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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

BARNARD CASTLE - Community Arts Centre WHAT'S ON NOV 19

Tickets are available through the website at www.thewitham.org.uk and from the box office at The Witham, 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY which is open 10.00 until 16.00 Tuesday to Saturday

(usually closed Sunday and Monday).  Email info@thewitham.org.uk or telephone 01833 631107

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


Military children’s charity, Little Troopers, has released a collection of real-life photos that capture the highs and lows of life as a British Armed Forces family as seen through the eyes of forces children.
 Submitted by families from across the three services – Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force - and published for the Little Trooper’s 2020 calendar, the photos offer a snapshot into the special military moments lived by forces children, from sad goodbyes to jubilant reunions, love, pride and belonging.
 Little Troopers founder; army veteran and military parent, Louise Fetigan, explains: “These images encapsulate the special bond that military children have with their serving parents and behind every photo is a heart-warming story.
 “Being part of a military family brings with it great adventure, but also unique challenges; the biggest of which is being regularly separated from a serving parent or parents at unpredictable times and sometimes at very short notice. It’s easy to forget that this is still a big part of day-to-day life for military families, many of whom will be spending October half term without their loved ones. That’s why Little Troopers exists, to champion and support all our military children, whatever forces life sends their way.”

Highlights in the 2020 calendar include:
  • 20-month-old Eleanor Owen, who was reunited with her Dad after a long deployment on HMS Westminster. Eleanor’s mum is also serving in the Navy.
  • Brothers Owen (9) and Brayden (6) Hollinshead who couldn’t contain their delight when their Dad surprised them by coming home from a long exercise a few weeks early.
  • Harry Sharkey (2) waving goodbye to his Daddy’s ship as it set sail in Portsmouth. In the last four years Harry and his brother have watched their Daddy’s ship sail in and out of the harbour many times.
  • Baby Georgia Baring who’s Dad raced home from a 9 month deployment to be home in time for her birth and returned to his overseas duties just six weeks later. His deployment included a trip to Georgia’s namesake.
  • Theo Lema (3) trying on his Dad’s RAF uniform to feel closer to him while he was serving away in the Falklands.
  • Neave Walsh (7) helping her mum out on HMS Albion dressed in a mini Navy uniform that her mum had made for her to wear to feel closer to her while she was away.

The ‘Military Moments’ 2020 calendar is now on sale, costing £7.50, with all proceeds helping Little Troopers to continue providing fundamental resources and initiatives to support military children such as the Little Troopers Treasures storytime app and Little Troopers Separation Pack.

For more information visit www.littletroopers.net

Friday, November 1, 2019


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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has published its first annual workforce report on disability, mental health and wellbeing​. The voluntary report sets out work the department is doing to support staff and promote good practice around disability, mental health and wellbeing.

It highlights the support that the MOD has in place for all employees, including for those with disabilities, support for people with mental health issues, and the wider initiatives in place for all staff to promote their wellbeing