Council runs schools competition under Armed Forces Covenant

Hertfordshire County Council ran a competition in primary schools to design a Christmas message for Armed Forces personnel serving away from home over the holiday period.

The competition is now in its sixth year and was themed on World War One.

It was organised by Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board, set up to deliver the Council’s Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) pledge to the community.

The Board has also notably delivered in 2018: AFC e-learning for Council staff, supported a £20k AFC fund application and engaged with the public at the county show. 

Two worthy winners, along with a friend and parent, will enjoy a day out in April at Northwood HQ, where they might take part in water sports, try the climbing wall and have lunch in the officers mess among other activities.

Twenty-two schools entered the art competition with over 800 entries. The competition is a community engagement project to bring together the civilian and military communities.

Chairman of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board, Cllr Terry Douris, said: “We are delighted that so many schools took part in this annual competition. It gives children from across Hertfordshire the chance to show their appreciation of the UK Armed Forces, and we know artwork from local children offers a great morale booster for serving personnel who are separated from their families at Christmas time.”

All the councils in East Anglia have pledged to support those who serve or have served, and their families, under the Armed Forces Covenant. In each county, members of the East Anglia RFCA will also sit on the Covenant board and are prepared to give guidance and advice to help with the delivery of the council’s pledge. 

Main photo: One of the winners, Alfie, Year 4, receiving his award. 

Inset photo: Alfie’s winning design

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