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Valentine's Day, February 14

Poppy goes the easel

UK-based artist Jacqueline HurleyBournemouth-based painter Jacqueline Hurley has dedicated her time and talents to creating remembrance art in support of the Armed Forces.

She paints from the heart using the stark red of the international symbol of memorial – the poppy – to create contrast against gritty impressionistic landscapes.

Her moving images have been well-received by audiences at exhibitions, helping to keep the importance of Remembrance in the forefront of people’s minds.

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An inspirational officer

Capt Naveed Muhammad from Kings HeathAn Army Reservist from Birmingham has been awarded an MBE in this year's New Year's Honours List in recognition of his work, in particular with minority communities across the region.

Capt Naveed Muhammad, from Kings Heath, a member of Redditch-based 37th Signal Regiment, has been rewarded for his "exemplary" service which saw him become a key role model for Muslims.

On being told of his award by his Commanding Officer, Lt Col Teresa Downes, he said: "I was painting my kitchen when my CO called to tell me – and I was speechless, in fact I was so speechless that I just kept on painting the same bit of wall over and over again.

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