Our Friends

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity treating a range of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety.

Mental health issues can affect ex-servicemen and women of all ages. Right now, they have more than 6,000 veterans registered with them for support. They are a vital lifeline for those veterans, and their families.

The treatment and support services are always free of charge for veterans. They are Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered and the NHS England PTSD specialist treatment provider for veterans.

They have a vision that all veterans will be able to live free from the harmful effects of psychological injuries.

Their mission is to provide timely, effective clinical treatment and support to veterans with psychological injuries.

They spend £15 million a year delivering unique ranges of specialist treatment and support. Everything they do is free for veterans.

Imperial War Museum

IWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. They seek to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience’. They are proud to be regarded as essential sights of London, Cambridgeshire and Greater Manchester.

They are partially government-funded but need sponsorship and donations to sustain their ambitious programmes.

Western Front Association

The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the First World War (1914-1918). The ‘WFA’ works to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all, from all sides, on all Fronts: on land, at sea, in the air and on the Home Front.

The Western Front Association is non-political and does not seek to glorify war

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.

Batemans – The National Trust

Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling

‘That’s She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her – quick!’ was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman’s.

Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer.

The rooms, described by him as ‘untouched and unfaked’, remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artifacts reflecting his strong association with the East. Kim was his first major piece of writing that he wrote from his study at Bateman’s which links him and his fond childhood memories to India with real clarity and devotion, truly a master piece of descriptive writing. Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.

Bateman’s is very much a family home that feels as though the Kiplings have just gone out for the day.

The Bourne Society

The Bourne Society

THE BOURNE SOCIETY is a local history society formed in 1956 and named from the intermittent streams that follow the lines of the A22 and A23 roads in East Surrey, meeting at Purley to flow northward into the River Wandle. With around 2000 members in 1200 households it is England’s largest local history society.

The aims of the Society are to extend knowledge of the local history of Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Farleigh, Godstone, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham, and to ensure the preservation of records and other objects of historical interest.

The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.

They have over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites all over the UK.

They believe life’s better with trees. They protect and campaign on behalf of this country’s woods, plant more trees, and restore ancient woodland, for the benefit of wildlife and people.