Herefordshire has a strong Armed Forces tradition going back generations. Many forces families from other parts of the country, and even the rest of the globe, call Herefordshire their home and often remain here once their service has ended.
Armed Forces Day is a national day of celebration and recognition for those who are actively serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans, families and cadets which takes place in June each year. 2018’s Armed Forces Week launches on Monday 25th June across the county.
Each year a market town takes responsibility for events – this year Leominster carry the mantle. There is a whole host of events taking place, beginning on Monday 25 June with a flag raising ceremony and signing of the military covenant, followed by daily activities leading up to a packed day of events on the Saturday. From 10am – 5pm events will include an RBL parade, stalls, fly over by a Lancaster bomber, guided trails, displays and much more.
One of the many highlights will be a charity concert at the Priority Church, Leominster, on Friday 29 June at 7pm.The concert will feature the Marches Military Wives Choir, The Three Tenders, Keri Hoffman, Leominster Community Choir and The Herefordshire Junior Youth Choir.
Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June –
Rifles and Spades – Leominster in the Great War
The Old Stable Gallery, 11 Corn Square, Leominster
An exhibition about Leominster during the Great War. Kindly loaned by Leominster Museum
Monday 25th June –
Hereford Flag Raising Ceremony
11:00am – High Town, Hereford
Many VIPs will be in attendance to include HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, The High Sheriff of Herefordshire, The Chairman of Herefordshire Council, local Mayors, the Royal British Legion, and representatives from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy plus many more
Leominster Raising of the Flag & Signing of the Armed Forces Covenant
11.15am – Corn Square, Leominster
Tuesday 26th June –
Col. Andy Taylor with Pete Weston and Rev. Marcus Small
7pm – John Abel Room, Grange Court, Leominster.
Free, donations (tickets must be reserved in advance, available from Leominster TIC/01568 616460)Join us for talks by guest speakers Col. Andy Taylor, curator of Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum along with Pete Weston, re-enactor and Rev. Marcus Small talks about relatives and the Army life.
Wednesday 27th June –
Eardisland Fallen Walks
11.30am – Eardisland.
Free, donations (walk guide 50p, available on the day)
Formal opening of one of our memorial gates – Pte Harold Speake. Followed by a walk showcasing Eardisland. Hosted by Hugh Vernon.
Thursday 28th June –
Talk: The History of the Royal Welsh Regiment
11am – Council Chambers, 11 Corn Square, Leominster.
Free, donations (tickets must be reserved in advance, available from Leominster TIC/01568 616460)
Richard Davies, curator of The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh in Brecon talks about the history of the Royal Welsh Regiment.
Thursday 28th June –
Talk: Portraits and Personalities
7.30pm – John Abel Room, Grange Court, Leominster.
£3 a ticket (tickets can be purchased from Leominster TIC/01568 616460)
Robin Thorndyke presents a talk about Herefordshire artist Brian Hatton and the people who sat for portrait sittings for paintings up to 1914.
Friday 29th June –
Herefordshire Armed Forces Day Charity Concert
featuring: The Marches Military Wives Choir and The Three Tenders
7pm – The Priory Church, Leominster. Tickets: Adults £7.50/Serving & Ex Military £5/u.16 £5
This will be a spectacular concert featuring The Marches Military Choir, The Three Tenders, Keri Hoffman, Leominster Community Choir and the Herefordshire Junior Youth Choir.
Saturday 30th June –
Leominster Herefordshire Armed Forces Day
10am – 4pm Leominster Town Centre
Featuring Military stands and stalls, march, Cadet drill and displays, a display of Military vehicles, Children’s activities and more.
Walking Trail: 100 Years since 1918 around Leominster Tickets: £2 (from Leo TIC)
A walk led by Jenny Williams. Memories of Leominster
families during the First World War. The people who went off to war; their homes and families. Life in Leominster in 1918. Suitable for over 12’s and suitable for wheelchairs.
4pm (approx.) Historic Military Aircraft Flyover (weather and aircraft permitting)
7.30pm – Lion Ballroom
Volante Strings: Tickets £10
Music remembering Armed Forces Day and 100 years since the end of the Great War