16 November 2010
The deep truths of an old story
In his first post, Padre Robin Richardson – an Army Chaplain currently deployed to Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) – reflects on the upcoming Islamic celebration of Eid-ul-Adha and the potential, possibilities and promise that a religious holiday can bring in Afghanistan.
18 November 2010
In his latest blog Padre Robin Richardson recounts the Remembrance Sunday service and meets Paul, a 24-year old soldier on his second tour.
23 November 2010
Doing what’s right
Padre Robin Richardson writes about his impressions of watching ISAF medics treating an injured insurgent.
2 December 2010
Padre Robin Richardson “chews the fat” with Matt, a senior Signaller who keeps the battlefield communications flowing.
6 December 2010
Across the camp the music came
Padre Robin Richardson is inspired to write about the power and meaning of music after an experience at Patrol Base Shahzad with 5 SCOTS.
16 December 2010
The silent liturgy of our farewells
Padre Robin Richardson writes from Camp Bastion about the death of Private John Howard on 5 December.
24 December 2010
Christmas is almost upon us
Padre Richardson blogs from Afghanistan with his thoughts just ahead of Christmas.
28 December 2010
…and thank the chefs
Padre Richardson writes about helping out with Christmas lunches, and being inspired to find out more about the life of an Army chef.
31 December 2010
Padre Richardson writes about meeting Rob, a Parachute Regiment Physical Training Instructor.
27 January 2011
They don’t come better than her, they just don’t
Padre Richardson has been back to the UK on R&R, but took time to visit injured soldiers, in hospital in Birmingham and undergoing rehabilitation at Headley Court.
7 February 2011
Dave and Phil
Padre Richardson writes about meeting Dave and Phil as they recall a close contact with insurgents and in turn reflects on the shared benefits of talking about experiences.
8 February 2011
Padre Richardson reflects on the death of Wo2 Colin “Tom” Beckett.
28 February 2011
Padre Richardson writes about meeting a Para called Baz, visiting the construction of a new community meeting area and seeing the reaction of local children to some small gifts sent by a little girl in the UK.
7 March 2011
Padre Richardson reflects before Lent on catching up with a commander he hasn’t seen since the start of the tour.
22 March 2011
The fruits (and vegetables) of progress
As Operation HERRICK 13 draws to a close, so does 3 PARA’s time in Afghanistan. In this blog, Padre Richardson – attached to 3 PARA – reflects on what he has seen to change over the last 6 months.
28 March 2011
Padre Robin Richardson, attached to 3 PARA in Afghanistan, blogs once more.
5 April 2011
That we had no kind of font or baptistry was irrelevant
Padre Richardson blogs about a week of unexpected events.
26 April 2011
No-one said it would be easy
A moving and very powerful final post from Padre Robin Richardson, attached to 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) as he concludes his 6-month tour of Afghanistan.