Representatives from across the Borough are signing the Epsom & Ewell Armed Forces Community Covenant and businesses are being invited to sign up as well.
The Community Covenant is 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 on Saturday 31 May from 1.00pm 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. The Community Covenant will be available for businesses and community groups to sign throughout the afternoon.
The 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers Army reserves, based in Ewell, 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.
The signing of the Community Covenant will be the culmination of a military parade taking place in Epsom and in Ewell earlier in the day.