VE Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration

TOWN & PARISH COUNCILS TO TAKE THE LEAD IN VE DAY 75 CELEBRATIONS

8TH – 10TH MAY 2020

Town and parish councils throughout the UK are to take the lead in local celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war in EUROPE on the 8th May 2020. (VJ Day will be commemorated on the 15th August 2020). After years of fighting, the end of hostilities were officially announced on the 8th May 1945 by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, from the Cabinet Office, 10 Downing Street, London, that date has since become enshrined in history as VE Day.

The VE Day 75 weekend of 8th – 10th May 2020, will be an international celebration of peace – a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions at home and abroad who played such a vital part in achieving it. This includes the Armed Forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives or were physically and mentally injured; the hard-working women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating throughout the years of turmoil; the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others safeguarded the home front.

Henstridge Parish Council are looking for volunteers from within the community to help organise a commemorative event in the parish. If you are interested please contact the Parish Clerk, Emma Curtis to register your interest on clerk@henstridgeparishcouncil.org.uk

Volunteer Drivers Required

Go the extra mile and help others

If you’re above the age of 18, have a clean full driver licence and own a four-door car, why not volunteer for Somerset County Council to help others get to vital medical appointments?

By committing as little as one day per week, you could greatly help a person who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make appointments. Alternatively commit to more if that is what you choose!

Volunteer drivers provide a crucial transport service for non-emergency NHS patients and social care users enabling them to get to various locations across the county and further afield. You could also help transport children to college or to school, providing a crucial service to a young person’s academic career.

Each journey connects people with services they would otherwise miss out on. As a volunteer driver, you would be providing a vital lifeline to people in your community.

This is a rewarding opportunity to provide a valuable, practical support for people within your community and your mileage expenses will be reimbursed at up to 50p per mile. You will also be supported by a Transporting Officer from Somerset County Council’s Transporting Somerset team.

Not only will you be helping the community, it’s an excellent way of meeting new people.

To find out more visit https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/opportunities/volunteer-driver/ or call 0300 123 2224.

Playing Fields Award

Henstridge Parish Council are pleased to announce that Henstridge has won a Commendation Certificate in the 2019 Somerset Playing Fields Association annual awards.

Chairman of the Parish Council Mr Ken Courtenay attended the Awards Presentation in Woolavington on behalf of the Parish Council to collect the award.

Henstridge is extremely lucky to have a wonderful outdoor space for all to enjoy and the Parish Council wishes to thank everyone involved in its maintenance and upkeep.