Armed Forces Covenant

Working together in Cheshire East to support the Armed Forces community

Cheshire has a long history of armed forces being based within the county. Our covenant is a voluntary statement of support between our communities and the armed forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant : Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

You can find out more about our Armed Forces Silver Award received mid 2022. 

We are currently in the process of submitting the Gold Award application by the end of May 2024. 

The aims of the covenant are to:

  • Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces Community in their areas
  • Nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community
  • Recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces Community
  • Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life

Armed Forces Upcoming Events June 2024

D-Day 80 commemorations:

  • Saturday 1 June - 11:00 to 16:00
    Handforth Community and Youth Centre (SK9 3AZ)
    Meet the 75 Engineers and enjoy NAAFI refreshments.
  • Thursday 6 June - 10:00 to 14:00
    Crewe Municipal Building (CW1 2BJ)
    A service at the War Memorial with the RBL Crewe Branch, 75 Engineers, Cheshire East mayor, and town mayor in attendance.
  • Wednesday 26th June
    Wear your uniform to work if you're a reservist or connected to the military.
  • Tuesday 25 June - 09:45
    Crewe Municipal Building (CW1 2BJ)
    Flag raising Ceremony - A service at the War Memorial with the 75 Engineers, RBL Crewe, AFVBC, Bentley Motors, mayors, and cadets from Wales.
  • Tuesday 25 June 13:45
    Macclesfield Town Hall (SK10 1UD)
    Flag raising Ceremony - A service with the 75 Engineers, RBL Macclesfield, mayors, and cadets from Wales.
  • Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 - 09:00 - 16:

    Queens Park extravaganza  
    Don't miss this free, family-friendly weekend event in Crewe's Queens Park (CW2 7SE).
    Expect 25,000 attendees, two stunning flypasts by the RAF (weather permitting, see details below), military presence with vehicles and displays, recruitment stalls, and much more!

    Flypast times - 
    Saturday 29 June: Lancaster Bomber - 15:31
    Sunday 30 June: Hurricane and a Spitfire - 11:49

  • Sunday 20 October
    A Slice of the British Isles 
    Crewe Lyceum
    Celebrate British culture and music with a spectacular show at Crewe Lyceum Theatre. This special event features the pipes and drums, choirs, dancers, and Crewe Brass performing iconic classics. Visit the Lyceum's website to purchase your tickets.

Support

Armed Forces Champion

Each local authority has a named officer who supports the Armed Forces Covenant and can direct you into local services. Our contacts in Cheshire East are:

Veterans Groups

Veterans Groups
EventVenueTownDayTime
Breakfast Four Eagles Crewe Saturday 10:00-12:00
Breakfast The Boars Head Middlewich Saturday 10:00-12:00
Breakfast Masons Macclesfield Saturday 09:00-12:00
Breakfast Military Arms Sandbach Saturday 09:30-11:30
Breakfast Nantwich Market Café Nantwich Saturday 10:30-12:30
The NAAFI Break Handforth Community Centre Handforth Saturday 10:00 -12:00
Breakfast The Plough Alsager Saturday 09:30-11:30
Breakfast The Haven Crewe Wednesday 10:00-12:00
Breakfast Davenham RBL Frith Fields Northwich Saturday 10:00-12:00
The NAAFI Break St Pauls Café Crewe Thursday 10:00-12:00
Football Club Cumberland Arena Crewe Mondays 19.30-20.30
Crewe And District Military Vehicle Club Crewe Heritage Centre Crewe Mondays 19.30-20.30

Veterans Gateway

There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be difficult. Veterans Gateway make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact whatever support you need.

Many of the team are veterans themselves so understand the issues that people face after leaving the Armed Forces. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to put you in touch with the help you need, or direct you to the information you are looking for.

Call 0808 802 1212, visit the Veterans Gateway website for more information or visit the NHS Mental Health Support for Veterans. 

Armed Forces Veteran Card

You can prove you served in the UK armed forces with a HM Armed Forces Veteran Card. The card can make it quicker and easier to apply for support as a veteran.

For information on how to apply for a HM Armed Forces Veterans card

Veterans Support Hotline - supporting homelessness

We are working with the Central Government to end Veterans homelessness by working with housing providers and local armed forces headquarters.  

For more information see the government news page or contact our dedicated Cheshire East Armed Forces lead richard.stephenson-evans@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

If you or a Veteran you know, is at risk of homelessness call the Armed Forces Hotline Number - 0800 952 0774

Other links to related services and organisations

Page last reviewed: 31 May 2024