4th April 2006.

Sponsored Walk to Pen y Fan in aid of the Welsh National Monument to the Falklands Conflict which will take place on Saturday 30th September 2006 goes well. All walkers will receive a T-Shirt and certificate on completion. The organisers need walkers (sponsored or not) and support workers to make this day a celebration. Foe more details please contact Curly on 01874 625125.

2nd March 2006

Good luck to SAMA FI Chairman Gary Clement in Melbourne. Gary is representing the Islands in the Commonwealth Games in the Clay Pigeon Shooting. It may have taken him 24 years but he can hit something now!!!!!! Good luck Gary and look out clays.

20th February 2006

For details about the National 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Falklands Conflict in London in 2007 click here!

17th February 2006

25th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict at Pangbourne Chapel   click here


12th February 2006

A rock, a gift from the Falklands People to Welsh veterans arrived at Brecon on Sunday.

Please click here for pictures and short report


7th February 2006

A rock, weighing 5 tons, which has come from Mt Harriet and is a gift from the Falklands people to SAMA Wales is being delivered to Brecon this Sunday 12th Feb. If any member wishes to come along and witness this and to attend drinks and buffet after the TA Regiment have ceremoniously lifted it into place. Please let me know or for more information call Curly on 01874 625125. This is being filmed for the news and should be seen on Monday 13th.

25th anniversary

Dave MacCreedy is working on a book to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the war, Dave is looking for pictures from veterans to include in this commemorative publication. Also poems and other items that capture the war. if you feel you have anything to contribute, contact Dave at  <pics82@ntlworld.com>

For  further information, visit the SAMA82 main website at


A percentage of profits from sale of book will go to SAMA 82

18th January 2006

Peter Brookson has just completed his zany New Years Day swim in Saundersfoot and has raised a fantastic £500.00 for SAMA Wales. On behalf of the members Peter may I offer you our sincere thanks and a big thank you to all the regulars of The Griffin club in Pontypool for their donations. you can leave a personal message for Peter on the Forum or Guestbook.

10th January 2006

Firstly Happy New Year to you all. This first entry is probably the worst kept secret since the discovery of oil in the Falklands. Last week a ship docked at Marchwood near Southampton from the Falklands. On board was a piece of rock weighing in at 5 tonnes and from the start line at Mt Harriet. SAMA Wales have organised thanks to Brian Jones and others for this rock to come to us in order that we may make a national monument for the Falklands conflict in Wales. I will post much more information very soon. 'Curly'



5th December 2005

Your help is urgently required! Peter Brookson is again going for a swim on New Years Day in Saundersfoot. Peter and his chums are pulling out all the stops to raise money for SAMA Wales. This is your opportunity to contribute and make Peter's efforts worthwhile. To sponsor Peter please send your cheques/PO's payable to 'SAMA Wales' and clearly marked Peter Brookson on the back. Send to Carno Uchaf, Libanus, Brecon, LD3 8NF. We intend to publish a list of SAMA Wales members who contribute to this mad endeavour in January.


19th November 2005

A full colour book has been published containing 130 pages in full colour dedicated to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives in Northern Ireland, The Falkland Islands, Flying Accident Hastings Aircraft Call Sign TG 577 and the Mull of Kintyre.

This is a limited edition and will be raising money for a number of good causes.

It has been published by Palace Barracks Memorial Garden

Click for more news.

16th November 2005

Remembrance Parade Cardiff 13th November 2005. Just some of the die hards paying our respect at this years parade.

More pics

6th September

Paul Wickers 'Doc' is the Secretary of the Llanelli Branch of the RNA and has just donate £100 to SAMA Wales. During the 6 nations which Wales won hands down by the way!!!!!!!! he held a sweep on the first try scorer. He now intends to repeat this during November. i would like to thank 'Doc' for this and if anyone wants to repeat this in work or in your clubs we can get printed forms done to assist you. just let us know!

Well done Paul - NOW GET YOUR HAIR CUT.

web - site.  http://www.beehive.thisis southwales.co.uk/rna-llanelli


2nd September.

Some pictures of Brian Leigh's fundraising due in Ashton Nr Chester.

Click Here


28 & 29th August 2005

SAMA Wales has been informed of the sad death of George Smith (90) ex 1WG

The funeral will start at 12:00hrs on Thursday 1st Sept at the Salvation Army HQ, Hill Street Newport. Then at the Crematorium Newport  for 13:00hrs. Further info can be had from Capt Gerald (Sally Army) 01633 267870 or from Curly 01874 625125.


13th August 2005

30 Members of SAMA Wales made the trek to the Sir Galahad on a rain swept day in Cardiff.

click here to see more.

31st July 2005

For those of you coming to the Sir Galahad on Saturday 13th August please meet at Britannia Quay at 14:00hrs.

 Any more info from Steve on 07779696589 or Chris on 01792 416794

I'm off on me hols until the 12th see you in Cardiff. (Curly)

31st July 2005

Want to spend an evening with Abi Titmus (form a queue behind me)

Brian Leigh, our man in Cheshire, has put together a special fundraising evening at the

Golden lion, Ashton nr Chester. Friday 26th August.

A grand evening with a buffet, celebrity guests inc Lee Sharp (ex Man U & Love Island) Abi Titmus (TV Celebrity) and Norman Whiteside (Man U & Rep Irl).

This special fundraising evening in a marquee , specifically for SAMA Wales, will also have

a Guest Speaker, Comedian , Auction and Raffle.

Tickets cost £25

Accommodation details and further information is are available from

Brian Leigh 0797 3389625

Up to date information as we get it will be available on your website


20th July.2005

(Following is a copy of a letter for general release)

Unique opportunity to own the Welsh ‘Grand Slam’ 2005

rugby squads signed presentation photograph.

Our charity has very kindly been given from Brains Brewery, the sponsors of the Welsh Rugby Union, a photograph of the 2004/2005 Welsh 6 Nations winning squad. This has been signed personally by the players then mounted and framed in distressed pine. The frame measures 30 x 23 inches.

SAMA Wales is a branch of Falkland War Veterans and Families and a registered Charity and will on Saturday 10th of September in Cardiff, during their annual fundraising night, auction this fantastic gift. Everybody is invited to the social event which includes the Mynyddislwyn Male Voice Choir, and a hot meal. Tickets for the evening cost £10 per person. This unique opportunity to bid for a part of Welsh history is also being extended to include sealed bidding. We will start the auction at £100 and only the winner, if not present on the night, will be notified. For more information about this or for the Association or fundraising night please call the branch Secretary Mr Andy Jones


20th July.2005

The new Sir Galahad will be visiting Cardiff soon. SAMA Wales will be sending members and families. For more info click on link. Galahad

20th July.2005

Pontypridd festival of remembrance Concert 2005

Once again we have been invited to parade at this years event which is on Sunday 30th October. We hope to have the SAMA 82 standard along with a small marching contingent. If any member wishes to attend please contact me. more information will be given in our next newsletter out at the end of September.

26th June.2005

Saturday September 10th

SAMA Wales Reunion

Hot Buffet, Male Voice Choir, Raffle, Auction

Every member wins a prize !!!!!!!!!!!!

Return your application ASAP please don’t wait as we need to know our numbers in order to plan for the night.

e-mail for ticket application form




15th June.2005

Due to a hitch in the computer world we have lost some information from our recent entries. We will try and resubmit them in the meantime go to Forum to see the latest exchanges.

Sorry about that!

22nd May 2005

Due to unforeseen circumstances the list of members requesting tickets for the Drumhead Service on Southsea Common on Wed 29th June 2005 has been misplaced.  Member "Joe" Erskine is in possession of these tickets. 

link to full page.

21st May 2005

SAMA North Guide Inn weekend is on 22nd - 24th July. Camping available. For more information please contact SAMA north rep 'Charlie Brown' davesamanorth@aol.com More news will follow.

21st May 2005

Urgent any member who has bought tickets for the Drum Head service or who wants to go please contact Joe Erskin ASAP. The timing in the recent SAMA (national) mag should read seated by 10:45hrs.


18th May 2005

The time for the Pangbourne  12th June memorial service is 12:00hrs and not 09:00hrs as stated in the new SAMA (82) newsletter. Please pass this on to other members who may be going. SAMA (82) have apologised for the error.

17th May 2005

A huge happy birthday goes out to Jan Miller from Market Garden, Stanley. Jan with her husband Tim are great supporters of SAMA Wales. On behalf of a grateful branch and all its members HAPPY BIRTHDAY. With love from Wales.

15th May 2005

SAMA Wales were privileged to help "Charlie" brown (SAMA North Rep) and the rest of FOC ex PARA in their recent Charity Fan Dance. The lads and Lasses walked up to Pen Y Fan to raise funds for among others SAMA (82). On top was SAMA Wales members Kenny Dawkins and Graham Hurley with the National Standard. A fuller report will follow very soon.

In the meantime more pics

3rd May 2005

On behalf of the committee and members of SAMA Wales we would like to congratulate Gary Clement (Ex Royal) on becoming the new Chairman of SAMA F I (Falkland Islands). Gary played a huge part in the 2002 Pilgrimage and we know that the veterans are in safe hands. Our best wishes also go to retiring Chairman Terry Peck who will, we hope, enjoy his well earned retirement with Eli, his wife. Well done Terry and welcome Gary.

1st May 2005

SAMA Wales wishes Arlette Betts from Stanley a Happy Birthday. For all your help in the past to members of this branch and for being an exceptional Lady we hope that you enjoy your day. Don't drink to much now!!!!!!!!!

18th April 2005

All the branch newsletters have now been send out and you should receive them over the next few days. If you don't or you want extra copies please get in touch and I'll send them off ASAP.


8th April 2005

         I am currently researching a book about the RFA in the Falklands.
If anyone feels able to contribute with personal stories, photos or any other
information about the war or its aftermath, please contact me via this web
     All contributions will be treated confidentially.

              Thanks again,
                                       Geoff Puddefoot

I have received an e-mail from Geoff wanting  help. If any member can afford assistance please contact Curly samawales@btinternet.com

5th April 2005

Dave MacCreedy. Actor & Producer has completed the Pilgrimage 2002 DVD at great personnel expense and time. A professional package which includes, a user friendly menu, explanatory maps and diagrams, roll of honour, full length interviews, extra footage of the trip, campaign history narrated by Julian Thompson, photos’ and complete footage of the trip including the preparations!

This DVD is on general sale throughout the UK and is a must for any collector or veteran. For each copy sold, SAMA 82 will be donated £5.

The collective story of not only the pilgrimage but of the Falklands Campaign, told through those who participated in both the conflict and the return in 2002.

To order your copy visit





 Advance notice for the SAMA Wales reunion. Saturday 10th September will see the third annual reunion/AGM/fundraising evening at the TA Centre in Adam Street Cardiff. A hot buffet with the company of a Male Voice choir is planned along with the now famous Duggan raffle! Again an auction is planned so don't forget your cheque books! We have delayed fixing a date so as not to coincide with the Mardi Gras as so many of our members are torn between the two!!!!

Tickets will be on sale from May and further information will be in our newsletter out at the end of April.

10th March 2005

News just in the FOC of the Parachute Regiment will be holding their annual charity Fan Dance (TAB across Pen Y Fan) on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of May. Proceeds will go to SAMA 82 and a cancer patient belonging to SAMA.

SAMA Wales need help to either partake in the sponsored walk or to help Curly with some logistics at Storey Arms

Unfortunately I haven't got the right boots otherwise I would be leading from the front of course!

Contact Curly on 01874 625125 or e-mail for more info. I will also post more news as soon as I have it.

10th March 2005

News just in from the Trafalgar 200 team.

They are arranging a Veterans Ferry to go round the fleet at anchor off Spithead in June. On the 26th, am or pm for 2 hours at £10.00. On the 27th am same for £10.00. On the 27th pm £17.50, but includes taking part in the rehearsal for the Sovereigns Review. Evening of the 28th, £40.00 for viewing the fleet followed by the fireworks and son et lumiere.

For bookings contact 0845 1304647 and quote SAMA and your service number. (Merchant Navy dis.a.)

The ferry is the Balmoral.


20th February 2005

Can all members please take in the following information.

SSAFA Members needed.

9th February 2005

SAMA Wales members Bruce Kirkham (Atlantic Conveyer) and Peter Evans (1WG), return from the Falklands. If you remember at last years SAMA Wales reunion Bruce and Peter won seats to return to the Falklands. They have now returned after spending 10 days with our friends Tim & Jan Miller. We will publish their story soon, but in the meantime we have these few pictures of our boys.

18th January 2005

Branch Chairman Stephen Hopkins presents Denzil Connick a cheque for £1,000.00 the proceeds of the recently drawn Christmas Draw. The money raised will be spent on much needed computer equipment for the SAMA (82) office located in Blackwood.

9th January 2005

If you  intend to go to the SAMA 82 National AGM could you please make your booking with the hotel ASAP (now would be good).       A £10 deposit is all that's required.


20th December 2004

News about the SAMA (82) AGM next June.

This is the National Association and not SAMA Wales!

Sama (82) AGM and Reunion 2005

Following on from discussions and a vote taken at the last AGM for the AGM to be held at a different venue than Twickenham and to be part of a social weekend, the AGM and Reunion Weekend has been arranged to take place in The Britannia Hotel, Coventry - 3rd to 5th June 2005.

Further details are available here.

8th December 2004

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Christmas Draw was successful in reaching our target of £1,000.00  proceeds of which go to our mother association SAMA (82). The excess, which we will publish after we've taken into account postage, will go to SAMA Wales A special thank you to Kev Edwards and Kev Webber for their fantastic selling techniques. Your support does you proud as day after day ticket stubs and money came into SAMA Wales. It is worth mentioning our comrades from across the bridge who supported  us and SAMA (82) in the Draw.

A full winners list can be found on our site.

Please give us time to contact you and arrange collection/delivery.

To all the people who donated prizes your generosity does you proud!

If your a winner then you can phone Curly on 01874 625125 or e-mail samawales@btinternet.com to arrange pick up or delivery.

26th November 2004

CWM Environmental Services today donated a valuable park bench to be placed at Fitzroy in the Falkland islands. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary will take the bench down to the Falklands in early January and the Falkland Islanders will make a hard standing for it in time for March 1st 2005. Stephen Hopkins, Curly and 4 other veterans will be present to unveil the bench.


Mitch Green (ex Welsh Guards and CWM executive) with Curly (Extremely handsome bald bloke on left) today at the official handover .

Mitch Green 'legs', who lost his cousin Paul on the Sir Galahad, handed over the Park Bench made of recycled plastic and aluminium and guaranteed a lifetime valued at £700 to Curly who in turn will take it to Plymouth for transportation to the Falklands. Mitch who served 22 years in the army will also do a sponsored bike ride of 60 miles to raise funds for SAMA Wales. More news to follow.

22nd November 2004

Help is needed to update our links page. Please send link along with any image and description to samawales@btinternet.com.

We still need competent computer uses with experience with Microsoft Frontpage to help us form a close nit team of website administrators contact us!

14th November 2004

Today SAMA Wales paraded for the first time in the Cardiff Remembrance Parade. We were honoured that the SAMA 82 standard carried by Graham Hurley accompanied us on our first visit to Cardiff. A small turn our by 13 members was increased by another 4 from South Atlantic Medal Holders who paraded with other associations. Some photo's are included next year we hope to increase our representation greatly as we now know what to expect! Many thanks to our band of supporters e.g. Jill, Shelley and Ion.

10th November 2004

Happy birthday to Tim Miller, SAMA Wales's very own (well 50%) botanist in Stanley. Tim & Jan will be flying our Inaugural Flag on their flagpole tomorrow to mark Armistice Day. On behalf of the branch we wish Tim a Happy Birthday and like to thank both Tim and Jan for  their support and also to wish, Billy and David SAMA 82 pilgrims both who are staying with the 'Millers' a rewarding return.

Tim Miller counting Jan's uniform expenses. 

9th November 2004

Debs from the SAMA 82 office in Blackwood today celebrates her **th Birthday. I'm sure you will all join me in wishing her a happy birthday. perhaps in 11 years time she could come to my 40th!!!!

Love Curly

3rd Novemeber 2004  

Hoppys Birthday  !

Steve would like any cards to compliment the Queens telegram send to Newport with cash only donations.

Failing all else a new zimmer frame would come in handy.


1st November 2004

The following text are extracts of a press release published today to regional papers

The South Atlantic Medal Association Wales Branch (SAMA Wales), is a newly established branch of veterans of the Falklands War. Encompassing the whole of Wales they already have a membership of 360 veterans and today received a grant of £3,700 for computer equipment and related articles from the lottery-funded grants programme ‘Awards for all Wales’.

The new equipment will enable the group to provide a twice yearly newsletter and create an extensive database in order to deliver a more professional service. SAMA Wales’s Secretary, Andy Jones from Libanus, Brecon is thrilled with the award “This grant will make a huge difference in our operation. The branch is barely a year old and now we can concentrate on our preparations for the 25th anniversary in 2007. We envisage many new members will come on board for further information about SAMA Wales please phone 01874 625125 or visit our website www.samawales.com


31st October 2004

For those who registered an interest in attending the forthcoming parade in Cardiff. You will all by now have received the programme packs. if any other persons wishes to attend please let us know and we'll send out the info asap.


20th October 2004

Confirmation has been received of the return of two veterans to the Falklands in January 2005. Bruce Kirkham (Atlantic Conveyer) and Peter Evans (Welsh Guards) who won their places at this years reunion in Cardiff will be returning in Jan 05. In addition Billy Baynham is returning this November for Remembrance Day. SAMA Wales will support our lads whilst on their pilgrimage.

17th October 2004

Sunday the 17th, today is ANDY'S birthday (CURLY to his mates!) He has had a bad week, toothache, one extraction, a central heating system that didn't like the new clocks, two ill children and a trip to the pub last night that went very wrong!!! Please wish him a happy day, he says any cheques for presents, make them payable to me!!! (his wife ,Lucy.) Happy birthday Andy, much love, Elgan, Steffan and Lucy xxxx

15th October 2004

On Sunday October the 17th the SAMA 82 Standard will be on parade at the Festival of Remembrance Pontypridd. Kenny Dawkins the Standard Bearer along with Graham Hurley, Jeff Bishop and Steve Morris will represent SAMA Wales. If any body wishes to attend please let me know ASAP.


6th October 2004

Curly and Neil Wilkinson today met with the First Minister for Wales the Right Honourable Rhodri Morgan. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possible erection of a national monument dedicated to the sons of Wales who paid the ultimate price in restoring freedom and democracy to the Falkland Islands and its people.

Mr Morgan expressed his support to such an  idea and wished to be kept informed. Neil Wilkinson and Curly are currently working on a comprehensive action plan with much more information to be published soon


26th September 2004

www.samawales.com is launched. The South Atlantic Medal Association Wales Branch launches its new website.

Help is needed to construct and update this website please contact Curly if you have any experience with Microsoft Frontpage or with websites in General.

Contact Sama Wales