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Some examples of the items we've despatched to date and our "despatch diary," which runs oldest at the bottom, newest at the top (return for updates - may require a press of the F5 button)...

 

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Summary

29/01/13    Two boxes sent to frontline 40 Cmdo Marines in Afghanistan.

24/12/12    We dropped off some more items at the camp! :-D

01/12/12    We dropped off some items at the camp!

23/06/12    We dropped off some items at the camp and then made a visit to Bodmin to get six shoeboxes sent out to Afghanistan.

28/04/12    We dropped off some items at the camp.

13/03/12    We dropped off some items at the camp.

11/01/12    We visited Norton Manor again and left the large items for passing on to the Welfare Officer to share out.

24/12/11    We visited Norton Manor again and left the large items for passing on to the Welfare Officer to share out.

21/12/11    We visited village-based Marines and an infantryman with gifts from the village and made another run to Norton Manor with large items.

29/11/11    We packed up another six boxes to go to Afghanistan (Button No.8 above) and also visited the camp with some large items for the Welfare Officer to distribute (Camp Direct button).

07/11/11    We visited the area co-ordinator for Support Our Soldiers in Bodmin this afternoon and handed over all twenty-eight of the Cotford boxes we had made up, to be sent to British troops currently in Afghanistan.

04/11/11    We visited Norton Manor and left the large items with the Marine on guard duty at the gate. We also gave the civilian security guards one of the tins of shortbread to put in their tea-making area in the gatehouse as a goodwill gesture. Smiles all round! We also visited Cpl. S. to give him some chocolate items to take to his camp and share out and visited a village Marines wife to give her the chocolate items to pass out to the children of village Marines who will be away over Christmas. We also made up a little box of goodies to give to a convalescing Marine who lives in the village  - Button No.7 and 'Camp Direct' above.

03/11/11    We packed up six boxes, added them to the September eleven and the two that were donated at the shop, packed up ten Christmas boxes and got them all ready to take to the SoS regional co-ordinator to be sent to Afghanistan.

19/09/11    We packed eleven boxes ready to send out to Afghanistan as soon as we have someone to send them via - Button No.7 above.

06/09/11    We visited Norton Manor and left at the guardhouse a letter with our contact details for the Chaplain or families officer so that when our local Marines deploy we can hopefully once again be in receipt of a central address in-theatre to send parcels to so that they can be handed out to the lads.

06/09/11    Five boxes as per Button No.5 above sent to frontline Marines in Afghanistan, mostly comprised of donations left at our village shop collection point. Thanks, everybody.

04/09/11    Collection point established in the village shop.

27/08/11    Four boxes similar to button No.4 above went out to frontline Marines in Afghanistan. Thanks to all those who contributed, be it materiel, time or otherwise.

20/06/11    Four boxes sent to frontline Marines in Afghanistan (Button No.2 above).

08/06/11    Four boxes sent to frontline Marines in Afghanistan (Button No.1 above).

 

January 2013

 

And we're back! Two boxes sent out to CSgt W. to distribute around the 40 Cmdo contingent as follows:-

 

Box1: 4x Mini Cheddars, 1x Love Heart sherbet dip, 2x Haribo* packs, 1x Hoisin Sauce peanuts, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Mint Humbugs, 2x Tic-Tacs, 3x Polo, 1x Shortbread Fingers, 1x shower gel, 1x Supernoodles, 1x Toffee Popcorn.

Box2: 3x Mini Cheddars, 1x Peanuts & Cashews, 1x shower gel, 2x Tic-Tacs, 3x Polo, 1x Wine Gums, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Ginger Cookies, 1x Supernoodles, 2x Haribo packs, 4x Love Hearts sherbet dips, 1x mini pack Pringles.

 

* Despite previous postings below to the effect of chocolate and soft sweets being destroyed by the heat we are informed that they make it through okay in winter. However, spring and a soar in temperature will soon be fast approaching.

 

December 2012

 

Various items impractical for shoeboxes were taken to the camp for the Welfare Officer to distribute amongst those rehabilitating or on camp duty over Christmas.

 

June 2012

 

Six boxes packed and sent out as follows:-

 

Box 1: 1x Skittles, 3x Cup-A-Soup, 2x Wrigley's Spearmint, 1x comb, 4x Bic razors, 2x moisturiser, 1x toothbrush, 1x toothpaste, 2x Nescafe sachets, 1x Teabag, 1x Lovehearts dip, 1x Refreshers, 1x Werther's Origianls, 1x pack of Plasticine, 1x shower gel, 1x Carnation, 1x Tic-Tac, 1x Chupa-Chupps lolly, 2x Kleenex tissues, 1x Liquorice Allsorts.

Box 2: 1x pack of Plasticine, 1x Teabags, 1x Loverheart dip, 1x Polo Mints, 4x Chupa-Chupps lollies, 2x Cup-A-Soup, 1x Toothbrush, 4x Bic razors, 1s Swizzles lolly, 1x comb, 2x Kleenex tissues, 1x mustard tube, 1x Tic Tac, 1x Wet Wipes, 2x chewing gum, 1x toothpaste1x moisturiser, 1x Refreshers, 1x shower gel, 1x Carnation, 1x hot chocolate sachet, 1x Nescafe sachet, 1x Liquorice Allsorts.

Box 3: 1x Carnation, 1x Liquorice Allsorts, 1x Lovehearts dip, 2x Cup-A-Soup, 1x comb, 1x Love Hearts, 1x Skittles, 5x Chupa-Chupps lollies, 2x moisturiser, 3x Nescafe sachets, 2x teabags, 1x pen, 4x Bic razors, 2x chewing gum, 1x shower gel, 2x Kleenex tissues, 1x Ginger Nuts, 1x Pringles, 1x crossword book and pencil.

Box 4: 1x crossword book, 1x Fox's Glacier Fruits, 1x pen, 1x mustard tube, 4x Bic razors, 1x comb, 2x chewing gum, 1x Skittles, 4x Chuppa-Chupps lollies, 3x Cup-A-Soup, 1x Refreshers, 1x assorted mints, 2x Nescafe sachets, 1x Lovehearts, 2x moisturiser, 1x Lovehearts dip, 1x Carnation, 2x Kleenex tissues, 1x Pringles, 1x shower gel.

Box 5: 1x audio book (Patricia Cornwell - The Front), 1x Ginger Nuts, 1x toothbrush & toothpaste, 4x Bic razors, 1x comb, 1x pen, 2 Cup-A-Soup, 1x Lovehearts dip, 1x crossword book, 1x Carnation, 1x Skittles, 1x Lovehearts, 4x Chupa-Chupps lollies, 1x moisturiser, 2x chewing gum, 1x teabags, 1x Nescafe sachet, 1x Liquorice Allsorts, 2x Kleenex tissues.

Box 6: 1x notepad, 1x pack of envelopes, 1x Carnation, 1x shower gel, 1x Mint Imperials, 1x Starburst, 1x Fox's Glacier Mints, 1x Fox's Glacier Fruits.

 

 

February - May 2012

 

Many donations gratefully received. These are sorted into what can be "shoeboxed" and what can't. What can't is taken to the camp for the Welfare Officer to distribute (apparently a lot goes out via the rehabilitation centre), Those items destined for Afghanistan are boxed up ready to take to Bodmin for our SoS contact to send on. Unfortunately, it's a five-hour round trip (if you obey the speed limit ;D ) so we really need a car boot-full of boxes to justify the trip. If anyone is heading into Cornwall and passing Bodmin would they like to take a quick detour into town and drop off what we've got so far, please? If so, please e-mail.

 

 

January 2012

 

A tin of Fox's Biscuits, two packets of assorted biscuits, a box of Cadbury's chocolate biscuits and five packs of Mint Aero went to the camp to be shared out.

 

 

December 2011

 

A tin of assorted biscuits, a box of After Eight's and a Freddo Frog chocolate bar were taken to the camp welfare office.

 

Donations of assorted biscuits, a Christmas cake, a Santa hat, a toy Christmas tree and a box of mini crackers went to the camp welfare office. Also, a pack of assorted biscuits, a pack of gingerbread men, a model aeroplane and a magazine, a box of biscuits and two individual Christmas puddings were distributed to Marines and a member of 3 Rifles in the village, some of whom are convalescing after being injured - quite seriously in some cases - in Afghanistan.

 

Two donations of large boxes of assorted biscuits went to the camp welfare officer for the lads to share.

 

 

November 2011

 

Six boxes prepared in readiness for despatch as follows (Button No.8 above):-

 

Box X11: 1x festive beaker (filled with 1x Chupa Chupp, 6x candy canes, 2x drinking chocolate, 1x Rocky biscuit bar), 1x disposable razor with cover, 1x Carnation, 2x cereal bars, 1x shampoo, 1x conditioner, 1x Heinz soup sachet, 2x sherbet dips, 2x chewing gum, 1x soap, 2x toothbrushes (one box has a five pack of toothbrushes), 1x toothpaste, 1x pen, 1x soup powder, 1x bag of fruit sweets, 1x baby wipes, 1x mustard.

Box X12: 1x festive beaker (filled with 1x Chupa Chupp, 6x candy canes, 2x drinking chocolate, 1x Rocky biscuit bar), 1x disposable razor with cover, 1x Carnation, 2x cereal bars, 1x shampoo, 1x conditioner, 1x Heinz soup sachet, 2x sherbet dips, 2x chewing gum, 1x soap, 2x toothbrushes (one box has a five pack of toothbrushes), 1x toothpaste, 1x pen, 1x soup powder, 1x bag of fruit sweets, 1x baby wipes, 1x HP Sauce, 1x Santa hat.

Box X13: 1x festive beaker (filled with 1x Chupa Chupp, 6x candy canes, 2x drinking chocolate, 1x Rocky biscuit bar), 1x disposable razor with cover, 1x Carnation, 2x cereal bars, 1x shampoo, 1x conditioner, 1x Heinz soup sachet, 2x sherbet dips, 2x chewing gum, 1x soap, 2x toothbrushes (one box has a five pack of toothbrushes), 1x toothpaste, 1x pen, 1x soup powder, 1x bag of fruit sweets, 1x baby wipes, 1x Squeezy Oxo.

Box X14: 1x Carnation, 2x Xmas pud, 1x Aero Xmas Tree, 1x Rocky biscuit bar, 1x sherbet dip, 4x Cappuccino sachets, 1x vinegar sachet, 4x sugar sachets, 3x salt and pepper sachets, 1x shaving gel, 2x disposable razors with covers, 2x chewing gum, 5x candy canes, 1x Foxes Glacier Fruits, 1x Jammie Dodgers, 1x shower gel, 1x Squeezy Jelly.

Box X15: 1x Carnation, 2x Xmas pud, 1x Aero Xmas Tree, 1x Rocky biscuit bar, 1x sherbet dip, 4x Cappuccino sachets, 1x vinegar sachet, 4x sugar sachets, 3x salt and pepper sachets, 1x shaving gel, 2x disposable razors with covers, 2x chewing gum, 5x candy canes, 1x Foxes Glacier Mints, 1x Jammie Dodgers, 2x shower gel, 1x Gummi Bears sweets.

Box X16: 1x Shortbread Fingers, 1x Supernoodles, 1x tube of Smarties, 1x body lotion, 1x soap, 5x pepper sachets, 1x salt sachet, 2x sugar sachets, 1x notepad, 1x bubblegum, 1x Drumstick chew, 1x Savoury Rice, 1x soup powder, 1x Chocco Topping, 1x tin of mackerel fillets, 1x box of gingerbread men, 1x tube of Rowntrees Pick n' Mix, 1x festive beaker (filled with 8x candy canes, 2x drinking chocolate sachets, 2x Chupa Chupps), 1x Xmas tree toy.

 

Six boxes prepared in readiness for despatch as follows (Button No.7 above):-

 

Box 12: 1x Polystyrene glider, 2x disposable razors with covers, 1x shower gel, 1x Dolly Mixtures, 1x "single serving" Marmite, 1x mackerel fillets in sauce, 1x Ginger Nuts, 1x Carnation, 1x beef stock cubes, 1x pack of teabags, 1x custard powder, 1x Smash potato with herb sachet, 4x drinking chocolate, 1x Chupa Chup lolly, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Love Hearts, 8x coffee sachets, 5x individual tea bags.

Box 13: 1x Spotted Dick pudding, 1x tin mushy peas, 1x tin macaroni cheese, 1x Carnation, 2x drinking chocolate, 1x bag savoury snacks, 2x disposable razors with covers, 2x "single serving" shower gel, 1x "single serving" conditioner, 1x coloured pencils, 3x Maoam chews, 1x Refresher chews, 1x Chupa Chup lolly, 1x pack of teabags, 1x sachet of sugar.

Box 14: 1x tin baked beans, 1x Carnation, 1x Super Noodles, 1x syrup sponge pudding, 2x chicken soup sachet, 1x bag of Chocolate Limes, 3x "single serving" shampoo, 1x "single serving" lotion, 1x "single serving" conditioner, 1x custard powder, 2x Chupa Chup lollies, 5x Maoam chews, 10x drinking chocolate, 1x coffee sachet, 1x Refresher chews, 1x Fox's Glacier Fruits.

Box 15: 1x Pear Drops, 1x Mint Imperials, 1x Tooty Frooties, 2x Love Hearts, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Refresher chews, 1x Super Noodles, 1x "single serving" shower gel, 1x "single serving" lotion, 1x disposable razor with cover, 2x "single serving" Marmite, 2x chicken soup sachet, 1x Carnation, 1x tin macaroni cheese.

Box 16: 1x syrup sponge pudding, 1x tin butter beans, 1x tin macaroni cheese, 1x Carnation, 1x Rhubarb & Custard sweets, 2x shower gel, 1x disposable razor with cover, 4x chicken soup sachet, 1x Love Hearts.

Box 17: 1x Tooty Frooties; 2x Carnation; 2x shower gel; 1x chicken soup sachet; 1x Fox's Glacier Mints; 1x HP Sauce, 1x each "single serving" shampoo and conditioner.

 

Box 18: 1x HP sauce, 1x Jamaica Ginger cake, 1x Golden Syrup cake, 2x soap, 3x "single serving" shampoo, 3x "single serving" conditioner, 3x "single serving" lotion (proving that what's in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. ;-) ).

 

And ten boxes prepared for despatch to arrive at Christmas as follows (Button No.7 above):-

 

Box X1: 1x baby wipes (fragrance free), 2x Xmas puddings, 2x custard powder, 1x Carnation milk with an Aero dessert, 1x sage and onion stuffing mix, 1x pack of tea bags, 1x toothbrush and toothpaste, 1x pot of pepper, 2x disposable razors with covers, 1x bubble-blowing mixture, 3x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x coffee sachet, 2x Rocky biscuit bars, 3x conical party hats, 1x Xmas decoration.

Box X2: 1x baby wipes (fragrance free), 2x Xmas puddings, 2x custard powder, 1x Carnation milk with an Aero dessert, 1x sage and onion stuffing mix, 1x pack of tea bags, 1x toothbrush and toothpaste, 1x pot of pepper, 2x disposable razors with covers, 1x bubble-blowing mixture, 3x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x coffee sachet, 2x Rocky biscuit bars, 3x conical party hats, 1x Xmas decoration.

Box X3: 1x baby wipes (fragrance free), 2x Xmas puddings, 2x custard powder, 1x Carnation milk with an Aero dessert, 1x sage and onion stuffing mix, 1x pack of tea bags, 1x toothbrush and toothpaste, 1x pot of pepper, 2x disposable razors with covers, 1x bubble-blowing mixture, 3x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x coffee sachet, 2x Rocky biscuit bars, 3x conical party hats, 1x Xmas decoration.

Box X4: 1x baby wipes (fragrance free), 2x Xmas puddings, 2x custard powder, 1x Carnation milk with an Aero dessert, 1x sage and onion stuffing mix, 1x pack of tea bags, 1x toothbrush and toothpaste, 1x pot of pepper, 2x disposable razors with covers, 1x bubble-blowing mixture, 3x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x coffee sachet, 2x Rocky biscuit bars, 3x conical party hats, 1x Xmas decoration.

Box X5: 1x baby wipes (fragrance free), 2x Xmas puddings, 2x custard powder, 1x Carnation milk with an Aero dessert, 1x pack of tea bags, 1x toothbrush and toothpaste, 1x pot of pepper, 1x disposable razor with cover, 1x bubble-blowing mixture, 4x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x coffee sachet, 1x permanent marker, 2x Rocky biscuit bars, 2x Maoam chews, 1x Cadbury Brunch Bar, 2x Xmas decoration.

Box X6: 1x baby wipes (fragrance free), 2x Xmas puddings, 2x custard powder, 1x Carnation milk with an Aero dessert, 1x pack of tea bags, 1x toothbrush and toothpaste, 1x pot of pepper, 1x disposable razor with cover, 1x bubble-blowing mixture, 4x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x coffee sachet, 1x permanent marker, 2x Rocky biscuit bars, 2x Maoam chews, 1x Cadbury Brunch Bar, 1x Xmas decoration.

Box X7: 2x Xmas puddings, 4x custard powder, 1x large tube of Smarties, 1x Carnation, 9x Penguin biscuits, 1x pack of teabags, 2x Cadbury Brunch Bars, 1x sherbet dip, 2x permanent markers, 1x bag of Aero Bubbles, 1x each "single serving" shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, 1x Xmas decoration.

Box X8: 1x syrup sponge pudding, 1x Spotted Dick pudding, 1x Suduko puzzle book, 4x custard powder, 1x tin macaroni cheese, 1x coloured pencils, 4x Maoam chews, 1x Ginger Nuts, 1x pack of teabags, 1x bodywash, 1x "single serving" shampoo, 1x box Mansize tissues, 1x pair [new!] socks, 1x Xmas decoration.

Box X9: 1x syrup sponge pudding, 1x chocolate sponge pudding, 1x Carnation, 1x polystyrene glider, 4x custard powder, 2x Cadbury Brunch Bar, 1x tin mushy peas, 1x pack of teabags, 1x "single serving" jam, 1x "single serving" marmalade, 2x drinking chocolate, 2x coffee sachets, 1x sherbet dip, 1x Smash potato with herb sachet, 1x Maoam chew, 1x Xmas decoration.

Box X10: 2x syrup sponge puddings, 1x Spooky toffee popcorn, 2x disposable razors with covers, 1x shower gel, 1x pack of teabags, 2x coffee sachets, 1x coloured pencils, 2x drinking chocolate, 1x Savoury Rice, 1x Carnation, 2x custard powder, 3x Maoam chews, 1x sherbet dip, 2x Fruit Pastilles, 1x pot of pepper, 2x Xmas decoration.

 

And a bag of oversized donations to take to the camp for the lads as follows:-

 

4x tins shortbread, 1x jar Quality Street, 1x pack Cadbury Mini Rolls, 2x shaving foam, 1x deodorant, 1x large box of tissues, 1x box Heroes, 1x Toffee Crisp squares, 1x Xmas pud plus custard, 30x Xmas cards.

 

And a gift box for a convalescing village resident Marine as follows:-

 

1x bag savoury snacks, 1x box shortbread, 4x assorted preserves, 1x syrup sponge pudding, 1x custard powder, 2x Snickers bars.

 

And a bag of chocolate items for the children of serving Marines who will be away at Xmas as follows:-

 

Assorted Twix, Snickers, Penguin, [lots of!] Kit Kat.

 

And finally, a little goodie bag for Cpl. S, whom we sent boxes via during his tour, to take to his camp to share around as follows:-

 

1x bag Fun Size Mars Bars, 1x shaving foam.

 

Additionally, there are two ready-packed boxes which state they contain pens, envelopes, notepads, soap and photographic magazines.

 

 

September 2011

 

Eleven boxes prepared in readiness for despatch as follows (Button No.7 above):-

 

Box 1: 3x pencils, 1x permanent marker, 1x toothpaste, 1x shower gel, 3x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x Maoam chews, 2x coffee sachets, 1x Carnation, 1x Refreshers, 1x Fruit Gums, 1x Extra Strong Mints, 1x Wine Gums, 1 x salt & pepper, 4x assorted soup sachets, 1x Supernoodles, 1x spaghetti with sausages, 1x pasta in tomato sauce, 3x Fruit Flakes.

Box 2: 3x pencils, 1x permanent marker, 1x toothpaste, 1x shower gel, 3x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x Maoam chews, 2x coffee sachets, 1x Carnation, 1x Refreshers, 1x Fruit Gums, 1x Extra Strong Mints, 1x Wine Gums, 1 x salt & pepper, 4x assorted soup sachets, 1x Supernoodles, 1x spaghetti with sausages, 1x pasta in tomato sauce, 3x Fruit Flakes, 1x Sherbet Fountain, 1x mackerel fillets in tomato sauce.

Box 3: 3x pencils, 1x permanent marker, 1x toothpaste, 1x shower gel, 4x assorted drinking chocolate, 1x Maoam chews, 2x coffee sachets, 1x Carnation, 1x Refreshers, 1x Fruit Gums, 1x Extra Strong Mints, 1x Wine Gums, 1 x salt & pepper, 4x assorted soup sachets, 1x Supernoodles, 1x spaghetti with sausages, 1x pasta in tomato sauce, 3x Fruit Flakes, 1x Sherbet Fountain.

Box 4: 1x Mansize tissues, 1x Jammie Dodgers, 1x beef stock cubes, 1x tuna flakes in brine, 1x salt & pepper, 1x Tabasco, 4x assorted soup sachets, 1x Savoury Rice, 1x Haribo Starmix, 3x Fruit Flakes, 1x Trebor Soft Mints.

Box 5: 1x Shower gel, 1x toothbrush with toothpaste sample, 1x tomato puree, 1x Carnation, 1x butter beans, 1x chicken stock cubes, 1x spaghetti with sausages, 1x Supernoodles, 2x assorted soup sachets, 1x salt & pepper, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Trebor Soft Fruits, 1x pack of teabags.

Box 6: 1x Ginger Nuts, 1x Fruit Salad hard gums, 1x Pick n' Mix sweets, 4x coffee sachet, 1x Trident chewing gum, 3x pencils, 1x permanent marker, 1x shower gel, 1x Trebor Soft Fruits, 1x Extra Strong Mints, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 3x Fruit Flakes, 1x mackerel fillets in tomato sauce, 1x English mustard, 1x Carnation, 3x assorted soup sachets, 1x Supernoodles.

Box 7: 1x Colgate Plax, 1x pack of teabags, 1x sardines in tomato sauce, 1x curry powder, 1x shower gel, 2x coffee sachets, 3x Fruit Flakes, 1x Trebor Soft Fruits, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x wine gums, 1x Refreshers, 1x Sherbet Dip, 3x pencils, 1x permanent marker.

Box 8: 1x baby wipes, 1x Haribo Funny Mix, 3x pencils, 1x permanent marker, 1x custard powder, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Extra Strong Mints, 1x Love Hearts, 1x baked beans, 1x Maoam chews, 1x coffee sachet, 4x drinking chocolate, 3x assorted soup sachets, 1x curry powder, 1x Supernoodles, 3x Fruit Flakes, 1x Mint Imperials.

Box 9: 1x shower gel, 1x permanent marker, 3x pencils, 1x Jammie Dodgers, 4x coffee sachet, 3x chewing gum, 1x shortbread fingers, 1x Maoam chews, 1x Extra Strong Mints, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Fruit Gums, 1x wine gums, 2x drinking chocolate, 1x jelly babies, 1x custard powder, 3x Fruit Flakes, 1x English mustard, 1x Supernoodles, 4x assorted soup sachets.

Box 10: 1x shower gel, 1x Jammie Dodgers, 1x wine gums (bag), 1x Extra Strong Mints, 2x Maoam chews, 4x drinking chocolate, 1x pack of teabags, 1x pepper sauce, 1x beef stock cubes, 2x Savoury Rice, 1x Tabasco, 3x assorted soup sachets.

Box 11: 1x Jammie Dodgers, 1x shower gel, 1x Maoam chews, 1x Extra Strong Mints, 1x baked beans, 1x Savoury Rice, 1x chicken stock cubes, 1x tomato puree, 5x assorted soup sachets, 1x Ginger Nuts.

 

Carried over for the next send are:-

 

1x butter beans, 1x baked beans, 1x beef stock cubes.

 


 

The first batch to include donations from our wider community at our collection point in the village Co-Op - thank you again to those that filled and keep filling the box up. We've also approached the Chaplain at Norton Manor via letter so when "our" Marines go out to Afghanistan we should hopefully be able to jump right in and send what the village donates straight to them as soon as they are in theatre (we're looking for a contact or contacts in 20th Armoured at the moment, and have been in touch with the Support Our Soldiers charity in regards to getting parcels out to them).

 

We sent five tightly-packed boxes to the forward areas of Afghanistan today care of Marine H., who has close ties to the village (Button No. 5 above):-

 

Box 1: 1x polystyrene glider, 1x Lucozade, 1x tomato puree, 1x shower gel, 1x teabags, 1x Haribo, 1x Carex handwash, 1x toothpaste, 1x Carnation.

Box 2: 1x polystyrene glider, 1x Skittles, 2x pocket shower gel, 1x shower gel, 1x teabags, 1x Carex handwash, 1x toothpaste, 2x Carnation, 4x Fruit Pastilles, 2x Polo mints, 1x English mustard.

Box 3: 1x polystyrene glider, 1x Skittles, 1x tomato puree, 1x shower gel, 1x teabags, 1x Carex handwash, 2x toothpaste, 1x Carnation, 2x Fruit Pastilles, 2x Polo mints, 1x English mustard.

Box 4: 1x polystyrene glider, 1x Skittles, 1x Maryland cookies, 1x Jammie Dodgers, 1x tomato puree, 1x shower gel, 1x teabags, 1x Carex handwash, 1x toothpaste, 1x Carnation, 3x Fruit Pastilles, 2x Polo mints.

Box 5: 1x polystyrene glider, 1x baby wipes, 1x toothpaste, 2x pocket shower gel, 1x Haribo, 1x Skittles, 2x Polo mints, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x tube Carnation, 1x Malted Milk biscuits.

 

We wrote on our cards in this batch to ask if it would be possible for the recipients to e-mail us a photo or two for this website when they're near a computer so that you can see your donations in action, as it were. If we get a response I'll add a gallery page.

 

Carried over to the next send are:-

 

3x tins Carnation, 2x tube Carnation, 1x baby wipes (fragrance free), 3x toothpaste, 1x tea bags, 1x Jammie Dodgers, 9x Two Finger Kit Kat, 6x Rocky chocolate biscuit bars, 6x Rocky chocolate-caramel biscuit bars.

 

*We have been advised by an experienced Marine that chocolate items suffer considerably in the climate, as do things like Haribo so we will distribute the kind donations of chocolate items to the Marines in camp and village Marines' children. Thank you to whoever put those items in the collection box; they will go to servicemen in one capacity or another, I assure you. However, due to a bit of a communications cock-up on my part, last month we sent some fun-size Mars Bars; the nice warm chocolate drinks that arrived weren't quite what we had in mind and underlined the point. Someone suggested that it might be nice to give the chocolate to a village Marine to hand out on the flight to the US, if one would like to make themselves known via our e-mail (although I think they're already away for training by now).

 

There's more about our planned "Christmas Specials" send here.

 

 

 

August 2011

 

The inaugural delivery for FOOF; we sent a box to Marine H. of 42 Cmdo, who has close ties to the village, along with three others to distribute amongst his colleagues in forward areas. Each box contained:-

 

1x shower gel, 1x Supernoodles, 1x Batchelor's Savoury Rice, 3x drinking chocolate sachets, 1x Carnation, 1x mixed herb sachet, 4x coffee sachets, 2x Skittles, 3x Tictac Fruits, 3x Fruit Pastilles, 10x Family size Mars Bars, 1x Maryland chocolate chip cookies, 1x tea bags.

 

 

 

June 2011

 

During our informal period, we sent a box to Cpl. S. of 42 Cmdo, a Cotford resident, along with three others to send on to his colleagues in the forward areas. Each box contained:-

 

1x Supernoodles, 1x Skittles, 1x Tictac Fruits, 1x Bovril cubes, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Carnation, 1x Chicken paste, 1x Mixed herb sachet, 1x Belgian chocolate drink powder, 1x Mint chocolate drink powder, 2x coffee sachets, 1x Cherry chocolate drink powder, 1x English mustard, 2x Dark chocolate drink powder, 2x Kenco coffee sachets, 2x Mini Cheddars, 1x body lotion, 2x bath & shower gel, 2x shampoo, 1x conditioner.

 

 

During our informal period, we sent a box to Cpl. S. along with three others to send on to his colleagues in the forward areas. Each box contained:-

 

1x crossword book, 1x pack fragrance free baby wipes, 1x pocket housewife (that's a sewing kit to the younger readers), 1x pocket pack of tissues, 1x "just add water" Macaroni & Cheese, 1x tube gravy paste, 1x can Carnation, 1x mackerel fillets in tomato sauce, 1x mixed herb sachet, 1x Tabasco, 1x English mustard, 1x Fruit Pastilles, 1x Skittles, 1x Polo mints, 1x Lovehearts candy, 1x Supernoodles, 1x pocket notebook, 1x half-pencil (sharpened both ends), 1x Biro, 1x pencil eraser.

 

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