Category Archives: Military

The Two Minute Silence

11-11-11 is a memorable date in our calendar, not only because it is there will only be one more such date this century (the next being 12-12-12), but also because it encapsulates the WW1 Armistice Day. At 11:00, on the … Continue reading

Posted in Civic Event, Memorial, Military

Festival of Remembrance

The Annual British Legion Festival of Remembrance was held in the Large Hall of the Guildhall on Sunday afternoon. The Hall was full, including the balcony, to the relief of the organisers who had said that the finances for staging … Continue reading

Posted in Charities, Civic Event, Fundraising, Memorial, Military

SSAFA Forces Help: Ride of Britain

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The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help has staged Ride of Britain, a national cycling challenge from Edinburgh to London. They set out on Wednesday 21 September 2011. Their last leg started from Cambridge on Sunday morning. … Continue reading


Minden Band Concert

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We went over to Ipswich at the invitation of the Mayor of Ipswich Councillor John Le Grys to hear a concert performance by the Minden Band of the Queen’s Division. The band was reinforced by members of the Royal Anglian … Continue reading


Beating the Retreat at Waterbeach Barracks

The traditional ceremony of Beating the Retreat was performed at Waterbeach Station by the Band the Corps of Royal Engineers. The military unit stationed there is 12 (Air Support) Engineer Group. Their job is to provide air support engineering to … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Military

Universities Royal Naval Unit

Cambridge University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) is based at 2 Chaucer Road in a building shared with Cambridge University Air Squadron (UAS). It offers training in leadership, seamanship, and navigation for about 50 undergraduates through a varied programme of land … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Universities

Reserve Forces and Cadet Units

I attended the annual forum for civic leaders with the Cambridgeshire County Forum for the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association of East Anglia. Regional RFCAs are statutory quangos funded by the Ministry of Defence which grew out of the former … Continue reading

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Memorial Day at the American Cemetery

The rain mercifully held off on the morning of Monday 30 May during the US Memorial Day Service at the Cambridge American Cemetery at Madingley. The US Memorial Day was established in the 1860s to commemorate the dead of the … Continue reading

Posted in Memorial, Military, Public engagements