A new antique centre specialising in military medals and books has opened in Biddenham, with all profits donated to veterans’ charity, Woody’s Lodge.
Military Medals and Books also offers military research for those who want to know more about the person who was behind their medals.
The centre is run by Chris Murphy, a local businessman who has spent great part of his life collecting medals and militaria, as well as researching the stories behind the antiques.
A veteran of the British Army himself, Chris has spent over a quarter of a century growing his collection of medals, books and military items. A portion of that collection will be on sale at the antique centre.
More than just an antique shop, the centre is run on a volunteer basis and set up to support the charity “Woody’s Lodge”, with all profits after covering costs, will be donated to support military veterans.
“With years of personal military service and having built successful businesses in the UK and Europe, I can now devote my activities to support veterans across the UK,” said Chris.
Paul “Woody” Woodland was a member of the Elite Special Boat Service, but in 2012 he lost his life on a training exercise, before he was due to return for a second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Named after him, Woody’s Lodge is a charity helping veterans with housing, benefits, pensions and finance, agency and NHS referrals, as well as with socialising and re-connecting with old friends and family.
Currently, Woody’s Lodge have three sites in Wales and having been recently licenced to operate a farm near Cardigan, in Wales, for the benefit of its service users. This is now its third location in Wales; however, their plan is to expand throughout the UK in the coming years.
The shop can be found at 20 Deep Spinney, Biddenham, Bedford MK40 4QH and is open Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.