Local Support for Armed Forces Community

Bracknell Forest's Community Covenant was among the first in the UK.

Recently there was the Freedom March in Sandhurst which commemorated the 200th anniversary of the founding of RMAS - which was granted the Freedom of the Borough in 1996 - and will feature a variety of events including military displays, sports and music.

This was part of The MOD Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme, which  awarded the borough, its partners and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) more than £35,000 to fund local projects.

Funding for English classes will help the local Nepali community - which includes Gurkha veterans and their families - gain basic language skills, and an integration project will encourage shared cultural activities for all age groups to bring together service and non service communities and the Nepali and British communities who live around RMAS.

The successful bids follow the signing last year of the Armed Forces Community Covenant between Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Forest Partnership and RMAS to pledge the borough's support for the wider army community.

The Community Covenant encourages understanding and awareness, remembers the sacrifices made by the armed forces and promotes activities which help integrate the armed forces community into local life.

On Armed Force Day, Saturday 30th June, Dr Phillip Lee MP addressed the Nepali Community to remember and commemorate the contributions of Ghurkas to the Armed Forces.