The Parachute Regimental Association

(Nottingham Branch)

Charity Number: 1124238

NOTTINGHAM PRA Branch meetings cancelled until further notice.

Due to the current World wide Covid 19 pandemic the Nottingham Branch meeting nights which fall on the 3rd Wednesday of the month will be closed for the next few months. This is to help stop the spread of the virus to Branch members who mainly come into the vulnerable classification of being over 70 or have conditions which maybe made worse if they catch the virus.

Branch members will be kept upto date via Email and phone and branch minutes and treasurers reports will be sent via Email for members to see, and members will be updated on branch and Regimental related subjects.

If you need to contact Secretary; Brian Williams, Chairman; Kevin Key, or Treasurer; Mark Holding please contact us via phone or Email.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Mark Holding (Treasurer) 16th March 2020


Sunday 3rd August 2015

This year's Newark BBQ was held once again at Arn Andrews Sunnybrook Farm at Bathley, near Newark. It was another great day. The Sun was shining and another very big turn out from people from five different PRA Branches.


This year's event included the bowls competition and the edition of a shooting stand. This comprised of two pre-charged air rifles, spotting scope, range finder, reactive and paper targets, and all under cover of a gazebo, including shooting tables and chairs, supplied by Mark Holding (Treasurer) Nottingham Branch, and assisted by his Son Jake Holding, were able to offer attendees the chance to try out on the shooting range. Arn had also supplied a BSA Spring powered air rifle, so the two types of rifle could be used side by side over the 20 yard to 36 yard outdoor range, which was open all throughout the day.


This year’s bowling competition was a very tight event. Last year’s winners, Newark Branch were once again in the final with the Spalding Branch, taking the title for two years in a row, at the end of the day.


As usual the BBQ and buffet were outstanding, and the raffle which was drawn at the end of the event helped raise around £200.


The Newark BBQ is always one of the highlights of the year, and this had been a great day for all who attended.

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Above: Jean Wheatley and Ryan O'Hara on the shooting stand

Bellow: A video diary of the day


Sunday 3rd August 2014

Sunday the 3rd of August was the annual BBQ, hosted by Arn Andrews and his wife at Sunnybrook Farm, near Bathley, Newark.

PRA members arrived from around 12:00 hrs. to be welcomed by Arn Andrews and his wife, and Joe King and Trevor Smith, who had set up the BBQ and were preparing to get the meats ready for the BBQ. Members from Newark, Lincoln, Nottingham and Spalding Branches steadily grew in strength, and all shared a drink and banter in the meantime.

Arn also organised a bowls competition between the four Branches. The final scores were:

1st Place Newark Branch

2nd Place Spalding Branch

3rd Place Lincoln Branch

4th Place Nottingham Branch

Hopefully next year will see Nottingham's place moving up the ladder, by at least one place. Even so, we all had a great day out in the Sunshine.

From all members of the Nottingham Branch that attended the BBQ, we thank Arn, and the Newark Branch, for another great day hosted for all the Branches.

Below: Video of the day out at the BBQ, including photo slideshow

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Above: Members of the 505th 82nd Airborne Division on their visit to the Loughborough area. During WW2 their Parachute Infantry Battalion were camped  near to the village of Quorn. A memorial is now located at the Orchard Park in the village, where they paid their respects to the fallen. Above right, Brian Williams of the Parachute Regimental Association and former S/Sgt with 23 PFA / 144 PFA, and member of Nottingham and Newark Branches, met the American Paratroopers during their visit. Photo by: Dennis Powdrill 

St Georges Day Parade Spalding April 2012

KEN SELLARS (Service Photos)

BILL CUMMING (Service Photos)


MARK HOLDING (Service Photos)

John Needham (Service Photos)