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The WFA's Annual Service of Remembrance at the London Cenotaph 11 November 2014

The WFA's Annual Service of Remembrance at the London Cenotaph 11 November 2014

Attendance at the London Cenotaph and in the Guards Chapel is open to all Western Front Association members.

Members who wish to join the WFA's procession to the Cenotaph must assemble in King Charles Street behind the archway and not at the junction with Whitehall.

This will assist the marshals and will allow an orderly column of members to proceed to the Cenotaph.

Please assemble no later than 10.30am.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend the ceremony and to join WFA members at the Guards' Chapel service following the ceremony at the Cenotaph.

Wreath layers please note:

Please order your wreath from the Royal British Legion early. (Tel: 01622 717172). Instructions regarding wreath laying will be conducted by the Parade Marshal John Chester between 10.10am and 10.20am on the day.

Medals should be worn.

A very limited amount of disabled parking will be available in King Charles Street, provided that the driver remains with the vehicle at all times. Vehicle details must be communicated to the Parade Marshal John Chester ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 2 November to obtain access to King Charles Street.

A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Guards Chapel after the ceremony at the Cenotaph.

Lunch is available at Peelers Restaurant, New Scotland Yard. Maximum attendance 100 people. The cost of the lunch will be £25 per person. The closing date for orders is 24th October, bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis. Please download and complete the lunch order form below and return it to the WFA Office with your cheque. We will confirm receipt by email (or provide SAE).

Colin Wagstaff

Vice Chairman

 

Image from the WFA's 2013 ceremony courtesy Jim Moore.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:57 )

 

Volunteer required to help with WFA branded merchandise

Volunteer required to help with WFA branded merchandise

In his recent report, the WFA's Chairman was delighted to announce that the sale of WFA branded merchandise will hopefully start again shortly. Apart from selling any remaining goods currently held in stock, the WFA will be designing, sourcing and selling a small range of exciting modern new WFA branded products. To achieve this however the WFA needs your help!

Is there any volunteer willing  to run this 'sales' project working initially with the Chairman? The WFA needs your help here.

What a chance to gain experience in designing, sourcing and selling products and what a chance to help the WFA by getting our branded goods out there again!

Please email the Chairman if you are interested, he is looking forward to hearing from you!

Contract for the digitisation of the WFA's Pension Record Cards and Ledgers

Contract for the digitisation of the WFA's Pension Record Cards and Ledgers

The WFA invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals and businesses to tender for a contract for the digitisation of and creation of an online portal for the WFA's Pension Record Cards and Ledgers (PRCs).

Expressions of interest should be accompanied by the completion of the attached Pre-qualification Questionnaire (PQQ). Please see below to download. The completed PQQ should be returned, digitally, with the appropriate attachments, as described in the PQQ, by noon on Monday, 20 October 2014. Large returns should be zipped or emailed in parts.

The indicative timetable for the tender is as follows:

1) Announcement of tender and invitation for expressions of interest by submission of a PQQ - 21 September 2014.

2) Deadline for the return of expressions of interest and PQQs - 20 October 2014.

3) Despatch of full tender details to shortlisted companies - by 3 November 2014.

4) Deadline for the return of completed tenders - 8 December 2014.

5) Announcement of award of contract - 12 January 2015.

Please note: the WFA reserves the right to change with immediate effect and without prior notice the basis of or the procedures for the tendering process, to reject any or all tenders for the contract, to terminate discussions with tenderers at any time and not to proceed (cancel the notice) with the proposed procurement at all. Under no circumstances shall the WFA or any of its staff, agents, members or advisers incur any liability whatsoever in respect of such matters.

The four indicative services types for which the WFA is seeking tender submissions are:

1) A single service for digitising and meta-tagging the PRCs, and the establishment of an online purchase and payment portal, subsequently to be maintained by the WFA on its own servers at the WFA's own cost;

2) A service as in (1) above, servers to be wholly maintained by the supplier and paid for by the WFA on a monthly basis.

3) A service as in (1) above where the initial costs of the service are managed and defrayed over the period(s) of the contract.

4) A service for digitising and metatagging the PRCs, with the contractor utilising these records on their own systems, under licence from the WFA for the contract period, for which the WFA will receive a licence fee.

The WFA may be prepared to consider alternatives to the above, to be submitted at the point at which a formal tender is submitted, subsequent to the PQQ evaluation.

 

David G Henderson

WFA Digital Editor and PRC Project Lead

 

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WFA_PRC_Tender_Pre_Qualification_Questionnaire_Sept2014.pdfPQQ for the contract for the digitisation of the WFA's Pension Record Cards and Ledgers - PDF format197 Kb21/09/14 08:34

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 September 2014 08:34 )

Remember Aisne 1914

Remember Aisne 1914

The Conseil General's Office for the Aisne in association with the Caverne du Dragon Museum at Cerny on the Chemin des Dames have developed an impressive programme of events and exhibition to commemorate the engagement of British troops alongside French soldiers during the First Battle of the Aisne which commenced in September1914. Visitors to France may like to know what is taking place and include in their itineraries as appropriate.

The main Remembrance event will take place on 14 September 2014, the 100th anniversary of the major battle for the Chemin des Dames, when the BEF suffered heavy losses in failing to gain the ridge at Cerny.

Programme for 14 September 2014

  • 9.30 am: Rally at the British Cemetery at Vendresse. The Last Post Call
  • 10.00 am: Walk to Cerny-en-Laonnois Memorial
  • 10.30 am: Remembrance Ceremony of 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Aisne, Cerny-en-Laonnois.

Benediction in front of the Chapel

  • 11.00 am: Wreath laying in the French and German cemeteries
  • 11.30 am: Wreath laying at the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Memorial

Image: Monuments and cemeteries in Cerny-en-Laonnois

In addition, a Remembrance Ceremony for sportsmen and a Rugby Tournament is planned to pay tribute to all sportsmen of all nationalities who suffered or died during the Great War. More details are contained in the information leaflet described below.

"Tommies on the Aisne" exhibition at the Caverne du Dragon

The exhibition tells the story of the BEF's involvement with the French in the fierce fighting that ensued between river Aisne the Chemin des Dames in mid September 1914.

Entrance to the exhibition is free, no need to visit the cavern if you have been before.

The Conseil General's Office for the Aisne have produced a PDF leaflet entitled Remember Aisne 1914 which gives more details of the events together with contact details if more information is required.

 

Article contributed by Terry Dean.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 07:06 )

WFA Worcestershire and Herefordshire Conference: 1914 one hundred years on - 18 Oct 2014

WFA Worcestershire and Herefordshire Conference: 1914 one hundred years on - 18 Oct 2014

Programme:

10.30 Doors open

11.00 Peter Hart: Life in the Trenches, November and December1914

12.30 Buffet lunch and viewing of the display stands

1.30 Paul Handford: Civilian Volunteer Ambulance Drivers in the BEF, 1914

3.00 Tea break and view the display stands

3.15 Martin Brown: ‘Plugstreet’: the Archaeology of the Trenches, 1914

4.30 Close

 

Please download the PDF below for full details of the event and how to book.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 August 2014 20:55 )


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