Regular Forces

West Midlands Platinum Jubilee Tattoo

At the end of April the Armed Forces and Cadet Forces in the West Midlands came together to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and military support for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. West Midland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association were pleased to be able to support the evening event at the University of Birmingham, which had a musical and sports theme….

Midlands Army Athletics Championships

Army athletics teams from across the Midlands and Wales were the first to compete at the brand new Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Located in Perry Barr, the stadium will play a key part in the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July.  Working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the Army from Headquarters West Midlands hosted the Midlands Army Athletics Championships as a showcase…

Breaking the bias for International Women’s Day

Members of the Birmingham and wider Midlands community came together to celebrate West Midlands Women’s Voice’s first International Women’s Day event in over two years. Held at Millennium Point in Birmingham, the event was run in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority, with support from our Association and Millennium Point. With a focus on breaking the bias within sports, arts and culture,…

University College Birmingham signs up to support forces

Discussing how veterans, Reservists and those in the military community can bring tangible skills to the civilian workforce was a key theme for an online event hosted in partnership with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. Moving the annual event to the virtual sphere to allow for Covid-19 safety, employers from around the Greater Birmingham region were invited to listen to inspirational key…

Soldier brings Christmas cheer to Romanian orphanages

A Shropshire-based soldier and his wife are putting smiles on the faces of orphaned children and adults in Romania, bringing Christmas gifts, clothing and medicines from the UK. Warrant Officer 2 David Hill lives in Down Hatherley near Innsworth in Gloucestershire with his wife Sarah. Apart from last year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, David and Sarah have travelled to Romania to visit orphanages…

British Army unveils ‘Future Soldier’

The British Army has unveiled ‘Future Soldier’, its most radical transformation programme in over 20 years. Following on from the Integrated Review and the significant increase in defence spending announced by the Government last year, Future Soldier demonstrates how the Army is modernising to address next-generation threats across the globe. This will be bolstered by an additional investment of £8.6 billion in Army…

Armed Forces friendly employers take home Gold Award

Fifteen businesses from the West Midlands region have been presented with the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award at a special ceremony in Cardiff. The joint regional event held on 17th November at HMS CAMBRIA saw employers from Wales, West Midlands and Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Associations’ (RFCA) recognised for the outstanding support they give to the Armed Forces community….

Running Fusiliers raise funds for mental health causes

Six Army Reservists from A Company Fifth Regiment of Royal Fusiliers (5RRF) in Birmingham have completed an intense 300-mile run from Wiltshire to Newcastle-upon-Tyne – in just 72 hours. Tackling the challenge head on with sheer determination, each pair of runners covered approximately 33 miles per day, for three days. Setting off at 4am from the First Fusiliers Regimental Headquarters in Tidworth, the…

Tennis club supports those who serve

A tennis club in Wolverhampton has bounced back from the pandemic to open its courts to the Armed Forces including the Royal Air Force (RAF) to host military racket sports tournaments and training events.  Established in 1885, Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club (WLTSC) caters for all levels of tennis and squash players, welcoming members from all backgrounds within their community. For the…

Herefordshire walking football sessions for the forces community

The Herefordshire Football Association has recently confirmed details of free weekly walking football sessions, with food and drinks afterwards. Two walking football sessions have been launched on the 3G pitch off of Widemarsh Common in Hereford, for those connected to the Armed Forces community and those connected to the men’s mental health community. These sessions are being run in partnership with the Defence…

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