New Gallery for The Unveiling Images.

Please click here for the new page with all the updated images from the unveiling.

A few words after a wonderful day for The Unveiling….

‘Yesterday felt to be a ‘once in a lifetime’ event for Halifax! A’ magic’ moment not to be missed. We would like to add our thanks and congratulations to everyone for a job well done. A great deal of hard work by a great many people, but the will to succeed and pride in taking part was tangible’

‘We are all still glowing from last Friday’s event ..and with ‘Gentleman Jack’ airing last night ..the town has really had a wonderful boost! You can feel it ..the town is buzzing ..this morning I took a friend to look at the statue ..there were so many people doing just that too’

 

Duke of Wellington Memorial Unveiling Featured in Local News

On Friday the 17th of May the Duke of Wellington Memorial Unveiling Ceremony was held in Halifax, the ceremony was a great success and We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Memorial Appeal and enabled us to reach our £240,000 target. Every supporter has enabled us to honour the service and achievements of all soldiers who served with the Regiment. The statue will also  remember the ultimate sacrifice many of our soldiers made, and leave a permanent, national legacy to inform generations to come.

You can use the below links to read more about the Ceremony in the local news:

Dukes memorial: Crowds turn out in huge numbers to see statue unveiled in Halifax town centre – Yorkshire Post
Dukes memorial: “It’s going to be the pride of Halifax I hope” – statue unveiled in Halifax – Halifax Courier
Grand unveiling of the Halifax Duke of Wellington regiment memorial – as it happened – Halifax Courier

The Duke of Wellington’s regimental memorial unveiling in Halifax

On Friday 17 May, a unique and significant memorial commemorating The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment’s loyal 304 years of service to the Crown, will be unveiled in the heart of Halifax, home to the Regiment for over 200 years.

The ceremony will take place at The Woolshops at 3.15 pm and will be preceded by a service and concert in Halifax Minster at 1.30pm, celebrating the history of the Regiment. At both events the unique Honorary Colours of the Regiment will be paraded by the Yorkshire Regiment.

Standing in the heart of Halifax, the statue, which reaches an impressive height of 18 feet, has been designed by master sculptor, Andrew Sinclair. The celebratory piece will recognise the service of over 205,000 men who served their country, as well as the families who supported them, and the West Riding of Yorkshire from where so many were recruited.

The memorial is set to be unveiled by the Duke of Wellington, whose family have had a close association with the Regiment ever since Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, joined the 33rd Regiment of Foot in the 18th century.

Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington, said:

“The unveiling of the Memorial will be a significant event for the Regiment as well as the people of Yorkshire, not simply because of what is being revealed but also because this event in many ways marks the formal conclusion of 304 years of service to the Crown by the Regiment. The Memorial will tell the history of the Regiment and also celebrate the unique qualities of the Yorkshire soldier.”

Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE said:

“On behalf of myself and the Regiment, I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Memorial Appeal. This support has enabled us to create a lasting legacy to a unique and great British infantry regiment. Not only will it honour the sacrifice of those who gave their lives, it will be a permanent, national legacy to inform generations to come of the history of the Regiment and those who served. We look forward to a wonderful day of celebration and anticipate a large turnout for a Regiment which served the Crown so conspicuously.”

Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted that Halifax has been chosen as the location for the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment memorial, to honour local soldiers and their families and celebrate our distinctive heritage. We have worked closely with the Association to support its fundraising efforts over the past two years.

“Halifax is a fitting location, as the Regiment has a long-standing connection with the town. We are proud to house the regimental museum at Bankfield Museum, and Halifax Minster displays the Colours of the Regiment. This significant memorial will contribute to Calderdale’s growing popularity as a heritage and cultural destination.”

For more information on the 17 May unveiling and to donate to the memorial appeal, visit the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Association website: https://memorial.dwr.org.uk/

A UNIQUE PIECE OF ART IN AID OF THE MEMORIAL APPEAL

PLEASE SHARE AS THIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 25th April DEADLINE NOT 5TH APRIL.

The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Committee has been asked whether it would consider commissioning a sulphur bronze edition of the Memorial maquette for sale in order to raise further funds for the Appeal. The original maquette is made of powder bronze which, whilst perfectly suitable for the purpose of showing the design of the Memorial, is of far lesser quality than if it had been cast in sulphur bronze. The Committee decided at the outset of the project that the maquette would be presented to the Regimental Museum in Halifax and there has never been any intention of putting it up for sale.

The Committee has considered very carefully the idea of commissioning a sulphur bronze edition of the maquette of which there would be one and only one produced and it would, of course, be signed by the artist Andrew Sinclair. Naturally to commission a piece of this size and complexity will be expensive and thus it will be necessary to place a reserve on it. The finished bronze will be approximately 3 feet 6 inches high and the estimated market value of the piece once completed is £15,000. The Committee would like to offer this unique sculpture to the highest bidder through a process of sealed bids with a reserve of £12,000.

If you would like to submit a bid please complete the enclosed form and send it to Caroline Cary either by post or email, as follows:

By post: The Appeal Office The Close Boscombe Wiltshire SP4 0AB. Telephone: 01980 611211
Email: carolinecary@gmail.com

Bids need to be submitted by 25TH APRIL and once the winning bid is confirmed Andrew Sinclair will be commissioned to complete the piece. All bids will be treated with complete anonymity. If yours is the winning bid, you will be contacted to discuss payment arrangements as soon after 25th April as possible.

If you wish to bid please complete this form and send it back to us…

20190210-Bidding form for DWR Maquette -1

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Brian Turner’s The Havercake Recipe to Celebrate The Appeal

This History of The Havercake
The Havercake is a form of bread, consisting of oatmeal, and a batter made of water (or milk, buttermilk for preference) and some self raising flour. The secret of producing a good Havercake, however, lies in the mixing and, particularly, the method of cooking, by quickly rolling the oatmeal batter onto a very hot plate, then transferring it to a cooler plate for a time to remove excess moisture. Properly done, the Havercake will remain soft for a few days. These oatcakes were common all over the country until the late 1950s, due to their relative cheapness; not many working folk could afford much white flour in those days. Oatcakes were often made at home and it would be common for them to be seen hanging from creels above the range or kitchen fire to dry out and become crisp.

In Yorkshire, to demonstrate that the local oat cakes were the best, the German word for oats, haver, was adopted and the term caught on.

The West Riding Regiment became famous for their use of the local havercakes to entice young men to join up, when hunger was an everyday experience for many.

An eyewitness described the following march, on a route through Bradford which was well used when the Regiment marched to York to build the ranges on Strensall Common, in the late 19th Century:

“…a party of the West Riding Regiment in their red kerseys marching down the road to Bradford Moor Barracks, in fours, and they were carrying wooden ‘templates’ shaped like havercakes. A proper Havercake oatmeal would not have stood up to the strain and, in any case, some of the hungry soldiers would have arrived at Bradford Moor with their havercakes missing.”

Mr Lord, Havercake baker, Bradford, interviewed in 1957.

The art of Havercake making has all but disappeared, but the Regimental Headquarters was able to obtain supplies for events from a baker in Bradford up until 2002.

A further link to the Regiment was established during the interview with Mr Lord, the oats supplied were from a mill owned by Brigadier General R E Sugden, who had fought with and commanded, the 4th Battalion of the Regiment during the First World War.

Havercakes were part of the staple diet of West Yorkshire and the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. To be able to survive on the original must in itself have been character building, so is here is the recipe for the  Havercake  updated made hopefully more enjoyable.
 
It has been a privilege to work on this project and I wish you all well in your celebrations of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial.’
Brian Turner CBE

THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S REGIMENT RETURNS HOME TO HALIFAX FOR SUCCESSFUL EVENING OF FUNDRAISING  

The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment returned to Halifax  on Friday evening, its home of over 200 years, for the third fundraising event in aid of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal.

On Friday 8thMarch the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal welcomed over 240 people to The Arches in Dean Clough Mills, Halifax for an exclusive fundrasing evening which raised over £18,400.

The private function included a champagne reception, dinner – words from Brigadier Andrew Meek and sculptor Andrew Sinclair who has been tasked with creating the memorial in honour of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment’s 300 years of service to the Crown. 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 but a recital of “Tommy” by Capt John Hogg accompanied by a display by the Corps of Drums by the Yorkshire Volunteers.  At the end of the evening there was a live auction and raffle.  

The event was the third of its kind in aid of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal with the aim to help close the gap towards the final figure of £240,000.

Designed and created by world-class figurative sculptor, Andrew Sinclair, the completed memorial will be unveiled by the Duke on Friday 17th May 2019 and will sit in the heart of Halifax, West Yorkshire, the home of the Regiment for over 200 years.

Andrew Sinclair, sculptor of the memorial said: “To be selected as the sculptor for this incredibly prestigious memorial is a wonderful honour. Having a great fascination for military history, I am very much looking forward to delving into the longstanding past of the Regiment and creating a sculpture which commemorates its admirable spirit and the qualities of the Yorkshire soldier within the design.”

Brigadier Andrew Meek CBE said: “It was 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 Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal in order to unveil Andrew Sinclair’s sculpture, which will sit in the heart of Halifax, home of the regiment for two centuries.”

The memorial will honour the members of the Regiment who gave their lives to our country, acknowledge those who served in all battalions and recognise the families and their home county.

 

 

 

8th March 2019
Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal, Yorkshire Fundraising Event, The Arches, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Pictured Lance Corporal of Horse and Britains got Talent winner 2016 Richard Jones entertains the guests at the Champagne reception
Picture Gerard Binks

8th March 2019
Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal, Yorkshire Fundraising Event, The Arches, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Pictured from left Sculpture Andrew Sinclair with Lord and Lady Mackintosh of Halifax Claire and Clive
Picture Gerard Binks

8th March 2019
Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal, Yorkshire Fundraising Event, The Arches, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Pictured with a minature of the Regimental Memorial Lord and Lady Mackintosh of Halifax Claire and Clive
Picture Gerard Binks

 

AUCTION & RAFFLE PRIZE LIST FOR FRIDAY 8TH MARCH

For all those who want to see what is on auction for FRIDAY 8TH MARCH – please see attached and if you want to send me an email with any sealed bids for the evening which you want me to take into the room please email me by 4pm on Friday 8th March at carolinecary@gmail.com or call me on 07818 090913 AUCTION AND RAFFLE 8TH MARCH DWR

A UNIQUE PIECE OF ART IN AID OF THE MEMORIAL APPEAL

The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal Committee has been asked whether it would consider commissioning a sulphur bronze edition of the Memorial maquette for sale in order to raise further funds for the Appeal. The original maquette is made of powder bronze which, whilst perfectly suitable for the purpose of showing the design of the Memorial, is of far lesser quality than if it had been cast in sulphur bronze. The Committee decided at the outset of the project that the maquette would be presented to the Regimental Museum in Halifax and there has never been any intention of putting it up for sale.

The Committee has considered very carefully the idea of commissioning a sulphur bronze edition of the maquette of which there would be one and only one produced and it would of course be signed by the artist Andrew Sinclair. Naturally to commission a piece of this size and complexity will be expensive and thus it will be necessary to place a reserve on it. The finished bronze will be approximately 3 feet 6 inches high and the estimated market value of the piece once completed is £15,000. The Committee would like to offer this unique sculpture to the highest bidder through a process of sealed bids with a reserve of £12,000.

If you would like to submit a bid please complete the enclosed form and send it to Caroline Cary either by post or email, as follows:

By post: The Appeal Office The Close Boscombe Wiltshire SP4 0AB. Telephone: 01980 611211
Email: carolinecary@gmail.com

Bidding form for DWR Maquette -1

Bids need to be submitted by 5th April and once the winning bid is confirmed Andrew Sinclair will be commissioned to complete the piece. All bids will be treated with complete anonymity. If yours is the winning bid, you will be contacted to discuss payment arrangements as soon after 5 April as possible.

Asda Foundation Supports the Appeal

With a fresh new look for the Asda Foundation, they have looked at the way we give back to organisations in the community to make it as rewarding and simple to use as possible! They have brought this new look to to thier Green Token Giving for nominating, voting for and giving back to local organisations. Each year they invest over £1.2 million, in over 5,000 charities and good causes throughout the UK around our stores. It’s important that they support the right people, and who better to choose local causes than the people who live in the area around our stores? We were delighted that Peter Robinson was successful in getting Asda to choose The Duke of Wellington’s Regimnent Memorial Appeal fund and we finished second in their green token scheme.

Here you see Major Peter Robinson MBE part of Appeal Fundrasing Commmittee team receiving cheque in store for £200.

UNVEILING OF THE REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL

The Memorial for the Regiment will be unveiled by The Duke of Wellington on Friday 17 May. The precise details of the day are still being worked out and will be publicised as soon as they are known. In the meantime please save this date for what will be a major Regimental event and pass these details on to anyone you think will be interested.

 

MINIATURES PLEASE SHARE ……

Eddie Towler contacted us about miniatures as he felt there was a demand for something like this – it has been looked at long and hard and this is the decision the trustees have made:

There will be a limited edition of only 33 – (15 have already been secured) in 48 hours so I wanted to get this out to you all 21stDecember 2018.

Total cost will be £600

Deposit required to be £200

Followed by up to 8 monthly instalments of £50 (the number of instalments can be reduced if individuals wish)

The figures will be on a first come first serve basis therefore if you wish to be on the list for one of only 33 made ever you need to send Eddie a private post so he can add you to the list

edwintowler@icloud.com

The Association will have to place an order for a specific number of these figures. The reason for this is simply that Trustees do not want to be holding any unsold pieces.

Each will come suitably mounted, numbered and signed by the artist.

Once we know the number required it will be possible to give a likely delivery date.

I am attaching photographs of the modern soldier from the maquette in case you do not already have it.

The 20th Century figure will be cast in powder bronze the same as the Duke on Horseback figure and will be 355mm.

We have had a massive response from previous posts that Eddie has posted on his Facebook page and I wanted to share this across all media so please share and make everyone aware. It has taken some time to sort out the nuts and bolts of the idea.

The figures will be on a first come first serve basis therefore if you wish to be on the list for one of only 33 made ever you need to send Eddie a private post so he can add you to the list. edwintowler@icloud.com