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My First Hello!

Posted 11/10/2019

 

Happy October everyone! It really seems like the year has flown by and the summer seems like a distant memory, but I am very happy to be in the midst of Autumn and back in boots and cosy jumpers. It has been a bit miserable and wet but it’s my favourite time of the year – I love the beautiful autumnal colours, the colder weather and wrapping up for a crisp dog walk – but it’s also my birthday month which this year is a Big Birthday – so very exciting!

As a family, we have all settled in quickly to our new home at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. We have moved onto the base while unfortunately many people will soon be gone by the end of the month! But we are very pleased to be back in Yorkshire, and much closer to a wider support network of and friends, which as any military family will know is rare and valuable.

So far I have been absolutely loving the new job. It comes with so much variety, so week to week I’m in lots of different places meeting lots of new faces. I have really enjoyed visiting some of the schools around my area of North Yorkshire – I definitely feel most comfortable in a school environment! – and I am looking forward to visiting more in the coming year. Everybody has been very welcoming and it’s great to see we definitely all share the same passion and focus; to support our wonderful service pupils. I have already met and worked with some lovely new little faces, and I am hoping to fill up more of my time with working 1:1 with those pupils who are in need of a bit of special attention and focus – so please do not hesitate to contact me if you feel there are any children in your school who would benefit from this.

A big thanks to my wonderful colleague Nickie who has been bombarded with emails and phone calls from me as I’m working my way around the new role! Despite my many annoying emails we have clicked straight away and I think we already make a good team. We have (thankfully!) partnered up to organise the final bits and pieces for the Ripon Cathedral Service, which is such a big legacy to take on from my predecessor Annabel! Luckily I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with Annabel who passed on some of her wealth of knowledge, and I am hoping we can do the event justice! All will be alright on the night as they say J

The email about the artwork for the Cathedral Service has now been sent out to all and we are very excited to see the direction all the schools and the children take for the decoration of the boots and the bootprints! The Remembrance Service this year is focused on the 75th Anniversary of D Day, and we are hoping schools will also be inspired by veteran Mr John Jeffries who played an integral part in D Day when he and his regiment parachuted into Arnhem.  Mr Jeffries was recently featured on the British Army website talking about his experiences, the interview is available here :  https://www.army.mod.uk/news-and-events/events/arnhem-75/

MKC Heroes have issued a recall of all the MKC Badges due to a possible allergic reaction to the content of the badges.  Paula Rowe has emailed MKC schools and would be very grateful if you would respond confirming that you have received the information.  Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Cathedral next month – have a great October and hopefully this rain will clear up soon so we can see more of those lovely crisp, sunny Autumn days!

Jess

 

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