Church Stretton Plaque
A plaque to mark the strong relationship between the town of Church Stretton and St Dunstan's.
A plaque was unveiled in October of 1987 as an expression of gratitude from St Dunstan's to the people of Church Stretton for the warm friendship they gave blinded veterans and their families .
In 1940, St Dunstan's, now Blind Veterans UK, relocated it's services from Brighton to Church Stretton, in Shropshire, as result of the Second World War, staying there for six years. Although the locals were doubtful and apprehensive of the arrival of "blinded soldiers", the charity received a wonderful welcome.
700 blinded service men and women were trained in Church Stretton, many learning new manufacturing skills on lathes and presses to enable them to go on to factory work.
The plaque is carved in wood with the lettering picked out in gold leaf and beneath, handmade by Norman French, is braille representation of the wording. The plaque now resides in the Church of St Laurence.
2013 saw the arrival of bees at our Llandudno centre. However, this is not the first time that Blind Veterans UK has been involved with bees.
The glass was originally placed in the chapel at our centre at West House, Brighton, and was later transferred to the new chapel where it remains today.
The only Victoria Cross awarded to a blind veteran.
A memorial tribute to our founder, Sir Arthur Pearson.
Over one hundred blind veterans from the First World War were trained to become telephone operators.
The memorial that signifies the strong friendship between United Kingdom and Holland.
Blind veteran, Ted Miller, from Leamington Spa, had his stunning doll houses featured on BBC Television.
The history of joinery and carpentry at St Dunstan's.
Dancing was a not only a form of excercise for the blind veterans but was also the most popular indoor recreation at St Dunstan's.
Blind veteran sets up his own business repairing boots and making clogs.
A celebratory concert in honour of St Dunstan's After Care work.
A beautiful sculpture presented to the owners of St Dunstan's Lodge by Sir Arthur Pearson.
Blind veteran Maria Pikulski completes a wing walk.
A memorial commemorating Blind Veterans UK Chairman, Lord Ian Fraser.