BRIGADIER M A JAMES VC DSO MC DL
Events leading to Captain Manley James winning his VC with 8th Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment, in March 1918. Will be known to some. Soon, and in common with all VC holders from the First World War, a paving stone commemorating his actions will be unveiled at his birthplace.
Outdoor Theatre - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In the stunning surroundings of The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum Gardens in Salisbury, Quantum Theatre presents a magical production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved and enduring comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
You may recall from my last email about Peter Pickard who passed away aged 74 in the Bristol Royal Infirmary 29th December 2017, with no family or friends to claim his body. The local authority are now arranging a basic funeral.
The following message from Lt Col (Retd) Mike Motum sums up the support that is shown to our ex serving soldiers within the Association:
Earlier today I was amongst a very large number that attended the service, at Westbury-on-Trym Crematorium, of Mr Peter ‘Pixie’ Pickard. Peter was given an outstanding send off. The RBL in Bristol deserve our thanks for getting the word out having been contacted by Bristol City Council. RBL had a large number of Standards present and the Regimental Forest of Dean Standard was invited to lead. The service was led by a Humanist Funeral Celebrant, named Claire; she did a first rate job.
The Chapel was full. Military and regimental support was evident through: two Lt Col staff officers, in uniform, from Abbey Wood; a strong cohort from 6 RIFLES in No 2 Dress; many former Glosters; Colonel Tim Harper (former CO 7 RIFLES); a large number of former servicemen and women; RBL bikers; and, a good number of civilians who knew Peter Pickard from his life long association with Bristol. There were some flowers and two wreaths (one being from our Association) placed within the garden following the service. With respect to the coffin the Grand Union was draped together with a No 1 Dress hat and belt, flowers and a Glosters scarf. The Association will arrange for his name to be placed in Bristol’s Book of Remembrance.
Please also see the following link:
For Sale RGBW banners, these Banners were used to front Music stands of the old 2 RGBW Band.
They Measure 53cm in width with a 47cm Drop.
The Banners are a Blue Velvet Material with the metal embroidered RGBW Badge finished with Gold Tassles.
The Banners would make a great presentation/display piece
The Banners are being sold to raise funds for our Band & Corps of Drums Detachment to enable us to purchase much needed uniform & equipment.
We are asking for a minimum donation of £30.00 however we are happy to accept more if you so wish to make a larger donation.
Feel free to drop us an email with any questions
The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum
A fascinating and captivating FREE family storytelling event is coming to The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury this May Half-Term. "Tales from the Trenches" will be stories told by storyteller Michael O'Leary who will interpret and retell real-life First World War stories from the museum's Archive collection, specially for a younger audience.
- Drop-in, 2 x 30 minute sessions (10.30am and 11.30am)
- Suitable for children aged 7 plus.
- All children who attend the event must be accompanied by an adult.
- Children who attend the event can visit the museum for FREE on the day.
- Date: Thursday 31 May, 10.30am and 11.30am
Event Entry: FREE Museum Entry: Children – FREE (Children who attend the event can visit the museum for FREE on the day); Adults - Normal Admission Prices, FREE to Regimental Association members with membership card.
The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum 58 The Close Salisbury SP1 2EX