SAS Memorial

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A major new internationally important artwork, dedicated to the Special Air Service and funded by the Special Air Service Regimental Association is to be installed in Hereford Cathedral. In the form of a magnificent sculpture and stained glass window, it is due to be completed in April 2017. The SAS, now in its 75th year, maintains a long and close association with Hereford Cathedral, the City and County.

Called ‘Ascension’, the installation has been created by the world-renowned, Royal Academy sculptor, John Maine and has been two years in the making. It serves as a memorial and tribute to all SAS – past present and future.

We wanted something that was for the whole SAS family – serving, retired, regular or reserve, our families, for British, French, Belgian, Greek, Rhodesian, New Zealand and Australian. Something that was powerfully simple but with deep meaning, that supported the understated excellence of the SAS. Nothing remotely boastful. And we wanted a dash of mystery!

There is no story board or description to the installation beyond a title, ‘Ascension’. It is not a regimental chapel, but something more akin to a continental wayside shrine – a place of passage – which invites members of the regiment, as well as pilgrims and visitors to the Cathedral to pause and reflect. Always a little further

[Thank you for making a donation. We are very grateful, wanting and hoping that as many people as possible will be able to contribute and be part of this stunning artwork that serves as a memorial and enduring tribute to the Special Air Service.]

Any funds raised over and above those needed for the installation of the sculpture and window will be used for the ongoing care of ‘Ascension’ in Hereford Cathedral and the welfare work of the SAS Regimental Association.

SAS MemorialThe SAS memorial in Hereford Cathedral is about the past, present and future of a Regiment that is now in its 75th year. A tribute to the whole SAS, not just the British SAS but those we have served alongside - the French, Belgian, Greek, Rhodesian, New Zealand and Australian SAS. Herefordshire is immeasurably proud of the connection with the SAS; and the SAS regards Hereford as its spiritual home. From the 1950s onwards every SAS soldier, whether regular or reserve, has spent time in Malvern, Hereford, the Brecon Beacons or mid-Wales and if not actually based here then spending lengthy periods here for selection and training. We have what the Regiment, the Cathedral and the County wanted, a memorial in a public place to the whole SAS family – right from our early days, for the serving, retired, regular, reserve, wives, widows, dependents, for those who support and sustain us, for the past, present and future, the British SAS and all fellow SAS.

The SAS Regimental Association is raising funds to meet the cost of this memorial from membership and public donation. The aim is to install this outstanding work of art, by John Maine RA, which serves as our enduring and timeless memorial, during 2017. Located in the nave it  is not a regimental chapel, but something more akin to a continental wayside shrine – a place of passage – which invites everyone to pause and reflect. There is no story board or description beyond a title, ‘Ascension’. It will be for everyone to see what they want to see and imagine. The construction of the window – two skins set 40mm apart – introduces parallax and shifting visual movement. Together with the variable outside light conditions it will likely make each visit a little different. A touch of the mysterious.

Thank you for considering a donation. We are very grateful, wanting and hoping that as many people as possible will be able to donate to this special memorial.

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Any funds raised over and above those needed for the installation of the sculpture and window will be used for the ongoing care of ‘Ascension’ in Hereford Cathedral and the welfare work of the SAS Regimental Association.

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Total donations:

Tim and Mari

21.02.17

£100.00

Anonymous

12.02.17

MJFK

06.02.17

£100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

Andy

03.02.17

Beautiful.

Adam W

03.02.17

£100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

Pete Starling

01.02.17

£25.00 (+ £6.25 giftaid)

in memory of all those RAMC soldiers who have served badged or attached.

Anonymous

31.01.17

Anonymous

31.01.17

£100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

Tom Crinnion

19.01.17

£25.00

Never forget

Mike 'Milo' Beveridge

13.01.17

£25.00 (+ £6.25 giftaid)

A wonderful lasting tribute to the Regiment. Proud son of 'Bob' Beveridge