Welcome from Station Commander
Foreword by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Chesterfield
It is a great pleasure to introduce the third edition of the Cottesmore Service Community Official site. This a valuable resource which is full of interesting and helpful information and I have no hesitation in recommending it to you. It represents the culmination of a considerable body of work and I would publicly like to thank and recognise all those who have contributed to its creation.
There has been considerable change since the last edition. Most importantly, the MOD has announced the closure and sale of several sites in the area as part of a wider Government drive to release land for housing. Consequently we are likely to see the closure of St George’s Barracks, North Luffenham, and Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham, in 2020. This will have a range of impacts. These include, amongst others, the transfer of Headquarters 7th Infantry Brigade to Kendrew Barracks in summer 2018, the disbandment of the Medical Regiment in late 2018 and transfer of the Military Working Dogs to either Cottesmore or Melton by 2020. The move of the Brigade Headquarters has been approved and the relocation of the Military Working Dogs will be subject to an assessment study, but I very much hope that they will become part of the Kendrew community. In either case the families will continue to use the quarters at Edith Weston.
At a more personal level, I would like to say a fond farewell to 2nd Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Poachers, and a warm welcome to 2nd Battalion of The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, The Tigers, who have just come back from Cyprus.
Finally, this handbook is an excellent guide that will help you settle in and get out and about. Rutland is a jewel in the English countryside and I would strongly encourage everyone to venture out and take full advantage of all that is on offer.
A very warm welcome to Rutland.