Recognising the sacrifice and commitment made by our Armed Forces
We recognise the sacrifice and commitment that our armed forces make to protect the country and its people. Whether you are leaving service and looking to settle in Hertfordshire, are a reservist living in the area, or have any other connection with the armed forces, then we aim to give you support when you need it.
Covenant Christmas Art Competition won by Garden Fields JMI, St Albans.
KS2 pupils from Garden Fields JMI Primary School in St. Albans are this year’s proud winners of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Christmas Art Competition.
The competition, invites school children from primary schools across Hertfordshire to design a poster sending Christmas messages to members of an Armed forces unit serving away from home over the holiday period. All Key Stage 2 pupils at schools in Hertfordshire were invited to take part by designing a picture with the theme of ‘My Christmas Wish’, and over a thousand children from across the county sent in entries.
This year, it was the officers and crew of HMS St Albans that had the difficult job of choosing a winner. A shortlist of entries was sent to HMS St Albans, but the one that stood out for the judges was the poster designed by two pupils of Garden Fields School.
Petty Officer Bethany Burton from HMS St Albans, presented a special plaque to the school at a special assembly on Monday 30 January. The winning entrants were given a trophy and sports equipment voucher for their school by Kevin Carrol, representing this year’s sponsors Ringway.
Officers from the 254 Medical Regiment, rounded the morning off with a question-and-answer session and the chance for the children to look around a fully-equipped battlefield ambulance.
A huge thank you to all schools who participated in this year’s competition, and an extra special congratulations to Garden Fields School for their winning entry!
See also Armed forces fall in for St Albans primary school assembly (article in Herts Advertiser).
Find out how to stay well this winter
Winter health in Hertfordshire provides information and advice to help you stay healthy this winter, find advice about
- Flu jabs
- Keeping warm
- Your local pharmacy
- Childhood illnesses
- Staying safe
- Emotional wellbeing
Hertfordshire Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club (Hatfield)
The South Hertfordshire Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club meet on the first Sunday of every month at 10am at Harpsfield Hall Wetherspoons in Hatfield. For more information visit the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council website
‘Count them in’ campaign
The Royal British Legion and its sister charity, Poppyscotland, has launched a campaign calling for additional questions to be included in the next census in 2021. These questions will seek to capture much needed data on the Armed Forces community - particularly Reservists and veterans - who are otherwise largely hidden from official statistics.