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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

    Pad-GIODGIO

  • 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.

  • Lake rescuer saluted

    Shining example: Pte Michael Veevers at the Wewelsburg where he was presented with  a civic courage appreciation certificate A British Army private who saved a woman from drowning in an ice-cold lake has been commended for his civic courage.

    Michael Veevers reacted quickly when he saw the woman in distress while jogging around the Padersee in November last year.

    He jumped into the lake to drag the helpless woman out of the water, probably saving her life.

    On April 9, Pte Veevers, who until recently served in BFG with 26th Regiment Royal Artillery, was honoured at a ceremony organised by the regional Council for Crime Prevention at the Wewelsburg near Paderborn.

    At the historic triangular castle, the 31-year-old told Sixth Sense about the incident, which happened in Schloss Neuhaus at around 9am on November 23.

  • 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

  • Brit fan and his classic car

    Soon to part ways -Günter Düe with his classic 1965 Ford ZodiacIt's with a heavy heart that Anglophile Günter Düe is selling his most prized possession – a well-preserved 1965 Ford Zodiac.

    He is putting the rare, left-hand drive British saloon up for sale as he prepares to downsize his life in his golden years.

    Günter, 79, a former bus company owner from Bielefeld, keeps the 51-year-old Zodiac Mk III stored in a warehouse when not in use and is its second only owner.

    The powerful Zodiac and its sister the Zephyr were used by British police as patrol cars in the 1960s and famously featured in the classic television series Z-Cars.

  • 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.