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Stoke Rochford Hall 

Stoke Rochford Hall 

The Parachute 2 Club AGM and the annual dinner take place at Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire. The dinner is always followed by a service of remembrance the next day in the Parish Church of St Andrew & St Mary.

The significance of Stoke Rochford Hall and the local church is that 2 PARA was based there and trained in the local area before the Battle of Arnhem.

Stoke Rochford Hall, which is now a hotel and conference centre, is an imposing and very beautiful building set in well kept and extensive grounds. Nearby, the Parish Church of St Andrew & St Mary, with its memorials to the fallen of 2 PARA from Bruneval, North Africa, Sicily, Tunis and Arnhem remains the spiritual home of 2 PARA.

During the service of remembrance the name of everyone who died on or as a result of active service with 2 PARA from 1942 until the present day is read out. Thus, once a year, each officer and soldier is properly remembered.

Membership of Parachute 2 remains open to all serving and retired parachute trained personnel who have served with 2 PARA. Those who were on strength as Attached Arms may join as Associate Members and the wives and widows of qualified personnel can also join as Associate Members. Currently we have more than sixty ladies who are part of the Club.

The service of remembrance in 2014 saw an additional memorial unveiled to those who have lost their lives as a result of campaign service since 1945.