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  • Demonstrations in Bielefeld – July 30

    There is a demonstration and march planned to take place in Bielefeld on Saturday, July 30 which is expected to attract approximately 5,000 persons from the Kurdish Yazidi community.
    Where/When. The demonstration is planned to assemble at 1400 hrs at the corner of Voltmannstrasse/Universitätsstrasse near the university campus and then march to the town hall via Wertherstrasse and Stapenhorststrasse, where speeches are to be held. Following the speeches the march will then proceed to Kesselbrink where the demonstration is planned to end.
    Why. This march has been planned to coincide with the second anniversary of the attack carried out by the ‘so called Islamic state’ against the Kurdish Yazidi people on the town of Shingal in northern Iraq.
    Advice. Please expect at least a 15 minute delay to public transport. The GCP will erect road blocks and control checkpoints from 1300 hrs. The disruption is likely to continue to 2000 hrs. Given the possibility of confrontation at the demonstration posed by those opposing the march, BFG personnel are advised to avoid the area where possible. The community is also reminded of the potential for other impromptu or counter demonstrations for which there might be little or no warning. Any incidents should be reported to the Service Police
  • We’re going on a bear hunt

    27 children and their families enjoyed a fantastic day out at Münster Zoo organised by Community Support and Home-startBielefeld community set off on an adventure to find the long-lost polar bear that Capt Dickie Davies, Adjt Bielefeld Stn, saw some 25 years ago when he last visited Münster Zoo. 

    Sadly there wasn’t a polar bear in sight, but nevertheless the community had a fantastic day learning about the diverse selection of wildlife that the staff at the zoo care for today.  

    Under the watchful eye of Sam Tyler from Community Support and her trusted team of helpers, Julie from Bielefeld Welfare, and Marie and Teresa from Home-Start, the children had a wonderful time, used up lots of energy throughout the day and some even took a boat ride on the lake. 

  • Fighting back

    Bielefeld Community Support raises funds for Cancer Research UK at Race for LifeEven with the threat of torrential rain and thunderstorms, 20 keen runners turned out for this year’s Race for Life at Catterick Barracks, raising €175 for Cancer
    Research UK on July 22.

    With the high humidity and week-long scorcher WO2 Ian Lewis, Community Support Warrant Officer, and his team, Sam Tyler and Anne Lewis, decided to hold the 5km run on the ridge just behind Catterick Barracks.

  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for...

    Rob Miller mans the BFBS ice cream van with happy customer BeckyTuttleThere are not many jobs where you are guaranteed to have every customer smile at you; however running the BFBS ice-cream van must be one of those jobs.

    Chris Pratt, BFBS Ice-Cream ops, initially got involved in running the ice-cream van back in 2010, after BFBS’s Nicky Ness spoke to him about a new initiative.

    Whitby Morrison, Europe’s leading soft ice-cream van manufacturer, were looking for a new charity to donate a van to for their annual campaign. 

  • Zwing-er by Dresden

    View of Dresden Altstadt with the Frauenkirche on the leftDresden’s distinctive skyline has long been a draw to visitors, so why not travel east from BFG for a visit? Here are some suggestions from members of Sixth Sense’s staff who have visited this memorable city

    The historic centre of the capital of the state of Saxony, split by the mighty river Elbe, is full of fine architecture, elegant streets, shops and world-class museums, plus some more quirky spots. 

    There is a huge choice of places to eat in Dresden, from Michelin-starred restaurants, to atmospheric bierkellers and affordable cafés.

  • HELLP Syndrome nearly killed me

    Yvonne Neely, 33 weeks pregnant with twins in 2012I had never heard of HELLP syndrome before I gave birth to my boys back in the UK, and my knowledge of pre-eclampsia was somewhat lacking.

    I had no idea what symptoms to look out for and I completely missed the warning signs that I had this life-threatening condition. 

    Looking back on it now, all the signs of HELLP syndrome were there: headaches, nausea, abdominal and chest tenderness (upper right side pain caused by liver distention), shoulder pain, pain when breathing, changes in vision, swelling, high blood pressure and protein in the urine. 

  • Space Oddity show CANCELLED

    Space Oddity, Davis Brighton's tribute to David bowieDavid Brighton's Space Oddity show - the number one homage to the lateDavid Bowie, and due to come to Paderborn on November 3 - has been cancelled.

    Promoters say that "with a heavy heart" the event at the Paderhalle will not go ahead because of poor ticket sales.

    For more information, visit: www.owl-konzerte.de

  • Diving into the past

    In a Skype conversation between two ex-members of the RAF Gütersloh Sub Aqua Club (GUTSAC 221), an idea was brought about to have a reunion.

    The group had come from all around the world for the reunion
    In May 2014 Campbell Allan and Paul Curzon discussed a reunion as it had been some 20 years since the last RAF personnel had left the camp in 1993 and RAF Gütersloh had been handed over to the Army to become the Princess Royal Barracks (PRB).

  • 5 RIFLES go the distance

    Four soldiers of 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) based at Alanbrooke Barracks in Paderborn chose a physically exerting method of travelling to the regiment’s new home in Bulford this week.

    And they’re off. The four leave Alanbrooke Barracks for the last time
    Lt Maddan, WO2 Gornall, Sgt Simpson and Rfn White are making the 840km trip to Ward Barracks by using purely pedal power, with the hope of getting to their destination by tomorrow having started on Monday morning.

    The four men of 5 RIFLES not only embarked on Ex Swift Homecoming to mark the closure of the barracks but also to raise money for two charities: Care for Casualties and Help for Heroes.

  • A very busy year

    DIO logoAs the Senior Facilities Manager for DIO Paderborn I am proud to share with you my team’s achievements over the past 12 months, carrying out works to support and improve the facilities you all use to live and work here in Paderborn Station. 

    I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience; and for assisting us to carry out the works by giving us access to your property or work space. 

    It has been a challenging year but we continue to dedicate ourselves to providing you, the customer, with the very best service we can.