A day in a reclamation yard to help Gurkha veterans?

A Somerset reclamation yard may not be the first place which springs to mind for Nepalese curry and music, but that’s changing thanks to an unusual fundraising event taking place this summer to support The Gurkha Welfare Trust.

People can support Gurkha veterans and widows in Nepal by spending Saturday 14 July 2018 rummaging for treasure at Wells Reclamation Yard and find out more about the brave Gurkhas who’ve fought for Britain for more than 200 years.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust (Western Branch) are hosting the Gurkha Bhela (Gathering) to raise much needed funds for the charity’s vital work in Nepal.

Participants will get the chance to watch performances from an acclaimed Gurkha Piper, meet and chat to Gurkha soldiers and hear a talk about Gurkhas from Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE MC, the third generation of his family to have served with Gurkhas.

As part of the day, guests will also receive an exceptional al fresco 3-course traditional Gurkha Curry Lunch cooked by Nigel Gifford OBE, ex-Army Catering Corps and a member of the successful Army Everest Expedition of 1976.

Commenting on the day, Brigadier Jackman said; “I’ve loved hosting fundraising events in and around the South West for many years now and this opportunity just seemed too good to miss – Wells Reclamation really is a magical place with tanks, missiles, antiques and everything in between to explore, so it’s a great setting for a family day out.

“The Gurkha story is a brilliant one to tell. These men really are the bravest of the brave and it’s an honour to support them in this way”

In addition to the organised activities, participants will be able to explore the yard and in their own time and have a good look around at the things it sells which range from old military and railways items to fireplaces and a category is refers to simply as ‘weird’.

Tickets for the day cost £20 and children under 10 get in free. You can buy your tickets in advance from www.gwt.org.uk/events-and-challenges/ or purchase on the day, which kicks off from 10am.

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