Ben and the staff in the restaurant did us proud, all so kind and helpful and the breakfast was wonderful, inevitably some veterans wondered around the garden centre afterwards thinking of the coming Spring which is just around the corner. ‘Loneliness, Isolation and a sense of disconnection can be a significant issue for many veterans, these events give us a chance to meet up over breakfast, have a brew, chat with new friends and old and hopefully build some long-term supportive relationships.
We were very lucky to have Reinhard Biehler as our speaker and as always, so funny, he made everyone laugh regaling memories of the beginning of his work here in Spalding and how he built his business up with his wife and family, a very humble man. Reinhard said ‘This Saturday morning the restaurant at Baytree played host to over 40 veterans for breakfast. I am the founder of Baytree Garden Centre and enjoyed entertaining the group with a short talk on how the business developed from humble beginnings budding and selling roses to the present day. As always we felt we were fortunate to welcome Sir John Hayes who was only too keen to talk to the group members, it is always good to see Sir John in our Garden Centre’.
It is a well-known fact that Veteran suicides nationally are at a 15 year high and it is getting worse, It is time for us to join together and support each other, the camaraderie you once had is still around. This is a great opportunity to show each other support and to enjoy a few hours together. Thank you to everyone who helped to make our morning so special, special thanks to Ben and the staff who are all so friendly. If you are interested and would like to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07779895388, come and join us, I can give you the details and get your order in. Help me to make it a regular feature in your diary for future months.