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The Sandbag Times Issue No:58

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The Veterans Magazine

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Introduction from Suzanne Fernando Hello everyone and welcome to your AFVBC news. This section will focus solely on Veteran Breakfast Clubs across the UK. I’m delighted to take the reins as your AFVBC Correspondent, I’m looking forward to my new role and trust these Monthly updates will keep everyone informed of club news. Send your articles and stories into afvbc@sandbagtimes.com The Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club’s official monthly magazine You will find information attached should any of you wish to contact me regarding an article and I look forward to hearing from you. Suzanne Fernando AFVBC Correspondent for the SBT SBT Correspondent has revealed her shock at being awarded an MBE. Suzanne Fernando was revealed as the recipient of an MBE on the June birthday Honours list for her services to Cervical Cancer, Autism and Military Veterans. For the past 20 years Suzanne has devoted most of her time to charity work. Suzanne told us how a tough year has been made that bit better and how she was “overwhelmed” by the award. She said: “What started off as the worst year with various illnesses and bedded down for almost four months has now transformed into a whirlwind of a week for me. I celebrated my wedding anniversary, birthday, TACT Volunteer Award, British Citizen Award and now I’ve been told I’ll be off down to Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE. “I am still in shock, I can’t quite believe what is happening and I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. As a military veteran and having served my Queen & Country I am overwhelmed, delighted and humbled to have been awarded this amazing honour.“ Suzanne does a lot for her chosen charities and her community and wants to thank those who help her out. She added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the years, especially my family whom I continue to drag here, there and everywhere setting up events and seminars. They have, are and always will be my rock.” | 30 www.sandbagtimes.co.uk

AFVBC Largs AFVBC Vale Park Football Club who are usually located in Burslem which is a town situated within the city of Stoke-on-Trent were up in Largs on a weeks training. A few of the lads visited the famous Green Shutters Cafe and popped in for their breakfast before heading back to the pitch. They were fortunate to meet some of the local veteran breakfast club members who were also in enjoying some delicious breakfast, scones and banter. They had a great morning at the Green Shutter Tearoom in Largs with 12 veterans attending plus a brief photo op with Port Vale FC lads who were up in Scotland on a weeks training. Members said, “It was lovely to meet such well mannered and respectful young lads. We wish them all the very best for the season.” Largs Veteran Breakfast Club meet every Tuesday morning at the Green Shutters Cafe in Largs between 10am and 12 noon. All are welcome! March AFVBC March AFVBC enjoyed their first outing to the National Arboretum at Alrewas recently, and it just so happened that it was their oldest members birthday, Mr Harold Noor 93 yrs young! The club arranged a surprise treat for him, a birthday cake and lot’s of cards. The restaurant granted them permission to have there own cake and the club members were delighted with the exceptional service from the staff, who even treated Harold to a complimentary birthday whiskey, his favoured tipple. Harold thoroughly enjoyed his special birthday saying: “It’s been the bestest birthday ever.” Ayreshire AFVBC Big congratulations to both Mr & Mrs Wright from the Ayrshire Veteran Breakfast club who tied the knot recently. Pictured with fellow Breakfasteers. Treaty of Versailles It is the 100 year anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles which signalled the official end of WW1. Members of the Saltcoats Veteran Breakfast Club recently paid their respects at Saltcoats War Memorial www.sandbagtimes.co.uk 31 |

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