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Hampshire

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Support for the armed forces in Hampshire

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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Local branch contact details

Opening times

Please contact your local division directly using the numbers below:

Aldershot Town & Farnborough
Phone - 01252 347 656
Email - aldershot.division@ssafa.org.uk

Basingstoke
Phone - 07807 668 398
Email - basingstoke.division@ssafa.org.uk

East Hampshire
Phone - 01420 541 537
Email - easthampshire.division@ssafa.org.uk

Gosport & Fareham
Phone - 02392 523 401
Email - gosport.division@ssafa.org.uk

Havant
Phone - 02392 484 773
Email - havant.division@ssafa.org.uk

New Forest
Phone - 07712 569016
Email - newforest.division@ssafa.org.uk

Portsmouth
Phone - 02392 177 610
Email - portsmouth.division@ssafa.org.uk

Southampton (inc Eastleigh)
Phone - 02380 770 640
Email - southampton.division@ssafa.org.uk

Test Valley (inc Andover & Romsey)
Phone - 01264 352 981
Email - testvalley.division@ssafa.org.uk

Winchester
Phone - 01962 851 315
Email - winchester.division@ssafa.org.uk

Contact Details

Email: Hampshire.branch@ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 07413417226

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  • SSAFA Winchester support Living History

    Normandy 1944 - a Legacy to the 43rd Wessex Division

    On 7 March 2019, SSAFA Winchester was honoured to provide an awareness stand at a talk hosted by the Worthy’s Local History Group, held at St Mary's Church, Kings Worthy. Lt Col (Retd) Ian Holmes’ excellent illustrative talk was entitled "Normandy 1944 - A Legacy to the 43rd Wessex Division” and was based on his interviews from 2009 with members of the 43rd Wessex Division. The Division was a Territorial Division that served with distinction in the Second World War on the Western Front from June 1944 until May 1945, suffering heavy casualties but gaining an excellent reputation. The guest of honour for the evening was Bill Edwardes who was the last Chairman of the 43rd Wessex Association. Bill, (93) was incredibly humble and ended his Q&A session with: “we were just a bunch of lads doing our job!” The Association was formally closed in 2009 with a Service in Exeter Cathedral followed by a Dinner in The Guildhall. The Association Standard was subsequently laid up in Exeter Cathedral.

    The now 43rd Wessex Heritage Trust has accepted an invitation from L'Association ODON-COTE 112 to jointly celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the successful taking (and holding) of the strategic Hill 112, near Caen, on 7th July this year. Bill will be present as will only 2 or 3 other veterans from the 43rd Wessex Division. The present day formation is Headquarters South West and the staff of the HQ proudly wear the same Wyvern tactical recognition flash worn by the 43rd Wessex Division. The HQ will be celebrating the campaigns of 43rd Wessex Division in various commemorative events in the South West and in France this year.

    The talk brought many sectors of the community together to remember those who fought in Normandy as well as raising the profile of the work of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity. £70 was also received in kind donations on the night. SSAFA Winchester was represented by Noel McCleery, Divisional Secretary and Lawrence ‘Ash’ Ashbridge, Caseworker' - Ash also serves as an Army Reserve officer in Headquarters South West.

    Pictured are Lt Col (Retd) Ian Holmes, Bill Edwardes and Lt Col (Retd) Noel McCleery.

  • Thank you Tony Coleman

    SSAFA Fundraiser sadly passes away

    Tony Coleman was a volunteer for the Rally for Heroes team who had sadly passed away unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism on 20 November 2018.

    Tony was one of life’s hard workers; after a long day in his garage vehicle repair business he would spend further hours setting up fundraising events and sourcing amazing attractions. He once turned up to a local car show with a F1 Racing Car in Rally for Heroes and SSAFA livery, which drew crowds of people keen to know more about the charity and help donate. Tony was more than just a fundraiser with the Rally for Heroes team. He understood the group’s commitment to help and support families and veterans effected conflict and needing support. Living near Andover and Tidworth, he was in daily contact with our Service community and had great respect for the men and women who were based there. A quote from Mark Ellcok, a friend on the rally was: “Tony always went above and beyond what was required, always going one step further. He would do anything for anyone, always willing to help, often at cost or significant effort. Nothing was too much trouble. A true gent who will be sorely missed”.

    Following Tony’s Memorial Service, his wife, Christine and her family wished that SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity benefit from the donations made. Lt Col Ash Ashbridge received the donation of £1,041.66 on behalf of Hampshire Branch of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity and said "I had the pleasure of meeting Tony at one of our events at Thruxton Motorsport Centre. We are so grateful for the support from Rally for Heroes and to receive such a significant donation in memory of such a wonderful man as Tony is truly humbling."

  • How and why did SSAFA start?

    Social Media worked in 1885 as it does today!

    On 13th February 1885, a letter from Major James Gildea appeared in "The Times" suggesting a fund to educate the children of soldiers killed in the Sudan. This was the spring board that launched SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity - James Gildea was so insightful to use the most powerful social media tool available in 1885! What a fantastic legacy the (later) Sir James has provided to the Military Family for over 130 years.
    Want to know more? https://www.ssafa.org.uk

  • SSAFA Aldershot support British Forces Resettlement Services Employment Fair

    SSAFA Aldershot support results in £500 donation

    British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) British Forces Resettlement Services is a Social Enterprise created to help the Armed Forces Community with their transition into civilian life. BFRS run various events across the UK that include National Employment and Careers Fairs, the latest being held in Aldershot on 24 January 2019. For these events BFRS request the support of the local SSAFA team and yesterday SSAFA Aldershot had an early start to assist the BFRS team in the Networking area providing refreshments to exhibitors and attendees. The SSAFA team led by Terry Reeves and Bob Megarry prepared somewhere in the region of 500 cups of tea and coffee! The team felt the event certainly raised the profile of SSAFA and received many appreciative comments on our work. To top the event off Dominic Hamberg (R) from BFRS presented Bob Megarry a cheque for £500.00. Thank you British Forces Resettlements Services )https://www.bfrss.org.uk/ ) for being such a fantastic supporter of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity!

  • A moving story from SSAFA Test Valley

    Devon and Dorset Regiment Veteran gains a new lease of life thanks to SSAFA Test Valley

    Army Veteran Ken who had served in the Devon and Dorset Regiment approached SSAFA Test Valley to ask for help with the purchase of a mobility scooter and funding towards a wet room.

    Ken suffers from a severe back problem, which affects the use of his arms and legs and causes him considerable pain. His mobility is deteriorating, as is the use of his hands. Life was becoming increasingly limited and difficult. Always trying to be positive, Ken wanted to be able to go out and about, help his wife with shopping and chores and maintain his independence as much as possible.

    Ken had received some funding towards the wet room from a disability facility grant from his local council, but needed more to complete the wet room conversion. He also needed help with funding for a EPV mobility scooter. This was when Di Gibson our SSAFA Caseworker jumped into action.

    Di was instrumental in securing funding from his now regiment, The Rifles, as well as The Royal British Legion. We are very happy to confirm, that with this funding, Ken now has a new wet room and a mobility scooter as well as access ramps to his house, giving him a new lease of life.

    Before these were available to him, Ken said: “It was hell. I struggled to walk anywhere really. Now I can hop on the EPV and do anything, it’s a godsend. And that wet room, marvellous! Now I can be independent.”

    Ken’s son, Kenny was so appreciative of the support his father received from Di and the SSAFA Test Valley team that he is planning to undertake a sponsored event in aid of SSAFA in 2019!

    This shows great understanding and commitment from our team, and it’s great to how much of a life changing difference this has made to Ken and his family

  • Earl of Carnarvon made Honorary Vice President of Hampshire Branch

    THERE THEN HERE NOW

    Following the incredibly successful Battle Proms event held at Highclere Castle eralier this year, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon invited SSAFA to participate in 'Heroes at Highclere' to honour the fallen of the First World War.
    During the planning stages of the event, Lawrence (Ash) Ashbridge, Publicity Officer for the Hampshire branch found in the Flagbook archives, that the Fifth Earl of Carnarvon was a Life Member of SSAFA Hampshire.
    The Fifth Earl's association to SSAFA also came as a wonderful surprise to Lord and Lady Carnarvon and further embellished his already well-known philanthropic service. Further discussions with Lady Carnarvon revealed that when all the men working on the Highclere Estate went to fight in the war, the Fifth Earl continued to support their families financially. This would have helped their morale immeasurably knowing their loved ones were being cared for whist they fought at the front.
    Speaking of the appointment, Patricia Lyons, Chairman, SSAFA Hampshire, said: "We are extremely honoured to have the Earl of Carnarvon come on board as an Honorary Vice President of SSAFA Hampshire branch. It is wonderful to be building on the history of the Carnarvon family supporting SSAFA – and this is an exciting new chapter we are entering."
    In accepting his new honorary appointment, Lord Carnarvon, said: "I am delighted to be carrying on my family's legacy of supporting SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. I look forward to working more closely with the team in the coming months."

    About the 8th Earl of Carnarvon:
    George Carnarvon is the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and lives at Highclere Castle with his family. Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about five miles south of Newbury, Berkshire. The Highclere Estate farms just over 2,000 acres in Hampshire and has a large flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep. Crops include oats for horse (and human) consumption, milling and feed wheat, barley, haylage, linseed and oil seed rape. Highclere Castle is recognised worldwide as the venue for the award-winning TV series Downton Abbey.
    For more information visit www.highclerecastle.co.uk or Twitter (@HighclereCastle), Facebook @HighclereCastle and Instagram (@highclere_castle).

Events

SSAFA Gosport & Fareham at the Fareham Shopping Centre 13 April 2019

Come and meet the team while you shop!

Whilst you shop, come along and meet the SSAFA Gosport & Fareham volunteer awareness and fundraising team and learn more about our work in your community.

SSAFA Gosport & Fareham at Morrisons, Gosport 23 April 2019

Come and meet the team while you shop!

Whilst you shop, come along and meet the SSAFA Gosport & Fareham volunteer awareness and fundraising team and learn more about our work in your community.

SSAFA Gosport & Fareham at Aggie Weston's 2 May 2019

Cake, Coffee, chat about SSAFA - sounds good!

The SSAFA Gosport & Fareham awareness and fundraising team will be at Aggie Weston's Coffee Morning and Cake Sale. Come along for some chat, learn more about our work in the community and the fantastic volunteering opportunities available: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/hampshire - not forgetting the cake and coffee!!

SSAFA Hampshire at The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship 18 May 2019

Come and meet the joint SSAFA/Rally for Heroes Team

Hampshire Branch of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity and Rally for Heroes are raising awareness and fundraising at the Kwik Fir British Touring Car Championship. Come along and meet the team in our first joint event of 2019 and understand more about SSAFAs volunteer work in the community. The Rally for Heroes Team will have some fabulous cars on display and will be stood by to chat about their fascinating rally events in support of SSAFA. See you there! The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is the UK's most illustrious championship and is followed all over the world. The racing is fast, close and full of action. Since its inception in 1958 it has attracted and captivated millions of fans around the world. All cars are built to the same NGTC regulations allowing independent teams to compete on a level playing field

SSAFA Basingstoke Store Collection & Cheque Presentation 25 May 2019

Come and meet the team while you shop!

By kind permission of Tesco, SSAFA Basingstoke will be carrying out a store collection at Tesco Hook. Please do stop and speak to our team to find out more about our work in the community. What makes this day even more special is that SSAFA Basingstoke will also be presented with a cheque for £4,000.00 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative that ran in the store throughout December 2018. Thank you fore the opportunity Tesco.

SSAFA Test Valley at Wartime Wallop 27 May 2019

Come and meet SSAFA Test Valley at Wartim Wallop!

All things Wartime come to Wallop for an all-day outdoor special event! Join us for a day filled of historic aircraft and vehicles, re-enactment groups, music, dancing and much more. 27 May 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Model flying displays, new and historic aircraft, military vehicles, 1940s music and dancing, WW2 re-enactment groups and children’s entertainment will come together for a family fun day at the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop this Bank Holiday Monday (May 27). For kids, and grown-ups if they wish, there will be a chance to get into action with Battlefield South’s laser tag arena, as well as a large bouncy castle, The Joystick Club, and an opportunity to see and take part in scientific experiment displays with Genie Lab Displays. More attraction info will be published in due course. Visitors on the day who gift aid their entry, at no extra cost, will be entitled to an annual pass to the newly refurbished Army Flying Museum. Also a great opportunity to make a donation to the Historic Army Aircraft Flight Trust to keep these lovely old aircraft air worthy.
Calling all Train Commuters - please support SSAFA Hampshire on 6th June 2019
To mark the 75th Anniversary of D Day, 6 June 1944 and by kind permission of South Western Railways, the annual SSAFA Hampshire collection day at train stations all across the County will take place on 6 June 2019. On such a poignant date in the calendar do chat to our all volunteer teams when you see them - we have been around helping the Military Family since 1885! If you would like to know more about Hampshire Branch of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity whether that be a talk to your work place, or perhaps you may have some time to volunteer in any capacity, please contact ash.ashbridge@hampshire.ssafa.org.uk for more information.

Battleproms at Highclere Castle 3 August 2019

Battleproms at HIghclere Castle (the real Downton Abbey!)

Come and join the fun for the Highclere Castle Battle Proms Concerts event! All in support of SSAFA! In 2018, Battleproms selected SSAFA the Armed Forces charity as its charity and a fantastic £54,640.91 was raised in 2018 across 4 events! It is an honour to be selected again in 2019!

SSAFA Hampshire at the Romsey Show 14 September 2019

Com and meet the team at the Show!

Come and visit the SSAFA Hampshire stand at the Romsey Show this year and understand more about our volunteer work in he community. The Romsey Show Committee have kindly agreed to allow Hampshire Branch of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity to collect at the leaving gate which is absolutely fabulous. All donations will be used in Hampshire.