Vet­er­ans get help to visit bat­tle­fields

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

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.

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