Category Somerset Armed Forces Covenant

Remembrance Day in 2020

With Covid-19 cases rising and the country set for a month-long lockdown, Remembrance 2020 will be different from all previous years. Somerset County Councillor Rod Williams, Chair of the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, said: “The reason for us to remember does not change but how we remember must change this year. “We remember the […]

Somerset marks 75th VJ Day anniversary

A momentous day in history will be marked on Saturday with the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – the day that brought the Second World War to an end. Chair of Somerset County Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, and Chair of the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, Councillor Rod Williams, will be joining a small ceremony […]

Silver Award recognises SCC’s commitment to Armed Forces

Somerset County Council is delighted to receive the Silver Award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS) set up by Ministry of Defence. The recognition is for the Council’s support for the Armed Forces community. The Award demonstrates the Council is a Forces Friendly employer, helping to deliver the Armed Forces Covenant – […]

Flag raising to show Somerset’s support for the Armed Forces

The flag to honour the Armed Forces in Somerset is being raised on Monday 22 June by Somerset County Council Chair Councillor Nigel Taylor outside County Hall in Taunton. He will be joined – with social distancing observed – by Council Leader David Fothergill, Councillor Rod Williams, who chairs the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership […]

Let’s break out the bunting for VE Day

Somerset residents are being encouraged to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day and remember all those who helped to secure peace in Europe. Friday 8 May marks the milestone anniversary of the day the guns fell silent in Europe ending six years of conflict. Sadly, national and local plans to mark […]

Lest we forget . . .

  As Somerset prepares for Remembrance Sunday, local health and care leaders are taking the opportunity to remind us of the support and assistance available to those who have served and their families. Dr Ed Ford, Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: “Somerset has a long and proud association with the […]

Silhouettes in Somerset to mark World War One centenary

Communities can now apply for fully funded grants to purchase silhouettes to remember and reflect on those who went to war and did not return, thanks to a new programme from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. With the centenary of the end of World War One approaching, communities across the United Kingdom are thinking about […]

Stronger Links Forged in South Somerset

Two schemes forging stronger links in two military communities in South Somerset are set to benefit after receiving over £27,000 from the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund (AFC). Based at the Balsam Centre, ‘Hub2’ will receive £19,860 to initially benefit residents living on the Deansley Way Estate, Wincanton, where 40 per cent of […]

Shrouds of the Somme

Somerset County Council’s Chair of Somerset Armed Forces Community Covenant Cllr Christopher Le Hardy is championing the work of a Somerset artist who has created 19,240 wooden shrouded figures to represent each of the soldiers that died on the first day of the Battle of Somme. To mark the centenary of WW1 artist Robert Heard […]

Armed Forces events in the County

Somerset will be flying the flag for our Armed Forces in the coming weeks at several important events. The Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, of which Somerset County Council is a key supporter, has events planned to coincide with National Armed Forces Day (25 June). In Taunton, a regional conference event is being held on […]