Welcome from our chairman
A message from our Chairman, Tony Chibnall -We’re so pleased that you’ve found our new website, and hope that you will now explore further, to discover just how your local branch of SSAFA can help YOU.
A VERY WARM WELCOME
I am delighted that you’ve found our new website and very much hope that you will now explore further to discover just how your local branch of SSAFA can help YOU.
As an ex-serviceman myself, I really do know the huge difference that SSAFA can make. So, if you are a member of the armed forces, a Reservist, a veteran, or you are the dependant of a serviceman or servicewoman past or present living in Suffolk and you require a helping hand – please do contact us as quickly as you can and talk to us.
A member of our team of trained volunteers is only a phone call or email away and will be happy to arrange a visit to discuss how SSAFA might help meet YOUR needs.
If you have a little spare time and want to help support our armed forces community as a key member of a friendly supportive team of volunteers, then again please do contact us. You will find more information on this site about how our volunteers get involved and what they do. You will be sure of a warm welcome and a really rewarding time assisting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association here in Suffolk.
We much look forward to hearing from you.
With very best wishes,
Suffolk Exhibition vehicle at Battle of Britain weekend
Suffolk and Cambridgeshire branches attended the IWM Duxford Battle of Britain airshow weekend on 23 & 24 September
The Suffolk and Cambridgeshire branches attended the Imperial War Museum Duxford Battle of Britain airshow weekend on 23 & 24 September. The Suffolk Exhibition vehicle was set up on the Friday; volunteers from both branches manned this very well equipped and significant asset throughout the weekend. The presence of SSAFA was certainly made very apparent to all attendees of the airshow (estimated at about 20 000 each day).
Our volunteers spoke to many people, explaining about our charity and emphasising those whom we can help; the response was very positive and we were seldom without members of the public taking interest in our display. With so many charities and vendor stalls competing for donations and sales, unsurprisingly fundraisingwas not the main our aim of our attendance, but rather to raise awareness of our charity as widely as possible. There was much good humour in evidence, 'Dad's Army' and Winston Churchill lookalikes dropped by to say hello. A 94 year old WW2 Hurricane pilot, Eric, was a very animated visitor, A French lady of 91 years was rescued by our gallant Royal Marine (the Suffolk Chairman) as she was desperate for a programme which he soon acquired for her.
The weather was kind to us and the magnificent aircraft ensured a lively and animated crowd throughout the day; SSAFA was prominent through the imposing presence of the Suffolk exhibition vehicle. Plans are afoot to attend next year as the 2017 event was such a great platform to show what SSAFA can do the help those who need our assistance.
Branch Secretary Ken Blackwell receives High Sheriff Award
Branch Secretary Ken Blackwell receives High Sheriff Award
At the Suffolk Show on Wednesday 31st May 2017 the High Sheriff of Suffolk, Geoffrey Probert, presented SSAFA Suffolk Branch Secretary Ken Blackwell with a Certificate of Thanks for all his years of service and hard work for the community throughout the County.
Launch of first display vehicle by SSAFA Suffolk
The Launch of first display vehicle at SSAFA Suffolk AGM by The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk - Clare, Countess of Euston
On Friday 17 of March 2017 SSAFA Suffolk held its 132nd Annual General Meeting at Needham Market Community Hall chaired by President SSAFA Suffolk Charles Michell. The AGM was attended by SSAFA Suffolk Patron, The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Clare, Countess of Euston who at midday launched the exciting new display vehicle commissioned by Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Chibnall RM, Chairman of SSAFA Suffolk.
The new display van, costing over £50,000 was made possible by the amazingly generous bequest from Captain E M Usherwood OBE DSC RN given by him especially to fund SSAFA Suffolk major projects. The van was built by Masters Exhibitions who design and build vans for large UK businesses. The van, lavishly decorated inside and out, will allow a display area and has discreet seating for interviews with members of the Armed Forces family who may seek advice or assistance from SSAFA.
Colonel Anthony Chibnall commented “I hope that the increased prominence of SSAFA Suffolk at the events we attend will attract the attention of our supporters and, most vitally, remind those from our Armed Forces Community that we are available to be of service to them”.
Children’s Choir Supports Suffolk Military Charity – SSAFA
Beautiful St Edmundsbury Cathedral rang with the lovely voices of the children of Walsham le Willows Primary School
On night of Saturday 10th December, beautiful St Edmundsbury Cathedral rang with the lovely voices of the children of Walsham le Willows Primary School as they sang “Away in a Manger” and “Frosty the Snowman” to a delighted audience of two hundred and fifty.
Singing for the Suffolk branch of the Soldiers Sailors Airmen’s and Families Association (SSAFA), the Armed Forces Charity, and accompanied by the hugely popular RAF Honington Voluntary Band, conducted by Captain Tom Milford, the children’s voices enchanted everyone.
The choir led by their Head Teacher Mrs Angela Hunter were pleased to be able to support SSAFA Suffolk’s work in helping veterans and serving members of the armed forces and their families..
The band played a series of popular and special pieces, including one incorporating a very moving rendition of the “Last Post”.
Lt Col Tony Chibnall RM, Chairman of SSAFA Suffolk thanked the audience and the performers for a very special evening and for their contribution to the work of SSAFA and the five hundred members of the armed forces family helped by SSAFA in Suffolk in the last year.