Town covenant helping to make forces feel at home

Armed Forces Community Covenant being signed at Stamford Town Hall.  From left, Stamford branch Royal British Legion chairman John Copeland, RAF Wittering Station Commander Group Captain Damian Alexander, Mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner, Commandant of Kendrew Barracks Lieutenant Colonel Steve Lonnen and St George's Barracks Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Mark Pullan.'Photo: MSMP011113-001ow
Armed Forces Community Covenant being signed at Stamford Town Hall. From left, Stamford branch Royal British Legion chairman John Copeland, RAF Wittering Station Commander Group Captain Damian Alexander, Mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner, Commandant of Kendrew Barracks Lieutenant Colonel Steve Lonnen and St George's Barracks Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Mark Pullan.'Photo: MSMP011113-001ow

Councillors, schools, charities and business groups have signed a covenant to ensure their town is as welcoming as it can be to the army and air force bases it serves.

Stamford Town Council invited representatives from RAF Wittering, St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham and Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore to a ceremony at the town hall on Friday last week.

They were asked to sign an armed forces community covenant, which puts in writing the commitment of the town to help forces personnel.

The council, schools and colleges, business groups, charities and community organisations were also invited to sign the covenant.

Before signing, mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner said: “This holds a very important role in today’s world. It means that when personnel get back from tours they can be eased back into the community.”

Stamford Endowed Schools principal Stephen Roberts added: “The schools have had a long relationship with the forces over many years. We attract a lot of forces children but also have the largest Combined Cadet Force contingent in the 
country.

“We are very grateful for the support of the forces.”

Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce president Tim Lee said: “If you come to Stamford you get quite a good deal from some shops. We have now got a document to formalise that.

“We want to make it a welcoming town and formalise what exists informally at the 
moment.”

RAF Wittering Station Commander Grp Cpt Damiam Alexander thanked the town for signing the covenant.

He said: “Wittering sits in a very strange place, geographically. But our connection to Stamford is great.

“We have huge support from Stamford which we really do appreciate. Something like this covenant only serves to solidify that relationship.

“We are delighted to be here.”