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Welcome to Ancre Somme Association Scotland SCIO

“Nominated for Queen’s Award Voluntary Service 2020”

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We support our Armed Forces, past, present, and future. Education is at the heart of our charity. We research local history, working with schools, community groups, veterans, families, tri-cadet forces. We create memorials across the Nation and are leaving a legacy for future generations.

 

Patron 

His Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Alan Simpson OBE

"I am honored to be Patron of ASA Scotland charity"

"The achievements since formation are outstanding"

"I would ask you to support this brilliant charity"

ASA Scotland President

Former Provost Falkirk Council Cllr William Buchanan

I was asked in 2020 to become Honorary President of Ancre Somme Association Scotland and I accepted the position without question.

 

I have observed and witnessed firsthand the fantastic work of this Armed Forces voluntary charity.

 

The people involved work tirelessly to engage with young people, communities, organisations, and businesses to ensure we never forget those who have served the Sovereign and Nation.

 

This charity has created Memorials, presented Remembrance Benches to schools, and numerous legacy learning booklets, they have raised thousands for various charities and projects.

ASA Scotland Hon President Councillor William Buchanan

ASA Scotland Chairman
Councillor Harry Cartmill

I am a founder member of the ASA Scotland charity.

I visited the Battlefields of France and Belgium in 2016 and wanted to bring that experience back home.

Education, remembrance, our shared inclusive history and heritage from WW1, WW2,  and all subsequent Wars and Conflicts is important for young people to fully understand.

Freedom is not free, we only need to look at what is happening in Ukraine and Poland today to understand this.

We owe it to our Veterans and those serving in our Armed Forces to pass on history,  and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

ASA Scotland Chairman Councillor Harry Cartmill

Board of Trustee's

President Councillor William Buchanan

Chairman Councillor Harry Cartmill

Secretary Tommy Davidson

Treasurer Jackie McAleese

James McAleese

 

 
Ambassadors

Major Donnie Harris

Alison Moodie OBE

Falkirk Council Provost Robert Bissett

Ex Scotland/Rangers FC player Willie Henderson

Singer/Song Writer Alan Brydon

Hawick Council Provost Watson McAteer 

 

 
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Our Ambassador's

 Padre Philip Patterson Veteran

Alison Moodie OBE RAF Veteran

Provost Watson McAteer

Willie Henderson Ex Scotland International 

Alan Brydon Singer/Songwriter

Harry Day WW2 Veteran

 

Assisting, supporting and promoting the voluntary charity work of ASA Scotland.

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Armed Forces Covenant Trust Bronze Award

Ancre Somme Association Scotland SCIO (SC048597)

We are pleased to confirm that our charity has received the Bronze Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).

President William Buchanan said “On behalf our charity, I would like to thank everyone who has assisted and supported our work in the past 6 years, we have far exceeded all expectations, we have more work to do”

 

“Our commitment to our Armed Forces, their families, Veterans and communities has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence”

“We will continue to do all we can as a voluntary charity”

“We now need businesses and Organisations to sponsor and support our fantastic work”

“Once again on behalf of all our members, a massive thank you to the Ministry of Defence, London, for this recognition”

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Who We Are and What We Do

We are a voluntary charity, who visits schools/community group's across the Nation, we ensure young people fully understand the role of our Armed Forces.

ASA Scotland Charity, located in Scotland, we are dedicated to supporting our Armed Forces. We engage with schools, cadet forces, communities, Veteran's, Clergy, Councils, and our Armed Forces. We remember our Armed Forces history, those who have served, past, present, and future.

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School visits

Young people need to understand, without our Armed Forces, we have nothing.

We are passing on our Armed Forces heritage from WW1, WW2 to the current day.

Freedom is not free, if we don't understand our past, we have no future, think about that.

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DIVERSITY

We are inclusive and welcome people from all backgrounds to our membership. We learn and share our Armed Forces heritage from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. We have more in common that unites us than divides us. Please get in touch, if you can assist and support our work.

Diversity

Strength in Diversity – Our Shared History


This is a shared history programme facilitated by the Ancre Somme Association that will explore the diversity of those who served in the British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces from the Great War to the present day.


Our aim is to bring our shared history to life using exhibitions, publications, lectures and accredited courses as we celebrate the diversity that has always existed throughout the United Kingdom.


SID Shared History programme provides a general introduction to historical and cultural links between those who served in the Commonwealth and Allied Forces and the United Kingdom with the main focus being the diversity of those who served during WW1 & WW2.


At the outbreak of the War in August 1914, the British Indian Army consisted of around 194,000 regular soldiers and by the Armistice in November 1918, the force had grown to nearly 1.5 million.


In total, the Indian Army sent around 1.5 million men and 173,000 animals from Indian ports to nearly all theatres of war across Europe, Africa and Asia. One in every six soldiers of the British Empire was from the Indian subcontinent; its contribution was the equivalent of all the forces from the then dominions of the British Empire combined (namely Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa). Of these around 400,000 (about a third of the British Indian Army) were Muslims.


In 1940, more than 8,000 Polish airmen arrived on English soil to be met by a feeling of scepticism about their flying ability amongst the British pilots. But things were becoming desperate for the Royal Air Force with many of their most experienced pilots killed, wounded or simply exhausted. The first Polish fighter pilots joined RAF Squadrons in July that year. A total of 145 Polish airmen fought in the Battle of Britain, the largest non-British contingent, 79 airmen in various RAF squadrons, 32 in 302 Squadron and 34 in 303 Squadron. Twenty-nine Polish pilots, including Paszkiewicz, lost their lives in combat against the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. These pilots are remembered at the Polish War Memorial near RAF Northolt.


In both world wars, African-Caribbean people also volunteered to serve in the Royal Air Force. These volunteers fought, and died, for the mother country and for freedom, and thereby helped preserve the values and the heritage they shared with their white comrades. Some 10,000 left their families and homes to join the British armed forces, working behind the scenes and on the frontline to defeat the Nazis.


The topics include focus on the role of the Commonwealth and Allied in both world wars; accounts of the experiences of the servicemen and women who participated in the wars; human stories of those servicemen and woman who served and died in the United Kingdom; and the relations between their countries and United Kingdom communities after WWII until present day.


MODULES


• MODULE I   - Preconception: Understanding the meaning of the shared history

• MODULE II  - Disclosure: Recognise Cultural Differences

• MODULE III - Discovery: Understand why and how shared history contribute to positive relations

• MODULE IV - Conclusion: Understand the importance of ensuring an inclusive approach to diversity

• EVALUATION

"Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common, celebrate it every day" - Sir Winston Churchill

Did you know? Over 4 million soldiers from the British Indian Army fought in both World Wars - we must engage, inform, teach tolerance, understand shared values, respect, diversity, inspire, celebrate, commemorate and understand our shared military history across Scotland, the United Kingdom and across the World.

Colourful Heritage - Primary Schools Resource Pack description:

Colourful Heritage is an organisation dedicated to capturing, celebrating and inspiring others in the history of the immense contribution of South Asian migrants and Muslims to Scotland over the past century. Explore the key features of this unique story in the following resource pack, consisting of 5 units specially designed for Primary 6 and 7. Richly illustrated and complete with case studies, suggested lesson plans, discussion points and options for further reading, they each provide a self-contained learning unit, and a fantastic opportunity to teach children about a lesser-studied element of Scottish culture.


Primary Schools Resource Pack link:  https://www.colourfulheritage.com/projects/schools/#pack


Colourful Heritage - British Indian Army resource description:

Did you know that around four million South Asian soldiers fought on behalf of the British in World War One and World War Two? Here you will find a wide range of interactive, vividly illustrated resources reflecting on their immense contribution to the British war effort. From photographs, to interviews, real-life stories to shocking statistics, these easy-to-navigate materials are the perfect accompaniment to lesson plans and workshops for children of all ages. Explore them to discover a fascinating, often forgotten side of wartime history.


British Indian Army - https://www.colourfulheritage.com/projects/british-indian-army/


Thank you to Isobel Harling: Remembrance service for WWII British Indian Army soldiers buried in Kingussie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um5YuPeDo9I&feature=youtu.be


Force K6: Remembrance service for WWII British Indian Army soldiers buried in Kingussie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tslZzz5XjHg&feature=youtu.be


We Will Remember Them

Our Achievements

THE WORK AND STORY OF ASA SCOTLAND CHARITY SINCE 2015

 

 

 

As a voluntary organisation we do our very best to educate and inform young people across Scotland about our Armed Forces heritage from WW1, WW2 to the present day in Afghanistan. We remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Sovereign and Nation, we hold Remembrance events each year. We support and promote our Armed Forces heritage, our Armed Forces Charities events and our own legacy projects. We engage with the Sea, Army and Navy Cadets across Scotland, the feedback from cadets has been tremendous. We work with schools and Councils across Scotland. Our Patron was Lt. Colonel Gary Tait MBE QCVS CGSC MA who sadly passed away in June 2019, he lost his brave fight to cancer at the age of just 52, our charity will now carry on his legacy.

 

Gary Tait video message 2018 https://youtu.be/tRAVMCyd2c8

 

Our Association formed in 2015 after a visit to the Battlefields in France and Belgium, we travel across Scotland, we gain no support from the Scottish Government or UK Government,  we teach local, National, UK, Commonwealth history. We are bringing our Scottish and British heritage to the fore again so that we never forget and never repeat history. We reach out to everyone,  our aim is to bring people, young and old together.

 

We have had fantastic success in West Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Perth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Lanarkshire, Fife and Cumbria.

 

In 2016 we engaged with schools across West Lothian to raise awareness around the Battle of the Somme. We were given a Civic Reception by West Lothian Council. We also held a Commemoration Service in St Michael’s Church attended by young people, cadets, Veterans, Armed Forces, all political parties representation,  and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Mrs Isobel Brydie CVO MBE who congratulated our Association’s work on behalf of HM Queen Elizabeth II.  Enter the Standards (youtube.com)

 

In 2017 Alexander Stewart MBE MSP joined the Association as an Ambassador, he has raised motions in the Scottish Parliament promoting our Association. In 2017, we engaged with Uphall Primary School, we supported the young people’s learning from WW1 and we Commemorated the Battle of Passchendaele, learning about a local MM Hero Cpl Robert Beveridge, with the support of the Lowland Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and 6 SCOTS, we arranged a Commemoration Service in Uphall. Our Ambassador Singer Alan Brydon taught children his song “The Road to Passchendaele”, also “Jimmy’s Song” which all young people now watch as part of our learning of what happened during the Great War.  Uphall Primary 2018 (youtube.com)

 

In spring 2018, we created our Ribbon of Poppies UK & Commonwealth Annual Campaign. The aim each year is to encourage young people to sow the Poppy seeds and for adults to explain the importance of remembrance and of the work of our Armed Forces, Past, Present and Future. Also teaching young people about the role of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Commander in Chief of our British Armed Forces. Example of our work: https://www.forces.net/radio/scottish-primary-pupils-remember-passchendaele-heroesIn.

 

We raised £4,000 through online raffles and donations donated £2,000 to Soldiers Off the Streets charity and £2,000 donated to Combat Stress - supporting Veterans. 

 

May 2018 we held an RAF 100 event in Grangemouth in Partnership with Falkirk Council. Group Captain Bob Kemp CBE supported ASA Scotland to inform our school children, air cadets, veterans, community and guests about the 100yr heritage of the RAF. We created a RAF learning booklet for schools, leaving a legacy for generations to come. In 2018 Alison Moodie OBE joined our charity.

 

In May 2018 we purchased a WW1 Tommy from the “There But Not There” charity, we toured Scotland and utilised social media to educate young and old of the brave Tommies who left the 4 corners of our Nation. We visited Hampden Park, Murrayfield the home of Scottish Rugby, various Football Clubs, St Andrews Golf Course, Freuchie Cricket Club, the Tommy was then gifted to the Scottish Parliament, leaving a legacy of Britain’s Bravest. This campaign was fantastic as it gained maximum publicity on Scottish TV and within the Scottish Press.

 

In 2018 Rev Stephen Blakey became our Association Chaplain/Padre. His support has been fantastic and he supports our ethos of bringing people together to Commemorate and to Celebrate our Armed Forces heritage.

 

In August 2018 we became a constituted charity, regulated by OSCR, charity number SC048597

 

In 2018, we agreed with Lt Col Gary Tait to Commission a DDay 75th painting. The painting was produced by the Scots artist Helen Runciman from Denny, it was revealed on the 5th May 2019. This painting was gifted to The Kirk of Canongate, Edinburgh.

 

In 2018, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust gifted us 10 Tommy silhouettes, which were used during our WW1 Commemoration Services. 

 

In October 2018 we held a tri-Service Great War Commemoration Service inviting children, veterans, people from across Edinburgh and Scotland to remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. The Service was held in the Kirk of the Canongate, Edinburgh, conducted by our Chaplain Stephen Blakey. We also created a Great War learning booklet which we now share with young people and cadets across Scotland. https://youtu.be/Cd8z0MIbK1c?si=jMYeqnrckNA9dNtS

 

In November 2018, from our Ribbon of Poppies UK & Commonwealth Campaign, we raised £1,918 for Poppyscotland to support our Veterans.

 

In 2018 we were awarded £9,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the project “Whitburn Families of the Great War” this project was completed in September 2019. We created a website and booklet for schools leaving a legacy.

 

In November 2018 we worked with the Whitburn schools and community to ensure the Great War was commemorated at Whitburn South Parish Church conducted by Dr Rev Angus Kerr Ex-KOSB Padre. This was a huge success. Greenrigg Primary School (youtube.com)

Scots singer Amy Hawthorn singing at Whitburn

Amy Hawthorn singing “So Many Lives” ASA Scotland Forces Charity (youtube.com)

 

On 5th May 2019, we invited young people, local families, Veterans to Whitburn South Parish Church Hall and Celebrated and Commemorated D-Day 75, we also unveiled our D-Day Commissioned painting, by Helen Runciman. The evening was supported by Whitburn Brass Band and singer Amy Hawthorn as Vera Lynn and Singer Mia Lewington. Group Captain Bob Kemp CBE, gave an excellent overview of the events leading up to D-Day and the aftermath.  D-Day 75th Concert Bob Kemp CBE (youtube.com)

 

In May 2019 our Association created a Memorial Cairn at Whitburn War Memorial to 13 men missing from the town’s War Memorial for 100yrs. We had great support from Meg Stenhouse local West Lothain Historian. We arranged a Commemoration Service inviting young people, cadets, veterans, Armed Forces, all political parties, and our guest of honour was Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for West Lothian Ms Moira Niven MBE. This was supported by the Community and West Lothian Council. We left a legacy so that in 25yrs time, the next generation can pick up the torch.  https://youtu.be/E_ASMS__3vw?si=EPZbpr7FpPLVau1E

 

In 2019 our Association worked with Crookston Castle Primary, Great Pollock, Glasgow, to teach them about Fusilier Gordon Gentle who lost his life in the Iraq War, serving Queen and Country, sadly Gordon paid the ultimate sacrifice. Our charity worked with Gordon’s old primary school, his mother Rose Gentle, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and we gifted a lovely LEST WE FORGET memorial bench, leaving a legacy of this brave young soldier, who died at the age of 19yrs old, we marked his death 15yrs to the day. Every generation coming through this school will now learn about Fusilier Gordon Gentle. The Daily Record and Scottish Sun Newspapers printed the wonderful story.

 

Our 2019 our “Ribbon of Poppies UK & Commonwealth” Campaign donation will support the “Veterans With Dogs” Charity, with a donation of £1,000 from the sale of Poppy Seeds.

 

In July 2019 we were invited and honoured to attend Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Garden Party at Holyrood, Edinburgh. 

 

On the 25th October 2019 our Association presented a D-Day 75th framed picture to the Kirk of the Canongate, leaving a lasting memory of Lt Col Gary Tait MBE, his legacy will live on through our education work and remembrance events each month and each year. 

 

Monday 4th November 2019, plan to visit Kirkfieldbank Primary School, Lanark to present a “Lest We Forget” Remembrance bench to recognise the work they have been doing in Partnership with our Association.  ASA working with Kirkfieldbank Primary School (youtube.com)

 

Thursday 7th November 2019, we presented  Greenrigg Primary School, West Lothian with a “LEST WE FORGET” Remembrance Bench to recognise the young people and the school for the ongoing work they are doing to learn about their local Armed Forces heritage as well as the role of the Armed Forces today.

 

During the COVID 19 Pandemic 2020, we never stood still, we adapted and created online events and raised £20,000 creating auctions and raffles, and donated this to the NHS U.K. Charities.

 

During 2020 we raised £520 online and donated this to BLESMA forces charity to support Veterans.

 

ASA Scotland also raised £30,000 via virtual online auctions and raffles, and created a fitting Memorial Bust in Partnership with Falkirk Council in memory of a British SAS Hero John (Mac) McAleese. This was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Alan Simpson OBE. The support across the community and across the Nation was fantastic. The local and National Press shared this project with the U.K. public. A learning booklet was created, and now used as a child’s learning in local schools.

 

During 2020 we raised £4,000 online to create Memorial Benches for schools and Communities.

 

In 2021 we presented a Memorial Bench to Portobello High School in memory of Lt Col Gary Tait MBE; we donated a Memorial Bench to Prestonfield Primary School in memory of Mark Wright GC; we presented a Memorial Bench in memory of Sgt Sean Connor Binnie who died in Afghanistan;  we presented a Memorial Bench to the Kirk of Canongate In memory of Lt Col Gary Tait MBE; we presented a Memorial Bench to the mother of Pte Daniel Wade from Cheshire in 2022.

 

During 2021 we engaged with Uphall Community and local schools to create the first Purple Poppy Memorial in Uphall, West Lothian to remember the Animals that have served our Nation – past, present and future. We received a grant of £10,000 to create this fitting memorial. Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Ms Moira Niven MBE unveiled this memorial. We created a learning booklet for schools, leaving a legacy for future generations.  The 1st Purple Poppy Memorial - Scotland 23rd August 2021 (youtube.com)

 

In October 2021 we started engaging with schools across the Nation to prepare to Celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee 2022. 

 

In November 2021 we met up with Colourful Heritage to discuss a Memorial to remember the sacrifice of the British Indian Army, this is to bring Muslims, Sikhs, Gurkhas, Christian’s, and people of no faith to remember those who have served – past, present and future.   https://youtu.be/OV_47YimLUY?si=gtEevW2yxbabY5ud

 

In November 2021 we donated £1,000 to Bainsford War Memorial Association, we assisted them to create a Memorial, a learning booklet for schools, and to create an unveiling event in 2022.

 

During 2022, we traveled to Kingussie Cemetery to pay our respects and honour the British Indian Army. We supported the Colourful Heritage charity. Kingussie Cemetery, Scotland - 20/10/2022 - part 9 (youtube.com)

 

In 2022, we laid a THANK YOU stone at Broxburn, to the NHS, All Key Workers and our Armed Forces who served the Nation during COVID-19. This was unveiled by Cllr Ann Davidson and West Lothian’s Lord Lieutenant Ms Moira Niven MBE.  ASA Forces Charity Stone unveiled (youtube.com)

 

In 2022 we unveiled the Jamie Ferguson Memorial Bench to Leuchars Primary School, Fife, special guests were the Lord Lieutenant of Fife and Fife’s Lord Provost Jim Leishman.  

 

In 2022 we unveiled the Mark Wright GC Memorial Bench at Prestonfield Primary school, Edinburgh, our special guest was the family, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh and guests from the Parachute Regiment.   Mark Wright GC Memorial Day - Headteacher Jenny Henessey (youtube.com)

 

In 2022 we gifted a Platinum Jubilee Bench to Bathgate Academy, Leuchars Primary School, Edinburgh Castle and Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire.  Leaving a legacy at Bathgate Academy on this Platinum Jubilee 70 years. - YouTube

 

In May 2023 we supported the Girlguides in Bonnybridge with THE BIG HELP out, picking up litter, all part of the Kings Coronation. We also donated a tree which was planted by His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Alan Simpson OBE.  

 

In May 2023, we Commemorated the Dambusters 80 as well as they 10th Anniversary of the Spitfire Memorial at Grangemouth. We also donated £500 to the Air Cadets in Falkirk. 

Guests included: Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, Mr Łukasz Lutostanski, Depute Lord Lieutenant Sir Iain McMillan CBE DL, Squadron Leader Tom McMorrow MBE, Projects Officer for Scotland and Northern Ireland Region RAF Air Cadets, Provost of Falkirk and Stirling, Depute Provost of West Lothian Council and many other guests.  

 

1st August 2023 - ASA Scotland Gunner Willie Thornton 80th Commemoration. Guest included Depute Lord Lieutenant Rev John Povey, Thornton Family, Rangers FC Historian David Mason, Ex Rangers FC and Scotland Legend Willie Henderson, Scottish FA Jennifer Malone, Winchburgh Albion Youth Team’s & Coaches and the general public. Thanks to Rev Stephen A Blakey.  https://youtu.be/HjjbcI_l5_k?si=rQ2GbxIh1mnHUrOX

 

August 23rd 2023 - Annual Purple Poppy Day event at Uphall.

 

August 26th 2023 - Annual Armed Forces day at Laurieston. 

 

November 10th 2023 - unveil Memorial Bench gifted to RHQ, The Royal Regiment of Scotland Association, at Edinburgh Castle for the families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.  Major General RB Bruce CBE DSO - 10/11/2023 (youtube.com)

 

November 11th 2023 - ASA Scotland in Partnership with Falkirk Council gifted a Commemorative bench, a Memorial Stone, and Remembrance flag to the Royal British Legion Scotland to mark 100th Anniversary of the RBL, this was delayed due to COVID. ASA Scotland President Cllr William Buchanan (youtube.com)

 

2023 - Educational school outreach never stops each year - ASA engaging and inspiring young people - part 7 - YouTube

2024 - we will achieve even more, check out our plans.

 

All of the above would not be possible without the hard work from ALL our Trustees, Ambassadors, Members, and the public who have supported our charity over the past 9 years. 

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Community Events

Battle of Passchendaele 1917 - 2017

We held a parade, Church Service, and a Reception supported by West Lothian Council.

 

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant Ms Moira Niven MBE was our guest of honour, supported by 6 SCOTS and the Lowland Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

 

Lt Col Gary Tait MBE 2017

Events 2024 - 2025

 

  • D-Day 80th Commemoration, Thursday 6th June

 

  • ASA Scotland Purple Poppy & Armed Forces Celebration Event

Falkirk 3rd August, 9am till 4pm 

 

  • Willie Thornton MM Memorial – Winchburgh – date tbc 

 

  • Annual Purple Poppy Day Uphall 23rd August 7pm 

 

  • Armed Forces Day Event – Laurieston Saturday 30th August 1pm  

 

  • Mark Strudwick Memorial Bench – St John's Scotland, August 2024 date tbc 

 

  • Jonathan Mathews Memorial event – Friday 1st November 2024, 10am 

 

  • ASA Scotland 2024 Remembrance Event – Falkirk 9th November 

 

  • ASA Scotland 2024 Remembrance Event – West Lothian 

ASA Scotland D-Day 80th Commemoration 6th June 2024

ASA Scotland Purple Poppy & Armed Forces Celebration, Callendar Park, Falkirk

Saturday 3rd August 2024

Past Events and Feedback

ASA Scotland was formed in 2016 after a trip to France and Belgium, to visit the graves, cemeteries, and various memorials.

Headmaster/children at Balbardie Primary School, Bathgate 2016

Headmaster/children Low Port Primary School, Linlithgow 2016

Robin Thomson Curriculum teacher at Broxburn Academy 2016

Lt Gary Tait Chairman MBE McCraes Battalion Trust 2016

West Lothian Council Provost Tom Kerr (ASA Hon Chairman) 2016

Depute Provost Dave King

Provost of Falkirk Council William Buchanan (ASA Scotland Hon President)

Leader of West Lothian Council Lawrence Fitzpatrick

West Lothian Veterans Champion Cllr Alex Davidson 2016

West Lothian Lord Lt Isobel Brydie MBE 2016

West Lothian Lord Lt Ms Moira Niven MBE 2017

 

ASA Patron MSP Alexader Stewart MBE 2017

Alison Moodie OBE (ASA Ambassador) 2017

Letters of support from St. Kentigerns Academy & Whitburn Academy, West Lothian 2018

Provost of Hawick Councill Watson McAteer (ASA Scotland Hon Member) 2018

MSP's cross party support for ASA Scotland motion to Scottish Parliament 2016

MSP's cross party, support Ribbon of Poppies UK & Commonwealth 2018

Anas Sarwar MSP supports Ribbon Of Poppies UK & Commonwealth 2019

 

Invite from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019 Garden Party

 

Invite from West Lothian Council Civic Reception 2019

 

Letters of support from Bob Kemp CBE, Major Robert Stuart, Depute Headteacher Kirsten Patience

 

ASA Scotland forms John McAleese MM Commemoration Society 2019

 

ASA Scotland Nominated for Queen's Voluntary Award 2020

Broxburn Academy was both honoured and delighted to be asked to participate on Saturday 22 October 2016 in the Commemoration of the 100th anniversary marking the end of the Battle of the Somme. The Ancre Somme Association's event held in Linlithgow Burgh Halls, St Michael's Church gave S4 pupil, Robyn Beckett the opportunity to share her recent success as the winner of a national poetry competition about WW1 events with a reading of her poem 'Living Nightmare' by West Lothian Provost Tom Kerr. Another S6 pupil, Sam Malone, recited and sang two extracts from the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, 'Far from Ypres' in which he appeared, accompanied by the show's producer, Liz Reid.

 

Broxburn Academy has close links with the Army Cadet detachment in the town as a result of the Uniformed Services and Leadership courses which are offered to pupils in the school. A group of Army Cadets were therefore also present on Saturday and were given the honour of participating alongside military veterans commemorating on behalf of the Ancre Somme Association. Lauren Berriman and Amir Khan read out the names of two soldiers who fell in the Somme and later shared how touched they both felt by being asked to participate in this way, 'It was a real privilege to be a part of such an important event remembering the men who died' Jack Langlands, a standard bearer for the event remarked 'I felt so proud & it was really the highlight of my time to date as a cadet'

 

Robin Thomson

Principal Teacher Curriculum

Additional Support Needs

Head of House, (Buchan)

Broxburn Academy

Cardross Rd

EH52 6AG

Tel. 01506 28230

 

Media and Press Reports:

http://www.linlithgowgazette.co.uk/news/a-fitting-tribute-for-the-soldiers-massacred-at-the-somme-1-4271506

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/civic-reception-commemoration-service-held-9120693

 

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/hundreds-turn-out-ceremony-memory-11400616

 

Motion to Scottish Parliament:

http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S5M-00859

 

Fusilier Gordon Gentle Remembered 15yrs on:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/fallen-scots-soldier-honoured-school-17273900

 

Lanarkshire Deputy Lieutenant Millar Stoddart DL 2019

https://www.lanarkshirelieutenancy.org.uk/2019/11/08/kirkfieldbank-primary-school-ancre-somme-association-scotland-presentation/#more-2312

His Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Alan Simpson OBE becomes Patron of the charity in 2024

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