An Armed Forces veteran’s hub has opened its doors at Ramsgate’s Royal British Legion Club.
The club, which also caters for veteran’s families and all those in public service, held its first session on Wednesday (January 11).
It will take place every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
People are invited to join members for a coffee and a chat.
Hub manager Richard Morgan said: “This drop in is to offer a central hub for those that either wish just to chat, or maybe even re-engage with the Veteran community, or to help those who are finding times challenging.
“It is to also offer the opportunity to meet with various agencies that may be able to offer help and assistance.
“There will eventually be a creative arts program at the hub, aimed at improving well-being for individuals as well as the Veteran community.”
The club, in Cliff Street, is also calling on people to join up. It is open to all, not just former or serving forces personnel, but needs more members to ensure its survival.
The Royal British Legion has been supporting service men and women, ex-serving personnel and their families, since 1921. The British Legion was formed on 15 May 1921, bringing together four national organisations of ex-servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War.
Membership of the Ramsgate RBL club since 1926 has numbered in its thousands, in past times the queue to get a seat in the club stretched down Cliff Street and into Queen Street. After the Second World War membership swelled again with ex Service personnel joining the RBL. Many youngsters would have experienced their parents or grandparents taking them to the club for a cheeky shandy or three.