Thank you Ayrshire Breakfasteers.Three weeks
Thank you Ayrshire Breakfasteers.
Three weeks ago my wife was rushed into hospital, she has been out for a few days and is getting there.
I belong to the Ayrshire Veterans Breakfast Club and would like to thank all Breakfasteers for their support and private messages I have recieved. They are a friendly caring bunch, I am proud to call them my friends, forever asking about my Moira.
With the support of the AVBC they made it a lot easier to cope. Thank you friends.
As we Royal Engineers say…REspect.
Just posted a nice long
Just posted a nice long ditty (sea story for those of you who are not ex matelows) about getting to the Birmingham breakfast club before its even started.
At least I will be able to find it when it is on!! LOL
What can one say about
What can one say about the breakfast clubs that already has not been said.
Yes after years in the military ex RTR EX RCT you miss the comradeship you enjoyed while serving.My beloved wife passed away last September but for my friends in the club i might have joined her.
Del Big Man you deserve a knighthood.
I was honoured today to
I was honoured today to have been able to assist and escort my new chum Stanley Green to Keighley for the Airedale Veteran’s Breakfast Club today. Stanley served in the RAF for four years from 1943. He said he had a great time at today’s meeting and I hope to see him at Keighley’s Armed Forces Day event on Sunday 18th June.
I had published this on
These are my thoughts on how important the Veterans Breakfast Club is to me.
Now let me get this straight, I am not a counsellor with professional qualifications or a certificate. However, having been a University lecturer for twenty years, it is a skill you develop, so what’s my point? Let me first give you a little information about me, 5 years 2 Para, serving four tours in NI, this included Internment and Motorman. Then 2 years in the RMP, serving 18 months in NI, Londonderry and then on the border. Finally I joined the RUC GC, serving for 5 years in B Division (West Belfast), this included the hunger strike (losing friends, colleagues along the way).
After recent posts of mine, I keep getting the same sort of comment, “I think I need to speak to someone.” The very fact that a person has said that indicates that they know they may have issues.
Now you can go down the formal route, go to a doctor, contact Combat Stress, the problem with this is it takes time, appointments made, travel arranged and maybe time taken off work. Then of course the whole diagnostic procedure that can turn people off and drive them away. Do not get me wrong, I admire the work they do. However, being a charitable organisation or part of the NHS they have to follow procedures, which to some degree depending on your attitude, you may view as dehumanising the process a smidgen.
Back in the eighties (87-88) I had a house in Wellingborough. I was body-guarding and security consulting here and there. My very good friend Alan Brown came to visit with his lovely wife Jan. Alan and I had served together in some of the nastiest stuff you will ever see. We were chatting away in my living room, talking about people we had known, those we had lost and the things we had done, when I burst into tears. I cried for what seemed to me to be a considerable amount of time and if I remember correctly Alan was crying as well. It was a very cathartic moment. I realised I had issues and Alan and I spent quite a while discussing the situation. Now I have always been a very happy go lucky kind of guy, upbeat and an optimist. This new insight into me gave me a perspective about myself I had not realised. The moment ended and I moved on.
Now I am constantly telling my students to reflect on their experiences, learn from them, not just the physical issues but the emotional ones as well. Now I have started to apply that to my life. Apart from my service in the military and RUC GC, there are very early issues in life that were never addressed. These to some degree have probably made me the disaster I am when it comes to relationships. I have come to realise the issues I have, not through going to counselling or seeing doctors, but by reaffirming my connection with my brothers in the military and the RUC GC.
Sorry for the extended load of gibberish but this is the only way I could put it into context. Apart from the formal veteran support networks such as combat stress. We all have a much larger and a much more ‘comfortable fit’ support network. It can be what you choose it to be, it can be yearly reunions (which do me good). It can be utilising social networks to talk to other veterans, it can be arranged social events and finally for me the most positive and life saving support network you can have is the veterans breakfast clubs. These are not clubs in the excepted meaning of the word, there are no joining fees, no real structure. You turn up, buy breakfast and talk rubbish for two hours or more. No one prys, no one asks what your issues are, you just chat. However, from my own experience of breakfast clubs, it is probably one of the nest support networks ever for veterans, if you have a problem, house move, car broke, stranded etc. Someone will be there to help. It is what we as brother and sister veterans do. So if you are not yet ready to look for a more formal approach to issues you may have. Find your nearest breakfast club. You will be welcomed with open arms, lots of banter, lots of grub and gallons of tea. Stay safe
I do not get to
I do not get to my local breakfast club in Hull, the 1st & Best, as often as I would like to but whenever I can get there I do. The BBC was a revelation in the veterans world. So many leave the services & for whatever reason don’t connect with their respective associations or other veterans groups. Many, having left the formality of military life don’t want a continuation of that formality but don’t want to loose the feeling of belonging that their service lives brought. By forming the veterans Breakfast Clubs, Del Hardman, the crew at Hull & all those who followed their lead by starting up veterans breakfast clubs world wide, have filled that huge chasm that existed for those service personnel. I cannot begin to express the gratitude that all who now enjoy the informal, banter ridden, joyful experience that veterans breakfast clubs bring to all those men & women, WORLD WIDE, who attend would want to give to you, the founders of this remarkable phenomenon. The Veterans Breakfast Clubs. You all deserve an award! Long may it continue!
TODAY marks Swansea’s Breakfast club
TODAY marks Swansea’s Breakfast club first birthday. There were 24 there on saturday morning. The club has some amazing people in it and i am proud to call them all friends. We meet on the 1st saturday and 3rd sunday. x
Hi breakfast clubbers, I would
Hi breakfast clubbers,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all but especially the admin teams for your support along the way. Stockport veterans breakfast club has become such a success and I’m getting great feedback from all who attend the club.
Today I sadly received the news that another veteran took his own life this week a lad from The Prince of Wales own Yorkshire Regiment. He thought that he was alone but with the Breakfast club your never alone and this is why i believe that the Breakfast clubs are so important to all veterans.
Thanks Pete Millns Stockport and Tameside veterans breakfast clubs.
Had a great meet for
Had a great meet for breakfast today, at Stockport, breakfast club, great to catch up with friends,old and new
My husband and I joined
My husband and I joined the NYBC which was held between York and the coast, so a good trip there and back from York, but by the time we got to join numbers were very small, so our Admin decided to move to just outside of York, tot The Toby Carvery, Hopgrove and suffice to say, we are going from strength to strenth and have such fun. Check out the info on our FB page and come for a chat, 2nd Saturday in every month, breakfast, laughter and banter .
Below is the last post from Brenda that I thought I would share
Below is the last post from Brenda that I thought I would share.
RIP Brenda your duty is done
Thank you to all at BC yesterday for your great rendition of Happy Birthday, much appreciated, it was good to see you all again. Glad you all seemed to enjoy the party last night it looked great fun. You are a great bunch of people and have been my lifeline, thank you so much for being there. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas xxx
Colne VBC started 2 years
Colne VBC started 2 years ago nearly. Bit of a bumpy start with very few people attending. Now we have found a bigger better home in a nice hotel. Membership is increasing steadily. The banter is brilliant and you can see and her people offering advice and support to each other. It has been a privilege to get this going here long may it continue.
I am relatively a new
I am relatively a new member of the Breakfast Club in Shrewsbury. Since joining I have met some wonderful like minded people, some of which are friends of mine who I have known for some time now. What I enjoy is the company and the banter between us all and no matter what service we served in we are all family. I am truly glad that I joined the breakfast club and its great to see it growing very rapidly.
I have visited a couple
I have visited a couple of breakfast clubs, but the one I would call my home breackfast club (even though I no longer live near it) is in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
I can’t always get ther and many times when I can, I don’t always have a great deal of time, but in some ways, it’s put me in a privilidged position to see just how much the club has grown in its short life in Worksop. The number of people attending ggets larger every time I go and the banter just gets better and better too. The faces that I see are always welcoming and I can honestly say that it really does remind me of something that I missed back when I was much younger.
The people that attend Worksop’s VBC and make it happen there put in a lot of effort to make it a pleasant time, that said, if you don’t like hard core military banter, you might want to wear a set of ear plugs at times, but for me that’s a big part of what makes it a success. There are no airs and graces about the club, we are all like minded people who get together and enjoy a time puling up sandbags and swinging lanterns. The reall beauty of the WVBC is the support given by everyone to anyone and everyone, it never ceases to amaze me how well it’s done.
I think it is only fair to say too that in Worksop, we are privilidged to have a couple of people who never served, yet give so much to the club in order to keep it such a success. These individuals range from members of staff at the pub where we meet to those who put themselves out to make us welcome there and even provide some amazing cakes too.
The VBC has slowly become something of a national institution. What makes it really good is that the idea came from a former serviceman and not some politician with their own agenda. It is a place where those who have served can offer sound advice to those in need of assistance, it also offers an oasis of banter that you simply can’t get from civvies as they never quite get military humour.
When we started Southampton BC
When we started Southampton BC 2 years ago we had no idea it was going to be what it’s become today ..today Tuesday 10th Jan we added a THIRD day to our BC .we regularly have 15-20 members each day and often more on a Saturday…When I sit behind the counter and listen to the laughter ,the banter and see new friendship being made its wonderful….
I first went to the
I first went to the Barker’s BC November 2015 after losing my husband in the August.i loved it and wished I had knew about it before as it would have been great for Dave and get him back to socialising again.I decided to start up a BC in Grimsby and haven’t looked back,I received great support from Dereck and the BC is going from strength to strength,and I’ve made some amazing friends THANYOU Dereck x
These get togethers on a
These get togethers on a sat mornings are good way of catching up with mates you have served with …also if one has a mate with a problem we are there to help if need it … and we have some good banter …ok so it’s at a working garage …I don’t mind that peter barker motor engs.. he is X REME like me …we have all BADGES atend …and that always makes for good fun
I admit like many I
I admit like many I avoided getting involved mostly because most of my service was mundane….but really once you get into conversations.. that’s all gone it’s not about heroes and sandbags. It’s about laughs, stunts and the time we put old Bob in the portaloo and hoisted it up the hangers roof..yes we remember the ones we lost too…but mainly it’s being back in the family where we all speak the same language, laugh at the same jokes…Remember when we were little gods and the world was ours
I formed the East Cyprus
I formed the East Cyprus Breakfast Club with five friends who I knew to be ex-Forces, we now have 77 members, not all of whom attend but they look forward to reading about everything that is going on.
Within seconds of the first Breakfast Meeting I was back in the banter, and in every meeting I enjoy chatting with friends I had never met before. The members raise more questions than answers, and we take on the challenge together.
Some members belong to the RBL, SSAFA and various Veterans Associations and we have a system which allows a very quick response connecting veterans in need of help with the support they so desperately need very quickly.
I hope that in the coming year, the breakfast club will remain the brilliant, casual, ‘NAAFI break’ format that makes them so appealing and we will grow in our ability to assist our fellow veterans and expand the Club. From providing local physical help with our brother & sister veterans as well as being able to refer sick and elderly veterans using links to organisations such as the Veterans Welfare Service, SSAFA, the RBL and Royal Voluntary Service as well as links within the local communities, this great network is not only be about breakfast and banter, but an amazing support network!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I have been going to the BBC
I have been going to the BBC since it started so got to see all the hard work Derek Hardman put in not an easy task but well worth it for so many ex forces personal we all have our problems believe me the breakfast clubs does work
I’m not very good at socialising
I’m not very good at socialising and can isolate myself sometimes due to the fear of meeting and trying to make conversation with people I don’t know. I’ve been to two breakfast clubs, Salford and Bury and when I do pluck up the courage to go I am always made welcome and dragged into the banter like an old friend. It’s a lovely feeling to be back amongst likeminded people now I’m not a serving soldier. These clubs are a true lifeline for people, thanks to all who run them and long may they run.
Just knowing I have somewhere
Just knowing I have somewhere I can go if I need shoot some sh!t every now and again is great. I’ve been to 3 different clubs all very different but all have the same ethos scran and banter.
I stared the NBC 2yrs
I stared the NBC 2yrs ago, we were the 3rd breakfast club to start up, we have gone from strength to strength, it brings back some of the good old banter, back in the day we would have been scrapping with other regiments/ battalions etc, but now it’s a war of banter, over a good hearty breakfast and brew, every Saturday I look forward to inevitable piss take, which is like a drug, it lifts you when your down, here’s to a long lasting relationship with the AFVBC.
I joined the Hatfield BC
I joined the Hatfield BC having lost my wife to cancer at Christmas 2014. At the first meeting I went to I was introduced to Angie who had lost her husband two weeks after I had lost my wife. so straight away we had s connection. Some time later we both attended a world war 2 veterans funeral who had no family to see him off. Only military people will appreciate the circumstances that we ended up going on out first date as there wasn’t a wake. We are now 8 months in and going strong and we thank the breakfast club for getting us together.
When the Clubs started I
When the Clubs started I wanted to go but I had mental issues and couldn’t bring myself to go. After a while I plucked up the balls to go and instantly felt at home. I visited sporadically as my issues were ongoing but over a short time my new found friends helped me get over things and I now go everytime. I can’t drive at the moment due to medical problems but thanks to fellow members who collect me and take me home I don’t miss out on any of the camaraderie. If I need a pick me up the Southampton Club FBook page is a riot of laughs and P taking, I love it. A definite life changing Club for me.
Mick Kenning and I started
Mick Kenning and I started the Market Rasen Veterans Breakfast Club up this last April! Our original venue unfortunately closed down but we have a new meeting place starting December. We know have over 40 members and there is such a sense of camaraderie it is so amazing the difference the club makes for our ex forces community.
Thank you to Del Hardman for coming up with the idea of the Veterans Breakfast Clubs – they are needed and, I for one, have made some great new friends!
I am a wife of
I am a wife of a veteran Smokie Vickers, I join him at the Hulls BBC most sat mornings and even though I am his wife I was made to feel very welcome and part of their family. So take your partners with you as you are all welcome. P.S. I only go for my Del hug lol
I’m an admin on our
I’m an admin on our fb page and get along to brekkie as often as I can.
We’ve had one or two issues but overall it’s great! We’ve guys of all ages and from all branches, both serving and retired. The banter and dark humour is fantastic. We’ve guys who previously wouldn’t leave the house but rocks up religiously every Saturday. We’ve also been known to continue the meetings into the local Wetherspoons!
That reminds me, we’re overdue one of those!!!
I started ours off in Peterlee
I started ours off in Peterlee and despite a few hick-ups along the way, thus far best thing for me by a long shot, met some really great people through this network and know there are more out there still to meet.
If you do not have a club in your area, don’t wait for it to be created just get it done 🙂
It is great to have the support of a network like this .
It must be 18 months or more now
It must be 18 months or more now, since I saw the video of the Hull breakfast club on Facebook. I watched the video several times wishing we had one local. Time passed and I some how bumped into Wayne who was thinking about starting one in Oswestry, we decided to go up to Liverpool and see how Steve’s club was run, we were made to feel very welcome and I hadn’t laughed so much in years. These days every Saturday you can find me attending the Oswestry Breakfast club, on Sundays the Shrewsbury Breakfast club when they meet. This is where I belong with my brothers & Sisters what a brilliant network this is.
I am disabled and virtually housebound
I am disabled and virtually housebound.But I applied to join the breakfast club. the veterans were very helpful and collected me in their transport I have been going every Wednesday morning I have made many new friends and met some of my mates of the past.This is brilliant as I feel I am no longer housebound.thank you breakfast club.
A real good decision on my part
A real good decision on my part to go along to see what a veterans breakfast club was all about after seeing it being promoted on look north, best first step forward I took back then, now just over a year ago I was more than welcomed back into the fold & once again I have found what it feels like to be back in their surroundings of a big fantastic & reassuring p— taking, banter, & black humour genuine sense of camaraderie within like minded brothers and sisters, ok full stops & apostrophes not put in or grammaticaly correct, but who gives a s—, the main reason for writing this mail was to say thank you to all at Barkers Breakfast Club & all the others visited, long may they continue to grow & grow & be made available to all serving personnel & veterans wherever they are in the world. Long live veterans Breakfast clubs.
I remember reading well over a year ago
I remember reading well over a year ago on social media about the breakfast club in Hull and thought it’s such a shame this is ‘north of the Watford Gap’. So I got in touch with Dereck and found out that it was so easy to set one up and the momentum was gathering as others had done just that. The South Hertfordshire Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club started just over a year ago in a small bakers shop in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. I thought I was lucky to get 8 members turn up that first day, one of whom was an Ex WRAC (I thought I was the only one where I lived). Since that time our club has grown to 86 members and we have moved to the Wetherpoons (Harpsfield Hall). I wasn’t sure how successful our breakfast club would be, so I was amazed to see so many people join us over the coming months. Our group is notably sociable and therefore, not only do we meet once a month for breakfast, we meet regularly at weekends for social functions including our first ‘posh’ Christmas party in December. We have just acquired an allotment for members to use at their leisure. Dereck Hardman certainly thought up one amazing unique concept of ‘The Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Clubs’ – so it’s a big thank you to you.
I was medically discharged due
I was medically discharged due to being shot in the face with a UGL I love going to breakfast club having a little banter like I did back in the day. Since going to the breakfast club I have widened my circle of friends
I left the RAF in in 1972
I left the RAF in 72. Joined 65 aged 17 1/2. Not even old enough to drink or vote! From basic training to trade training and then various postings I had the best of times. Cameraraderie unique to HM Forces. Banter top notch. Something civvies will never understand. Especially spouses lol I missed all that. Then earlier this year the Braintree Breakfast Club started. I went and met a great bunch of lunatics. The banter brilliant. Language appalling – but they’re used to me now. This mixed bunch also care. About ex-Forces bods who need help. We set aside an agreed amount each session for donation to chosen charity. Everything helps. I love going and will keep doing so. Come along. First Saturday every month. White Hart Hotel in Braintree. Full English scran and banter. What not to like.
I said fair well to the Forces
I said fair well to the Forces 24 years ago after serving 22yrs with the Royal Engineers, what I didn’t realize I was also saying good by to all my friends. I settled down with my wife Elaine & family in Chester where I was born & lived before I signed up. All though I found a good job with the Royal Mail doing another 22yrs I new there was something missing, I had no friends out in civvy street even though I met loads of people at the Royal Mail.In October 2014 I met Paul Anstey, Sean Noble,Nev George,Allen Oates & Lucy & Paddy Courtney & others who were setting up the Chester Breakfast Club.It has transformed my life I now have lots of friends & comrades who I see every other Saturday or have a social drink with & who are there if I need to talk if my wife’s medical situation gets me down.They are a great bunch of lads & lassies & we have a great laugh & banter when we meet with a really good breakfast.The clubs have lots to offer.
Being a part of the
Being a part of the salford armed forces network has helped me so much, the breakfast club the college courses and the support from the rest of my brothers has been outstanding! If you aren’t aleaady a part of the network you should deffo come every Saturday to the Agnes Hopkins centre in Swinton between 9-12 we also have a barber there.
I joined the breakfast club
I joined the breakfast club Facebook page a long time ago, with the intention of going along to see what it was all about. It took me a while to realise that I had a chunk of my life missing, the military, before I actually attended my local one. I was greeted by a giant of a man who welcomed me like an old comrade. That man was Dereck Hardman, and I have been his friend ever since. The breakfast club has helped me through some tough family ‘issues’ and is a place I feel safe.
Its a very comfortable atmosphere
Its a very comfortable atmosphere to be back amongst those who have served. The fun & banter is spot on, but also the help & support offered by those in the know who care. Why didn’t we do this ages ago it really works!
Being in the Southampton BC
Being in the Southampton BC is like going on an extended NAAFI break. The banter is relentless and the food, thankfully, is top notch (thanks Tracey and Helper Melissa). When my relationship broke down early this year, I posted a plea for alternative accommodation on our website and was immediately inundated with offers and options. I now lodge with another BC member code name ” The quiet one” and our resident super duper paratrooper Vic offered to help me move my belongings. It’s just so reassuring to know that there are fellow brothers and sisters out there to call on should the need arise. My only regret is I didn’t join earlier
Having served in both
Having served in both the Army and the RUC GC, it is fair to say that the friends you make there become part of your life forever. There is no doubt that I carry psychological baggage from those days that still affects me now. When I left service life I carried on with those friends on the circuit for ten years. I then spent twenty years teaching at University (I retire in June 2017). I have people I work with, and people I know, but no real friends. It was not until I went to the Southampton Breakfast Club, that my whole life opened up once again. I could talk about things that were understood, I encountered a group think of positivity and support unparalleled anywhere in civilian life. I have made real friends and comrades that will see me through to my dying die. That is what the breakfast club has done for me.
I became a widow last
I became a widow last year and both my boys have left home so I was feeling incredibly lonely. Yes, I have lots of friends, but I was missing that feeling of being part of a family. That changed when I joined the Southampton BC and was welcomed with open arms. It takes me back to the banter of the NAAFI, especially as I’m ex RAF and in the minority, and therefore an easy target for many of the jokes!! I haven’t laughed so much in a long time! Its not just the Thursday and Saturday mornings to look forward to, we recently took part in the local remembrance parade, and we’re planning trips to the NMA and the Army v Navy rugby.
Breakfast Clubs have so much to offer, best of all a load of great new friends who I now think of as family.
I run Stockport and Tameside
I run Stockport and Tameside veterans breakfast clubs, which I’m very proud of doing due to seeing old comrades and new friends coming together to continue their friendships and the amount of support and guidance to those less fortunate then me. Its good to see the buddy buddy system working full swing.
Hi all, Well where do you
Well where do you start. I used to go to Combat Stress for a year’s and was dropped for some reason when it was taken over by the NHS and never invited back there.
About 3 months ago I was thrown a lifeline (thank you Kev) and invited to my local breakfast club here in Skegness. I thought my nearest was Hull which would be to far for me.
Our breakfast club is a good mixture of tri-services. Feel like I belong again… thank you ladies gents for excepting me.
I left the army 21
I left the army 21 years ago 1995 .I walked out into a wilderness. people knew i had been in the forces but were not that bothered. We didn’t get the respect then that vets get now .l have strugled from time to ti me in the past .But now i have a future. Im back with the tribe it meens so much to me its like groupe therapy but more fun i just cant find the words to explain. You just have to try it.
The breakfast clubs bring veteran’s
The breakfast clubs bring veteran’s together they also arrange for speakers to come and help like the local housing authority and other organisations it also helps the veteran’s make new friends.There is lots of help the the clubs can offer.
The Breakfast Club is a
The Breakfast Club is a place where you can laugh at things with people who have the same sense of humour.
Talking to people who understand what is bothering you does help.
A brew, a sandwich, a chat and help if you need it .
We retired to Cyprus and
We retired to Cyprus and we had visited the Eastern Cyprus Breakfast Club on our first Recce in April.
What a relaxed lot they all are and we were welcomed with open arms. My wife has found new friends and they are planning meets with each other outside. If you want to put the world to rights amongst like minded people find a Breakfast Club Meeting and get along and join in. You won’t regret it!
Joining the breakfast club for
Joining the breakfast club for me was like winning the lottery, i have met some amazing people and made a lots of great friends, it’s like returning to military life, the banter, the comradeship, we all sing from the same hymn sheet.After losing my husband and leaving my job to return back home, i just felt i hadn’t anything to live for and until i met my brothers and sisters, it changed my life completely, i now have everything to live for, thanks to you all.
The breakfast club is like
The breakfast club is like being in the NAAFI or the mess, you are in the same environment, the laughter, the banter, & the friendships. It doesn’t stop there, we help each other in every way possible, as the saying goes, it’s good to talk. We have one thing in common & that is we all served, no matter with what service. Personally i have not been for about 4 weeks now, due to my other obligations with the RBL & boy do i miss it when i cannot attend. I thank the NBC for taking me in so to speak, it’s not just a club it’s family.
Being Admin at Worksop, the
Being Admin at Worksop, the BC has given me focus & drive.
I really can’t wait for Saturdays to come round so I can share laughs & banter with other Veterans & Serving Members.
It truly is a life saver.
Being new to the Doncaster
Being new to the Doncaster area and going to the Doncaster Veterans Breakfast Club, helped me meet people I had something in common with, it helped me become a more social person, it has also helped my fiancé as she has been accepted by people I call family.
The laughs and great times had at the BCs are something I’ve never experienced before.
Looking back, there had always
Looking back, there had always been something missing from my life and didn’t recognise what it was. Having served in the Army for 15 years, as I got older and my Army Service a more distant memory, I remembered what it was that was missing…….Comradeship, camaraderie, the feeling of belonging!!
Watching the local news and seeing the work being done in Hull at Dereck Hardmans Barkers Breakfast Club struck a nerve. I wanted some of what they had and decided who better to start a local club in my home town of Bourne than me. After all, I organised stuff during my service days and this would be a doddle wouldn’t it?
Having started the Bourne Veterans Club in April 2016, we now have over 140 members, 30 odd who attend breakfast every week. The rewards and feeling of satisfaction are immense. To be part of this organisation that has bought so many like minded people together has been the most wonderful and the most rewarding thing I have been a part of for many years.
I look forward to every Saturday morning. For most of us, it is fun and a chance to have a laugh and a joke with friends old and new. For some, our breakfast club is far more important than that – it is life changing.
When i went to the
When i went to the first meeting of NWBC little did i know how much my life would change in such a short space of time. I was in a bad place, Failed marriage, crap job ect and the only thing that kept me sane was meeting like minded souls, my brothers and sisters. Here i met John Mckenna (Fellow Sapper)& Karen Wharton, they new i was unhappy & this was made worse by the death of my dad. They threw me a lifeline and invited me to join their company as an LGV instructor. Which i gladly did. My outlook has completely changed now & i feel blessed as i love my job and this is all down to taking that first step in joining my local breakfast club. Thankyou Dereck and thankyou John & Karen.
Breakfast Clubs are amazing.
Breakfast Clubs are amazing.
I have known for a LONG TIME what a difference Breakfast Clubs make to the lives of former servicemen and women, and their families…because it has to mine!
I’ve seen it first hand in others, many times. Every day, it makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck, having started something that is making such a positive impact on the lives of so so many who deserve it.
I left the Royal Air
I left the Royal Air Force in 2008 and managed to stay afloat in Civi Street job wise. I got very ill in 2011 and now carry disabilitys from those problems for life. After coming too from a coma I had a severe moment thinking I’d been captured and gave name rank number. I moved back to Hull in 2015?and was introduced to the breakfast club from bridge for heroes a charity in kings Lyn. The BBC in Hull have brought me back from a horrible 4 years of my life, with banter and genuine friendships that only Muckers can give. Thanks from Arthur Head
My whole life changed after
My whole life changed after watching BBC Look North in July 2015. I had been retired for three years, I had written the books and I was lost, nothing left, then I saw Dereck Hardman and the Barkers Breakfast Club and I was smitten! First Lincoln Breakfast Club, then North Lincs ( Scunthorpe) and now I have friends all over the world and I am part of the most amazing network of veterans.
Breakfast Clubs can and do change your lives and those around you. Thank you all for your support and friendship.
It has really helped me with my PTSD, so from the bottom of my heart, all my Breakfast Club family, thank you so much for being there for me, brothers and sisters. Big thanks from me, Oliver and Rosina, my two lovely kids, to whom I am starting to feel like a real dad again. Love you all