The Gala Dinner is on the 18th June 2022. All booking forms available for download.
In December 2021, we had our Christmas Lunch at The Bridge Inn in Preston, with crackers, party poppers and a raffle.
In 2021, Weymouth held it's Remembrance Day service on the Esplanade. There was a service at the main Memorial and also at the American Memorial.
After the service, some members enjoyed lunch at The Lugger Inn in Chickerell.
After all the formalities of the AGM, we played bingo and had a general knowledge quiz before lunch.
In September 2021, a number of us attended the National AGM and Gala Dinner in Blackpool.
The Gala Dinner went down a treat.
While we were there, Joan celebrated her 80th birthday, which was no secret due to the badge she wore!
There was dancing long into the night....
...and a chance to see the world famous Blackpool illuminations.
On 20th June 2021 Weymouth held a scaled down Armed Forces Day Parade. This usually takes place in the town centre but due to the current restrictions, a smaller parade was held at the Nothe Fort.
The parade consisted of a number of Standard bearers, and smaller than usual groups of marching personel, representing various armed forces groups.
A few of the Aden Vets from the West Dorset Branch attended the parade.
The West Dorset Branch of the Aden Vets Standard.
The Marching Band from Salisbury.
The parade of Service Men and Women marching across the courtyard.
After the short service and parade, the Vets enjoyed a picnic in the Nothe Gardens.
On the 14th of May, 2021, we sadly said goodbye to Judith Holland, who was the Chairman of the National Aden Veterans Association.
On the 11th of May, we sadly lost a valued member of the Aden Veterans, Vic Freeman, who was a member of the Plymouth Branch.
On the 9th of April we sadly said goodbye to Lynwood Newman, a West Dorset Branch member, who died after a long illness. His enthusiasm, his positive attitude, and his smile will be missed.
The Veterans Hub, based in Weymouth, held a community picnic at Sandsfort Castle on the 6th of June. At the picnic, Lynwood Newman, an Aden Vets member, was posthumously awarded the Mayor's Community Award. Lynwood, who sadly died recently, was a very active and supportive member of the local community, and his award was received by his wife Lida.
The description of Lynwood on the certificate says it all. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.
On 31st May 2021 there was a US Memorial Day service on the Esplanade in Weymouth, remembering all American Service men and women who have died in conflict.
Many local organisations took part in the service, including members of the West Dorset Branch of the Aden Veterans Association.
The Mayor and many local dignitaries laid wreaths at the US Memorial on the Esplanade.
On the 8th November 2020, some members of the West Dorset AVA attended the Weymouth Rememberance Day service at the Nothe Fort.
As you can see, the event complied with social distancing guidelines.
Chairs indicating social distancing space between attendees.
Some images from the Armed Forces Parade in Weymouth, June 2018
Some pictures of the Aden Vets Gala Dinner at the National Sailing Academy, June 2018. The guest speaker was Kate Adie, who is the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Dorset.