Veterans meet every month at barracks

The Grantham branch of the Malay and Borneo Veterans Association meets at the Sergeant's Mess at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks. Photo: MGJP-23-8-11-681B
The Grantham branch of the Malay and Borneo Veterans Association meets at the Sergeant's Mess at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks. Photo: MGJP-23-8-11-681B
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VETERANS from the Grantham area who served their country in Malay and Borneo during the 1950s and ‘60s meet once a month in the Officer’s Mess at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.

Some of those present served alongside others at the meeting but most forged their friendships after joining the Grantham branch of the National Malay and Borneo Veterans Association.

The branch was set up by George Reeve and Ian Newton more than four years ago.

George said: “It was myself and Ian Newton’s idea to start it off. We used to go to the meetings in Lincoln but one day we thought we have enough people from the Grantham area so we put a piece in the Grantham Journal letting people know when the first meeting was.

“The place was absolutely full so it all started from there.”

The meetings are a good chance for the veterans to keep up with the local and national issues facing the association and veterans as a whole, as well as being a great way to keep in touch and socialise.

Branch member Terry Parkinson said: “I do enjoy it and I’ve never missed a meeting right from the very start.

“It’s great to meet everyone and have a laugh and a bit of a natter.

The group regularly go on trips to areas of interest such as Coventry Cathedral and go to visit memorials both in the surrounding area and further afield.

The meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the meeting beginning at 7.30pm.

Branch member Alan Spick said: “It’s nice to come out on the odd occasion away from our wives and have a small night out. That’s all it is, a small night out for us and a good social evening.”

l If you would like to get in touch with the branch then call George Reeve, branch secretary, on 01476 561204.