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Armed forces support

Information about the Norfolk Armed Forces Community Covenant, events and support organisations

Community Covenant

On March 7 2013, members of the local community (including representatives of the armed forces and local authorities) signed the Norfolk Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The aims of the covenant are to:

  • Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their areas
  • Nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces community
  • Recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces community
  • Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces community into local life
  • Encourage the Armed Forces community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement

Norfolk has a proud history and relationship with the Armed Forces. From the RAF base at Marham there are a significant number of serving regular and reserve personnel, veterans and their families are based across our County.

There are also a number of war memorials throughout the borough that recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces. We are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of two of these (King's Lynn and Gaywood memorials).

Corporate Covenant

The aims of the covenant are to:

  • Encourage businesses to be responsible corporate citizens
  • uphold the values and principles of the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Provide information to the Armed Forces Covenant Team about the ways in which the Corporate Covenant is being upheld

We have recently won a Corporate Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award, in recognition of our approach to members of the military reserve forces.

Local events

Throughout the year, events are organised throughout the borough to recognise the importance of the Armed Forces in the local community. Our 2019 events are as follows:

British Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony

Monday 24 June, 10:30am, at King's Lynn Tower Gardens. 

A parade of veterans and civic dignitaries will form at the Town Hall at 10:15am. They will march to Tower Gardens for 10:30am for a service and flag raising.

King's Lynn and District Branch RAFA - VJ day service

Thursday 15 August at 11:00am.

King's Lynn Tower Gardens.

King's Lynn and District Branch RAFA - Battle of Britain service

Monday 9 September at 11:00am. Please arrive at 10:50am.

King's Lynn Tower Gardens.

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service

Sunday 10 November at 11:00am. Please arrive for 10:30am.

King's Lynn Tower Gardens.

Local support organisations and charities

There are a number of other sources of information and support for the armed forces. They are:

National support organisations

Other support organisations are: