8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe.
In 1945, £250,000 was donated to Enham for the gallantry of British forces at the Battle of El Alamein and this generous donation allowed the village to build their disabled ex-servicemen's centre. In thanks, "Alamein" was added to the village's name to become Enham Alamein.
The close association of servicemen and the village continued during and after the war and today the Enham Trust is a leading disability charity supporting people in their transition towards living independently.
Leslie Francis, Postmaster at Enham Alamein branch, South East region, and Parish Chairman at Enham Alamein explains how the village remains a centre for charity work and supporting others.
A lot of fundraising takes place over the year with competitions, raffles and events at the shop and Post Office to raise money for charities that support the local community.
Leslie is very busy at the moment supporting the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with local volunteers, Leslie has been delivering food and essential items, providing a lifeline to the local residential home and to vulnerable customers who are self isolating.
With its close links to World War II, the Enham Alamein community had big plans for a VE Day street party but like many others has had to postpone these due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, despite the change of plan, Leslie with the Parish Council, will be delivering flags to homes throughout the village to help local residents celebrate. A local customer is also making a plaque for the shop and Post Office to commemorate this special day.
Leslie said “the Post Office and shop is truly the hub of the village, and we are proud of our connection to World War II and supporting people in need. We will be decorating the shop and Post Office to celebrate VE Day on Friday, we know we can’t celebrate together but we hope that everyone in Enham Alamein will join in and celebrate at home.”
Branches can show their support and get involved in VE Day in a number of ways from joining the two-minute national silence at 11am, print their own bunting to display on your window, or share VE Day graphics on your social media pages. More information, ideas and toolkits are available here.