Nagasaki Media

Event Cancellation

Regarding the Kendo Nagasaki “Meet Peter Thornley” Event of 28th March 2020:

It is with a heavy heart that we must advise you that we have decided to postpone this event, due to concerns surrounding the Covid-19 virus.

The last thing we would want would be for anyone to suffer any adverse consequences as a result of travelling to or from the event, or attending it, and as there is a risk of contracting the virus from being in close proximity with strangers, we feel that out of concern for your well-being, postponement of the event is the only responsible course of action.

As you know, neither Kendo nor Peter would ever wish to disappoint a fan in even the smallest way, but your safety takes priority, and we hope that you will be able to join us for the re-scheduled event when it can safely be held.

We will keep you up-to-date with future events dates as soon as we can set them.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we look forward to seeing you here at The Retreat very soon.

New Event at the Nagasaki Retreat.

We are pleased to announce an Audience with Peter Thornley (The Man Behind the Mask).

This will be a One Day Event on Saturday 28th March 2020.

The cost of this event is £30.00 which includes Lunch, plus Tea, Coffee, and Biscuits which will be available throughout the day.

To apply for a place at this event or to make further enquires, please send an email to

There are limited places available so please book early so that you are not disappointed.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

A Sad Announcement

It is with much sadness that we must announce that our friend and colleague Alan Moss suddenly and unexpectedly passed away just before Christmas. He was 67 years old.

Our thoughts are with his family and all who knew him – his warmth and selflessness will be much missed by us all.

We look to continue Alan’s enthusiastic support for the Lee Rigby Foundation, and hope to be continually inspired by his remarkable life and wonderful friendship.

Important Announcement!

This Picture is Already Worth a Thousand Words…

Imagine the Story that 140,000 of His Own Words Will Tell

Out This Year – Watch This Space!

Lee Rigby Foundation and Kendo Nagasaki Foundation In The Press

On Christmas Eve, a lovely article appeared in the Sunday People newspaper:


Click on the picture to see a larger view.

Many thanks to Rosie Dunn and Billy for their continued support!

The Nagasaki Retreat Event November 2017

We are very pleased to announce a weekend date for our event.

The event will take place over the weekend of 11th & 12th November 2017.

For the overnight stays we only have one room with a double bed the rest have all been booked.

To book a place at the event please email, and we’ll get right back to you.

The Nagasaki Retreat – First Event 2017

We are pleased to announce the dates of our first Event for 2017!

The Event will take place over the weekend of 29th – 30th April.

We look forward to seeing you all once again, to still the mind, re-connect with the intuitive self, and find peace and strength…

At this Event, Ian Wilshaw and Paul Douglas will be celebrating their 50th Birthdays!

To enquire about the Event, please email, and we’ll get right back to you.

See you there!

Please Note: due to how busy we are working with the Lee Rigby Foundation on the Lee Rigby House and Lodge projects, we will be announcing events on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis this year, when we can see how to make all the necessary arrangements fit together – please bear with us in this great cause!



BBC Midlands Today Visit the Lee Rigby House & Lodge


On a crisp, bright December morning, BBC Midlands Today came to the site of the Lee Rigby House, to film what’s been achieved so far, and show what we have planned for the Lee Rigby Lodge.

Lyn and Ian brought friend and supporter Paul Matson from Hull4Heroes, a man who’s already achieved a huge amount in the crucially important work of supporting Veterans. Paul is a Veteran himself, and has been a major contributor to ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’ project for Veterans’ housing, and he was very impressed at what the Lee Rigby Foundation is aiming for here in Staffordshire.

Paul said, “I was treated to a VIP day today visiting the very first Lee Rigby house, I have to say I stood back in amazement of what will be a wonderful retreat in stunning grounds for bereaved families, ex service men and women, Lyn and her family were so let down by the Army, she intends to help many people in the same situation , we intend to help where we can and form a partnership that will help us both”

The House and Lodge properties have been made available by the Kendo Nagasaki Foundation, and as refurbishment on the House continues apace, the Lodge has yet to be begun, and we look forward to Paul’s help and raising the funds required to make it happen, and helping as many families and Veterans as possible, as soon as possible.

See the full video – which includes both the BBC’s Facebook posting and the broadcast feature – here.

The Lee Rigby House Featured on ITV News

Here at the Nagasaki Retreat, we’ve been working hard on the Lee Rigby House, so that the Lee Rigby Foundation can bring families here as soon as possible for a much-needed break. We were delighted when Granada ITV News wanted to film a feature on it, and the resulting clip is a wonderful demonstration of the sanctuary it is becoming, for bereaved families and forces’ Veterans.

ITV filmed a lot more when they were here, including the Lee Rigby Lodge and more interviews, but they only had a very short window of air-time, so even though it got edited down, we’re delighted with their work.

ITV News want to come back to film more as we make further progress on the House and the Lodge, and we welcome their interest, as it’ll help spread the word of the work of the Lee Rigby Foundation, particularly to the people who really need their help.

One of the other interviews on the day was with a Veteran of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who commented on how valuable the Lee Rigby House and Lodge would be – he said, “When I was in a bad place, I really needed peace and quiet and the chance to have a good night’s sleep, as I found that was the first step towards recovering and getting my life back together. This place is just perfect for that – even though it’s not finished, I’d like to move in now!”

We can’t wait to welcome families and Veterans here – everyone knows the benefits of peace and quiet, but for those the Lee Rigby Foundation seeks to help, it is an essential step in healing and rebuilding their lives.

See the ITV News Video here.

Please help in supporting this work – go to the Lee Rigby House and Lodge web page and hit the “Donate” button – thank you.

Real Progress Is Made by Our Collaborating Foundations

As you will have seen on our You Tube channel, Kendo Nagasaki 101, on 14th August 2016, the ‘Wrestlers’ Reunion’ held its 25th Anniversary Event, once more at The Bridges pub.

As the video describes, this year was a special event, as attending were Lyn and Ian Rigby, accompanied by daughter Courtney. Lyn’s book, “Lee Rigby – A Mother’s Tale” was on sale at the Reunion, as was the Nagasaki’ Foundation’s DVD of the 5th March fund-raiser wrestling tournament at the Victoria Hall, raising funds towards the ‘Lee Rigby Lodge’, the retreat for forces’ Veterans and families, in Staffordshire.

Also attending this year’s Reunion was Kelly Tolhurst MP, who has a special interest in supporting the military, accompanied by Reunion regular, Chris Buckwell, and they both met Lyn and Ian Rigby, and discussed the Lee Rigby Foundation’s joint charitable works with Kendo’s Charity. Kelly Tolhurst presented Lyn with an award for ‘Courage In The Face Of Adversity’, and she went even further – there was even mention of a visit to Parliament by our Foundations!

It was a wonderful day, and the enthusiasm of everyone at the event was inspiring and powerfully motivating. Of course, our Foundations had worked together for the 5th March wrestling contest fund-raiser at the Victoria Hall, and at the Wrestler’s Reunion, and since then, we’ve ramped-up our collaboration even more.

This makes a great deal of sense, as we have shared aims of empowering people by giving them a chance to get away from it all and have the space to heal, and the Nagasaki Foundation has the resources to make the Lee Rigby Foundation’s aims come to fruition.

It was decided a year ago that a large building on the site of Kendo’s Retreat would be made available to the Lee Rigby Foundation – indeed, it was while on a break here with husband Ian, that Lyn Rigby saw the building and she had a vision of it as the home for Lee’s legacy – it was to become the place where the people her foundation supports could come to heal; on that day, the Lee Rigby Lodge was born.

The Lee Rigby Foundation needs to raise funds to refurbish the Lee Rigby Lodge building, and this aim was described in the Middleton Guardian newspaper on 6th October, which also told the story of one of their fund-raising events, and there are an ever-increasing number of such events in preparation.

In order to help speed the progress of all the organisation and arrangements within and around the Lee Rigby Foundation, two members of the Nagasaki staff are now lending their support, Yvonne and Roz, and we have also provided space for an official Lee Rigby Foundation office, from which all mail, emails, and phonecalls can be administered. This makes a lot of sense, as we collectively work towards progressing the Lee Rigby Lodge.

And there’s been another spectacular development – whilst the refurbishment of the Lee Rigby Lodge building will necessarily take some time, Kendo’s Foundation will be able to provide retreat facilities to the Lee Rigby foundation much sooner, now that the availability of another property has been pledged. There’s a large double-fronted house a little down the hill from the Lee Rigby Lodge which has wonderful southerly views over pastures with horses, and this will become the Lee Rigby House. It’s mid-way through a complete refurbishment right now, and when it’s complete early next year, it’ll comfortably accommodate two of the families that the Lee Rigby Foundation is seeking to help.

The Nagasaki Foundation’s commitment to the Lee Rigby Foundation reflects both our the appreciation of the needs that they seek to meet, and the value of the help that will be made available. Meanwhile, the new office will be continually pushing forward all organisational and administrative matters, and we’ll make sure we’re doing all we can to keep making positive progress.

Meanwhile, the next Nagasaki Event takes place over the weekend of 15th & 16th October, with some new faces being warmly welcomed to the Retreat. We trust that they’ll leave deeply calm and inspired!

So, please keep an eye on our Blog and our Facebook pages. These are most exciting times for both our Foundation and the Lee Rigby Foundation and our shared aims, and we’re looking forward to spreading the word and recruiting ever more support for this work. It is, as ever, very much the Kendo approach – “Onwards!”