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Support for the armed forces in Fife

We help veterans and service personnel, and their families, in the local community and we rely on public donations to continue our work. Our commitment is to provide support with experienced, non-judgemental and friendly advice, as well as a variety of practical services which cover a range of social, family and financial issues.

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Email: fife@ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 01592 263 714

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  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE ROYAL AIR FORCE!

    Graham Meacher, Chairman of SSAFA Fife and Managing Director of the British Forces Philatelic Service (BFPS), has been very busy this week sending out commemorative covers to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.
    After a review of the British Air Services in 2017, King George V authorised the creation of a new branch of the British military, and in 2018 the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps were merged to create the Royal Air Force - the world’s very first independent air force
    Since then the Royal Air Force has been an integral part of the British military, serving with distinction in the Second World War, The Falklands, The Gulf, Afghanistan, and many other theatres of war since then.
    As 2018 is the centenary of the Royal Air Force, BFPS produced a special commemorative cover, which was released on the 1st April 2018. Proceeds from the sale of all BFPS covers are donated to Service charities, including SSAFA.
    This superb looking cover bears the images of the four founding fathers of the RAF, Lord Hugh Trenchard, Field Marshall Jan Christian Smuts, Air Vice Marshall Sir Charles Longcroft and Sir Winston Churchill. A special postmark featuring the RAF logo will be used to cancel one of the Royal Mail's specially issued 1st class 'RAF Centenary' stamps.
    The anniversary is particular pertinent to SSAFA as it was shortly after the historic formation in 1918 that the SSFA added “Airmen” to its title to became SSAFA – Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen’s, Families Association.
    Information about the special Commemorative covers and how to order them can be found on the BFPS online shop (www.bfps.org.uk/shop).
    Any veteran of the regular or reserve forces who requires advice or assistance can contact the local branch of SSAFA at 48 Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ED or by telephoning, 01592 263714 or by email on: fife.branch@ssafa.org.uk

  • LEUCHARS OPEN DAY SUCCESS FOR SSAFA IN FIFE

    Apparently while on the lookout for Luke Skywalker, a couple of Stormtroopers happened by the SSAFA stand at the inaugural Leuchars Station Open Day on 3rd June 2017! On hand were Veterans, Lieutenant Colonel Graham Meacher, Chairman of SSAFA Fife, and Major Peter May, the Branch Treasurer. Both tried valiantly to persuade the Stormtroopers to donate to the grand raffle, however, the excuse was made that they had no pockets in their uniforms!
    Graham spent 30 years in the Corps of Royal Engineers, and since retiring, has spent another 17 years as a volunteer case worker and committee member in the Fife Branch of SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity. Peter served for 34 years with the Royal Corps of Transport and then 23 years as Treasurer.
    As SSAFA gives so much support and assistance to all three Armed Services, it was only fitting that the local branch used Leuchars Open Day as an opportunity to inform people about the many services SSAFA provide. The open day was a great success with a bumper crowd enjoying the purpose-built military village featuring soldiers and military equipment from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Engineers, the Army Medical Corps, the Military Police, and many other Scottish Military Units. The RAF and Navy were also well represented.
    The entertainment continued throughout the day with marching bands, highland dancing and military demonstrations. It was estimated that the SSAFA grand raffle and cake stall raised some £2000, which will be used for the benefit of a number of Service charities.
    Any veterans of the regular forces or members of the reserve who require advice or assistance can contact the local SSAFA Fife Branch at 48 Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy KY1 1ED or telephone 01592 263 714 or email fife@ssafa.org.uk

  • A BIG BREW UP WITH SSAFA FIFE

    The annual SSAFA Big Brew Up held on Thursday 22nd June saw a couple of surprise visitors to Broomhead Drive in Dunfermline.

    Christine Findlay, one of the dedicated band of SSAFA volunteer Caseworkers operating in the Kingdom of Fife, had laid on tea and home baking in the Community Flat as a way of boosting the profile of SSAFA, whilst at the same time raising funds to help the branch to continue supporting those veterans, who at some time or another, may be in need of advice or assistance.

    Pictured with Christine are Lorraine Reid of the Armed Services Advice Project and Kevin Goodwin of the Veterans Welfare Service.

    Lorraine, a former Scots Guardsman’s wife herself, is extremely aware of the important role that SSAFA plays and the fact that last year the Fife branch alone dealt with 200 individual cases and helped to release nearly £200,000 for the benefit of individual veterans and their families.

    Any veterans of the regular forces or members of the reserve who require advice or assistance can contact the local SSAFA Fife Branch at 48 Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy KY1 1ED or telephone 01592 263 714 or email fife@ssafa.org.uk

    The photograph shows Lorraine, Christine and Kevin enjoying their afternoon break.

  • Elie Quiz Night fundraising success

    Last Saturday saw the good folks of Elie in the East Neuk raise the magnificent sum of £500 for the Fife Branch of SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity.
    Army veteran Graham Meacher, Chairman of SSAFA Fife and resident of Elie, persuaded 50 enthusiastic 'quizzers' to take part in a bumper grilling of their general knowledge. With the kind support of the owner and staff of the Pavilion Café, resident quizmaster, George Harvey posed questions as diverse as “what Dickens novel was based on the Gordon Riots of 1880” to “who was the sidekick at various times to Mr Rodney and Mr Derick” (* answers at the end of this piece). After a bruising four rounds, “The Hornets” came out on top, getting only three questions wrong overall.

    Pictured are resident quizmaster, George Harvey, with triumphant “Team Hornet”, Lesley Mace, Andy and Debbie Birrell, and Richard Wood

    Veterans of the regular forces or members of the reserve who require advice or assistance can contact the local SSAFA Branch at 48 Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ED, or telephone 01592 263714, or email fife@ssafa.org.uk

    (* answers are Barnaby Rudge and Basil Brush)

  • SSAFA AT KNOCKHILL RACES!

    Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife held their Armed Forces Appreciation Day on Sunday 8th April 2018 and SSAFA was graciously chosen to come along and be the Service Charity of the day. Because it was Round One of the 2018 Scottish Championships there was a full programme of racing, with 18 events entertaining the enthusiastic spectators during an action-packed day. As the Scottish Motor Racing Club (SMRC) had designated the event an Armed Forces Appreciation Day, it meant that all serving and veterans gained free entry, with accompanying family members enjoying a concessionary pricing.
    The SMRC ran a selection of different races on the day, including a Legend Racing Car Championship, Mini Cooper Cup, Formula Ford 1600 Championship, and Classics Sports Saloons.
    Penny Leggat, a volunteer caseworker with SSAFA Fife, was on hand to inform the public and veterans alike about the activities of SSAFA and what the organisation does to support the veterans of all three of our armed services
    Penny, a former Nursing Officer with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, served in the UK, Germany, Australia, and the Gulf before retiring, but then continuing her service connection as a SSAFA Midwife working with military families in Germany. Four years ago however, she made the decision to become a volunteer caseworker for the Fife Branch in order to help and advise those veterans and their families in need of assistance.
    Penny met many serving and former members of the armed forces at Knockhill and even bumped into the Stig. She told him that in 2017 SSAFA Fife had dealt with over 250 cases, helping to release over £200,000 of charitable funds for veterans and their families who were in need. The Stig was seen to imperceptibly nod his head in agreement!
    Any veteran of the regular or reserve forces who requires advice or assistance can contact the local branch of SSAFA at 48 Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ED or by telephoning, 01592 263714 or by email on: fife.branch@ssafa.org.uk

  • LONG SERVICE AWARDS FOR FIFE VOLUNTEERS

    At the recent Fife Branch AGM held in St Bryce Kirk Centre, the Branch President, Robert Balfour, presented several Long Service Awards:
    5 years - George Givens, Penny Leggat, George Redpath (pictured) and Davy Young.
    10 Years - Lyn Price and Bill Mika.
    15 Years - Glynis Evans.

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