News

February 5th 2015

RUTLAND RESIDENTS INVITED TO MILITARY WORKING DOG OPEN EVENT

Local people in and around North Luffenham are being invited to attend a special open event at St Georges Barracks, to find out more about the British Army’s 1st Military Working Dog Regiment.

The regiment is currently based in Sennelager, Germany but will move to North Luffenham over the next two years, eventually making Rutland its long-term home.

Members of the public are invited to attend one of two presentations on Wednesday 11th February 2015, to learn more about the regiment and its plans to build a new block of kennels at the base.

The presentations will be held in the Officers Mess from 5.00-6.30pm and 6.30-8.00pm and each one will be followed by a live demonstration from handlers and their dogs.

Rutland County Council has been helping to prepare for the regiment’s arrival since early 2014. Helen Briggs, Chief Executive of Rutland County Council, said: “Residents will know that 104 Military Working Dog Squadron has been based at North Luffenham for some time however this represents a big move for the rest of the Regiment and, indeed, the local community.

“Additional squadrons will begin arriving in Rutland from August 2015 and we’ve been working hard to make sure this is a smooth transition for our servicemen and women, and their families.

“This open event is a great opportunity for local people to come and learn more about the regiment, the important job they do and changes that are planned to the base – particularly the construction of a larger set of kennels to house the dogs. You can also take part in a question and answer session attended by the Regiment’s Commanding Officer and his staff, the design and development team for the new build and Rutland County Council. Lastly, it’s an opportunity for us to welcome the Regiment to their new home, as we are sure residents will want to do.”

1st Military Working Dog Regiment provides the only deployable working dog and veterinary capability within whole of the British Army.  Dogs and their handlers provide vital detect and protect capabilities for troops on the ground and have had recent tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

The presentations on 11th February are free to attend and open to everyone, with a particular interest for residents in North Luffenham, Edith Weston and surrounding villages.

Visitors should arrive through the main gate of the Officers Mess (opposite The Wheatsheaf Pub), after which they will be directed to the presentation room. Parking is available at the Mess and in the car park just off the main Edith Weston roundabout.