To mark the milestone agreement, signed by Norton Park’s General Manager Tom Fromm and Commander Winchester Garrison, Brigadier Allan McLeod, a silver service three-course lunch was prepared by RAF students from the garrison’s Food Services wing.
Praising the students for their excellent service, Mr Fromm said: “We were very impressed, particularly as some of them had only been learning for just a couple of months.
“We will be discussing ways of working together through collaborations with the garrison’s hospitality training staff, offering our commercial experience to support the students’ development.”
Norton Park has a wealth of experience for the garrison’s students to draw on as a key Hampshire conference and events venue catering for banquets and weddings in the hotel’s function suites and Tithe Barn as well as more intimate dinners in their Manor House.
The agreement between Winchester Garrison and Norton Park, which employs a number of family members of service personnel, also strives to:
• Support the employment of veterans young and old.
• Support the employment of Service spouses and partners.
• Support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces.
• Offer exclusive benefits to members of the Armed Forces community on family breaks, leisure club memberships and spa bookings
It’s now hoped that other businesses in the Winchester area will follow Norton Park’s lead and link up with the garrison via a Corporate Covenant, and provide support, training and possible employment opportunities to the Armed Forces community.