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Silhouettes in Somerset to mark World War One Centenary

Posted on 4th June, 2018 in News

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 how they can commemorate and bring people together to remember. This initiative will allow communities to purchase up to 10 silhouettes for benches and chairs free of charge. The silhouettes can be placed within community halls, places of worship and places of education, bringing to mind those who went to war and did not return.

Eligible communities can apply for fully funded grants to purchase the silhouettes and applications are open from now until 30 June 2018. As part of the award, your organisation will need to hold a self-funded event to bring your local community together.

A range of organisations can qualify to apply for an award, provided they have a constitution. These include charities, places of worship and Community Interest Companies.

As part of their project, communities need to focus on the themes of the ‘Armed Forces Community today’ and ‘bringing the local community together’. Applicants will need to involve local members of the armed forces or veterans. This could involve sending them an invite to attend or speak at your event.

Somerset County Councillor, Rod Williams, Chair of the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership said: “This is a fantastic way to commemorate the end of World War One and a great opportunity to bring together people from both the Armed Forces and the civilian community. Whether it’s tea and cake following a remembrance event or a ‘bring and share’ lunch, we’d love as many organisations in Somerset as possible to sign up for their silhouette. It’s so important to inspire the message: ‘We will remember them!”

For more information on the The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and how to qualify or apply for an award,visit: https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/taking-part/armed-forces-covenant-fund-trust/