Super Hero Party for our littlest heroes

Aggie Weston's Pastoral Workers might be considered Super Heroes by  some of our service users; this week our PWs in Arbroath lived up to the claim....

This week Pastoral Workers Seonid and Sue from RM Condor in Arbroath hosted a party for the youngest superheroes.  

On Super Hero Day the children had lunch together, made masks, created their own superheroes and had their faces painted.   After lunch it was time for a super hero scavenger hunt and a Kryptonite war... there was just enough time to destroy Spider Man's web.

Just another day in the varied work of an Aggies Pastoral Worker



Aggies Pastoral Workers help staff keep their cool

 Alan Richardson and Hilary Knight, Aggie Weston Pastoral Workers

Alan Richardson and Hilary Knight, Aggie Weston Pastoral Workers

RNAS Yeovilton hosted their Air Day on Saturday and Aggie Weston Pastoral Workers, Alan and Hilary were on hand to help keep staff cool. Hilary tells us all about their day.

On Air Day Alan and I spend the morning walking the air station meeting people and being a friendly face to those visiting – approx. 40,000. From about 13.00 we then venture out with our cool box and trolley filled with ice-creams and give them to as many serving personnel we can find who are working hard to make the day go well for all those visiting. This includes “air command” who are located in the fire station, those guarding the entrances and everyone else. This year we gave away nearly 200 ice-creams a welcome by all those in the heat!

It’s a long day but a rewarding one as we spread a little happiness across the station, it’s amazing what an ice-cream and friendly smile can do!

On Tuesday following Air Day we then visited air traffic control with “posh” biscuits and a “thank you” for those working to keep all the aircraft in the sky and the pilots safe

Aggies teams out and about

Aggie Weston Pastoral workers were out and about over the weekend ensuring our serving personnel were kept fed and cool!

At RNAS Yeovilton Air Day Aggie Pastoral Workers Alan Richardson and Hilary knight were out and about providing the teams or personnel working the air with ice cold lollies, whilst down the road at RM Stonehouse Ian Taylor and Simon Thomas were providing personnel with tea and cakes in a shady area of the base.

Aggie Weston's Pastoral Workers will be out and about across the UK again this week, looking after our service personnel.

Generous Grant helps fund more Pastoral hours at CTCRM

 Abi Tokens, Vicky Plastow and Zena Woodley - CTCRM Pastoral Workers

Abi Tokens, Vicky Plastow and Zena Woodley - CTCRM Pastoral Workers

Aggie Weston's is delighted to announce that The Royal Marines Charity, a proud part of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity have released a grant of £19859 to enable Aggies' to provide an additional 30 hours pastoral support at CTCRM, Lympstone.

Aggie Weston's currently funds 60hours of pastoral support to personnel at CTCRM, Lympstone. The Pastoral team; Zena, Vicky and Abi, have been working incredibly hard with the new recruits, staff and families of CTCRM, the difference that the team are making to the lives of the service beneficiaries was identified by the chain of command who requested their working hours be increased.  

Due to the generous grant made by The Royal Marines Charity, the Team of Pastoral Workers at CTCRM are now able to provide more support to the Marine Corp.  

Aggie Weston Pastoral Worker receives Commendation.

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Aggie Weston's Pastoral Worker Simon Thomas was recently awarded a Naval Base Commander Devonport Commendation from Commodore Ian Shipperley.

Simon earned the commendation for working alongside RNRMW Plymouth as they re-launched the community centres catering for the families across the city, the award also recognised Simon's hard work as an Aggie Weston's Pastoral Worker, which places him alongside families across Plymouth and enables him to help with pre-deployment events.

Aggie Westons receives £1000 from HMS Sultan

 Captain Pete Towell from HMS Sultan presents a cheque to Steve Howlett, Aggie Weston's Pastoral Worker and Craig Fulton, Aggie Weston's CEO.

Captain Pete Towell from HMS Sultan presents a cheque to Steve Howlett, Aggie Weston's Pastoral Worker and Craig Fulton, Aggie Weston's CEO.

Each year HMS SULTAN runs a series of fundraising events with the largest being the SULTAN Summer Show and the SULTAN fireworks in November.

Once per year they split the money that they have raised between worthy local and naval charities.

This year, in recognition of the valuable work that Aggie’s Pastoral workers do amongst the personnel of HMS SULTAN they selected Aggie Weston’s as one of the benefactors.

Craig Fulton, CEO of Aggie Weston's said "We are very proud of the work that our Pastoral Workers Steve Howlett and Rebecca Baird have been conducting with the personnel at HMS SULTAN and are thrilled to have the work recognised in this way by the Captain of the Base.  This kind donation will be used to help sustain charity’s pastoral support programme".

Aggie Weston's Pastoral Workers at HMS SULTAN are based in the Chaplaincy Haven and run a number of events across the week, month and year to support staff and personnel serving on the base.  For more information on their work please contact the Aggie Weston's Head Office.

Ladies who know how to lunch

There is nothing nicer than getting together with a group of friends for lunch. It’s made all the more fun when it’s a themed lunch. Pastoral workers at The Condor, 45 Command, Arbroath had an ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ ladies lunch where dressing up was an option. Well Sue and Seonid were not going to miss the opportunity to become Patsy and Eddie for the day.

It’s surprising how many bad taste clothes we can have hidden in our wardrobes and this was a perfect opportunity to air them all together as some of the photos show

We had around 18 wives and girlfriends who attended the soup and sandwich lunch, but were kept entertained by a myriad of games designed to test their skills at working as a team. One of the games was building the most sturdy and largest building out of spaghetti and marshmallows. This isn’t an easy feat for anyone and there were some rather wobbly examples, but one team worked like designers and made a structure that would have rivalled the Forth Road Bridge! 

After a lovely lunch of lentil soup, mixed sandwiches and chocolate cake, we played spin the bottle, but not as you know it!

Seonid brought her collection of nail polishes, which number into the fifties, in every possible colour and each person had a colour that they had to paint on one nail of the person where the bottle landed. In the end there were a lot of women with 10 different nails, but who had enjoyed their Absolutely Fabulous lunch at the Haven.

We are busy organising the next one with more challenging games, a different theme and offering another opportunity for people to get together and enjoy themselves.

Weekly Events with Aggie Westons

Every Week Aggie Weston's Pastoral workers are busy around our sites hosting events that provide an opportunity to chat, entertain and listen.  

Events are open to all sailors, marines and their families.  A list of the events that we host is below, if you would like more details please contact your local centre.

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Half Term Happiness at CTCRM, Lympstone

There was a lot of Half Term Happiness at CTCRM, Lympstone during February Half Term.

Aggie Weston's Pastoral Workers Vicky, Abi and Zena hosted a Pancake Party, Valentine's Craft a Gruffalo Party and a Charity Cake Sale!

Here PW Vicky tell us all about the fun

"Half Term was great fun event though it was dull rainy and cold! We started with a Pancake Party on Tuesday, 17 Adults and 17 children came along to enjoy a 'flipping (sorry) great time!  The children were really well behaved and had great fun having pancake flipping competitions, the winner flipped the pancake over 144 times!! The pancake picnic went down well with some very creative topping combinations! Squirty cream was a must!

On Wednesday we hosted a Valentine's Craft session and as the pancakes were so delicious we had more on the Valentines picnic along with some specially decorated heart cupcakes and  then decorated our own cupcakes to take home. ( some didn’t quite make it home and were scoffed before they had left the building!) 16 adults and 28 children joined us for our Valentine's event. 

On Thursday it was time for the Gruffalo party, 12 adults and 22 children joined us for   a picnic and a visit from the Gruffalo. The Gruffalo picnic was fun as we had scrambled snake sandwiches, Roasted fox, terrible tusks and terrible claws, orange eyes and owl ice-cream and snakes log pile house chocolate rolls! YUM!

Some brave dads also joined in the fun during their breaks and had a chance to have a chat over a coffee and cake.

We finished the week with our monthly Charity Cake sale, this month we supported CAFOD. The cake sale is always well supported and each month we support a different charity and get suggestions from recruits, trained ranks and other staff"





New Pastoral Worker joins RNAS Culdrose

 Tom Lloyd New Aggie Weston's Pastoral Worker at RNAS Culdrose

Tom Lloyd New Aggie Weston's Pastoral Worker at RNAS Culdrose

Aggie Weston's are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Lloyd  to the Pastoral team at RNAS Culdrose.

Tom joined the Chaplaincy team at RNAS Culdrose during January and is settling into his role.  Here Tom tells us a bit about himself and plans for the future: 

 "I've previously worked at RNAS Culdrose for two years as a minibus driver for a civilian contractor. Prior to that my career has largely been in agriculture, I also did a two year placement with the Mission to Seafarers as a Chaplain's Assistant in Dunkerque France. I enjoy talking with and supporting others, one of my main social activities is volunteering ten hours a week with a local charity that helps autistic children learn how to fain social skills. I'm looking to bring a good sense of humour and a 'can do' attitude to the role at RNAS Culdrose. It is an exciting time to join the team as I will be helping to set up a new Haven, a 'who let the Dads out' group and also visiting the various units and squadrons on the base. As well as a keen volunteer , in my spare time I like to go orienteering, cycling and exploring Cornwall."

If you would like to meet with Tom to make a Storybook Waves recording for your family, or just have a chat you will find him in the Chaplaincy at RNAS Culdrose.

Aggie Weston's attend Community Centres Re-opening.

Aggie Weston's Plymouth was out and about last work working alongside RNRMW Plymouth as they re-opened three of the Community Centres in Plymstock, Crownhill and Torpoint. 

Aggie Weston's Pastoral Worker Simon was able to introduce CAP Money our money budgeting course and Storybook Waves to the families in attendance.  Simon also spent time with the families as when he ran a Storybook Waves Book Club session.

The NFF, Jack and Jills and other organisations supporting the RN and RM were also there to speak to families. 

Simon Thomas, Aggie Weston's Pastoral worker said "It was great to be with the Naval and Marine communities, and we look forward to continuing partnering together. If you’re interested in CAP Money, please get in touch with Aggies Plymouth".

Storybook Waves Cheque Presentation

 Lt Adam Forest (RN), Anna Wright Trustee of the Annington Trust, Kathryn Hearn Project Manager, and Jane Horsham from the Annington Trust with children with the Storybook Waves book club.

Lt Adam Forest (RN), Anna Wright Trustee of the Annington Trust, Kathryn Hearn Project Manager, and Jane Horsham from the Annington Trust with children with the Storybook Waves book club.

On Thursday 7th December Anna Wright and Jane Horsham from the Annington Trust joined Kathryn Hearn and the children from the Friends @No.10 Storybook Waves Book Club for their monthly meeting.  

During their visit Jane and Anna presented Kathryn with a cheque to extend and fund the Monthly Aggie Weston's Storybook Waves book clubs for three years. 

Kathryn Hearn, Project Manager of Storybook Waves Commented:

"I am absolutely thrilled and delighted that the Annington Trust has chosen to support Storybook Waves. This support ensures that I am able to extend the book club to each of the RNRM Welfare community houses and centres in the UK, connecting more families and helping to reduce social isolation"

The Storybook Waves book clubs are being launched all over the UK. To find out where your nearest club is, please contact your local RNRM Welfare community centre.