Veterans get help to visit battlefields
THE National Lottery is to help veterans visit war battlefields.
They will visit Belgium with the help of an Awards for All grant.
The project is one of two in Ashford to benefit from funding.
The REME Association Ashford branch will get £5,900 to send members and their partners on a three-day visit to the First World War battlefields and war graves in Belgium from September 4 to 6.
Formed in 1946, Ashford REME Association has 171 members aged 18 to 91. Chairman David Walden said: “The funding will subsidise a trip for around 50 veterans.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to appreciate the sacrifices of serving and former serving soldiers experienced by our predecessors 20 to 24 years before our relatively young Corps was formed.
“As a Mechanical Corps, specialising in vehicles, tanks and electronic equipment, we hope to get an understanding of the experiences of infantry soldiers fighting under extreme conditions.”
Kennington Cricket Club is to receive £9,160 to expand its junior section with new equipment.
The funding will also enable coaches to attend training courses to develop the quality of the club’s coaching and accommodate additional numbers.