Events

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  • Secure your valuables

    There has been an increase in thefts from motor vehicles recently in the Paderborn and Sennelager areas.

    The Royal Military Police and the German civil police are working to tackle this problem.

    Vehicle owners are advised to double check that their car is secured when leaving it and to take all personal and electrical equipment out of the vehicle when not in use. 

    Do not leave the satellite navigation systems in the car or glove compartment and when removing the equipment, do not forget to erase the suction mark it leaves on the windscreen.

    Please contact the RMP and tell them about your concerns or if you see any suspicious activity. 

    All calls are dealt with professionally and in full confidence and will be gratefully received.

    If you have any information relating to this matter please call: 

    Sgt Campbell-Robson or Cpl Strickland, Local Intelligence, tel: 05254 982 2467 or Sennelager Mil (79) 2467

    The Military Police Station, tel: 05254 982 2222/23 or Sennelager Mil (79) 2222/23.

  • UK entry visa renewal

    ARE YOU AN ARMED FORCES DEPENDANT?

    ARE YOU A NON EEA CITIZEN AND ALREADY HAVE A UK ENTRY VISA?

    WILL IT EXPIRE BEFORE YOU LEAVE BFG?

    If you can answer yes to these questions, you need to check in with your unit welfare office to discuss how to renew your visa before it expires. 

    It is important to be aware that your current visa may already be counting towards you gaining UK settlement. However, if you allow it to expire you will be disadvantaging yourself and need to start the five year qualifying period again.

  • Free First Aid training in May

    St John Ambulance BFG is pleased to be able to offer a one-day free certified Community First Aid course for those who support the BFG community.

    You can choose to attend on either Sunday, May 24 or Monday, May 25, from 10am to 4pm, at the Arndtstrasse Community Centre in Paderborn.

    To book call 01722 578097 or email: mike.thomason@sja.org.uk

  • Congratulations

    Members of the BFG community presented with commendations by the then GOC BFG, Maj Gen John Henderson

    WO1 (ASM) Michael Jordan receives a Commander Land Forces (CLF) Commendation

    Gut-PresAs the ASM of the 28 Engineer Regiment Workshop, with both the OC and 2IC deployed on Op Tosca, WO1 Michael Jordan played a pivotal role in the closure of the regiment. He was responsible for the drawdown, disposal and transfer of the vehicle fleet to BATUS across BFG units and to TFSU(G), the back loading of 600 weapon and sustaining the wide wet gap crossing capability. He then oversaw the subsequent move to Minden and the 23 Amphibious Engineer Troop move to 75 Engr Regt. He also supervised the back loading of the workshop equipment table, handover of technical and living accommodation and the assignment of workshop personnel. He is recognised for his outstanding contribution to 28 Engr Regt

  • One hill of a sport

    On a very wet and cold day, 2 Field Company participated in a cross-country competition hosted at the Tierpark, Bielefeld.

    This was the first of five planned events contributing towards the inaugural Officer Commanding Challenge Plate taking place throughout 2015.

     The main effort of the Inter-Platoon cross-country competition was to encourage department rivalry and boost team cohesion.

  • Germany News in Brief - April 23, 2015

    Merkel: Stop migrant traffickers

    BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that everything would be done to prevent more migrants dying in the Mediterranean in their quest for a better life in Europe.

    “We will do everything to prevent further victims perishing in the most agonising way on our doorstep in the Mediterranean which isn’t compatible with our values,” Merkel told a meeting with non-governmental organisations in Berlin. “We must and will do everything to stop traffickers,” she added.

    Earlier her spokesman said Merkel, like millions of Germans, was appalled by Sunday’s capsizing of a fishing boat off the coast of Libya in which more than 700 people drowned, a few days after hundreds died in another incident.

  • Ceremonies mark liberation of 2 Nazi camps 70 years ago

    Officials in Germany have commemorated the liberation of two Nazi concentration camps 70 years ago in the closing days of the Second World War.

    Petr Mischtschuk, a survivor of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, reflects on the anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Polish troopsPoland’s first lady, Anna Komorowska, joined in remembrance activities on Sunday at the site of the Ravensbrück women’s camp in northern Germany. Many of the prisoners came from Poland.

    Komorowska, wife of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, planted a memorial rose along with Daniela Schadt, partner of German President Joachim Gauck, and camp survivor Annette Chalut.

  • Simba's ordeal

    A cat has been freed after surviving for four weeks while walled in under a bathtub.

    Simba is slowly recovering after his weeks-long ordealSimba, from Meckenheim in North Rhine-Westphalia, was freed by firefighters after a neighbour heard a scratching sound in her newly-renovated bathroom.

    “It’s a miracle,” said owner Helga Henkel, who lost track of Simba at the beginning of March. “We looked everywhere for Simba, hung up notices, watched out for cats’ eyes with a torch at night,” she said.

    Professor Reto Neiger of the Small Animals Clinic in Gießen said that cats could survive for a long time on very little water, as they were formerly desert-dwelling animals.

    Although four weeks is a long time to survive in such a case, it’s not completely out of the ordinary, he added.

    Henkel said that while Simba isn’t quite back to his old self yet, he has already regained a lot of his lost weight.

  • Wir sprechen Deutsch

    German is world’s fourth most popular language, study finds

    LanguageAfter 15 years of research and a 1,300 page book on the subject, sociolinguistics professor Dr Ulrich Ammon has found that German is surprisingly popular with language learners all over the world.

    Prof Ammon found that German is ranked 10th globally in terms of native speakers, of which there are around 104 million, but fourth in terms of non-native speakers who have learnt the language. 

    The top three language choices are English, French and Mandarin.

    “People get the impression that when you learn German, you are gaining access to countries that are flourishing economically, which in turn brings better career opportunities as well as education and training,” he said.

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  • Introduction to German course

    An Introduction to German course will be held in Bielefeld on May 4–8, daily from 9am to 2.30pm.

    The cost is €48.

    Register now by calling Emma Simpson on Bielefeld Mil 948 81 3772 or 0521 9254 3772.

  • Self-defence seminar

    A two-part self-defence seminar will be held at Robert Browning School, Normandy Barracks, on April 25 and May 2, for any-one aged 15 years and older, cost: €12 per person.

    For full details, call Keith Bailey on 01746 932256.

  • Closure of Gütersloh LSU

    Gütersloh Labour Support Unit (LSU), as an employing agency, will close its doors on December 31, 2016. This is widely known in the station and all employees have been informed. Understandably, this is unsettling news and poses many questions. 

    In recognition of this the LSU have scheduled regular briefings between now and the closure. 

    For dependant employees, the next set of these briefings is taking place between now and April 28, and timings and locations have been arranged in order to accommodate as large an attendance as possible – please see the schedule at the end of this article. 

  • B# Sharps have it covered

    Popular covers band B# Sharps will be performing in the Auld Triangle pub in Paderborn town centre on May 2 starting at around 9pm.

    Headed by SCE teacher Steve Jessop on lead guitar, the group has been performing in Paderborn and other British garrison towns for more than 10 years.

    Steve says: "We're a fun loving, entertaining band who creates upbeat music from across the decades and the genres of soul, pop, rock, new wave – so come along for a good night out."

    Any PECs and PMCs looking for a live band for up coming mess functions should check out this top Anglo-German band.

  • Lancers renew an old bond with Rome

    Maj Simon Doherty presents Pope Francis with a copy of the regimental historyTroops from the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) (9/12 L) paraded in the Vatican on March 4, 2015 – reconfirming a 200-year-old relationship with the Papacy.

    Following their final tour where the numerals XII were taken into action in their tercentenary, three officers and seven soldiers of 9/12 L marched into St Peter's square at the head of the band of the Royal Armoured Corps, in front of 24,000 people

    During Britain's war with France, the 12th Light Dragoons were put ashore at Civitavecchia, north-east of Rome, on their first overseas tour in 1794.

  • Veterans to play key role in VE Day 70 celebrations

    A truck of revellers passing through the Strand, London (Photo by Imperial War Museum)Second World War generation will be at the heart of all activity as the Royal British Legion gets set to play one of the main roles in this year's VE Day 70 events.

    People across the UK are also marking this milestone by attending or organising their own events as the nation comes together to celebrate.

    A series of national commemorative events will take place in London, and community events and celebrations are being organised across the country over the weekend of 8-10 May, the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe.

  • Enquiry into 1989 murder of Army wife reopened

    The family of murdered soldier’s wife Heidi Hazell are confident of justice as her case is reopened (Sixth Sense, March 19).

    In 1989, the IRA killed Hazell near her home in a Dortmund suburb. The German Attorney’s Office has now agreed to re-open their investigation after a series of campaigns by the family.

  • Recognition of service to Westfalen Garrison

    Colonel David Kelly, Commander Westfalen Garrison, has once again had the privilege of showing the community’s appreciation to the civilian staff who work within Paderborn Station.

    Herr Udo Fröhlich receives a Certificate of Appreciation for his 41 years of service to British Forces Germany from Colonel David Kelly, Commander Westfalen GarrisonOn March 31, Col Kelly presented Herr Udo Fröhlich a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the former GOC BFG, Maj Gen John Henderson. 

    The certificate was awarded to Herr Fröhlich on his last day of work after 41 years of service.

    Udo has worked as the station utilities advisor, a post he started in 1999, having already worked with the British Forces in Germany since 1973. 

    Udo will now be able to enjoy his retirement. However, before his departure, he thanked his colleagues, past and present, for making his time with the Armed Forces  such an enjoyable and memorable journey.

  • Forces’ financial future

    Launch of Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015

    The online pension calculator allows Service personnel to forecast the benefits that they may receive under AFPS 15The Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015 (AFPS 15) launched on April 1. A summary of some of the key features of the scheme are given below:

    In April 2013 the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 granted powers to the Government to close legacy pension schemes to new members and transfer existing members to the new public service pension schemes, including AFPS 15, unless they qualified for transitional protection.

    Rights to benefits already earned in legacy Armed Forces pension schemes, up to and including March 31, 2015, will be protected. That proportion of benefits will be paid at the same time as they would be under the legacy scheme rules and linked to final pensionable pay.

  • Sadness and joy for Army

    There were mixed emotions at the Inter Services in Portsmouth as the Army men and women concluded their 2015 campaign at Fratton Park and HMS Temeraire respectively.

    After their 5-3 victory over the RAF at the Aldershot Military Stadium the previous week, the Army women entered their final fixture aware that just a point against the Royal Navy would be sufficient to crown them Inter-Services champions in Portsmouth.

  • Lords of the Ring

    1 RLC’s evening in the ring determined representatives at RLC Championships Cheered on by their friends and colleagues, soldiers from 1 Logistics Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (1 Log Sp RLC) entered the ring to battle it out in the inter-squadron boxing finals.

    They were fighting not only for squadron supremacy but for a chance to represent the regiment at the forthcoming RLC championships.

    In an night that saw courageous and passionate boxing from all the competitors it was 2 Close Support Squadron (2 CS Sqn) who eventually emerged victorious and secured the bragging rights of the Gütersloh-based regiment winning six of the 11 bouts.

  • Repayment demand: €4,632,124,357,000,001

    That’s the sum that a German woman from Baden-Württemburg was told to pay back to the pensions office last week.

    A mistake at the office in Essen meant that the unnamed woman with a part-time job was asked to pay €4.6 quadrillion in contributions – more than a thousand times Germany’s GDP in 2014. 

  • Death of Nobel-winning author Günter Grass, 87

    For many Günter Grass embodies post-war German literature like no other writer. He was not only an eloquent writer and an unconventional graphic artist and sculptor but also an unflinching critic of current affairsGermany’s Nobel laureate Günter Grass, widely regarded as the country’s most famous writer, died on Monday at the age of 87, his publishing company said.

    Grass, whose works include The Tin Drum and Cat and Mouse, died in a hospital in Lübeck, the Steidl publishing house said on Twitter.

    Best known for his distinctive style of magic realism, Grass’ most famous novel The Tin Drum was turned into an Oscar-winning film by Völker Schlöndorf in 1979.

    A prolific writer of novels, poems and plays over a period of decades, Grass constantly called Germany’s past into question, and eventually received the Nobel Prize for Literature in the twilight of his career in 1999.

    He became an intellectual icon in the second half of the 20th century, and was easily recognisable through his bushy moustache and ever-present pipe.

  • Woman faked plane crash link for free flights

    A woman who obtained multiple free flights to southern France by pretending to be the cousin of a Germanwings flight 4U9525 victim now faces legal action by the airline’s parent company Lufthansa.

    The Halterner Zeitung, a local paper from the town which lost 16 school pupils in the March 24 Germanwings plane crash, reported that the woman claimed to be the cousin of one of the two teachers on the plane. The teachers and students were on their way back from an exchange programme in Barcelona.

  • Germany News in Brief - April 16, 2015

    Break-ins hit 16-year high

    BERLIN – The number of burglaries in Germany in 2014 rose for the eighth consecutive year.

    Police figures released on Monday show an estimated two per cent increase in the number of break-ins nationwide.

    In total 152,000 incidents were reported to the police during the year, the highest level in the last 16 years.

    In 10 of Germany’s 16 federal states, the number of burglaries rose in comparison with 2013, according to statistics provided by individual states; the highest increase came in Bavaria, where incidence of the crime rose by 30 per cent. 

    “The good news is that 40 percent of burglaries fail during the attempt,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière of the Christian Democrats (CDU) told Bild newspaper. “That shows that securing our properties helps.”

    The interior minister suggested he would support material incentives whereby investment in anti-burglary systems could be deducted against tax.

  • School’s out for Wilma

    Farewell surprises at William Wordsworth School

    Wilma – an inspiration to all pupils and staff at William Wordsworth SchoolIt was a sad day for pupils, staff and Paderborn Station when Wilma Simpson spent her last day as head teacher of William Wordsworth School. After 32 years of service to SCE Schools, Wilma is returning to Scotland on retirement. 

    On March 27, Wilma was surprised to arrive at the school to find the staff and pupils were dressed in red, green and tartan, in recognition of Wilma’s heritage.

    With the pride of Scotland ringing true, Wilma fought back a few tears as the school set about giving her a farewell that she will never forget.

    The day began with a school assembly during which the pupils sang their farewell song and was followed by the showing of a video  in which the pupils answered questions about their head teacher.

  • Bake for Heroes cake sale – Bielefeld

    Help raise some dough for our heroes and come along to the Bake for Heroes cake sale on Wednesday, April 22, from 10am to 11.30am.

    The stand will be outside JB’s, Catterick Barracks in Bielefeld.

    If you would like to bake some cakes, contact Community Support on 0521 9254 3208.

  • Midwives Drop-In in Gütersloh

    Bored? Isolated? A new mum? We would like to welcome you to the new Midwives Drop-In venue on Princess Royal Barracks opening on Monday, April 20 and every Monday from 2–4pm.

    Come and join us for coffee and a chat, receive baby care advice and lots more.

    The venue is located between the former 1 LSR Welfare Office and the fire station – look out for the yellow signs that have been placed throughout camp.

  • Children’s storytime coming soon

    Starting on Tuesday, April 21, 10.30am to 11.30am, Bielefeld library on Catterick Barracks will be offering a free Storytime for all pre-school children (age three and under).

    Just turn up and enjoy some of the most popular children’s books in a welcoming and friendly environment.

    Not a member of the library yet? Then join up on the day and your children will receive their own library cards and may borrow up to six books at a time free of charge.

  • All the bells and bristles - Events in Gütersloh and Bielefeld

    Tweed run – Gütersloh

    Sit-up-and-begs and boneshakers ridden by snazzy, elegant cyclists are a sight to savour at the Gütersloh Tweed Run this Sunday, April 19If you happen to be in Gütersloh this Sunday afternoon, April 19, and you see a group of 50 nattily dressed people on historic velocipedes, don’t be alarmed.

    You are witnessing German Anglophiles celebrating a bygone age of bicycles and fashion on the second Gütersloh Tweed Run.

    The event begins and ends at the town museum on Kökerstrasse, and the leisurely cycle ride around Gütersloh’s best known sights takes place from noon to 6pm. 

    The Tweed Run event originated in London in 2009 and quickly caught the imagination of retro fashionistas around the world. 

    In such far-flung places as Australia and Russia, Japan and Singapore, as well as all over Europe, fans of cycling and tweed take to the streets once a year and pedal their way round the route, stopping for a picnic, tea or to watch a troupe perform the dance of the age, the Lindy – all of which you will see in Gütersloh too – so don’t miss it.

  • Mother of 13 pregnant with quadruplets at age 65

    65-year-old teacher Annegret is pregnant with quads; she retires this yearA 65-year-old German mother of 13 is getting ready to give birth again – this time to quadruplets.

    Annegret Raunigk, a Berlin schoolteacher who is due to retire this year, is expected to give birth to the four babies within the next two months, Bild newspaper and RTL television reported.

    She already has children ranging in age from nine to 44, from five fathers. Raunigk said she decided to become pregnant again because her nine-year-old daughter wanted a younger sibling.

    Her decision was met with widespread criticism by medical professionals as a risk both to her and the unborn babies.

    “Any pregnancy of a woman over age 45 has to be considered a high-risk; over 60 this is extreme,” Dr Holger Stepan, head of obstetrics at the University of Leipzig, told the dpa news agency.

    “The 65-year-old body is definitely not designed to carry a pregnancy, not of one child and certainly not of quadruplets.”

    Raunigk told Bild that donated eggs were fertilised and implanted at a clinic outside Germany, which was successful only after multiple attempts.

    About her critics she said: “They can think what they want. I think it’s right.”

  • Years of dedicated service

    DMWS welfare officers providing support in Camp BastionThe Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been providing help and support to the Armed Forces for more than 70 years.  

    Its independent and confidential medical welfare service is provided to the Armed Forces community whether they are in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres.  There are offices throughout Germany, UK, Northern Ireland and Cyprus.

  • Remembering those who gave us freedom

    Veterans from the March 24, 1945 Operation lay wreaths at the commemoration service at village of Hamminkeln near the river RhineOn a crisp, cold Sunday morning a church service was held as a final act of emembrance to those who fought and gave their lives on Operation Varsity 70 years ago.

  • PEC saddles up for Spring Show

    One of the riders clearing the barIn the last weekend in March, families from the Paderborn Anglo-German community came together for the annual Paderborn Equestrian Centre (PEC) Spring Show.

    This was an opportunity for riders, of all abilities, to compete and show off their talents in one or more of the following categories: dressage, show jumping, showing and cross-country.

    There was also plenty available for those who were not competing. Parents and guardians were able to sit back and enjoy the show with a refreshing beverage while the children bounced the day away on the bouncy castle and got creative at the face-painting stall. All in all, there was something to cater for everyone.

  • Germany News in Brief - April 9, 2015

    Emsland power plant taken offline

    HANNOVER – After a security incident, the Emsland nuclear power plant has been taken offline, the Lower Saxony Environment Ministry reported last week. No radioactivity has escaped, the ministry said.

    A tiny leak was discovered by measurement devices at the plant and the operators, RWE Power AG and E.On SE, decided to take the 17-year-old facility temporarily offline as a precautionary measure.

    An investigation into the incident and possible other problems is currently underway. The ministry did not say when the facility would return to normal service.

    The 1,400-megawatt plant near the Dutch border was commissioned in 1988. Since then, it has been producing some 11 billion kWh of electricity annually, supplying 3.5 million homes, according to RWE.

    There are two nuclear power plants still in operation in Lower Saxony. Besides Emsland, the Grohnde facility near Hameln, commissioned in 1984, is also generating power. As part of Germany’s phase-out of nuclear energy, Emsland is set to be shut off permanently in 2022.

  • 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.

  • Thousands demonstrate at Easter marches

     Doves remain a common symbol for the movement, whose 2015 motto is: ‘Fascism, never again – war, never again’Thousands of people across Germany took to the streets last weekend to campaign for world peace in the traditional Easter marches.

    Organisers of some 80 demonstrations across Germany said on Monday that they were largely satisfied with the turnout, estimating it to total around 10,000 people.

    There were around 1,500 participants in Berlin, another 400 in Stuttgart, 130 in Bonn, and around 250 people on an arranged bike tour of the Ruhr region – as well as traditionally colourful displays from around 800 demonstrators in Hamburg.

  • Lufthansa promises long-term crash help

    Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, right, and Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann near the crash site last WednesdayOn a visit to the Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash site in France, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said that the company will do its utmost to help relatives of victims and local people near the crash site.

    “We won’t only help this week,” Spohr said, with Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann at his side. “We will help for as long as help is needed.”

    He added that he remained deeply grief-stricken by the disaster and that “nothing will be as it was before.”

  • Registering and insuring your vehicle before returning to the UK (Part 2)

    Whichever insurer you choose you should de-register from BFG and re-register on the UK plate as soon as you can and you can do this before you leave Germany. 

    Tell your UK insurer the UK registration number of your vehicle as soon as you know it. If your vehicle has been previously registered in the UK it will be allocated the same number again.

    If your insurance documents have been issued showing your chassis number (instead of the registration number) you can continue to use the document until it expires (the next renewal date) when the Certificate of Motor Insurance will be replaced with one showing your UK registration number as and when you renew the policy. But don’t forget to tell your insurer the UK registration number so that they can update the Motor Insurance Database (MID). the MID allows the police to check that the vehicle is insured and who is entitled to drive it, so it is iportant that your details are updated.

  • Donation to DMWS

    WO1 (RSM) Roger Evans presents a cheque for €200 to DMWS welfare officers based in the St Vincenz hospital, Sara Craigen and John Middleton, and the DMWS Ops Director, Trevor EdwardsThe Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) based in the St Vincenz hospital in Paderborn was presented with a €200 donation by WO1 (RSM) Roger Evans, on behalf of the Normandy Warrant Officers and Sergeants’ Mess in Sennelager. 

    At the presentation on March 19, the RSM said: “All members of the Normandy Barracks Warrant Officers and Sergeants’ Mess were thrilled to be able to donate money to such a worthwhile cause.

    “The DMWS provides an outstanding and valuable service to the soldiers and dependants of our community during potentially difficult times.”  

  • Home from home

    6 Regt RLC welfare flat officially opened in Gütersloh 

    Welfare FlatThe 6 Regiment RLC welfare flat was officially opened on March 25 and made available for use to all BFG based personnel who are serving in 6 Regiment RLC, 102 Logistic Brigade and 29 Regiment RLC.

    The primary purpose of the welfare flat is to help facilitate greater contact between soldiers occupying single living-in accommodation and their children, who may be living with an estranged partner.

    If the flat is not required for this purpose then it can be booked by any entitled person who would like to accommodate visiting relatives.

  • New recognition for Reserve and regular Military service

    Reserve forces will be rewarded for their commitment with the introduction of a new post nominal award, while regulars may receive a new Long Service medal in recognition of the time and dedication invested in their military careers.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that Volunteer Reserves will be able to use the letters VR after their names after 10 years of service.

    This will allow them to identify publicly their contribution to the Armed Forces and the skills and experience gained as a reservist. These letters will follow their name, alongside any other qualifications or awards.

  • On your bikes for Blesma

    From left: Capt Chris John, WO2 Steve Mallison, Cpl Amy Keenan, LCpl Thomas Screen, Sgt Mike Carr, LCpl David Penman, LCpl Michael Peters, SSgt Darren Snell and LCpl Kate AllenLast week nine members of 110 Pro Coy, 1 RMP took to their bikes to raise money for charity and to prepare for an even greater challenge.

    The team cycled to a number of barracks throughout BFG to raise money for Blesma, which supports men and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight during Service.

    The ride was also an opportunity for the team to train for an even greater challenge, cycling from the beaches of Normandy to Normandy Barracks in Sennelager, a distance of more than 850km, in a couple of months time.

  • Wife who attacked RMP sentenced

    A soldier's wife has been given a suspended jail sentence for her drunken violence towards five military police officers almost two years ago.

    Her “nasty” attacks on the RMPs included hitting, kicking, biting and spitting, a Service Civilian Court in Sennelager heard on March 27.

    The incidents took place at the open-air Party In the Park in JHQ on July 13, 2013, and at the military police station in Elmpt where she was taken to that night.

  • 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.

  • Trabant project aims to electrify ‘Ostalgia’

    A Trabant is converted into an E-carIts chuntering motor and belching exhaust once heralded the coming of the communist utopia. Now the east German Trabant (‘Trabi’) is leading a new revolution, and this time you won’t hear it coming.

    Renewable energy company ReeVolt has started a project to turn the old East German cars into something fit for the 21st century by converting them to electric propulsion.

    Andre Schmidt, spokesperson for ReeVolt, lists the advantages that come with the Trabi.

    “It is extremely light, so it does not need a large battery to run it, it does not need a new drive mechanism and there is enough room in the boot for the battery and space for storage. It is a car that is waiting to live again,” he says.

  • Germany News in Brief - April 2, 2015

    Nürburgring racing suspended

    ADENAU – Racing for certain classes has been suspended until further notice at the Nürburgring circuit in the Eifel region following the death of a spectator during an endurance event on Saturday.

    A spectator was killed and several others were injured after being struck by a car racing in the first event of the VLN Endurance Championship on the track’s notorious north loop circuit.

    The Nissan GTR car being driven by Britain’s Jann Mardenborough, 23, who escaped unhurt, came off the track and flew over the security barrier before landing upside down in an area reserved for spectators.

    On Sunday, the German Motorsports Association announced they had suspended the circuit’s racing licence for a number of categories until an investigation has been completed and safety improvements have been made.

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  • Songs from the Musicals – Military Wives Choirs

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  • 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.

  • Teapot Tuesday & Bake for Heroes - April 28

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  • Teapot Tuesday & Bake for Heroes

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  • 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.

  • Registering and insuring your vehicle before returning to the UK

    Going home? We will be publishing a short series of articles over the next few weeks with important information on registering and insuring your vehicle.

    There is a big difference between German insurance and UK cover and so if you are currently insured with a German firm you may want to make the switch now to a UK insurer who can handle BFG insurance. 

    The best time to do this is when your current policy falls due for renewal or if you change your vehicle before then. One of the reasons for this is so that your No Claims Bonus doesn’t become an issue when you need UK cover. 

  • Paderborn Station amenities hours

    Easter opening hours

  • Home-Start Family Fun Day - April 8

    Familyfunday

  • Punchlines now online

    The latest edition of Punchlines is now available to view online

    This edition is packed full of information, including Rebasing and the General Election, events and news from across our community.

    You will also find all the usual unit news, a puzzle page, dates for your diary and, in this edition, the Easter Church services and Bank Holiday hours for facilities in Paderborn Station.

    Go to: http://content.yudu.com/Library/A3j88z/
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  • FFR increases

    FFR increases from €1.26 to €1.38

    The Forces Fixed Rate of exchange (FFR) for Germany increased to €1.38 with effect from April 1, 2015.  

    The FFR is used for pay-related matters to calculate currency equivalents of sterling allowances and entitlements paid in local currency. 

    Set using Financial Times currency data, the FFR is amended where it varies from the exchange rate by a set amount over a period of time.

    Changes are published on the last working day
    of each month, effective from the first of the following month.