Free street parties
Residents and community groups across Buckinghamshire are being invited to think about ways to mark key anniversaries which mark the ending of the Second World War in Europe and Japan.
As a supporting gesture the county council has agreed that it will be offering free road closure licences should local communities or street associations plan to host street parties or parades to mark the anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day on the weekends of 8 to 10 May and 14 and 15 August.
Councillor Bill Bendyshe-Brown, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion said: ‘We are delighted to link together with the national programme of events around VE and VJ Day by encouraging our local residents to host their own events to commemorate these significant anniversaries.
‘We hope that by waiving all fees for temporary road closures communities can get together and remember all those who lived, served and gave their lives for their country.’
The four district councils in Buckinghamshire are each running separate small grants schemes for local groups which may wish to host an event linked to the anniversaries. Visit a local district council website for more information on the different schemes:
South Bucks District Council: https://southbucks.gov.uk/VEgrant
Chiltern District Council: https://chiltern.gov.uk/VEgrant
Aylesbury Vale District Council: https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/ve-grant
Wycombe District Council: https://www.wycombe.gov.uk/pages/Community/Grants/VEVJ-Day-75-small-grant-scheme.aspx
Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, said: ‘We hope lots of local communities will think about doing something to remember the sacrifices and scale of service given by the men and women of the Second World War generation.
‘It is important that we all take a moment to remember the great sacrifices made by an entire generation of men and women.’
SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity, has been nominated as the national charity for the VE/VJ Day commemorations.
County lead in Buckinghamshire, John Stevens said: ‘SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity is honoured to have been nominated as the national charity to be supported in this, the 75th remembrance year for the anniversary of VE Day.
‘Any funds collected will be used to support our clients in Buckinghamshire who currently serve in the Forces, our veterans and their families, who are in need of help.’
Community events taking place in Buckinghamshire to mark VE and VJ 75 can be logged onto the Buckinghamshire Community Covenant webpages on the county council website. People planning to host an event can log the details by emailing: [email protected]