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  • The race of truth

    All the competitors who took part in the 2nd BFG Cycle RaceThe summer weather certainly arrived early in Princess Royal Barracks for the latest BFG road cycle race. 

    With a very hot 30°C heat and with a fierce wind, 20 cyclists braved the conditions for the race and went for it. 

    The race involved five laps of the airfield amounting to 34km. It is a well-known destination for the BFG cyclists and has been used many times over the years; however, this was last race before the camp is closed under rebasing, and handed over to the German authorities. 

  • Danish Allies learn the ropes

    Lt Col Steen Wegener, CO 1 Guards Hussars (left), inspects the Javelin standAhead of a major NATO exercise later this year 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) recently hosted representatives from the Danish 1st Guards Hussars at Barker Barracks, Paderborn.  

    The UK will take on the role of lead nation of the NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2017, with the two units providing the armoured infantry support to the multi-national brigade. 

    The recent visit provided an ideal opportunity to develop relationships and for the Danish contingent to gain a better understanding of 1PWRR capability.

  • Braced for BATUS

    Clearing UDTA during exercise Noddy’s Run Earlier this month soldiers from 35 Engineer Regiment (35 Engr Regt) were on an exercise that saw them undertake their final preparatory training ahead of their  deployment to BATUS this summer.  

    During Exercise Noddy’s Run the engineers were tested in their armoured engineering role and also with an opportunity to hone their infantry skills conducting a dawn assault on an Urban Dry Training Area. 

  • Help your community

    Volunteers' Week, The Big Celebration. June 1-12Events are being planned across the country to mark Volunteers’ Week 2016, taking place on June 1-12. 

    The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to many communities every day. 

    More than 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.

  • A shot above the rest

    6 Regiment RLC sent its shooting team back to the UK to compete in both the Force Troops Command Operational Shooting Competition (FTC OSC) and the 102 Logistic Brigade Shooting Competition. 

    6 Regiment RLC’s shooting teamAfter a few last minute changes to the team the final nine had a few weeks training at Sennelager before heading to the UK to represent 6 Regiment.

  • Rugby for a reason

    With a number of former professional players in their team and coached by a television and Hollywood actor the Rugby for Heroes team recently arrived in Germany with high hopes of securing a victory over the British Army Germany rugby team. 

    BA(G) players try to tackle a Rugby for Heroes playerHowever, before they took on the Army team there was the small matter of running a number of rugby master classes for children from Westfalen Garrison schools and rugby clubs, something that both the children and players enjoyed immensely.  

    The players were probably less thankful having been kept running around for a lot longer than expected due to the children’s enthusiasm and boundless energy. 

  • Worship with us

    Fellowship/training day at Church House LübbeckeA group of English speaking residents in Germany, mostly former soldiers or their dependants, are making plans to create a focus for worship in English.  

    The group have been working with the Church of England Diocese in Europe as part of a project to plan ahead for a time in Germany when British Forces have left.

  • Triumphant Engineers

    After 34 matches played, 35 Engineer Regiment were crowned the winners of the BA(G) Six-a-side competition in Gütersloh.

    35 Engineer Regiment charge to victory in the BA(G) Six-a-side competition
    The weather was once again on the footballers’ side as the sun beamed down on them, making it a great day to get on the pitch and represent their regiment.

  • Get your wristband for SSAFA Summer Fete now!

    wristbands SSAFASSAFA Summer Fete wristbands are proving very popular but did you know that these stylish bands not only give you entry to the event (both during the day and for the evening music and fireworks), but also offer you the chance to win some amazing prizes on the day.

    The event takes place on June 4 in Normandy barracks, Sennelager, with more details available at www.ssafasummerfete.org.

    To say a big ‘thank you’ to its supporters, SSAFA are giving away a mountain bike, ipad, Go-pro, Pandora jewellery and much more.

    All you have to do is be there on the day and listen out for your wristband number being called.

    Note: Wristbands are available at One Stop Shops and all welfare offices but numbers are limited – get yours today!

  • Tar for the ride

    For the thrill of the sport – For the rest of 2016, the 6 Regt RLC Rally Team look to defend their title and have the car with the full upgrade complete by 2017BFG-based 6 Regiment RLC rally team have been crowned Army Rally Champions, securing their win just over halfway through the season.

    This title win has topped off an outstanding year for the team that included numerous podium finishes at national asphalt rallies.

    In the all-new Conningham Cup, where the Army took the overall win from the RAF over 100 stage miles in the day and night at the Rockingham Stages, the 6 Regt RLC team also came in as first Armed Forces crew.

    Winning the championship title has opened a lot of doors for the team and has secured some sponsorship deals with local companies.

  • Talk of the town

    Dr Brian Cox is giving a talk in GüterslohDr Brian Cox from Cambridge University will be giving a talk on May 20, by invitation of the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Gütersloh.

    The lecture, in English, will take place on Friday, May 20, commencing at 7.30pm at the Weberei  in Gütersloh.

    Brian Cox has spent his academic life in research with some post-graduate teaching. 

    He was born and brought up in north London and following two years of National Service in the RAF from 1957-59, he worked as a technician at Guy’s Hospital in London. 

    He obtained his BSc degree in Physiology at London University before returning in 1967 as a lecturer to Guy’s Hospital Dept of Experimental Medicine, which was a major player in the field of diabetes in the UK. There he gained his PhD on Abnormal Protein Metabolism in Diabetes.

  • Buttercup is golden

    Bielefeld Station Commander, Lt Col Tony Christie,  present Jo  Goddard with a commendationThe Bielefeld Station Commander, Lt Col Tony Christie, greeted children from Bielefeld School on May 11 at a special assembly to honour Jo Goddard, who is known as Buttercup by the Girl Guides.

    You might be wondering who Jo Goddard is and why do we need to have an assembly for her? 

  • Stepping back in time

    The LWL Open-Air Museum – an exciting day out for the whole family, including your four-legged friend. Covering an area of 90 hectares, there is plenty to see and doThe collection of crooked, timber-framed buildings looks like a film set but is, in fact, Germany’s biggest open-air museum.

    The 90 hectares at the LWL-Freilichtmuseum (open-air) in Detmold are home to  more than 100 historic rural buildings that are waiting to be discovered. 

    The buildings, including schools, farmhouses, thatched cottages, and windmills, have been transported from across the state and reconstructed at the Detmold site.

    The museum is ideal for horse-drawn carriage rides, walking tours, and picnicking – as well as learning about crafts such as blacksmithing and pottery-making.

    The LWL Open-Air Museum gives an overview of the development and the changes of Westphalian everyday and cultural history.

  • Paderborn ladies netball team have a ball in Spain

    The Paderborn Ladies Netball Team recently packed their bags and jetted off to Lloret De Mar, Spain, for a weekend tour. 

    The PAderborn Ladies Netball TeamArriving in Spain, the ladies were greeted by clouds and rain, not quite what they had hoped for, but the sun eventually broke through and the ladies were quick to make the most of it, sunbathing at the pool.

  • Invictus returns

    The UK team of wounded, injured and sick personnel and veterans have touched down in Florida for the second Invictus Games, which kicked off on Sunday evening.

    Team GB huddle before the wheelchair basketballMore than 500 athletes from 15 countries have gathered in Orlando for the second Invictus Games, 110 of which are from the United Kingdom. 

    The Invictus Games supports recovery and rehabilitation, as taking part in sport helps with self-confidence and with feeling psychologically empowered.

  • BFGHS Escape from Colditz

    Above: BFG Health Service team  outside the restored chapel at Colditz CastleIt is every officer’s duty to escape, or so it seemed on a recent BFG Health Service Team Day visit to Colditz Castle. 

    In the quiet unassuming town it is difficult to imagine that during the Second World War the castle held some of the most challenging prisoners of war.

  • Home-Start is here for you

    volunteer at Home-StartHome-Start have been contributing to the military community in Germany since 1984, having begun in the UK in 1973 with a single scheme. 

    It was founded on the principle that supporting a family is best done in their home, where the support can be shaped to their needs. 

  • Leineweber-Markt in Bielefeld - May 25-29

    Westphalia's annual spring festival, the Leineweber-Markt takes place in the city centre from May 25-29

    Leineweber-MarktThe Linen Weaver Market (Leineweber-Markt) is Bielefeld's oldest traditional street fair and takes place every year at the end of May.

    The city is transformed into an open-air festival with multiple stages and performances, food and knick-knack stalls, along with a fairground for children.

    You can catch cabaret, theatre, rock, jazz and even folklore shows during this late springtime festival, taking place from May 25-29. 

  • Swing into action

    Exercise Deauville Shield has been an annual AGC (Germany) golf tour that has taken place in Europe for the past 20 years, and this year was no exception. 

    The 16 golfers of Exercise Deauville ShieldThis year, the tour visited Prague in the Czech Republic and over the duration of the tour the golfers played eight rounds of golf in six days.

    With the reduction in AGC manning in Germany this year’s tour was opened up to golfers from other cap badges, 13 players from Gütersloh, Bielefeld and Paderborn and three members of the AGC from the UK.

  • A Sprint Finish

    With summer apparently on its way, cyclists got off their Wattbikes and onto road bikes for the first BA(G) road cycling race of the league.

    Sgt Llewellyn and SSgt Hicks sprint for the lineThroughout the winter months, cyclists have kept competition indoors with the BA(G) Watt Bike Series and last week saw the winners of the separate weight categories presented with their medals.

  • A tasty win

    British Army chefs show their skills at US catering competition

    Medal winners from the UK included LCpl Berry, Pte Chapman, CPO Si Geldart, RFA chef Marc Reed and WO1 Webb-FryerA team of four British Army chefs has come away with a clutch of medals after taking part in a catering competition with the US army in Virginia.

    Among them was 20-year-old Pte Laura Chapman, from BFG, who won silver in the annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event in Fort Lee – proving she can take the heat.

    She was on exercise in Otterburn, Northumberland, when the RCWO asked if she wanted to take part in the hot contest. But before heading stateside, Laura first had to make it through the selection process.

  • Crackdown on Airbnb rentals

    Berlin fears that the growing trend of people letting out apartments to tourists through sites such as Airbnb, Wimdu and 9Flats is cutting into a limited property supply and driving up rentsBerlin has banned tourists from renting entire apartments through Airbnb and its competitors in an attempt to protect affordable housing.

    With the help of large fines, the city’s authorities are hoping to protect the property supply and keep rents as low as possible.

    After the success of the various online rental portals, the number of properties available for long-term rental periods had fallen markedly

    But from May 1, the new law entitled “Zweckentfremdungsverbot” bans the short-term let of entire apartments to tourists without a permit. If found flouting these rules, Berliners can be fined up to €100,000.

  • Germany’s right-wing AfD adopts anti-Islam manifesto

    AfD leader Frauke Petry used her opening speech to condemn Angela Merkel as the “chancellor of no alternatives” at the party’s ‘rebranding’ meeting on May 1 in StuttgartGermany’s right-wing populist party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) on Sunday adopted an anti-Islam policy in a manifesto that also demands curbs to immigration, as a poll showed it is now the country’s third strongest party.

    Formed only three years ago on a eurosceptic platform, the AfD has gained strength as the loudest protest voice against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcome to refugees policy that brought over one million asylum seekers last year.

    With the migrant influx sharply down in recent months, the AfD has shifted focus to the signature issue of the xenophobic Pegida street movement.

    “Islam is not part of Germany” ran a headline in the AfD policy paper agreed in a vote by some 2,400 members at the party congress in Stuttgart.

    The paper demanded bans on minarets on mosques, the call to prayer, full-face veils for women and female headscarves in schools.

  • Germany News in Brief - May 5, 2016

    Start of roaming price caps

    BRUSSELS – Telephoning and surfing while abroad is now a lot cheaper in the EU as new rules limiting how much mobile operators can charge came into force last Saturday.

    From April 30, telecom companies will be able to charge a maximum of €0.06 per minute on top of the domestic price for calls, €0.02 for texts, and €0.06 per megabyte of data. Accepting a call will be capped at €0.012 per minute.

    Prices for German customers are slightly higher than those laid out in the new regulations as they include VAT.

    Roaming fees are set to disappear completely by June 2017, 10 years after the European Commission first looked into reducing costs for mobile calls within the EU. German consumer organisations warn that it’s unclear how the new rules will apply to customers on flat-rate mobile plans.

    Operators may only charge the permitted extra fee on top of the user’s monthly payment – or could introduce small print to make flat rates valid in the user’s home country only, allowing them to set a minute-by-minute tariff for calls abroad.

    Some operators have responded by introducing monthly packages that include some or even unlimited free roaming.

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  • Sharpest shooters in 20X

    Reaping rewards: the 5 RIFLES Fire Team, winners of the team event in the 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade Operational Shooting CompetitionA keen eye and steady hand was the order of the day when 1 PWRR, 5 RIFLES,
    4 SCOTS, the RDG and the QRH met on the Senne Training Area ranges for the annual 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade shooting competition.

    The competition comprises a team event involving eight personnel and also an overall individual competition. 

    The various aspects of the competition contained operation assessment shoots to make the competition operationally specific. The shoots varied from 10 metres with the Glock pistol out to a range of 500 metres with the rifle.

     Overall individual champion of the 20th Armd Inf Bde Operational Shooting Competition: Sjt Lee Zerafa, B Coy, 5 RIFLESThe competition was hard fought but eventually the overall individual champion was Sjt Lee Zerafa, B Coy, 5 RIFLES.

  • Sun Awareness Week: May 9–16

    Now the great weather’s approaching – don’t forget to protect your skin

    Skin cancer is proving to be one of the UK’s most prominent cancers – but there are things you can do to help protect yourself.

    TSun Awareness Weekhe British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) currently runs a national campaign about skin cancer called Sun Awareness, which includes national Sun Awareness Week, from May 9–16. 

    The campaign is overseen by the BAD’s Skin Cancer Prevention Committee, comprised of leading medical professionals with expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and public health messaging.

  • ‘Go green’ says government

    Germany offers €4,000 discount on every e-car 

    Car buyers will receive €4,000 when they choose a purely electric vehicle and €3,000 for a plug-in hybridGermany will subsidise electric car purchases to give a jolt to sluggish growth in the sector and help meet national climate goals with zero-emission mobility, the government said on April 27.

    Car buyers will receive €4,000 when they choose a purely electric vehicle and €3,000 for a plug-in hybrid, with the cost shared 50-50 between the public purse and car makers.

    The programme, starting next month, aims to help Germany approach its goal of putting one million zero-emission cars on the road by 2020 – up from around 50,000 now out of Germany’s 45 million cars.

    So far, German car giants Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have signed up to it, but the programme is open to all national and foreign brands.

  • Launch of new Armed Forces Covenant website

    A new website for the Armed Forces Covenant went live on April 22.

    The new website will act as the central hub of information for all matters relating to the Armed Forces Covenant, with specific areas detailing support and advice for:

    Current Service personnel (Regular and Reserve) 

    Service families 

    Service leavers 

    Former Service personnel 

    Businesses

     

  • Notes from Paderborn Station

    Move of PCRF

    The Primary Care Rehabilitian Facility (PCRF/Physiotherapy) is this week moving to Building 135 (the former PT School) on Normandy Barracks in Sennelager.

    Normal service will resume on Monday, May 9.

    For an appointment or for further information call Mil (79) 4042, Civ 05254 9824042, or your local medical centre.

    Paderborn OneStop outlets

    The Paderborn OneStop outlets will be closed from Thursday, May 5 to Saturday, May 7.

    AWS temporary closure of office

    The AWS office in Building 85, Normandy Barracks will be closed on Monday, May 9 for staff training.

    In an emergency call Mil (79) 4340 or 05254 9824340.

  • Haig School Summer Fair

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  • Army chief calls for ‘massive’ funding boost

    The Bundeswehr (German army) Chief of Staff Bruno Kasdorf claimed last week that he faces a funding shortage of €4 billion. 

    “The financing situation today is clearly insufficient,” the army’s most senior soldier told the Süddeutsche Zeitung, complaining that the army had been under-financed since 1990.

    With an eye on continuing fighting in Ukraine and threats to other Eastern European Nato members, Kasdof said that: “Restocking our munitions is not sufficient, we are way behind on modernising our equipment; it is also imperative that we add to our munitions stocks.”

    He conceded that defence minister Ursula von der Leyen had started on the path of reform but warned that: “In the middle term it isn’t sufficient – the required investment is huge.”

  • Toilet theft at interior ministry causes a stink

    Fuming: Interior Minister Thomas de MaizièreThieves have stolen toilet seats, taps and loo paper holders from the new interior ministry building in Berlin, making it difficult for beaurocrats to get comfortable in their new surroundings.

    “In the days before the move, in association with the furnishing and final cleaning of the offices, in a few circumstances the usability of sanitary systems was impaired,” waffled a spokesperson for the ministry to the Berliner Zeitung on Monday.

    Or as one employee put it: “Many of the toilets are unusable.”

    Whole toilet areas in the €208 million building were stripped of their fittings, according to the Berliner Zeitung.

  • Happy Birthday!

    HH policeA man who left a rucksack containing €44,000 in Hamburg central station had it returned to him by police on Thursday – the day of his 92nd birthday.

    An employee at the station had found the rucksack last Sunday afternoon and was shocked to discover that it contained €34,000 in cash and a further €10,000 in a savings book. Police were informed and were able to confirm the ownership of the contents.

    The man from Rhineland-Palatinate arrived at the station last Wednesday – the day of his 92nd birthday – to receive what was surely a very welcome birthday surprise.

    The size of the find seems to be quite extraordinary.

    “I have been doing this job for 15 years and I have never heard of such a huge amount of money being found,” a Hamburg police press spokesperson said.

  • Bavarian Queen of the hops crowned

    The Bavarian Brewers Association have elected the Bierkönigin (beer queen) for 2015/2016, a much coveted title in Germany’s home of beer.

    The winner of the honour this year is 25 year-old Marlene Speck from Starnberg, near Munich.

    Marlene Speck’s interest in brewing beer was sparked following a trip to Canada – she has been creating her own special brews ever since“I’m incredibly pleased, and it’s unbelievable that I’m going to represent the drink that has such a special place in my heart and is so closely linked to my home,” said Speck just after her coronation in Munich last week.

    This honour may only date back to 2009, but beer and tradition are pretty much synonymous in Bavaria.

  • Police discover Hitler’s long-lost bronze horses

    The horses were discovered in a warehouse in Bad DürkheimPolice have recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler’s chancellery but which vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell. 

    Police said they had found the long-lost masterpieces, commissioned by the Third Reich on May 20, in a warehouse in Bad Dürkheim after staging 10 raids in five states targeting eight suspected members, aged 64 to 79, of a ring of illegal art dealers.

    The artworks included the monumental horse sculptures and granite reliefs by sculptors Josef Thorak and Arno Breker, police said.

  • Germany News in Brief - May 28, 2015

    Police tighten southern borders

    MUNICH – German authorities have reintroduced border controls two weeks before the leaders of the G7 economies gather in Elmau, southern Bavaria.

    Munich federal police chief Hubert Steiger told reporters that the southern border between Freilassing and Lindau would be under the heaviest controls.

    Under normal circumstances, there are no border checks on people moving between countries that are party to the Schengen Agreement, but the rules of the pact allow states to declare temporary exceptions to the rule.

    Police hope to prevent a repeat of anti-capitalist demonstrations in Frankfurt in March which drew large numbers of violent protesters from outside Germany, especially Italy.

  • Paderborn Station’s fantastic fund-raisers

    The Paderborn Station community has raised over €5,500 for the Gurkha Welfare Trust to help the earthquake stricken people of Nepal

    On Saturday, April 25, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It severely shook the lives of over eight million people and has left many homeless.

    Nepal’s major cities, including its capital city Kathmandu, have been badly damaged and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches.

    Already more than 6,000 people have been confirmed dead and the figure is likely to continue to rise significantly.

    The military community has once again shown compassion and generosity as various events have taken place across Paderborn Station to raise much needed money to help the people of Nepal.

  • New PRI Shop

    This month work started on the further development of the Paderborn Community Centre in Otto-Hahn Strasse, Sennelager. 

    After several months of planning we are now in a position to confirm that a new PRI shop will take up some of the space currently occupied by NAAFI and will offer a range of fragrances, stationery and gifting products.

    The PRI shop will enhance the current facility at Otto-Hahn Strasse which already includes the NAAFI Families shop, SSVC, the HIVE, central bank, post office and library.

    Occupying the centre of the building, opposite the Coffee Forum, the PRI shop will be an integral part of the Community Centre going forward.

  • Visit by Holt's Military Banking

    VISIT BY HOLT’S MILITARY BANKING

    Dedicated banking for Serving personnel and families

    Base Admin OfficePrincess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh 

    Tuesday, June 16, 9.30am – 3pm 

    New current accounts with cheque books

    Savings accounts – ISAs 

    Mortgages – special arrangements

    General admin queries – PINs, cards etc 

    Personal confidential financial advice

    Everyone welcome

    Holt’s Military Banking, 31-37 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7NR. Tel: 0044 1252 893962. 

    Authorised by the Prudential Regulation and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

  • Drink Driving – Be Aware!

    DrinkDrivingDRINKING AND DRIVING IN THE SUMMER?

    Beware the morning after! You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink.

    There is no excuse for drink driving – alcohol affects everybody’s driving for the worse.

    If you are planning to drink alcohol, plan how to get home without driving.

    For more information contact Crime Reduction SNCO 110 Pro Coy 1 RMP
    Tel: 05254 982 2467 or Sennelager Mil (79) 2467.

  • King's School The Arts Evening

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  • RUGC Paderborn

    Do you love rugby?

    Want to make new friends?

    Want to play and learn/train your rugby skills?

    Then come along the the Rugby Union Garrison Club (RUGC) Paderborn.

    Season training starts on May 28. Thereafter sessions will be held every Monday (6pm–9pm), Wednesday (6pm–9pm), Thursday (7pm–9pm).

    Location: Senne 1, 33175 Bad Lipspringe.

    For more information call Zak Bredin on 01525 3473251 or email: zjb@live.co.uk

  • Barkers Bingo

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  • 51 AEC Language and Vocational Courses

    Gütersloh Army Education Centre (51 AEC) has languages courses coming up in June and July for Gütersloh and Bielefeld Stations, as well as some vocational courses leading to qualifications.

    AECTimetable

    For more information and to sign up contact 51 AEC Group, Block 45, Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh. Tel: Mil 94783 3413 or 05241 843413. Email: 51aec-GroupMailbox@mod.uk

  • FA Cup Final at the Victory Club

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  • The missional monk speaks at SASRA conference in BFG

    Over the second weekend of May, 66 individuals from BFG travelled to Lübbeke to attend the first of two SASRA (The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association) conferences this year.

    The group listened to guest speaker the Revd Carl GidneyThe guest speaker from Cardiff, the Revd Carl Gidney led the weekend.   Carl had recently returned from speaking tours of Sri Lanka and India.

  • 1 Regt RLC Reign

    With a goal in the final minute of the game, 1 Regiment RLC overcame 35 Engineers to become this year’s BA(G) Major Units champions.

    After competing throughout the season in the Major Units League the final came down to Gütersloh-based 1 Regt RLC and Paderborn based 35 Engr Regt. From the start, both sides wasted no time in pushing for the first goal.

    1 Regt RLC celebrate their 2-1 victory35 Engr Regt had the first real opportunity of the game but were not able to convert it into a goal. 1 Regt RLC were quick to turn the flow of play around and were soon on the counter-attack, but fell short as the ball was slotted wide.

  • Quake response

    The Nepalese community in Gütersloh has been fund-raising to provide urgent assistance for  their earth- quake  stricken  homeland The BFG community in Gütersloh has rallied to help those affected by two devastating earthquakes in Nepal, raising a whopping 17,000 euros for the Red Cross.

    The four-strong team of keen fund-raisers who kick-started the array of events were LCpl Rabindra Rai of 6 Regiment RLC, Nepalese soldiers Pte Jiwan Gurung, 1 Regiment RLC, LCpl Jay P Jugjali, 29 Regiment RLC, and 26th Regiment Royal Artillery’s LCpl Pradeep Gurung.

    With the full support of Westfalen Garrison and all the regiments, the Gütersloh Nepalese community, headed by LCpl Rai, organised collection points at the gates of Princess Royal Barracks and Mansergh Barracks. 

     

  • Glad rags and handbags

    Friends – old and new – enjoyed an evening of beauty treatments and the chance to win great raffle prizesOn Monday, May 4, the Headquarters Squadron Bar at QDG was transformed into a place for relaxation for the Ladies Pamper Night. 

    The idea for the night came during a wives’ meeting back in February from Jo Symonds as a suggestion to bring together the QDG wives for a well-deserved treat prior to their move back to Swanton Morley. 

    A team of wives then set about recruiting local beauty therapists and stall holders to make the night possible.

  • She’s got high hopes....

    Ann Sophie gets set to take on the rest of Europe (and Australia) at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday

    Ann-Sophie will represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on SaturdayThis Saturday Germany’s Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ann Sophie will carry the expectations of the nation on her shoulders. Has she got what it takes to win one of the most (un)prestigious prizes in music?

    Ann Sophie will be flying the flag for Germany in Vienna at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her song Black Smoke.

    On an evening of outrageous choreography, brilliantly trashy euro-pop and general silliness, there is still room for songs with meaning.

    Ann Sophie says her song deals with “a situation that many of us are familiar with: being in a long-term relationship and eventually realising that too many wishes have gone unfulfilled and you just can’t be together anymore”.

  • It's only naturl-ize

    At home in Germany, Campbell ShillinglawSporting a kilt and sporran, proud Scotsman and expat Campbell Shillinglaw picked up his certificate of German citizenship last week in Bad Driburg.

    After passing German language and general knowledge tests, and interviews with the authorities, Campbell finally got his dual nationality.

    The 61-year-old left his hometown of Cumbernauld in 1990 to move to Germany after falling in love with Petra – now his wife – during a visit to the country.

    The Scot has lived in Bad Driburg-Neuenheerse near Höxter since 2001 and says he feels right at home.

  • King’s did Rock You

    Four stars of the King’s School production of We Will Rock You, on stage and giving it their allIt came, it happened and, yes, we rocked! All thanks to the talented students of King’s School in Gütersloh who performed in the school production of King’s Will Rock You in March at Mansergh Hall on Mansergh Barracks.

    They all did the Queen songs justice; the singing, acting and dancing were outstanding. The students’ ages ranged between 11 and 18 years and each and every one performed excellently.

  • Bus and Coach Service – Survey Results

    Firstly many thanks to all who took the time to complete the Bus and Coach Transport survey – online or hard copy. Your feedback has been essential in helping us to understand how the service is meeting your needs and where we can make improvements.

    The new service was launched in September 2014 and following an initial bedding down period, the customer survey was launched in February with over 500 responses being received.

    These responses provided a variety of views and importantly reflected that overall most users were happy with the services being provided with 91 per cent of Red Bus users and 83 per cent of the ATS users being Very Satisfied or Satisfied.

    There was however room for improvement and the following action points were identified.

    Survey

    Where possible improvements have already been put in place and work is continuing in other areas with further announcements planned as major changes are introduced.

    In the meantime, your use of the comments/feedback process will help us to ensure that the service continues to provide what you the customer wants.

  • Local Overseas Allowance

    HQ BFG is aware that parts of the community have voiced concerns about the recent reduction to LOA resulting from the change to the Forces Fixed Rate of exchange.

    We understand your concerns because we are also affected by the changes. That’s why we have represented through the chain of command the impact this has had on personnel in Germany. 

    The FFR influence on LOA is, however, a mathematical calculation, over which we have no influence.

    It is not Germany specific; it impacts Service personnel throughout the world. We don’t expect this calculation to change any time soon.

  • Clinical Measurements Department Relocation - Update

    The Clinical Measurements Department (Audiology & Ophthalmology) has new contact details as of May 25. They are: 

    Clinical Measurements Department

    Building 141

    Normandy Barracks

    BFPO 16

    Tel: 05254 982 4942/4943 or Mil: 79 4942/4943

  • NEW! Laughternoons Club

    The Home-Start Laughternoons Club meets every Tuesday, from 1pm to 2.30pm, at the Village Hall, Arndtstrasse in Paderborn.

    This is a parent and child group full of fun activities for up to four-year-olds.

    Come along, join in with other parents and children and enjoy a nice afternoon.

  • Rail strike ends tonight – Update

    Deutsche Bahn

    Train drivers agree to end strike at 7pm Thursday (May 21)

    German railways operator Deutsche Bahn today announced an end to a strike that had paralysed rail travel in the country, after the feuding sides agreed to mediation.

    "Thousands of customers can breathe easier: the GdL (train driver union) strike is over with immediate effect," said a Deutsche Bahn (DB) statement, adding that it and the union had agreed overnight to have a mediator appointed to settle their months-long dispute over wages, work hours and negotiating rights.

    The strike, the ninth stoppage in less than a year, began on Tuesday, initially affecting freight trains, but was extended to passenger services from 2am on Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of two thirds of long-distance passenger services.

  • Garage Sale Fund-Raiser - May 31

    GarageSaleDue to the great success of the last garage sale, a second sale will be held on May 31. Please come along and help raise funds for Cyprus Dogs.

  • Germany News in Brief - May 21, 2015

    Queen to visit Bergen-Belsen

    LONDON – The Queen is to visit the site of Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen during her state visit to Germany next month, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday. 

    The 89-year-old queen and Prince Philip will visit what remains of the camp and see a memorial to Anne Frank, the teenage Jewish diarist who died of typhus there in 1945. 

    The British monarch will also meet Holocaust survivors and some of those who helped liberate Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany. 

    More than 50,000 people deported from across Europe and 20,000 prisoners of war died at the camp between 1941 and 1945.

    It was liberated 70 years ago by British Forces, who took pictures which gave the world the first visual proof of the Holocaust.  

    The royal couple’s state visit to Germany takes place from June 24 to 26 and is also due to include a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and a state banquet.

  • Safari Crafts

    Safari Crafts

  • BFPO counter services

    The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) counters throughout NWE will be closed on the following dates:

    Monday, May 25 (German public holiday – Whitsun)

    Thursday, June 4 (German public holiday – Corpus Christi)

  • Wild West Party

    Pad-WildWestParty

  • Celebrate volunteers

    Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which takes place on June 1-7 and celebrates the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and BFG.

    Every year, more than 20 million people across the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week.

    It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy.

    Volunteers’ Week focuses on saying ‘thank you’ to the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, and to recognise the way that organisations celebrate the work of volunteers across the UK. 

    For ideas to say thank you to that special volunteer, visit the website: www.volunteersweek.org

  • Happy tails

    Tierheim volunteer Marjorie Reid with Benny, the 15-year-old shih-tzu boy she reunited with its ownerA devastated German family has finally been reuited with their dognapped pooch, all thanks to one British animal lover.

    Marjorie Reid, who works with 3 Close Support Battalion REME Civilian Workshops (3 Civ Wksp Reme) in Bielefeld, is passionate about animals and for the last 10 years has been a volunteer at the Tierheim Eichenhof in Vlotho, a home for lost or stolen pets. 

    Recently Marjorie went above and beyond the call of duty when she reunited a missing pedigree dog with his owner, who lives 200km away on the Dutch border.

    During Marjorie’s shift, a Maltese shih-tzu came into the Tierheim; his name was Benny and he had been found running on one of the main roads near Vlotho.

    Marjorie said: “As soon as I saw him, I knew I had to find the owner.”

  • A good way to kilt time

    Ex-soldier and Scotsman William McLeary, left, and son  Sebastian, organisers of the Bünde open-air festival, with a fantastic tartan covered VW Beetle which can be won in a raffle during the eventTwo jocks who know how to rock are staging their second open-air festival in Bünde.

    Scotsman and former British Army soldier William McLeary and his son Sebastian are the duo behind Rock the Kilt 2, a four-day event with an impressive line-up of musical acts.

    After last year’s successful inaugural festival, they are hoping to attract more than 10,000 punters to Bünde between June 3 and 6 to enjoy the best of Celtic rock music.

    “We’ll have a bigger stage, new food stalls and a lot more drink on offer,” said William, who is originally from Perth.

  • Neglect will not go unchecked

    Protecting children is your responsibility too, so what can you do about it? Most children enjoy happy childhood experiences within their own family. 

    Unfortunately, for some this is not the case. During difficult family times everyone has a responsibility to protect children from harm.

  • Battle of Plaman Mapu remembered

    Borneo campaign Service medalThe Battle of Plaman Mapu, on April 27, 1965, saw 36 members of B Company 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), on operations in Borneo, defend their company location from 400 elite Indonesian soldiers.

    50 years ago their camp on the Malay border with Indonesia was attacked in a dawn raid.

  • Sci-Fi fans will beam

    Visitor dresses up for FedCon in 2014Science fiction aficionados in BFG who attend Europe’s largest science fiction convention will have more surprises than they can shake a laser sword at.

    FedCon  – short for Federation Convention – has been held in Germany each spring since 1992, with this year’s event taking place at the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf from May 21 to 24.

  • Chrome beauties

    Just some of the many cars on display at the Fifties Americana showYou’ll feel as if you’ve just landed in a corny 1960s Elvis film should you go to the retro Americana festival in Kaunitz on May 30-31.

    Organiser Markus Wiessing is a jukebox junkie who is turned on by tailfins, rockabilly and the 1950s and 1960s USA in general. 

  • Another great moment in time

    Albert Hammond’s tour comes to BielefeldSuccessful recording artists such as Whitney Houston, Art Garfunkel, Diana Ross, Ace of Base and Joe Cocker have recorded his songs.

    They have all topped the charts thanks to singer-songwriter Albert Hammond, who has changed the Bielefeld venue of his tour to KuKs-Halle, Meisenstrasse on May 20.

  • Who's going to urn the trophy?

    For the eighth year in a row Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the Inter-Services Twenty20 Tournament on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

    L to R: Neil Rayner, from Gullivers Sports Travel, sponsors; David Morgan, president of the MCC; RAF team captian Flt James Iago; LCpl Jacques Prinsloo, Army team captain; Lt Cdr Jonathan Parker, Royal Navy team captain; VAdm Peter Hudson, chairman of Combined Services Cricket Association; Mr David Murray, SSAFA presidentIt is the eighth year that Services cricket has been hosted by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord’s, and the sixth year running for the Inter-Services Twenty20 Tournament.

    The Inter-Services Twenty20 Tournament is a triangular competition between the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force senior XI sides and is fiercely competitive; the Army will be looking to retain their crown having won for the last two years running.

  • Bitter-sweet for Army


    In front of a record crowd of 81,116 at Twickenham, the Army defeated the Royal Navy in the 98th Army Navy match for the Babcock Trophy.

    The Army entered Twickenham under pressure. Their defeat to a resurgent Royal Air Force meant that retaining the title was beyond them, with the RAF winning the inter-services title for the first time in 21 years.

    From the outset it was clear that the Army were on their game. Led by skipper Darrell Ball, the forwards were powerful and Jack Prasad was able to pull the Navy defence out of alignment to create space for Nacamavuto, Rokoduguni and in particular Bulumakau in the outside backs.

  • Camper chaos as dealership catches fire

    Smoke from the fire at the motorhome dealership in Bielefeld-Heepen last Friday could be seen across the cityClouds of thick black smoke could be seen hovering over Bielefeld last Friday (May 8) when 40 new campervans were destroyed by a massive freak fire.

    Some 164 firefighters in 33 engines rushed to an RV dealership on the Ostring at 10am after a used camper caught fire as it was being repaired.

    However, by the time they arrived, the blaze had already spread to a row of brand-new vehicles and an adjacent workshop hall and it took eight hours to extinguish.

  • Germany News in Brief - May 14, 2015

    Germany grounds A400M airplane

    BERLIN – Germany, along with Britain and Turkey, said on Sunday it was temporarily grounding its Airbus A400M military transport plane after one crashed near Seville airport in Spain during a test flight.

    A spokesman for the German armed forces told the AFP news agency they had decided to “suspend until further notice the test flights of the German defence forces’ sole A400M”.

    “Now we are awaiting results from Airbus on why the A400M crashed near Seville. We are in constant contact with Airbus,” the spokesman added.

    The A400M is designed to transport troops and materiel, including armoured vehicles and helicopters, over great distances at high speeds.

  • How Darth Vader is getting German cyclists to wear helmets

    The new campaign is sure to grab attentionIs Darth Vader a good role model? He’s the poster boy for a new campaign aimed at getting Germans to wear their bicycle helmets. 

    Darth Vader, the heavy-breathing, ominous black-clad Sith Lord, is the most famous helmet wearer in the entire galaxy.

    Now the central character of the popular Star Wars saga is to be at the centre of a German campaign to get more people to wear a bike helmet, which is not legally compulsory in Germany.

  • Half marathon – full pain

    13,500 extreme athletes take on Strongman Run at Nürburgring

    It’s called the “mother of all obstacle runs”: a half marathon distance which packs a punch! 

    Up for the challenge: competitors in the Strongman Run held at the Nürburgring race circuit on Saturday. The 23km obstacle course includes 34 water hazards, tunnels, climbs and slides. The winner of this year’s race clocked in at 1:36:57Climbing nets, ice-cold water pools, deep mudholes, electrical shocks and steep water slides were just a few of the 17 obstacles which had to be tackled by thousands of athletes – twice – at the Nürburgring race track last Saturday.

    And tackle them they did, the 13,500 competitors in this year’s Strongman Run, one of the toughest and biggest races of its kind. 

    Apart from the personal challenge, having fun and team spirit is what makes this race such a unique event. Functional shirts and lycra shorts are often replaced by knight’s armour, Borat mankinis, viking garb, Superman costumes and many other crazy disguises.

  • BFGHS Charity Mini Brew

    CupcakeIn order to try and raise as much money as possible for the Nepalese communities affected by the disastrous earthquake that shook the country on April 25, the BFG Health Service will be holding a Mini Brew.

    Everyone in Bielefeld Station is invited to come along for some cake and a brew in exchange for a small personal donation.

    We would really like to see as many of you there as possible for this worthy cause.

    Date: Thursday, May 21, 10am – noon. 

    Location: HQ BFGHS, Lake House, in the garden (weather permitting, otherwise indoors).

    All donations to go to the Nepal earthquake appeal.

  • AWS May half-term programme – Herford

    The Army Welfare Service in Herford has organised some great activities for the half-term holiday.

    Tuesday, May 26 – Family Trip to Dortmund Thier-Galerie, €5pp.

    Wednesday, May 27 – Sports and Crafts Day Bielefeld and Gütersloh, age 8+, €5pp.

    Thursday, May 28 – Movie-Park, age 11+, €20pp.

    Friday, May 29 – Laser Quest, age 11+, €10pp.

    To book and for more information call Emma Twyford on 01722 123198.

  • Gratitude for Nepal earthquake relief

    Big appetites and big hearts: a huge turn-out at the Herford curry lunch last week means that the station’s Nepalese community has raised a fantastic €3,800 for the earthquake appealThe Herford Nepalese community would like to express their gratitude and thanks to all those who overwhelmingly supported the curry lunch held at Hammersmith Barracks and donated to the Nepal earthquake appeal on May 7. 

    Due to the generosity of those who attended, more than €3,000  was raised including the raffle draw.

  • Fun-tastic day at Haig School

    Crumbs! That takes the cake!

    Nepal Earthquake Appeal

    Tucking into the scrummy sweet treats at the Haig School cake saleHaig School in Gütersloh saw two charitable events running parallel on Friday, May 1. 

    In support of the British Red Cross and the charity work they are doing in Nepal following the earthquake disaster, a letter was sent out to parents at Haig school asking for cake donations so a cake sale could be held in the school playground during the morning breaks. 

    Having invited all parents to send their children into school with cakes for the sale, the organisers suddenly found that they literally had a lot on their plate.

  • 1 PWRR CO Spouses Brief

    The 1 PWRR Commanding Officer Spouses Brief will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 6pm to 7.30pm, in the Tigers Den, Barker Barracks.

    The following topics will be covered: A look back at the last four months and a look forward to the next six months and beyond, the COs State of the Nation (general views) and questions. Refreshments will be provided, including a curry.

    Please let the welfare clerk know if you will be attending and if you require transport. Contact Kayleigh via the Tigresses Facebook page or call 05251 101823.

  • Fund-raising in style

    Pupils proudly wore their traditional dress for Bishopspark School’s mufti day to raise funds for Nepal’s earthquake victimsBishopspark School in Paderborn had a charity event last Thursday to raise money to help the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquakes. 

    Staff and pupils joined in the event and raised over €1,500 for the appeal

  • Football cake bake

    The cake bake sale at Paderborn United Football Club was a hit with playersOnce again the children, parents and club officials of Paderborn United Football Club have responded to the needs of others.

    It was decided at short notice to hold a cake bake at training last week and the fantastic sum of €169.71 was raised for the Nepal earthquake appeal.

    Many thanks go to all those who contributed.

    Do you love football? Why not join the club?

    Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7pm at the sports pitches in Bad Lippspringe and the club is always looking for new talent. 

    So, if you are aged four to 49, what are you waiting for? Come along, join in, make friends and learn new skills.

  • Education courses – Gütersloh

    Spiritual Mediumship 

    May 16/17

    Two-day workshop at the Princess Royal Barracks Education Centre.

    The cost is €60 for two days or €35 for a single day.

    To book contact Joanne on 01515 888 4772.

    Intro to German

    May 19–22

    A four-day course, from 9am daily.

    The cost is €48 – free for military personnel.

    For more information contact 51 AEC on Gütersloh Mil 94873 3413 or Civil 05241 84 3413.

  • Children’s Wild West Party

    All cowboys and cowgirls aged under five are invited to the Wild West Party at Home-Start Paderborn on Friday, May 29, from 10am to noon.

    There will be lots of fun and games including panning for gold!

    Register at Home-Start by May 18 – entrance free.

  • Learn something new at 41 AEC

    The 41 AEC Group brochure for the summer term is out now.

    On offer is a rangeof courses, from PCDL, functional skills and CLM to German, sewing and photography.

    Details of dates, times, costs and contact details are in the brochure available online at: http://bfgnet.de/paderborn/paderborn-pubs/index.php

  • Station libraries timings

    Closures and reduced hours:

    SENNELAGER LIBRARY (NAAFI MAX)

    Thursday, May 14: Closed

    Friday, May 15: Closed

    Monday, May 18: 9am-12.30pm

    Tuesday–Friday, May 19–22: 9am–2pm 

    BARKER LIBRARY

    Thursday, May 14: Closed

  • Curry lunch fund-raiser - Barker Barracks - May 17

    May 17, 11am–3pm

    On Sunday, May 17, from 11am to 3pm, LCpl Hemalatta Gurung and his catering team with 3 CS Bn REME will be cooking up a fantastic curry lunch – plus a children-friendly barbecue – to raise money for the Nepal earthquake appeal. 

    Come along to the Tigers Den on Barker Barracks, Paderborn, enjoy a great lunch and other attractions which include a bouncy castle, face-painting, henna art and dancing. 

    All donations will go to the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

  • 5 RIFLES Bingo

    Thursday, May 14

    7.30pm. Eyes down 8.15pm

    Warrior Club, Alanbrooke Bks

    €15 per book for 6 games – €2 of which will go into the Battalion Welfare Fund with the remainder going towards the prizes

    Plus a Raffle!

    Please contact UWO if you are interested in attending. Open to all 5 RIFLES and friends.

  • What's on in the Paderborn area - May 2015

    Father’s Day Party

    Thursday, May 14, noon – 4pm

    Schützenhof, Schützenplatz 1, Paderborn

    To celebrate German Father’s Day, the Schützenhof will be hosting a party in the beer garden – come along for a barbecue and lots of beer!

    Beer Festival

    Thursday – Sunday, May 14–17. (May 14, 11am–11pm; May 15, 5pm–11pm; May 16, 5pm–11pm; May 17, 11am–8pm).

    Schlosspark, Schloss Neuhaus, Paderborn

    With around 20 beer stands with produce from around the world, the Schloss Neuhaus Beer Festival is a lively event. There will be beer and tastings, food, live music and entertainment.

  • Your future, your choice

    GROUP PHOTOThe 24th BFG Internal Transfer Career Fair, and the final one to be held in the DCC in Herford on April 14 was yet again a successful event. 

    The day followed the normal routine for such an event, with a brief introduction from event organiser Capt (Retd) Geordie Southern. 

  • You are not alone

    Relate BFG is here to helpIf you're single, the idea of going to Relationship Counselling might seem a bit inappropriate. You’re not alone in thinking that. 

    Lots of people think that Relationship Counselling is all about couples and isn’t relevant if you don’t have a partner. Not true. 

  • The Rhine in flames

    This year’s spectacular fireworks display held along the Rhine will delight visitors of all agesThe Rhine in Flames is a fireworks spectacular that takes place along the most scenic stretches of the Rhine every year between May and September. 

    From Rüdesheim to Bonn, spectacular pyrotechnics and curtains of fire bathe the riverbanks and landmarks in a magical red glow, and a flotilla of illuminated riverboats glides beneath mesmerising patterns of light in the night sky – a romantic and unforgettable experience for the whole family.

  • Battle of the red caps

    110 Provost Company from Sennelager, hosted members of 1st Regiment Royal Military Police in a Battle PT (physical training) competition, designed to push the competitors to the limit.


    The teams were not only wearing full kit but also had to drag sandbags around the courseThe event was organised by Company Sergeant Major (CSM) WO2 Pete Craigen, from 110 Provost Company. Teams from Gütersloh, Hohne and 74 Section Special Investigation Brunch (SIB) and Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) in Herford all made their way to Sennelager to battle it out.

  • Noble surprise

    Prince Maximilian zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg and Princess MarissaAn Anglo-German royal couple are throwing open the doors to their enchanting moated castle near Gütersloh and inviting members of BFG to visit their annual garden festival. 

    If you are looking for something different to do with the family this coming German bank holiday (Christi Himmelfahrt), a drive to Schloss Rheda will be a memorable experience.

  • A Happy Tail

    Tierheim volunteer Marjorie Reid with Benny, the 15-year-old shih-tzu boy she reunited with its ownerA DEVASTATED German family has finally been reunited with their dognapped pooch, all thanks to one British animal lover.

    Marjorie Reid, who works with 3 Close Support Battalion REME Civilian Workshops (3 Civ Wksp REME) in Bielefeld, is passionate about animals and for the last 10 years has been a volunteer at the Tierheim Eichenhof in Vlotho, a home for lost or stolen pets.

  • Germany News in Brief - May 7, 2015

    Lufthansa ‘scarred forever’

    HAMBURG – Shareholders of German airline Lufthansa observed a minute’s silence at the start of their annual meeting on April 29 for the 150 people who died in last month’s Germanwings crash.

    “This tragedy has changed us and the scars that it has left on our company will remain forever,” chief executive Carsten Spohr told some 2,000 shareholders at the meeting in Hamburg.

    Spohr said Lufthansa would “stand by... and support” the families and friends of the people who died.

    He vowed that Lufthansa “will continue to gradually expand our leading position in the area of flight safety, by continuing to develop our safety structures”.

    Shareholders are concerned about Lufthansa’s poor financial performance and management’s decision to waive dividend payments and about how management plans to tackle cut-throat competition in the sector, not only from the German group’s European rivals, but also from carriers from the Gulf region and budget airlines.

  • Mind the walls, please

    Unknown perpetrators bricked up the door of a Hamburg S-Bahn train last Tuesday afternoon – Deutsche Bahn estimate the damages will cost €10,000Vandals in Hamburg have decided that graffiti doesn’t quite cut it any more. A group of them apparently broke into the train depot in Barmbeck in the north-east of the city last week and bricked up the door of an S-Bahn train.

    Once they were finished, an accomplished looking wall of breeze blocks, eight rows high and glued to the door frame with expanding foam had completely blocked an entrance.

  • Look zoo it is!

    Malte Woestefeld was stunned when a zebra photobombed his shots on a trip to a zoo last monthMalte Woestefeld, was driving through Zoo Safaripark Stukenbrock when this cheeky zebra decided to stick his head through the car window.

    The 24-year-old business administration student was astonished when the friendly animal posed for a series of photographs.

    Malte explained: “There was a big herd of zebras but this one was standing alone. 

    “It looked like he was waiting for us.

    “We had had the windows closed for the entire time while driving round the safari park because they have lions and other dangerous animals there.”

    But, he said, in the next (safe) area there were zebras and antelopes and so he wound down the car window to say ‘Hi’ to the friendly-looking zebra. That’s when the selfies were taken.

    “I had a carrot in my backpack which I gave to him. 

    “The zebra was actually super cuddly and didn’t leave the window for a few minutes.”

  • CMD relocation

    Due to the closure of Herford station the Clinical Measurements Department (CMD) (Audiology & Ophthalmology) will be relocating.

    The facility will close to facilitate the move from May 18–22 inclusive. The new contact details from May 25 are:

    Clinical Measurements Department,

    Building 141,

    Normandy Barracks,

    BFPO 16.

    (The building is next to the NAAFI complex on Normandy Barracks.)

    Telephone numbers are yet to be confirmed and will be released as soon as they are available.

    For any queries concerning the CMD during the relocation contact your medical centre in the first instance.

  • Fun and Games at Heinrichsmeier Farm, Bielefeld – May 9

    Enjoy and afternoon and evening of fun and games at Hof Heinrichsmeier (farm) on Lipper Hellweg/Siebrassenhof in Bielefeld.

    Attractions: pony rides, bouncy castle, balloon competition and refreshments (drinks, coffee and cakes, Bratwurst and chips)

    Children's/Families Fest from 3pm. Evening entertainment from 7pm.Heinrichshof

  • Win, win, win with Sixth Sense...

    Tickets to be won!

    This week's issue of Sixth Sense features a four-page pull-out guide to some of the best German theme parks and zoos – and there are loads of tickets up for grabs.

    Win free entry to Phantasialand, Hansa Park, Potts Park, Fort Fun and Zoo Safaripark!

    Entries must be in by May 18.

    Pick up your free copy of Sixth Sense – out tomorrow!

  • Country braced for longest-ever rail strike

    Train drivers found themselves under fire from industry and the government on Monday after announcing their longest walkout in the history of Deutsche Bahn.

    Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the general public is finding the dispute increasingly difficult to understand, and that the week-long stoppage would “badly hurt commuters and passengers, as well as Deutsche Bahn and the German economy as a whole”.

  • Ride for quake relief

    3 CS Bn REME’s Nepal Quake Relief Fund-Raiser
    Friday, May 8, from noon, at the NAAFI Max, Sennelager

    Please support the cyclists' fund-raiser on May 8Twelve soldiers from 3 CS Bn REME will be holding a round-the-clock stationary cycling event, covering a total of 6,587 km in 24 hours – the distance from Paderborn to Kathmandu – to raise funds for the earthquake stricken people in Nepal. 

    Please call by to support the team and make your donations. It is not just money they need; they are also looking for clothes, blankets, dry foods, medicine (like water purifiers) – anything that can help the people in their time of dire need. 

    All proceeds from the event will go to the British Gurkha Nepal (BGN) fund in Kathmandu. From there it will be used to bring relief to the worst hit, remote areas of Nepal, rather than concentrating on the capital.

    BGN is made up of serving and ex Service personnel who will work on the ground to ensure that the money goes to where it is needed most.

  • Curry at Catterick

    Curry LunchNepal, a beautiful country and the home to the Gurkhas has fallen victim to nature’s fury; the worst earthquake in 81 years hit the Indo Nepal Region on Saturday.

    The scale of the disaster is enormous, as BBC News reportsed. Eight million people were affected – more than a quarter of the country’s population – the United Nations said and 1.4m are in need of food aid, as the death toll topped 4,310.

    The 7.8-magnitude quake hit Nepal on Saturday destroying buildings in Kathmandu and severely affecting rural areas across the region.

  • La Strada - Bielefeld

    Celebrate the car in Bielefeld on May 8-10

    own to Bielefeld’s Klosterplatz in May for a great classic car showVintage car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the annual La Strada event which is taking place in Bielefeld’s Altstadt on the weekend of May 8-10.

    The classic car show, now in its 17th 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 each day.

    Sample the great food on offer and enjoy the great music while walking among the gleaming visions on four wheels.

  • Into the blue

    A small but fortunate contingent from HQ 20 Armd Inf Bde travelled to St Paul's bay in Malta for a diving expedition.

    Divers were exploring St Paul’s bay in MaltaThe aim was to qualify the participants to the BSAC Ocean Diver grade as well as enhance working relationships between the staff.

    The expedition started with a number of mandatory but essential theory lessons, including the use of the basic kit required, to the signs and symptoms of decompression illness and more.

  • Beds for veterans

    Lt Col Ben Richards, the Defence Adviser British High Commission Ghana, a veteran, and FHG co-founder Derrick CobbinahAFTER eight months in transit and a few administrative hurdles to overcome, 18 beds and 23 mattresses donated by two German hospitals have finally reached their intended destination in Ghana.

    Forces Help Ghana (FHG) was set up in 2013 by two young Ghanaians serving with the British Army who quickly set about finding donations of hospital equipment to help Ghanaian war veterans.

     

  • 35 Engr Regt Wives Disco Party

    DiscoParty

  • Germany News in Brief - April 30, 2015

    Daimler faces corruption charges

    ATHENS – Greek prosecutors announced on Monday they are bringing charges against several Daimler managers, who they say were involved in multi-million euro bribes to Greek authorities.

    According to reports in the Greek media, the charges against the Stuttgart-based company centre on contracts for military vehicles signed between 1997 and 2000.

    The total value of the contracts is reported to be over €100 million, while the bribes were in the region of €2 million, reports the  Tagesspiegel.

    The dossiers on which prosecutors are basing the case against seven Daimler managers originate from a US investigation into the company.

    It is unclear whether the accused, whose names have not yet been disclosed, still work for the company. Daimler fired over 40 employees in the wake of the US trial.

  • Volunteers’ Reception

    Friday, June 26 · 7pm – 10pm at Epsom House, Normandy Barracks

    Are you a registered group or organisation in Paderborn Station?

    The annual Volunteers’ Reception is an opportunity to give thanks to those members of our community who work tirelessly to give something back to Paderborn Station.

    Nominations for a Brigade Commander’s Commendation must be submitted by Friday, May 29.

    For further details, please contact Jenny Mather, AWS, on 05254 9824340.

    This event is by invitation only. Invites will be sent out shortly.

    Please contact AWS should you think your group/organisation have been missed.

  • John Buchan School Fete - JUne 26

    JBSFete

  • 26 Regt RA Families Sunday Lunch

    Sunday, May 31, 1pm

    JB’s Restaurant, Gütersloh

    The cost is only €3 per person. Book tickets by May 21 at the 26 RA Welfare Office.

    Includes children’s entertainer and bouncy castles (weather permitting).

  • John Cull 6-a-side football tournament

    RBL Bielefeld is looking for teams to take part at the John Cull 6-a-side football tournament on Saturday, June 6.

    Entry fee is €20. For further details contact Carl Pearce on 0173 7023235.

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  • Marking 70 years of peace

    Austin Boothroyd and Andreas Müller are planning a production of The Peacemakers – singers and musicians are welcome to join in what promises to be a grand Anglo-German musical eventThe Peacemakers is a recently formed classical music group consisting of British and German musicians. 

    The founders, Austin Boothroyd, musical director at the Gütersloh Music Centre, and Andreas Müller, musical director of Marienfeld Abbey, have decided to create this group with the aspiration of hosting a concert later in the year to commemorate 70 years of peace. 

    The group will perform The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins. The concert will also serve as a celebration of the long lasting Anglo-German relationship since the end of the Second World War.