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Westminster Group Foundation – Update

Westminster Foundation Trustee Alan Wolstencroft has recently returned from a trip to Freetown where he was able to check on the progress at the Sanaya Academy, where the Foundation is supporting the building of a classroom block.

Alan was also overseeing the distribution of a large quantity of humanitarian aid items that had recently been shipped to the country courtesy of Westminster Group Plc.

Staff from Westminster Aviation Security Services Ltd have been visiting and monitoring the project throughout the building programme, which started last November.

Alan is now pleased to be able to report that Phase 1 of the project (the building of 2 classrooms) had been completed just prior to his visit , with just a few finishing touches still needed.

Alan commented that he was delighted with the outward appearance of the new building but was somewhat surprised when turning the corner when he noticed that there were 3 steel doors leading off the veranda.

The school representatives explained that they had been able to raise sufficient funds during the building programme than enabled them to construct an extra classroom. Showing the Foundation that they are doing all they could to improve the facilities at the school.

Alan commented that it is always great when working on a project such as this that the school is also contributing  towards the project and not just expect everything to be done for them.

The Foundation likes to support a project with a “Hand Up” and not just provide a total  “Hand Out”,  the Sanaya Academy has from the outset of our involvement has demonstrated its’ commitment to try and help themselves.

The completed 3 classrooms measure 6 metres square and are capable of seating up to 45 students.

Part of the support provided by the Foundation was to supply 20 school desks and 140 chairs which had been donated by three local organisations in the Banbury area. These had been shipped on the container and were delivered to the school in time for the official opening of the classroom block which took place during Alan’s visit.

There were enough desks to fully equip one classroom and enough chairs for all three classrooms. This provided a cost saving to the project as the school only needed to make enough wooden desks for two of the classrooms and no wooden benches were needed.

It is hoped to start Phase 2, the second three classroom block, in the next few days, there is a quantity of sand and granite stones left over from Phase 1 of the project to kick start the process.  If all goes to plan the foundations will be laid prior to the onset of the rainy season which is due to start at the end of May.

If you are interested in supporting this project we have a “shopping list” with prices of various items for both the building and the equipment / furniture.

Sanaya Shopping list

Item Unit Cost (SLL) Unit cost £
Cement for bricks (50kg bags)   55,000             6.00
Cement for mortar: foundation, paving, plastering  55,000            6.00
Iron rods (0.5″) 53,000             5.50
Granite stones (truck trips) 3,500,000          370.00
Red stones (truck trips) 450,000            50.00
Sand (truck trips) 600,000            65.00
Timber (boards) 35,000             4.00
Binding Wire (rolls) 350,000             40.00
Doors (metal) 700,000             75.00
Earth for back-filling of foundation (truck trips) 100,000            10.50
PHASE 2. ROOFING & CEILING
Zinc (roofing sheets bundles) 600,000            65.00
Roofing boards:
2″x 6″  37,000             4.00
1″x12″  40,000             4.25
Corner ridges  45,000              4.75
Ceiling joice: 2 x 3  20,000              2.00
Celotex – ceiling boards  43,000              4.50
Filets (bundle)  40,000              4.25
PHASE 3. PAINTING
White wash (litres) 10,000             1.00
Oil paint (gallons) 120,000            12.50
Thinner (litres) 15,000             1.50
Paint brushes  15,000             1.50
FURNITURE
Joint desk & chair (one per two pupils) 80,000             8.50
Classroom blackboards 70,000              7.50

 

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NGO Contract Award – Hand Held Explosives Detectors

Contracts

Westminster Group Plc announces its Technology Division subsidiary Westminster International Ltd  has recently secured an NGO contract for the supply of Hand Held Explosives Detectors for deployment in Central Africa.

The dual mode, portable hand held explosives detector is capable of both vapour and particulate sampling, with a capability of detecting most military and commercially available explosives C4, TNT, Dynamite, PETN, Semtex, EGDN, DMNB, RDX, ANFO, Black powder, Ammonium Nitrate, Urea Nitrate, Nitro-glycerine and TATP.

Westminster’s experience, expertise and international presence means Governments, NGOs and companies around the world, such as this, are able to procure specialist services and equipment from a known and trusted source with confidence.

Follow this link to see our range of Hand Held Explosives Detectors.

New Contract Award – Middle East

Contracts

Westminster Group Plc is pleased to announce that its Technology Division has been awarded a contract for the provision of advanced vehicle screening solutions to an existing client within the Middle East.

The advanced vehicle screening solutions will be used to screen vehicles for security threats and contraband as they enter a high security facility.

Westminster’s experience, expertise and international presence means that Companies and Governments around the world, such as this, are able to procure specialist security services and equipment from a known and trusted source with confidence.

Follow this link to see Westminster’s range of advanced vehicle screening solutions

Westminster Group Foundation

Westminster Group Foundation recently utilised the unused space in a sea freight container being sent to Sierra Leone by the Westminster Group Plc.

The space which was approximately 50% of the container was used to ship humanitarian aid items for a number of projects that Westminster Foundation are involved with the Freetown area.

The consignment consisted of:-

140 plastic stacking chairs, 20 school tables, a steel filing cabinet & steel storage cupboard will be donated to the Sanaya Memorial Academy School which the Foundation supports.

Wheelchairs, zimmer frames, commodes, privacy screens, crutches & walking sticks will be donated to a local clinic.

A consignment of assorted books will go to the Liverpool Community School in Waterloo, a project run by one of the Foundation Trustees, Alan Wolstencroft.

There is also a large amount of clothing and sports kit that will be distributed to several communities located close to the airport where Westminster are based.

Exhibiting at UK Security Expo

Westminster is currently exhibiting at the UK Security Expo from 29th November – 30th November 2017 at the Grand Hall, Olympia, London.

UK Security Expo is the premier global security showcase that attracts an audience of Government, Transport, Intelligence, Defence, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services CNI and the Private Sectors from all over the world. Visit our stand K70.

New Contract Award – Nigeria

Contracts

Westminster Group Plc announces that its Technology Division subsidiary Westminster International Ltd has secured a contract for the supply of X-Ray Baggage Scanners to a company based in Lagos, Nigeria.

The advanced latest technology X-Ray Baggage Scanners are capable of detecting organic and inorganic items such as weapons, explosives and narcotics using unique 6 colour software which significantly enhances the operator’s ability to identify suspicious items.

Westminster’s experience, expertise and international presence means that Companies and Governments around the world, such as this, are able to procure specialist security services and equipment from a known and trusted source with confidence.

Follow this link to see Westminster’s range of X-Ray Baggage Scanners

New Contract Award – Southeast Asia

Contracts

Westminster Group Plc is pleased to announce that its Technology Division subsidiary Westminster International Ltd has secured a contract for the supply of a number of Walk-By Wall Mounted Metal & Cell Phone Detectors for installation in a facility in a Southeast Asian country.

These systems will detect moving ferromagnetic objects, they can also be optimised for cellular phone detection. Cell phones are increasingly manufactured with reduced metal content, making detection using conventional metal detectors less certain, cellular phones do however still contain ferromagnetic components that can be detected.

These systems will also detect many other contraband items such as blades, shanks, radio receivers and transceivers. In operation, they require no user input, they automatically compensate for external electrical and mechanical interference such as lights, doors, vehicles etc.

They will also indicate contraband items hidden in body cavities.

Follow this link to see a range of Walk-By Metal & Cell Phone Detectors

Westminster Aviation Security Services Ltd – Expands Training Division

Westminster Group’s Managed Services subsidiary company Westminster Aviation Security Services Ltd  (WASS) is pleased to announce expansion of its aviation training division both in terms of scope and capacity. The Company is also pleased to announce the appointment of two new key team members.

Paul Morton Training and Compliance Manager joined WASS in October 2016 and has been working with Joanna Fowler – Operations Director to increase capacity and streamline the training department in the delivery of AVSEC Training courses. Paul has a background in the UK Armed Forces and the Police and has extensive knowledge in the provision and implementation of holistic security solutions in many countries worldwide. For the past seven years Paul has been applying his security knowledge to the Aviation industry and is one of the limited number of ICAO certified trainers in the world. Paul is also a DfT and EU certified trainer and is experienced in the production delivery and implementation of full AvSec training programmes and regularly works overseas assisting AvSec entities. Paul has an excellent operational knowledge and understanding of all technology and is a NXCT Test Manager.

Lorraine Hellend joins the Company to provide support for Paul and is assisting with the development of aviation courses and the delivery of advanced training. Lorraine joins us after many years at Heathrow airport and we are very pleased to have her on board. Lorraine is a DfT certified trainer with many years’ experience in the delivery of AVSEC training.

WASS is recognised as a leading provider of aviation security solutions, providing training and support services to airports worldwide. In recent months, the Company has secured numerous contracts to provide training and services to airports around the world. The Company is looking at building on that success and further increasing its capacity and as part of that expansion will be launching in 2017 a number of exciting new courses currently under development.

New Contract Award – Bahamas

Contracts

Westminster Group Plc announces that its Technology Division subsidiary Westminster International Ltd has secured a contract for the supply of Security Screening Equipment to a company in the Bahamas.

Under this contract Westminster is providing Walk Through Metal Detectors for the detection of metallic items such as weapons.

The detectors have vertical and horizontal detection zones to assist the operators to precisely locate where the metallic item is being carried by a person.

Westminster’s experience, expertise and international presence means that Companies and Governments around the world, such as this, are able to procure specialist security services and equipment from a known and trusted source with confidence.

Follow this link to see Westminster’s range of Walk Through Metal Detectors

New Contract Award – NGO West Africa

Contracts

Westminster Group Plc announces that its Technology Division subsidiary Westminster International Ltd has secured a new contract for the supply of a quantity of its WG E Explosive & Narcotic Detectors to an NGO based in West Africa.

The WG E Explosive & Narcotic Detector is a portable ruggedised unit that utilises an individual detection swipe card for each test. It will detect both trace and bulk amounts of a substance, the user can sample both large amounts of an unknown substance or test for unseen traces on any surface. Each detection swipe card is clearly marked with a unique serial number that allows the detector to log the date, time, GPS coordinates, temperature, altitude, and the result of each test for evidential recording.

Westminster’s experience, expertise and international presence means Governments, NGO’s and companies around the world, such as this, are able to procure specialist services and equipment from a known and trusted source with confidence.

Follow this link for further information on the WG E Explosive & Narcotic Detector