Celebrating heroes on Armed Forces Day

Published: Friday 22nd June 18

Wandsworth Council will again be supporting Armed Forces Day on June 30.

Wandsworth was one of the first councils to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant pledging its support to the forces, and members of the armed forces can qualify for a number of benefits in the borough, including housing priority introduced in 2011.

Homes have been found for 30 ex-servicemen and women. Most recently homeless ex-soldier Thomas was found a home in Tooting within a few weeks after being put in contact with the council’s housing department. He served his country for four years in the Royal Artillery, but was left homeless when he struggled to find somewhere to live when he left the army.

Within a few weeks of applying to the armed forces housing priority scheme run by the council, he was found somewhere to live in Tooting. He said he would “definitely recommend” to friends leaving the services that they find out about housing priority.

Wandsworth Council is flying the union flag for a week in honour of the Armed Forces, and is again running the Battersea Park Dog Show on Sunday (June 24) in support of Armed Forces Day. Enter your dog into a variety of pedigree and novelty classes such as best sporting dog, best rescue dog, best trick, and best marching dog, supported by the Special Armed Forces. As well as classes there will be a family funfair, dog trade stands and refreshments.

Entry to the show is free and class fees are £1.50 per dog. Entries will be taken on the day from 10.30am with judging starting at 12.30pm. The show is delivered by Wandsworth Parks and Events Police Service, in support of Armed Forces Day on behalf of Wandsworth Council. It’s sponsored by Voo Vets Group (VVG). Find out more.

Wandsworth is home to Army Reserve soldiers from the London Regiment based in Clapham Junction and Balham, and the Royal Marine (City of London) Reserves based in Southfields. The borough also hosts army, sea, marines and air cadet units.

Leader of the council Ravi Govindia said: “The support we as a council give to these brave men and women is the least we can do to thank them for their service. Armed Forces Day is a chance for the whole borough to show our local armed forces community how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make on our behalf.”

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Will Wandsworth Council do something to pro-actively reduce the high level of criminality on the part of former members of the British forces? According to the Ministry of Justice, veterans represent between 4% and 5% of the UK prison population and more than 2,500 former soldiers were jailed in 2016 alone. (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/18/uk-armed-forces-veterans-prison-population-mental-health-issues). It seems that far from encouraging law abiding behaviour, a term in the British army creates rapists, murderers and other criminals. Only last month we saw a servicing soldier based in Windsor convicted of the rape of a woman that he dragged of the street (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-44329928).
Rob Cannon

22 June 2018