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  • Clever Tots Christmas Party

    Clever Tots Christmas Party

  • One-stop service

    The MoD has announced that the Covenant Fund will work with The RBL and other charities to set up a one-stop service to better support the UK’s Armed Forces veterans community. 

    The £2 million Veterans Gateway programme will help veterans find and access advice and support on a broad range of issues, including healthcare and housing

     The new service will provide a 24/7 phone number, with an empathetic and professional voice at the end of the line, a dedicated website and a mobile app to make it easier for former Service personnel to access support on a range of issues including housing, employability and health.

    It will give veterans, regardless of age or location, a simple point of contact to turn to for advice and help in accessing an array of public, private and charitable services which are out there

  • 1 man, 1 bottle, €44,362.75 refund

    A Köln drinks vendor modified a bottle-recycling machine to swindle tens of thousands of euros from the recycling system, a court learned last week.

    The man was sentenced by a Köln court to 10 months in prison after he was convicted of professional deception.

    The 37-year-old drinks salesman manipulated a bottle-recycling machine in the cellar of his drinks shop by installing a magnet sensor and a kind of wooden tunnel into the machine.

  • Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor

    Another four-year term would bring Merkel level with the postwar record set by Helmut KohlAngela Merkel, who has steered Germany through several global crises as its first woman leader, says she will seek a fourth term as chancellor in general elections next year.

    Speaking after a meeting with high-ranking members of her centre-right party, Merkel told reporters on Sunday that “I literally thought about this decision endlessly ... but I am ready to run for office again”.

    If the 62-year-old wins next year and serves the entire four-year term, she would match her one-time mentor Helmut Kohl’s post-war record of 16 years in office.


  • Avian flu spreading

    The ministry for agriculture in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered 8,800 geese on two poultry farms to be killed after some of the animals were found to be infected with avian flu.

    On its website, the ministry said that so far only a low pathogenic strain of H5 avian influenza virus had been detected at one location holding 1,800 geese.

    It said analyses were being carried out to determine whether the high pathogenic strain H5N8 was also present.

  • Woman in coma after man drags her behind car on rope

    A man has been detained by police in northern Germany after he stabbed and then tied a rope around a young woman’s neck and dragged her down the street behind his car.

    The small town of Hameln in Lower Saxony has been left in a state of shock after the crime, which occurred on Sunday evening.

     “The brutality and contempt with which this crime was carried out is horrifying. Everyone in the town is shocked,” said town spokesperson Thomas Wahmes.

  • Germany News in Brief - November 24, 2016

    Murder fugitive detained in Spain

    MADRID – Spanish police have arrested a German fugitive suspected of slitting his girlfriend’s throat, and have safely recovered the couple’s 18-month-old toddler.

    Officers arrested the man at a block of flats in Lloret de Mar where he was hiding with the baby boy, police said in a statement. He had been on the run since German police found the body of his 20-year-old girlfriend inside plastic rubbish bags at the couple’s flat in Freyung, Bavaria, at the end of October.

    Police said the man recently got a tattoo on his upper arm with the name of his deceased girlfriend, her birthday as well the suspected date of her murder – 27/10/2016 – beside a cross and the words “Thank you for everything” in Spanish.

    Spanish police said they began looking for the man after they were alerted by their German counterparts that he may have fled to Spain as he made his way to North Africa.

    The man is suspected of having used his girlfriend’s mobile phone after he killed her to update her Facebook and other social media profiles to try to throw off investigators.

    Police took the toddler to a juvenile welfare home where he will be looked after until German social services staff arrive in Spain to pick him up.


  • Fun and games at Home-Start Gütersloh

    To infinity and beyond! Children taking part in the Home-Start’s week of half-term activities which included a Toy Story day add the finishing touches to their rocketsHome-Start Gütersloh arranged lots of fun half-term events for the station’s children last month.

    It was an opportunity for families to come together to take part in the Finding Dory Hunt, a Toy Story Day and a Halloween Party. 

  • Spicing up school time at JBS

    Students from JBS cook up a culinary feast of curries with the chefs from Tandoori Delights

    Ready for service: The junior chefs from John Buchan School proudly present the multitude of dishes they have preparedThe aroma of spices teased the senses as many junior chefs scurried about the kitchen tasting their curry and kneading their naan breads.

    You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d just walked into filming for Junior Masterchef.  In reality, this kitchen is in John Buchan School.

    Students from Year 8 have been working on their catering skills and the kitchen team from Tandoori Delights in Paderborn came in to give them some expert hints and tips.

  • Deadline for documentation – Paderborn LVLO

    Due to the upgrade of several databases, the Local Vehicle Licensing Office (VLO) Paderborn will be unable to process applications for vehicle licensing, customs and immigration, ID cards or dog registration over the period December 12–14 inclusive.

    With the Christmas standdown period the last date the VLO will be able to process applications is December 9. 

     As a result and to avoid any administration problems you are encouraged to ensure you allow sufficient time to have processes completed no later than December 9.

     If you are unsure of required processes or time lines to adhere too, please contact the VLO on 05254 982 2638 or Mil 79 2638.

    (Please note: The LVLO office will be closed from noon on Wednesday, December 14 until 9am on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.)

  • Taking a cue from Kew

    Enjoy the magic of the Christmas Garden in Berlin

    BerlinXmasGardenWith the start of the Christmas market season and the beginning of Advent, festive fever is slowly spreading across Germany. 

    This year, why not combine a visit to the capital and some of its 60 Christmas markets with an evening out at the first ever Christmas Garden Berlin which is open now.

    For six weeks the grand Botanical Garden in the south of the city – ranked among the three most important botanical gardens in the world – turns into a brightly coloured winter fairyland with illuminations, magic woods and light sculptures. 


  • Zumba classes in Bielefeld – New times

    The timings for Zumba classes that are being held on Catterick and Rochdale Barracks have changed.

    They will now take place as follows until May next year:

    Monday evening, 5.30pm–6.30pm in Catterick Barracks

    Tuesday lunchtime, 12.30pm–1pm in Rochdale Barracks 

  • Christmas Party – Bielefeld

     RBLChristmas Party

  • Bosom Buddies

    Bosom Buddies

  • New Year's Eve Party – Bielefeld

    Party into the new year at the Phoenix Bar, Rochdale Barracks, Bielefeld

  • Your examination centre in Paderborn

    41AEC new exam centre

  • Test your skills with Scalextric

    Do you fancy a Scalextric race?

    Come into the WRVS centre above the NAAFI on Mansergh Barracks, test the tracks and put your best timings on the board  – see if you can beat the leading team.

    For more information call Kim on 05241 84 2390.

  • It’s competition time at the WRVS

    Would you like the opportunity to show your talents with graffiti or painting?

    Design a picture which will be used to paint some of the walls in the WRVS centre on Mansergh Barracks, Gütersloh.

    One design from each battery will be chosen by a panel of judges.

    Contact Kim in the WRVS centre on 05241 84 2390 to find out more.

  • Dick Whittington panto comes to BFG


  • Late night shopping in Paderborn

    The Saturn store in Paderborn will open its doors outside normal hours on December 8 for members of the BFG community.

    Enjoy some tax-free shopping from 8pm to 11.30pm, after the Carol Service at the cathedral.

  • Paderborn Equestrian Centre Christmas Show

    WFG PECXmasShow

  • Down to a fine art

    Hanging in London – Justine Simpson Worboys' painting of the Duchess of Cambridge hanging at the art exhibition in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster AbbeyBFG-based professional artist Justine Simpson Worboys has another feather in her cap now that two of her original paintings are on display at St Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey.

    Justine, who lives in Mönchengladbach and is a member of the Army Arts Society, created the works, titled The Poppy and The Duchess of Cambridge, especially for the In the Public Eye exhibition in London.

    She was delighted to be asked by Col Jason Rhodes, chairman of the society, to submit artwork for the event – which runs until November 27.  

    Justine said: “I was thrilled that he was happy for me to submit something, especially considering he had not seen the artwork yet.”

  • Christmas Service Times 2016/17

    St Christopher’s, Dempsey Barracks

    December 24, 4pm: Christmas Family Worship

    St Peter’s, Barker Barracks

    December 25, 10am: Christmas Morning Family Worship

    January 1, 11am: Morning Worship with Communion

    Our Lady of Lourdes, Normandy Barracks

    December 25, 11am: Christmas Morning Mass

    January 1, 11am: Mass

    St Barbara’s, Mansergh Barracks

    December 25, 10am: Christmas Day Service (joined by congregation of St Maximilian Kolbe)

    December 25, 9am: Christmas Morning Mass (RC)

    January 1: No service (joint at St Maximilian Kolbe at 11am)

    January 1, 9am: Mass (RC)

    St Maximillian Kolbe, Catterick Barracks

    December 24, 5pm: Christmas Vigil Mass (RC)

    December 25: No Service (joint at St Barbara’s)

    January 1, 11am: Joint service with St Barbara’s

    January 1, 5pm: Mass (RC)

  • A FUNtastic week for all!

    Home-Start’s spooktacular half-term activities

    On the night of October 26, just before Halloween, these creatures and monsters were spotted wandering around Catterick Barracks after dark. 

    Home-Start Bielefeld leapt into action and called for the backup of their own little monsters. This was truly a fight night! Oh… Okay, well it was a bit of fun organised by the Home-Start scheme team for station families. 

    It was great fun and the children laughed and screamed around the camp as they hunted out the ghosts and ghoulies.

    There were lots of activities and games for everyone to enjoy. There was also a welcoming bowl of soup and barbecue provided by JB’s.

  • Register your group with AWS!

    There are a number of groups within the community which have not registered with AWS in compliance with SI BF(G) 3321 & SO BF(G) 3352.

    If groups do not register they will face being forced to close.

    The registration process is very straightforward, please contact the AWS office on Pad Mil 4340 or email:

  • Craft and Chat in Bad Lippspringe

    Do you spend your evenings knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, embroidering or similar – then come along to our informal group where you can work on your latest craft project in the company of like-minded people.

    We meet at the Bad Lippspringe community centre every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm.

    For more information email the Community Link Officer at: or join the ‘Craft and Chat’ Facebook group.

  • In celebration of National Poetry Day

    To celebrate National Poetry Day (October 6), Sennelager and Barker Libraries launched a Poetry competition.

    All ages were encouraged to enter a poem on the theme autumn. The lucky winners were chosen by the staff at Barker Library and each won a spectacular gift hamper full of literary delights.

    Thank you to all who entered, the standard was very high and it was difficult to pick the favourites.

  • Cheque this out!

    1 PWRR Tigers’ raffle proves a roaring success and raises a fantastic €1,552 for SSAFA

    Cheque presentation: LCpl Jake Manwaring, Pte Leon Nance, LCpl William Forbes and Capt Ian Wicks of the Tigers’ Parachute Display Team with Lt Col Mike Cornwell, Sarah Elviss, Loulou Thorne, Dave Roberts and Mike Howarth at the BFBS studiosRecent fund-raising efforts by 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment have seen an amazing €1,552 raised for SSAFA, the Armed Forces families charity.

    They kicked off their fund-raising efforts with a Big Brew Up in the Tigers’ Den where various tempting treats ensured people dug deep into their pockets.

    The Tigers’ Free Fall Parachute Display Team took the lead in organising a raffle, offering the chance to skydive with them as an incredible prize for the lucky winner.

    Chris Keen interviewed Capt Ian Wicks, team leader of the Tigers’ Free Fall Parachute Display Team about 1 PWRR’s fund-raising events and the raffle to win a tandem jump in aid of SSAFAThe team announced the winner live on BFBS radio; Charlie Rigg will be jumping with the team in the near future.

    Lt Col Mike Cornwell presented the cheque to Sarah Elviss, Chairman of the SSAFA Paderborn Committee, and Loulou Thorne, Secretary.

    The members of the Tigers Free Fall Parachute Display Team are LCpl Jake Manwaring, Pte Leon Nance, LCpl William Forbes, Capt Ian Wicks, LCpl Chris Smith, Cpl Frank Millerick and Sgt Simon Gearing.

  • Children's Christmas Party – Bielefeld

    Children's Party - Bielefeld

  • Christmas Fair – Bielefeld

    Christmas fair - Bielefeld Station

  • Punchlines Christmas cover competition

    Design competitionWith Christmas fast approaching, Westfalen Garrison are offering another chance for the winner to feature on the front page of Punchlines Magazine. Not only will the winner’s poster be the main image on the front, he or she will also receive an art prize.

    To enter, the artwork needs to be colourful, with no text, A4 portrait with a Christmas theme.

    Any style of poster is permitted, pencil crayon, collage, painting etc.

    Posters must be posted to: Garrison Information Office, HQ Westfalen Garrison, Antwerp Barracks, BFPO 16.

    Or you can also participate sending us a high quality scanned pdf poster, to:

    Please be aware that if the pdf document does not have a high resolution we will not be able to use it as front cover of Punchlines Magazine.

    DEADLINE – November 18

  • Gütersloh Military Wives Choir get ready for Christmas

    Why not join the Gütersloh Military Wives Choir?

  • Home-Start Health Visitor dates

    Please note that the Health Visitor session on November 22 has been changed to 11am–noon.


  • Krafty Kids activities

    Krafty Kids

  • Ladies Night – Bielefeld

    Ladies Night Bielefeld

  • Library hours in November

    LibraryMansergh Library
    Tel: 05241 842336

    The library will be closed on November 11, 15, 18, 21. 

    Otherwise, opening hours are 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

    Sennelager Library
    Tel: 05254 6620630

    The library will be closed on November 11/18. Early closing on November 14/15 (9am–2pm). 

    Otherwise, opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 2pm on Fridays.

    Barker Library
    Tel: 05251 101128

    The library will be closed on November 18. Early closing on November 11 (8.30am–12.30pm). 

    Otherwise, opening hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

    If the library is closed please use the drop off box to return books.

  • Christmas Cake Decorating course

    Cake decorating course

  • 3 Armd CS Bn Wives Christmas Party

    Christmas Party

  • Bishopspark School Christmas Fair


  • Carol concert – Neuss


  • Help for victims

    AFF receives Covenant funding to support F&C victims of domestic abuse

    Domestic abuseThe Army Families Federation (AFF) has received a grant through the Covenant Grants Fund to provide much-needed practical support to
    Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) Army families dealing with Domestic Abuse (DA).

     This new support is available to any F&C spouse of a serving person in any location in the UK or overseas. Support is limited by available funding and it is not a self-referral scheme – families must be referred to AFF by a relevant welfare contact or organisation.

  • Christmas/New Year 2016 Medical Centre opening hours

    Opening hours

  • Prescription charge payments


  • Been to the medical centre lately?

    Complete the NEW Primary and Community Care Survey!

    Compliments, complaints and suggestions very welcome. It will only take two minutes and will help shape future service provision.

    Don’t forget to complete it on or BFGNet.

    For all the information you need about BFG and EJSU Healthcare visit:

  • Protecting your child against flu

    This year, the flu vaccine is being offered to: 

    Children age 2, 3 and 4 years (born between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2014)

    Children in school Y1, Y2 and Y3 

    Children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu

  • Community Profile survey

    AWS are running a Garrison Community Profile Survey and ask that you participate.

    This online survey forms part of the Annual Community Profile in Westfalen Garrison, capturing a snapshot of community life in Germany.

    This profile incorporates information fed in by many forums and is used by all agencies within BFG to understand the dynamics of our community.

    The information contained within the profile is predominantly used to direct community and service action plans for the next year and reaffirm the improvements delivered in the previous year.’

    You can find the survey in the BFGnet Notice Board or at

  • Steinmeier tipped for the top job

    German foreign minister Frank-Walter SteinmeierChancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives agreed on Monday to back Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier as Germany’s next president, creating a vacancy at the foreign ministry at a critical moment in relations with Russia and the US.

    Merkel’s camp had hoped to promote its own candidate but chose to back political rival Steinmeier for the largely ceremonial post to avoid a long fight with his party, its partner in the ruling ‘grand coalition’.

    Steinmeier, who called Republican Donald Trump a “preacher of hate” before the US election, said on Monday he hoped the president-elect would change course upon entering office and recognise that “the world is more complex, that climate change is real and that NATO is not superfluous”.

  • 6 dead, 128 wounded in consulate attack

    The death toll from a powerful Taliban truck bombing at the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, rose to six last Friday, and 128 others wounded in a major militant assault.

    The Taliban said the bombing late last Thursday (November 10), which tore a massive crater in the road and overturned cars, was a “revenge attack” for US air strikes this month in Kunduz province that left 32 civilians dead.

    The explosion, followed by sporadic gunfire, reverberated across the usually tranquil northern city, shearing off the facades of nearby buildings and blowing out windows several miles away.

    “The suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into the wall of the German consulate,” local police chief Sayed Kamal Sadat told AFP.

  • Carnival season begins

    Each carnival city has new ‘rulers’ every year. In Köln, it is the Dreigestirn, the trio of fools. Even though a virgin is among them, these characters are all held by men – and they’re rich; it can cost up to €100,000 to become the Prince of the year in KölnCarnival celebrations have officially begun in the Rhineland. This time around, Donald Trump costumes are expected to feature prominently in the region’s biggest party of the year.

    Despite rain and chilly winter temperatures, carnival festivities kicked off punctually at 11 minutes past 11am on Friday – the 11th day of the 11th month.

    The “fifth season,” as it’s known locally, takes over cities along the Rhine river each year, with the biggest parties in Köln, Düsseldorf and Mainz. Revellers typically dress up in costume, while beer flows freely throughout the day.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited launched in Germany

    The on-demand music streaming service Amazon Music officially launched its services in Germany on Monday, hoping to make a dent in the competition against Spotify and Apple.

    Amazon’s Music Unlimited music streaming service includes more than 40 million songs with a free 30-day trial on offer and at a rate of €7.99 per month for Prime members.

  • New ‘nerd army’ to fight cyber attacks

    A quick reaction force is to be set up by the government in order to combat the increasing threat of cyber attacks, according to Reuters. 

    The creation of the so-called Mobile Incident Response Teams (MIRT) is one of several measures included in a cyber security strategy agreed upon by the cabinet on November 9.

    The new team, located at the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), will be designed to help prevent Internet attacks on authorities and supply network operators.

  • But is it art?

    LeavesPublic transport staff in Berlin are quite accustomed to cleaning up mess left in or around U-Bahn trains, but this one proved to be quite a different challenge.

    The company’s workers discovered early on Friday morning that someone had filled an U-Bahn carriage parked in storage with dried leaves, covering the entire floor and all the seats, the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported.

    The clean-up effort lasted several hours and caused delays due to the train being out of service.

    The trick was presumably the work of graffiti artists, Tagesspiegel explained, because an image of the autumnal U-Bahn scene was posted on the Facebook page Berlin Writers, a magazine and website dedicated to street art.

    The post had the caption ‘Autumn is here!’

  • Germany News in Brief - November 17, 2016

    Spy agency to get its own satellite

    BERLIN – German intelligence services (BND) are set to receive their own satellite for monitoring purposes. Until now, the agency sourced visual data from the German army and US satellites.

    German media published reports saying Germany’s budget commission had approved a sum for financing a satellite for the express use of the BND. According to estimates, the satellite would cost around €400 million and would be ready by 2022. In addition, 400 new employees would be appointed to the agency.

  • Babcock – Festive Season Stand-down Arrangements

    BabcockAt Babcock we strongly believe that correct communication is a key aspect of creating an effective partnership and as Christmas is just around the corner we would like to inform you of how the stand-down period affects our appointment slots. 

    The Babcock stand-down period runs from 12.30pm on December 21 to 8am on January 2. During this period only emergency work will be responded to. 

    Our last appointment for 2016 will be: 10am – noon, December 21. 

    Our earliest appointment for 2017 will be: 8am–10pm, January 2. 

    The Customer Contact Centre Helpdesk is operating throughout the festive period and can be contacted as follows:

    by phone 0800 888 4242

    or via the web portal at

    or via e-mail at

    Please remember to report any issues relating to cookers well in advance of the Christmas period.

  • What’s on in the Paderborn area 2016

    November 24, 8pm – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in concert, at the Stadthalle Soest, Dasselwall 1, 59494 Soest, tickets: €37.

    December 12, 8.30pm – Remode – The Music of Depeche Mode, at the Kulturwerkstatt, Bahnhofstraße 64, 33102 Paderborn, tickets: €19.10.

    December 4, 6pm – The Rock Christmas Dinnershow, at the Schützenhof, 33104 Paderborn. Includes gourmet fare and music show featuring festive rock and pop hits, tickets €71.

  • I Spy A Ticket Giveaway

    The long overdue museum opened its doors in September last yearThe German Spy Museum in Berlin gives a unique insight into the gloomy world of espionage right where the wall once divided the city. 

    As a tribute to the history of the ‘Capital City of Spies’, the long overdue museum opened its doors in September last year – more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War.

    Sixth Sense has five pairs of tickets to win to see the permanent exhibition, which unveils spectacular secret operations, mysterious espionage cases and fabled spies. 

  • A Bolly good night

    People from across the BFG community joined in with the belly dancing at the SAAFA Bollywood NightBielefeld in-service SSAFA volunteers organised a spectacular night of colourful eastern entertainment at Catterick Barracks.

    More than 130 members of the BFG community from Paderborn, Gütersloh and Bielefeld turned up for Bollywood Night, which was packed full of entertainment. 

    While raising money for SSAFA, the event was also raising awareness of the charity within the BFG community.

  • Timing’s everything

    Army Photographer Dominic King was awarded 1st place in the Professional Sport and Adventurous Training category for his photograph entitled FreefallAn image of a parachutist mid-jump has won first prize in the Professional Sport and Adventurous Training category of this year’s British Army Photographic Competition, seeing off the likes of boxing, kayaking and martial arts.

    The man behind the lens, Dominic King, who works as a professional photographer for the Army in Germany, snapped the well-timed photograph during an exercise with the Tigers Parachute Display Team of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, also based in BFG.

  • A shared history

    Guests who joined the tour pose for a photograph outside the Officers’ MessA tour of Princess Royal Barracks in Gütersloh was recently hosted by Maj Owen Punter RA for BFG personnel and BFG based veterans.

    It allowed those with an interest in the history of the barracks to walk the grounds, inspect the buildings and share their stories.

    The afternoon began in front of the former Garrison HQ, with WO1 (GSM) John Dawson welcoming the guests before acting as guide and leading the tour, taking the opportunity to stop at numerous points of interest along the way to explain their history.

  • Sniffing around PRB one last time

    Taking the lead – Pte Ryan Sutcliffe and Viper comb the areaFive dog handlers from 102 Military Working Dog Squadron worked hard for four days searching Princess Royal Barracks in Gütersloh for potential hazards prior to the official handover to the German authorities on November 4.

    Maj Ken McIntosh, officer commanding the unit, said:  “We are taking our responsibility seriously and we are working with our dogs to provide a level of assurance prior to handing the camp back. 

    “With our dogs, we are able to search areas and detect potentially dangerous items where the human eye can’t see. This is a live task, so the dogs and their handlers are doing what they are actually employed to do. It’s a real live execution of their skills and abilities.”

  • Fill your winter boots

    Naafi dish up new menu at JB’sNAAFI has introduced the winter menu for lunch and dinner into all its JB’s restaurants across BFG. 

    This is part of the normal twice a year seasonal menu change and sees the introduction of some great new dishes alongside many of the popular favourites from last year’s winter menu.

    Speaking to Sixth Sense, John Goddard, NAAFI’s Head of Operations, said: “We are very happy with our offer in JB’s and continue to receive great feedback from our customers. 

    “We are always looking to build on that success and this winter we have refreshed the menu with several brand new dishes and acted on feedback by making some additional enhancements to the offer.”

  • Panto for BFG in early December

  • Rugby Remembers

    The city of Bath combined the love of rugby with a time of remembrance as their much-loved rugby club played the Armed Forces in the annual Remembrance Match.

    UK Armed Forces chargeThis fixture is the only of its kind in the rugby union calendar which sees all three Services work together as one team.

  • Walking home for christmas

    Six injured veterans who recently walked from Scotland to Buckingham Palace on a 1,000 mile expedition were joined by GB Invictus Games Captain, David Henson at HMS Victory in Portsmouth to launch the charity’s Christmas campaign Walking Home For Christmas in support of homeless veterans.

    Walking With the Wounded launches its annual Walking Home for Christmas eventWalking With The Wounded is calling on people to do their bit for wounded Servicemen and women this Christmas and join the campaign to raise vital funds for veterans who simply don’t have a home to walk to.

  • Lords of the ring

    Best Boxer, Cfn Whitelock, received a standing ovation on beating the Most Gallant boxer, LCpl JamesLast week in front of a large vocal crowd the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers held a nine bout boxing contest in Barker Barracks, Paderborn hosted by 3 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME.

    With the spectators cheering the boxers throughout, the evening began with a Light Heavyweight contest between Cfn Ben Carter, 6 Regiment RLC (Light Aid Detachment) and  Pte Jarvis Jones of 3 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME (3 Armd CS Bn). 

  • A helping hand

    Chris Wyatt at the Refugee Reception Centre in PaderbornCHRIS Wyatt has been volunteering in the overseas division of St John Ambulance in Germany.

    Like other British volunteers, he worked alongside Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe all summer in a refugee reception centre in Paderborn, volunteering for more than 200 hours.

    His place of work was at the Paderborn Eisbahn (skating rink), where the JUH regional branche of Ostwestfalen provides accommodation facilities to refugees. His expat parents also live in the city.

  • BFG raises £2.5k for Save the Children

    Success – event organiser Samantha Starling, who raised thousands of pounds for the Save the Children charityThe British Forces Germany (BFG) community came together recently to raise funds for Save the Children. 

    There were three components to the Save the Children fund-raising effort which combined, raised a staggering £2,500.

    A children’s art competition, choral performances by the Blankenhagen School Choir and the Military Wives Choir (Gütersloh), and a charity art auction made up the charity event.

  • PTIs rope in guests

    Rope climbing in full uniformIn its illustrious 61-year history, the Army School of Physical Training in Sennelager has seen many soldiers pass through its doors leaving as qualified Physical Training Instructors. 

    However, this proud tradition came to an end last month when the final cohort of newly qualified Physical Training Instructors (PTI) passed out ahead of the school’s relocation back to the UK.

  • Senne Heath in all its glory

    Senne heath in full bloom with its stunning purple heather The efforts over many years to protect nature and enhance the beautiful landscape of the Senne Training Area were officially recognised on October 15 at an awards ceremony.

    Members of the Senne Environmental Working Group travelled to London to collect the MoD Sanctuary Awards Winner for Environmental Projects at a ceremony at MoD Main Building in

  • QRH on target

    Various British Army Regiments took part in the Mounted Gunnery Competition (MGC) this week at Lulworth Ranges.

    Regiments took part in the shooting competition with a differenceA shooting competition with a difference, the event saw troops firing at targets, sometimes over two kilometres distance using various gun platforms, including Challenger Two (CR2) tanks, Warrior, Jackal and Scimitar Armoured reconnaissance vehicles.

  • Mark’s Mudder mission

    A young British Army rifleman who was seriously injured in a Taliban ambush four years ago flies to the United States this week to take part in the World’s Toughest Mudder challenge.

    Mud is no stranger to getting a bit muddyCSjt Mark Holloway, who is the son-in-law of WO2 Ian Lewis, Rifles, Bielefeld Station Community Support Welfare Officer, is hoping to achieve 80 miles over the course of 24 hours, starting on Saturday.

    Since he was injured in Afghanistan, Mark has dedicated his free time to paying b
    ack the help he received from charities during his recovery, in particular raising funds for Help for Heroes.

  • The major and the people’s car

    Major Ivan Hirst and one of the Volkswagens built for the British Army in 1946 Volkswagen AG Press Archive photosAs Volkswagen (VW) tries to move on from the biggest scandal in its history, many people are unaware that it was a British Army major who championed the company to its success after the Second World World.

    The origins of Volkswagen date right back to Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Hitler, outraged that car ownership in other countries was more widespread than in Germany, wanted almost anyone to be able to afford a car. 

  • A force too strong

    Fiji are the new Armed Forces World Rugby Champions. With a great display of hard clever rugby, in typically English weather conditions, they beat the British Army at the Stoop by 30 points to 10.

    Brothers in armsHowever the weather did not put the Fijians off: they held the ball well in the wet conditions, storming across the pitch despite the soggy Stoop ground.

    For the Army this was a reality check. The Army did not play badly but an unbeaten Fijian XV responded to the occasion with powerful surges, penetrating skills and some top tackling.

  • The final whistle for the BA(G) Army Challenge Cup

    The final BA(G) Army Challenge Cup was held on German soil last week with 35 Engineer Regiment taking the major unit title and Bielefeld station the minor title.

    Held in Gütersloh, the first match of the day saw Princess Royal Barracks (PRB) play Bielefeld Station.

  • Europe's biggest downtown fair

    Massive event - Five days of fun, November 4-8 in SoestEvery November some one million punters flock to the Allerheiligen Kirmes in Soest, the biggest town fair in Europe – and you won’t want to miss out.

    For five days, between November 4 and 8, the centre of the mediaeval town of Soest (45-minute drive west of Paderborn) is sealed off and some 400 amusement rides and stalls are set up in the pedestrian areas, covering some 50,000 square metres.

    It’s quite an experience visiting the fair in the heart of such an historic city, surrounded by half-timbered buildings and narrow streets.

  • MoD confirms rebasing timetable from Germany

    The Ministry of Defence confirmed on November 5 that the final Field Army units will return from Germany in 2019.

    Those units, including those from 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade, principally based around Paderborn and Sennelager, will return to their new home on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, in the final phase of the Army Basing Programme.

    The announcement also confirmed unit moves planned for 2016 and 2017 will go ahead. That includes the closure and release of Princess Royal Barracks, Gütersloh; Alanbrooke Barracks, Paderborn; Tower Barracks, Dülmen; and Kiel Training Centre.

  • Firm base of support till the end

    Lt Gen James Bashall, Commander Personnel Support Command outside the Paderborn Community Hub with Mark Amabile and WO1 (RSM) Evans Lieutenant General James Bashall, Commander Personnel Support Command, visited British Forces Germany on October 22 and observed a “still very positive vibe”. 

    With responsibility for delivering firm base support to the Army, Gen Bashall was keen to see in practice how this is being delivered for Service and civilian personnel based in Germany.

  • Ribbon of honour

    Brig Gen Hein, German Defence Attaché, fixing the Fahnenband ribbon to the regiment’s ColoursFormerly Bielefeld-based, 7 Regiment RLC has been awarded the prestigious German honour of the Fahnenband in recognition of its 52 years’ distinguished service in Germany.

    Made of silk in the German national colours, the Fahnenband is the highest honour that can be bestowed on an allied unit by the Federal MoD and carries the inscription, In the service of peace and freedom. 

    It is the name given to the ribbon of honour, fixed as a decoration to the Truppenfahne or Colours.