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Article from section published on January 8, 2014

MBE for Baz Firth

Baz Firth

MBE for Baz Firth who is one of our amazing supporters with the Sporting Bears and has raised us a load of money this last year.

You can read more about this on the Royal Navy web site here


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Article from section published on January 8, 2014

Race for freedom!

RAcefor freedom

A group of serving and former RNs and RMs will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime between the 1st and 7th September 2014. The Race for Freedom team will be driving a 10 car convoy across France and Spain to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.   Check out their Facebook page here and like it to keep up to date with their planning and fundraising!

Article from section published on January 8, 2014

Classic Car fans give boost to Navy Children’s Charity

sporting bears Victory 2013

A group of classic and sports car enthusiasts have given a £6,800 boost to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund.

The Sporting Bears car club handed over the money next to HMS Victory in Portsmouth and added a touch of glamour to the ceremony by bringing 12 of their most prized vehicles.

The cash was raised by a series of Sporting Bears fundraising events, most masterminded by Warrant Officer Class 2 Baz Firth – the Bears’ south west regional organiser.

He said: “I have seen the support the charity offers to families in my workplace and I’m proud to think that in some small way we can help them continue providing such a valuable service.”

Most of the money was raised at this year’s NEC Motor Show in Birmingham, where the Bears offered Dream Rides – a ten-mile ride in a dream car in exchange for a donation. Forty Sporting Bears members attended the handover ceremony and were treated to a tour of HMS Victory, hosted by Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel.

Among the cars lined up next to the ship were an Aston Martin DB9, Bentley GT Speed, Ferrari California, Corvette CO6 and a Jaguar XJ220.

WO2 Firth also used his fundraising skills outside the Sporting Bears to provide the RNRMCF with an extra £4,500. As a member of the Rotary Wing Committee at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton where he is based, he collected £2,000 from a charity ball and raised another £2,500 by raffling a Sandrail lightweight car donated by Dreamshack which gives engineering training to homeless ex-servicemen and teenagers.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the RNRMCF – which supports children of serving and former Naval Service personnel – were Clare Scherer and Monique Bateman.

Clare said: “The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund are hugely grateful to all at the Sporting Bears for their support of the charity and the wonderful sum they have donated to us. They have been amazing both over this past year and in previous years in their support of the work we do helping children from the Royal Navy & Royal Marines. Particular thanks go to WO Firth – who has the energy of 10 men and is tireless in his enthusiasm and support.”

Article from section published on January 1, 2014

Wellford Utd – The Season Continued (December)

We started December on the 4th with a home tie in the Hampshire County Cup against Co-Op Dragons who play in the Portsmouth Dockyard League. The game started pretty even but our goal was never threatened, however it took until the 33rd minute before we got our first goal Steve Wellham took the ball past about three Co-Op players and shot at goal only to see the ball rebound off the post but Duane Ellis was in the right place to pick up the loose ball and slot it into the net. Within two minutes Steve was on the run again this time he laid it off to Terry Stewart to score our second, we were now in total control, half time arrived 2-0 up. It only took 6 minutes into the second half for Shane Farrier to get on the score sheet after he got on the end of a superb Rhys Wellham free kick. Terry then got his second on 68 minutes making it 4-0 and we were coasting. All was well until the 89th minute when they got given a free kick from which they scored directly just nicking the inside of the post. Disappointed in giving away the goal but all in all a good win which now puts us into the last 16 teams of the Hampshire Cup.

Sunday 11th saw us back in league action against Watersedge Park and with the way the league is looking goals will be important. So as the first half started it only took 4 minutes before Jason Stafford played a through ball to Duane Ellis who crossed the ball for Steve Wellham to slot home so 4 minutes gone 1-0 up things were looking good. Although we kept up constant preesure on them it took until the 38th minute until Duane Ellis scored from a Shane Farrier corner. Half time and despite our pressure we could only come in 2-0 up. Second half two changes were made one of which was to bring on new signing Mitch Austin who instantly made a difference in midfield and after a minute great interplay between Mitch Austin and Steve Wellham saw a ball floated in for Duane Ellis to head home his second, 3 minutes later it was time for Mitch to get his debut goal. After constant pressure on 54 minutes Mitch found himself on the left apex of the 18 yard box he decided to have a go and sent the ball into the top right of the goal so three goals in the first 9 minutes of the second half saw us 5-0 up. On 65 minutes we won a corner on the right which Shane Farrier took again and floated a great ball over for Shaun Newton to head home. After much hard work it was Shane Farrier’s turn to get on the score sheet on 72 minutes. Five minutes later  Watersedge played a bad back pass which was pounced on by John Butler who laid it off for Duane to compleat his hatrick. By this time I was thinking we could win this game and on 80 minutes Steve Wellham scored his second and 3 minutes later after a great through ball from the half way line from Jason Stafford saw Steve through to complete his hatrick. Then with 4 minutes remaining we were awarded a penalty which the lads gave to Mitch so that he could get his debut hatrick . After only being two goals up at half time the game finished 11-0. This is our last game of 2011, we are all very pleased with the way our first season has started and let’s hope we can carry on the same way. Our next game will be Sunday 8th Jan in the Hampshire Cup.