On 20th July 2016, two coaches full of residents from Mundford and the surrounding area were treated to a tour of the Stanford Training Area (STANTA). This was a rare opportunity to see the area that was evacuated in 1942 to be dedicated to military exercises. It includes replicas of North European and Afghan villages which are used to prepare personnel for deployment to those and similar destinations.
A total of £614.40 was raised – £380.00 will pay for the coaches and £234.40 has been donated to Stanta Central Bank which will be shared between the following charities: the Army Benevolent Fund, Help for Heroes, the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association and the Battle Area Churches Restoration Fund.
Thanks to Pauline Angus, Parish Clerk for organising the tour.
Some comments from those on the tour were:
I just wanted to say a big thank you to all concerned with organising the STANTA trip. Charlotte & I really enjoyed it, and it is yet another positive experience of living in Mundford. Thanks again! Carl Pryke
Just to say thank you for organising the STANTA trip, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Best regards, Sue Owner
A selection of photos follows.
You can read more about STANTA on Wikipedia.