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Muslim association holds poppy picnic

Poppy badges at the Armed Forces Memorial for a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire. Credit: PA

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association is inviting the Halesowen community to join in a big Poppy Picnic today to support The Royal British Legion's work for the Armed Forces community.

People are being invited to bring along food and drink to the event in Long Lane, where they can enjoy an afternoon with stalls, exhibitions and demonstrations from the Sea and Air Cadets, Midlands Police and the local fire brigade.

There will be samosas, donated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association, which will be available for a small contribution on the day, with all money raised going to the Legion.

Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Finch, will open the Poppy Picnic at noon and the event will finish at 4.30pm with a few words from local Legion fundraiser, Alison Bates.

New centre for wounded soldiers, full report

A soldier from the Midlands who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan is one of many service men and women who are being helped to recover through a new centre.

The Battleback Centre in Lilleshall officially opened today, it offers adaptive sport and training faciliites to wounded, injured and sick members of the armed forces. Balvinder Sidhu reports.

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Battle Back Centre opened for rehabilitating service personnel

Rt Hon Mark Francois and Olympic Bronze Medallist Beth Tweddle Credit: ITV Central

The Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall in Staffordshire has been opened by Rt Hon Mark Francois and Olympic Bronze Medallist Beth Tweddle.

Servicemen using the facilities Credit: ITV Central

The centre, which is funded by the The Royal British Legion, provides sports and adventurous activities to help the recovery of wounded, injured and sick service personnel from all three Services.

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Dementia carers: 'Important to ensure each person's needs are recognised'

My career has allowed me to meet a number of servicemen and women and hear the amazing stories they have to tell. Although, I do not have an Armed Forces background, I have a strong interest in history and will soon complete an MA at Birmingham University on the Second World War.

"I have also seen for myself the effect a dementia diagnosis can have on veterans and their families, and am looking forward to ensuring that each carer's needs are recognised and adequately supported."

– Ben Upton, from Birmingham, will head the service as lead nurse

Plans for Centre of Remembrance at National Memorial Arboretum given the go ahead

National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV Central

The National Memorial Arboretum is one step closer to becoming a world-renowned Centre for Remembrance, after proposals were given the go ahead by Lichfield District Council.

The plans, which include the building of a Pavilion as a venue for special events and the creation of a Remembrance and Learning Centre for visitors, were introduced in April 2009.

Work on the site is due to get underway later this year and it is anticipated the Centre will be ready by the Autumn of 2014.

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