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Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) events this Saturday

posted 10 Nov 2017, 00:37 by john slater

At this Saturdays home National Cup Group D match at The Hive v Telford Tigers (6pm face-off) the Bracknell Bees will be delighted to welcome Iona Scotson (nee MacDonald).

As part of the match, in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund, Iona will be performing the National Anthem, and some other tunes, pre-game.

Iona started to learn the chanter at the age of three and a half (not that she had much choice as her Dad taught her!). Since then, she has pursued her passion for music, attaining Grade 8 in both piano and violin, and now currently teaches the bagpipes in schools in the south of England; she also teaches piano and violin privately. She has had the honour of playing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with 19 Regt RA Pipe Band and also as far afield as the Nanchang Tattoo in China. In addition to the teaching, Iona is the Pipe Major of the Southern Jacobites Pipe Band whom have played alongside The Chieftains when they were on tour in Bristol. As her talent doesn’t stop there, Iona leads the Black Grouse Ceilidh Band where you will see her perform on the accordion, tin whistle, fiddle, clarinet and recorder. Iona is currently based in Pirbright where her husband is currently stationed.

We wish to thank Iona for being part of the special Army Benevolent Fund evening at The Hive.

The Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) is one of the Bees chosen charities and for this game the team will again be wearing special edition commemorative Passchendaele jerseys with a collection being made throughout the game to go to the ABF. Soldiers from Sword Company Army Training Centre Pirbright will be doing the collection on behalf of the fantastic cause, please give generously.

We are also holding a raffle for a unique ABF named and numbered special edition commemorative Passchendaele jersey – if you missed out on the Own & Loan opportunity for these special jerseys then make sure you see the usual raffle ticket sellers to enter this raffle and the Shirt Off a Back raffle to give yourself a chance to win!