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 Veteran in his Studio'

'A Veteran in his Studio'

Veteran of Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and prolific artist George Graham has presented an oil on canvas painting titled ‘A veteran in his studio’ to the team at the Hawkhead Centre, in thanks for the support received to continue painting.  

Posted: 23/11/2017 | Scottish War Blinded

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'Reflections of Ypres'

'Reflections of Ypres'

Scottish War Blinded member Derek McDonald has written a piece titled ‘Reflections of Ypres’ about his experiences on the charity’s World War One Battlefields Tour earlier this month.

The tour provided Derek an opportunity visit the sites of World War One battlefields, museums, Menin Gate and re-trace the footsteps of his Grandfather, Lance Corporal Alexander McDonald, who earned the Military Medal serving on the Western Front in 1917.

Posted: 25/05/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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2015 Members' Gathering celebrates comrades in arms

2015 Members' Gathering celebrates comrades in arms

Over a hundred members and their partners came together in Stirling on the 11-12 of June for what will become an annual event known as ‘The Members’ Gathering.’

Posted: 25/06/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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2016 Veterans' members Survey : results revealed

2016 Veterans' members Survey : results revealed

We currently support more veterans than ever before in our history, and the numbers benefiting from our support continues to rise, as more people become aware of the range of people who are eligible for our support.

In order to meet the needs of our expanding membership, we will be developing our services over the coming years. As part of this, it is vital that we develop our services with the views of veterans who currently access our services at the forefront of our minds.

Posted: 03/11/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Visit Scottish War Blinded Members at Rosendael House

29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Visit Scottish War Blinded Members at Rosendael House

Representatives of the elite 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery visited Scottish War Blinded members at Rosendael House on Thursday 28 January 2016.

The purpose of the visit was to provide our members an opportunity to engage with serving personnel of the British Army Forces. The visit began with a presentation from Captain Seath and Gunner Reece Webster.

Posted: 15/02/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Visit the Linburn Centre

29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Visit the Linburn Centre

Captains Seath and Johnston of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery visited the Linburn Centre on Thursday 29 October 2015 to deliver a presentation to Scottish War Blinded members.

The presentation described the history of the Commando Regiment, the selection process that All Arms Commando Course recruits must pass in order to wear the coveted green beret as well as their current ongoing operation commitments.

Posted: 05/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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3 Rifles Visit the Linburn Centre

3 Rifles Visit the Linburn Centre

Representatives of 3 Rifles visited Scottish War Blinded members today (Thursday 22 September 2016) at the Linburn Centre.

3 Rifles are currently based at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh and are a light mechanised infantry battalion, equipped with Foxhound protected mobility vehicles, who operate as part of the British Army’s Adaptive Force.

Posted: 22/09/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: 'Sandy' the Lady of Linburn & the Growth of Female Membership

A Century of Expanding Horizons: 'Sandy' the Lady of Linburn & the Growth of Female Membership

In our latest centenary blog, we share the story of Ethel Mary Alexander, the first female member to work in the Linburn Workshops during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Ethel served in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRENS) during World War Two and arrived at Linburn for rehabilitation and vocational training as a result of incurring a visual impairment whilst in service.

Today, many of Scottish War Blinded's female members have served in the WRENS, ATS, Reserves and Queen Alexandria Nursing Corps and have developed significant sight loss long after service. We share a case study of a current member Susan Dunham.

Posted: 16/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Alec MacKenzie

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Alec MacKenzie

“One of Linburn’s Most Distinguished Graduates”

Scottish War Blinded member Alec Mackenzie had worked in the Far East for over 20 years prior to the Japanese invasion in 1941. He had also been an all-round sportsman of outstanding ability and captained the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club in Fangling for several years.

Posted: 26/02/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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A Century of Expanding Horizons: Andrew Mackenzie

A Century of Expanding Horizons: Andrew Mackenzie

Earlier this month we received a wonderful press cutting about Scottish War Blinded's former Linburn Superintendent Andrew Mackenzie celebrating 70 years of marriage to his wife Adeline.

For our latest instalment of our centenary blog, we share an appreciation written in Scottish War Blinded’s 1988 Annual Report about Mr Mackenzie’s dedication to his work with Scottish War Blinded.

Posted: 29/07/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

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