Surrey Armed Forces Covenant report 2021 to 2022

Contents

Foreword by Helyn Clack

Just under 12 months ago, I was privileged to be appointed Chair of Surrey Civilian-Military Partnership Board as well as Armed Forces Champion for Surrey County Council. Thrown in the deep end but with expert guidance from officers – it has become one of the most fulfilling roles that I have undertaken in my many years as a County Councillor.

I have literally learned on the job and have been so impressed by all the partnership work with the military taking place across Surrey during the Nation's and the county's fight against Covid. Both Regulars and Reservists from Surrey have been at the forefront in testing and vaccinating across the county, with support from partners. We also continued to have military planners embedded in our Surrey Local Resilience Forum - all of them providing exceptional support and advice.

The pandemic saw an increasing number of residents, including many veterans, experiencing loneliness and mental health issues which further highlighted to me the importance of the support that our local veteran hubs and drop-in centres provide across the county. Indeed, I was privileged to play a key role in the opening ceremony of the Sensory Wellbeing Garden at the Guildford Fire Station's Veterans Hub in September. I am great supporter of Veterans Hubs and was very pleased to attend the official opening of the Mole Valley Hub in Ashtead.

I am also very pleased just how closely we work with all our Armed Forces Champions and Covenant Lead Officers in the district and borough councils with us meeting up for briefings and training during the year. Surrey has been very much at the forefront in supporting and mentoring councils and other bodies applying for MoD Employers Recognition Scheme Awards and this year saw Spelthorne Borough Council achieve Gold and Runnymede and Guildford Borough Councils achieve Silver. I am also proud to say that Surrey County Council was recently revalidated Gold for a further five years and it was wonderful to attend a fire side chat at Bisley Camp with an ex-SAS Commando (Iranian Embassy Siege) to celebrate that award.

During the summer we celebrated VE Day at Guildford Cathedral in a limited way as we did Armed Forces Day (AFD). I attended the Armed Forces Day Flag Raising 'service' with the Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff, the Dean, Deputy Commander (Reserves) 11 Infantry Brigade, the Chief Executive of SERFCA and the Chief Fire Officer with the Cathedral lit up with the AFD logo. I was pleased to host the Annual Surrey County Council and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Remembrance Event at Woodhatch Place in our dedicated garden with the Chief Executive, Chief Fire Officer, WW2 Veterans and the Commanding Officer of 4PWRR.

I conclude by praising the Forces Connect App kindly sponsored by The Shots Foundation, the charity arm of Aldershot Football Club which continues to grow both in number of downloads and regions covered, along with the Forces Connect awareness training. I am proud to chair the cross-authority Forces Connect Members Group as we roll out further awareness training and briefings on the new Armed Forces Act 2021 across Surrey, East and West Sussex, Kent and Medway, Hampshire and Brighton & Hove courtesy of an additional grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

It is great being at the heart of things and seeing for myself the incredible commitment of our Armed Forces to collaborate closely with us especially in times of need. Likewise, it is so good to see the seamless work by our dedicated officers supporting our Armed Forces community who live and work amongst us across Surrey. Their joint commitment to support each other makes me feel very humble, but also proud knowing that it is being done 24/7 because it is the right thing to do. Surrey is already committed to doing the 'right thing' without the need for any new legislation! We will not rest on our laurels as all of us know, there is always more work to be done..

Introduction

This report sets out in detail a summary of the key achievements of the Surrey Civilian- Military Partnership Board and its partner membership organisations in continuing to implement the Armed Forces Covenant ahead of it being enshrined in law by the Armed Forces Act 2021. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the Nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged through their service. Since 2012, all Surrey local authorities have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and appointed an elected councillor Armed Forces Champion and Covenant Lead Officer to work hard to ensure the armed forces community does not face disadvantage compared to any other citizen when accessing public services.

Regular Armed Forces Awareness training is given to them all with particular emphasis on the requirement to show 'due regard' under the Armed Forces Act 2021 in the provision of Education, Healthcare and Housing. Councils are also encouraged to support the MoD Employers Recognition Scheme Awards scheme by going for silver as in Guildford and Runnymede's case or ultimately gold as in Surrey, Woking and Spelthorne's case.

Engagement

Royal College of Defence Studies

In May 2021, Woking Borough Council hosted a tour for the Royal College of Defence Studies with delegates from 47 countries. They visited the Shah Jahan Mosque, the Peace Garden, Horsell Common Preservation Society Heather Farm, Brookwood Commonwealth Graves Commission and the American Cemetery. The delegates enjoyed the sites as well as presentations at each venue which included one from Julie Fisher (Chief Executive of Woking BC) on Governance, economy, community and how Woking views its relationship with central government, and Woking's long-term stability and prosperity.

11 Security Force Assistance Brigade and Local Authorities

An online meeting was held with SCC Armed Forces Champions in Surrey with its two Task Force Commanders to re-establish relationships where they had been lost due to workloads resulting from Covid-19. The meeting enabled those attending to be better informed about unit moves, potential directions of future plans as well as understanding current Armed Forces priorities and key contact details.

Covid 19 from Military in Surrey

The following tasks were supported by the Military in the fight against the pandemic in the area of responsibility of 11 Security Force Assistance Brigade during the year which builds on the support given during early 2021 around surge testing in Woking and NHS General duties support which saw 200 service personnel deployed to several Surrey hospitals to assist with general duties tasks, which reduced the burden on the hospital staff and produced more efficiency in the locations to which they were deployed: is considered a national exemplar by the MoD as it is proactive, engaging and delivering improvements to the armed forces community. During the year, it has provided advice and support to other authorities including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and East Sussex.

  • Support to South East Coast Ambulance (SEACamb) around acute staff shortages. This task saw service personnel driving SECAmb ambulances so that pressures were reduced for the ambulance staff. This task ran from January - February 2021. MACA (Military Aid to Civil Authorities) requested for 122 Service Personnel for this task in total in the area of responsibility.
  • Haulage driver shortage. This task saw Tri-Service drivers support fuel tanker delivery nationally including Surrey. This task alleviated the fuel pressures across the board. In addition to this Defence Driving Examiners were also deployed to in order to facilitate HGV qualification outputs. This task ran from September – December 21. Task requested for 70 Service Personnel for this task in total in 11 SFA Brigade's area of responsibility.
  • Vaccine Task Force – Winter Vaccine Rollout. This task saw Tri-Service personnel deployed throughout the south east. Personnel attended several locations in the Surrey area to provide uplift of vaccine outputs. This task was often seen in the national news and showed service personnel who were deployed from 11 Security Force Assistance Brigade. This task ran from December 21 – February 22. 113 service personnel were deployed for this task in total in the area of responsibility.

Commandant's Parade

Colleagues from across Surrey including our Chair were privileged to receive an invitation to attend the Commandant's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Wednesday 8 December 2021. The parade marks the completion of a year's intensive training for officer cadets from the United Kingdom and from over 40 overseas countries. The Commandant's Parade is the full-dress rehearsal for the Sovereign's Parade which is held 2 days later, where cadets are presented to the official representative of the Queen. Following the parade guests were invited to attend a presentation delivered by the Army Engagement Group on the work they do to engage with young people and businesses.

Surrey Military Appeals Committee

The Surrey Military Appeals Committee (SMAC) continued to meet during the year under the chairmanship of the Lord-Lieutenant. Dr Julie Llewelyn – High Sheriff, Michael Hayman and Helyn Clack – SCC Chair were welcomed as new members. The focus for the meetings during the year included arranging and supporting military events such as the Surrey Heath Freedom March and the Armed Forces Day Flag raising event at Guildford Cathedral, along with allocating Deputy Lieutenants for Remembrance Sunday events across Surrey. With Jonathan Lord MP in post and representing all Surrey MPs a briefing on the activities of SCMPB is being planned for all Surrey MPs and their Office Staff. The Forces Connect App had been widely promoted in Westminster as well. SMAC members were particularly keen to see more Surrey businesses signing the Covenant with this being led by Shahid Azeem DL. Dr Julie Llewelyn has offered to enlist the support of the Royal College of General Practitioners to get more GP Veteran Friendly Practices and Veterans Aware Hospital Trusts across Surrey.

Afghan Resettlement

All Surrey local authorities have worked closely with health and central Government on resettling Afghan citizens in Surrey. Coordinated support has been provided around housing, education and welfare with one of our Officers serving on the Wider Immigration Group.

Electoral Registration for Service Personnel

Guildford Borough Council and the Commanding Officer at the Army Training Centre (Pirbright) agreed to support a twelve-month pilot to assist Recruits to register as Service Voters with the local authority of their choice. This pilot was delayed due to the pandemic and therefore rather than a pilot project the Commanding Officer put in a request to the Initial Training Group that an opportunity for Recruits to register was included into the Common Military Syllabus, the 14-week training course that is delivered at ATC(P). This was agreed and since Summer 2021 Recruits now receive a scheduled timeslot for Service Voter Registration. This takes place in Week 2 of training at which point they are delivered a brief by the Chief Clerk on the benefits and how to sign up as a Service Voter, followed directly by a 20-minute period where they will have an opportunity to register with help and assistance if required. Once registered, the service vote is valid for 5 years and will enable them to vote from anywhere in the world. This has attracted considerable interest from both the Cabinet Office and the Electoral Commission as well as other training bases around the country.

Forces Connect App

The Forces Connect App which signposts members of the Armed Forces community to local and national organisations who can provide support continues to go from strength to strength with support from its sponsor, The Shots Foundation which is the charity arm of Aldershot Football Club. To date there have been over 14,000 downloads from over 25 regions across England.

To download the app, search "Forces Connect" in Apple's App Store or the Google Play Store.

Armed Forces Act 2021

The Armed Forces Act 2021 gained Royal Assent in December 2021 and Public Bodies including Local Authorities, Health Authorities and Academies to show 'due regard' in the provision of education, healthcare and housing and will require councils to consciously consider the Armed Forces Community when developing policies and when making decisions in these three key areas. Statutory Guidance on the Act is in the process of being finalised and the Act is expected to come into force in late July 2022. Surrey County Council along with a number of the borough and district councils and health partners have been involved in the south-east focus group working with the Ministry of Defence on the draft guidance for local authorities. Surrey's Civilian-Military Liaison Adviser was privileged to give both oral and written evidence on behalf of Local Authorities to the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill and has since become Armed Forces Champion and Covenant Lead to the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on the Armed Forces Covenant. Now that the Act has been enshrined in law and Surrey's Civilian-Military Liaison Adviser has recently joined the MoD Ministerial Group drawing up guidelines for the new legislation.

Forces Connect Funding and Training

Surrey County Council, working in partnership with Kent, Hampshire, East and West Sussex County Councils and Medway and Brighton & Hove Councils put in a successful bid to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund for funding for additional armed forces awareness training under the Forces Connect branding. The project runs from October 2021 to September 2022 and is providing updated training on the Armed Forces Covenant and new Armed Forces Act 2021 and duty of 'due regard'. Colleagues from Surrey County Council, district and borough councils, parish councils, health, Police and the voluntary sector have all accessed training and provided very positive feedback.

Founder's Day

In August 2021 officers from Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Board were privileged to attend Founder's Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea where the Guest of Honour was HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester. This is an event attended by all Chelsea In-Pensioners, celebrating the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II in 1692.

Surrey Wing Air Cadets Field Day

On 5 September, the Chair and Civilian-Military Liaison Adviser attended the Surrey Wing Air Cadets Day at Brooklands Museum. The day was a great success with over 120 cadets present. The Chair presented certificates to some of the Cadets and there was an excellent briefing on cyber security and a talk by Group Captain Mark Heffron RAF – UK Air and Operations Attaché – Berlin, who is their Wing President.

Surrey's Annual Armed Forces Covenant Conference

The 15 March 2022 saw the return of Surrey's Annual Armed Forces Covenant Conference in person following the online conference in 2021. Over 140 delegates attended the conference, kindly hosted by the Army Training Centre (Pirbright), where they received a keynote speech from Col Sam Shepherd MBE ADC, Regimental Colonel of The Royal Artillery as well as presentations on the resettlement of Afghan Citizens, Falklands 40, the Armed Forces Act 2021 and support available to our veterans and wider armed forces community.

Employment

Surrey County Council Gold Revalidation

Surrey County Council was delighted to be re-validated for the gold Employer Recognition Scheme award for a further five years. As a celebration of this achievement Surrey County Council was invited to attend a 'Fireside Chat' at Bisley National Shooting Centre. The evening started with an introduction on the history of the Bisley Artists Rifles followed by Pete Winner who was formerly in the SAS and gave a highly personal and honest account of the Iranian Embassy Siege in 1980.

Silver Employer Recognition Awards in Surrey

In August 2021, Guildford Borough Council and Runnymede Borough Council were awarded the Silver Award for the Ministry of Defence Employers Recognition Scheme for 2021 onwards for their commitment and support to the Armed Forces Community. This award recognises that they, as employers, provide exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going beyond the Armed Forces Community Covenant pledge. They were able to demonstrate the positive measures and policies that they have in place to support veterans, reservists, Cadet Force adult volunteers and their families. The Veterans' and Families Listening Project based in Camberley were also successful in achieving this award and all were presented with their awards by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire at HMS King Alfred, HM Naval Base in Portsmouth.

Careers Fair for the Armed Forces

In February 2022 Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) attended the BFRS Careers Fair in Aldershot to discuss the transition from military to civilian life and how SFRS can support that. The event was a success and following conversations a number of people are considering a fire career following their service in the Armed Forces.

Closer Working with KBR

Following on from the excellent presentation from KBR, a Gold Employer Recognition Award holder based in Leatherhead, at the Surrey 2021 Covenant Conference, the Chair of the SCMPB has invited KBR to become a member of the Board. Colleagues are also exploring closer working between Surrey County Council and KBR around mutual support for the armed forces community.

Education and young people

Service Children and Early Years

On the back of the work on supporting the education achievement of Service Children at Key Stage 1, officers have been looking closely at whether additional support could be provided at the Early Years stage to give a strong foundation for children when they start school. As a basis for this work, colleagues conducted a survey of local service families and early years setting to try and gauge the numbers of children in this cohort and the support required. Results showed at least 81 service children in the county under 5 who access a range of childcare provision including day nursery, pre-school and childminders as well as support from family and friends. 53% of parents would like to access additional hours in a setting but are unable to due mainly to financial constraints. Work is ongoing to look at interventions and possible grant funding to help support service children to ensure they have a good foundation before they start statutory education.

Education Attainment

In order to help support service children and ameliorate the additional gap caused by Covid-19 particularly on disadvantaged pupils including service children, focussed work with schools has continued on improving literacy and language through interventions such as teaching strategies, use of high-quality texts and parental engagement. Evaluation showed increased teacher confidence, pupil engagement as well as some early examples of positive impact on pupil outcomes.

School Admission

The Surrey Civilian-Military Partnership Board received an update on school admissions for Service Children, with a particular update on the new Department for Education School Admissions Code which brought in some changes from 1 September 2021. In terms of service children the code confirmed that admission authorities must not refuse to process an application and must not refuse a place solely because the family do not yet have an intended address or do not yet live in the area; as well as a requirement for admission authorities to use the address at which a service child will live, as long as the parents provide some evidence of the intended address; or to use a Unit or quartering address as the child's home address where the parent requests this.

MODLAP - Ministry of Defence Local Authority Partnership

Seventeen local authorities, including Surrey, have committed to work together to improve outcomes for armed forces families via MODLAP a local authority partnership run by the MoD. A particular focus is military children with SEND and ensuring the time they may be out of school following a move is reduced to the absolute minimum. Best practice is being generated, shared and disseminated. Additionally, an Early Years MODLAP, which is a subgroup of MODLAP has recently been established to support the education and welfare needs of children aged from birth to five from Armed Forces families in England. Surrey County Council's Senior Early Years Advisor has joined this group to input Surrey experiences as well as learn from best practice elsewhere.

Surrey Schools involved with the UK Engagement Youth Programmes

During the year the Army has continued to engage with schools across Surrey through their youth programmes. This year Kings College – Guildford, Guildford High School, The Howard of Effingham – Leatherhead, Winston Churchill School – Woking, Kings International College – Camberley, Woking High School and Merstham Park School were all part of the programme.

Health, wellbeing and welfare

Armed Forces Health Champions Group

The Surrey Armed Forces Health Champions Group continued to meet during the year to focus on integrating the armed forces covenant within the health agenda with a particular focus on embedding it within the forthcoming changes in health. Wider discussions focussed on the new Armed Forces Act 2021 and implications for health, veteran aware hospital trusts, veteran friendly GP practices, carer support and ensuring appropriate linkages into partnerships such as the SE Veterans Pensions Advisory Committee and initiatives such as Op COURAGE.

Veterans' Friendship Project

A new pilot project bringing together former service personnel through local friendship groups and offering them the opportunity to record their life stories is being piloted in three areas of Surrey thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. The initiative, focussed on Epsom and Ewell, Guildford and Surrey Heath, offers the opportunity to meet with others with similar experiences and give feedback on what activities they would like so that social groups can be developed to reflect their interests. In recognition of their service, veterans are also offered the opportunity to work with trained volunteers to record their life stories and have them transcribed into booklets. The project currently runs until summer 2022

Veteran and Ex-Service Personnel Hubs and Drop-ins

The network of hubs and drop-ins across the county continue to provide support, advice and friendship across the county to our veterans and ex-service personnel and their families, which has been particularly welcomed following the lifting of Covid restrictions and the impact that the pandemic has had on people. Two new hubs opened their doors during the year.

Fordbridge Veterans' Hub

North Surrey Armed Forces Partnership with the support of Spelthorne Borough Council and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service have established a veterans' hub at Fordbridge fire station to enable ex-servicemen and women living in North Surrey and the surrounding area to meet up on a monthly basis. Run by a group of dedicated volunteers, with the support of fire officers at the station, the group meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Hub, which was officially opened by the Lord-Lieutenant in June 2021, gives ex-service men and women, of all ages, an opportunity to meet up, to have a brew and a banter in relaxed surroundings. The sessions are attended on a regular basis by representatives of SSAFA, RBL, Staines Chaplain as well as visits from other local groups and charities such as Citizens Advice and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Outside of meetings members can catch up with one another on a private Facebook Group and the public Twitter account is used to share information with a wider audience. The community garden is accessible throughout the year outside of meetings for any veterans looking to get their hands dirty or to just sit on the decking and enjoy the plants, the trees and the stream that runs by it. In February 2022 the group formally adopted a constitution and have appointed seven Trustees including several veterans who will shape the future of the group

Mole Valley Veterans Hub

The launch of the Hub was delayed by the ongoing Covid restrictions, but officially launched on 26 June 2021 (Armed Forces Day) with a BBQ at Ashtead Recreation Ground. Around 50 people attended, including local Councillors, the local MP, Police and Crime Commissioner and other organisations.

Following the launch event, Hub meetings are held on the last Friday of every month with attendees ranging from 4-10 on each occasion. The RBL representatives have attended, as well as SSAFA and Veteran Mental Health Services from Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust. Given the delay in being able to meet indoors, 'Walk and Talk' sessions took place monthly with an average of 4-5 veterans attending. In addition, a Breakfast Club was set up on a number of Saturday mornings for veterans who were unable to attend the Friday Hub meetings, as well as a golf event held in May. A buffet lunch on Remembrance Day was held in Leatherhead for which the landlord provided food and drinks for veterans for free in support of the Hub.

In terms of fundraising, the Hub has registered with the Mole Valley Community Lottery and receives around £30-£40 each month to support its ongoing costs and plans to have a stall at both the Ashtead Village Day and the Capel Military Show in order to try to raise awareness of the Hub. Further information is available via Mole Valley Veterans Hub..

Guildford Wellbeing Garden

5 November 2021 saw the official opening and dedication of the new wellbeing sensory garden at Guildford Fire Station by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey. The garden, which was built with the kind sponsorship of the Royal Horticultural Society Wisley along with support from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and local veterans, provides a relaxing and reflective place for both fire crews and veterans / ex-service to use on a daily basis, as well as a place for the veteran's hub to host their monthly meetings from on nice warm days!

Wisley Glow

The Royal Horticultural Society Wisley kindly made available free tickets for over 25 veterans and their carers to attend the Wisley Glow event over the Christmas period. All those that attended had a wonderful festive time enjoying the enchanting trail around the garden to see some of Wisley's iconic sights in a new and dazzling light.

NAAFI Fund

The Army Training Centre Pirbright were delighted to have been awarded two grants from the NAAFI fund which aims to support projects that improve the quality of life for serving personnel and their families living at an Armed Forces Unit. There are 450 Service Family Accommodation homes at Pirbright and one of the grants for £11,813 will provide an area around the Jubilee Community Centre to gather and socialise with BBQ facilities, fire pit, seating areas and raised flower beds. This will improve and enhance the outdoor area to provide a vital space for Permanent Staff and their families to enhance wellbeing and aid the overall lived experience.

The second grant of £20,000 was awarded to Peter Pan Pre-School, which is located within the Army Training Centre and provides Early Years education for Service Children.

The project will provide fencing and landscaping to secure a woodland space for Forest School activities. Forest school is a nature-based outdoor learning program that focuses on holistic development and growth in children. With trained Forest School leaders, they will learn new bushcraft skills outdoors with family, peers and friends. Children will be able to enjoy and explore the natural world, whatever the weather, in a safe environment and this project will create a nurturing environment to develop play exploration, confidence, self-esteem and supported risk taking.

Recognition and Remembrance

Remembrance at new County Council HQ

On 11 November 2021, the Chair of Surrey County Council held an Act of Remembrance in the newly dedicated memorial garden at Woodhatch Place, Reigate, the new Headquarters for Surrey County Council. This was also the first joint service with the Chief Fire Officer and a number of new recruits following the move of the Fire Service Headquarters into Woodhatch Place. Along with millions of people throughout the country, staff, councillors, visitors and a World War II veteran paused at 11 o'clock to remember all those who fought and gave their lives in two World Wars in the service of this country, in the defence of this land, its values and freedoms – that we might live in peace.

Surrey Heath Freedom Parade by Joint Hospital Group

On Sunday 12 September, the Mayor of Surrey Heath conferred the Freedom of the Borough of Surrey Heath to the Ministry of Defence Joint Hospital Group (South East) based at Frimley Hospital. The Freedom was awarded in recognition of the extraordinary service provided during the pandemic and in acknowledgement of the group's longstanding links with the Borough and Frimley Park Hospital. The Joint Hospital Group (South East) paraded and then following an Inspection by Air Vice-Marshal Clare Walton CB QHP Director Defence Medical Personnel & Training, accompanied by Brigadier Paul Evans OBE DL received the Freedom of the Borough, This was done to recognise the commitment, sacrifice and selflessness of those in the unit and will confer the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed. Following the parade an invitation only event was hosted at Robertson House, located inside the grounds of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, to allow for further recognition and celebration.

Surrey Poppy Appeal

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey hosted the Surrey Poppy Launch 2021 at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright by kind permission of the Commanding Officer on Friday 22 October 2021.

Guildford War Memorial

On 6 November 2021, a small service was held to commemorate the addition of Lt. Nicholas London of the Honourable Artillery Company to Guildford's war memorial. Family and friends of Lt. London, as well as 48 members of his regiment and squadron, came together for a private ceremony to remember him and see his name added to the memorial in Guildford's castle grounds.

Nick was serving with the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), an elite London-based Reserve Army regiment. In July 1977, leading a night patrol on the Sennybridge Training Area in South Wales, he fell into a deep ravine and received severe injuries. After rescue by his patrol and a medical team, he was taken to hospital but died some five hours later. He is buried at Watts Cemetery in Compton. He was an ex-regular officer (Royal Artillery), who had joined the HAC in 1975. As was the tradition he joined as a trooper undertaking the recruit's course and was recommissioned a year later. An HAC officer who served with him and was at the scene when he fell, said: "He was a highly respected, popular member whose professionalism was an inspiration to all those in his squadron. He left behind a widow and young son".

Surrey Wing Air Cadets Field Day at Brooklands Museum

On 5 September 2021, the Lord-Lieutenant and Chair of Surrey County Council attended the Field Day at Brooklands Museum which was a great success and very well attended by 120 cadets in line with COVID-19 restrictions. There was an excellent briefing on cyber security and a very good talk by Group Captain Mark Heffron RAF – UK Air and Operations Attaché – Berlin, who is their Wing President.

Surrey Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Awards

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

At the point of publication the following Surrey employers have received awards:

  • Allianz Insurance Silver Award
  • Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust Silver Award
  • Automatic Data Processing Ltd (ADP) Gold Award
  • BAM Nuttall Silver Award
  • Capgemini UK PLC Silver Award
  • CGI IT UK Ltd Gold Award
  • Combat Stress Silver Award
  • Compass Group Gold Award
  • Crest Nicholson PLC Silver Award
  • CSH Surrey Silver Award
  • CVQO Ltd Gold Award
  • Drumgrange Ltd Silver Award
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Silver Award
  • Guildford Borough Council Silver Award
  • ISS Facility Services Gold Award
  • Jankel Armouring Ltd Silver Award
  • JTI UK Gold Award
  • KBR Ltd Gold Award
  • Made to Measure Mentoring Ltd Silver Award
  • NSC Silver Award
  • Paratus Ltd Silver Award
  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust Gold Award
  • Runnymede Borough Council Silver Award
  • Siemens PLC Silver Award
  • Southern Gas Networks Plc (SGN) Gold Award
  • Spelthorne Borough Council Gold Award
  • Surrey County Council Gold Award
  • Unum Silver Award
  • Veterans & Families Listening Project Silver Award
  • Wates Construction Ltd Silver Award
  • Woking Borough Council Gold Award

Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Board Members 2020 to 21

  • Helyn Clack (Chair) Surrey County Council
  • Brigadier Paul Evans OBE DL Chairman of Recognise and Remember Task Group
  • Mr Michael More-Molyneux HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey
  • Colonel John Baynham OBE Deputy Commander, 11 Infantry Brigade and HQ SE
  • Colonel Patrick Crowley DL South East Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association
  • Lt-Col Shamus Kelly Commanding Officer, Army Training Centre (Pirbright)
  • Major Richard Watkins 1st Battalion Irish Guards
  • Debbie Goldsmith Army Training Centre (Pirbright)
  • Ellie Vesey-Thompson Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey
  • DCC Nev Kemp Surrey Police
  • Steve Owen-Hughes Chief Fire Officer, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
  • Jim France Royal British Legion
  • Sqn Ldr Bryan Jones SSAFA Surrey
  • Anthony Shipley Surrey Heartlands
  • Cllr Tom Gracey Surrey Leaders Representative
  • Daniel Mouawad Surrey Chief Executives' Representative
  • Reverend Roland Olliff Diocese of Guildford
  • Louise Punter Surrey Chambers of Commerce
  • Canon Peter Bruinvels CC Surrey County Council Civilian-Military Liaison Adviser

Supported by officers from Surrey County Council

For further information please contact: armedforces@surreycc.gov.uk

Military Bases and Reserve Units covering Surrey

Regular

11th Security Force Assistance Brigade and Headquarters South East, Aldershot

  • Army Training Centre (Alexander Barracks) - Pirbright
  • 22 Field Hospital (Keogh Barracks) - Ash Vale
  • Royal Military Academy - Sandhurst
  • 2 Ranger Regiment, 2 Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Keogh Barracks) - Ash Vale
  • 3 Ranger Regimen, 2 Duke of Lancaster Regiment (Elizabeth Barracks) - Pirbright

Reserve

  • 135 Geographic Squadron, Royal Engineers - Ewell
  • 4 Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (4PWRR) RHQ - Redhill
  • 4 Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (4PWRR) A Coy - Farnham
  • 579 Field Squadron, 101 Engineer Regiment (EOD) - Redhill