Falklands Veterans Foundation

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Liberty Lodge

The Falkland Island Government leased the land at Rowlands Rise to the Falklands Veterans Foundation (FVF) at a 'peppercorn' rent to enable them to build a place of residence in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, for Veterans of the Falklands War of 1982 and their families, NoK of those killed in action and present day service personnel who are serving in the South Atlantic when the Lodge is not in use by Veterans and their families.

The Stewart Milne Group, Aberdeen, Scotland, produced the timber framed building. The company liaised with local Scottish companies to supply all the fixtures, fittings and utility equipment required and it was all shipped to the Falkland Islands from Marchwood in Southampton.

Ian Stewart Construction Limited, based in Stanley, FI received the containers on behalf of the FVF and started construction in October 2008.

The naming of Liberty Lodge came about when all the school children in Stanley took part in a competition to choose a name for the building. This was very successful, lots of children took part and the name of Liberty Lodge, which was proposed by John Perrens, was chosen.

Liberty Lodge is a self-catering facility with 3 twin rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and a self-contained twin bed flat. At full capacity the Lodge can sleep up to 12 people.

The Lodge boasts a large communal kitchen/diner to prepare and enjoy your meals, utility room and a spacious lounge, which overlooks a beautiful view of Stanley Harbour. It is maintained to the highest of standards.

The Lodge has been fully utilised since opening in February 2009 by Veterans, families and serving members of HM Forces.


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Liberty Lodge Falklands
Cutting the First Sod - Feb 2008
Left to Right: Kevin Ormand, Derek Cole, Tony Davies, Ian Stewart
Liberty Lodge Falklands
Foundations
Liberty Lodge Falklands
Erection of First Wall Panel

Liberty Lodge Falklands
Erection of West Wall Panel - Ian Stewart
Liberty Lodge Falklands
The Main Entrance
Liberty Lodge Falklands
Mercian Regiment - Landscaping the garden

Liberty Lodge Falklands
Cubs planting spring bulbs
Liberty Lodge Falklands
Veterans entertaining volunteer drivers as a thank you
Liberty Lodge Falklands
Veterans enjoying a hearty breakfast

Liberty Lodge Falklands
Members of Parliament visiting Liberty Lodge and meeting Veterans
Liberty Lodge Falklands
The Margaret Thatcher Lounge
Liberty Lodge Falklands
Liberty Lodge in the snow


Liberty Lodge

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Formal Opening of Liberty Lodge

An opening ceremony took place on 3 February 2009 and Liberty Lodge was opened by Air Commodore Gordon Moulds MBE, Commander British Forces, Falkland Islands, who served in the Falklands during the War in 1982, assisted by John Perrens and witnessed by His Excellency The Governor of the Falkland Islands, members of the Falkland Island Government, Derek 'Smokey' Cole, CEO FVF, Tony Davies OBE, (Chairman, FVF), Russell Thompson OBE, Royal British Legion's Director of National Events and Fundraising and our many sponsors in the Falkland Islands.


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Liberty Lodge Falklands
Opening Speech - Derek 'Smokey' Cole, also in frame Tony Davies OBE &
Russell Thompson OBE - Director of National Events and Fundraising - Royal British Legion


Liberty Lodge Falklands
Air Commodore Moulds MBE
& John Perrens
Liberty Lodge Falklands
Air Commodore Moulds MBE
& John Perrens

Liberty Lodge Falklands
Derek 'Smokey' Cole, CEO FVF
presenting gift to John Perrens
Liberty Lodge Falklands
Opening Tour
at Liberty Lodge

The above five photos were supplied by 'Norman Clark Photography, FI'

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Comments by Visiting Veterans

"On my arrival I was met by the Lodge Manager, Ellen who was very welcoming and my first impression was that I had known her a long time as she made me feel very much at home. It's not until you actually stay in the Lodge do you realise how magnificent a building it is, the construction is superb and it has to be given its location, the fixtures and fittings are of a very high standard. It's clear a considerable amount of thought (and expense) went into the contents of the Lodge. The rooms are very large and fitted out like a 5 star hotel, the bathrooms are of the highest quality and the living room area reminds me of very best Sergeants/Officers Mess with the leather sofas. The kitchen also deserves a special mention as it contains everything you need and again I was impressed by the quality of the fixtures and fittings.

My return to the Falkland Islands was mainly driven by the opportunity to go back and pay my respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of the Islands and by doing so protecting the way of life of the inhabitants. During the war I never had the chance to attend the funerals, however I have now said my final farewell. Without the Lodge and the assistance of the FVF this would not have been possible and in addition, to get to spend a week in luxury was an added bonus.

I have already booked up to attend next year in August 2016 and have organised another 6 Veterans to come. This will be their first visit and they, like me, will be extremely grateful they have the opportunity to return and confirm what we have all been asked many times "was it worth it?" YES."

L/CPL Jim McLachlan 30th Signal Regiment 1982



"Just to let anybody know who hasn't yet taken advantage of the Indulgence system, it is a great way to go and visit the Islands. Had a great time down there, which at times was very emotional. Things I had forgotten came to light and memories came flooding back.

The Lodge is amazing .... It is Sanctuary, it is warm, comfortable and well looked after. I don't know if it was the Lodge or the fact that I was in the Falklands but for the first time in years I managed to sleep without nightmares. I would just like to thank everyone involved in making my journey and stay such a memorable part of my life."

A/B(M) RFA Sir Percival 1982



"When myself and fellow veterans Jim Foster and Wayne Rees first decided to do the walk for Combat Stress, I knew that returning to the site of the battles would have a devastating impact on me. Once we visited the graves not just of the British soldiers, but of those on the Argentine side too, and the places where friends of mine died, the memories came flooding back and it became quite overwhelming. I must admit returning to the Islands has confirmed my own belief in the conflict. I gave a talk about how, since the end of the conflict, I had questioned whether the war was worth it. However, having gone back again, spoken to the Islanders, seen the transformation in places like Port Stanley, it was clear to me that it was a just cause and the sacrifice of the 255 British servicemen who died was not in vain.

Our re-visit to the Islands also gave us the opportunity to visit Liberty Lodge which is a fantastic facility devised to benefit veterans and their families who visit the Islands. The facilities on offer at the Lodge are of an excellent high standard which will make visitors stay all the more relaxing and enjoyable. I felt, not only is this an attractively decorated Lodge it also provides breath-taking views with it being situated high on the hill overlooking the harbour. The location is perfect which also allows easy access for the visiting veterans and their families to the centre of Stanley. I believe that the Lodge will provide an excellent opportunity for the veterans and the people of the Falklands to build a rapport. Liberty Lodge is a great asset for all veterans and the FVF must be congratulated for making the project happen and integrating the Lodge into the Port Stanley community."

Tony Banks, 2 Para





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