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Armed Forces Covenant Funding Success for Mancetter Big Day Out

Published on Wednesday, 11th July 2018

The event will take place at Mancetter Recreation Ground off Brook Walk on Sunday 23 September from 11:00 to 15:00.

North Warwickshire Borough Council has been awarded £8,700 by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to deliver a World War I themed celebration event to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the war. The event will take place at Mancetter Recreation Ground off Brook Walk on Sunday 23 September from 11:00 to 15:00.Mancetter Big Day Out

North Warwickshire Armed Forces Covenant Champion, Councillor Andy Jenns said “The Big Day Out is a great fun way to celebrate the end of World War 1 and the peace which followed, and also of recognising the contribution of serving military personnel and their families today. I am really looking forward to the event on 23rd September. We must also remember those former service personnel who sometimes need support in starting a new life outside of the services, and there will be stalls and charities present who can offer advice and help.”

North Warwickshire Borough Council’s Shadow Armed Forces Covenant Champion, Councillor Brian Henney, said “The Big Day Out will celebrate the centenary of the end of World War I, and military personnel both past and present.  There will be lots of fun activities for all the family, advice for those considering joining up and support for those who have left the armed services from a variety of specialist services. The grant award has made a massive difference to what we can provide and we hope to attract as many people as possible to this celebratory event.”

The family event is being organised by the Council in partnership with Veterans Contact Point and is supported by various charities and organisations including Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion, local cadet forces and 30th Signal Regiment from Gamecock Barracks.  It is hoped that the event will highlight the experiences of some of the 7,500 North Warwickshire veterans and raise awareness of the support services available should they need them.

The military theme will be present throughout the event with interactive activities, displays, music, food, stalls, clothing, equipment and vehicles. A military themed dog show will take place alongside free camouflage face painting, bouncy castles, and an inflatable assault course. For further information, and for anyone wishing to register to have a free stall, please visit www.northwarks.gov.uk/bdo and select Mancetter Big Day Out.