Tuesday 13th March 2012
A talk was given by Col (Paddy) Verdon on “A Debt of Honour” which told the story of the Gurkha’s and the work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. The talk started by saying how the First Gurkha regiment was formed. The Gurkhas were a formidable force they put up such good resistance in early campaigns against the British that after their defeat the British Army recruited them as a regiment in the British Army and they have been loyal ever since taking part in action throughout the world in many war theatres including the First and Second World wars. No Social Security or National Health Services are available in Nepal for returning retired soldiers. They rely on the Gurkha Welfare Trust to supply a pension for them which fortunately are passed on to widows. The Trust works with other welfare organisation to ensure a decent quality of life for retired soldiers living in Nepal.
The Friendly Club – Future Events.
Tuesday 10th April 2012 at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.
A talk will be given by “Dorothy Baker” on “The Tulip Trail”
Monday 16th April.
Outing to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park in the Cotswolds. Departure is from outside the school at 9.30am. Return to South Marston is approx. 3.30 pm.
Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.
A talk will be given by “Jane Clements” on “Narrow Boat Art”