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Veterans´ breakfast invite

By Beth Perry 18th January 2017

Veterans´ breakfast invite
Veterans tuck into breakfast at Newquay´s Great Western Hotel.

A NEW initiative in Newquay is offering local and visiting veterans the chance to enjoy a regular social gathering in the town.

Past and current service people were invited to the first meeting of the Newquay Veterans Breakfast Club, which took place at the Great Western Hotel earlier this month.

Set up to offer veterans the chance to have a chat as they enjoy a breakfast, the club is open to people of all ages, from around the world, as long as they have previously served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces.

Andy Card, one of the club’s co-ordinators, said: “The breakfast club is a national initiative and has clubs all around the world. The clubs aim to help stop people become isolated –
especially those who are older in age – and give everyone a chance to have a bit of military banter. There’s no registration forms, process or money needed as we’re not a charity. Everyone buys their own breakfast and we just get together on a no commitment basis.”

The first meeting at the Great Western drew four people, with all three forces represented.
Over 60 people have shown interest on the club’s Facebook page and Andy, along with fellow club co-ordinator Clare Lane, are hopeful the club can grow and develop in the future.

Clare explained: “We were really pleased with the turnout for the first meeting. We now need to work on getting the word out, especially to the retirement homes where there may be some older people.

“Depending on how well the club grows, we would love to be able to offer a pick-up service for the older generation, but we can always arrange a visit to someone’s accommodation if they are in need of it.”

Andy, who was in the army himself, first got the idea for the club after setting up Newquay Surf Veterans.

He said: “Newquay has a large number of veterans who have moved here to retire and, of course, we are very close to RAF St Mawgan  and I know there are veterans who are stuck at home and are isolated so our goal is to help those people.

“One of the best things about the club is that it’s even open to visiting veterans so if there are people on holiday here then they can come along and have a chat.”

The Veterans Breakfast Club will take place every Wednesday from 10am at the Great Western Hotel. For more information, attend a meeting or search ‘Newquay Veterans Breakfast Club’ on Facebook and request access.

By Beth Perry 18th January 2017

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