On Saturday, February 4, there was an excellent turnout at Sully Sports & Social Club when the Vale of Glamorgan Veterans’ Breakfast Club was launched.
It is the latest of a number of local initiatives demonstrating support for British veterans in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Among those present were veterans, family members, supporters, representatives of Armed Forces’ charities and civic leaders.
Former veteran Tony Fitzpatrick told The GEM: “It was a bit far to go to a veterans’ breakfast club in Cardiff and I thought ‘the Vale needs one’ so I approached Sully Sports & Social Club who have made us more than welcome.”
Tony said the club had adopted the same principle as the Army in which Saturday mornings are a great time to meet up in the cookhouse for breakfast and be able to discuss any issues.
“The breakfast club is also a great opportunity for people to come along and meet old friends and make new ones.
“Veterans can come along between 9am and 12 noon, have some breakfast and maybe try skittles and bowls. We’re already thinking of forming a veterans’ breakfast team for bowls.
“In the summer those attending will be able to have their breakfast outside with wonderful views of the Bristol Channel, and watch rugby and football in the afternoon.”
There are British veterans’ clubs as far afield as Spain, Bosnia, Australia, France, Germany and Austria.
Jane Hutt, the Vale’s Assembly Member, officially opened the club, and said: “I was delighted to launch the Vale Veterans Club at Sully Sports and Social Club.
“With over 12,000 veterans living in the Vale of Glamorgan we need a range of support networks and services like the new breakfast club alongside the nine charities who joined us on Saturday such as Woody’s Lodge which is up and running at HMS Cambria with 22 support agencies backing this initiative.”
On the day veterans were also welcomed by Fred Johnson, secretary of Sully Sports & Social Club, and Coun Anthony Powell, the Vale’s Armed Forces champion.
"Congratulations to Sully Sports and Social Club for opening up their brilliant breakfasts on Saturday mornings for veterans in the Vale.’