Getting ready to mark VE Day - The Leamington Observer

Getting ready to mark VE Day

Ian Hughes 7th Feb, 2020   0

FUNDING is available to support VE day commemorations in the district.

The 75th Anniversary of VE Day – on Friday May 8 – has been designated a bank holiday for the nation to remember the service and sacrifice made by so many during the Second World War and pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces.

Funding has been made available in Warwick district to help community groups and organisations to mark the anniversary with special events or projects.

Small grants are available in each of the seven Community Forum areas – Kenilworth, North Leamington, South Leamington, Warwick Town, Warwick Rural East, Warwick Rural West and Whitnash – for initiatives which have a focus on Commemoration, Celebration and Remembrance.

Warwick District Council chair and Armed Forces Covenant Champion Coun George Illingworth said: “This is a significant anniversary, and it is important that as a district we join together not only to celebrate, but also to remember the sacrifice made by so many to provide the safe country in which we live.

“We very much hope that this funding will provide an incentive for community groups and other organisations to come forward with their ideas for a fitting commemoration.”

The deadline for applications is Friday March 6.

For more information, please contact the Community Partnership Team on 01926 456020, or visit to download the grant application form.

* THE FUSILIER Museum in Warwick is looking to teach youngsters all about VE Day.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day – or Victory in Europe Day – at the end of the Second War War.

To commemorate the day museum bosses have developed are offering primary schools visits to the museum, where they can learn about the Home Guard and the life of a soldier, and also in school assemblies and talks.

VE Day is also marked this year by a special one off national bank holiday on Friday May 8.

Call 01926 491653 for further details.


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