Welcome from the 4th Infantry Brigade Commander

By SPP Reporter

Catterick Garrison, Catterick
Catterick Garrison, Catterick

Foreword by Commander 4th Infantry Brigade, Brigadier O M Stokes MBE

Welcome to Catterick Garrison, a small town in its own right. Residents of the immediate area are, by a large majority, service personnel and their families. The Garrison has schools, a central Sports/Leisure Centre and an array of shops, pubs and places to eat. Indeed, the recent opening of the Princes Gate shopping centre in the heart of the garrison shows just how thriving the area now is.

Within the Garrison we have our own nationally recognised nature reserve at Foxglove Covert. Two of England's most beautiful National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors, are only a short drive away. The Lake District is also just 90 minutes drive to the west.

Richmond is just is a few minutes drive or a short walk from the Garrison and offers a diverse selection of shops and restaurants in a picturesque setting. Slightly further afield, Darlington, Northallerton, Ripon and Thirsk offer alternatives and are equally appealing in their own right. York, Durham, Leeds and Newcastle are all fascinating cities, and are very accessible via the A1.

The Garrison is criss-crossed by a network of bike and footpaths connecting barracks, housing areas and other facilities. This network connects also with many public rights of way across local countryside that provides marvellous opportunities for cycling, riding, running and walking. However, if we are all to enjoy them we all have certain responsibilities:

• Safety – if you are on foot or on a bike please be visible at all times, and if you are a driver, please be considerate to walkers, runners and riders.

• Litter – let's all try hard to keep the Garrison clean so we can feel good about where we live and work. A little bit of effort by all of us will do wonders for the appearance of our garrison.

The Garrison will not stand still, and investment continues. Numbers will continue to increase and plans are being developed to build over 300 houses over the next few years to relieve some of the pressure.

I do hope you'll make the most of your time in this beautiful part of Yorkshire. Enjoy its location and its facilities but consider also making a contribution through participating in or perhaps even volunteering to support or help organise some of the Garrison's excellent activities and organisations. This Guide is one source of information (its adverts also pay for publication) but it is supplemented on a regular basis by the Army Welfare Service Information Magazine and the Garrison Gazette, both are available in all units and put through quarters' letterboxes. Also of course, the HIVE is a great source of information on almost anything!

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