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Wiltshire Armed Forces and Veterans Celebrations


Sat 24th June Spitfire flypast 15.48 pm

Sun 25th June Dakota flypast 12.15 pm

surprise visit by Chinook Helicopter from RAF Odiham - flypast at 12:00 on Saturday

The Spitfire Experiance 2017

This year's event offers you the opportunity to experience the site smell and sound of the iconic RAF Spitfire. The Spitfire experience means you will sit in the cockpit and start the Rolls Royce 27 Litre engine which will run for approximately one minute and be taken up to full power. One of our experienced and knowledgeable crew will give you a briefing and you will be able to take pictures or video of your experience. This is a unique experience our Spitfire EN 398 is the only Spitfire in the world, which can be transported by road to events that has a full original cockpit and working engine. The cost is £40 per session for the full experience. You can sit in the cockpit for £10 this is only bookable on the day and subject to availability.

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February/March  2017                                                                                                     

Wiltshire Armed Forces & Veterans Committee bags £1000

from carrier bag charge fund

Wiltshire Armed Forces & Veterans Committee is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of  local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed the Committee has been awarded £1000

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Trowbridge through the War years- working within the area bounded by the avenue of trees planted in commemoration of those who did not return from the Great War, displays portraying life in the trenches, first aid, equipment, a chance to work with Wiltshire Soldier to trace your family history during this period. Then on into WW2 and a static Spitfire in the lower Park which will invoke memories of the time they were made in the county town.

The Committee are pleased to be able to bring the history of Trowbridge during the 2 World Wars to the public today at the Armed Forces weekend in the Park and thank Tesco for this grant which has enabled the project to proceed.

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout January with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £27 million across more than 3,500 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 

“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support. 

 “The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

Issued by Wiltshire Armed Forces & Veterans Committee

For further information please contact:

Maryrose Mantle


·        Bags of Help is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

·        So far Bags of Help has awarded over £27 million to more than 3,500 local community projects.

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