Military Parade and signing of the armed forces community covenant
Working together to support the armed forces community.
Saturday 31 May
Epsom Town Centre 11.20am - 12.15pm
Ewell Village 12.45pm - 1.10pm
A Military Parade will take place in both Epsom and Ewell on Saturday 31 May. The parade will be led by the Royal Logistics band and will include the 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers Army reserves, based in Ewell, 155 Detachment Army Cadet Force and the 323 (Epsom and Ewell) Squadron Air Cadet Corps.
Starting at 11.20am the parade will take place in Epsom (Upper High Street / High Street/ Market Place). The morning will culminate in symbolic re-enactment of the WW1 troops marching from the Clock Tower to Epsom station on their way to fight in the trenches.
In the afternoon from 12.55pm, the parade will take place in the High Street, Ewell.
135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers is the only unit in the Army Reserve to support 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic). The Regiment is a Joint Force Command specialist Royal Engineer unit that provides geographic support to all elements of UK Defence; particularly to Army headquarters, formations and units. The Squadron forms the 4th Sub-Unit within the Regiment assisting in delivering this capability.
Open Day from 1pm
Army Reserve Centre, Mercator House, Wellbeck House, Ewell KT17 2BG
Host of activities at the Open Day - Army Inflatable Assault Course, FOB with heavy weapons, Honda display, Laser Range, EOD robot display, Various military vehicles. Food and soft drinks by the Scouts. For more information call 020 8393 0981.
Armed Forces Covenant
The climax of the parade will be the signing of the Community Covenant, a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. The core principle is that members of the armed forces do not suffer disadvantages as a result of their service and that they receive special treatment where appropriate. It is intended to complement, at local level, the national Armed Forces Covenant.
The aims of the Community Covenant are to:
• Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces Community in their areas and vice versa.
• 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.
The Community Covenant will be signed at Ewell at the Army Reserve HQ by various members of the local community including representatives of the council and by local businesses , charities, volunteer groups and other parties keen to support the principles of the Community Covenant.
Businesses and community groups are invited to sign the Covenant, which will be available all afternoon at the Army Reserve HQ
(Pictured below: Last Town Parade in 2012)