Help for groups to mark Armistice Day

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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council has supported dozens of community organisations across Mansfield and Ashfield to help them mark Armistice Day.

At 11am today (Friday), two minute silences across Nottinghamshire marked the sacrifice made by our troops in conflicts.

And the county council has been able to use funding from two sources – the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) and the Councillors’ Development Fund (CDF) fund – to help organisations keep the memories of our fallen alive and support existing soldiers who may have been wounded in action.

Council chairman Coun Keith Walker has chosen the Royal British Legion as his Chairman’s Charity for his current term in office (2011-12).

Coun Walker said: “The Royal British Legion is a charity close to my heart and the welfare which they provide to serving and ex-Service staff and their families is a vital lifeline for thousands of people. It is a landmark year for the legion as its poppy appeal celebrates its 90th anniversary.”

Over the last 12 months, the council’s Local Improvement Scheme has restored and repaired 18 of the county’s war memorials at a cost of £350,000. Some of the examples include:

Jacksdale – The memorial of a statue of a soldier carved from carrera marble proved to be so heavy that it damaged the memorial’s structure. There is now a replacement made from limestone.

Councillors’ Division Fund – Some of the recent funding grants (not all the awards listed) made from the CDF fund by local county councillors include:

Production of a booklet in memory of war veterans coordinated by Lynne Weston, Teversal Church - Coun Jason Zadrozny (Sutton-in-Ashfield North).

Remembrance display for original service records at St Katherines Church - Coun Steve Carroll (Sutton-in-Ashfield East).

Supporting a range of local Royal British Legion 90th Anniversary celebrations: Coun John Knight (Kirkby-in-Asfield North), Coun Stella Smedley (Ollerton), Coun Andy Stewart (Farnsfield and Lowdham).

To support bands for Remembrance Sunday parade for Royal British Legion’s Clipstone and Forest Town Branch - Coun Bob Cross (Mansfield East), Coun Les Ward (Rufford), Coun Martin Wright (Mansfield East).