Local organisations pledge support for military personnel and families through Armed Forces Covenant

The Courtyard in Hereford became the 46th Herefordshire organisation to sign the Armed Forces Covenant today (Monday 24 June 2019) as the county shows its support to the community during Armed Forces Week 2019.

Together with a partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations and military charities, Herefordshire Council works with the Armed Forces to help and support current and former service personnel and their families. Through the Armed Forces Covenant, the council encourages Herefordshire businesses, community groups and individuals to pledge their commitment and support to Armed Forces personnel and their families, as well as reservists and veterans.

Local organisations pledge support for military personnel and families through Armed Forces Covenant


Chief Executive Ian Archer signed the Covenant on behalf of The Courtyard in front of Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, The Dowager Countess of Darnley CVO, and Ministry of Defence representatives from three military services: Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks CB DSC DL, Air Vice Marshall Mike Smart OBE and Colonel Any Taylor OBE DL. In signing the Armed Forces Covenant, The Courtyard joins over 3,500 organisations who have pledged support nationally.

Councillor Sebastian Bowen, Chairman of Herefordshire Council, said: “Herefordshire Council would like to warmly welcome The Courtyard to the ‘Covenant family’ at a time when Herefordshire is celebrating the contribution made to our county and nation by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. The Courtyard’s pledge shows they are committed to supporting service personnel and their families and treating them with fairness and respect.”

Ian Archer, Chief Executive of The Courtyard said: “I am delighted and proud to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of The Courtyard and to pledge our on-going support to our Armed Forces. We all very much appreciate the work our Armed Forces do through times of conflict and peace and our signing of The Covenant helps us to recognise that.”

Published: Monday, 24th June 2019