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Burma Forces Welfare Association

The Burma Forces Welfare Association was formed in December 2000 as a member organisation of the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League, to provide urgently needed welfare assistance to the surviving ex-servicemen and their widows of pre-independence Burma.  The charity is run by Sherry Scott from Tyringham Hall in Cuddington.

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The Last Burma Lunch

Tyringham Hall

Sunday 9th July   12.30 for 1.00 pm

This year will be the last Burma Lunch.  Many of you have supported the Burma Forces Welfare Association during the past 25 years through donations, charitable functions, and by attending the annual Burma Lunch.  The one million pounds raised during these 25 years helped support the Old Burmese Soldiers who fought with your own brave men during WW2.

Most of the old soldiers have now died.  The BFWA committee now wish to complete a school building in the north of Burma to educate the grandchildren of those old Burmese old soldiers who gave their lives for Great Britain.  The orphanage and school will be constructed in a remote couner of the north, where education barely exists.

Sherry and Phil invite you to join them for the last time in the gardens of Tyringham Hall for a pre-lunch Bucks Fizz, a traditional Burmese curry including wine, followed by Tyringham dessert, cheese, biscuits and coffee.  For £35 per person you can eat and drink as much as you like.

During the afternoon there will be live entertainment, an auction, a tombola and dancing on the garden lawns.  For the ladies, there will be the opportunity to buy quality Burmese jewellery.

This year will be the last time we ask for your final donations and we thank you most sincerely for your wonderful support in the past.  The past years’ lunches has proved very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Contact Phil Johnson philjohnsonpen@gmail.com or 01844 291526.

 

Sherry Scott’s Retirement

An article on the Bucks Herald website announces Sherry Scott's retirement after 20 years’ work with the Burma Forces Welfare Association.

Read the full article here

Sherry Scott MBE meets Aung San Suu Kyi

Sherry was invited to hear Aung San Suu Kyi make her address to both houses of parliament in Westminster Hall on Thursday 21st June.

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi had been asked to address both Houses of Parliament, one of the rarest  honours.  Nelson Mandela had done it. So, too, de Gaulle and Obama.  Now this petite lady, who spent many long years under house arrest for daring to resist the despots of Burma, had been given the British Establishment’s top honour.  David Cameron and Edward Miliband together with members of HM cabinet and opposition leaders were there.  Many members from the House of Lords were also in attendance.  Non Parliamentarians had been invited, among them Joanna Lumley, Jo Brand, Annie Lennox and Maureen Lipman.

When she began her speech the great hall fell silent: she has undoubted stage presence.  It was an excellent speech beginning with jokes about the weather, finishing by asking for the UK’s continued help in her country’s stride towards full democracy.

After Aung San Suu Kyi left the hall to a standing ovation, Sherry had a private conversation with her.  Sherry told her the Burma Forces Welfare Association was financing 350 cataract operations on old Burmese soldiers this year.  That her home village of Cuddington had an annual lunch to raise funds to send to the old soldiers as a cash grant.  Aung San Suu Kyi asked Sherry to thank all those who have helped Burma in the past with a special thanks to the people of Cuddington.

The 11th annual Burma Garden Lunch at Tyringham Hall will be on Sunday 14th July 2013, 12.30 for 1.00pm.

The Burma Forces Welfare Association (BFWA) was established by the late Lt Col Ray Scott to raise funds to be distributed among the old Burmese soldiers who fought with the British during World War 2. Lunch includes pre-lunch Pimms, a traditional Burmese curry with wine, followed by Tyringham Dessert, cheese, biscuits and coffee. There will be live entertainment, an auction and a raffle.  For ladies there is the opportunity to buy quality Burmese jewellery.

Tickets are £25: please telephone Sherry on 01844 291 526