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The Great Manx Challenge

37.5m Sponsored Pursuit Race
The Great Manx ChallengeThe question was innocuous enough – “would you like to join me on a bike ride?” So asked my old friend, and I thought it was a lovely idea to ride through the countryside with him one afternoon. And it was for charity! Only when I had committed myself to joining him was it revealed that the gentle pedal was in reality a pursuit race around the Isle of Man, on the TT Course, and we were racing Team Marine! So the training has begun.

The two teams in the race are Team Marine from RM Poole, and our totally amateur and under-exercised team from “Challenge4Ben” which was established in memory of Royal Marine Benjamin Poole who tragically died on 28 th July 2008. Team Challenge4Ben includes Ben's family, friends and supporters, whilst Team Marine is made up of both serving and retired personnel, together with servicemen wounded in action, some of whom are amputees.

Team Marine aims to lap Team Challenge4Ben and the distance Team Challenge4Ben has completed before being caught on the 37.75 mile course is the distance for which sponsorship is being sought.

The event will take place on Friday 30th September 2011 and if anyone would like to sponsor this aging Pongo, it will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made to us here with all proceeds going to the SBSA, supporting men and families from the Special Boat Service.


MORE FUNDING for WWII VETERANS with Heroes Return



The Big Lottery Fund is committing over £1 million in extra good cause funding in the year ahead for the country’s WWII veterans to make sure they can make their personal battlefront commemorative journeys to the places they saw action.

The additional funding for the scheme comes on the day the Fund is naming the 50,000th individual to benefit from the Heroes Return grant schemes.

The Big Lottery Fund’s UK Interim Chair, Anna Southall, is presenting the 50,000th award to a veteran at the Imperial War Museum in London. The recipient is an RAF Bomber Command veteran Gordon Mellor who escaped occupied France with the help of the Resistance via the Comet Line. To date 50,000 veterans, widows, spouse and carers have taken up the opportunity presented by the scheme to make their individual pilgrimages.

The current Heroes Return2 programme, was scheduled to close in January but now remains open until 31st January 2012.

Through the scheme, Second World War veterans from the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland can apply for travel and accommodation costs to visit the places across the world where they saw active service or to take part in an official commemoration in the UK. War widows and widowers of veterans are also eligible, and carers and spouses can also receive funding to travel with veterans.


Blog for World War II Veterans Returning to Libya

Live updates from Libya
To access this regular blog including stories, thoughts, activities,
news and photo's please visit:

www.britishveteranstravel.co.uk/Blog.html



Countdown to Take Off
06/10/2010 13:50

Very busy morning making final arrangements before take off in
19hours and 30minutes!

I will report back to the office daily with our whereabouts,
activities, thoughts and photo's and my lovely team at home
will update it all here to keep you informed and up to date.

You can also see our goings on by following us on Twitter where
I will also send regular posts or "tweets" for those in the know!
To see these tweets simply sign up for a twitter account if you
don't already have one (much easier and quicker process than I
imagined it to be!) and follow us on @britvetstravel to see live
feeds from us while we are out and about and on the roads of
Libya.

Looking forward to seeing you all bright and early tomorrow
morning!

Regards,

Simon


BRITISH VETERANS BRANCH OUT WITH NEW TRAVEL COMPANY

Launch of British Veterans Travel
British Veterans Recognition Card is thrilled to announce the launch of a new sister company, British Veterans Travel. This company will facilitate trips and tours to forgotten battlefields all over the world. We are running this in conjunction with Heroes Return 2, a scheme allocating funding from the BIG Lottery Fund to WWII veterans to enable them to return to areas where they saw action. Please check the website for further information including the first tour to Libya.

www.britishveteranstravel.co.uk


70th Anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation

English Heritage Appeals for Memories to mark 70th Anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation
To read this in full please go to Veterans Issues using the link halfway down the left hand side of the page.


BRITISH VETERANS NEWSLETTER

http://www.britishveterans.co.uk/issues.html
The latest issue of the BVRC newsletter, British Veterans News is just out. In our efforts to be more eco-friendly, we will now be posting the newsletter on the website on the Veterans Issues Page instead of sending one out. If you require a hard copy please call or email us with your membership number and we will happily send you one out. Our details are on the Contact Us page.


Heroes Return


The more astute of you may have noticed the addition of the Heroes Return page, we are gathering together all that we need to facilitate a commemorative trip for veterans who served in Libya in the Western Desert Campaign. Please see the Heroes Return Page for more details.


Forum Officially FREE of Spammers!


Just a quick note to let you know the forum is up and running again as we have been victorious in our war against the evil spammers and their mess!

There are jokes, topics and current affairs so register for free to have your say and join in.


ADDITIONAL OFFERS

Are you missing anything?
Just a note to members to remind you that we often have one-off deals and promotions sent to us that we upload to the website, Thomas Cook offer Weekly Deals, Christopher Ward are offering massive discounts on men's watches until Easter and Flying Flowers are offering savingson Mother's Day bouquets and gifts. So if you are not already...make sure you check the members page regularly so as not to miss any opportunities!


Discounts for Gardeners!

10% Discount at Gardening Direct
British Veterans welcomes Gardening Direct, the leading mail order supplier of young live plants, to our growing list of partners. They have offered a generous 10% discount on all plants and bulbs. This offer is available through the website or over the phone. For details on how to access this offer please go to Members Page.


Lottery Funding to help veterans return to Civvy Street


To view this story please go to Veterans Issues using the link on the left side of the page.

www.britishveterans.co.uk/issues.html


Traser H3 DISCOUNTS!!!

British Veterans is proud to announce new deal with Greens Watch Services
Greens Watch Services Ltd is the UK's sole importer, stockist and service centre for the complete range of Swiss made traser H3 watches. Traser watches are extremely robust and reliable and, chosen by the world's elite military, they have proven themselves on active duty throughout the world.

They have generously offered a significant discount off the RRP of any traser H3 watch model, guaranteeing the best possible price for our members.

We are thrilled with this latest deal and to take advantage of it yourself please check our member's page.


Help for Heroes Charity DVD

Heroes - The Greatest Movies Ever!
Help for Heroes Charity DVDRetailing at £9.99, every penny of profit from each copy sold (an average of £7.50 per copy) will go to the Help For Heroes charity. The DVD features countless excerpts from such memorable movies as 'The Longest Day', '633 Squadron', 'The Great Escape', 'Bridge On The River Kwai', 'The Battle Of Britain' and many more movies that have honoured the courage and heroism of the men and women of the armed forces throughout the years.

Giants of the film industry and independents alike have all allowed clips from their respected movies to be included free of charge. In fact, everyone involved from start to finish has waived their fees and reduced costs so that as much money as possible from the DVD sales goes direct to the charity. Help For Heroes makes a real difference to the lives of our wounded war veterans, both mentally and physically. All the money raised from the DVD will go towards building new Army Recovery Centres (ARC). ARCs provide care for seriously wounded or long-term sick soldiers, once they have left hospital. ARCs offer both mental and physical support. Not all soldiers have families that can provide the level of supervision and care needed to help someone who has a long term, serious injury. In addition, if through injury a soldier can't return to the army, ARCs offer some support in looking at retraining options for a new career. "Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 to provide direct, practical support to our wounded. The charity is non-political and while it recognizes that we are helpless to prevent war, we can help to improve the lives of those wounded in them. We welcome this terrific fund raising initiative and encourage anyone who wants to do their bit' for our Servicemen and women to buy the DVD and help our modern heroes by watching the deeds of our past heroes." Bryn Parry, CEO Help for Heroes. Heroes - The Greatest War Movies Ever! will be released on DVD (£9.99) by Revolver Entertainment on 25th January 2010.


MORE Brand New Partners

British Veterans Recognition Card welcomes FOUR new partners
We are very pleased to announce that, after a lot of work and a bit of luck we have four new partners joining us at the close of 2009. We have been provided with a 5% discount off land arrangements from the tour operator Africa Explored, we have been contacted by one of our members and given 10% discount on his personal company The G2S Group, suppliers of doors, windows, conservatories and more. We have also been offered 10% off Flying Flowers, the UK's favourite postal flower company and Listen2, the award winning audio book retailer.

For more information on any of these offers or how to access them please see our members page or contact us for further details.


BRITISH VETERANS NEWSLETTER

http://www.britishveterans.co.uk/issues.html
The latest issue of the BVRC newsletter, British Veterans News is just out. In our efforts to be more eco-friendly, from now on we will be posting the newsletter on the website on the Veterans Issues Page instead of sending one out. If you require a hard copy please call or email us with your membership number and we will happily send you one out. Our details are on the Contact Us page.


Duxford Air Show Prize Winner!!


The prize of 2 nights complimentary bed and breakfast accommodation for two people, kindly donated by the Victory Services Club for the Duxford Airshow, was won by Mr Payne from Hertfordshire. On being told the news, Mr Payne commented: "That is fantastic, I can't remember ever winning a formal competition like this before." Mr Payne served in the Army with the 3rd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment and is a registered disabled ex-serviceman. He continues: "I rarely get the chance to visit London, so this prize will allow me to spend some time seeing the sights and having a break. I am looking forward to planning the weekend and really grateful to the Victory Services Club for donating the prize. I'm ecstatic, its really made my day."


BVRC welcomes Victory Services Club as Latest Partner

1 year FREE VSC Membership
BVRC welcomes Victory Services Club as Latest PartnerVictory Services Club is a Tri-Service, All Ranks Members' Club for currently Serving and Retired members of the Armed Forces, recently refurbished and ideally located at Marble Arch. British Veterans and Victory Services Club are delighted to work together in arranging a deal for membership. Victory Services Club have very generously offered a first year's free membership to BVRC members.


Indus Tours joins forces with British Veterans


The award winning tour operator, Indus Tours & Travel, have recently offered a genuine 10% discount on all tours exclusively designed and selected for our members.

Indus has a team of top travel consultants that can provide veterans with the means to access their dream holidays. Destinations include India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, North and South Africa and Malta.

Indus pride themselves on their dedication and individuality in that they consider each tour to be a unique and personal experience, creating memories to last a lifetime. To achieve this a dedicated professional will spend time working with you to create the exact requirements of your trip.

For more information see members page.


British Veterans welcomes INDY Enabled Living as new partner


British Veterans welcomes INDY Enabled Living as new partnerBritish Veterans is pleased to welcome aboard INDY Enabled Living who are offering a 10% discount on everything.

INDY Enabled Living is a 21st Century shopping haven for people with disabilities and mobility impairment. Indy allows people to see, try and compare a variety of different equipment as well as get expert advice from full time Occupational Therapist and Trusted Assessors.

Elizabeth Usher, Sales Director, said: “Everything at Indy is designed to be touched and tried. We don’t force anything on anyone. It’s all about getting the right product for the right person.”

For more information see members page.


All Change at British Veterans!


British Veterans Recognition Card would like to say a hearty goodbye to David and Denise Hopps, who left the company earlier this year and will be sorely missed. We would also like to welcome Frances Morris aboard as our new director alongside Simon Lamb, one of the co-founders.

Frances has come from an army family, having grown up travelling from base to base with her father Major Scott of the Royal Engineers. She also has a son currently going through selection at Sandhurst. She will be taking over the partner liaison and dealing with all our lovely members. She has brought along with her her daughter, Hannah, who will be helping out in the office and dealing chiefly with administration and the website maintenance.

We have also changed premises recently, our new address can be found on the Contact Us page.

We are looking forward to moving British Veterans forward and all believe in the cause as strongly as ever. As I write this we are currently approaching many more partners and negotiating more deals so do keep checking the website for the latest.



40% Off Everything at Austin Reed

****** Stop Press ******
There is 25% OFF EVERYTHING* at AUSTIN REED from now until Sunday 16th November
PLUS you will get an additional 20% HM FORCES discount!!!

(Combined offer is equivalent to 40% off full price)
*Offer applies to full price Austin Reed branded merchandise only.



Etihad Airways Offers Cheapest Flights to Members


Etihad Airways Offers Cheapest Flights to MembersWe are delighted to announce that Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates, has agreed to become a Partner of British Veterans. The Airline is offering its cheapest fares on certain routes which will include Kathmandu and Australia - see the Members' page for full details.

Etihad said: "We are pleased to announce that British Veterans can now receive discounts when flying to the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Nepal, Thailand, Australia & South Africa with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE and the world’s fastest growing carrier. Based in Abu Dhabi, the hub that links more than 45 destinations, the airline differentiates itself by delivering outstanding hospitality on brand new, technically advanced aircraft."


Malmaison Hotels Join British Veterans

A huge welcome to Malmaison Hotels for recognising ex-servicemen and women.
Malmaison Hotels Join British VeteransMalmaison Hotels, currently located in 11 UK cities, is offering a massive 50% reduction on rooms with breakfast together with an extra 20% discount on all food and drink consumed at the time of stay. This fantastic recognition of ex-servicemen and women is available to all members on production of their British Veterans Recognition Card. Full details of the partnership and hotel locations are in the Member's page.


British Veterans Card Unlocks Discounts in USA


British Veterans Card Unlocks Discounts in USAOne of our members has just returned from a holiday in the USA where he found that his British Veterans Recognition Card was readily accepted as proof of former service. Richard Lindsay visited several venues in Florida and Virginia which admit serving and ex service personnel, and their dependents, for FREE during 2008. He found that the following visitor attractions would offer the same benefit to British ex-servicemen and women providing they were able to prove their former service:

Tampa Bay-Busch Gardens
Tampa Bay-Adventure Island
Orlando-Seaworld
Willamsberg,Virginia-Busch gardens

On return to the UK, Richard said: “I saved $120 by producing my Veterans Card and we also got plenty of discounts in many stores. It has been well worth investing in a card.”


Mercure's latest UK hotel


Mercure have made us aware of their latest UK hotel located in the heart of Edinburgh. The Mercure Point Hotel, built in 1890 and renovated in 2006, is located in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle just minutes from the historic old town, theatres and shopping areas. Ideal for that weekend away and attracting our member's discount.


Austin Reed Sale - 20% off Sale Prices!


Austin Reed Sale - 20% off Sale Prices!The Austin Reed sale is now running in all stores with up to 50% off. British Veterans members will also receive an additional 20% off on production of their card. An offer too good to be missed!


Veterans Lapel Badge Eligability Extension


The criteria for eligability of the Veterans Badge has now been extended to 31st December 1994. Full details are available on the Veterans Issue Page.


Another Fantastic offer from RAC


We are pleased to announce that RAC have just announced another great offer to members. As well as a discount of 25% on all levels of RAC UK Breakdown Cover, RAC can offer 20% off European Breakdown Cover too. See the Members page to access these savings.


Outdoor Clothing & Equipment


Cotswold Outdoor who have been a partner for some time have just agreed to increase the discount offered to an impressive 20%. Full details can be found on the Members page.