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 Dear veteran,

 At our AGM in September 2017, we announced a new five-year plan which aims to improve the recovery experience of

 veterans with mental health problems.

 The plan proposes changing our services to meet the continuing demand from former servicemen and women for intensive

 treatment and support.

 The plan is based on latest research and feedback from veterans and independent trauma experts. We’ve also made sure

 we’re in tune with the NHS, Ministry of Defence and other charities’ mental health plans.

 We will be improving assessment and access, integrating our residential and community teams into one regional service and


 new non-residential modular treatment programmes to better fit in with veterans work and family life.

 The number of residential beds at our treatment centres will be reduced gradually to release resources to run these new


 We will also pilot and phase in the use of Skype to improve treatment access.

 We propose to start the first phase of the plan this winter by making changes in our central region, Helpline and triage

 services. We launched a consultation with our employees about these plans on 19 September and will provide you with an

 update on our progress in the next issue of the magazine.

 Please find out more on our website at combatstress.org.uk/strategy

 With warm wishes

 Sue Freeth


 Dear Shipmates,


 TV Channel 5, are making an exciting two part documentary about Britain’s most famous ships. The Queen Mary will be the focus of one of

 our episodes.  They are looking for individuals who can share their memories and experiences of the Queen Mary.


 A key chapter of the Queen Mary’s history is its role during the Second World War as a troop transporter.  They are looking to talk to

 anyone that has memories of their journeys aboard the Queen Mary.  In particular, they want to talk to individuals who can recall the tragic

 sinking of the HMS Curacoa on the 2nd October 1942, Churchill’s transatlantic journeys, or the presence of German Prisoners of War on



 For more information please contact Josh Sykes on 07882 436225 or e-mail Josh.Sykes@channel5.com  or by post to Channel 5

 Broadcasting Ltd, 17-19 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town London NW1 8TT



Dear Shipmate Secretaries


The following has been passed to RNA Central Office (HQ) from the RBL Headquarters, please pass onto your Branch Shipmates


“Following on from our recent Mesothelioma win, I’m delighted to say that we have also now won our Insult to Injury campaign in England.


In the Budget that was released yesterday, the Chancellor announced that the Government would rectify the anomaly that saw some injured veterans surrender most of their compensation to pay for their social care. From April 2017, national charging guidance will be amended to ensure that all veterans in England have their military compensation payments protected when accessing social care support from their local authority. We understand that additional funding will also be made available to help local authorities implement the new rules.


Whilst we have clearly welcomed the Chancellor’s recognition of this important issue, and his pledge to exempt all military injury compensation from means tests for social care, we remain disappointed that the changes will not take effect for another year. That being said, we very much look forward to working with the Government to secure full implementation of this policy change, and we will work hard to ensure that the new rules are applied in the rest of the United Kingdom.


Indeed, and as some of you will know, the Welsh Government has previously announced that, from next month, the amount of War Disablement Pension routinely disregarded by councils will increase from £10 a week to £25 a week. Alongside this, the Welsh Government has also committed to incrementally increase the level of disregard over the course of the next Assembly term. Whilst this is evidently a welcome step in the right direction, today’s announcement in England means that we must now go back to the Welsh Government to encourage them to ensure a full disregard of military compensation is implemented by April 2017.  In Scotland and Northern Ireland, meanwhile, where their respective social care systems operate rather differently, we will continue to make representations to ensure that the changes announced today are replicated as far as possible across the UK.


Thank you to everyone who has supported this long-running campaign – together we’ve secured another landmark campaign win for our beneficiaries”.


Regards Bryan

Bryan Jones MBE

Membership Support Officer Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire

Royal British Legion

South Fens Business Centre

Fenton Way



PE16 6TT


Direct Line: 01354 697815   Mobile: 0799 0827 390




 Shipmates may wish to know that that the Kitchener’s Holiday Centre in Lowestoft is available for all ex-Servicemen and Women and their

 wives/husband/partners.  It is situated in a Grade Two listed building overlooking the seafront at Kirkley Cliff. The centre was founded as a

 memorial to Field Marshall Lord Kitchener of Khartoum and was opened in 1919.  The centre is open from April to October and has centrally

 heated en-suite twin bedrooms with two rooms having walk-in showers.


Price List 2016


Guest Type

 Full Week Half Board

 3 or 4 Night Short Break half Board

 Per Night B&B Cost (Min 2 Nights)


Ex Service





Partner/ Spouse










Single Supplement

 £20 per week

 £20 per stay

 £10 per night


For further details please contact: The Manager, Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre, 10 Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft NR33 0BY. Tel: 01502 573564  e-mail info@kitcheners.co.uk





Dear Branch Secretaries, please take note of the following daily order:

Semaphore Circular April 2016



The April 2016 edition of the Semaphore Circular is now on the website in the Membership/Downloads section

There is news of a Grant from the Aged Veterans Fund for £650,000 for iPads for digitally isolated naval veterans

(that is anyone born before July 1950 not on line). This will be a 2 year project to get about 1,500

veterans on line.


Best Wishes

HQ  (Central Office) Staff