About the Team
“The Armed Forces Major Events Team (AFMET) are best known for our delivery of the largest armed forces weekend in the region which attracts very large numbers of visitors to the Borough of North East Lincolnshire adding massive commercial benefit to the area through attracting over 180,000 people and bolstering the local economy. The effect is amazing particularly given it is organised entirely by a dedicated group of ‘unpaid’ volunteers. We have only one aim which is to support all members of our armed forces, those serving, injured veterans and their families and to uphold the ‘esteem’ in which our armed forces are held. We support our armed forces community not for a weekend, but throughout the year offering facilities within our HIVE as a one-stop-shop where our community comes together to receive direct support provided by professional services under one roof. We are proud of the fact we are the catalyst in bringing together our civil and military communities throughout the year and work tirelessly to ensure that this works for all. As you look through the information provided here you recognise that this is a combined effort by a number of agencies working for the common good and delivering outstanding services to the armed forces community in recognition of their endeavours, sacrifices and exceptional works they do on behalf of our Nation.”
You’ll find AFMET HQ at The Knoll, a Grade II listed building in the heart of Cleethorpes. With support from the Ministry of Defence, North East Lincolnshire Council and local tradespeople, the team have been able to extensively restore and refurbish the 19th century house, transforming the historic property into a ‘Hive’ for the entire Armed Forces community. Each of the rooms has been carefully decorated to reflect the heritage of the Armed Forces whilst maintaining many of the building’s original features. This is a place where AFMET deliver the Armed Forces Community Covenant, “a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly, and where the community can meet and receive any support they may need.
From the Knoll, AFMET work closely with like-minded organisations such as the NHS and the Department of Work and Pensions, with local groups such as the Grimsby Institute, and with military charities such as SSAFA, Royal Naval Association (RNA), Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) and Royal British Legion (RBL). When services personnel, a veteran or a family member require assistance, the team will work tirelessly to provide personalised support and intervention, coordinating with specialised professional services to help address the challenges they are facing.
It is the only free-to-use facility in the area and for many and offers an invaluable service.
A key aim for AFMET is to ensure the Knoll is a welcoming, accessible place with a relaxed atmosphere.
This is why in in September 2019 AFMET opened Blighty’s Coffee Lounge, so that the wider community have a place to simply have a hot drink, some lunch and a chat.
Contact Us if you would like to know more about the their work.