Primary School, Parish Council and RAF Station joined forces on Friday 24th October to unveil a beautifully designed and crafted new village sign at Wittering.
Designed by year 6 pupils at Wittering Primary School, the sign is the culmination of a project funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant, which enables military establishments to materially contribute to worthwhile community projects.
A rainy afternoon greeted dozens of children from Wittering Primary School, members of the Parish Council and personnel from the Royal Air Force Station, but didn’t diminish the atmosphere of pride and accomplishment.
Deputy Chairman of the Parish Council, Geoff Dunkley, addressed the gathering before two of the school’s star pupils pulled the ribbons to unveil the new sign, which met with enthusiastic applause.
The original design reflects the village’s past and present, depicting All Saints’ Church, Wittering Primary School and a Harrier. Many of the children had included a rainbow in their designs, which has been cleverly included in the finished work.
Chairman of the Parish Council, Mr Richard Roffe, said; “This is what working together is really all about. The schoolchildren have produced a beautiful design, the RAF has funded the project and worked with the council throughout, it’s been a real success.”
Acting Station Commander, Wing Commander James Lapsley said; “RAF Wittering is lucky to have such a positively co-operative bond with the village and the school. In many ways, the new sign is an embodiment of that bond.”
Wing Commander Lapsley continued; “For me the design is particularly poignant. It’s an optimistic design which acknowledges the history of the village, the importance of the school and the positive presence of the RAF.”
Editor: Ed Palmer
Photographer: SAC Gary Kearney
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