Armed Forces events and news
Herefordshire Armed Forces Week 2023
Saturday 17 June
Herefordshire Coronation Cadet Review, Castle Green, Hereford
This event signals the start of Armed Forces Week 2023 when the nation acknowledges the service and commitment of its service men and woman, veterans and service families. This is a chance for members of the public from Herefordshire to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
4.10pm: Flypast by a Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, followed by a musical display by the RAF Cosford Volunteer Band.
5pm: The military cadets of Herefordshire will parade in front of His Majesty's Lord Lieutenant, Mr Edward Harley OBE CStJ, the King's personal representative in the county, to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
Some 300 strong Cadets from Herefordshire units will be on parade including:
- Hereford Cathedral and Lucton School Combined Cadet Forces
- Sea Cadets from Hereford and Ross-on-Wye
- Army Cadets from Bromyard, Hereford, Kingstone, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye
- RAF cadets from Hereford, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye
Free admittance - all welcome.
Sunday 18 June
Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum Open Day
10am to 3pm, Suvla Barracks, Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QX
The Friends of The Herefordshire Light Infantry are opening the Regimental Museum to visitors. The museum holds artefacts, and a research archive relating to The Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers, The Herefordshire Regiment and the Herefordshire Light Infantry. There will be fascinating items on display relating to their active service during the First and Second World Wars. Experts will be available to identify military items: photographs, badges, medals, documents, particularly anything with a Herefordshire military connection. Advice will also be available for family research.
Monday 19 June
Armed Forces Flag-raising: High Town, Hereford and market towns, from 10am
Special flag-raising ceremonies will take place in Hereford and across the county in market towns.
10am: The Armed Forces flag will be raised at the county hospital to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. In attendance will be representatives from the Wye Valley NHS Trust and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.
11am: High Town, Hereford senior leaders and representation from all three Armed Forces services will be in attendance, alongside military charities, the Armed Forces and the veteran community. Special tributes will take place by children from Riverside Primary School and Lord Scudamore Primary Academy.
- Leominster: 11am, Corn Square, Leominster
- Ledbury: 11am, Under the Market House, Ledbury
- Ross-on-Wye: TBC
- Bromyard: TBC
- Kington: TBC
Monday 19 June
Laguna's Spitfire Legacy: talk at 7pm, Nell Gwynn Studio, The Courtyard, Hereford
Laguna's Spitfire Legacy is a not-for-profit project led by Scott Booth that is currently restoring one of the world's rarest Spitfires back to flying condition. The story of the Spitfire is well known, but it was the pilots flying these magnificent aircraft that really brings the beating heart of the aircraft alive. Piotr Laguna, a Polish fighter pilot was one of them and his story is at the heart of a tale of invasion, betrayal, love and hope. This event will also showcase some of the parts from Spitfire P8331, displaying the skills of the engineers and mechanics who helped to build and maintain the aircraft.
Entry by donation, minimum £10.
Art 4 Veterans exhibition (starting Monday 19 June)
An exhibition of paintings by Art 4 Veterans will be taking place in the foyer at The Courtyard in Hereford from Monday 19 June to Monday 3 July. The aim of the group is to improve the health and wellbeing of veterans and blue light workers who live and work in our community. They meet at Hinton Community Centre on a weekly basis, led by Paul Crow, Karen Bourke and Anna Knight. Through art, the students are empowered with new skills and knowledge and produce some remarkable results. The Courtyard is open every day from 10am apart from Sundays.
Thursday 22 June
NMITE Military to Business Showcase
10am to 3pm, at the Skylon Campus, Hereford.
Back for its fourth year, NMITE will be hosting a bespoke event for military leavers, veterans, and spouses who are seeking employment opportunities, training or a change in direction. Through NMITE's own educational pathways and its excellent links with the business community and other training providers, this is a fantastic opportunity for the Armed Forces community to access new avenues of employment and skill enhancement.
Free admission but please register at Eventbrite.
Saturday 24 June
Armed Forces Day Army Football Festival
12 noon to 6pm, Herefordshire FA SSAFA County Ground, Widemarsh Common, Hereford.
Herefordshire FA and the Army FA will be showcasing a festival of football to be held at the SSAFA County Ground on 24 June. The event will see three Herefordshire sides represent the county versus the Army Reserve Men, Women and Masters sides.
The first match kicks off at 12pm and the day will run through until 6pm. In addition to the football, there will be a range of activities for all the family and stands, including a bouncy castle, food stalls, ice-cream and a shooting range.
Entry is free, with an optional donation to SSAFA Herefordshire.
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