Chairman's Message

BMMHS Christmas Message 2021

Dear Friend of BMMHS

As we approach the festive season, it is right to reflect on the last 12 months with all its trial and tribulations due to COVID and the knock-on effect for us all.

For BMMHS, it has been a year of some disappointments that are greatly outweighed by the positives.   COVID forced us to delay the restart of our live meetings in Woodcote for much of the year resuming eventually with a restricted audience in September.  That was 18 months without live talks, but we were delighted to welcome Helen Fry back to speak to us.  With our December talk being cancelled as a precaution we shall carefully monitor the COVID situation as we go into the New Year.   However it is intended to hold the monthly talks in Woodcote in 2022 if at all possible. We have a full schedule already booked.

On a positive side, for much of the year we ran twice monthly virtual talks on Zoom.  With a wide range of topics and speakers, these have been well received and allowed a much wider audience and a larger choice of speakers from across the globe.    Monthly Zoom talks will continue in 2022, moving by popular request to Tuesday evenings.

A major positive for BMMHS has been the publication of two volumes of Glimpses of War through Amazon.   Each book comprising over 500 pages of personal experiences of wartime, civilian and military, the books have been very well received and covered a myriad of different experiences and memories from our supporters.   The substantial amount raised for our chosen charity Blind Veterans UK has been much welcomed and appreciated. 

Our next book project which is well underway is to publish a special edition to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War next year.   In much the same style as the earlier editions of Glimpses of War, we already received contributions from all the military services, civilian organisations, Falklands Islanders and even an Argentine perspective. We shall continue to accept articles until mid February if you wish to send something to us. Publication is scheduled for May 2022 so watch this space.

It leaves me now to thank everyone who has supported BMMHS over the last 12 months in whatever capacity – our speakers, those who have attended live and Zoom talks, everyone who has helped promote and bought the books and many others.

May I wish you, your families and loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2022.  We look forward to seeing you in person or on a Zoom screen in the near future.

Stay safe

Andy

‘COVID inspired book for military charity'

A compilation of military stories and eyewitness account to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK
 
Glimpses of war is now available as a paperback and a Kindle version on Amazon.

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