In this Issue:|
Amazing Events Part 1 - Military History Weekend 2014
Amazing Events Part 2 - RBL Bikers' Beacon
Amazing Events Part 3 - What's next?
Talks and Tours
|October 2014 Newsletter|
Where has this year gone...............?
I really can't believe we are half way through October already - shame on me for not getting a newsletter to you since April but we have had such a busy and productive summer that I honestly don't know where to start....
The events that we have provided have been incredibly well attended, our likes are going up and up on facebook and our membership is steadily increasing too.
Our volunteer days continue the whole year, rain or shine, and there will be hot or cold drinks available for you when you get there (and usually home made cake).
If you would like to become a volunteer then please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop along one day when we are there. Please don't think that it is only manual, physical jobs which we need volunteers for, we acknowledge that everyone has a skill and we'd be only too delighted to hear from you if you want to get involved.
Amazing Events Part 1 - Military History Weekend 2014 – 7th ~ 8th June 2014
I know we seem to say it each year but this year's MHW was indeed the best yet.
I suppose it's a good thing that we ourselves think that each time we do an event it improves, as it means that we are still giving it our all to make sure our visitors have a good time.
This year was our 5th Annual MHW and wow hasn't it grown. What started off in 2010 as an invite only event for the local residents on Gary's 30th birthday has grown to a two day event where groups from Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex join us to help us bring the fort back to life and help us give history a future.
We would like to thank all of you who came and either took part or joined us to make the most of the weekends activities. It was a really great weekend and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.
How about this for an amazing photo. Trevor Slater certainly was in the right place at the right time.
Thank you Trevor for letting us share your wonderful picture.
Next year's MHW is 6th ~ 7th June so make sure those dates are in your diary and we'll see you there.
Amazing Events Part 2 - RBL Bikers' Beacon – 4th August 2014
I honestly believe that this will be one of the most poignant events that the Friends of Shoreham Fort will ever have the honour of being involved with.
To mark the moment when Britain joined the First World War, 100 years ago, we joined forces with the Royal British Legion Riders Branch to take part in the national 'Lights Out Campaign'.
139 Riders joined us on the evening and lined the parade ground and the slope of the beach to pay their respects. At 21.55 all of the main beams of the bikes were lit and shone up to Shoreham Camp and the training trenches. Over 20,000 men were based at the camp at any one time before leaving our shores for France - many of them never to return.
At 22:00 all the headlights were extinguished and the High Sheriff of West Sussex lit our Jubilee Beacon as our one lone candle.
At 23:00 our beacon was extinguished and all the headlights were switched on - the moment we joined the war had been remembered.
Words really do fail me when I try and explain this evening, still now I get a lump in my throat when I think of those buglers playing the last post and of the significance of why we were there - it is something I will never forget.
The RBL Riders raised a staggering £846.60 that evening and we have made some true and loyal friends.
Thank you everyone who made it possible: The High Sheriff of West Sussex, Father Terry Stratford, Richard and Daisy Durrant, 168 No Sleep, Watts Audio Hire, JJ Lighting and Sound, the Sussex and Surrey Drum and Bugle Corps, the Legion members who did the readings, our wonderful volunteers who helped ensure the evening ran smoothly, the BBC, Shoreham Herald, the RBL marshals (amazing job clearing site -139 bikes off site in 15 minutes), Martin Johnson - Sussex Riders Branch Rep and reason the event happened and then of course.......
The riders!!!! Thank you guys and gals - we genuinely couldn't have done it without you.
Craig Searle captured the Bikers' Beacon on film for us - you can watch it here.
Shoreham should be genuinely proud that we were able to play such a significant part in marking such a significant event in our country's history.
Amazing Events Part 3 - What's next? – 9th November 2014
Our Remembrance evening is possibly my favourite annual event of the year.
A chance for the community to join together and take part in an evening which is all about time for personal reflection for those who we have loved and lost - be it through old age, illness or war.
The evening is started at 17:30 with 168 No Sleep playing, as they have done each year.
A non-denominational service is taken by a local Vicar and we are hoping that Rev Ann Waizeneker from St Mary's, Shoreham, will be joining us this year.
We then have a reading.
After the service and the reading we invite the members of the public to light a tea-light and once all have been lit we shall light our Jubilee Beacon.
Ode to Remembrance will be read and then a command to fire a single round will be given, taking us into a two minute silence. At the end of the two minutes the command will be given for another single round to be fired, marking the end of the silence.
Our guest vicar will then end the evening for us.
Refreshments will be available throughout the evening from 17:00.
As you can see, the fort looks beautiful when lit up by the tea-lights and is a lovely mark of remembrance to all those who they represent.
Thank you Terry May for the use of this photo
On Your Doorstep – Thursday, 10 July '14
Membership Update - First Foot Clinic – Thursday, 19 June '14
Santander Fundraising – Sunday, 15 June '14
Want to help?
We're always in need of equipment, tools, and items at the fort... here's a few things on our wish list:
If you're able to help, or have contact with someone who can, then please let us know
Do you recognise one of these names? Perhaps a family member or friends family?
Let us know - They might be connected to the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers who were based at Shoreham. Any information is greatly appreciated.