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Breakfast’s on the menu as club finds itself new venue
The Bodmin branch of the Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club has a permanent home, linking up with the Lanivet Inn; group chair Derek Coad tips the club to really take off now. Photo Anthony Gault
23rd June 2021
A group that supports armed forces veterans in Bodmin and the surrounding areas has been backed to take off after finally finding a permanent home.
The Bodmin branch of the Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club has been without a base since the pandemic hit but has now got somewhere to call home: the Lanivet Inn.
Derek Coad, the group’s chair, explained to the Voice about how the link up happened. He said: “We have had five temporary venues since covid and when we became recognised as a support organisation, we were able to move around a bit and have some different venues, including in my garden.
“I approached the Lanivet Inn last week and they were absolutely amazing, the manager Matt is a fantastic young chap and he wanted to get involved.
“He laid on a breakfast for us in his beer garden, we sat and talked and I asked him if he would like to be the permanent home and he agreed.
“So going forward, the Bodmin branch Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club will have meetings every third Saturday at our new home.
“We had 26 people attend on Saturday, all of which were very happy with our new home.” The club is driven by Derek and his wife Debbie, both of whom have worked during the pandemic to keep the group going.
Derek continued: “This club means so much to people, it’s a chance for them, if only once a month to get out and socialise and have all the benefits that come with that.
“It has been a big stress, it would have been easy to say ‘forget it’ and let the club fizzle out but both my wife and I are quite passionate about the veterans’ cause.
“It wasn’t until the pandemic hit and we weren’t able to meet that I realised to meant so much to several of the veterans, and that put the fire in our bellies to make sure it didn’t die out, no matter what that took.”
The Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs take place across the country with the aim of facilitating veterans and serving personnel to meet face-to-face in a relaxed, safe, social environment to enjoy breakfast and conversation.
The Bodmin branch will be based at the pub in Lanivet every third Saturday of the month from now on. Derek concluded: “We had to double our efforts and everything has worked out and it couldn’t be better we are really happy and I think the club will go from strength to strength now.
“I think the club will take off now, everyone is a winner.”