Do you want to support the Littlehampton Fort Restoration Project, but can’t really, or don’t really want to be on site getting your hands dirty? If the answer is yes, and you have fund raising ideas or experience please drop us a message firstname.lastname@example.org
We have to self generate our funds to work and operate as a charity, and desperately need to raise funds to enable us to continue with our good work, down on the Fort. All ideas and suggestions welcome and much appreciated.
We’re still working hard to get the site ready for its live launch. It may be that when we first launch the site there are some pages which are missing content etc. This should only be for the first few days of going live – sorry to say that this can’t be helped as we’re trying to move huge (with a capital H) amount of information, and we need to ensure that it has all been moved successfully and without incidence – I won’t bore you with the technical details, but lets just say that the technology is having a sulk in the corner.
What I will do is let you know when everything is up and running.
EDIT: The site is now up and running. We’re still in the process of adding some content from the old site.
The Littlehampton Fort Restoration Project would like to thank The Yeomanry Volunteers for their kind donation of £100 and we look forward to working with them in the future. Please find some information about the Yeomanry Volunteers below
1. Who are the Home Defence Force (Volunteers)?
The HDF(V) are a third line defence force dedicated to the defence of the UK. We recruit in the spirit of the original Militias and yeomanry that preceded to formation of the territorial Army using the many ex-military veterans, owners of ex-military vehicles and supporters of the military who feel that they still have a role to play in the defence of this country and genuinely care about the state of the Armed Forces even if politicians do not.
The mission of the HDF(V) is to educate its members and the wider public in the values, skills, and history of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom. This will include military refresher training, military oriented community service, lessons in military history and tactics, and social events geared toward building an HDF(V) community.
The HDF(V) is an apolitical organisation. We do not tolerate any form of hate-mongering, religious intolerance or similar by any member on an HDF(V) web site, mailing list or group.
The HDF(V) is constantly working towards becoming officially sanctioned by the MoD as a supplemental defence force to ease the pressure on Regular Army units. Our current aim to have the same status as organisations like the FANY.
The HDF(V) is capable of carrying out a wide variety of tasks in support of the Regular Army.
Our primary directive is that there is no way in which the existence of any HDF(V) units is to be used as an excuse to disband any Regular Army Units and replace them with the HDF(V) equivalent. In this event the relevant HDF(V) unit will also be disbanded.
2. What are the membership requirements?
Members must have some form of military experience.
We are not allowed to actively recruit serving members of the armed forces, Cadet Force Instructors, or members of the emergency services. This is because they have their own role if an embodiment is called. However they can join as advisers which basically means they are not assigned to a unit but can attend any HDF(V) activities and/or have access to our training equipment. Advisers are required to join the group for their county of residence, are listed in each Counties Personnel Reserve and are subject to paying the subscription fee.
If you have no military experience but support the aims of the HDF(V) you may enroll as a Supporter on the understanding that you must attend a set number of training weekends before being accepted as a full member should you wish it.
Ex-Military Vehicle owners are those who pledge their vehicles to the HDF(V). See link below.
There are no gender restrictions excepting that you should not be unduly embarrassed at being the only female in an otherwise male crew or vice versa (it will happen believe me).
The only health requirement is that you should have some mobility and be able to communicate.
Membership fees are set at a minimum of £10 per year (you can pay more if you wish) which you can pay thru a link on the web site. If you are on benefits then you are NOT to make any payment unless it is a matter of honour or something. In your first year you are excused payment because of the expense of buying uniforms etc.
3. How do I join? (FaceBook User)
If you are a FaceBook user you can join by clicking on the link to the county or country you reside in the list at the bottom of the page.
HDF(V) units are based around the country. You will find them in every county in the UK as well as based abroad among the expat community.
9. Physical Locations:
There are planned to be many around the country. The original idea was to rent office space and operate out it but this has been abandoned now in favour of using old military locations like fortifications, gun battery’s, airfields etc. It was decided that any moneys used for rents etc would be be better utilized restoring/maintaining buildings of historical interest rather than filling a landlords pockets. If you would like us to consider your location then contact us and we will discuss it.
All we require in return is the use of your location when necessary, one or two rooms for offices/storage and in return you will get
It is also our intention, when we become official, to campaign for some sort of protection for the numbers of pillboxes across the country on the grounds that they are a defence asset that should be preserved for historical and defence purposes.Back
Wow what a crazy 12 months for everyone, a difficult and challenging time for all.
As we start to come out the other side of this pandemic and return back to normality, we need to start planning for a controlled return to working days at the Fort. Its not going to be a easy ride getting back on track with the project, and so your help is needed to get things started once again.
The Fort has never in the last ten years, gone so long without our help to clear it and protect it and so what we face will not be easy at all.
Keep an eye out here on the website and Facebook if you have it, for the returned plan to working at the Fort, we will need all the help we can get. If you want to be able to enjoy the fresh air of the beautiful West beach whilst doing some thing good, we would love to see you there
If you aren’t a volunteer as yet and would like to help us in the project, please drop me an email email@example.com and I will point you in the direction of the next induction
What is Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown?
Step one of the roadmap to recovery begins on 8 March where primary and secondary schools will reopen again meaning wraparound childcare can also resume.
Exercise or recreation outdoors with one other person is also permitted, however, the message to remain at home still remains strong.
A second stage of step 1 also begins on 29 March where the rule of 6 outdoors is allowed again along with outdoor sports. Outdoor parent and child groups of up to 15 can also begin again.
What is Step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown?
If all goes well and the four tests to carry on with the roadmap are passed, step 2 will begin around 12 April.
This will be confirmed a week in advance but from this date in England:
Gym and indoor leisure will reopen.
The rule of 6 outdoors continues but no mixing indoors.
Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme arks and drive in cinemas to open.
Eating outdoors will be permitted.
Non-essential shops to reopen.
Person care premises to resume business.
Libraries and community centres to open.
Household over night stays permitted.
Indoor children’s activities resume.
What is Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown?
At least five weeks after step 2, and along as all four tests are passed, step 3 allows the following to begin again from 17 May.
Indoor entertainment and attractions
30 person limit outdoors.
Rule of 6 or two households can meet indoors.
Organised indoor adult sport.
Domestic overnight stays.
Remaining outdoor entertainment including performances.
Remaining accommodation to open.
International travel review.
What is Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown?
At least five weeks after Step 3 and no earlier than 21 June, the following will be permitted as life returns to some normality.