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  • Could your wellbeing benefit from a poetry workshop? Find out how it helps Members

    Niall Munro
    15 October 2020

    Britain has a rich tradition of military poetry, but most of it stems from the two World Wars – recent military verse hasn’t achieved quite the same impact. “It’s interesting; we have a great deal of substantial writing from those conflicts, but unlike in America, where the Vietnam War produced a large number of veterans who went on to become writers, poets and artists, we haven’t had very much poetry from members of the UK Armed Forces since WWII,” says Niall Munro director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. Last year, Niall and the Centre set out to chan

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  • Former Army Combat medic to take on 150km kayak challenge

    14 October 2020

    Former Army combat medic Nerys Pearce, who had to pull out of her bid to become the first person paralysed from the chest down to swim the Channel, has vowed: “I’ll be back.” The 38-year-old, who had to abandon her attempt when her body temperature dropped alarmingly after nine hours in the water, has booked another crack at the endurance feat next year. "I was very disappointed but I didn’t cry about not finishing because the biggest goals aren’t the easiest things to achieve,” said Nerys, who went straight back into training and just a few weeks later is a

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  • Birthday Honours 2020: Veterans Paul Findlay and Mark Ormrod honoured

    Mark and Paul
    12 October 2020

    Blesma Members Paul Findlay and Mark Ormrod have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, becoming MBEs. Former Royal Marine Mark has been acknowledged for his service to the Royal Marines and Veterans, while former Royal Signal Corporal Paul is being celebrated for his charitable services, especially during the pandemic. The list is usually published in June inline with the Queen’s official birthday, but it was postponed so that individuals who played crucial roles in the first months of the coronavirus outbreak could be added.

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  • Recruiting for Blesma's first Member only 24hr Gameathon!

    Game on for Blesma
    3 October 2020

    We are on the hunt for Video Gamers to take part in a 24-hour Gameathon.   Whether you play Call of Duty, Mario Kart or even Animal Crossing, all Blesma Members are welcome to join our 24-hour live video gaming 

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