THE UNVEILING FRIDAY 17TH MAY
The Regimental memorial dedicated to the 304 years of service given by the Regiment to the nation and its historic ties to the people of the West Riding will be unveiled in Halifax on Friday 17th May 2019.
The memorial is a celebration of our common ‘Dukes’ heritage, it is an acknowledgment of all those who served in the Regiment over those 300 plus years as well as, most importantly, the families that supported those serving. It is also a recognition of the deep ties between the Regiment and our home county, the West Riding of Yorkshire, from which nearly all of our soldiers and many of our officers were drawn. Those deep ties are reflected in the memorial being sited in the heart of Halifax – home to our Regimental Depot, Regimental Headquarters, Regimental Chapel and Regimental Museum. Throughout the whole of the project to create and erect this memorial we have received the wholehearted support of Calderdale Council.
Calderdale Council, by giving the memorial a prime site within the town, have recognised that it is an exceptional piece of public artwork and one that they will be proud to be home to. Given the quality of the artwork Calderdale Council appreciate that it will also be a significant addition to the stature of the Town.
The Memorial will be unveiled by the Duke of Wellington and the Mayor of Calderdale.
This is a day to celebrate our Regiment. It is hoped that as many as possible from across the Regiment will join us for the concert in the Minster, the unveiling and then at our Regimental Association gathering in the Piece Hall afterwards.
Format of the Day.
The outline format of the day is:
- 13.30 – 14.30 Musical Concert and Service in Halifax Minster. The Concert will tell the history of the Regiment in words and music. In doing this it will also look at how our ‘story’ is depicted on the memorial. An understanding of how this has been done, and the care the sculptor has taken to create something that many believe to be truly exceptional (there is nothing else like it in the country), is an important ‘precursor’ to the unveiling itself. Please join us for this.
- 15.15 – 15.45 Unveiling of the Memorial. Woolshops, Halifax
- 16.15 – 20.30 (approximately) Regimental Association reunion event including a buffet meal, Piece Hall, Halifax BOOK HERE Unveiling Ticket Applic Ltr (suggested dress code jackets and regimental ties)
The Musical Concert and Service in the Minster and the Unveiling itself in the Woolshops will also be open to the public – and needs to be as this is both a celebration and recognition of the Regiment and its ties to the people of our home county the West Riding.
The Regimental Association Reunion in the Piece Hall will be for Regimental Association members only including their family members and friends.
Regimental Association Event.
The Regimental Association event will be held in a Marquee in the Piece Hall and include a good quality buffet meal. Timothy Taylors brewery will be donating us 4 casks of ‘Havercake’ Ale which will need to be drunk.
It will be a ‘ticket entry’ event. Tickets will cost £15.00 per head. To achieve this the event is being subsidised to a generous level from Regimental Trust Funds.
NB: Ticket application form at the bottom of the page.
Please encourage those in the Regiment who you may be aware of who may not have received this letter directly and may like to come to the unveiling to use the website to download a ticket application form.
Applications for tickets and payment should reach the Regimental Association Office in Bankfield by: FRIDAY 3rd MAY 2019
LET’S CELEBRATE OUR REGIMENT
Virtutis Fortuna Comes
Downloadable Form for Tickets
Yorkshire Fundraising Event
Friday 8th March 2019 – The Arches Dean Clough Halifax West Yorkshire HX3 5AX
On Friday evening we hosted a third fundraising event in aid of the Appeal where we welcomed over 240 guests at The Arches in Dean Clough, Halifax for an exclusive dinner.
The evening included a champagne reception, dinner and as the evening progressed, guests were treated to a spellbinding performance by Britain’s Got Talent winning magician, Lance Corporal of Horse (LCoH) Richard Jones. This was followed by a recital of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Tommy’, accompanied by a display by the Corps of Drums of the Yorkshire Volunteers. At the end of the evening we then ran a live auction and raffle.
In his welcoming remarks, Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE said: “It is tremendous to see so many people at our event in Halifax, showing their support for the Regiment. Our goal is to raise £240,000 for the memorial which will sit in the heart of Halifax, home of the regiment for two centuries.” The unveiling, by his Grace The Duke of Wellington, will take place on Friday 17thMay 2019.
We made just over £18,400 towards the appeal, which is wonderful – not always easy in this climate. The evening not only raised good funds but also awareness of the whole project. We cannot thank you enough for supporting this project and for your generosity
Halifax Flower Club Christmas Cracker Event
Thursday 6th December 10am – 8pm Raffle, Tombola and Stalls
Hindoostan Shooting Club’s Charity Clay Shoot
The Hindoostan Shooting Club, staged a clay shooting day on Friday 6 July at the Bisley shooting ground with the aim of raising money for the Dukes Memorial appeal. The event was an absolute triumph, much enjoyed by all participants raising £15,000.00 for the appeal. Our thanks goes to all those that made this day such a success.
Apsley House Reception March 6th 2018
Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington, welcomed a host of guests to his Apsley House residence on Tuesday 6th March, in aid of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal. The private drinks reception, held at Number 1, London provided an exclusive unveiling of the memorial Marquette, created in honour of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiments 300 years of service to the Crown.
(For members of the 500 club and potential donors)
An Evening with Nigel Melville Thursday 8th February 2018
Great Rugby stories from a past Captain of the England Team
An evening with Nigel Melville (Director of Professional Rugby at the RFU) 6pm – 9pm at The Leathersellers’ Hall, 7 St Helen’s Place, London, EC3A 6AB Drinks and Canapés were served and it included a Private Auction with Nick Bonham. Thank you to all those who attended, donated and made this such a successful evening. We raised just over £10,000 for the appeal.
Please see the programme attached: DWR Rugby Programme