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Windrush at St Johns Middle School

On 26 June members of the WAWI Project were invited to attend St John’s Middle School, Bromsgrove to address Year 8 students, primarily on the subject of Windrush and how their contributions have benefited Britain.  

The 50-minute session covered a range of topics including WW1, WW2, Windrush and Walter Tull. To make it as engaging as possible we used video clips, power point presentations, poetry, Battle Standards and individual experiences.

The following excerpt is taken from an email received following our presentation.

Windrush Day 2022 - Flag Raising in Birmingham

Windrush Day 2022 Birmingham

Flag raising outside Birmingham City Council launched National Windrush Day. The event was attended by current serving military personnel from the Navy, Royal Marines and RAF as well as veterans from the Army, Navy and RAF. Representatives from WMP included the Assistant Chief Constable who joined the Lord Mayor, Civil Servants and children from Holyhead School, City Academy and King Edwards Grammar School.

Armed Forces Day 2022

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is an annual event that takes place on the last Saturday of June. It provides the public with an opportunity to show their support to the Armed Forces community and give thanks to those currently serving, service families, veterans and cadets.

The UK Armed Forces and commonwealth defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

Walter Tull Day - 25 March

Few people have heard the name Walter Tull. Those who have, rarely appreciate the relevance of his contribution to both sport and service to King and Country. His early life was marred with personal tragedy, and as he grew up, he continued to face hardship and misfortune.

Despite this deprived start in life his conviction to succeed, guts and skill helped shape a career in football and at the start of the Great War, he exchanged the football field in favour of the battlefield.

Walter was sadly killed in action on 25 March 1918, his body never recovered.

Remember Together

Royal British Legion

In 2020 The Royal British Legion is asking for communities across Britain to come together, join together and remember together the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together 75 years ago.

Allies from the Commonwealth and other nations had fought shoulder to shoulder with Britain, since the start of the Second World War, but in 1944 this collaboration would result in victory in three critical battles; Monte Cassino, D-Day and Kohima and Imphal.

Club Skaaville Allstars Brings You Windrush Celebration Jazz

Ray Carless - Jamaican Born Saxophonist

Back in 2018 Jamaican born saxophonist and band leader Ray Carless recruited the cream of musicians well versed in the language of Jamaican and Caribbean music to play what they call Windrush Celebration jazz, incorporating the Jamaican classics that the Windrush generation knows and enjoys into Carless’ jazz foundation with an infusion of ska, reggae, rock steady and blue beat.

Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

The Parish of Handsworth at The Church of St Mary ... Choral Matins in Celebration of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
It also provided an opportunity to welcome Councillor Carl Rice The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

In honour of Her Majesty's Birthday the Union Colour of the Re-formed West India Regiment 1957-1962 was paraded (see image gallery) and the often forgotten verses of the National Anthem.