100 Hearts For 100 Years
SSAFA Wiltshire's community arts project One Hundred Hearts for One Hundred Years came to fruition with a display and Commemorative Day at Salisbury Cathedral.
Groups as diverse as military wives, the Embroiderers Guild, children, the Royal School of Needlework, and Fine Cell work have been busy making sweetheart pincushions since the project was launched in February 2015. Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the hearts were displayed throughout November in Salisbury Cathedral and attracted media and public attention as well as providing a backdrop for groups of local schoolchildren learning about the Great War.
The exhibition culminated in a Commemorative Day marking 100 years since the ending of the Battle of the Somme, with trench re-enactment, a World War One plane and a special Evensong service in the Cathedral.
It is hoped that the hearts will now be displayed in other locations across the county, so follow us on Facebook to find out where and when - www.facebook.com/ssafa.wilts/
Scouts Somme Hike Raises £600
The 5th Wiltshire Baden-Powell Scout Group based in Ludgershall recently held a sponsored hike to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.
The event raised money on a 50/50 basis for the Salisbury Plain In-Service branch of SSAFA and for the Group. Beavers, Wolf Cubs and Scouts all took part in the hikes across Salisbury Plain and the local woods, and a cheque for £600 was presented to SSAFA.
Our Hearts In Their Hands
The Sewing Soldier meets some Old Soldiers
We were delighted to visit the Royal Hospital Chelsea recently, where Pensioners Jean (an ex- SSAFA caseworker) and Bob helped us with some publicity shots for our Hundred Hearts exhibition. Lt Colonel Neil Stace - The Sewing Soldier - gave us a sneak peek of the Chelsea Pensioner Heart which he created.
(See our report on the 100 Hearts for 100 Years exhibition.)
Volunteering in Wiltshire and Swindon
Volunteers are at the heart of our work with the Armed Forces family.
Meet inspiring people, gain some confidence and learn new skills as part of our volunteer network in Wiltshire and Swindon. Most of our volunteers support ex-service personnel and their dependants living in their community, though we always need help manning our stands at events, baking cakes, making things, administration and much more.
Whatever your skills or experience, you WILL be able to help, so to discuss how, please get in touch via the contact details top of this page.