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17 July 17

99 GURKHA BRIGADE LONDON LUNCHES

Robin Readhead (pilot in the Bed Flight of 6 Scout). janereadhead@hotmail.com has extended an invitation to former members of 99 Gurkha Brigade to their reunion lunches held in London. These lunches are open to all Gurkhas and those attached to 99 Gurkha Brigade.   Brig John Heelis was the last Comd in 1969 when 99 left the orbat. Andrew Duncan, then Bde Maj is our ‘president’.  The Reunion Lunches are run by John Timbers cattim@talktalk.net.  They meet soon after Noon on 1st Thursdays of June and Dec in The Great Nepalese Restaurant along the street from Euston Station.  Wives and guests are welcome.  Several 51 Bde ties are in evidence too. Those who would like to attend should e-mail John Timbers direct.

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20 June 17

5/8 GORKHA RIFLES (SIRMOOR RIFLES) PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATION (28 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2017) – WARNING ORDER

General.  5/8 Gorkha Rifles (Sirmoor Rifles) are planning their Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in celebration of 75 years of service since they were first raised as the 4th Bn 2nd KEO Goorkha Rifles (Sirmoor Rifles) on 15 March 1941 at Dharmsala.  The Commanding Officer 5/8 GR (Sirmoor Rifles) has extended a general invitation to the former British and Gurkha Officers of the Sirmoor Rifles Association to attend the 5/8GR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Hyderabad/Secunderabad, between 28 – 30 September 2017.   For Further details read the following:

5/8GR Platinum Jubilee WNGO

Initial Interest Booking Form

5/8 GR Attendance List.  

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24 May 17

VETERANS GATEWAY

In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced £2 million of funding from the Covenant Fund for a one-stop service to better support British Armed Forces veterans in need. The service responds to calls from veterans’ charities and groups for help in navigating the wide range of services and organisations set up to support those who have served in the Forces.

For further details read on:

VETERANS’ GATEWAY UPDATE MARCH 2017. and visit their website at:

o www.veteransgateway.org.uk

o 0808 802 1212

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GBA BHELA 8 JULY 2017 – ALDERSHOT QUEEN’S AVENUE

 The GBA Bhela is open to all ranks, serving and retired with their families. There is no pre-advance ticketing. All food and stall tickets will be purchased on the day at the Ticket tent. Attendance is FREE. For further details go to the SRA Notice Board:

Tickets for Fun Fair or Segway/Shotgun activities are £5 for the whole day. All Sirmoories are strongly encouraged to attend. For further info visit the SRA Notice Board or read the links below:

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04 Mar 17

BRITAIN-NEPAL SOCIETY – MEMBERSHIP

Please see the letter from Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas for serving and retired members support to the Britain Nepal Society.

Dear serving and retired Gurkhas.

Attached is my letter seeking your support for the Britain-Nepal Society.  I do hope you will consider the request carefully and join a fascinating organisation which cares for Nepal

Dhanyabad

James

Col J G Robinson | Col BG

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GWT SAMACHARA 46 – NAGRI VERSION

A copy of Samachara 46 (Nagri Version) is on the SRA Notice Board

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  20 Feb 17

SIRMOOR CALENDAR 2017

The Sirmoor Calendar 2017 with the GBA and Sirmoor Club social and sporting events can be found on the SRA (Sirmoor Club) Events Page.

Quick links are highlighted below:

  • Sirmoor Calendar 2017. This can be printed off and folded into an A4 Desk Calendar or on A5 as a Mantelpiece Calendar. Print double sided and flip on the short edge.
  • Booking Forms.
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24 Dec 16

HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2016 AND NEW YEAR GREETINGS FOR 2017

 

The President Brigadier Ian Rigden OBE and all members of the Sirmoor Club send a Happy Christmas 2016 and best wishes for the New Year 2017 to all Sirmoories in Nepal, United Kingdom, Brunei, Hong Kong or wherever you may be in the world.

We remember with great pride our past service with the 2nd KEO Goorkhas (The Sirmoor Rifles) and look forward to meeting our former comrades and friends in the coming year.

We wish you and your families all the very best for 2017.

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02 Nov 16

GURKHA TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

 

Gurkha TACOS is a complex subject and few fully understand the specifics of how these have evolved over time since the inception of the Tri Partite Agreement in 1947.

It is important that we, the Gurkha Family, understand our own TACOS and that we are able to explain them to others.  They are often misquoted, taken out of context or only half understood leading to a one-sided view.

These are UK Government TACOS.  With the Ministry of Defence leading but other Government Departments also responsible for their own areas such as pensions and immigration, these are policies of State.

The Army Secretariat, who are the lead for Gurkha TACOS and have previous experience as the Gurkha Secretariat, has produced a series of Fact Sheets which lay out the background to a range of TACOS.  These are accompanied by Nagri translations.

I offer you these as reference material and an opportunity to correct misunderstandings that may exist more widely.

They are accurate as at October 2016 and include the recent European Court of Human Rights Ruling. They do not yet include the work that the Army Secretariat is conducting in assessing the implication of the 7th Indian Pay Commission.

The Fact Sheets are held on the Ministry of Defence website at: http://www.army.mod.uk/gurkhas/27835.aspx

 

James Robinson

Col J G Robinson | Col BG Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas

Robertson House (Former Army Staff College)

Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4PQ

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3 June 16

2GR TRUST AND THE SIRMOOR RIFLES ASSOCIATION (SIRMOOR CLUB)- HAND OVER OF CHAIRMAN

The attention of all members is drawn to the handover between Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE MC and Colonel William Shuttlewood OBE who has now taken over as Chairman of the 2GR Trust and of the Sirmoor Rifle Association (Sirmoor Club). The Chairman can be contacted by e-mail on Chairman@2ndGoorkhas.com.

At the last 2GR Trust Meeting and Sirmoor Rifle Association (Sirmoor Club) Committee Meeting held on 25 February 2016, the Trustees of the 2GR Trust and Committee Members of the Sirmoor Rifle Association (Sirmoor Club) thanked the outgoing Chairman, Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE MC for his outstanding tenure over the past 23 years, (10 years as a Trustee and 13 years as Chairman), during a challenging period of change, including:

  • The formation of SCN (1996), with the Chairman appointed as 2GR Trustee, and a second Trustee appointed wef 2003.
  • The building of the Gurkha Memorial Museum (not a 2GR project but Major Yambahadur Gurung’s initiative with the Trust’s support), and the addition of the Lal Gate replica last year.
  • The merger of 2GR Trust and SRA(UK) Trust (2008).
  • Two Durbars (2004 & 2015).
  • The formation of the Sathies – assembled in 2008/09 and finally formalised in 2014 with its Chairman becoming a 2 GR Trustee in 2015.
  • The development of the Website over last 5 years, now an all embracing SRA website, incorporating the three branches of the SRA; the Sirmoor Club Nepal, The Sirmoor Sathis and the Sirmoor Club.

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30 Mar 16GBA MEMBERSHIP

 There have been a number of enquiries regarding who is eligible for GBA Membership. An extract from the GBA Constitution is copied below:

Membership.  There are two types of membership:

  • Ordinary Members.    All Regimental Associations are affiliated to the Association on payment of an annual subscription and their Full Members are therefore automatically members of the Association, irrespective of rank.   When a Regimental Association disbands, its full members continue to be members of the Association as individuals.
  •  Honorary Members.  This category covers any person who enjoys a particularly close relationship with units of the Brigade but who is not eligible to join a Regimental Association and thus have ordinary membership of the Association.   Candidates may be nominated by at least two Regimental Associations or by Officers of the Association, and will be approved by the President and Chairman.  The Secretary will maintain a register of Honorary Members (to include past Associate members, who will become Honorary Members with effect from 1 Jan 2015.)

 

For Oriental Club Associate Membership Applications.  All GBA Ordinary and Honorary Members are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Oriental Club, but are subject to the normal selection and approval process of the Oriental Club Committee and members.  Please note:

 

  • The GBA is an all ranks association specifically for those who ‘served’ with the Brigade including attached, seconded and WRVS service personal irrespective of rank, who are Full Members of their respective Associations.
  • Within the Oriental Club definition, the GBA membership does not include the Associate or Honorary members of the RAs, (widows, wives, widows, relatives and friends), who remain welcome to attend all GBA events as Associate or Honorary Members within their own Associations, and who can also attend the Oriental Club functions as guests of those accepted as Associate Members of the Oriental Club.

 

If there are any questions please contact the Hon Sec direct.

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29 Mar 16 ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE DAY BY WIRA ASSOCIATION MALAYSIA, IPOH 2016 (10 – 14 JUNE 16)

 

The Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony by thw WIRA Association will be held at the Ipoh Gurkha Memorial between 10 – 14 June 16.  For further details please view the Invitation and Programme. Any member wishing to attend is asked to inform Dato Pilllay before 24 May 16.

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29 Mar 16 – GURKHA PENSION SCHEME – 2016 AWARD

 

The existing rates of Gurkha Retirement Pension, Gurkha Service Pension, Gurkha Disability Pension and Gurkha Family Pension have been revised with effect from 1 April 2016. The current rates, which are based on Indian Army pensions, but incorporate a welfare related cash uplift to take account of the benefits in kind provided to Indian Army ex-servicemen, have received a 2016 pension increment of 11.6% to take account of cost of living increases in Nepal. In line with existing policy the increase is based on the Rastra Bank figure for inflation in Nepal. The increase also applies to Dearness Allowance which is used in calculating Indian Army Pay for gratuity purposes. For full details please view:

Gurkha Pension Scheme – 2016 Award

Annex A – Gurkha Commissioned Officers – Rates of Retirement Pension.

Annex B – Gurkha Service Pension Rates for Queen’s Gurkha Officers Granted Honorary Rank.

Annex C – Gurkha Service Pension Rates for Queen’s Gurkha Officers, Honorary Queen’s Gurkha Officers and Gurkha Other Ranks.

Annex D – Gurkha Disability Element Pension Rates.

Annex E – Gurkha Family Pension Rates.

Annex F – Indian Army Pay Rates for Gratuities.

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 22 Feb 16 – GBA & SRA EVENT BOOKING FORMS

Click here to find the GBA & SRA Event Booking Forms.

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 19 Feb 16 – ARMY AND NAVY CLUB – TRIAL MEMBERSHIP

The Army & Navy Club (The Rag) is going through a push to increase military membership and to modernise bedrooms, bars and function rooms, recognising the need to move with the times, whilst still keeping the core elements that make a club a Club.  It now has a business centre, so a good place for members to base themselves when doing business in London.  Mobile phones and laptops can be used there.

The Army and Navy would like to make The Rag the Brigade’s ‘London Club’, and have invited GBA Members to apply for a six month trial membership.  The Club would also be very interested in the GBA members’ views and comments on the Club’s current facilities.  Please find attached the following:

  • The A&N Trial Membership Offer.
  • The A&N Membership flyer and GBA Application Form.  Please note this offer is specific to the Gurkha Brigade Association, so if Association members could complete this form, as opposed to the Club application form, this will help speed their applications through the process.   The form must be submitted by 31 March 2016

If anyone has any problems please get in contact with Caroline Clarke, the Membership Secretary either by email: caroline@therag.co.uk or call her on 0207 827 8024.  If you have any questions which you may wish to raise with Niall MacNaughton (ex 6GR), the Military Member Consultant working with the Army and Navy Committee tasked with encourage greater military membership, please contact him direct on macnaughton.niall@gmail.com, or call on 07960 942118.

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29 Jan 2016 – BRIGADE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORIENTAL CLUB

You will be delighted to hear that we have now finalised arrangements with The Oriental Club for membership, a tasking given to me at the GBA AGM in November. 

The arrangement covers all four pillars of our Brigade – All Members of the GBA (serving, retired and Honorary Members), the staff and Trustees of the GWT and the Gurkha Museum, and all the staff of BGN.

I attach two pages of information.  The salient points are that:

The Oriental Club, located just off Oxford Street, is a vibrant and prestigious organisation with superb facilities: it has reciprocal arrangements with similar clubs worldwide.

We are being offered Associate Membership at £250 per annum, and for those joining this year no renewal fees will be raised until 2018, while the Entrance Fees (£1,500) are being waived.

Our QGOOs will be made Honorary Members.

The Oriental Club have kindly agreed to host a Welcome Evening for all eligible individuals on Tuesday, 22 March, from 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs.  This incorporates the regular ‘Gurkhas in the City’ gathering.  We do ask that those planning to attend please inform the Club’s Events Team.

We look forward to seeing you there!

John Anderson

Gurkha Brigade Association Membership of The Oriental Club

Oriental Club and GBA

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GWS UPDATE OCT-DEC 2015

The attention of members is drawn to the latest Update from GWS Nepal which can be found on the at the following link.

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19 Feb 16 – ‘THE BRIGADE OF GURKHAS 1815-2015’ E-BROCHURE

A digital version of ‘The Brigade of Gurkhas 1815-2015’ brochure is at the following link. http://issuu.com/boomerangmedia/docs/gurkha_brochure_op/1

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02 Feb 2016 – GBA MEMBERSHIP RECORDS – DATA PROTECTION

The GBA holds and retains the contact details of GBA Members in electronic format using  WORD documents and EXCELL spread-sheets.  The GBA data records include the contact details of members including Names, Address, Telephone Numbers and e-mail addresses of all Full, Associate and Honorary Members.  These records are used solely for GBA purposes including attendance at GBA Annual Events.  On occasion individual contact details are shared with the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Gurkha Museum but only on a limited individual basis as and when requested.  The GBA records are never sold or passed onto outside organisations.

Should any GBA member wish to review or delete their contact details held by the GBA,  they should contact the Brigade Secretary at the address shown below.

Postal Address:  HQBG, Robertson House (Former Army Staff College), RMAS, CAMBERLEY, Surrey, GU15 4PQ

Telephone:  01276 412737

e-mail: nigel.carrick100@mod.uk

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02 Feb 2016 – SRA MEMBERSHIP RECORDS – DATA PROTECTION

The SRA holds and retains the contact details of SRA Members in electronic format using  WORD documents,  EXCELL spread-sheets and ACCESS programmes.  The SRA data records include the contact details of members including Names, Address, Telephone Numbers and e-mail addresses of all Full, Associate and Honorary Members.  These records are used solely for SRA purposes including attendance at SRA Annual Events.  On occasion individual contact details are shared with the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Gurkha Museum but only on a limited individual basis as and when requested.  The SRA records are never sold or passed onto outside organisations.

Should any SRA member wish to review or delete their contact details held by the SRA,  they should contact the Honorary Secretary at the address shown below.

Postal Address:  Major N D Wylie Carrick MBE, St Michaels, Shepton Beauchamp, ILMINSTER, Somerset, TA19 0LP

Telephone:  07891 560637

e-mail: honsec@2ndGoorkhas.com

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29 Jan 2016 – BRIGADE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORIENTAL CLUB

You will be delighted to hear that we have now finalised arrangements with The Oriental Club for membership, a tasking given to me at the GBA AGM in November. 

The arrangement covers all four pillars of our Brigade – All Members of the GBA (serving, retired and Honorary Members), the staff and Trustees of the GWT and the Gurkha Museum, and all the staff of BGN.

I attach two pages of information.  The salient points are that:

The Oriental Club, located just off Oxford Street, is a vibrant and prestigious organisation with superb facilities: it has reciprocal arrangements with similar clubs worldwide.

We are being offered Associate Membership at £250 per annum, and for those joining this year no renewal fees will be raised until 2018, while the Entrance Fees (£1,500) are being waived.

Our QGOOs will be made Honorary Members.

The Oriental Club have kindly agreed to host a Welcome Evening for all eligible individuals on Tuesday, 22 March, from 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs.  This incorporates the regular ‘Gurkhas in the City’ gathering.  We do ask that those planning to attend please inform the Club’s Events Team.

We look forward to seeing you there!

John Anderson

Gurkha Brigade Association Membership of The Oriental Club

Oriental Club and GBA

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28 Jan 2016 – CHANGES TO THE SIRMOOR WEBSITE.

When you open the Sirmoor Website http://2ndgoorkhas.com/index.html, you will notice  a slight change in the Sirmoor Banner which heads the Home page.  The British Officer in the top right corner has been replaced with the Regimental Cap Badge and the ‘Sirmoor Rifles’ has been expanded to read the ‘Sirmoor Rifles Association (SRA)’ which better reflects our Association.   This change heralds a re-organisation of the website that aims to make the Sirmoor website more inclusive to our respective branches, namely the Sirmoor Rifles Association (Nepal) and the Sirmoor Rifles Association (UK) both of which are open to all ranks, and to the Sirmoor Club an Officers Association which is open to all British and Gurkha ranks who served in the 2nd KEO Goorkhas who achieved commissioned rank at any stage in their career.  Further explanation of the new website will follow shortly.

 

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14 Jan 2016  – COLONEL COMMANDANT REFLECTION ON GURKHA 200

All Sirmoories are invited to read the attached letter by clicking here:  from General Sir Peter Wall (Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas) on the success of Gurkha 200.

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12 Jan 2016 SIRMOOR ADDRESS LIST 2016

A revised Sirmoor Club address list has been uploaded.  Members are asked to:

– Check that their address and contact details are correct.

– The Address List is available to the GBA, GWT and Gurkha Museum as required, but is not made available to other commercial organisations.

– Should members wish their contact details to be removed from the Address List, please inform the Hon Sec.

– Please dispose of the Sirmoor Address list responsibly by shredding or burning.

Click here to see latest Members List.

(Please note that access to the Sirmoor Club Member’s List is confidential and only available to Members with a valid email address and password.)

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12 Jan 2016 ‘FRIENDS IN NEED’  by CHRIS DARNELL

A Paul Stanton Thriller by Chris DARNELL.  For further details see the Sirmoor Book Reviews at http://2ndgoorkhas.com/new_books.html

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3 Jan 2016 – KUKRI JOURNAL 2015 (Gurkha 200 Edition 66).  Regimental Associations and members are invited to submit their articles for the Kukri Journal 2015 (Gurkha 200 Edition 66) to the Editor by 30 Jan 16.

The focus for this edition is ‘Gurkha 200’, whilst units will be focusing on the Gurkha 200 Events that took place in 2015, Regimental Associations are invited to submit articles to cover historical articles of interest on:

Early History

  • Historical Personalities
  • Raising of their Regiments
  • Past Anniversaries

Articles should be submitted to: The Editor, HQBG, Former Army Staff College, CAMBERLEY, Surrey, GU15 4PQ or by e-mail to GurkhasBde-BdeSec@mod.uk by 30 Jan 16.

Full details and guidance can be viewed by Clicking here:

Kukri Journal 2016 (Edition 66).  Please note that the subsequent Kukri will focus on life after Confrontation in Hong Kong, Brunei, UK and on the Falkland Islands.

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22 Sep 2015 – DURBAR SOUVENIR BROCHURE

The Souvenir Brochure of our 200th Anniversary Durbar is now available.  It is 100 pages long, and includes some 70 pages of pictures of the events themselves, 15 of historical photographs, messages from The Queen, The Prince of Wales and senior officers of the Regiment, and recognition of the key people involved in setting up and running the Durbar as well as contributors to the brochure itself. If you would like a copy please contact the editor, Nick Hinton, by email (njhhinton@gmail.com), by phone (07808 247861) or letter (24 Gilpin Avenue, London SW14 8QY).  Sirmoor Club members are requested to pay £10 per copy, which includes postage and packing, plus any additional amount they wish to contribute to the Gurkha Welfare Trust Earthquake Fund (£5 would be welcome, £10 much appreciated, and anything more than that generous).  Please make your payment using one of the following 2 methods:

BACS transfer.  Please make an online transfer to account number 13327475, sort code 16-19-26 at Holt’s Farnborough Branch RBS, Lawrie House, Victoria Road, Farnborough, GU14 7NR.  (If required the account name is 2nd KEO VII’s own Gurkhas Regimental Trust). Please make sure you annotate the transfer instruction with your name.  An email to Mike Adler notifying him of your payment (isvcsagency@easynet.co.uk) would also be most helpful. – Cheque.  Please make cheques payable to 2GR Regimental Trust and send them to 2GR Regt Trust FAO Mike Adler, C/O ISA, PO Box 314, West End, Woking, Surrey GU24 9FA.

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29 Jul 2015 – Major Grahame Vivian – Obituary.

Obituary from the Telegraph to read – Please click here:

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30 Jun 2015 – THE POPPY FACTORY’S LIFE-CHANGING EMPLOYABILITY SERVICE IS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING VETERANS WITH HEALTH CONDITIONS OR IMPAIRMENTS INTO SUSTAINABLE EMPLOYMENT

Not all ex-servicemen of working age who have health conditions or impairments have managed to find suitable employment.  The Poppy Factory provides direct support to ex-servicemen who fall within this category.

How it works:  Every registered ex-Service man and woman is provided with a personal, regional Employability Consultant local to them who will identify career preferences and create a plan towards achieving their goals.

This will involve different types of support, but might include:

  • Developing employability skills and awareness
  • CV creation or enhancement
  • Job search and job vacancy matching
  • Identification of training needs and sourcing external funding
  • Assistance with job applications
  • Facilitating placements/experience
  • Interview preparation and coaching from industry mentors
  • Job start planning and preparation
  • In-Work Support for up to 12 months

Job opportunities:  The Poppy Factory has a dedicated team that sources meaningful jobs, training and work experience for ex-Service personnel from companies across the country.  We are experienced in working with employers to explore any workplace adjustments or role changes that a veteran with a health condition might require to succeed at work.

Registration & referrals:  To be eligible for our support, veterans need to have proof of Service and evidence of a health barrier to employment (such as a physical or mental health condition). Veterans must no longer be supported by the Career Transition Partnership as part of their resettlement.  There are several different ways to register with us:

Or call or email our Employment Co-ordinator, Shaun Johnson: 020 8939 1837 or shaunjohnson@poppyfactory.org (Shaun is a veteran himself and is very approachable)

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24 Jun 2015 – GURKHA 200 COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL

200 years of Gurkha history. Created by Alfred Pain FRSA, BA Hons, himself a former Gurkha Officer and a Member of the Contemporary British Silversmiths. The Medal bears a Nepali inscription “Gun, Khun, Nun” (because of quality of military heritage, blood spilled and salt [oath]) chosen by the legendary Col J P Cross summing up Gurkha Service to the Crown over 200 years.  The 57 mm Medal, cast in solid bronze, has been produced by Bigbury Mint in Devon who pride themselves on high quality workmanship with excellent service.  Available from the Gurkha Museum. Product Code 996. Price: £35 + £4.50 postage and packing.

Please ‘Click here’ for full details.

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12 Jun 2015 – HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE – 10 JUNE 2015-06-12

On Wednesday evening, Lord Bilimoria tabled a Debate in the House of Lords on:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what activities have taken place relating to the 200th anniversary of the Gurkhas’ service to the Crown and the Government’s support of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, particularly in the light of the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

The Trust was informed in advance so was able to provide briefing papers.   Please find a link to the full debate on Hansard by clicking here: to read it at your leisure:

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4 May 2015 – DONATIONS TO THE GWT – FOREIGN CURRENCY

USA.  The GWT has a fund set up with CAF America in the name of Friends of The Gurkha Welfare Trust to enable people to support us in the States.  Donations paid into this fund will come go to the GWT, however CAF does take a handling charge that ranges from 3% – 5% depending on the size of the gift.  Please ensure that under Charity Designation drop down menu, you select the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

US-based supporters can make tax-deductible donations using the link at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/helpnepal?code=nepal.

Other Countries.  Nigel St George (Webmaster for the www.2ndGoorkhas.com website) has set up a facility to accept foreign currency, that will be transferred to the GWT:  The link is at: https://www.justgiving.com/Nigel-St-GeorgeGWT/

Please remember to select which currency you wish to donate in.  Justgiving automatically adds in Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer which is a valuable addition to your donation to the GWT.

UK.  If the person is a UK tax payer, it is preferable that they make a payment directly to the Trust, either via our website or directly into our bank account (See GWT website at https://www.gwt.org.uk/news/earthquake-appeal ) and then gift aid it.

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30 Apr 2015 – CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE REGARDING GWT RESPONSE TO NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND

Please read a message from our Chairman regarding the Earthquake appeal on why we should GWT out in Nepal by either going to www.Gurkhabde.com or  by Clicking Here:

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25 Apr 2015 – ‘MY FAMILY AND THE GURKHAS’

If you do not read the Telegraph, it may be worth checking todays Saturdays Telegraph weekend section for an article written by Annabelle Venning who was in Nepal for the GBA and 2 GR 200th Anniversary Celebrations.  The article will cover

………’My Family and the Gurkhas’ – which includes quite a bit about the Durbar and bicentenary celebrations, as well as a mention of the GWT.  It is going in the Weekend section of the Telegraph on Saturday.  I still hope to do something separately for The Times on the anniversary and more about the GWT, the home at Kaski etc but will have to follow at a later date tbc…..

However, for those that do not read the Telegraph or missed the article then please Click Here: for the full article.

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23 Apr 2015 – LETTER FROM LT GEN SIR CHRISTOPHER WALLACE, CHAIRMAN CELER ET AUDAX CLUB

Please read the letter from Lt Gen Sir Christopher Wallace, Chairman Celer et Audax Club, celebrating our past historical links that are carried forward today by our successor Regiments.   Please Click here: to read the letter.

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18 Mar 2015 – GURKHA 200 MEMORABILLIA

For details of Gurkha 200 Memorabilia (Champagne, Gurkha Bone China Plate, Watches) please visit the GBA Website at the following link http://www.gurkhabde.com/g200-memorabilia/

Gurkha Champagne

 A special cuvée of Champagne has been created to mark the 200th Anniversary of The Gurkhas service to the British Crown. The Champagne is from Philippe Brugnon’s Premier Cru vineyards of Rilly la Montagne.

The profit proceeds from the sale of this Champagne are donated to The Gurkha Welfare Trust. Philippe Brugnon and his UK agent, Julian White, are pleased to be associated with this great cause – a charitable trust that supports these distinguished and valiant soldiers now retired and living back in Nepal. The Gurkha Welfare Trust is the leading Gurkha charity, providing financial, medical and community aid to Gurkha ex-servicemen of the British Crown.

The Champagne is available from the 21st March 2015 from Julian White Agencies.

Contact Julian White – julian@julianwhite.com 44 Peel Street, Kensington, London W8 7PD Telephone:020 7727 0780

The Price including delivery and VAT is £26 per bottle, £147 per case of six, £143 per case of six if ordering 2 or more cases. This applies to the UK Mainland excluding Scotland; please enquire for deliveries to Scotland quoting the postcode of the destination. Cheques to Julian White Agencies or Bank transfer to D J H WHITE WINES Lloyds Branch, Sort Code 30 97 95 Account Number 00527516.

Gurkha 200- Bone China Plate

The Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas (HQBG), in conjunction with the Gurkha Museum (GM) has organised the production of a bone china plate (Approx 10 ½”) showing all of the badges of the past and present units of the Gurkha Brigade with the G200 logo at the centre of the plate.  The cost of the plate is £29.95 including P&P, or £27.75 if collected direct.  Full details with picture and order form – see below:

For full details – Click here:

Photo of the Bone China Plate – Click here:

G200 Bone China Plate Order form – Click here:

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16 Mar 2015 – GWT AMBASSADORS

The GWT has eight ‘celebrity’  Ambassadors who are actively supporting the GWT.

Click Here: for a brief summary of the GWT Ambassadors.

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16 Mar 2015 – FRIENDS OF THE GURKHA MUSEUM

Sirmoories will be aware that MOD funding to all military museums has been severely cut, and all museums are now expected to be self-sufficient or wither. The serving Brigade and has stepped up to the mark and with the agreement of the GWT have increased their One Day Pay Scheme contribution in order to  allow the Gift Aid element to be apportioned to the Gurkha Museum.  This enables the Gurkha Museum to pay for one Gurkha to be employed by the Museum as a member of the Museum Staff.  It is also beholden upon us, as former officers of the Brigade and of the Regiment, to do all we can to help preserve and display to the general public, our Regimental and Brigade heritage.  Other military museums are hugely envious of the rapport that clearly exits with the serving Brigade and our own commitment can be easily demonstrated with a small annual subscription to the Museum, as a Friend of the Gurkha Museum.  Details and Application Form can be found at the following link. http://www.thegurkhamuseum.co.uk/Friends/18 .  If you are not already a Friend of the Gurkha Museum, please act today.

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16 Mar 2015 – THE BRITAIN-NEPAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP 

The Chairman of the Britain-Nepal Society has sent out an appeal to all those with an interest in Nepal to consider becoming a member of the Britain Nepal Society.  Details can be found on their website at the following link.  http://www.britain-nepal-society.org.uk/images/BNS-Flyer-Priint-Ready2.pdf    ‘Or’  Click here: to see flyer.

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4 May 2014 – MEMBERS FAVOURITE WEBSITES REQUIRED 

Nigel St George has been active in trying to enhance member’s expectations of what they might enjoy on the website.  By way of examples:

Durbar 2015 event.  Non-members can now be given a link that will take them to the Durbar pages http://2ndgoorkhas.com/durbar_2015_updates.html.   If you have not visited this page you will now see an extra link that now takes Members and their guests to a page where they will be able to see some useful videos.  The videos are worth watching.  Do take a look at http://www.2ndgoorkhas.com/durbar2015_videos.html

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3 Feb 2014 – GBA CADRE OF VOLUNTEERS

Members are asked to read the attached letter.  Our aim is to re-vitalise the ‘GBA Cadre of Volunteers’ in order to support the local government and charitable agencies (CAB, ABF The Soldiers chatity,  TRBL, SSAFA, GWT(UK) etc), to deliver timely and effective welfare benefits or charitable aid, to our vulnerable Gurkha ex-servicemen community.

If you are interested in volunteering your support, could you please return the Interest Form to the Brigade Secretary.

Click here:  for more detailed information.

Click here:  for Interest Form.

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13 Dec 2013 – DOUNESIDE HOUSE

Treat yourself and your family to a perfect holiday at Douneside House, a charming Scottish country house offering holidays subsidised by The MacRobert Trust for all serving and retired officers of the Armed forces and reserves. Perfect for young families with excellent facilities including spa, pool, gym and indoor games area.

For reservations and details of special offers available throughout the year contact the Managers Lt Col Paul Rennie MBE and Mrs Ginny Rennie on 013398 81230 or e-mail manager@dounesidesidehouse.co.uk.

Douneside House

Tarland

Aboyne

Aberdeenshire, AB34 4UL

Tel: 013398 81230

Fax: 013398 81255

e-mail: manager@dounesidesidehouse.co.uk

For further details please visit the website at www.dounesidehouse.co.uk.

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13 Dec 2013 – KUKRI JOURNAL BACKCOPIES

HQBG Brigade Secretariat is looking for a complete set of Kukri Journals from Edition 1 May 1949 to the present. If any member no longer requires their Kukri Journals, could they please get in touch with the Brigade Secretary Major Nigel Wylie Carrick at GurkhasBde-BdeSec@mod.uk.

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13 Dec 2013 – COURT OF APPEAL JUDGEMENT ON UK RESIDENTIAL VISAS FOR GURKHA CHILDREN OVER 18 YEARS.

To read the Internal Communication briefing note concerning the recent judgement by the Court of Appeal on UK Residential Visas for Gurkha Children over 18 years please click here:

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