THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT




 

Community Covenant Interviews

On Sunday 22nd march 2015 the Anglia Motel at Fleet Hargate held an Armed Forces afternoon. The event was open to the public who could come along and meet many local veterans. Sunday lunches were served with free tea and cake provided for all armed serves personnel. Tulip Radio was their throughout the day interviewing many of the veterans to hear about their time in the Armed Forces. There's interviews will be collected into a database and preserved for future generations.
                                                   

On Sunday 9th November, many local people gathered in Ayscoughfee Gardens to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in  conflicts past and present. The service was led by Rev John Bennett, Vicar of St Mary & St Nicolas Church, with local Cadet Forces, Dignitaries and Schools attending the service & singing led by Spalding Parish Church Choir.

Tulip Radio provided the PA system and conducted interviews with Armed Forces veterans. This year was particularly special during to the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War and also the scribing of the 24 forgotten names on Ayscoughfee Memorial.









 
D-DAY 70th ANNIVERSAY NORMANDY VIST

June 6, 2014 saw the 70th anniversary of D-Day commemorated with a special event in Normandy for all the veterans who fought in the
operation itself. Harold Payne, from the Anglia Motel, along with many of the Anglia Motel Veterans, made their final pilgrimage to Normandy to pay their respects to their fallen comrades. Chris & Jan accompanied them on the journey in Chris’s rare 1942 Austin K2 Military Ambulance.
 
Poignantly, this year is probably the final time that many veterans will have been able to make this unique trip. The Anglia Motel Veterans’ Pilgrimage Fund has raised more than £550,000 in its time and each year has taken veterans to battlefields and cemeteries.








ARMED FORCES 2014
Monday 23 June saw the official raising of the Armed Forces Week flag at South Holland District Council’s
offices, while on Tuesday 24, Spalding’s Market Place hosted its first Armed Forces Day parade.
 
The Parade was held in Market Place and led by Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth and SHDC
chairman, Councillor Robert Clark. There were standards from the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Association, Royal British Legion, the Parachute Regiment and Spalding Marching Ambassadors Band. The parade paused for a short service led by Rev. John Bennett. Major Dennis Hannant sang ‘Abide with Me’ and many local people joined in to sing it with him. A stall was set up throughout the day with many ex-service men raising money for the charity Veterans Aid: a total of £751.21 was raised from the event. Tulip Radio provided the PA to ensure the whole service could be heard throughout the Market Place.
 
LINCOLNSHIRE ARMY CADET FORCE AND THE CITY OF LINCOLN  ROYAL BRITISH LEGION AFFILIATION

Number 1 Company Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force has nine Detachments in and around the City of Lincoln. On Saturday, 29th November 2014 a parade and presentation was held at Beckingham Training Camp to affiliate all nine Detachments to the City of Lincoln Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Cadet representatives from each Detachment received an agreement of affiliation certificate and the Cadets on parade received a Royal British Legion affiliation badge.

Making the presentations were:   Lieutenant Colonel Ron Gatepain TD, Chairman Lincolnshire Committee East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association; Major Alex Carson, Chairman of the City of Lincoln Royal British Legion; and Mr Brian Marsden,  County Youth Officer for the Royal British Legion in Lincolnshire.

Major Jeremy Field MBE, Officer Commanding No 1 Company, said that the formal affiliation with the Royal British Legion would allow for the Cadets and Veterans  to share their experiences and was a great way for the Army Cadets to engage with the Royal British Legion and the local community.   A number of joint activities and presentations are planned for 2015 including a military skills competition for the Cadets as the Royal British Legion have kindly presented a cup to be awarded to the top Detachment team.
WORLD WAR ONE PRESENTATION OF LIFE IN THE TRENCHES, BY MR. MICHAEL FENNELL & MR. PAUL GRIMLEY

19 Troop Billingborough held a interest evening and opened its doors to some other cadets from Boston & Grantham Detachments
The evening was fascinating and extremely interesting, with Mr Grimley giving a presentation on WW1 soldiering and history on battles and events.
Mr Fennell then came out in full uniform from the 1st World War and gave an in depth talk about his life as a person and soldier of the war.
Cadets from all detachments then had the opportunity to view the equipment and uniform, wear the different types of head gear and weaponry of the time.
The whole presentation was very well put together and extremely interesting, A very big thank you from all whom attended should go to Mr Grimley and Mr Fennell