14 members attended a lunch at The Barge Inn, Seend. It was a lovely meal, but service was slow. Seems like everyone decided to eat at the Barge on Saturday as the weather was so nice - a very hot and sunny day.
Tonight we welcomed John Pemberton who enthralled us with his talk about life as a Chelsea Pensioner living at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. A fascinating talk with lots of pictures to illustrate the facts told to us. The hospital is a facility for non-commissioned pensioners from the army who find themselves without family and living a lonely life if 'civvie' street.
John described entering the hospital as 're-enlisting' and he enjoyed the life and companionship that was offered. Pensioners have many days out and holidays and just like a serving member of the forces has to put in for leave, just so they know who is resident at any one time.
The Chelsea Pensioners get invited to many social events and you will always see their 'scarlet dress' at functions such as Wimbledon.
Within the hospital is the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary which provides for any medical needs of the pensioners and on the top floor is a dedicated Dementia facility.
A fun and informative talk and would highly recommend a visit to The Royal Hospital Chelsea if you are in London and looking for something to do...
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