Armed Forces Community Covenant
A Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces Community. It provides an opportunity to consolidate the Council’s relationships with the Freedom Regiments and to further a range of other links with the Armed Forces community in Winchester District. The aims of a Community Covenant are to:
- Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces community in their areas;
- Nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces community;
- Recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community;
- Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life; and
- Encourage the Armed Forces Community to help and support the wider community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement.
Winchester City Council has always enjoyed a close and cordial association with the Armed Forces and the following Regiments have been awarded Freedom of Entry to the City status over the years:
- The Adjutant General’s Corps (Worthy Down)
- The Rifles (Museum and HQ at Peninsula Barracks)
- Princess of Wales Royal Regiment (Museum at Peninsula Barracks)
- The King’s Royal Hussars (Museum at Peninsula Barracks)
- The Army Technical Foundation College (formerly the Army Training Regiment - Sir John Moore Barracks)
There is also the Defence College of Policing and Guarding based at Southwick Park.
The Winchester Armed Forces Community Covenant was approved on 15th May 2013. The proposed initiatives and activities will be reviewed periodically by a small liaison group with representation from all signatories to the Covenant and are summarised in the Covenant Action Plan.