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Care Home Reunites Ex Service People at Free Community Lunch

Published: Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Ex Services Lunch Ken and Brian

Beaumont Hall care home in Beaumont Leys has launched a regular lunch event after ex-service residents expressed their desire to meet likeminded people from the local community. 

Residents at Beaumont Hall have previously served in the Army, Navy, Royal Air Force, The Grenadier Guards, police forces and fire brigades and they were keen to reconnect with their peers. The home’s warm gesture is also an initiative to ‘give back’ to the community and thank local service people.

The first ex-services event was held just after Christmas and its success has meant that Beaumont Hall is making the free two-course lunch a monthly event.

Beaumont Hall resident, Frank Cramphorn, who served as a Royal Artillery Gunner in the Royal Navy in Gibraltar has been a member of the Leicester Senior Services Club for ten years and joins that group every week. Frank speaks fondly of his ex-service friends, considering them to be brothers, so was very pleased to see over ten members of his club joining him at his home, Beaumont Hall, for lunch.

Frank said: ‘The lunch has been absolutely fantastic, it is brilliant having everyone join me for a catch-up.  We talked about old times and reminisced about our time in the force. We even have inside jokes which still make us laugh after all these years!’.

Beaumont Hall Lifestyle Manager, Emma Hudson-Beaver, said: ‘Watching the residents light up as they all discussed their time in the forces was incredibly rewarding, and they haven’t stopped talking about it since! I feel very strongly about giving back to those who dedicated their lives to protecting and honouring our country and the lunch is just one way to do this’.