Scottish War Blinded Blog

Read about the wide range of experiences enjoyed by Scottish War Blinded members as well as events, news and community projects.

A Century of Expanding Horizons: The British Army launch chlorine gas attacks during the Battle of Loos in September 1915

A Century of Expanding Horizons: The British Army launch chlorine gas attacks during the Battle of Loos in September 1915

In April this year, we commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the first poisonous gas attack launched by the Germans on French Colonial troops during the Second Battle of Ypres. British troops would experience German poisonous gas attacks two weeks later, on 5 May 1915, at Hill 60 where 148 died either in the trenches or subsequently in frontline first aid posts, a similar number survived living day-to-day with debilitating respiratory conditions.

Throughout the summer of 1915, British Command devised plans to respond to German use of poisonous gas. Special companies were formed, trained in the application of chemical agents on the frontline, and investments were made in the production of poisonous gas shells and canisters in the UK.

Posted: 29/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded members to exhibit R34 Airship models at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune

Scottish War Blinded members to exhibit R34 Airship models at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune

Scottish War Blinded members Robert Wiley and George Gowans will exhibit models of the R34 Airship at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune from 9-18 October 2015.Robert and George have produced their models at Scottish War Blinded’s Linburn Centre in recognition of its achievement as the first airship to make a return transatlantic journey from East Fortune Aerodrome to America in 1919.

Posted: 28/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded Reunion Lunch Programme Visits Edinburgh

Scottish War Blinded Reunion Lunch Programme Visits Edinburgh

Scottish War Blinded members enjoyed a wonderful reunion lunch event at the Holiday Inn, Edinburgh on Thursday 24 September 2015. Reunion Lunch events are keenly anticipated, held on an annual basis, which bring Scottish War Blinded members together in communities across Scotland.

As soon as members arrived, accompanied by friends and family, warm greetings were exchanged and conversations, as well as introductions, began. Members also enjoyed the opportunity to view Scottish War Blinded’s centenary exhibition which featured in the reception area.

Posted: 25/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Seven Days to focus on Veterans' eye health

Cooking class at the Linburn Centre

National Eye Health Week, 21-27 September 2015 

Ophthalmologists and eye health professionals- Guide Veterans to Us

This National Eye Health Week, we’re asking eye health professionals across Scotland to support our aim of engaging with more veterans with sight loss, by guiding clients & customers to our free lifelong support. 

Posted: 22/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Linburn Centre artist Harry Hogg looks forward to exhibiting work at Scottish War Blinded's Creative Vision event as part of Luminate 2015

Linburn Centre artist Harry Hogg looks forward to exhibiting work at Scottish War Blinded's Creative Vision event as part of Luminate 2015

Scottish War Blinded member Harry Hogg is very much looking forward to exhibiting a number of his paintings at ‘Creative Vision’ as part of Luminate Creative Ageing Festival 2015.

The event will take place at the Linburn Centre and will celebrate the artistic talents of Scottish War Blinded members through an art exhibition supported by a centenary exhibition storyboard presentation and interactive art workshops.

Posted: 21/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Prestwick and Troon Branch of the Armed Forces Veterans Association donate funds in support of Scottish War Blinded

Prestwick and Troon Branch of the Armed Forces Veterans Association donate funds in support of Scottish War Blinded

Representatives of the Prestwick and Troon Branch of the Armed Forces Veterans Association visited the Linburn Centre to present a cheque for £381.00 to Scottish War Blinded on Friday 18 September 2015.

The association raises funds of over £1500.00 on an annual basis, through raffles and supermarket collections, supporting numerous veterans charities including the Ghurkha Welfare Trust, Erskine and Gardening Leave.

Posted: 21/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Guide visually impaired veterans to us at SECC Independent Living Scotland event in October

Guide visually impaired veterans to us at SECC Independent Living Scotland event in October

Scottish War Blinded (Stand C12) will exhibit at the Independent Living Scotland event on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October 2015.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the Linburn Centre and Outreach services Scottish War Blinded provides to visually impaired veterans across Scotland as well as try out specialist low vision equipment which supports independent living.

Posted: 16/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Glider trip rekindles Gordon’s memories of time in service in the RAF during World War Two

Glider trip rekindles Gordon’s memories of time in service in the RAF during World War Two

Scottish War Blinded member Gordon Mills describes how a recent glider trip experience, organised by the charity’s Linburn Centre, rekindled memories of time in service in Burma and India during World War Two.

Glider trips are keenly anticipated amongst Scottish War Blinded’s membership during the spring and summer months. Having heard about the positive experiences from fellow members, Gordon, who served in the RAF during World War Two, decided it was time, once again, to take flight.

Posted: 14/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded to construct new centre in Paisley to support veterans with sight loss in the West of Scotland

Scottish War Blinded to construct new centre in Paisley to support veterans with sight loss in the West of Scotland

Scottish War Blinded will construct a new centre In Paisley to support veterans of the Armed Forces with sight loss.

Posted: 03/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded to host creative workshops and exhibition at the Linburn Centre as part of 2015 Luminate Festival

Scottish War Blinded to host creative workshops and exhibition at the Linburn Centre as part of 2015 Luminate Festival

Scottish War Blinded will host an event titled ‘Creative Vision’ at the Linburn Centre on Saturday 24 October as part of the 2015 Luminate Festival. The Luminate Festival is delivered by Age Scotland and celebrates creativity in later life through a series of workshops, performances and exhibitions organised across Scotland every October.

Creative Vision will exhibit art produced by Scottish War Blinded throughout the Linburn Centre including portraits, landscapes, models and tactile art. Information cards will describe the inspiration behind the artworks as well as providing insight into the visual impairments our members experience as a result of time in service or in subsequent later life.

Posted: 02/09/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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