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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

RTTW 2014


The countdown to RIDE TO THE WALL 2014 is running! This year promises to be the biggest and best yet with registrations significantly up on this time last year.

This Blog will be used to provide additional detail on events and facebook/twitter postings, where appropriate. It will also provide a detailed reference point for all things RTTW.
It would be appropriate, at this point, to include the Founder`s message to set the scene:

RTTW founders message:

On the 4th October 2014 we will see the seventh year of Ride to the Wall. The event is a unique and moving experience for many people. Originally founded in 2008 for the motorcycle community, it now sees people both young and old from the UK, Europe and further afield coming together in a moving emotional service to remember the names engraved on the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial, which is situated within the of the National Memorial Arboretum.

There are many reasons why people attend, but for one day in October it is an opportunity for people to unite as one and remember those that have given their lives in conflict and can no longer ride by our side.
Through your commitment and generous support, Ride to the Wall has raised over £218,000 to support the upkeep of the NMA. This has not only highlighted the immense generosity and kindness of the wider motorcycling community but also a far wider audience, and along with breaking down barriers and uniting people from diverse backgrounds, has raised awareness of the National Memorial Arboretum. This culminated in the committee, trustees and volunteers of Ride to the Wall in 2013 being awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Services. It was a tremendous honour and privilege to be presented the award, and an even greater honour to know that the award was only given due to the hard work and dedication of all those that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make RTTW happen on a yearly basis.

Since the day after last years event a small, but committed and dedicated team of volunteers, are once again, along with some new volunteers working tirelessly and passionately to create a unforgettable experience for all those who attend in 2014. This is a role they have been committed to since early 2008 and their commitment and enthusiasm grows stronger and stronger year on year for which I am humbled and grateful.

From early April 2014 the 250 additional volunteers needed to create this event will slowly be coming on board, and working towards a crescendo on the first weekend in October. Once again without these people Ride to the Wall wouldn't be able to take place. Thank you.
For the last 2 years the cheque presentation of monies raised at the previous years event has been presented on Armed Forces Day at the NMA. This year will be no different, with the cheque being presented on 28th June 2014 at 12.30 on the steps of the AFM. The number of people attending each year is growing and it would be a pleasure to see some of you there to witness the handing over of the money you raised in 2013.

In closing, I would like to once again say a huge thank you for all your support and look forward to seeing you on 4th October 2014 for this year's event.

Armed Forces Day 28 June 2014

This year the cheque presentation will take place at the Armed Forces Memorial at 1230pm.  The cheque will be presented to Pearl Thrumble; mother of Private John Thrumble, killed on operations in Afghanistan on 23 August 2007, and Col. Mike Beatty CBE, TD, DL.

For information, the full programme for Armed Forces Day at the NMA is below:

10.30am, 11.30am & 2.30pm - Free Guided Walks

Enjoy a free guided walk with one of our experienced guides.
Please call us to reserve limited spaces on each of the walks.

9 – 5pm – Veterans’ Village

Royal Naval Review
Representatives from a variety of welfare and retail organisations will be on hand to advise of their services.

9am – 5pm – Food Fair
Pavilion Marquee

A range of niche local food producers will be selling a variety of food for you to enjoy throughout the day.

12pm -3pm – Family Craft Activities Pavilion Marquee

Create poppies or paint flags at our family craft station.
A small charge of £1 per child applies to this activity.

10am – 4pm – Magical Mayhem Amphitheatre

Enjoy taking part in our special circus skills workshop or watch the expert demonstrate; stilt walking, juggling, balloon modelling and unicycle riding.

9.30am - The Cannock Ex-Servicemen's Club Male Voice Choir
Entrance to the National Memorial Arboretum

10am – Royal Army Physical Training Corps Gym Display
Royal Naval Review

10am – Trinity Dance Group

Visitor Centre Stage
A performance from the Trinity Dance Group and dance workshop.

10.15am – Cadet Drill Display

Base of the Armed Forces Memorial Local Navy, Army and RAF cadets will perform a short drill display afterwards their will be an opportunity for our younger visitors to ‘have a go’ with them.

10.30am - The Cannock Ex-Servicemen's Club Male Voice Choir
Entrance to the National Memorial Arboretum

10.40am – Service of tribute to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces
Base of the Armed Forces Memorial Join us for a service of thanksgiving, led by the Arboretum’s Honorary Chaplain Team, with the accompaniment of the Cannock Pipe Band.

10.55am – Daily Act of Remembrance

In addition to the service of tribute our daily act of remembrance, including two minute silence,  will be taking place in the Millennium Chapel.

11.15am – Pilgrimage and Wreath Laying

Led by the standard bearers present; an opportunity to lay personal wreaths and tributes on the Armed Forces Memorial.

12noon – Armed Forces Day Parade

Service personnel, both past and present, are invited to take part. A salute will be taken by Col. Mike Beatty CBE, TD, DL. The muster point, under the direction of Parade Marshal Tony Slater is the Falkland’s Memorial at 11.50am.

12.30pm – Ride to the Wall (RttW) Cheque Presentation

Martin Dickinson, RttW founder, will present the RttW 2013 fundraising cheque to Pearl Thrumble; mother of Private John Thrumble, killed on operations in Afghanistan on 23 August 2007, and Col. Mike Beatty CBE, TD, DL.

12.45am – Flypast of WWI aircraft

A flypast of a replica Sopwith Triplane and a BE2 aircraft. This activity is weather dependant.

1pm – Cadet Drill Display

Base of the Armed Forces Memorial
Another opportunity to watch a drill display performed by local Navy, Army and RAF cadets, with an opportunity for our younger visitors to have a go.

1.00pm - The Cannock Ex-Servicemen's Club Male Voice Choir
Entrance to the National Memorial Arboretum

1.15pm – Royal Army Physical Training Corps Gym
Display

Royal Naval Review

1.30pm – St Mary’s Children’s Choir
Visitor Centre Stage
A performance by St Mary’s Children’s Choir

2pm – Trinity Dance Group
Visitor Centre Stage.
A performance from the Trinity Dance Group and dance workshop

2.45pm – Lichfield Rock Choir Visitor Centre Stage
A performance from the Lichfield Rock Choir.

3.30pm – Trinity Dance Group
Visitor Centre Stage
A performance by the Trinity Dance Group and dance workshop

5pm – National Memorial Arboretum closes.


A copy of the NMA Instruction for the Armed Forces Day Parade is below:

1. On Saturday 28 June, the Arboretum will run a full programme of events to commemorate and celebrate Armed Forces Day.
Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for the Nation to show its support for the men and women of the Armed Forces community, which includes serving personnel and their families, veterans and the Cadet Forces.

The day aims to raise awareness and support for the Armed Forces community and highlight the outstanding contribution they make to our country in their service throughout the world.

2. The Parade of Standards at The National Memorial Arboretum will consist of a marching party of The Royal British legion Standard Bearers, Ex Service & Regimental Associations Standard Bearers. The Parade Marshal is Tony Slater.

3. Timings

The timings for the event are as follows:

09:00 The National Memorial Arboretum opens to Guests and Visitors

10:00 Service Personnel, past, present and Standard Bearers briefing and Muster Point by the Falkland’s Memorial

10:30 Cannock Pipe Band form at the Base of the AFM prior to the “Service of Tribute”

The Ride to The Wall (RTTW) bike ride – Ride in and park on to Yeomanry

10:40 Service of Tribute to HM Armed Forces

11:15 Pilgrimage and Wreath Laying – Led by the Standards, this is an opportunity for the congregation to progress to the Armed Forces Memorial.

11:50 Service Personnel, past, present and Standard Bearers to Muster at the Falkland’s Memorial for the Armed Forces Day Parade

12:00 Armed Forces Day Parade to start from the Falkland’s Memorial onto Millennium Avenue – Col. Mike Beatty to take the Salute by the ATC Memorial.



5. Parking

The NMA has 2 car parks. The main car park and also an overflow car park. There is a parking charge of £3 per car. The charge goes to the on going maintenance and upkeep of the National Memorial Arboretum.

6. Medical Cover

St johns Ambulance service will be on site and the National Memorial Arboretum have trained first aid staff on site during the event.

7. Refreshments

Refreshments are available from the Arbour Restaurant, The Tea Room located in the Marquee and there will be a couple of concession units located on site, the first by the Chapel and the second by Veterans Village on the Royal Navel Review.

8. Contact
If you have further queries please contact;
Neil Hoare Events Manager 01283 799 857
Bob Rankin,
Ex-service & Regimental Associations Liaison Tel: 07921 611280

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Assuming you have survived to this point, I will conclude this blogette with a warm invitation to the NMA for Armed Forces Day, 28 June and RTTW, 4 October 2014.

If you have any RTTW related stories that you wish to share via this blog, please send them to rttw.pr@gmail.com