Wootton Bassett

#1
Whilst driving past Wooton Bassett the other day I got to thinking of how well the locals do there by turning out in their masses for the repatriation of the chaps and chapesses from Iraq/Afghanistan and wondered if they could be Nationally recognised in some way.
With Malta being awarded the GC in WW II would it not be possible to award Wooton Bassett and MBE or similar?
I know it's probably never going to happen but it would be nice for the locals to know that their efforts aren't going unnoticed.
 
#2
jack-daniels said:
Whilst driving past Wooton Bassett the other day I got to thinking of how well the locals do there by turning out in their masses for the repatriation of the chaps and chapesses from Iraq/Afghanistan and wondered if they could be Nationally recognised in some way.
With Malta being awarded the GC in WW II would it not be possible to award Wooton Bassett and MBE or similar?
I know it's probably never going to happen but it would be nice for the locals to know that their efforts aren't going unnoticed.
Cracking Idea.. How do you nominate someone/place....?
 
#3
Kitmarlowe said:
jack-daniels said:
Whilst driving past Wooton Bassett the other day I got to thinking of how well the locals do there by turning out in their masses for the repatriation of the chaps and chapesses from Iraq/Afghanistan and wondered if they could be Nationally recognised in some way.
With Malta being awarded the GC in WW II would it not be possible to award Wooton Bassett and MBE or similar?
I know it's probably never going to happen but it would be nice for the locals to know that their efforts aren't going unnoticed.
Cracking Idea.. How do you nominate someone/place....?
No idea but I reckon someone on here will.
 
#4
jack-daniels said:
Kitmarlowe said:
jack-daniels said:
Whilst driving past Wooton Bassett the other day I got to thinking of how well the locals do there by turning out in their masses for the repatriation of the chaps and chapesses from Iraq/Afghanistan and wondered if they could be Nationally recognised in some way.
With Malta being awarded the GC in WW II would it not be possible to award Wooton Bassett and MBE or similar?
I know it's probably never going to happen but it would be nice for the locals to know that their efforts aren't going unnoticed.
Cracking Idea.. How do you nominate someone/place....?
No idea but I reckon someone on here will.
The local news agencies have certainly supported their efforts very well.
 
#5
Three cheers for Wootton Bassett, but beware it becoming a grief/walt magnet for outsiders. I know one of those featured in ongoing media coverage very well, and he's the real deal.

However, WB also features as a mailing address for some of Shortt's associates. It would be nice if that boil were lanced.

I suspect the appropriate thing might be Wootton Bassett MVO.
 
#6
How about a Challenge Anikea style project....got to be some youth club/rugby club/ old people home garden in the local area , that needs fixing/building/redecorating, put a nice shinny plaque up saying why it was done and the jobs a good un.

Just a thought

WW
 
#7
wompingwillow said:
How about a Challenge Anikea style project....got to be some youth club/rugby club/ old people home garden in the local area , that needs fixing/building/redecorating, put a nice shinny plaque up saying why it was done and the jobs a good un.

Just a thought

WW
Good Idea....god I wish Camborne was nearer Lyneham..we could do with a tidy up...would take more than Anneka Fcuking Rice though!!!
 
#8
The Royal Victorian Order would be a great medal to be conferred on WB. It would be a fitting salute to those kind & thoughtful folk who turn out & salute our fallen on their final journey. In this day & age it is nice to see ordinary decent folk supporting our guys on Ops. If we can give Malta the GC & the RUC (God Bless Them) the GC then it would a nice piece of 'new' history to reward a lovely market town in England. A tree planted, a small memorial, the Lord Lt of Wiltshire or the Mayor of WB getting a collective award from a member of the Royal Family followed by a march past, a 4 ship Herc flyby & the BBMF. Wooton Bassett, MVO should be recognised.

Great idea JD & well done !
 
#9
So how do we make this happen?

Is it worth starting a petition on the downing st website, although they seem to be particularly ineffectual.#

Can any of the more eloquent on here draft a letter to MP's in support of the motion for the rest of us linguistically challenged to use as a template for the same.

Zippy483
 
#10
jack-daniels said:
Whilst driving past Wooton Bassett the other day I got to thinking of how well the locals do there by turning out in their masses for the repatriation of the chaps and chapesses from Iraq/Afghanistan and wondered if they could be Nationally recognised in some way.
With Malta being awarded the GC in WW II would it not be possible to award Wooton Bassett and MBE or similar?
I know it's probably never going to happen but it would be nice for the locals to know that their efforts aren't going unnoticed.
Have a look on here:

Awards Linky
 
#11
A very nice idea,but i wont hold my breath with this bunch of incompetents in charge of running our country.

However you have my support and i will spread the word about this.

Hats off and respect to the inhabitants of WB.
 
#12
The nomination process
There are two ways for people to get nominated:

> by an individual or a public/private sector organisation
> by a government department

When considering someone as a possible candidate for an honour, the sorts of question to ask are:

> what makes the person worthy? The fact they get out and stand up for our lads and lasses
> do they stand out head and shoulders above all the others in the field? Yes
> have they gone the extra mile? Yes
> have they changed things for the better? Yes
> have they delivered in a way to bring distinction? Yes
> do they exemplify sustained and selfless voluntary service? Yes
> have they demonstrated innovative and entrepreneurship? Yes they have shown innovation in showing their respect
> do they carry the respect of their peers? Yes
> have they shown sustained achievement against the odds requiring moral courage? Yes, cos a lot of people in this country wouldn't do it

If you think your candidate measures up against these sorts of criteria then download a nomination form and guidance notes.
Personally, I question the grammar in the demonstration of "innovative and entrepreneurship", but you get my drift. Now we need someone with the sphericals to:

a) download the paperwork, fill it in and send it off, and
b) get someone to start a petition in the new year as Gordon Blimey is off for two weeks
Notice: Submission of new petitions will be closed from 23rd December to 5th January while the Prime Minister is away from Number 10. This will allow the Number 10 e-petitions team to progress with recently submitted e-petitions and to prevent a backlog of unprocessed petitions. You can still sign any petition during this time.
 
#13
I suspect that there are plenty on here who'd love to fill in the paperwork for that village, but I sincerely doubt that they listn to many nominations by commoners such as us.

There must be someone on ARRSE who's name carries weight in downing street. Someone on here must be a senior officer, captain of industry or of similar status. Theres no need to break persec, but if you consider yourself to be an important sort of chap then you shoud probably have a go at nominating them.
 
#14
jew_unit said:
There must be someone on ARRSE who's name carries weight in downing street. Someone on here must be a senior officer, captain of industry or of similar status.
Yes please, sir, whoever you are, (and I am a dyed in the wool Civilian) please complete the paperwork and someone start the petition, the more the merrier, if they get five or ten or more requests from different people that the residents of Wooton Bassett should be recognised for their outstanding displays of respect to servicemen and women who have fallen in service to our nation, they may listen
 
#15
A great idea - this is how to nominate.

I suggest that if people are serious about this then the first thing to do is to set up a management team to plan and prosecute the campaign.
 
#16
Can´t see the town getting a MBE, the honours lists tend to be more about showing how hip and down with the kids (and plebs) teh current government is.

Sir Wayne Rooney? Sir David Beckham? They´re ear marked I am sure.

It would be nice though.

Maybe next time instead of a parade, we should send a few volunteers to (like mentioned) sort out a few problems like conserving a forest or painting a youth club.
 
#17
Yes frog I have been following this thread and have been to weak to futher stick my neck out on the subject but as you've done so I will try again, why an MBE or some kind of award for the whole town would be great.......what actual use is it?

Ok they might put up a nice plaque...maybe even a statue, but whats that going to do apart from attrach chavs and mongs to get drunk at it? Would it not be far better to find a project ( ok it means more work for the person orgainising it and I get the feeling I'm digging a hole for myself to be voulnteered) that actually gives somthing back to the community and is of use to the WHOLE community not just an excuse for the local Govenment to spends lots of money changing their letter heads and holding fancy parties to show of their new status.

I've had dealing with the local SCC cadets at Wotton Basett, they were great kids, a quick google search showed they have a Legion there, as well as Army Cadets, Older people projects and youth clubs, I'm sure an equally quick e-mail to each contact would come up with a project that needs doing. we all vote on said project, turn it into an arrse crawl come fixing/building/improvement weekend and gets lots of press invovled and the jobs a good un. I beleive if people have somthing that is being used everyday but lots of people in the community it will feel more real that a peice of paper or plaque with as previously stated for younger people of the town a pretty meaningless award.

Ok Rant over, prepared for incoming

WW
 
#18
wompingwillow said:
Yes frog I have been following this thread and have been to weak to futher stick my neck out on the subject but as you've done so I will try again, why an MBE or some kind of award for the whole town would be great.......what actual use is it?

Ok they might put up a nice plaque...maybe even a statue, but whats that going to do apart from attrach chavs and mongs to get drunk at it? Would it not be far better to find a project ( ok it means more work for the person orgainising it and I get the feeling I'm digging a hole for myself to be voulnteered) that actually gives somthing back to the community and is of use to the WHOLE community not just an excuse for the local Govenment to spends lots of money changing their letter heads and holding fancy parties to show of their new status.

I've had dealing with the local SCC cadets at Wotton Basett, they were great kids, a quick google search showed they have a Legion there, as well as Army Cadets, Older people projects and youth clubs, I'm sure an equally quick e-mail to each contact would come up with a project that needs doing. we all vote on said project, turn it into an arrse crawl come fixing/building/improvement weekend and gets lots of press invovled and the jobs a good un. I beleive if people have somthing that is being used everyday but lots of people in the community it will feel more real that a peice of paper or plaque with as previously stated for younger people of the town a pretty meaningless award.

Ok Rant over, prepared for incoming

WW
How about a big golden fecking dildo to shove up your fat arrse.

These people have gone out thier way and taken thier time to show respect for the greatful dead...

There are many people who dont give a toss about the UK soldiers coming home dead or alive, but these people do - and they need recognition, not just press coverage - but an award. Because they show respect, and respect is the greatest award that any soldier could wish for.

So yes give them a fecking medal - they are far more deserving than all these superficial w@nkers, just because they been on the TV! - Rant over!
 
#19
Sorry BT this isn't the NAAFI Bar so I will keep my reply to you as civil as possable, I'm at NO point saying don't give them anything, I'm saying give somthing that is of use to the WHOLE community such as a fixer upper job on a local community center, put a shinny plaque up stating why it is there and it will proably serve as a better reminder than a MBE or other such award.

I apologise if that confused you somewhat and you thought I thought they didn't deserve an award.

Love you too

WW

EDIT TO SAY: Plus whats the chances that people campain for the town to be given the MBE and the govenment suddenly say hey look at what a good idea WE had, whats the chances they won't listen for fear of upsetting Muslims and Wotton Basset carry on turning out and still get nothing for their troubles.

If a community project is undertaken by serving, ex and others who want to show the gratitude no politics invovled it will speak volumes and won't get bogged down in red tape and Broon trying to hijack the whole thing
 
#20
Thing is - I am quite passionate about this, as you can tell from the last festive spirited post - (not because if the fact it could be me one day), but its about dignity.

If I had my way each resident would get MBE.

Have a happy xmas.

I love you too - and I take your point, but they all need individual recognition and reward.
 

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