The books are back

The stores are filled with trees, tinsel and turkeys which can mean only one thing - Christmas is almost upon us. To celebrate, we have once again stocked up on our two children’s books – My Dad Does Demolition and My Dad Drives a Digger. But this ye...

JCB helps expand A team

JCB today announced news of one of its biggest deals of the year with an order for 1,200 machines worth £35 million from the UK’s largest plant hire firm. The contract from A-Plant – which follows its purchase last year of 1,500 JCB machines wort...

Smart Finnish

The Ambassador of Finland, Mrs. Paivi Luostarinen, recently visited the Norfolk premises of Avant Tecno UK to officially open its new showroom. Finnish company Avant manufactures a wide range of compact, 4-wheel drive machines which can be fitted ...

Chepstow keeps on trucking

Chepstow Plant International has signed a deal with Volvo Construction Equipment for the supply of 100 machines for its mineral, aggregates and earthmoving fleet. The deal sees Chepstow Plant International continue to grow its fleet as it moves forwa...
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Students at the JCB Academy have created a unique roll of honour for the fallen of the two world wars to launch the 2016 Staffordshire poppy appeal.
The youngsters have been researching the heroic exploits of servicemen who died in the two conflicts – many of whom were members of their own families.
Now their study has led to the names of the fallen and some who served and survived being honoured in a moving and striking display at the JCB Academy. The names have been laser cut on to red acrylic- shaped poppies and suspended from 35 wires in the Rocester-based school’s reception.
Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford officially opened the display by hanging the final palm-sized poppy on the display to honour his grandfather’s cousin, Captain Oswald Bamford, who died aged 38 in the Battle of Loos more than 101 years ago. On the day he died 15 other Uttoxeter men also perished in the battle.
Moments after the opening, poppies fell from two balconies overlooking the reception as JCB Academy student Joe Hey played the Last Post.
Lord Bamford said: “The JCB Academy students have created a very moving display. It’s a wonderful tribute to the servicemen who gave their lives for our freedom.”
JCB Academy Principal Jim Wade said: “I’m extremely proud of what our students have achieved with this display. It’s important that our young people remember the sacrifices of the past and this wonderfully engineered piece of artwork ensures their memory lives on in a very vibrant way.”
The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising Claire Rowcliffe, who attended today’s event said: “The Poppy Appeal 2016 is encouraging the public to recognise the service and sacrifices made across all generations of the British Armed Forces and the JCB Academy students encapsulate this message through a moving and very striking display that acknowledges the sacrifices made by those during both World

We shall remember them

Students at the JCB Academy have created a unique roll of honour for the fallen of the two world wars to launch the 2016 Staffordshire poppy appeal. The youngsters have been researching the heroic exploits of servicemen who died in the two conflic...

Strike a light

National equipment and crane hire firm Hewden, has expanded its specialist lighting tower business with the addition of three new sustainable solutions, designed to minimise fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions, whilst dramatically reducing running cos...

McLeod and clear

R J McLeod (Contractors) Ltd based in Glasgow has taken delivery of two new thirty eight tonne Volvo EC380E excavators and for the first time, added Volvo EC140 (fourteen tonne) and EC220 (twenty two tonne) models to its existing fleet. The order ...

Oman – That’s a first

Oman National Engineering & Investment Co. (SAOG), based in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman, has taken delivery of the first mini-excavators to be sold in the country, comprising 20 new Bobcat E20 compact excavators supplied by International Heavy Eq...

South Lincs goes green

A Lincolnshire plant hire company has taken delivery of an Avant R35 compact tool carrier which will not only be available for hire but also be used in the yard for loading aggregates onto customer vehicles. South Lincs Plant Hire of Spalding has ...

Compact takes Terex franchise

Terex Construction, has appointed Compact Plant Sales to its UK distributor network. With a strong background in construction machinery retail, the Surrey-based firm aims to become the region’s leading compact equipment distributor. Via dedicated ...