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Community Wellbeing

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration - 8 May

The Nation is encouraged to celebrate VE day whilst upholding social distancing guidelines, whether that’s in a virtual space, on your driveway or from the comfort of your living room, there’s lots of fun and engaging activities to be involved in.

Pilgrim Bandits VE Bunting

Pilgrim Bandits' Ben Parkinson MBE is helping the BBC to launch the 75th anniversary of VE Day by encouraging younger viewers to stay at home and make 'Great British Bunting' to celebrate. The BBC have shared ways that families can get involved with marking VE Day from home

 

Union Jack Club VE Day Celebration Suggestions

The Union Jack Club is an Armed Forces Service Charity in London providing its serving and former members and their families with modern hotel accommodation and during COVID, essential affordable accommodation to key workers. In 2020, to honour the sacrifices and to celebrate peace amongst nations, the UJ Team have put together a list of activities and ways to celebrate from home on Friday 8 May (times may change).

1100hrs - Official commemorations will begin with a National Moment of Remembrance and a two-minute silence

1115hrs - our friends at the Royal British Legion are running a VE Day 75 livestream

1445hrs - BBC One will broadcast Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech in which he addressed the nation to announce the end of the war in Europe, which he made from 10 Downing Street on 8 May 1945 

1500hrs - Join The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WWII. The Prime Minister will also speak.

2000hrs - BBC One in partnership with the Royal British Legion present a musical celebration 

2100hrs - Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945

Her Majesty The Queen’s address will be followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”

More for the weekend...  

There will be lots of local activity and in support the anniversary and the BBC have provided some street party recipes and even advice on how to make your own bunting!

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced a VE Day tool kit for a 1940s style afternoon tea party at home.

PLUS A Genius Offer For The Genealogists Amongst Us

Ancestry.co.uk Records Available FREE

C/O Government and Ancestry, all UK historical records available on Ancestry.co.uk will be free for the public from

Monday 4 May until Sunday 10 May

 


Oxfordshire to Mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe

 

Oxfordshire County Council is to mark the historical milestone of Victory in Europe Day on 8th May with a series of video tributes from key people across the county.

 

Despite the restrictions of the lockdown, this remains an important moment for the nation and the tributes will begin with a video message online from Oxfordshire’s Lord Lieutenant Tim Stevenson at 2.50pm.

 

On 8th May 1945, Britain and its allies celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of Hitler's aggression. This formally recognised the end of the Second World War in Europe and became known as Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

 

Plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic with events either cancelled or postponed.

However, 8th May 2020 remains a Bank Holiday and many will participate in a planned national toast to the Heroes of World War Two at 3pm from the safety of our own homes. 

 

Take part by raising a glass, cheering and clapping on your doorsteps and offer your tribute; The official toast is: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

 

Other parts of Oxfordshire are also celebrating. In Oxford, The Lord Mayor Councillor Craig Simmons will start the VE Day celebrations at 11am for the nation’s two-minute silence from his doorstep. At 3pm he will raise a toast to the nation.

 

Cllr Andrew McHugh as the military champion for Cherwell District Council has recorded a message to celebrate VE Day which will feature on our Facebook page.

 

South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse district councils are running a campaign to encourage staff, councillors and residents to get creative: making red, white and/or blue cakes, buns or muffins, dress their houses/pets/selves up to celebrate the end of the conflict – and to get residents to join in the government’s garden party, and submit to us their photos on social media, which will be shared in a big photo montage. Make your submissions to: communications@southandvale.gov.uk

Witney Town Council also has a series of virtual events including a concert by Voicebox Choir who were due to have performed live in Witney Market Square. Further information here: http://www.witney-tc.gov.uk/news/witney-plans-for-a-virtual-ve-day-75-commemoration/.

 


RAF Association Support


The RAF Association are still there to support RAF and SR needs during the COVID pandemic with their emergency projects:

  • A telephone outreach service which will proactively support our beneficiaries and other high-risk members of our RAF community to check on their welfare and offer them regular contact (telephone or online)
  • A friendship helpline that anyone in our RAF community can call if they are feeling isolated, in need of more specific support or simply want a chat with someone friendly who understands.
  • A daily RAF-themed online entertainment slot that people can look forward to as part of their routine while they are isolating, from quizzes to live-streamed sing-a-longs and armchair fitness sessions.
  • Bag drops of vital provisions to the doorsteps of the most vulnerable members of our RAF family.


Email enquiries@rafa.org.uk to volunteer, or call 0800 018 2361 to request support or just to have a friendly chat.

 


VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration - 8 May

The Nation is encouraged to celebrate VE day whilst upholding social distancing guidelines, whether that’s in a virtual space, on your driveway or from the comfort of your living room, there’s lots of fun and engaging activities to be involved in.

Pilgrim Bandits VE Bunting

Pilgrim Bandits' Ben Parkinson MBE is helping the BBC to launch the 75th anniversary of VE Day by encouraging younger viewers to stay at home and make 'Great British Bunting' to celebrate. The BBC have shared ways that families can get involved with marking VE Day from home

 

Union Jack Club VE Day Celebration Suggestions

The Union Jack Club is an Armed Forces Service Charity in London providing its serving and former members and their families with modern hotel accommodation and during COVID, essential affordable accommodation to key workers. In 2020, to honour the sacrifices and to celebrate peace amongst nations, the UJ Team have put together a list of activities and ways to celebrate from home on Friday 8 May (times may change).

1100hrs - Official commemorations will begin with a National Moment of Remembrance and a two-minute silence

1115hrs - our friends at the Royal British Legion are running a VE Day 75 livestream

1445hrs - BBC One will broadcast Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech in which he addressed the nation to announce the end of the war in Europe, which he made from 10 Downing Street on 8 May 1945 

1500hrs - Join The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WWII. The Prime Minister will also speak.

2000hrs - BBC One in partnership with the Royal British Legion present a musical celebration 

2100hrs - Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945

Her Majesty The Queen’s address will be followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”

More for the weekend...  

There will be lots of local activity and in support the anniversary and the BBC have provided some street party recipes and even advice on how to make your own bunting!

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced a VE Day tool kit for a 1940s style afternoon tea party at home.

PLUS A Genius Offer For The Genealogists Amongst Us

Ancestry.co.uk Records Available FREE

C/O Government and Ancestry, all UK historical records available on Ancestry.co.uk will be free for the public from

Monday 4 May until Sunday 10 May

 


 

Children's Activities

Below is a list of useful websites to aid your children's learning during this time. 

Story Book Wings - The RAF Association provides a recording service to parents and caregivers so that their child’s favourite bedtime story can be played back at bedtime whilst a parent/caregiver is away from home.

Airbus STEM Initiative - This online portal from AirBus helps young people understand science through the world of aerospace. Explore by following the link below to learn, design and connect with others.

Ragdolly Anna's online fitness sessions

Younger children learning 

Adept Mind Maths 

Maths & English

National Geographic Kids 

Science Experiments 

Audio Books (free kids downloads during pandemic)

Mindfulness Games

NetMums Guide to Educational websites

BBC Bitesize

Khan Academy, daily scheduled courses for 2-18 year olds

Scholastic Resource Bank:

Key Stage 1 Pack

Lower Key Stage 2 Pack

Upper Key Stage 2 Pack

Audible Stories (free Audible access to kids stories)

 

General Education

Open University Free Courses

Open Yale (American content)

Oxford Home Study Centre

Alison Free Courses

Future Learn, Free university courses

BBC Bitesize for Careers

Coursera

edX

Academic Earth

Code Academy

 

Museum Virtual Tours

 

British Museum, London

Guggenheim Museum, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

MASP, Sao Paulo

Louvre, Paris

 

Virtual Field Trips

 

Cincinnati Zoo live animal visits (weekdays at 7 pm)

San Diego Zoo Kids Zone and San Diego Zoo live creature cam

Toronto Zoo live videos

Yellowstone National Park virtual tour

Mars (no really!)

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam

Houston Zoo Animal Cams

Virtual Farm Tours

Great Wall of China

Virtual Tours of Historic and Cultural Heritage Site

National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Go on virtual Disney Rides

 

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