COVID-19 – UPDATE NUMBER 4 FROM THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Dear Members

Though the severest elements of the national lockdown have now receded, we still find ourselves restricted in our daily lives to some degree. Unfortunately, our 75th anniversary year will be measured in future years by COVID-19 rather than celebratory activity but we will attempt to put this right in 2021.

We expect to be back to full staffing during the working week from early September.  We will continue to utilise virtual technology to conduct activity when we have to, however we are very aware that this cannot replace the ‘face to face’ style which is so important to us. All our decisions on postponement or cancellation of events have this in mind. Those who have visited the website of late, will have seen that we can now accept donations via PayPal and we can now accept payment ‘over the phone’ and ‘in person’ by Debit or Credit Card. The secure area of the website is currently being re-developed. We remind members that, in these unprecedented times, please contact us if you or someone you know are experiencing severe financial difficulties at present, we may be able to help.

You will recall from Update Number 3 that the decision was taken in May to cancel our social events up to the end of October 2020. Regrettably, we have now taken the decision to cancel the following events in November 2020. The Field of Remembrance Lunch on the 5th November and the Ascension Service Lunch on the 6th November. At present we are hopeful we can attend the Opening of the Field of Remembrance ceremony (albeit with reduced ticket numbers and with social distancing) and conduct the Ascension Service (again with restrictions). We await news from Westminster Abbey as to whether we can conduct the Service in the Cloisters in some way on the 5th November. We will update the membership as soon as we have news.

We have also decided to cancel the Annual Reunion on the 14th November due to venue restrictions and the heavy reliance on public transport for this event.

The Annual Newsletter is now at the printers. We are hopeful this will start to drop on your doorsteps during the first week in September. It is the largest Newsletter to date (20 pages) and includes articles on the 75th Anniversary of the Regimental Association, the SENTINELS Initiative, and adverts for a 75th Anniversary Regimental Association Print and the (now completed) Ascension Book. Raffle tickets for the Annual Christmas Draw and information regarding the AGM in October will also be included.

John, Tracy and Terri

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The SAS Regimental Association is the only official organisation that represents the Special Air Service Regiment and its affiliated Units and incorporates its Benevolent Fund.

The Units represented are shown on this site. It is a Registered Charity No 254393 and a copy of our Annual Report and Accounts is available to the public through the Charity Commission website.

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Ascension Cover

Purchase Ascension, the SAS memorial in Hereford Cathedral. This beautifully illustrated hardback book tells the story of the commission in the words of the Regiment, the cathedral community and the artist.

Welfare

The main aims and objects of the Association, are to promote the well-being of its members and their dependants and to maintain the Regiment’s tradition and esprit de corps. However, the Association’s priority is, and always has been, the welfare of its members. Over the last few years the Special Air Service Association has paid out an average of £200,000 a year for direct financial support to members who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves needing a helping hand. No member or member’s widow or dependant is ever turned away, if the problem is a genuine one.

SAS Memorial

A major new internationally important artwork, dedicated to the Special Air Service and funded through donations by the Special Air Service Regimental Association has been installed in Hereford Cathedral. In the form of a magnificent sculpture and stained glass window, completed in April 2017. The SAS, maintains a long and close association with Hereford Cathedral, the City and County.