The Borough of Gedling signed its Community Covenant on 29 April 2013.
The Community Covenant for Gedling is a statement of mutual support between local civilian and armed forces communities, and complements the National Armed Forces Covenant, published by the Government in 2011 as a statement of the moral obligation which exists between the Nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.
The Covenant supports Armed Forces personnel by making help with healthcare, employment and housing available both whilst they are serving, and when they leave.
The Borough of Gedling’s Community Covenant was signed by the Mayor of the Borough of Gedling, Councillor Sandra Barnes, on behalf of Gedling Borough Council, Lieutenant Colonel Kaine Price on behalf of the Armed Forces, the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve, and Mr Andy Gregory on behalf of the Royal British Legion.
Lieutenant Colonel Price said: “By agreeing, via this Covenant, to work with partners and local business communities as well as Armed Forces personnel, Gedling Borough Council is demonstrating a real commitment to improving the lives of both serving and former Armed Forces personnel.
Councillor John Clarke, Leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “I believe that we should be doing everything we can to support our Armed Forces. They do an incredible job, and that’s why I’m keen to show our appreciation by signing up to this Covenant.”
The Covenant ensures that the Borough of Gedling:
The Community Covenant also aims to ensure that the local Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged in the services offered in the borough, and enables the Armed Forces community to contribute its skills and experience.
We’ve formed a Community Covenant Steering Group, comprising both officers and councillors, as well as Armed Forces representatives.
The working group is currently refreshing the Council’s Covenant Action Plan. The Action Plan will include:
To commemorate the end of the First World War, Gedling Borough Council compiled a WWI Commemoration booklet promoting a series of events across the Borough of Gedling during November.
This culminated in an event at the Civic Centre with residents’ memorabilia displays, music from Carlton Brass Band, a variety of Choirs and involvement from local schools and Prospect Players read out “letters and Poems from the Front” written by local schoolchildren.
There was a poppy making activity where a poppy was dedicated to every fallen soldier in the Borough. These were displayed alongside the War Memorial in Arnot Hill Park.
There was a special screening of “Blackadder Goes Forth” at The Bonington Theatre followed by the screening of Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” and a traditional WWI tea party complete with dripping sandwiches.
On Sunday 11th there were Remembrance Parades in Arnold and Gedling and in the evening a beacon lighting ceremony at the Gedling Country Park at 7.00pm as part of the Nationwide Beacon lighting ceremony and at 7.05 bell ringing with many local Churches taking part.
We delivered a range of activities and events throughout 2014 to commemorate the anniversary of World War One to and honour and observe the sacrifices made by the Borough’s Armed Forces community.
Activities and events included:
This was a large scale free, afternoon event to mark the first day of the World War One which incorporated music, voices, verse and song.
Poppy seed planting in Gedling’s parks
In conjunction with the Friends Groups of Arnot Hill Park, Bestwood Country Park, The Hobbucks and Lambley Lane Recreation Ground.
Commemorative activities with children
Play Days across the Borough included poppy making and traditional games with representatives from Armed Forces groups as well as commemorative dance projects.
Four Poppy Walks took place in rural areas around the Borough during September and October. beginning at village war memorials with poems and readings, and finishing at community venues with a traditional 1914 style cream tea followed by a short, poignant performance to remind people of the significance of this year and what it means to our local communities.
The 2014 centenary commemorations were funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, details of which can be found via the link below.
Armed Forces Covenant Fund
To find out about grants available for Armed Forces support initiatives please follow the link below:
Nottinghamshire County Council has launched an online, one-stop-shop of support for local armed forces personnel, reserves, veterans, cadets and people who interact with them.
The website, www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/supporting-armed-forces highlights some of the ways in which the County Council is supporting current and former services personnel and their families through the Nottinghamshire Community Covenant.
It includes a link to the Veterans Information Network Nottinghamshire, which provides a wealth of information and support available to the Forces Community.