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St Helens Armed Forces Day, 18 June 2022
Victoria Park to host St Helens Armed Forces Day event
St Helens Borough will pay tribute to the local Armed Forces community at a special event in Victoria Park.
Members of the public, community groups and families are invited to come along to the borough's green flag award-winning park in Windle for St Helens Armed Forces Day, which involves a packed programme of entertainment.
The free event - organised by St Helens Borough Council in partnership with 103 Regiment - returns for the first time since 2019 and features an Armed Forces Parade at 12pm; a 69-field gun WWII artillery display; performances from 103 Regiment Royal Artillery Pipe and Drum and Royal Marine Association Corps of Drum; and an exhibition and memorial to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.
Other attractions on the day include current and vintage military vehicles, stalls, funfair and classic cars, as well as variety of performers at the bandstand, including The Golden Age Songbird, and St Helens Music Service music ensembles.
St Helens Armed Forces Day will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 18 June.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has announced three new funding programmes to open in spring and summer 2022.
All three programmes have a focus on providing targeted support for veterans, Armed Forces families and serving personnel.
The popular Force for Change programme will reopen in April 2022; with a focus on funding local projects that respond to hidden and known needs within Armed Forces communities.
A new medium grants programme, Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities, will offer funding of up to three years, with grants of up to £100,000, though some projects may be able to access grants of up to £150,000.
And... a transformational grants programme will launch later in 2022, which will make significant grants to a small number of projects that can deliver sustainable new approaches to addressing unmet needs.
For the full details on these grants, visit the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website.