World War One Commemoration at St Nicholas Church Blundellsands (3rd, 4th & 10th November)

St Nicholas’ church will be marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 as part of its ongoing heritage programme. From Saturday 3rd November there will be a digital display about local soldiers who gave their lives in the conflict, plus an exhibition of photographs and archive material, live and recorded music of the time and children’s activities. Plus free refreshments – coffee, tea and cake for all visitors.

This is an opportunity to see how the war affected the church and local community. Also to share your own family’s story if you wish to – you are welcome to bring along any photos, letters or other artefacts that you have.

Opening times:

Saturday 3RD November: 10.30am –  12noon & 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 4TH November: 1.30pm  –  3pm
Saturday 10TH November: 10.30am  –  12noon & 2pm- 4PM

The church is also open for heritage as usual throughout November every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon  and the WW1 displays will remain in place until 22nd November.

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Lost Voices: new report investigates hearing problems among Armed Forces and veterans

The Royal British Legion calls on Government to do more to support Service personnel and veterans with hearing problems.

The Royal British Legion today calls on the Government to provide better support and recognition to members of the Armed Forces and veterans with hearing problems caused by military Service. In a report entitled Lost Voices, published today, the Legion reveals that veterans under the age of 75 are three-and-a-half times more likely than the general population to report problems with their hearing.

Lost Voices argues that working-age veterans with Service-induced hearing problems should be eligible for ‘special treatment’, in line with the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. Lost Voices reports the findings of Legion research on hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), and makes a number of recommendations for Government. It was produced by the Legion in collaboration with the Ear Institute at University College London, Action on Hearing Loss and the British Tinnitus Association.

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At a minimum, the Legion calls on the Government to:

  • Enable working-age veterans to access higher grade hearing aids, including less conspicuous ‘in the ear’ hearing aids, and ensure that all veterans can have their MOD-issued aids serviced and replaced at no cost;
  • Compensate Service personnel and veterans properly for hearing problems caused by their time in the military. This should consider both damage caused during Service and any differences between the hearing of a veteran of a particular age, compared with a non-veteran of the same age, to take account of the long term impact of hearing problems caused by Service; and
  • Invest in the EARSHOT Centre – a proposed new centre of research and clinical expertise. Long-term investment would allow a thorough programme of research on Service-related hearing loss to be set up.

Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion, said: “Hearing loss is one of the signature injuries of war and military Service, and it can have a profound effect on career prospects, relationships, social life and mental health.

“Many veterans, some of whom have been discharged due to hearing loss, are not eligible for compensation. Some find themselves having to pay out of their own pockets for military-issued hearing aids to be serviced and replaced. This is unacceptable.

“Our report calls on the Government to do more to recognise the sacrifices made by Service people and veterans suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus, and the importance of good hearing to a healthy, productive and happy life.”

Read the full report (in PDF format) here.