Key organisations in Pendle have united to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant.
Officials from a range of organisations met at Nelson Town Hall to sign the pledge with the aim to work together to support those who serve or who have served in the armed forced in Pendle.
“We signed the covenant back in 2012 and it’s time for us to get together and renew our commitment and expand the number of organisations who support this covenant,” said Pendle’s Armed Forces champion Janice Taylor.
The Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire, Dennis Mendoros, was one who signed and said: “It’s vital that businesses, organisations and people in our local community understand the moral obligation we have to those who serve or who have served in our armed forces.
“The covenant helps us to support them and properly recognise the sacrifices they make.”
Representatives from Housing Pendle, NHS East Lancashire, Burnley Football Club in the Community, Pendle Leisure Trust and Lancashire Adult Learning were among the organisations who signed the pledge as well as Pendle’s Mayor Coun. Rosemary Carroll and Council Leader Coun. Mohammed Iqbal and The Royal British Legion and Veterans in Communities.
Mike Sutcliff, Chair of the Royal British Legion Outreach for Pendle Armed Forces Community Covenant, said: “An essential part of the covenant is about working with Pendle businesses to match the skills of those leaving the armed forces with local jobs.
“People leave the armed forces with very specific skills, such as helicopter and jet engine repair, and in Pendle aerospace is a huge industry.”
The commitment Pendle has made includes the Royal British Legion and Veterans in Communities running regular awareness-raising and outreach sessions across the area; Together Housing “Be with Us” scheme ensuring that anyone who has left the armed forces within the last five years will get a level of priority; gaining a commitment from The Department of Work and Pensions to have an armed forces champion in every Jobcentre Plus District; Pendle Leisure Trust offering current serving armed forces personnel free gym and swimming use at all their centres; working with NHS services to ensure priority to armed forces and ex-service personnel including the provision of mental health facilities and increased awareness of this work through social media and a new website developed by Pendle Council’s Communications Team.
Meanwhile Remembrance Day will be marked across Pendle.
Today to mark Armistice Day itself, the first ceremony will take place in Barley.
Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the village hall at 10-30am for a service and wreath-laying at 11am.
And that will be followed by 14 further acts of remembrance on Sunday:
∙ Barnoldswick: Assemble in the town square at 3pm where a service of remembrance will be held followed by a procession to the memorial for a wreath-laying.
∙ Barrowford: Meet at Holmefield House at 10-15am for a procession to St Thomas’ Church for a service at 10-45am followed by another procession to the war memorial in Barrowford Park.
∙ Brierfield and Reedley: Meet at the memorial at 10-30am for a service at 10-40am.
∙ Blacko: Meet at the memorial at 10-50am for a service at 11am.
∙ Colne: Procession will assemble at Colne Legion Club at 10-10am and will proceed to the memorial where a service will be held and wreaths laid at approximately 11am.
∙ Earby: Parade will assemble at New Road Community Centre before proceeding to the Memorial Grounds at Sough for a service at 2-30pm. After the service the parade will return to New Road.
∙ Fence: Meet at the memorial at noon for a service at 12-15pm.
∙ Foulridge: A service will be held at the parish church at 9am followed by another short service at the war memorial at 11am.
∙ Higham: The service will be held at St John’s Church at 10-30am.
∙ Laneshaw Bridge: Parade will meet at the Memorial Garden at 9am for a service and wreath-laying ceremony.
∙ Nelson: Meet at the Innovation Centre at 1-30pm for a parade to the memorial for a service at 2pm. After the service the parade will proceed to Nelson Cricket Club.
∙ Newchurch-in-Pendle: The service and wreath-laying will be held at St Mary’s Church at 9-15am.
∙ Salterforth: Assemble at the war memorial at 10-30am for a service at 11am.
∙ Trawden: The service will be held at St Mary’s Church at 10am and will be followed by a short service at the village memorial at 11am.