Chairman's Message

Summer 2021

Dear BMMHS Supporters,

The last 18 months have seen huge changes for us all with the COVID-19 epidemic and much hardship for many. For BMMHS, the cessation of live talks in Woodcote were replaced by twice monthly Zoom talks and the initiative to compile and publish Glimpses of War in aid of Blind Veterans UK. Both have not only given our supporters the opportunity to participate in the society, but also to contribute with personal and family memoirs of war time experiences. It has also allowed our audience to stretch across the globe.  

We have a had wonderful series of Zoom talks with audiences as far afield as the USA, South Africa and Japan. All talks have been well attended and greatly enjoyed. Over £1000 has been raised for military charities from these Zoom talks.

The request for personal and family memories was overwhelming and Glimpses of War volume 1 was launched successfully in April 2020 on Amazon. We are working closely with BVUK to promote the book which has been very well received, but if you are able to help please get in touch.

Looking forward as we come out of the COVID-19 restrictions, there is much to look forward to as the ‘new normal’ comes upon us.

Firstly, we shall look to resume with monthly live talks in the Woodcote village hall in September.  Initially they will be pilot meetings to make sure everyone is safe, so numbers will be limited to 60 people, and we shall not have snacks to eat.  We shall of course follow prevailing government guidelines.  Dr Helen Fry will be our first speaker.

Secondly, we shall continue with one Zoom talk a month – for the rest of 2021 this will continue as one Tuesday afternoon a month. We have a splendid schedule lined up well into 2022 and the Zoom talks will move to Tuesday evenings by popular request.

And finally, we are working hard to publish Glimpses of War volume 2 in the autumn – so watch this space. We expect volume 3 to follow in 2022. We are still happy to accept contributions/articles from you.

So lots of positive things to look forward to.  Whoever would have thought when we held our first talk by Bill King in Crowmarsh in May 2019, that BMMHS would have spread its wings so widely?

Most of all, thank you to everyone who attends our talks, sends in articles, helps proof read the book and much more, and generally gives us encouragement.  It is truly appreciated by us all.

Have a good summer and see you in September.

Best wishes


‘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.

Click above for the BMMHS Events and Zoom Talks Schedule
Registered charity in England and Wales (216227) and in Scotland (SC039411). A percentage of royalties will be donated to Blind Veterans UK.

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