A highly successful 2nd official Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meeting at the RHC happened on Saturday 10th August. At what is almost certainly the most prestigious venues of all the AFVBCs, it was a coming together of tri-Service Veterans spending time chatting with some of the Chelsea Pensioners. As always the humour and banter was second to none and I was so grateful to those Chelsea Pensioners who took time out of their busy schedules to conduct tours and talking to veterans about the Royal Hospital Chelsea and it’s glorious history. A huge thank you to Maj Frankie Howell (Capt of Invalids) for your wonderful hospitality and time, I’ve had nothing but the most wonderful feedback from all who attended.
Those who attended and didn’t have to rush off home, happily accepted the invite to the bar where we were so fortunate to meet more Chelsea Pensioners and a contingent of new recruits from the Guards at Catterick who also attended on the day for another unconnected visit. They say you’re old when you notice police officers looking younger every day but the same was said meeting these young recruits. They were such a pleasure to meet and a credit to their PSIs. Immaculately turned out, chatty, fun and incredibly polite.
Our next meeting is in January 2020 and already my list is full with a raft of reserves. Please do in the meantime visit https://www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/ and perhaps arrange a Tour and look how you can support the RHC. Please do look up our Facebook group and join us. We ask only that you are a veteran or serving member of HM Forces.
Thank you to all who attended on the weekend of the power cuts in London which disrupted all trains and transport across London.
Join the Royal Hospital Chelsea AFVBC Facebook Group for the Dates of the next visit, since there are limited places then it is a first come first serve basis.
The images below were taken of the visit by multiple members so many thanks to Elaine Forman & Pauline Mulroy.