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Company Supper and Talk 12th February 2010

On the evening of the 12th February twenty Members of the Company met at 'Ye Olde Cheshyre Cheese' for a Company supper. Prior to going to the Williams Room friends met in the downstairs bar and downed a few pints and enjoyed a good chin way. At 6.30pm all went upstairs for a pre-talk glass of wine before listening to an interesting talk from Mr Neville The Neville Barton. The chief executive of the Remount Programme which is a new-established services charity aimed specifically at getting personnel and their spouses back on their feet after service life as they contemplate returning to civilian life. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an increasing issue. They have a pressing need for funds to get them through the next year. Originally, it was an initiative of the Royal Tank Regiment. It is widening it scope beyond the Armoured Corps cavalry, although it is still being run through the goodwill of the RTR. It is a "niche" issue of growing consequence that has not been fully addressed by Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes or Combat Stress although it works in concert with them. They believe they can significantly impact figures on divorce, alcohol and drug dependency - and suicide with ex-service personnel. The courses for service leavers are aimed at helping them to adjust to the daunting business civilian life, often from a post-combat situation. Battalions typically lose fifty personnel on discharge after operations, and on previous experience, twenty of these would be expected to attend such a course. The Company has made a donation which is specifically to fund the courses run for 2 MERCIAN on their return from Helmand, 2 RTR aka. The Cockney Tankies, and 2 FUSILIERS, who are headquartered in the Tower.

After the talk the company enjoyed another glass of wine and general conversation before sitting down to tradional English Fayre which included steak and kidney pudding or roast beef followed by traditional english puddings such as apple crumble and custard all washed down by copious amounts of wine.

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