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UP, UP, AND AWAY…IN THE ALPS
COLDSTREAMERS SPEND CHRISTMAS ON THE PISTE
The festive period is regarded as a time best spent with loved
ones around log fires and dining room tables covered with turkey
and gammon spreads. For the men of the Coldstream Guards Alpine
ski team it was an entirely different story.
The team spent the festive season in the French Alps training,
preparing for and competing in the Infantry, Divisional and Army
Alpine Ski Championships. Alpine Skiing in the Army is gaining
in popularity and the Regiment has managed to take full
advantage of this.
This year’s team made up of two Officers, two Lance Corporals
and one Guardsman who achieved a good set of results. The team
included Gdsm D Pickard, LCpl N Straney, LCpl M Rees, Lt S Green
and Capt T Davidson. Not only did the team benefit from the
world class instruction and training but also managed to indulge
in the many delights of the ski resorts of Val D’Isere and Serre
Unfortunately the team will not be competing at this year’s
championships due to operational commitments. They are however
certain to return at the end of 2008 for two months of working
and playing hard.
AROUND THE HOUSES – 1st BATTALION
In position on the Mall, ready for Her Majesty and the
President of Ghana.
February and early March have been a period of heavy activity
for the Battalion, with 140 members of No.1 Company Group
participating in African Thorn whilst the remaining companies
have continued to take on the lion’s share of public duties in
London and Windsor. The peak of activity came on 13th March when
the President of Ghana conducted a State Visit to Britain. The
Battalion deployed five half-companies of street liners and a
large Guard of Honour for the occasion. Lucky old No.1 Coy, got
back from South Africa just in time to take part!
With the State Visit successfully completed, the Battalion
soldiered on with its final few guards before finally hanging up
their greatcoats on 17th March. The Battalion then swung almost
instantly into pre-training for Afghanistan. Much of the
training has been conducted at Company level and below, although
certain specialists have had a run out, such as the entire Staff
of Battle Group Headquarters who took part in the Combined Arms
Staff Trainer and the Regimental Aid Post who conducted a
procedural run out on 19th March.
The usual sweep up of CFTs, PFTs and APWTs created a constant
background hum as the various companies and platoons threw
themselves into Collective Training level 2. After the
disjointed environment of public duties, the opportunity to gel
together as sections and platoons was a welcome change. At the
time of going to press, the potential snipers are now in their
final three weeks of training at HDPRCC, whilst the JAVELIN
Platoon are throwing themselves into dry training in camp using
both drill launchers and the simulator.
You can always be sure of a warm welcome at the Regimental
Large numbers of soldiers from across the Battalion are away on
various courses, from Category ‘C’ (HGV) Driving Courses to
Forward Air Controllers Courses, whilst the Signals Platoon are
currently running a Combat Communicators Course on Dartmoor.
Very shortly the Team Medic Courses and Pashtu language training
will kick in, whilst the bulk of the Battalion will be preparing
for Exercise Druids Dance and Wessex Warrior. Somewhere in the
middle of all this, the Battalion will squeeze in 10 days leave.
Afghanistan is now the main focus of the Battalion and the
prospect of the tour has attracted several re-joiners from
civilian life along with a number of reservists who have
volunteered to mobilise with their old Regiment for the duration
of the operational deployment.
The JAVELIN Platoon is put through their paces on the
ShinyCapstar YouTube Account!
Obviously, without not trying to be
outdone with all the technological advances, ShinyCapstar has
it's own 'YouTube' account for any Coldstream Videos that have
been created. If you haven't already seen the Regimental
Recruiting DVD you can watch it online on our 'YouTube' account
(it's brilliant!), all this plus clips from recent events and
functions, plus loads more to come! (you can also subscribe to the YouTube
account to be told when new videos are added) - the videos on
the YouTube Account have had over 10,000 views since Oct 06,
that is outstanding so more videos will be added on a regular
At the time of going to press, the ShinyCapstar
Channel has the following videos, with more to come:
The Regimental Recruiting Video.
The Coldstream Guards Op Telic Fun Run.
I'm a Coldstreamer's Wife, Get me out of Here
Videos from the last Regimental Association Day.
A recent news video from Exercise African Thorn.
Plus lots more on the site and more due to be added!
If you have a video that you'd like to appear on our
channel, send it to us and we'll see if it's suitable to
hold pride and place on 'THE' Coldstream Video Channel!
Read More about the You Tube Account here!
ARE YOU AN EX-COLDSTREAMER?
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RE-ENLIST AS A REGULAR SOLDIER, CONTACT:
WO2 Nigel Hicks on 01753 755598
or visit your local careers office
Current personalities of the
1st Bn Coldstream Guards and No.7 Company
Lt Col GCC Waters
Maj G Bartle-Jones
Capt CMJ d’Apice
WO1 P Carr
WO2 A Johnson (due in appt 10 May 07)
WO2s B Dart and M Quinton
Maj D Hall
WO2 D Claydon
Capt A Jasinski
WO2 J Sheard
Capt M Casey AGC
Orderly Room Quartermaster
Unit Welfare Officer
Capt R Paterson
Unit Welfare Staff
CSgt A Brady UWOSNCO
LSgt O'Connor D
Mechanical Transport Officer
Capt P Dale
Mechanical Transport Colour Sergeant
CSgt R Plews
Regimental Careers Management Officer
Capt G Stevenson
Regimental Recruiting Warrant Officer
WO2 N Hicks
Company Commander No.1 Company
Maj L Webber
Company Commander No.2 Company
Maj H Rosen
Company Commander No.3 Company
Company Commander Support Company
Maj J Brinn
Company Commander HQ Company
Maj R Howick
Company Sergeant Major No.1 Company
WO2 D Gibson
Company Sergeant Major No.2 Company
WO2 S Wright
Company Sergeant Major No.3 Company
WO2 D Roffey
Company Sergeant Major Support Company
WO2 R Wright
Company Sergeant Major HQ Company
WO2 A Jones
Operations Warrant Officer
WO2 J Boisson
Company Commander No.7 Company
Company Sergeant Major No.7 Company
WO2 J Flynn
Company Quartermaster Sergeant No.7 Coy
CSgt A Cox
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MOBILISE AS A RESERVIST TO
SERVE WITH THE
1st BATTALION ON OP HERRICK, CONTACT:
Army Personnel Centre
0141 224 8753
ONCE A COLDSTREAMER,
ALWAYS A COLDSTREAMER
OBJECTS OF THE COLDSTREAM
1. To maintain an organisation whereby the principle of “Once a
Coldstreamer, always a Coldstreamer” be sustained.
2. To bring to the notice of the Regimental Headquarters any
case deserving of assistance from Regimental Funds which are at
the disposal of the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel.
3. To assist members who are leaving or who have left the
Regiment to obtain employment.
4. By collective efforts on the part of Branches and by
individual effort on the part of members, to obtain recruits for
5. To organise meetings of members of each Branch, including its
Annual Dinner, Memorial Parade and Social Events.
If you are a member of the One Days Pay Scheme, you are a member
of the Association. If you would like to become a member of your
local branch (all listed below) then speak to your CSM who will
in turn brief RHQ.
RHQ will get the Branch Secretary to write to you welcoming you
to the branch and listing the dates of the monthly branch
meetings and social events. If you are home at the time, you can
attend these; serving members are always extremely welcome. You
will normally get a chance to swap war stories with the
non-serving members and update them on life in the Regiment. A
part of your one days pay contribution will be given to the
branch you elect to join to assist with its work. The remainder
is kept in the Coldstream Guards Charitable Funds, which are
used to assist Coldstreamers Past and Present who might require
Membership of the Association is extremely useful, especially
after you leave the regiment, but the Association can only
survive if it is fully supported by serving members. You get out
what you put in. If you are not yet a member of the One Days Pay
Scheme and would like to join the Association, speak to your CSM
who can arrange it through RHQ.
THE BRANCHES OF THE ASSOCIATION
Plymouth and Cornwall
Dorset and West Hampshire
Reading and Oxford
North East Lancashire
Yeovil and Taunton
Bath and District
Middlesborough and District
Coldstream Sub Branch
Suffolk King’s Lynn
Windsor and District
Isle of Wight
TRADES IN THE COLDSTREAM
THE TAILOR’S SHOP
Another trade hidden away in the back ground is Tailoring. The
Tailor’s Shop is part of the Quartermasters Department. The team
currently working in the Tailor’s Shop are LSgt Temple, LCpl
Mitchell, LCpl Gayler and Gdsm Parrish who all work under the
watchful eye of the Master Tailor Sgt Jones who has recently
taken over the appointment from Sgt Ross. All Tailors are sent
on the All Arms Tailor Basic Course and the All Arms Tailor
Advanced Course at the Defence College of Logistics.
Both these courses are accredited to City and Guilds providing a
recognisable qualification outside the Army. There are postings
outside the Battalion as well, LCpl Sloan works at Regimental
Headquarters in London and LCpl Knox works at the Infantry
Training Centre in Catterick.
Images below show The Master Tailor and his team at work.
Second to None
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